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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.