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Joshua Atwater

Birthplace: Lenham, Kent, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Atwater and Susan Atwater
Husband of Mary Higginson
Father of Samuel Atwater; Anna Dummer; Joshua Atwater and Mary Coney
Brother of Anne Caffinch and David Atwater

Occupation: Merchant
Managed by: Brian A. Kowal
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About Joshua Atwater

On the corner of College and Chapel Streets lived Joshua Atwater. He was born at Lenham, County of Kent, where he was baptized June 2, 1612. Having been a merchant in Ashford, in the same county, he emigrated in the company of Davenport and Eaton, and engaged in mercantile pursuits, first at New Haven, then at Milford, and afterward at Boston, where he died in 1676. He was treasurer of the jurisdiction till he removed out of its bounds. The lot on Chapel Street, next west of Mr. Atwater's, was assigned to John Cockerill, probably a Yorkshire-man, who built a house thereon, but shortly after removed, leaving his house and lands in charge of Thomas


Joshua Atwater was baptized in Lenham on June 2, 1611, and died in Boston, Massachusetts Colony, on May 16, 1676. He married Mary Blackman, daughter of Rev. Adam Blackman, on May 6, 1651. They had 10 children but only two daughters had surviving families so no American Atwaters can trace their lineage to him. His will was proved in Boston on May 24, 1676. Joshua was one of the seven men who accompanied Theophilus Eaton from Boston to look for new settlement. The seven remained in a hut at what is now the sourtheast corner of Church and Meadow Streets in New Haven to make observations thru the winter. Joshua was a merchant in the New Haven Colony, was its treasurer, and was its magistrate in 1658. In 1655 he moved to Milford and in 1659 to Boston, retaining his house in New Haven on what is now Fleet Street until 1665 when he sold it to his brother David



  1. Atwater, in Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Helen D. Love Scranton. Families of Ancient New Haven. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974), I:60. "Joshua Atwater, bp 2 June 1611, d 16 May 1676 Boston, Mass."
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Joshua Atwater's Timeline

June 2, 1611
Lenham, Kent, England
June 2, 1611
Maidstone, Kent, England
June 2, 1611
Lenham, Kent, England
June 20, 1654
Age 43
New Haven, New Haven, CT
Age 42
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
November 21, 1658
Age 47
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Age 47
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
May 16, 1676
Age 64
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States