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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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WAT BIOGRAPHIES

Great Annamessex Hundred, Somerset County,

1781-1804. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Wil-
liam Waters, Sr. (?-1781), son of John Waters (?-
1708). MOTHER: Rose Ann Harmanson. BROTH-
ERS: George (1741/42-1801); Thomas; and Rich-
ard Waters, Jr. (?-?). SISTERS: Margaret; Sarah.
FIRST COUSINS John Waters (ca. 1727-1784); Wil-
liam Waters (ca. 1736-1815), a possible legislator;
and Peter Waters (1744/45-1806). NEPHEW: John
Done (ca. 1747-1831). MARRIED on March 29, 1763,
Sarah Hayward. CHILDREN. SONS: Edward Mariot
(1773-?); William Hayward (1767-?), who mar-
ried on July 15, 1790, Ann, daughter of Robert
Clark Jacob and wife Ann of Northampton County,
Virginia; and Richard (1779-?), who married Mary
(Polly) Day, daughter of Dr. Francis Tubman
Cheney of Princess Anne Town, Somerset County.
DAUGHTERS: Margaret (1769-?), who married
(first name unknown) Done; Mary Hayward
(1771-?), who married (first name unknown)
Reice; and Sarah Harmanson (1774-?), who
married in 1801 Jesse Hughes. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Anglican, Coventry Parish, Somerset County.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 5th Convention, Somerset
County, 1775. LOCAL OFFICE: Coventry Parish
Vestry, in office 1772-1775, 1779-1784, 1787-
1788. MILITARY SERVICE: 2nd major, Lower Bat-
talion, Somerset County, 1776; captain, St. Asaph
Company, Princess Anne Battalion of Militia,
Somerset County, commissioned 1777; lieutenant
colonel. Princess Anne Battalion, Somerset
County, commissioned 1780. WEALTH DURING
LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 5 slaves inherited
from father, 1781; assessed value £525.0.0, in-
cluding 12 slaves and 50 oz. plate, 1783; 17 slaves,
1798. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: purchased ca. 97
acres in Somerset County, 1766. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: inherited at least 657 acres in Somerset
County from his father, 1781; deeded most of his
land to his sons in 1803. reserving a life tenancy
for himself and his wife Sarah. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between April 20 and May 21, 1804. in
Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of
estate unknown. LAND: an unknown amount of
land in Somerset County. IDENTIFICATION PROB-
LEMS. There were two William Waters of age and
from legislator families who were eligible to serve
in the Conventions from Somerset County, 1774-
1776. An extensive search of the records has failed
to produce positive identification of which man
actually served in 1775. Therefore, two profiles

are included and the same service is assigned to
both. See also William Waters (ca. 1736-1815).

WATERS, WILLIAM, SR. (?-1781). BORN: prob-
ably on a plantation on the north side of the An-
namessex River, Somerset County; of age by 1729.
NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED, probably
on "Water's River" on the north side of Anne-
messex River, Coventry Parish, Somerset County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Waters (?-

1708). STEPFATHER: John Cottman (?-1728).
MOTHER: Mary Maddox. BROTHERS: John (ca.
1702-1761); Edward (1707-1784). SISTER: Sarah.
NEPHEWS. John Waters (ca. 1727-1784); Peter
Waters (1744/45-1806); and William Waters (ca.
1736-1815), a possible legislator. MARRIED Rose
Ann, probably the daughter of George Harman-
son of Northampton County, Virginia, and wife
Elizabeth Yeardley (Yardley). Her brother was
Argall. Her sisters were Isabel; Margot; Bridget;
Elishi; and Henrietta. CHILDREN. SONS: William
Waters (1740-1804), a possible legislator; George
(1741/42-1801), who married in 1767 Betty Handy
(1749-1786); Thomas, who married Margaret
Lucas; and Richard Waters, Jr. (?-?). DAUGH-
TERS: Margaret, who married John Savage of Ac-
comack County, Virginia; Sarah, who married
first, Dr. John Done (?-1772), and second, David
Wilson (1737-?), son of David Wilson (1704-1750).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, Coventry Parish, Som-
erset County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1739. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: planter,

1755. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Somerset County, 1758-1761, 1762-1763.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 683 acres in Somerset County (403 acres
inherited from father, 269 acres by purchase, 11
acres by patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: patented

308 acres in Somerset County, 1763. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: between November 1780 and Jan-
uary 16, 1781, in Somerset County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: will included 29 slaves, but size of
entire estate is unknown. LAND: 991 acres in Som-
erset County.

WATERTON, JOHN (?-1682). BORN: in Hamp-
shire, England, possibly on the Isle of Wight.
IMMIGRATED: ca. 1670, as a free adult. RESIDED:
on the Gunpowder River, Baltimore County. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
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