LAFAYETTE WATERS, farmer, section 30, Sherman Township, son of Jonas and Lucinda (Bartholomew) Waters, was born in Warwick Co., Ind., Feb. 11, 1843. When 10 years of age he went with his father to Minnesota, remaining only a short time, when they came to St. Joseph, Mich., and lived nearly two years. In the winter of 1855 he came with his father to Newaygo County and settled in Sherman Township, where they have made their home ever since. His father first took up 160 acres of wild land, and afterward bought 40 acres in Dayton Township. His mother died while they were living in Indiana, and since that time he has made his home with his father. They have about 75 acres under improvement.
The subject of this sketch was married in Sheridan Township, March 17, 1867, to Polly A., daughter of John and Elizabeth Nichols, natives of Ohio and Massachusetts respectively. They have had six children, five surviving: James L., Myron L., Carleton W., Edith A. and Ceylon L. William W. died Aug. 21, 1876, being three years and three months old. He has held the office of Constable one year, Township Treasurer eight years, Supervisor four years, and in politics his sympathies are with the National party.