Hendrick Waldron


Hendrick Waldron was born in May 1745 and christened at the Albany Dutch church. He was the son of Cornelis and Jannetie Van Ness Waldron of the "Colonie." He grew up in the middle of a large family at the Half Moon where his father died in 1756.

In November 1771, Hendrick was twenty-six when he married Rensselaerswyck native Margarita Van Vranken at the Albany Dutch church. By 1790, six children had been christened in Albany. Between 1791 and 1796, at least three more offspring were baptized at the Heldeberg Dutch church in Guilderland.

In March 1781, his brother-in-law or related by marriage, John Gates, certified that Henry worked at the armory in Albany. Afterwards, Waldron was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment. Otherwise, he seems to have tread lightly on the wartime community landscape.

In May 1786, he was identified as the husband of Margaret Van Vranken in the will filed by her father, Ryckert Van Vranken of West Rensselaerswyck.

After that, other than the birth of his children, the name of Henry Waldron no longer appeared in the community-based record examined so far.

Hendrick Waldron was not alive at the time of a brother's death in 1829.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Hendrick Waldron is CAP biography number 662. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 10/30/09; updated 2/26/14