David Waters


David Waters probabaly was born during the 1760s or perhaps earlier.

In May 1781, David Waters was apprehended by the Albany Commissioners and confessed to "depreciating Continental money." He was confined and later released on bail.

After the war, he settled in Albany. In December 1786, he was appointed a replacement constable in the third ward. In 1790, the census showed him alone in a third ward house. Afterwards, his house and store were Market Street landmarks. Subsequent assessment rolls taxed houses, lots, and docks in several parts of the city.

Living next door by 1790 was his future wife, Elizabeth Orr - the daughter of a recently deceased newcomer businessman. The marriage produced a number of children. Their family received burial services from the Albany Presbyterian church

Over three decades, he was known in Albany as a merchant, grocer, landlord, and slaveholder.

David Waters died in February of 1810. Elizabeth took over as head of their Market Street home and lived until 1839.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of David Waters is CAP biography number 6821. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek information on his origins and background. Perhaps he was a descendant of newcomer schoolteacher John Waters.

first posted: 1/15/06