Edward Waite was born about 1803 in New York. His parents were born in New York, but their names are unknown. In 1823, he married Eliza Ann Putnam, daughter of Ephron Putnam and Phoebe Wilmarth. In the 1825 state census, Edward and Eliza are living in Ellery, New York and Edward owned 10 acres. Also living in Ellery at the time was Eliza's parents and grandmother.
Sometime afterward, they went to live in Gerry, New York. They were living there in the 1850 census with four of their children. Edward worked as a farmer. Their son Oliver lived nearby. In 1856, they went to live in the town of Carroll. They owned 111 acres on Lot 6 near the county line. In the 1860 census, Edward and Eliza are living in Carroll, New York with their son Sydney. Of their 14 children, 8 lived to adulthood. In the 1880 census, Edward is living with his daughter Sally and her husband and children in Ellery, New York.
Edward and Eliza are buried in Ivory Cemetery in Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York.