REV. Z. WATERS. Few citizens of Macoupin County were for a longer time or more closely connected with its growth, both in material and spiritual direction, than the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch and who was formerly a resident of Bird Township. He was born in Casey County, Ky., January 7, 1805, and there grew to a stalwart manhood. When ready to establish a home of his own, he chose as his wife Miss Elizabeth Canaday, with whom he was united in marriage March 25, 1824. Mrs. Waters was born in Casey County, Ky., May 9, 1806 and passed her maidenhood amid the pioneer surroundings of the Blue Grass State.
In 1825 Mr. Waters, accompanied by his wife, emigrated to Morgan County, Ill., where he resided until the fall of 1847. That date marked his arrival in this county and his settlement in Bird Township, where he continued to live until called hence. Six children came to bless his home, four sons and two daughters. In July, 1828, he became connected with the Union Baptist Church in Morgan County and in May, 1840, he was ordained to the ministry. In this work, which was very dear to him, he continued until a few months prior to his death. He was instrumental in the organization of the Charity Baptist Church in Bird Township, as well as in the building fo the house of worship located on section 14. Though passed from the earthly scenes long familiar to him, he has left behind him a memory which is revered by those who are enjoying the fruits of his labors.