Waldron / Waldrerne / Waldern

Edward WALDRON of Alcester Warwickshire, buried 1/13/1590

Spouse: Joan ___

Children: GeorgeEdward buried 2/11/1619, William baptized4/18/1581


George WALDRON buried at Alcester 4/12/1588

Spouse: Joan SHOLLARD married 4/3/1576,  buried 7/27/1627

Children: William


William WALDRON baptized 7/25/1567 at Alcester, buried 12/15/1636

Spouse: Catherine RAVEN married at Alcester co Warwick 11/26/1600

Children: William; George baptized at Alcester co. Warwick 4/26/1603, married at Alcester 5/31/1635 Bridget Rice;  John baptized 10/25/1606; Thomas baptized 10/29/1608, died in 1633; Foulke baptized 3/3/1610; Robert baptized 4/9/1612; Elizabeth baptized 10/10/1613; Major Richard baptized at Alcester co Warwick 1/6/1615, one of the most prominent pioneers of NH, settled at Dover NH 1636, treasurer, commissioner to hear small causes, selectman deputy to the general court, and speaker of the house at Boston for six years, president of the province 1681, tortured to death by Indians in 1689 married (1) ? (2) Ann Scammon; Katherine baptized 2/7/1618;  Alexander baptized 4/6/1620; Humphrey baptized 8/4/1622; Edward. 


William WALDRON, Mr., baptized at Alcester co Warwick 10/18/1601, of Dover in 1640 Census, freeman 5/19/1642; had an inclination for drink and contention, "a good clerk and a subtle man," drowned crossing a river at Kennebunk 9/1646, recorder from 1641 to 1648, a magistrate in 1642, member of the church, deputy to the general court 1646

Spouse: ______  Married by 1625 Dover

Children: Prudence married by 1661 Richard Scammon; Christopher mentioned in the English pedigree which is on record in the chancery court England; William born 1642; George; Alexander died at Dover 1676; John 

Great Migration Newsletter: Willi[am] Walderne (Dv) On 18 Aug 1640, "John Jordan, citizen and grocer of London," made a power of attorney to Will[ia]m Waldern and Richard Waldern of Pascattaway in New England" [Lechford 290, GDMNH 712].

Gen. Dic. of ME & NH pg 712: Waldron, William, Mr., Dover, bp at Alcester 10/18/1601, oldest of 11 ch. incl (3,10)[George & Major Richard] was with (1) in 1640 at Dover where his few yrs were well filled. Freeman 5/19/1642; Assistant to the Magistrates and Com.t.e.s.c. 1642; sworn Recorder of the Prov of ME 10/21/1645 and serving 7/6/1646; Clerk of the Writs and Recorder at Dover 1646; Deputy 1646. As a partner with the Shrewsbury men, he gave a bond to Mr. Whiting et al in 1645 and a mortg on his Dover ho. and land to (1) who had signed with him. Sued by Lt. Edmund Greenleaf for debt in 1643 and 1646; with Mr. Robert Saltonstall an agent for Mr. Shurt in 1645. He wit. Francis Matthews' deed 9/5/1646 and that mo was drowned at Kennebunk on his way back from Saco, leaving many creditors. Winthrop called him a good clerk and subtle man, while noting his inclination for drink and contention.  Lists 351ab, 352, 353, 386, 53. See also Jenks(1)./ Only kn and only surv ch: Prodence m Richard Scammon(3); see MA Col.Rec. 4: 2: 303.

Gen Reg 1st Settlers of NE: SCAMMON, RICHARD, Portsmouth 1642, m Prudence only daughter of William Waldron, had son William b in 1664. WALDRON, WILLIAM, brother of Major Richard Waldron, was admitted freeman 1640, lived in Dover, which he represented in 1646, and was drowned at Kennebunk, in Sept 1647. Winthrop, ii. Hist N E 278. RICHARD, came from Somersetshire, England, a 1635, and settled at Dover, which he represented in the general court at Boston 22 years, commencing with 1654; was speaker of the house from 1666 to 1668, 1673, 1679, and part of 1674. He was a captain, and afterwards major of the military forces; was one of the first counsellors of the province of N H 1680, and president in 1681, on the death of John Cutt. He was killed by the Indians 27 June 1689 in their attack on Dover, when he was a 80 years old. His children, by two wives, one of whom was Ann were 1. Paul who d in Algiers a 1669; 2 Timothy who died while a student at H. C. 3. Richard (see next article); 4. Eleazar b 1665 5. Elizabeth b 1666; 6 Mary 1668; 7. Esther; 8. Mary. The sons, excepting Richard died without issue. Two of the daughters m Rev. Joseph Gerrish and his brother John Gerrish. The Waldron family is supposed, in a letter from Rev John Walrond, of Ottery, in England, to Rev. William Waldron, of Boston, penes me, to be desended from an ancient family in Devonshire, the seat of which was granted by the crown of England to Richard Walerand, a the year 1130, and to prove the identity of the names, the writer cites Skinner's Ætymologicon Lingæ Anglicanæ as follows: "Walarand, olim Prænomen, nunc Cognomen, ab Anglo-Sax. Walpian, volvere, et Rand, et Scutum, volvere scutum, i.e. Clypeum huc illuc circumagit. Waldron autem Cognomen contractum est, a Walarant." RICHARD, son of the preceding, was born in 1650, lived in Portsmouth, which he represented at Boston in 1691. He was appointed a counsellor of NH in 1681; was chief justice of the court of common pleas; judge of probate; chief military officer of NH many years, and died 30 Nov 1730, aged 80. By his first wife, who died 1682, a daughter of President Cutt, he had one child, Samuel, who died an infant; by his 2d, Eleanor (born 5 March 1669 d Sept 1727) daughter of major William Vaughan, he had 1. Richard b 21 Feb 1694, grad at H. C. 1712, m. Elizabeth Westbrook, was a judge, counsellor, secretary of the province, father of Thomas Westbrook Waldron, also a counsellor, and colonel, who was grandfather of Maj Richard Russel Waldron, of Portsmouth; 2 Margaret b 1695; 3. William b 4 August 1697, grad at H. C. 1717, was ordained over the brick church in Middle Street, Boston 23 May 1722; and d 20 Sept 1727, ae 30, leaving issue; 4 Anna born 27 Aug 1698 m Rev Henry Rust, of Stratham, a 1719 d 1734; 5. Abigail b 28 July 1704 m Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall about 1726 died 1735 aged 31; 6. Eleanor b 1706.

Pioneers of ME & NH: WALDERNE, WALDRON, CAPTAIN RICHARD, Dover, signed the Combination in 1640; had lawsuit in 1641; recorded proprietor in 1642; selectman 1647 & 1665. Joined with William Waldron in a bond 6/12/1645. Removed to Boston; her servant Elizabeth Tilston d 9/2/1658. With wife Ann he sold land at Dover 4/13/1660. Was appointed to join persons in marriage in 1662. Returned to Dover. He deposed in June 1664, age about 48 years. Signed petition to Gen Court 10/10/1665. Ch: Elnathan b in Boston 7/6 died 12/10/1659; Esther b 12/1/1660; Mary b 9/14/1663; Eliazer b at Dover 5/1/1665; Elizabeth b 10/18/1666; Marah b 7/17/1668 [Dov Hist Col] His wife Anne d 2/7/1684-5. He was killed by the Indians 6/28/1689. WILLIAM, Dover, "partner with the Shrewsbury men." [MA Col Rec IV Pt II.] Signed the combination in 1640; was a proprietor and recorder of lands for the town in 1642. Freeman 1642; deputy, 1645-6. Gave bonds 6/12/1645 for payment of money to Mr. William Whiting for the use of "The Adventurers in Piscataqua River" and for "The Shrewsbury merchants." [Suff. De.] "A good clerk and a subtle man." Went to Saco, and on his return in 9/1646 was drowned in attempting to cross a small river at Kennebunk. [W.] Dau. Prudence m Richard Scamman. They petitioned the Gen Court in 1664. The court of Dover ordered his creditors to present their accounts at the General Court at Boston, and the estate was settled by Capt Thomas Wiggin and Edward Rawson; then left in the hands of Hate Evill Nutter and John Hall until 5/22/1666, when it was given to Richard Scamman for his wife Prudence.

New England Families, Genealogical & Memorial: The Waldron Line -  The Waldron family has been traced for several centuries in England. The ancient seat of the family is in Warwickshire I Edward Waldron or Walderne lived at Alcester Warwickshire England and was buried there January 13 1590. He married Joan Children George mentioned below, Edward buried February 11 1619, William baptized April 18 1581. II George Waldron son of Edward Waldron was buried at Alcester April 12 1588. He married July 3 1576 Joan Shollard who was buried July 27 1627. III William Waldron son of George Waldron was baptized at Alcester July 25 1577 and was buried there December 25 1636. He married November 26 1600 at Alcester Catherine Raven Children born at Alcester i William mentioned below, 2 George baptized April 26 1603, 3 John baptized October 25 1606, 4 Thomas baptized October 29 1608 died in 1633, 5 Foulke baptized March 3 1610, 6 Robert baptized April 9 1612, 7 Elizabeth baptized October 10 1613, 8 Major Richard baptized January 6 1615 was one of the most prominent pioneers of New Hampshire settled at Dover New Hampshire 1636 treasurer commissioner to hear small causes selectman deputy to the general court and speaker of the house at Boston for six years president of the province 1681, tortured to death by Indians in 1689, 9 Katherine baptized February 7 1618, 10 Alexander baptized April 6 1620, 11 Humphrey baptized August 4 1622, 12 Edward.  IV William 2 Waldron son of William i Waldron was baptized in Alcester October 13 1601. He came to Dover about the same time as his more famous brother Major Waldron. He was recorder from 1641 to 1648, a magistrate in 1642, member of the church deputy to the general court 1646. He was accidentally drowned in 1646. Children i Christopher mentioned in the English pedigree which is on record in the chancery court England, 2 William born 1642, 3 George, 4 Alexander died at Dover 1676, 5 John mentioned below, V John Waldron son of William Waldron lived at Dover taxpayer 1672 VI John 2 Waldron son or nephew of John i Waldron lived in Dover A tradition however states that he lived in England when a boy.

Soldiers in King Philip's war: being a critical account of that war: MAJOR RICHARD WALDERNE AND HIS MEN. THE Walderne family to which the subject of this chapter, Richard Walderne, belonged, is of ancient lineage as seen in the Pedigree found by HG Somerby in England and published by him in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol viii p 78. This shows descent from Edward Walderne and Joan his wife of Alcester in Warwickshire through George Walderne and Joan Shallarde, married July 8 1576, who had William baptized July 25 1577 married Catherine Raven at Alcester November 26 1600 and had nine sons and two daughters. The seventh son was Richard baptized January 6 1615. This Richard  Walderne came to America it is said in 1635 to See the Country, He stayed about two Years and returned to England and there Marryed a Gentlewoman of a very good family whose parents were very unwilling She Should come away, her names are not remembered nor of w place. The matter above quoted is from the fragment of a letter from James Jeffrey to Councillor Richard3 Waldron the Major's grandson.Major Walderne came to America with his young wife about 1637. After her death he married Anne Scammon sister of Richard. His children were Paul who died in Algiers about 1669 probably on board one of his father's vessels, Timothy who died while a student in Harvard College, Richard born 1650, Anna married Rev Joseph Gerrish, Elnathan born July 6 1659 in Boston died Dec 10 1659, Esther born Dec 1 1660 in Boston married 1 Henry Elkins 2 Abraham Lee June 21 1686 3 Richard Jose and 4. She died in the Isle of Jersey, Mary born Sept 14 1663 in Boston died young, Eleazer born May 1 1665, Elizabeth born Oct 8 1666 married John Gerrish of Dover, Maria born July 17 1668 died about the age of fourteen, Richard the son of Major Walderne changed the surname to Waldron and the family has since been known as Waldron. He married 1 Hannah Cutt Feb 16 1681 who died Feb 14 1682 at the birth of her first child, 2 Eleanor Vaughan who died September 1727. He died Nov 3 1730.  ///  It is supposed that Major Walderne was a man of some property when he came to this country as he purchased a large tract of land at Cocheco Dover NH where he settled about 1640, erected saw mills, established his business and made his home. He was a man of remarkable enterprise and ability and by wise investment and diligent use of his opportunities acquired a large property for his time. He established a truck house for the accommodation of the Indians and his own gain at Pennacook in 1668 and it was there that an Englishman Thomas Dickinson was killed by an Indian who was drunk and whom the Indians immediately punished with death. An investigation ensued and Major Walderne was accused of selling or furnishing liquors at his truck house which made the Indian drunk contrary to the laws and the special terms of the treaty. The papers in this case are preserved in the Mass Archives vol 30 pp 154 161. The liquors were said to be sold by the hand of Paul Walderne son of the Major and Peter Coffin. During the investigation the Major was suspended from his office by his brother magistrates but upon his own oath as to his entire innocence of complicity either direct or indirect in the affair and upon the evidence he was acquitted as well as his son and was restored to his office and power while Peter Coffin was convicted and fined fifty pounds. He was much in public life and exerted a wide influence in various ways. He was representative to the General Court for thirteen years and was Speaker of the House for seven years was appointed to be a magistrate for the North Circuit of old Norfolk County consisting of Portsmouth and Dover and also of the County of York. Major Walderne seems to have been in full sympathy with the strictest Puritans of Massachusetts Colony and a sturdy champion of colonial rights and ecclesiastical authority if we regard his severe treatment of the Quakers within his jurisdiction as zeal for the church. His wide influence among the people is seen to have been due to general popularity by his large vote at elections in the times when people dared to put their will and meant to put their conscience into their votes In his extensive trade with the Indians and in constant communication with them he seemed to have kept their confidence and to have had very little trouble with them in the thirty five years that he had lived near them. There had been provocations doubtless on the part of the English as well as the Indians and the Major in common with other magistrates was obstinate and stupidly severe in the administration of English law upon a wild heathen people who had no more idea of its meaning than of Sanskrit. The Indians knew the meaning of gratitude as well as vengeance they could bide their time and dissemble submission but they did not forget Dover was a frontier town and several years before the war houses had been fortified and a stockade set up about the meeting house to prevent a surprise. Large numbers of Indians were coming and going among the settlers were received and entertained in their houses were well acquainted with the habits and peculiarities of their home life and ways of business and worship and it is probable that there was no other place in the Colony where the relations of settlers and Indians were more free and kindly than in this settlement at Dover. At the same time here as elsewhere the English regarded the Indians with ill concealed contempt as inferior beings and not really worth conciliating in permanent friendship but to be tolerated till such time as they could be conveniently driven away.

Torrey's NE Marriages: Waldron, William (1601 - 1646?) & ______ by 1625 Dover NH
Waldron, Prudence & Scammon, Richard by 1661 Dover NH

Note: Waldron had, in fact, taken advantage and abused the Native population over a period of years and his manner of death was in retribution for said behavior. [Per descendant of Waldron.]


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