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David Atwater
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Birth: 1615
Fordwich, England
Death: Oct. 8, 1692
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA

~MY ANCESTOR~

The son of JOHN & SUSAN (NORSON/NARSON) ATWATER of Lenham, Kent, England and grandson of CHRISTOPHER ATWATER, he was baptized on October 8, 1615 (THIS IS NOT HIS BIRTH DATE) at Royton, Lenham Parish, county Kent, England.

His father died in England in October of 1636 and his mother in January of 1637 , so David, his brother, Joshua, and sister, Ann, immigrated to Boston arriving on June 26, 1637 on the good ship, HECTOR, with Rev. John Davenport. From Boston, he went to Quinnapiack (New Haven) in the colony of New Haven in the spring of 1638 as an original proprietor. He signed the New Haven Covenant on June 4, 1639, and was the first person in the New Haven Colony who was sworn a freeman in the united colony on May 11, 1692.

In the first division of land, he received land in the "Neck" between Mill & the Quinnipiac Rivers which was part of the "CEDAR HILL DISTRICT". His farm was between East Rock & the Quinnipiac River. He & his family lived there until his death. In the second division of land in 1641, he was assigned lot #2 in the meadow. By 1643, his property was valued at 500 pounds.

King Charles II sent troops to capture the regicides who had condemned to death his father, Charles I. Among those pursued were Judges Walley and Goff who came to America in 1660 and after being concealed by Mr. Davenport, hid in what was later called "the Judge's Cave in West Rock" on the land owned by David Atwater who left food for them daily. They were never captured.

He married DAMARIS SAYRE, daughter of THOMAS & MARGARET (ALDRICH) SAYRE, on March 10, 1647/48 in New Haven, Conn. They were the parents of six boys and four girls. His will dated April 14, 1691 with a codicil dated 9 December 1691, was proved at New Haven.

Please Note: Some people think that David Atwater was buried on his farm in the Cedar Hill district of New Haven which may be true, but not likely as the tradition of that time was to be buried in the churchyard. One thing I know for sure..........
HE IS NOT BURIED IN THE CEDAR HILL CEMETERY IN HARTFORD!!!!! HE NEVER LIVED IN HARTFORD. HE LIVED IN THE CEDAR HILL DISTRICT OF NEW HAVEN, CONN.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Atwater (____ - 1636)
  Susan Narsin Atwater (____ - 1637)
 
 Spouse:
  Damaris Sayre Atwater (1625 - 1691)*
 
 Children:
  Mercy (Mary) Atwater Austin (1647 - 1683)*
  Damaris Atwater Punderson (1649 - 1711)*
  David Atwater (1651 - 1735)*
  John Atwater (1654 - 1748)*
  Jonathan Atwater (1656 - 1726)*
  Samuel Atwater (1664 - 1742)*
  Ebenezer Atwater (1666 - 1702)*
 
 Sibling:
  Joshua Atwater (1612 - 1676)*
  David Atwater (1615 - 1692)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Center Church on the Green Churchyard
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: PLEASE READ THE TABLET IN THE PHOTO...THERE ARE NO STONES REMAINING IN THIS CEMETERY (EXCEPT IN THE CRYPT)...THEY WERE ALREADY GONE OR MOVED TO GROVE STREET IN THE EARLY 1800'S.
 
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Sep 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29919757
David Atwater
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Rest in peace... 10G grandfather.
- Bob Bellamy
 Added: Mar. 22, 2015
You are my 10th GGrandfather...and I live in Michigan. But, my GGrandmother held the name Atwater and married a fellow by the name of James Love who operated the trolley in Ann Arbor, Michigan. So from Yale to UofM...may peace come to this family. Fore...(Read more)
- Shana Burke
 Added: Mar. 11, 2015
I'm proud to call you my 9th Great Grandfather.
- Susanna Webber Lewis
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014
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