Biography of Ephraim G. Waldron


Waldron, Ephraim G., Alden, is a descendant of one of the oldest Holland families in this country. They have been prominent and active in public and military life for more than two hundred years. They were among the earliest settlers in New York city, and the Baron Van Walfron Hall built in 1660 on the banks of the Harlem River, is still standing, a historic landmark. David Waldron, grandfather of E. G., was a noted soldier in the Revolutionary war and was with General Washington at the crossing of the Delaware. Ephraim G., the subject of this sketch, was born in New York city, August 2, 1813, and was a son of Joseph and Martha Waldron, also natives of that city. Soon after his birth his parents moved to Albany, where they lived until he was twelve years old. At that time he went with his mother to Steuben, Oneida county, and three years later he apprenticed himself to Benjamin Brayton at Trenton, N. Y., to learn the tanner and currier trade. He continued there until he was twenty years of age, when he moved to the south part of the State. where for several years he worked at his trade and carried on the shoemaking business. In 1836 Mr. Waldron located in Akron, Erie county, where he worked at his trade and conducted a temperance hotel. That same year he married Harriet Brown of Greene county, N. Y. After a few years they moved to Buffalo, where Mr. Waidron engaged in the dock and storage business. They lived in Buffalo until 1873, at which time Mr. Waldron went out of business and subsequently spent nearly a year and a half in California. Upon his return he bought a farm at Alden village, upon which they have lived until 1895, when he sold the property and has since lived a retired life. He has been one of the foremost citizens of the town ever since his residence within its borders. They have had three daughters, one of whom, Mrs. George T. Bentley of Alden, survives. Mrs. Waidron died in 1893.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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