WILLIAM WALTERS/WATERS/Danville Mounted Riflemen


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William Waters (Watters, Walters) was born February 7, 1825, in Tennessee or Mississippi, and his wife, Eliza McDow, was born in about 1827 in Alabama. Their oldest two children were born in Mississippi, and the youngest in Texas.

The couple, with their oldest daughter, was living in the Southern Dist. of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, at the time of the 1850 census. Other Walters families lived in neighboring homes at this time.

It appears that the family moved to Texas in about 1857, as William is included in the 1858 Montgomery County tax list. He rendered no land, but he rendered and paid taxes on two slaves, two horses, and a wagon.

At the time of the 1860 census, William lived in the vicinity of Danville. W. Watters was a farmer with personal property valued at $2,000 and no land of his own. The personal property consisted, at least in part, of two slaves, who were counted in the 1860 slave census.

Living in the household was J. C. Barron, a school teacher, who was from Alabama.

William joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen on May 4, 1861, a militia unit formed in Montgomery County under Captain Samuel D. Wooldridge, M. D.

William Waters is listed in the membership rolls of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106, which met in Danville until it moved to Willis in 1873.

His name is not found in the roster of the Confederate army, and it appears that he was over-age and not required to serve in the CSA.

However, he was required to serve in the local militia after the Danville Riflemen went off to war. He joined Captain J. M. Evans Company A, 17th Brigade of Texas State Troops, on August 28, 1863 and was stationed at Camp San Jacinto near Huntsville. He was elected First Corporal, a testament to his popularity and leadership skills.

During the war, William signed a petition in Danville as William Walters

In 1866, the couple's daughter, Elizabeth, married William Robert Barrett, in Montgomery County. He was a nephew of George W. Reding. By 1870, William and his wife were living in Pct 5, Walker County and were enumerated as Wm. Watters and Eliza Watters. Their daughter, Martha, age sixteen, born in Mississippi, is the only child left in the family. She later married William Mills Whitley, Jr., who was the first cousin of Cavalryman John S. Collard

Also living in the family in 1870 was 55-year-old John Conn, who had also served under Captain Wooldridge. His occupation was given as farm hand, but it's possible there were family ties, also.

The family was again enumerated in Walker County in 1880; They lived in District 155, and William was still occupied as a farmer. A niece named Elizabeth Green was also living in the household, and Martha and family were next door; also, an older female, Nancy Walters, was living with a neighboring Baker family.


Thank you to findagrave submitter, Vicki, for the use of her grave photos.

At some point after 1880, William and Eliza moved to the area of Midway, Madison County. William died there on May 6, 1907, and is buried in Barrett-Burroughs Cemetery. There is a Masonic emblem on his stone.

Eliza Walters is buried in the Barrett-Burrows Cemetery in Madison County with the inscription: 1827-January 25, 1897; Born in Green County, raised in Lauderdale, Mississippi.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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