William Mathis Waldon served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War as a Private in Company F, Alexander's Regiment Dismounted Cavalry. Enlisted February 1, 1862 at Palo Pinto, Texas by David B Cleveland for a 3 year period. While serving he was wounded (shot) in the left shoulder and lost 5 inches of bone. He received the wound on May 20, 1864 while engaged at Yellow Bayou in Louisiana.
By 1866, William was in San Augustine County, Texas when he married Susan Voshay/Voshery on December 23, 1966.
Marriage Certificate Page 80 State of Texas, County of San Augustine - To the lawful judge of the Justice of the Peace or regularly ordained minister of the Gospel - You are hereby authorized to Solemnize the Rites of Holy Matrimony between Mr. Wm M Waldon and Miss Susan Voshery and due return make of this license within sixty days from the date hereof - executed December 23, 1866 - dated December 26, 1866.
By 1867 the family resided in Waco, McLennan County, Texas and by the 1870 census they were listed in Dallas County, Texas. Susan died shortly after this census was taken. Alice Rachel was their only child.
William remarried in 1874 Prissila Palestine Nichols. He had 8 children with Prissila who also raised Alice Rachel until her marriage in 1883 to Charles W Owens. William Mathis Waldon died February 2, 1920 at Roby, Fisher County, Texas. He is buried at the Roby Cemetery.
Source: The Descendants of William Mathis Waldon by Carolynn Knauff Waldon, Self Published in 1996.
1870 Dallas County Texas Census - Dallas Prec. 1 Page: 444
1880 Travis County Texas Census - ED 125 Page 7
1900 Blanco County Texas Census - ED 6 page 95A
1910 Mason County Texas Census - ED 201
The family moved in 1911 to Roby Fisher County Texas
1920 Fisher County Texas Census - Roby City JP 7