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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

The first Waldrons to the area were William G. Waldron and his wife Judike, married in 1804. They moved to this area with their five children and first settled near "Elm Hill" where they built a log cabin. Later, they moved to North Creek. Five Waldron boys served in the Civil War, all are buried in Union Cemetery in North Creek, as are Rollin Russell and Beriah Wilber. Special thanks to Mr. Courtney Tucker and Sharon (Waldron) Hammond for many of the details in this week's column.

Waldron, Cortland

Born July 24, 1842 and listed as 18 in the 1860 census. Son of Cornelius and Margaret (Washburn). Enlisted Sept. 3, 1864 in Co. D of the 175th NYVI at Plattsburgh and paid an enlistment bonus of $33.33. Died in Feb. 29, 1865 of "chronic diarrhea" (Dysentery) on the board the steam transport "Northern Lights" enroute from Morehead City, NC to New York harbor.

Waldron, John Daniel

Born May 18, 1845 and listed as 15 in the 1860 census. Son of Daniel and Aseneth (Hills, possibly of Abenaki heritage). Nineteen years of age when he signed on with Cortland in Plattsburgh to serve in Co. D of the 175th. Became ill with pleurisy on his left side and heart disease contracted near Winchester, VA in Nov. - just months after his enlistment, from. Sent home to Johnsburg sick with second stage "Variola" and affidavits filed indicate that he was so sick that he could not even raise his head from his pillow. Furloughed at the end of the war. Received a pension as an invalid after the war and died Jan. 6, 1937.

Waldron, Josiah D.

Born in 1846 and listed as 14 in the 1860 census. Enlisted July 26, 1862 at age 16 in Horicon and served as a fifer in Co. D of the 118th NYVI. Died Jan. 20, 1863 at age 17 of fever brought on by measles in camp near Fort Ethan Allen in Virginia near Washington, DC.

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