George Alexander Waters (1774 - 1858)

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George Alexander Waters
1774 - 1858
updated September 10, 2019
George Alexander Waters, father to 9 children, was born on February 10, 1774 in Cork, Ireland. He was born to Anne Martin (Orr) Waters, with sibling John. He was baptized at St Peter’s Church, Cork, Ireland. George's partner was Anne Rebecca Edwards, and they gave birth to Eaton William Waters, Charlotte Waters, Ellen Waters, Mary Anne Waters, Eliza Waters, Margaret Waters, Susan Waters, James Platt Waters, and John Christopher Waters. George died on October 14, 1858 in Tramore, Ireland at 84 years of age.


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George Waters was born on in Cork, Waterford County, Ireland


George Waters died on in Tramore, Waterford County, Ireland

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at Abbey Church cemetery, in Waterford County, Ireland


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at St Peter’s Church, in Cork, Waterford County, Ireland

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George Alexander Waters of Crobally Surgeon R.N., b. 10 Feb 1774, d. 14 Oct 1858 (M.D.O. at St Andrews 1813). On 13 Feb 1774 he was baptised at St Peter’s, Cork. Both George and his wife were buried in the Edwards’ plot in the Abbey Church cemetery, Waterford, separated from the city of Waterford by the river Suir. He married Anne Rebecca Edwards d. 1869, daughter of Eaton Edwards of Newtown, Co. Kilkenny. George the eldest son of John Christopher Waters, and of his wife Anne (nee Platt). He served in the Royal Navy as Surgeon on the HMS Bonetta a 16 gun sloop, resigned in 1797. After more than ten years rejoined being appointed Assist. Surgeon to HMS Trial 6 Jun 1810, (seniority 8 Oct 1808). While not serving in the Navy, he lived in Peter Steet, Waterford, and his house there had the reputation of being haunted. When peace came he retired and was appointed Surgeon at Sick Quarters, Waterford. Anne persuaded him to retire to Tramore where he settled about 1820. In his latter years George became blind.
They had 5 sons and 6 daughters.

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In 1809, at the age of 35 years old, George was alive when on December 30th, Boston Massachusetts banned the wearing of masks at balls. Boston was following many other places - including England - by banning masked balls, which were considered to contribute to loose morals. After all, with masks, you couldn't tell the class of the person or even their gender! The law was extended in 1849 and repealed in 1963.

In 1822, at the age of 48 years old, George was alive when on May 26th, 116 people died in the Grue Church fire - the biggest fire disaster in Norway's history. On Pentecost, the church was packed and a fire broke out on the outer wall of the southern transept. Within 15 minutes, the whole church was on fire and it burned to the ground. Almost half of the dead were under 16 and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

In 1831, by the time he was 57 years old, on November 7th, slave trading was forbidden in Brazil. Purchasing slaves had begun under Portuguese rule in the mid-16th century - slaves were used on sugarcane plantations. It wasn't until 1888, however, that slavery was totally abolished.

In 1840, when he was 66 years old, on February 6th, Māori chiefs and the British parliament signed the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty created a British governor of New Zealand and gave the Maori people the rights of British citizens.

In 1858, in the year of George Alexander Waters's passing, on January 14th, Felice Orsini and others tried - but failed - to assassinate Napoleon III of France. The bombs they set off did kill 8 people - and wounded 142 others. Some of the conspirators were French émigrés who lived in Britain, setting off a short anti-British feeling in France. But the emperor refused to support the sentiment and it died out. Orsini was executed by guillotine on March 13th.

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