Monday, October 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #40 ~ Samuel Waterman, A Revolutionary War Surgeon's Son

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small. 

last week's 52 Ancestors post I shared a photo of Dr. Luther L. Waterman's grave marker. Luther was my 4th great-grandfather and served as a surgeon in the American Revolutionary War. He and his wife, Phebe  Barker, were the parents of nine children. Samuel Waterman was their oldest child.

Samuel was born on 4 April 1778 in Connecticut. He married Lydia Edgerton, daughter of Zebulon Edgerton, Jr. and Abigail Palmer.

Samuel and Lydia were the parents of eight children.

  1. Betsey M. Waterman (1804-1869)
  2. John Barker Waterman (1806-1845)
  3. Luther Waterman (1812-1852)
  4. Anna Waterman (1814-After 1869)
  5. Caroline Waterman (1816-1851)
  6. David Waterman (1820-1896)
  7. Zebulon E. Waterman (1823-1883)
  8. Reuben Waterman (1828-?)
In 1850, Samuel and Lydia Waterman were living in Troy Township, Athens County, Ohio.1 The image below is a cropped portion of the 1850 federal census for Troy Township, Athens, Ohio. At the time this census was taken Samuel was 72 years old. His occupation was listed as a farmer, his property was valued at $1,000, and his birthplace was Connecticut.

Some of Samuel and Lydia's children were living with them in 1850 – Betsey, Anna, Caroline, David and Reuben. David's wife, Mary Ann, and their baby, James, were also living with them as well.

The image below shows the full page from the 1850 census that lists Samuel and Lydia Waterman and their family.

When looking at census records, it's important to see who's living next to or near our ancestors. On this page we see that Samuel's younger brother, David Bassett Waterman, was living next to him. He's listed as D. B. Waterman.

Samuel Waterman passed away on 28 May 1857 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio.

Thanks for reading!


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1 "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Ohio > Athens > Troy > image 14 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication M432.


  1. So true about looking at the neighbors. Also knowing neighbors is how I've found some of my people when the indexer misread the enumerator's handwriting resulting in an unrecognizable version of my ancestor's name. Looking at neighbors can help you find those married daughters too.

    1. Yep! Looking at the neighbors of our ancestors really is so very important. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Wendy!




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