Theophilus Drinkwater (October 28, 1792 – December 15, 1872) was an American sea captain in the first half of the 19th century.[1]

Theophilus Drinkwater
BornOctober 28, 1792
DiedDecember 15, 1872(1872-12-15) (aged 80)
Resting placeLedge Cemetery, Yarmouth, Maine, U.S.
OccupationSea captain
SpouseLouisa Prince (1822–1872; his death)

Life and career


Drinkwater was born on October 28, 1792, in North Yarmouth, Massachusetts (now in Maine), to Allen and Hannah Drinkwater.[2][3]

Drinkwater's house stood at the southern end of today's Drinkwater Point Road, for whom the street is named. The house was built in 1791 by his grandfather, Nicholas.[2]

Theophilus married Louisa Prince in 1822.[4] They had three children — Cornelia Amanda, Hannah Gray and Ferdinand.

Two months before Maine's admittance to the Union, Drinkwater became a founding member of the Chapel Religious Society in North Yarmouth.[5]

In 1835, Drinkwater and his father purchased the homestead farm of Jonathan Moulton in North Yarmouth.[6]

In 1853, he was listed as a stockholder in the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad.[7]



Drinkwater died on December 15, 1872, aged 80. He is interred in Yarmouth's Ledge Cemetery alongside his wife, who survived him by six years, and Cornelia.


  1. ^ House Documents, Volume 7. U.S. Government Printing Office (for the US House of Representatives). 1844. pp. 6–14.
  2. ^ a b Old Times: a magazine devoted to the preservation and publication of documents relating to the early history of North Yarmouth, Maine, p. 387–391
  3. ^ Bennett, Thomas C. (2014). Vital Records of Cumberland, Maine 1701-1892. Cumberland Books. p. 43.
  4. ^ Two Maine Islands: Cousins and Littlejohn Islands, Casco Bay, Town of Yarmouth, Maine. Pilot Press. 1978. p. 88.
  5. ^ The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1818. p. 307.
  6. ^ Waterman, Edgar Francis (1939). The Waterman Family, Volume 1. p. 192.
  7. ^ Public Documents of the State of Maine; Being the Reports of the Various Public Officers and Departments. University of Michigan. 1853. p. 147.