D. D. Waldren, carpenter and contractor of Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind., was born in Nineveh Township, Johnson Co., Ind., on December 22 1842, and is the fourth of twelve children, born to Middleton and Mary J. (Johnson) Waldren. Middleton was born in east Tennessee in 1813, and the mother was born in Mercer County, Ky., in 1818. Father died the 3d of February, 1883, in Johnson County, Ind., three and one-quarter miles south of Franklin. The mother died October 18, 1887. The father removed to Indiana and located in Johnson County, at a very early date. He was a farmer by vocation, and left a farm of forty-five acres. Our subject was reared on a farm, and left the farm and enlisted on August 17, 1861, in Company I, Eighteenth Indiana Infantry, enlisting as private, and was promoted to corporal. Was wounded in the knee of the left leg at Pea Ridge; Ark., on March 17, 1862, and at the battle of Magnolia Hills, Miss., in the rear of Vicksburg, on May 1, 1862, in the left hip. At Winchester, Va., on September 19, 1864, in the left shoulder and wrist. Is deaf in the left ear from the bursting of a shell at Vicksburg. Was mustered out August 28, 1865, at Darien, Ga. Returning to Indianapolis, was paid off, and then went to his home on the farm. Began to learn the trade in 1870, and has been at it ever since. Was married June 13, 1866, to Elizabeth Ware, who was born in Franklin Township, Johnson Co., Ind., July 21, 1844, and is the daughter of William Ware. One child was born: Frankie O., April 7, 1867, and died March 9, 1870. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Waldren is a member of Franklin Lodge, No. 107, F. & A. M., Franklin Chapter, No. 65, and of Commandery No. 23, of K. of P. and G. A. R.

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Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 670.