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WALDRON, Richard, soldier, born in Alcester, England, 2 September, 1615; died in Dover, New Hampshire, 27 June, 1689. He came to this country first in 1635, and, remaining two years, made some land purchases and returned to England. There he married, and came in 1640 to reside permanently at Cocheco (now Dover), New Hampshire He was elected a representative to the general court at Boston in 1654-'76, and in 1666-'8 was speaker of the house, also in 1673, 1674, and 1679. In 1672 he was given commission as captain, and in 1674 he was made sergeant-major in the military forces of the province. In 1680 he became major-general. In January, 1680, he was elected one of the first councillors of the province. In 1681, upon the death of President John Cutts, Waldron was chosen as deputy president to fill the place made vacant. His command over the military forces threw him into constant association with the Indians. Owing to trouble in 1676, they treasured up a grudge against him, which culminated in his death thirteen years later in a barbarous manner.--His son, Richard, born in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1650; died there, 30 November, 1730, was deputy to the first assembly in 1680, a councillor in 1681, chief justice of the court of common pleas, judge of probate, and for many years chief military officer of New Hampshire. He represented Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at Boston in 1691. In 1681 he married Hannah Cutts, a daughter of President Cutts, who died with her infant son the following year. In 1693 he married Eleanor, a daughter of Richard Vaughan, and grandniece of John Cutts.--Their son, Richard, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 21 February, 1694; died there in 1753, was graduated at Harvard in 1712, was a judge and councillor and secretary of the province in 1737. He was for many years widely known as Secretary Wahlron. He married Elizabeth Westbrooke, daughter of Colonel Thomas Westbrooke, 31 December, 1718.--Their great-grandson, Edmund Quincy Sheafe, clergyman, in Dover, New Hampshire, 6 July 1812; died in Pikesville, Maryland, 16 April, 1888, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1833, and was for many years a professor in New York and Philadelphia. Later he read law, and went into practice in Cincinnati in 1842. On 15 December, 1847, after becoming a convert to the Roman Catholic faith, and studying divinity under Bishop Kenrick, he was ordained priest. Before his ordination he was professor of belles-lettres in the University of St. Louis. His first pastorate was the southern half of New Jersey, and next the Cathedral church of Philadelphia, where he remained eight years, founding a Magdalen home, and St. Vincent's asylum for the care of infants. From 1857 till 1860 he had charge of St. Matthew's church at Washington, D.C. From 1860 till 1869 he was president of Borromeo college, Pikesville, Maryland He resigned his office in 1869, and the last nine years of his life were spent in the seclusion of a home for aged and infirm clergymen in Pikesville.
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