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905 William Waters, Sr.
b. ?
d. About 1684
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Hannah Peach

b. 1646
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 1687
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
  Marriage Hannah Peach to John Bradstreet in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
4 Jun 1660 Marriage Hannah Peach Bradstreet to William Waters in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
  William Waters b. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

1. Aug. 4, 1686 Elizabeth Latimer 2. 17Jul 1699 Mary Ward, widow of Peter Dolliber, both in Marblehead

Five Children: Mary, Jane, Mary, Latimer, and William Waters
Ancestor Leaf 815 Thomas Waters b. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. May 1728 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.


1. Oct. 7, 1687, Alice Bartoll in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; 2. 19 Apr 1695 Mary Roundee in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Thomas and Alice - One Child: Thomas Waters

Thomas and Mary - Six Children: Anna, Mary, William, Jane, Elias, and John Waters.


  Hannah Waters b. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA m.
May 25, 1682, Elias Stratton in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts

Eleven Children: William, Elias, Andrew, Hannah, Elizabeth, Andrew, John, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, and Jane Stratton/Stadden/Staddin


  Mary Waters b. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA m. Oct. 2, 1685, Robert Gifford in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts Ten Children: Mary, Alice, Hannah, Robert, Elizabeth, William. Ann, Jean, Deborah, and Sarah Gifford.
What We Know


Hannah Peach's first husband was john Bradstreet, who was born in 1631 in Ipswich, England.  His parents were Humphrey and Bridget Bradstreet. When he was three years old he came to America. In 1657 he moved to Marblehead. He was a seaman.

He received in 1655 from his father: all my farme at Mudde River, now in the occupation of Richard Camball of Ipswich, with one halfe of my commons from Ipswich soe long as he keeps the farme unsold, but in case he sell it, the commons are to returne (and belong) to the farm given to my wife

John probably suffered from mental illness. Governor John Winthrop mentioned in his journal that John Bradstreet was accused of bewitching a dog. The dog was hanged as a witch. John was whipped. When he was 21, he was tried in Ipswich on July 28,1652, on a charge of "familiarity with the devil." John said that he had read a magic book and heard a voice telling him

Go make a bridge of sand over the sea; go make a ladder of sand up to heaven, and go to God and come down no more.

The court found that he had told a lie. This was his second conviction. He was sentenced to be whipped or to pay a fine of twenty schillings.

He died, childless, in 1660 when he was only 29 years old.

Shortly after his death, Hannah married William Waters on June 4, 1660.

Hannah died in 1687.

Source: American Family History


While there is reason to believe that William Waters was an early settler in Marblehead, Mass., his name does not appear on the Marblehead petitions and lists of 1637, 1648, 1668, or 1673, but does on the list of householders in 1674. On the petition dated 1668 against imposts, beginning " Free trade hath been the chief motive that drew us hither," we should expect to find his name as it has one hundred and fifty signatures, but it is not there.

In Salem Deeds we find a record of a "William Waters sen. husbandman" and "William Waters, Jr., mariner," both of Boston, who, 13th (loth mo.) 1661, together borrowed ;"ioo of John Croade of Salem, agreeing to pay in fish. It may be that our William Waters was the mariner and lived in Boston as well as Marblehead. This would explain why his name does not appear on the Marblehead lists. The fact that our William's son Thomas was a mariner, suggests that he succeeded his father.

William Waters married in Marblehead, about 1661, Hannah (Peach) Bradstreet, daughter of John and Alice Peach, and widow of John Bradstreet, son of the Humphrey Bradstreet of Rowley who was arrested for witchcraft in 1652, but released. John Bradstreet was born in 1631 and died in 1660, leaving his widow childless and evidently still a young woman.

William Waters died probably at Marblehead, about 1684, as an inventory of his estate was taken November 19 of that year. His eldest son William Waters, Jr. (192), filed the inventory in which he mentions his brother Thomas, and his sisters Hannah and Mary, "being all the children of the late deceased." In the division William, as the eldest son, had a double portion in the house and lands in Marblehead.


As the dates of the births of the children have not been found, the following list may not be in the correct order.

Children of William and Hannah Peach Bradstreet) Waters (192) William, married (i) in Marblehead, Aug. 4, 1686, Elizabeth Latimer (or Lattimore), daughter of Christopher

and Mary (Pitts) Latimer (193), who died Feb. 10,1699. Married (2) July 17, 1699, Mary Ward Doliber, widow of Peter Doliber,of Marblehead;  he died about 1704.

Thomas married in Marblehead, Oct. 7, 1687 Alice Bartoll; was a mariner and sold out in Marblehead and removed to Salem about 1686. He was buried May 15, 1728.





Hannah, married May 25, 1682, Elias Stratton.

Mary, married Oct. 2, 1685, Robert Jefford or Gifford.


WILLIAM WATERS, son of William and Hannah (Peach Bradstreet) Waters, was probably born in Marblehead and passed his early life there. He married (1) August 4, 1686, Elizabeth Latimer, daughter of Christopher and Mary (Pitts) Latimer of Marblehead, who was born in 1663, and baptized in the First Church of Salem, January 6, 1677.

He was a cordwainer, i. e. shoemaker, in Marblehead. In 1690, he and his wife gave a receipt for property to Nathaniel Norden,in which they call him "our brother-in-law." (He was in fact the husband of Elizabeth's sister, Mary.) The property so conveyed was described as that of "our father-in-law Christopher Latimer." Elizabeth Latimer Waters died at Marblehead, February 10, 1698/9, aged thirty-five, and her gravestone is still standing in the "Pond street burial ground on the hill." A few months later he married (2) July (or August) 17, 1699, Mary (Doliber, widow of Peter Doliber) of Marblehead, by whom he had one child, Hannah. (Mary was the daughter of Samuel Ward. Jr. and Abigail Maverick. Samuel in turn was the brother of our direct ancestor,1060 Mary Ward Gale.)*

William Waters died at Marblehead about 1704. His will, dated March 16, 1702, mentions his two children by his first wife, Latimer and Mary, and bequeaths to them what was left them in their grandfather Latimer's will. The other children were, probably, not then living. He also mentions his wife Mary and her daughter Hannah.

His estate was administered by the widow, May 15, 1705.

Mary (Ward Doliber) Waters died December 11, 1728.

Children of William and Elizabeth (Latimer) Waters:

  1. Mary, baptized Oct. 9, 1687, died young.
  2. Jane, baptized July 28, 1689; died April 22, 169? (illegible in the records).
  3. Mary, born Feb. 25, 1691/2, baptized April 24, 1692; married June 3 or 30, 1713, George Bethune, of Boston, son of William Bethune, of Craigfurdie, Scotland.
  4. Latimer, baptized Oct. 6 or 14, 1694, probably never married. The administration of his estate was granted Dec. 28, 1752, to Nathaniel Bethune of Boston, eldest son of George and Mary (Waters) Bethune.
  5. William, born 15 Aug 1697 and was dead before 1703, when his father's will was probated.*

APA:   Noyes, Charles Phelps. (2013). pp. 326-7. Noyes-Gilman Ancestry. London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1907)

*Vital Records of Massachusetts before 1850.

THOMAS WATERS, our direct ancestor, was a mariner in Marblehead, where he married his first wife, Alice Bartoll, a granddaughter of our ancestors 1105 John Bartoll and Parnell Hodder, and had his oldest son. He sold out in Marblehead and removed to Salem, where he married Mary Roundee, with whom he had six more children.

HANNAH WATERS married a man named Elias Stratton. We know this fact from The Vital Records of Massachusetts before 1850 and by his specific mention in her maternal grandfather's will. Finding records of the births of their children was problematic until alternate spellings of the surname were used.Elias and Hannah had a total of eleven children, at lrast six of whom had families of their own. By their marriages, four of them had children who share ancestry with us. Hannah married Elias Henly, the son of 790 Margaret Greenfield. John and Thomas married Deborah and Sarah Gale respectively, the granddaughters of 1060 Ambrose Gale. Mary married Samuel Gale, the son of 945 Benhamin Gale and also a grandson of Ambrose.

MARY WATERS married Robert Gifford. All ten of their offspring survived childhood and married into various Marblehead families, some related to us. (See the list below). Mary Gifford married Nicholas Merritt, who was kidnapped by pirates along with his cousins Philip Ashton and Joseph Libby. Mary Gifford's brother, Robert, married Nicholas's sister, Rebecca Merritt, sister of Nicholas and our own direct ancrstor, Jean. William Gifford married Miriam Pederick. the sister of our direct ancestors Richard and Joseph Pederick.



Vital Records

The article below illuminates the relationships of men carrying the "Norden" name. Mary Latimer, the sister of Elizabeth Latimer, married Nathaniel Norden. Their sister, Susannah, married John Pethericke (Pederick) of Salem, and named her youngest child Norden Pederick after her brother-in-law. Norden Pederick grew up and married Ann, the oldest child of Thomas Waters and Mary Roundee.

The will of John Pederick, the father of the John who married Susanna Latimer, appears below. I have not been able to determine if this Pederick family is related to 911 John Pederick.

The Other John Pederick of Marblehead