Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

New York

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


Guppay, in his "Homes of Family Names," states that "the source of the name Waterhouse is a little doubtful." There is a place in Stratfordshire, England, called Waterhouse, and also a village in county Durham that is known by this name. An ancient family of Lincolnshire traced descent from Sir Gilbert Waterhouse, of Kirton, in the reign of Henry III. Another ancient branch was located in Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire. A vicar of Bradford bearing this name belonged to the family located at Tooting County Surrey, about the middle of the seventeenth century. But it is not definitely known from which of these counties came the emigrant ancestor who settled in New England in the state of New Hampshire and whose descendants lived in Maine.

(I) Richard Waterhouse, the first known ancestor of the following line, emigrated from England in the seventeenth century and settled on Pierce's Island, Portsmouth Harbor, N. H. This island was owned by one of the first settlers, Dr. Renald or Reginald Fernald. In 1688 his son, Thomas Fernald, of Kittery, Maine, conveyed, in accordance with the wishes of his parents, this island property to his sister, Sarah Fernald, sometime wife of Allin Loyd, mariner, and now the wife of Richard Waterhouse, of Portsmouth, in the Province of New Hampshire, tanner. The island was formerly called "Doctor's Island," but Richard built a dwelling house there, which he occupied many years, and the island then bore the family name. It is stated that Richard owned two slaves. The deed referred to above in clean evidence of his marriage of Sarah, daughter of Dr. Regimald Fernald (as called in the deed of son Thomas), prior to 1688.
Richard Jr., born 1674; Samuel, born 1676, and Timothy.

(II) Timothy, third son of Richard and Sarah (Fernald) Waterthouse, was born in Pierce's Island, Portsmouth, N. H. (date not given). Like his father, he was a tanner but also a shoemaker. He lived above Freeman's Point, Portsmouth, which connected with the town by the river. It is said the cellar of the house still remains. Here he enjoyed an profited by his tan-pits and his cultivated acres.
His wife was Miss Moses, and both having the ability to instruct their children, they gave them a superior educaiton for that period.
1. John, who lived at Barrington.
2. Joseph, who settled in Maine.
3. Timothy, who went to Rhode Island and became a member of the Royal Council. He had eleven sons, among whom was Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse, professor of Cambridge and the "father of vaccination" in America, his own son in 1800 being the first upon whom eht experiment was made in this county.
4. Margaret, married Samuel Brenster and had a large family.
5. Mary, married a Mr. Spinney, a ship-carpenter.
6. Ruth, married 1727 John Gaines, a native of Ipswich, Mass., and father of Colonel George Gaines of the revolution.
7. Sarah, married Captain Zacharish Foss, who after some vicissitudes accumulated property and kept a large tavern.
8. Elizabeth, married William Ham.
9. Lydia, married (first) Captain Colby, one of the ship-masters employed by Sir William Pepperill; (second) Captain Ephraim Dennett, and (third) Judge Plummber, of Rochester.

(III) Joseph, second son of Timothy and _____ (Moses) Waterhouse, was born at Freeman's Point, Portsmouth. About 1730 he removed to Scarborough, Maine. He was a shoemaker and lived at the foot of Scottow's Hill on the farm which is still held by his descendants, who are numerous and respected. The name of the wife of Joseph is not ascertained and no clear record is given of the large family of children.

(IV) Nathaniel, seventh son of Joseph Waterhouse, of Scarboro, was born in Scarboro, Maine, in 1756, according to the statement that "in 1842 he was eighty-six years of age." There is no further record, but he, or one of his brothers, must have been father to Abram, following.

(V) Abram, probably son of Nathaniel and grandson of Joseph Waterhouse, was born in Scarboro, Maine, about 1790, and died in Orono near Old Town line in 1868-69.
He married Eunice Jamison, who died aged seventy-eight.
Dorame (died in infancy), William C., Sally, Caroline A., Robert J., Martha H., Gardner (died in infancy), and Oliver A.

(VI) William Chester, eldest son of Abram and Eunice (Jamison) Waterhouse, was born in Scarboro, Aug. 12, 1823. He was but five years of age when his parents moved to Gardiner, Maine (1828). Five years later they removed to Old Town, where William C. received a common school education. He followed the business of lumbering and operated on the Penobscot river for many years in partnership with James McLeod, the firm name being Waterhouse & McLeod.
In politics Mr. Waterhouse is a Democrat.
He married Martha Fletcher, daughter of David and Hannah (Morrill) Kincaid, of Bangor, born March 30, 1829.
Mary Ellen, Elva Louise, Julia Augusta, Emma Florence, Frank Chester and William H.

(VII) William Henry, youngest son of William Chester and Martha F. (Kincaid) Waterhouse, was born in Old Town, Maine, Sept. 26, 1868. He was educated at the schools of his native town and the Law School of the University of Maine, where he was graduated in 1900. He was admitted to the Maine bar June, 1900, and commenced a pratice in Old Town, where he still remains.
He is a Democrat in politics. In 1901 he was appointed city councilman, alderman in 1903, and mayor of Old Town in 1905. He is a member of Star in the East Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Old Town; Mt. Moriah R.A.C.; St. John Commandery, K.T.; Tarratine Lodge I.O.O.F., of Old Town; Old Town Encampment. Hon. Mr. Waterhouse is trustee of the Universalist church.
He married, June 18, 1901, Clara Louise, daughter of William A. and Laura A. Cooper, who was born in Newport, Maine, but resided at Old Town.
Ruth Elva, b. May 17, 1902.
Edwin Cooper, b. July 26, 1905.

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