John Waterbury

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ChartsAncestors of Edward Ambrose Cooke
John Waterbury, son of John Waterbury and Rose (…), was born at Stamford, Connecticut, between 1647 and 1649.1,2 He died at Stamford, 28 November 1688.3,2,1

John married Mary (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Stamford about 1679.2,1,3,4

On 3 July 1674, John and his two brothers conveyed a parcel of meadow to their stepfather, Joseph Garnsey:
Witness these presents yt wee whose names are under writen doe fully asign & make over unto our father-in-law Joseph Garnsy of Staford all our right title & interest in yt parcel of Meadow ground in rocky-neck so called which our father Jno Waterbery deceased bought of Mr. Law of Stamford--it is now in ye possession of Jno Mills of Stamford. Wee say our right title & interest in ye forsaid parcell of meadow--we do hereby alinate asign & fully make over from us & ours unto ye foresaid Joseph Garnsy & his for ever--wee having received full satisfaction for ye same, binding ourselves & ours not to trouble or molest our father in law Joseph Garnsy or his--about ye premises. In witness of truth we have caused this Deed to be made & hereto set our hands in Stamford this third day of July anno Domini: one thousand six hunded, seventy and four

Signed--John Watherbery, Jonathan Waterbery David Waterbery
Wit: Francis Bell, Jonathan Bell

John served as a soldier during King Phillip's War in 1676, being one of nineteen men of the town (including his brother David) who, 22 September 1676, received the thanks of the town and a homelot, "The town agrees that all those soldiers that went out upon service out of Stamford, against the common enemy, shall have land of the town; namely, all that did service."

He served as town clerk for Stamford from between 1683 and his death in 1688.5,6

John Waterbury left an undated will that was proved 11 December 1688:
I haveing yet my understanding & memory doe account it my [faded words] this my last will. First, I give my soule to God who gave it [hoping for] salvation through Jesus Christ, allso my body to ye earth to a [faded words] [buri]all & after my funeral charges & just debts are paid, I give [faded word] bequeath my outward estate as foloweth:
Impr, I give unto my wife my now dwelling house & orchard & four acres of land next to Samuel Holly in the neck & my medow at Tilesum & 2 acres of meddow in the neck this to be for her use while she remains a widow & after yt ye house & orchard & medow at Tilesum to return to my eldest son John & ye four acres of land & two acres of medow to return to ye two youngest sons namely David & Thomas

It. I give unto my eldest son John ye rest of my homelott when he come of age & the medow at the bottom of the lott & four acres of land in Rockey neck to the gate.

It.--I give unto my other two sons namely David & Thomas the rest of my land & meadow equally to be devided between them; and what lands are yet to be layd out belonging unto me, my will is ty it be equally devided to my three sons John, David & Thomas

As to my personall estate my will is yt my three sons before named have each of them forty shillings & the rest to be equally devided between my wife & daughter Mary & further it is my will yt the improvement of my whole estate be to ye use & benifit of my wife, for ye bringing up of my children till they cme of age: further it is my will & desire & doe hereby impower my loving brothers Jonathan & David Waterbery as overseers of this my will.

Witnes: Jonathan Bell, Joseph Bishop.5


Mary (…) b. say 1660, d. 31 Dec 1738
  • Mary Waterbury1,3,7 b. 20 Mar 1679/80, d. 12 May 1710
  • Lieutenant John Waterbury7,3,1 b. 30 Oct 1682, d. 28 May 1744
  • David Waterbury+7,3,1 b. 24 Jan 1684/85, d. 13 Jun 1710
  • Thomas Waterbury7,3,1 b. 12 May 1687, d. 18 Jul 1758
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  1. [S390] Charles Arthur Hoppin, The Washington Ancestry, and Records of the Mcclain, Johnson, and Forty Other Colonial American Families (Greenfield, Ohio: E. L. McClain, 1932), 479-488, further cited as Hoppin, Washington Ancestry.
  2. [S383] Paul W. Prindle, Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie (Mrs. William Sperry Beinkecke) (New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1976), 493-503, further cited as Prindle, Gillespie Ancestry.
  3. [S391] Marian G. Banker, "Notes on the Waterbury Family of Stamford, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 27 (January 1951): 241-245, further cited as Banker, "Notes on the Waterbury Family."
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1603, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S390] Hoppin, Washington Ancestry, 484.
  6. [S383] Prindle, Gillespie Ancestry, 501.
  7. [S1184] Lucius B. Barbour and Lorraine Cook White (editor), The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (55 vols., Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1994-2002), 42:277-287, further cited as Barbour and White, Barbour Collection.