ALEXANDER J. WATERS, a justice of the peace, residing in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was born in that borough, in the house in which he now resides, October 21, 1857, son of Edmund J. and Margaret (Tilibott) Waters. He was one of five in a family, three of whom survive: Elizabeth, wife of *****William L. EMIGH, of Summerhill township, Cambria county; Alexander J. of whom later; Margaret, widow of Martin L. Eruis.
Edmund J. Waters (father) was born in Monmouthshire, England, December 18, 1797, son of Alexander and Elizabeth Waters, who emigrated to the United States in 1801-02 with their family, consisting of two children. At first they located in what is now Cambria township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania; they, however, moved to Westmoreland county, settling in the Ligonier Valley, where the grandfather of Alexander J. Waters died a short time later. His widow returned to Cambria county, locating near Beulah, on the "Old Springfield Tract," where later she married a Mr. Jenkins; they had no children. She survived her second husband and died in 1828, in the house in which Alexander J. Waters, her grandson, now resides.
Edmund J. Waters, in his early years, was apprenticed to the chairmaker's trade, under John Lloyd, and for many years followed this occupation. He located in Ebensburg while yet a single man, early in the second decade of the last century. He built the present Waters' House in Ebensburg, which is pointed out as one of the early landmarks of the borough. In politics he was first a Whig and later supported the new Republican party in its early struggles. He was clerk in the county commissioner's office, and served as justice of the peace for forty years. He was an active member in the Christian church, being for a long period a deacon and church clerk. He died December 11, 1878, highly esteemed by all who knew him. His wife, Margaret (Tibbott) Waters, was born at old Tibbott's Mills, about a mile from Ebensburg, June 4, 1819. She is the daughter of Jabez and Eleanor (Reese) Tibbott, and the granddaughter of William Tibbott, an emigrant from Wales, who was the founder of Tibbott's Mills. Eleanor (Reese) Tibbott was one of the first white children born in this section, her birth occurring August 15, 1797, on the Elias Jones farm just north of the borough limits of Ebensburg. She was a daughter of Reese and Margarett Reese. Mrs. Waters is still living, hale and hearty, although past eighty-seven years of age. She resides with Alexander J. Waters.
Alexander J. Waters was reared in the manner common in his boyhood days, and attended the public schools until about seventeen years of age, when he began his career as a school teacher, following it for eight years, devoting his winters entirely to education. While he never served an apprenticeship, being by nature of a mechanical mind, he adopted the trade of carpenter, which he followed until 1896. Having come to be a skilled artisan, he always had employment. In 1896 he accepted the position of transcribing clerk in the county recorder's office, under F. B. Jones, serving there for six years. March 20, 1901, he was appointed justice of the peace to fill a vacancy, and after leaving the recorder's office, January 1, 1902, he devoted his whole time to the office of justice. In May, 1902, he was elected to succeed himself. In March, 1905, he was appointed to the office of burgess of Ebensburg, and the following spring, 1906, was elected to succeed himself to that office for the regular term. In politics Mr. Waters is Republican. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Summit Lodge, No. 312; he also holds a membership in the Odd Fellows order, Highland Lodge, No. 528, and Crescent Encampment, No. 240. Mr. Waters is a member of the Christian church. Aside from other business interests, he is one of the directors of the Ebensburg Building and Loan Company.
Mr. Waters married, January 22, 1895, Sue Owens, of Cambria township, Cambria county, daughter of Edward and Ann Owens. Mrs. Waters died January 24, 1899