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  • Name William HALDRON 
    Born Abt 1650 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 19J4-T1C 
    AFN 1NGL-0NG 
    Died Abt 7 Dec 1687  East River, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Drowning 
    Event 1 7 Dec 1787 
    Coroner's inquest 

    • (1) Source: "Dongan Family Tree," a Public Member Tree on

      (2) Pierce, Carl Horton, New Harlem, Past and Present: the Story of an Amazing Civic Wrong, Now at Last to Be Righted, New York, NY: New Harlem Publishing Company, 1903, pp. 282-284:

      New Harlem's village smith, William Haldron, whose anvil was the first to echo through the Church Lane elms, appears in the Harlem records in 1685, the year before Dongan's patent was issued.

      He is described as an Englishman of tireless activity, determined to make his way in the world, for the sake of his wife and little son, by dint of more than ordinary industry. He was a blacksmith by trade; and as the little band of villagers were sadly in need of someone to make angle irons and the like, Mr. Haldron's coming was hailed with delight. "Just the one we needed," exclaimed the villagers, unanimously, as they welcomed him with one hand, holding in the other the specifications of the church. Undeterred by the fact that this edifice was to be 36 Dutch feet across, with an arched roof, a small steeple, and a scuttle in the roof, Mr. Haldron intimated that the sooner his forge was completed the quicker they would get the supplies he was expected to furnish.

      Rapidly the forge was built, where the road ran down by the green to the creek, at 124th Street, and willing hands supplied Haldron's needs almost faster than they came up. Neighbors opened their homes to Mrs. Haldron and the children of the village opened their hearts to little Henry, the son.

      Meanwhile the new patent was drawn up by Governor Dongan, and the names of those who had subscribed their names to the document of January 8th preceding were entered as patentees, with the following changes: Jacques Tourneur stood also for his son Jacques, and Peter Parmentier took the place of Jan Louwe Bogert; John Delavall was added in the stead of his father, and Councillor Spragge, Johannes Verveelen and William Haldron, the smith (all freeholders), were entered as patentees ; and in the tax list for Dec. 3d, 1685, William Haldron is rated at 1 erf [lot], taxed at 1:17?? florins.

      Then Mr. Haldron plied his hammer and pumped his bellows, waking the neighbors at early dawn with the music of his anvil. Showers of sparks flew riverward, and, night and day, the smith worked, the zeal of the entire community spurring him to action; for was not this the proudest event in the history of New Harlem, - the building of her second church ? "Think of Haldron's opportunity;" exclaimed the men over their pipes and mugs of ale at the ordinary. "You should be proud, Vrouw Haldron," commented the women.

      Immediately, every nerve in Haldron's strong arms was strained to its utmost, with the result, that almost before the village realized it, 139 pounds of iron at 1 guilder 10 stivers (sixty cents) the pound, was turned out, drayed over to the church site (between 125th and 124th Streets on First Avenue), and the gilded "haen" (weather-cock) floated triumphantly in the sound breezes.

      Alas! the arm which was master at the anvil was no match for East River currents. On December 7, 1687, William Haldron was drowned. Neighbors comforted Mrs. Haldron as best they could, but she survived the shock only a few months, leaving the lad Henry to fight his way alone in the world.

      In April, 1690, the town court ordered "that the property found in the house where William Haldron's widow died, according to the inventory, and also the smithshop, shall be given over to the deaconry of New Harlem and to Johannes Vermilyea." (Riker, p. 513).

      Three years later (June 1st, 1693) Zacharias Sickels, an Albany blacksmith, took possession of the Haldron establishment, which included the "house, with smithshop and garden (smith tools included)" signing therefor with the deacons of New Harlem a three years' lease. Included in the New Harlem Records Riker found this document, in English, signed and dated April 17, 1696, by Henry Haldron, giving the deaconry full power to sell or otherwise dispose of William Haldron's effects:

      "I, Henry Haldron, son of William Haldron, deceased, do hereby acquit and discharge the Overseers and Poormasters of Harlem, and by these presents do give them full power to sell and dispose of all the goods and movables that did belong to my father, William Haldron, deceased."

      "Mr. Haldron's children, so far as known," says Riker (page 513) "were Henry, John and Anna, who, in 1705, married John Allen of Milford, and, in 1720, Thomas Cox of Boston."

      Of Henry there is no further account, after the signing of this deed. John Haldron, born at Harlem, married, May 18th, 1707, Cornelia, daughter of Doctor Lucas van Tienhoven, and widow of Andries Holst. She was born in 1678. About 1712 they removed to Tappan on the Hudson, where their descendants became numerous. The children were William, born 1708; Elizabeth, 1709; Lucas, 1711; Elsie, 1713; Sarah, 1716; John, 1719; Cornelius, 1721. William married and had nine children, whose births are recorded. John and Cornelius also had families.

      (3) Riker, James, Revised History of Harlem (City of New York), New York, NY: New Harlem Publishing Company, 1904, p. 558:

      William Haldron . . . first comes to notice in 1685, as the owner of a house and lot (erf), by virtue of which he was numbered with the patentees. By a clerical error, as we must regard it, his name is entered in the official record of the Dongan Patent as Waldron; but fortunately contemporary records remove all doubt of Haldron's identity as the patentee. Being a blacksmith, he made most of the iron-work for the church built in 1686, but the next year he was unfortunately drowned in the river, on or about December 7, 1687, date of the coroner's inquest. His widow survived him but a short time, for in April, 1690, the town court ordered "that the property found in the house where William Haldron's widow died, according to the inventory, and also the smithshop, shall be given over to the deaconry of New Harlem and to Johannes Vermilye."

      On June 1, 1693, Zacharias Sickels, a smith from Albany, was put in possession as tenant of the "house, with smithshop and garden" (smith tools included), by the deacons, who on April 18, 1694, gave him a formal lease for three years from the date of occupancy.

      We find the following, written in English, signed and dated April 17, 1696: "I, Henry Haldron, son of William Haldron, deceased, do hereby acquit and discharge the Overseers and Poor-masters of Harlem, and by these presents do give them full power to sell and dispose of all the goods and movables that did belong to my father, William Haldron, deceased." It was soon after this that Jan Kiersen bought the Haldron property, in which was included lot No. 17, on Jochem Pieters' Hills, set off to Haldron's erf right in 1691.


      2. Henry.

      3. John, who married Cornelia Van Tienhoven Holst, May 18, 1707, had eight children. Removed to Tappan, N. Y., about 1713. She was the daughter of Dr. Lucas Van Tienhoven, and widow of Andries Holst.

      4. Anna (Johanna), who married first, John Allen, of Milford, June 28, 1705, had three children. She married second, Thomas Cox, September 4, 1720, had one child. Her second husband was a widower, of Boston, Mass.

      (4) Colonial Charters, Patents and Grants to the Communities Comprising the City of New York, New York, NY: Board of Statutory Consolidation of the City of New York, 1939, pp. 347-352:


      Recorded for the Inhabitants of Harlem.

      Thomas Dongan Capt Genll Governour in cheife & vice Admirall in & over the Province of New Yorke & its Dependencyes thereon in America under his Majesty JAMES the second by the Grace of God of England Scottland ffrance & Ireland King Defendor of the faith &c. To all whom these prsents shall come SENDETH GREETING WHEREAS Richard Nicolls Esq formerly Governour of this Province hath by his Certaine Writing or Pattent beareing Date the Eleventh Day of October Anno Dom one thousand six hundred sixty seven Did Give Rattifie Confirme & Grant unto Thomas Dellavall esq John Veroelin Daniell Turner Joost Oblene & Resolved Waldron As Pattentees for & on the behalfe of themselves & their Associates the ffreeholders & Inhabitants of New Harlem Their heirs successors & Assigns all that tract together with the severall Parcells of land which they then had or After should bee Purchased or Procured for & on the behalfe of the said towne within the Bounds & Limitts hereafter sett forth & Exprest Vizt that is to say from the West side of the ffence of the said Towne a Line being Runn Due west fouer hundred English poles without Varriacon of the Compasse & att the end thereof Another line being drawne crosse the Island north & South with the Variacon that is to Say north from the end of A certaine piece of Meadow Ground Comonly Called the meadow Ground the round meadow neare or Adjoyning unto Hudsons or the north River & south to the place where formerly Stood the Saw Mills over against Verckins or hogg Island in the sound or East River shall bee the westerne Bounds of their Lands and all the lands lyeing & being within the said Line so Drawne north & south as aforesaid Eastward to the end of the towne & Harlem River or any parte of the said River on which this Island Doth Abutt & likewise on the north & east Rivers within the Limitts aforemenconed described Doth & shall belong to the said Towne as Also fouer lotts of meadow Ground upon the maine markt with Number 1:2:3:4 lyeing over Against the spring where a Passage bath been used to fford over from this Island to the maine & from thence heither with a Small Island Comonly Called Stony Island lyeing to the East of the towne & Harlem River Goeing through broncks kill by the little & greate barns Islands upon which their are also four Other Lotts of Meadow Ground marked with Number 1:2:3:4: together with all the Soyles creeks Quarryes woods Meadows Pastures Marshes Waters lakes ffishing hawking hunting & fowleing And all other Proffitts Commodityes Emoluments & hereditamts to the said Land & Premissess within the bounds & Limitts Sett forth belonging or in any wise Appertaineing & Also fredome of Comonage for Range & feed of cattle & horses further west into the woods upon this Island as well without as within their bounds & limitts Sett forth & exprest TO have & to hold All & Singuler the said Lands Island comonage Hereditaments & Premissess with their & Every of their Appurtennces & of Every parte & Parcell thereof unto the said Pattentees & their Associates their heirs Successors & Assignes to the Proper use & behoofe of the said Pattentes & their Associates their heirs Successors & Assignes for ever And whereas Richard Nicolls Esq Did likewise Rattifie Confirme & grant unto the said Pattentees & their Associates their heirs successors & Assignes all the Rights & Privilidges belonging to a towne within the this Govermnt with this Proviso or Exception that in all matters of Debt or tresspasse of or Above the Value of five Pounds they shall have Relacon unto & Dependance upon the Courts of this Citty as the other towns have upon the severall Courts of Sessions to which they Doe belong & that the Place of their Present habitacon shall Continue & Retaine the name of New Harlem by which name & Stile it Shall be Distinguished & knowne in all bargaines & Sales Deeds writeings & Records & that no person Whatsoever Should be suffered or Permitted to Erect any manner of house or Building upon this said Island within two Miles of the Limitts & bounds Aforemenconed without the Consent & Approbacon of the Major parte of the Inhabitants of the said Towne & whereas the said towne lyes Verry Commodious for A fferry to & from the Maine which may redound to the Perticuler beneffitt of the Inhabitants as well as to A Generall good the ffreeholders & Inhabitants of the said Towne Should in Consideracon of the beneffitts & Privilidges therein Granted as Also for what Advantage they might Receive thereby be Enjoyned & Oblidged at their owne Proper Costs & Charge to build or provide one or more boats fitt for the transportacon of Men horse or Cattle for which was to be A Certaine Allowance Given by each Particuler Person as should be then Ordered & Adjudged fitt & Reasonable they the said Pattentees & their Associates their heirs Successors & Assignes Rendering & Paying such Dutyes & Accknowledgmts as then were Or after Should be Established by the Laws of this Governmt under the Obedience of his Royll Highss his heirs & Successors as in & by the Said Pattent Remaineing Upon Record in the Secretaryes Office Reference being thereunto had Doth fully & att Large Appeare And whereas the Present Inhabitants & Freeholders of the towne of New Harlem Aforesaid have made their Applycacon unto me for A more full & Ample Confirmacon of their Premissess to them their heirs successors & Assignes for ever in their Quiett & peaceable Possession NOW KNOW YEE that by Virtue of the Commission & Authority to me Derived & Power in me Resideing in Consideracon of the Premisses & of the Quitt Rent herein after Reserved I have Given Granted Rattified & Confirmed & by these Presents Doe Give Grant Rattifie & Confirme unto Jan Delavall Resolve Waldron Joost Van Oblinus Daniell Turneir Adolph Meyer John Spragge Jan Hendricks Brevort Jan Delamastre Isaac Dalamater Baren Waldren Joannes Vermillier Lawrence Jansen Peter Van Oblimus Jan Dyckman Jan Nagel Arent Harmense Cornelis Jansen Jackelyne Turnier Hester Delamastre Johanes Vermillion William Waldron Abraham Mounteneir Peter Marmonder as Pattentees for & on the behalfe of themselves the Presents ffreeholders & Inhabitants of the said towne of New Harlem their heirs Successors & Assignes All & singular the before recited tract parcell & parcells of land & meadow butted & Bounded as in the said pattent is menconed & Exprest together wth all & Singuler the Messuages Tennemts houses buildings barnes Stables Orchards Gardens Pastures Mills Mill Dams runs Streams Ponds woods underwoods trees timber fenceing fishing hawking hunting & fowleing Libertyes Privilidges hereditamts & Improvemts whatsoever to the said tract of Land & Premissess belonging or in any wise Appurtaineing or Accepted Reputed taken or knowne or used occupied & Enjoyed as parte parcell or member thereof with their & Every of their Appurtennces Alwayes Provided that nothing Contained therein shall bee Construed to Prejudice the Right of the Citty of New Yorke or any other Particuler Right & Saveing to the said Citty of New York & their Successors forever & also saveing to every Particuler Person his Heirs & Assignes that have any Right Interest or Estate within the Limitts of the Said Towne of New Harlem as well as without the Limitts of the said Towne of Harlem full Power Liberty & Priviledge to build Cultivate & improve all such Tracts & Parcells of Land as the said Citty of New Yorke now have or hereafter shall have within or wthout & Adjacent to the Limitts of the towne of Harlem Aforesaid & Also the Comonage of the towne of Harlem Aforesaid is to be Confirmed within the Limitts abovesaid & the Right of Comonage to Extend no further any Grant or thing Contained herein to the Contrary in any wise notwithstanding TO have & to hold the said Several tracts & Parcells of Land & Premissess with their & Every of their Appurtennces unto them the Said John Delavall Resolve Waldron Joost Van Oblimus Daniell Turneir Adolph Meyer John Spragge Jan Hendrick Prevost Jan Delamastre Isaac Delamastre Barent Waldron Joannes Vermilion Lawrence Jansen Jan Dyckman Jan Nagel Arent Harmense Cornelis Jansen Peter Van Oblimus Jackelyne Turneir Hester Delamastre Joannes Vermillion William Waldron Abraham Mounteyner Peter Marmendor as Pattentees for and on the behalfe of themselves their heirs Successors & Assignes to the sole & Only proper use beneffitt & Behoofe of the Said pattentes their heirs successors & Assignes for ever TO bee holden of his most sacred Majesty his heirs & Successors in free & Comon Soccage According to the tenure of East Grenwich in the County of Kent in his Majestyes Kingdom of England YEILDING Rendring & Paying therefore Yearly & Every yeare for ever on or before the five & twentyth Day of March in Liew of all Services & Demands whatsoever as A Quitt Rent to his most Sacred Majesty aforesaid his heirs & Successors or to such Officer or officers as shall be Appointed to receive the Same sixteen bushells of Good Winter Marchantable Wheat att the Citty of New Yorke, IN testimony whereof I have Caused these prsents to be entered upon Record in the secretaryes office & the Seals of the Province to be hereunto Affixed this Seventh day of March 1686 & in the third yeare of his Matis Reigne.

      Tho: Dongan

      May it Please your Excellency

      The Attourny Genll hath Perused this Pattent & finds nothing Contained therein Prejudicall to his Matis Intrest

      Examd 23 March 1686

      Ja: Graham

      Att a Council held in New Yorke 7th March 1686.

      PRESENT his Excellency the Governor
      Major Brockolls
      Major Fred: Phillips
      Major Courtlandt
      Mr John Spragge
      Major Garvis Baxter

      This Pattent wass Approved off

      Is Swinton Ck: Council

      [Note by the author: The names of the patentees are strangely distorted in the Patent, as "Recorded for the Inhabitants of Harlem," in Albany; showing gross carelessness somewhere, either on the part of the recording clerk, the draftsman, or the person who made out the list. The following are the names corrected from indisputable data and relieved from the crudities of the old spelling: John Delavall, Resolved Waldron, Joost van Oblinus, Daniel Tourneur, Adolph Meyer, John Spragge, Jan Hendricks Brevoort, Jan Delamater, Isaac Delamater, Barent Waldron, Johannes Vermelje, Lawrence Jansen, Peter van Oblinus, Jan Dyckman, Jan Nagel, Arent Hermanse, Cornelius Jansen, Jacqueline Tourneur, Hester Dalamater, Johannes Verveelen, William Haldron, Abraham Montanie, Peter Parmentier. (Ricker, Annals of Newtown.)]

      (5) Bailey, Rosalie Fellows, Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York, New York, NY: William Morrow & Company, 1936, p. 297:

      Holdrum - Wanamaker House
      Pascack Road, Upper Montvale . . .

      This house was built about the time of the Revolution, possibly shortly after, by a Holdrum; the date 1778 is said to be cut in an attic beam. William Haldron was a blacksmith; he emigrated and settled at Flushing and later at Harlem, and was drowned on or about Dec. 6, 1687. His son John married May 18, 1707 Cornelia Van Tienhoven, widow of Andries Holst and granddaughter of Cornelis Van Tienhoven, the Secretary of New Netherland. They removed to Tappan about 1713. Their son William Holdrum, bap. May 16, 1708 at New York City, married 1734 Margrietje Peters, daughter of Claes Peters of Rockland Co., on Dec. 18, 1760. William bought 258 acres west of the Hackensack River and south of the State line, from Rev. Benjamin Vanderlinde, and resided here the balance of his life. William had nine children, including Claes, William, Jan, Abraham, and Cornelius. It is not known who built this house, but it may have been Cornelius, as he is known to have lived in this vicinity. Cornelius Holdrum, b. Oct. 22, 1749 at Tappan, d. May 31, 1831, married Elizabeth Haring, and had three children: James C. born 1785, William C., and Cornelius C. The house was eventually inherited by Catherine Holdrum, b. Dec. 2, 1827, d. Oct. 8, 1866, married May 14, 1846 (as his first wife) John Wanamaker, b. April 4, 1827, d. March 30, 1904; they had two daughters Elizabeth and Sarah. (John Wanamaker's daughter by his second wife believes Catherine's father to have been a Cornelius Holdrum.) About 1850 John and Catharine Wanamaker exchanged houses with James Van Houten. His son Garret had a son Edmund Van Houten, who sold the house about 1925. It is now owned by C. C. Cook and rented; it is run as the Pascack Poultry Farm. Modern alterations and neglect detract from the character of the house. It stands a short distance south of the state line, just below Upper Montvale four corners, on a hill on the east side of the Pascack Road (or Spring Valley Road), which goes north to Spring Valley.
    Person ID I27791  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Family Elizabeth (HALDRON),   b. Abt 1650,   d. Bef Apr 1690  (Age ~ 40 years) 
     1. Anna HALDRON,   b. Abt 1684  [natural]
     2. John HALDRON,   b. Abt 1682,   d. Aft 1748, Tappan, Orange [now Rockland] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     3. Henry HALDRON,   b. Bef 17 Apr 1675  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
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