He was appointed commandant of the post by Stoddard, and served
until the organization of courts. He subsequently
held office of judge of the court of common pleas. When the
earthquake of December, 1811, occurred he was sick of a fever,
and died from exposure, having been removed from the house to a
tent. He was the father of eleven children, only three
of whom married. They were Adele, Gabrielle and Peter A. The
last named was a farmer, and married Harriet, daughter of Charles
Loignon. He, also, had a family of eleven, of whom eight
married. They were Margaret C,. who first married Justice
and, after his death, John W. Butler; Alfred, who married Laura,
daughter of Dr. Robert D. Dawson; Eliza, who became the wife of
Mosely; Alphonse, who married Fanny Hatcher; Agatha, who married
Thomas Dawson; Prudence, who married Benjamin Stewart; Virginia,
now the widow of William O'Bannon, and Mary, the widow of Dr.
Robert McKay (or McCoy) came to New Madrid as early as 1791, and
for a long time was in command of a Spanish galley. After the
in the government he remained in the town, and continued to
reside there until his death in 1840.
Among these American colonists, Richard Jones Waters was the
most prominent and influential. He was a native of Maryland,
and was the son of William Waters
and Rachel Jones. He received a medical education, but seems to
have never practiced his profession. He was engaged in a
mercantile business at
Louisville, Ky., when Morgan set out for Upper Louisianna, and
he joined the expedition at that place. He was then twenty-nine
years of age, and
unmarried. He resumed business at New Madrid, and began to
accumulate property rapidly. He carried a large stock of such
goods as were in demand at
that time, and purchased the greater portion of the produce
shipped from New Madrid. He also owned the first water-mill in
the district, which was situated
on Bayou St. John. In addition to all this, he dealt very
extensively in land and land grants, and was in involved in
endless litigation. By reference
to the archives of the post, it is found that he was a party to
more than one-half of the civil suits before the commandant. But
he was a successful business
man, and at the time of his death, in 1807, his personal
property alone was valued at over $65,000, a very large amount
for that day.
On the 31st of May, 1800, he was married to Francoise Julie
Godfrey, widow of Louis Vandenbenden, and a native of Normandy.
They had no children, but prior to
their marriage he had adopted two sons of Mrs. Jacob Meyers, of
whom he was the reputed father. He was the captain of a militia
company, and served at different
times as commandant of the post ad interim. Col. De
Lassus wrote of him to Capt. Stoddard: "He is a zealous officer
of extensive knowledge, but of a somewhat extravagant
dispostion and very quarrelsome." His sons were John and
Richard Jones Waters. The former was an adventurous spirit, and
left the country as a youth. The latter
remained with his adopted mother, and at her death fell heir to
all the property. He was an intelligent gentleman of the "old
school" type, and from him have descended
many of the best people of Southeast Missouri.
Dr. Samuel Dorsey was also a native of Maryland. Upon his
establishment of the military post at New Madrid, he received
the appointment of surgeon, at a salary of $30 per month,
and continued that position until the transfer of the country to
the United States. On January 17th, 1795, he married Marie J
Boneau, a native of Vincennes, who died 1799. Subsequently he
married a daughter of Jeremiah Thompson, of Cape Girardeau
District, whither he removed to in 1804. After the earthquake
of 1811-1812, he went to Claiborne County, Miss.
Joseph Story was a native of Massachusetts, and a son of William
Story. He was a surveyor, and it is believed was brought to the
country by Morgan to assist in laying off his city. In
1794 he married, at New Madrid, Catherine, a daughter of Jacob
Seek, and a native of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Wilson was a native of Scotland, and had been a minister
in the Presbyterian Church. He was the father of George Wilson,
the first sheriff of the district.
John Summers was also a Scotchman, and was the father of Andrew
and Alexander Summers, both of whom located in the Cape
Girardeau District about 1797. Andrew married Elizabeth,
the daughter of George Ruddell, of Little Prairie.
The Vandenbendens, Joseph and Louis, were from Pennsylvania.
The latter was a merchant and a man of considerable wealth. He
died about 1797 or 1798, and his widow married Richard J.
Waters. Joseph was a large land owner, and survived his brother