Oliver Waldron

1787 – 1867

Oliver Waldron, ancestor of the name in Wiregrass Georgia and Florida, was born in Georgia in 1787 (1). He is likely the son of John and Hannah Green Waldron (14), who purchased a 265 acre tract of land in Bryan County in 1789, making Oliver’s county of birth Bryan County.

Oliver was married in 1806 in Bryan County to Ann Sylvester (2), born 1787 in South Carolina (1).  They had nine known children:

Rebecca Jane  b. 28 Aug 1810,  d. 9 Dec 1898 m. William Walker

Elias David  b. 7 Jun 1811,  d. 20 Oct 1894, m. Nancy Banner Thomas

George Washington Sylvester  b. 13 Jan 1813, d. 24 May 1895, m. 1st Henrietta Raulerson,  m. Sept. 5, 1833; 2nd Catherine Stewart abt 1839; 3rd Mrs. Rebecca Lane-Raulerson.

Lydia b. 15 Jan 1815. d. 9 Nov 1875. m. Russell Raulerson 17 Sep 1835.

Oliver Asbury b. 17 Aug 1816, d. 17 Dec 1885, m. 1st Chloe Howard abt 1840; 2nd Ann Jane Waters Minchew 9 Oct 1864.

Georgia Ann b. 9 Oct 1817 d. 10 Sept 1899, m. Benjamin W. Guest 1844.

Rhoda b. 20 May 1820 d. 18 Jan 1909, m. Joseph Thomas 1836.

Frances b. 25 Mar 1821 d. 15 Sep 1879, m. Thomas Albritton Jr.

David Elias “Jesse” b. 4 Mar 1827 d. 8 Nov 1908, m. Mary Ann Thompson.

Oliver served in the War of 1812.  He enlisted Jan, 18, 1815, in Bryan County, as a private under Capt. James Bird in Col. Pray's regiment, Georgia militia, and served until March 2, 1815, when he was honorably discharged (3).

Widows Pension FIle for Oliver Waldron

Oliver Waldron was enumerated in Bryan County where he was married and was living during the 1820 census (4).

He and his brother, David Waldron, moved to Ware County (now Pierce) soon after Ware was formed, during 1824, out of Appling County.  Oliver Waldron's home was located about two miles northeastward from where present day Blackshear is now located (1).  The Waldron family was enumerated within this locale during the 1830 census for Ware (5).

Mr. Waldron served as Justice of the Peace, 584th district of Ware County, 1831-33, and Justice of Ware Inferior Court, 1837-1841 (1). 

Judge Huxford states in POWG Vol. 4; “He served as a private in Capt. James A. Sweat's company of Ware County militia, June 9th to August 19th, 1838, in the Indian War”. (1).  Two of Oliver’s sons George and Elias were mustered in this Company.  In addition there was an Asberry Waldron mustered in this company.  It is possible this is Oliver, but more likely is son Oliver “Asberry” (6).  Oliver Sr would be 51, son Asberry would be 21/22.

The Waldron family was enumerated in District 451 in Ware County during 1840 (10).

About 1845 he moved to Columbia County, Florida (1).  The family was enumerated in Columbia County during the 1850 Population Schedule (11).  The Oliver Waldron family lived in Columbia County, FL until 1857 (3). 


On 2 Nov 1854, Oliver had 160 acres of land in Columbia County, Florida “assigned” to him from John Bonnell (8).


Oliver also applied for Bounty Land on 1 Oct 1856 and received a Land Warrant No.74.942 for 42.91 acres of land for his service in the War of 1812 (7).  This land appears to be in Marion/Putnam County, Florida.

Oliver was once again assigned land on 1 Apr 1857, this time from Jesse C. Waldron.  This plot was a little over 40 aces located in Alachua County, Florida (9).

The family relocated to Manatee County, Florida around 1858 (1), where Oliver  was enumerated during the 1860 census (12).

He died Nov. 5, 1867 at his home at Suwannee Shoals, Florida (1).  His wife survived and made her home with her son, Jesse/David, spending her last years in Manatee County, Florida.  She is found there during the 1870 Census for that county, age 80 (13).

His widow filed for a widows pension for this service in 1870.  The pension was not granted until Oct 1873, possibly after her demise.  The transcription of the text in document: 

Widow No. 10,449 Treasury Department Third Auditor's Office October 11, 1873 Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions with the information that the rolls of Capt. James Bird's Company of Georgia Militia show that Oliver WALDRON, Private served from January 13th, 1815 to March 3rd, 1815. His name is not shown on the roles of Capt. ______ Mann's Company of Georgia Militia. A.M. ________ Actg. Auditor

Ann passed way three years later in 1873 (1).  The place of interments for both Oliver and Ann are currently unknown.



Works Cited:

(1) Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Volume 4, pg 320, Fifth Printing 1990, Compiled and Published by Folks Huxford. 

(2) South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online..
Record for Oliver Waldron
South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965
about Oliver Waldron
Name: Oliver Waldron
Spouse: Ann
Marriage Date: 1806
Source: Georgia Genealogical Magazine, No. 6. 

(3) War of 1812 Service Records, Direct Data Capture, comp., (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online..
Record for Oliver Waldron
War of 1812 Service Records
about Oliver Waldron
Name: Oliver Waldron
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
Roll Box: 217
Roll Exct: 602

(4) 1820 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;). 1820 U S Census: Bryan, Georgia, Page: 6; NARA Roll: M33_7; Image: 19.

(5) 1830 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;). 1830 U S Census: Ware, Georgia, Page: 189; NARA Roll: M19-21; Family History Film: 0007041.

(6) http://genealogytrails.com/geo/lowndes/mil_indian.html; Muster Roll of Capt. James. A. Sweat’s Company.

(7)  http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=0842-398&docClass=MW&sid=hceeeeh1.w1h#patentDetailsTabIndex=1

(8) http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=0823-470&docClass=MW&sid=am3vfpmq.edm#patentDetailsTabIndex=1

(9) http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=0590-453&docClass=MW&sid=am3vfpmq.edm#patentDetailsTabIndex=1

(10) 1840 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;). Year: 1840; Census Place: District 451, Ware, Georgia; Roll: 52; Page: 140; Image: 288; Family History Library Film: 0007048.

(11) 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).  Year: 1850; Census Place: , Columbia, Florida; Roll: M432_58; Page: 46B; Image: 92.

(12) 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;). Year: 1860; Census Place: Sub Division, Manatee, Florida; Roll: M653_108; Page: 243; Image: 243; Family History Library Film: 803108.

(13) "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNZF-FWS : accessed 05 Aug 2014), David Waldron, Florida, United States; citing p. 1, family 5, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545631.

(14) The David Mikel waldron Family, author Carl E. Stokes, published in St Augustine 1913, pg 2.