- John A. Tilley
Waters, Daniel (20 June 1731–26 March 1816), naval officer and privateer, was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the son of Adam Waters and Rachel Draper. Daniel Waters took up seafaring at an early age and became a captain in the merchant service. In 1759 he married Agnes Smith; the couple had one child. In 1771 he moved from Charlestown to the nearby village of Malden. An early convert to the cause of the American Revolution, he joined the local militia. His company participated in the fight with the British regulars at Lexington and Concord on 19 April 1775; shortly thereafter the Malden committee of safety put him in charge of the town’s defenses. During the siege of Boston he commanded a gunboat on the Charles River....