Colonel Philemon Waters was a native of Virginia, born near the Potomac River, in Prince William County. He came from a distinguished family of courageous men and women, who fought whenever it was necessary to preserve their homeland.
He was a feisty youth growing up and fighting with his friends, causing the towns people of Barryville to call the town, Battletown. "He fought in the French and Indian War, as well as the Revolutionary War alongside George Washington in both wars."
During the French and Indian War, he fought with General Edward Braddock under the command of Col. Joshua Fry. Lt. Col. George Washington took command following the deaths of Braddock and Fry.
Col. Water's was the 3X great uncle of Brigadier General John Herbert Kelly C.S.A., "The Boy General of the Confederacy",who fought and died in the American Civil War.
The book, "The Waters and Kindred Families..." describes the Waters family as "small, quick and impulsive, upright, honorable, and generous in dealings with their fellow men. They have been in all generations a loyal, and heroic and patriotic race ready at all times to sacrifice home, wealth and prospect of advantageous employment in defense of their country and conviction of what they believed to be right."
Col. Waters was buried on his plantation in South Carolina.
The Waters and Kindred Families; a Genealogical Hisotry of; in Two Parts, Foote & Davies, Atlanta, Ga., 1903.
Col. Waters married Mary Berry 04Apr1762 and after her death he married widow Rachel [Blakely] Lark. There is an interesting case supporting that he was first married to Elizabeth Harden in Virginia with whom he had one child - she complained that Col. Waters abandoned them and later recanted.