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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles Waldron, a farmer of Big River Township, was born in Suffolk County, Mass., in 1835, and is a son of Daniel B., and Drusilla (Parshlay) Waldron, natives of New Hampshire, the former a carpenter by trade; the latter died in 1855. Charles Roxbury was educated at Roxbury, now Boston, Mass., and, at the age of eighteen years, went to Davenport, Iowa, where he worked three years as an apprentice to the carpenter’s trade, and afterward as a journeyman, until 1861, the last three years at Potosi, Washington Co., Mo. In 1861 he settled on Big River, close to the county line between Washington and Jefferson Counties, and began his career as a farmer. He rented land for eight or ten years, afterward purchased, and is now the owner of 985 acres, 665 in Jefferson County and 320 in Washington County, the greater portion of which lies in Big River bottom. He is one of the substantial farmers of the community, and in connection with farming is engaged in stock-raising. He also owns four houses and lots in De Soto. In 1866 he married Mrs. Mary Byron, nee Johnson, who is a native of Jefferson County, Mo., and was born in 1835. They have three children, William Daniel, Celia Jane and Margaret. Mrs. Waldron has two children by her first husband, Addie Melissa and George W. In politics, Mr. Waldron is a stanch and life-long Democrat; he is a member of the A. O. U. W.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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