Wednesday, November 5, 2014

52 Ancestors: #44 ~ Eusebius B. Waterman's Marriage Record

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

Eusebius B. Waterman was my maternal 3rd great-granduncle. He was one of nine children born to my 4th great-grandparents Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker.

I don't have an exact date of birth for Eusebius. I don't have a birth record for him and the four United States federal census records I've seen him in haven't helped either. In the 1850 census, the calculated birth year for Eusebius is about 1800. In the 1860 census, his calculated birth year is about 1795. The 1870 census says he was born in about 1800 again. And in the 1880 census, his calculated birth year is about 1796.

At least there's consistency in each of these census records regarding the birthplace of Eusebius. Each of them state his place of birth as Connecticut.

In the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus,1 not much is written about Eusebius. Mr. Jacobus wrote the following about him.

Eusebius B. Waterman…born     , died     ; married in Athens Co, Ohio, 28 July 1819, Sally McAfee, born about 1800, died 2 Feb. 1872 in 72d yr. (gravestone, near Coolville, Athens Co., Ohio).
Children, if any, have not been found.

I was able to find the marriage record for Eusebius and his wife Sally McAfee in

Transcription of Marriage Record
The State of Ohio, Athens Co. ss} I hereby certify that on the twenty eighth day of July last I joined together in the holy state of matrimony Eusebius Waterman & Sally McAfee of lawful age given under my hand and seal this 11th day of October A.D. 1819. Luther Hopkins Justice of the Peace

The date "July 24, 1819" in the far right column is under the column heading "Date of License."

While researching Eusebius on, I was able to find him listed in three agriculture census records and even a land map showing where he lived in Carthage County, Ohio. Perhaps I'll share these interesting finds in future posts.

Unfortunately, I don't have any information about where or when Eusebius passed away, or where he was buried.

I'll be introducing you to another child of Luther and Phebe Waterman in my next 52 Ancestors post.

Thanks for reading!


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1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 566. Print.
2 "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Athens > Marriage records 1822-1856 vol 1-2 > image 33 of 117.


  1. That's a unique name. I have a Euseba, a female. Wonder if it a female variation of the same name.

    1. Yes, it is a unique name. Euseba...I've never heard of that name. You have a good theory there. Perhaps it is a female version of Eusebius. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Eusebius - now there's a name you don't hear often.

    It must be the way of genealogy that the less information available on an ancestor, the more interesting they become.

    1. Eusebius is an unusual name. It turns out that Eusebius' mother, Phebe, had a brother named Eusebius. So, I assume that Eusebius was named after his uncle. Thanks for stopping by Wendy!

  3. I have just begun digitizing my mother's research on our Waterman ancestry. Her info is the same as yours. An additional bit: she has Eusibius' wife Sally/Sarah buried in Bethel Cemetery, Troy Township, Athens County, Ohio but I have been unable to verify that piece of information. We are descended from Eusebius' sister, Jerusha Waterman Smith.




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