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Elisha M. Attwater
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1810
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1889
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

Elisha Montgomery Attwater was born on September 1, 1810 in New Haven, CT. He was the son of Jonathan Attwater and Jeanette Knox, and brother of Norman M. Attwater and John K. Attwater.

Elisha was involved in business early in life, partnering with his brother Norman and, one, James DeWitt in Chittenango, NY in an operation called DeWitt, Attwater & Co. The company was involved in "Boat building, repairing, and blacksmithing at the Chittenango Landing". Elisha was engaged in this work in the early 1830's, and was engaged in another light as well.

On June 10, 1835 Elisha married Elizabeth Buddington in the Trinity Church at New Haven. The young couple made their residence in New York City, where they are found in Manhattan in 1840. At this point they couple had son, Charles B. and daughter, Grace Thompson. The family was found in Newtown, Queens in 1850, the family completed by Samuel Hobart and Anna Knox. Here, Elisha is listed on various records as being a Merchant and Real Estate Agent, and advertisements for the shipping business of E.M. Attwater could be found in many newspapers of the day. According to his grandson, by 40, Elisha was retired.

The 1850's were not the best of times for the Attwaters. On January 30, 1851, Grace passed away. As if this wasn't hard enough, 1858 saw the death of Elizabeth. In 1860, Elisha purchased an estate in Huntington, Long Island, and he can be found there on the census for that year. The family now consisted of Elisha, Charles, Anna, Samuel, and living with them were Phoebe and Helen A. Williams. Soon, these ladies would become official members of the Attwater family when later in the year, Elisha married Phoebe. Near this time, there was another wedding, as Charles B. married Helen A. Williams. They really did keep it in the family!

Of course, the 1860's brought about massive change for all of America. While in the service of the United States Navy, Charles B. Attwater died at the age of 29. He left behind his widow, Helen, and two children Edward M. and Charles E.

By 1870, Elisha was living in Fairmont, in West Farms, Westchester now the Bronx, NY. The family consisted of Elisha, Phoebe, and Anna. Helen had remarried to James Peck, and Samuel Hobart is missing in 1870. The 1870's again brought change to Elisha's life. In 1876, Anna married John Quincy Adams of Huntington, and the two had one daughter, Harriet before John died in 1880. Elisha became a widow yet again, when Phoebe passed away in 1878.

By 1880, Elisha was living with his stepdaughter/daughter-in-law Helen, again a widow,and her children in New York City. At 70, Elisha was suffering from Rheumatism. It may be said that 1884, saw the last tragedy of Elisha's life, when his last surviving son, Samuel Hobart Attwater passed away in Brooklyn from Pyaemia following surgery for rectal cancer. Before his death, Elisha buried all but one of his natural children.

Elisha M. Attwater left this world on March 4th, 1889 at 7pm in his home at 1010 Woodruff St., NYC. His cause of death was Acute Bronchitis and Exhaustion.

His will laid out his last wishes. Elisha M. Attwater was laid to rest as he wished; "my body...placed in a metallic coffin and buried in my family lot in the old cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut". A full life marked by both success and pain Elisha left this life, exhausted, to lay besides his wives, children, and ancestors beneath the soil of Grove Street.

The Grandchildren of Elisha M. Attwater:

Edward Montgomery Attwater (1862-1931)
Charles Ellsworth Attwater (1865-1946)
Harriet Elizabeth Adams (1876-1954)
Charles Hobart Attwater (1884-1973)
Family links: 
  Jonathan Attwater (1776 - 1852)
  Jeanette Knox Attwater (____ - 1833)
  Elizabeth Buddington Attwater (____ - 1858)
  Phoebe W. Attwater (____ - 1878)
  Anna Knox Attwater Adams (1849 - 1919)*
  John K. Atwater (____ - 1844)*
  Elisha M. Attwater (1810 - 1889)
*Calculated relationship
Grove Street Cemetery
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: 26 Cypress Ave.
Maintained by: MikeSavoca
Originally Created by: Rob Johnson
Record added: Apr 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50803541
Elisha M. Attwater
Added by: MikeSavoca
Elisha M. Attwater
Added by: MikeSavoca
Elisha M. Attwater
Added by: Rob Johnson
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Rest In Peace, Elisha. Help me find photos of your daughter Anna's family.
- MikeSavoca
 Added: Mar. 31, 2013

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