James Waters b. 1568

James Waters 10th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree.

James was born in England around 1568- during the first Queen Elizabeth’s reign, his parents are unknown. He was an apprentice in the Ironmongers Company in 1592.  Ironmonger was first the word for a manufacturer of iron goods, today the word is still used in England for a hardware store worker or owner. Once James finished his apprenticeship he married Phebe Manning.

Aldgate ca 1650 at Wikipedia

An old illustration of the gate, c. 1650
Anonymous cartographer public domain,  University of Toronto Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection. Wikipedia

James and Phebe were parents to at least 7 children, not all survived childhood and are buried in St Botolph without Aldgate Churchyard in present day East End of London. James wrote his will in 1676 and requested that he be buried in the same cemetery “in or near the place where my children do lie buried”. The will divided his estate in to three parts, one for his wife, one for his son Richard (not the first born, but may be the only surviving son). The third part James divided between St Botolph church, the poor living in East Smithfield, and some friends: a cordwainer, a shoemaker, and a (black)smith.

James’s widow remarried and with her husband and son Richard sailed to America.

The gate around Aldgate was standing until the mid 1700s, history at Wikipedia.

James’s will New England historical and genealogical register volume 51 page 406