Author Gloria Waldron Hukle

New York Historical Book Series by Gloria Waldron Hukle

Hukle's Manhattan-Threads-Diary- Span 300 Years on Kindle

Gloria Waldron Hukle's "Waldron Series Novels"

News- "New York Historical Novel Series"  listed within the Amazon Series Books "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple" Centuries are rolled back to a time when the pigs roamed Manhattan streets and tapping ones foot at a Manhattan church service was worthy of a stiff fine. US Review of Books says "Gloria Waldron Hukle's l7th century novel is a great read for those wanting a glimpse into history through skilled storytelling. Unpretentious and inviting, it is a tale of hardship and determination, of hope and survival. It is the reason writers write."

Within New York's Adirondack Mountains at the base of Gore Mountain sits the village of North Creek, the primary setting for Author Gloria Waldron Hukle's "The Diary of a Northern Moon".   In 1976 in  the dining room of one of  the oldest inns in town, a rare, two-handled silver caudle cup awaits discovery.  A young woman receives an anonymous gift in the mail.  Both events become the catalyst for riveting change in many lives. 

New York Natives in history

Hukle's-"Threads-An American Tapestry"

Novels Character Portrait Found at SAND LAKE, N.Y. ART FAIR-by Joan Fuess

You never know what you will find at the SLCA Holiday Art Fair

Imagine that you walk in the door of the Center's annual Holiday Art Fair and you see a portrait of someone you have been learning about as you research the novel you?re writing about our Dutch history. Then on your birthday your husband surprises you with that portrait. And it does not end there. . .you decide this image will grace the flap of your third book. I am sharing the experiences of Author Gloria Waldron Hukle and the reproduction oil painting of"Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow" of the Bear Clan originally done by JanVereist in the early 1700s. Known as "King of the Maguas," the subject of the painting was the grandfather of New Yorks Joseph Brandt and one of the five Native Americans to accompany Peter Schuyler to England in 1710 to visit Queen Anne. He was known to the colonials as "Old Smoke Brandt."Depicted here with elaborate tattoos, and holding a musket, died shortly before returning to America.

This treasure was painted by The Berlin Limner, Matt McKeeby, an American folk artist who has frequently displayed at the HAF. Hukle third book Threads - An American Tapestry talks about this King of the Maguas, known to the colonials as Old Smoke Brandt.

As Author Gloria Waldron Hukle states Nothing is by accident. Old Smoke captivated me from the first time we said hello. Mr. McKeeby painting now hangs in her home and is pictured on the insideflap of Threads - An American Tapestry, the third book in her series on our Dutch history  Joan Fuess


NEWS for NOOK-A NEW RELEASE for B&N NOOK Travel the old streets of l7th century New York City  via Gloria Waldron Hukle's "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple" available now on the NOOK electronic ebook.

  -New-checkout"Behind The Scenes" at this site...Author Gloria Waldron Hukle.

 NEWS -A NEW RELEASE FOR KINDLE- The first of novelist Gloria Waldron Hukle's three published novels, MANHATTAN SEEDS OF THE BIG APPLE is now available on Amazon's " KINDLE" instantly!! Readers can purchase the digital version  through  flash transporting themselves back in time to mid-l600s Manhattan.

Kindle for PC or Kindle for iphone, Kindle for Black Berry, Kindle for iPad.   It should also be available at B&N for the Nook shortly. We anticipate that the second title- The Diary of a Northern Moon will be available digitally for the holiday season. No plans for Threads An American Tapestry digitally just yet.
Of course, Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple, The Diary of a Northern Moon as well as Threads An American Tapestry are all still available in both hard and soft cover at your favorite book seller.Author informational website remains

Authors Hukle and Granger

Authors delve into area culture,

characters in their historical works

By Lindsay Yandon

Editor, News Enterprise write the author 

Persis Granger (left) and Gloria Waldron Hukle present their books during their recent authors? talk and book-signing event in East Greenbush. photo by Lindsay Yandon.


Hukle is an 11th-generation member of the Waldron family that was among the first to settle in North Creek in the early 1800s on what used to be called Elm Hill.

She began her writing career in 2006 by publishing an account of the Waldrons in 17th century New York City entitled Manhattan - Seeds of the Big Apple. The following year, she published The Diary of a Northern Moon, a 20th-century mystery involving North Creek. Hukle's third work, the subject of her talk last week, is Threads - An American Tapestry, an account of several families who resided in the New York Hudson Valley area many years ago. She said she seeks to spotlight the early Dutch, African-Americans and American Indians in area history and present their contributions to American culture.

"I want to educate people about our heritage," she said. "There is beauty in diversity, and I think we all need to know we are Americans."

Persis "Perky" Granger, a resident of Thurman since 1976, launched her writing career in 2002 by publishing the non-fiction work Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace. Her second book was Adirondack Gold and the Adirondack Gold Teacher's Guide. In 2008, Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers was published and continued the story of Hollis Ingraham's adventures in the Thurman and North Creek area in the mid-1800s.

Granger regularly conducts presentations in area schools and organizations throughout the Adirondacks featuring her Adirondack Gold series to instill in the younger generation an appreciation of 19th century and early 20th century life, she said.

"People of that era impressed me," Granger said. " I can't imagine how people could get their basic chores and work done, considering they'd have to walk miles to school, church or event to the neighbor's house and back again."-  

 Article Published Adirondack Journal News Warrensburg, N.Y. &  News Enterprise-North Creek, N.Y. Oct. l, 2009





Good Buy Books, 330 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, New York, will host Averill Park author, Gloria Waldron Hukle and Adirondack Author, Persis Granger as the two join together in presenting Roots-Lore-History on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 6:30PM


Hukle, the author of three novels, MANHATTAN SEEDS OF THE BIG APPLE, THREADS AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY & THE DIARY OF A NORTHERN MOON will share slices of her personal research including an account of the History of the Town of Johnsburg, N.Y. by Charles Konwell and excerpts from the l881 journal of Sarah Ward, a woman living in Warren County, New York, in those times.  Gloria will be signing all three of her books including the recently published THREADS AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY that explores the lives of several early l8th century Albany, Schenectady and Greenbush colonials.  With strong family ties to the Adirondacks (see Diary of a Northern Moon) she will introduce friend and author Persis Grangrer.  Guests may chat with the authors while trying their hand at old-time farm chores demonstrated by Granger (& sampling results) and learning the important role played by l800s farm.

Threads An American Tapestry by Gloria Waldron Hukle
Strong Waldron Hukle Heroine Commands Plot: Novel Explores Moral Dilemma


Threads An American Tapestry, Gloria Waldron Hukles third historical novel, is set in colonial New York in 1723.  Margaret Vandenberg, on whose strong shoulders has fallen the task of running the vast Vandenberg estate on the Hudson River, preparing to marry for the first time?at age thirty, quite long in the tooth by colonial standards. The strong-willed heiress has withstood the trials of prejudice and gossip, and now is faced with a moral dilemma. She suspects that a beloved and devoted servant woman has been defying the law by helping runaway slaves escape to Canada. Margaret experienced at close hand the violence of the 1713 New York City slave uprising and even saw one of her own servants murdered. Now violence is escalating, and Margaret has no desire to deal with this issue again. With marriage plans and the task of overseeing her estate, this woman of Native American and Dutch Colonial ancestry does not wish to be torn between loyalty to the slaves and responsibility to the law. How will this steadfast Christian woman handle the decision? Her faith promises that God will find the answer if she turns the problem over to Him. Can she release her grip? Gloria Waldron Hukle has exercised great artistry in weaving the fine tapestry of Margaret Vandenbergs dilemma. The reader unravels its delicate threads one at a time.


The Waldron Series

Threads?An American Tapestry is the second in the Waldron series. The first book, Manhattan?Seeds of the Big Apple, describes the courage of Resolved Waldron and his young wife Tennake as they emigrated from Holland in the 17th century, setting down roots in New Amsterdam, where Resolved served as deputy to Peter Stuyvesant, and the wall where Wall Street is today was built to keep settlers safe from marauding native Americans. Gloria Waldron Hukle is a direct 11th generation descendent of Resolved Waldron and has dedicated herself to careful research of early New York history and the colonials who inhabited the Province. Her fiction fleshes out the documentation, taking us inside her ancestors? lives and adding the fascinating dimensions of personality and ethics to an already intriguing family story.


The author?s other work is The Diary of a Northern Moon, chronologically last in the series. The mystery revolves around the life of Ben Waldron, a World War II returning veteran, a resident of the Adirondack Mountains of New York in contemporary times.


Gloria Waldron Hukle is a dogged researcher, dredging up links to families and locations all over the State of New York and beyond. She is active in numerous historical organizations. Threads?An American Tapestry is a tribute to her hard work and the cooperation of many of her fellow historians.


Threads An American Tapestry

ISBN: Soft cover- 9781438974156; Hard 9781438974163

At your favorite bookseller.

352 Pages

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NEW YORK CITY l868 Map on Gloria Waldron Hukles website

Manhattan Mid-l600s Map View

An l868 Map of the City of New York can be viewed at under NEWS and LORE

Compare the l868 Map of NYC to the Old mid l600s map of the tip of Manhattan on this site and see the progress made over two hundred years.

The l868 New York Map was prepared by W.C. Rogers And Company

For Joseph Shannons Manual of New York back in l868

Central Park is in place and shows both the Old Reservoir and the much larger New Reservoir

Property owners along the Hudson River and Kings Bridge Road such as Richards, J. G. Bennett, Poole, G.B. Butler, Dashwood,  are clearly defined as well as scores of others along the Harlem River, many of them such as Dyckman and Van Nest familiar as they are descendants of Resolved Waldron.

From the research of Gerry Swentzel of Florida we are told that Samual Waldron property is at lllth St. between lst and 3rd, R. Waldron is listed between 84th and 86th between lst and 3rd St.

Roosevelts Island (Previously known as Welfare Island) located in the East River was first known as Blackwells Island which is how Rogers lists the long narrow piece of land where he aptly shows the Alms Houses, a Work House, Lunatic Asylum,  and a Hospital.

Manhattanville, Mott Haven, Highbridgeville,  Morrisania, West Morrisania, Tremont and so many others . Just fascinating.

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Gloria Waldron Hukle reflects on importance of heritage


Gloria Waldron Hukle began a book over 25 years ago. But like many women, she was busy with life. She was a working mom and wife. Writing a book took a back seat to getting her family through one day at a time.

Born in New York, Hukle worked for Estee Lauder for several years in promotions. She moved to Pennsylvania and lived 18 years in Kresgeville and then Kunkletown, and sold advertising for a local newspaper.

Ten years ago, she began seriously working on her novel and started making notes in a binder. She did extensive research in libraries and gives credit to Carol Kern, the director of the Western Pocono Community Library in her book, for obtaining a book that helped Hukle tremendously-"Riker's History of Harlem," written in 1900. Kern was able to locate it at Syracuse University and it gave Hukle the necessary information she needed.

"It was a huge help," she says.

After eight rewrites, she completed "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple" and it was published two years ago.

The novel is a narrative of the struggle of the immigrating family of Resolved Waldron and his wife, Tennake and their three children as they leave their home of Amsterdam, Holland for the New Amsterdam, now New York City, in the year 1653. At that time, lower Manhattan was a Dutch community of about 120 houses that was protected by a fort and a log wall which stood as a defense against Indian attacks. Present day Wall Street follows the line of this ancient log wall. The action of the book takes place on Broadway and Wall Street, where one can walk today and "get a sense of how time has moved on yet, architecturally, little has changed."

Hukle is an 11th generation descendant of Resolved Waldron.

"I always loved history. I felt now it was my time to share my story and it's my hope to get people interested in sharing their heritage, too," says Hukle.

She wanted to focus on a bit of obscure history, an obscure family that happened to found their American roots early in Manhattan.

"I didn't want to do a 'Roots' kind of book. I like to be different," she says.

That's why, the second book in her series, "The Diary of a Northern Moon," begins in 1956, in front of an upstate New York morgue, as Bertha Waldron is ready to identify the body of her estranged second husband, Ben, who disappeared a year before.

"It's a mystery that answers questions that come up from the first book," she says.

Hukle moved back to New York six years ago and lives with her husband and two dogs, dividing their time between their children and three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. She is currently working on a third book in the series, and all involve the history of the Waldron family, all while making the rounds to promote her book.

In a recent visit to a PVMS classroom, she had a student hold a wash line on one end, representing Resolve Waldron while she held the other end. In between there were nine cards, each representing a generation of Waldrons, with Hukle as the 11th generation.

"It was very effective for the children to see and understand about generations and where we come from. I think it's important for children to know how they fit in America," she says.

When she makes appearances, a pair of wooden shoes and a beaver are part of her visual aides.

"I had a gentleman from Holland make my wooden shoes, which represent where my family originated from. I couldn't get a beaver pelt, so I settled for this cute stuffed beaver toy. It represents the fur trading business which was the driving force for settling in the New World, especially in the New York area," she says.

"I believe it is important to know who we are as Americans, whether we are first generation, with our family just arriving yesterday, or if we're descended from someone who arrived 300 years ago."

She puts her fingers of her right hand on her left wrist.

"I did this little exercise with the children in school. I asked them to feel their pulse, to feel the blood pulsating through their bodies. And then I told them that that blood is the same blood that flows through their moms and dads, which flowed in their moms and dads, which flowed in their moms and dads. It was a really neat moment to see them 'get it.'

She pauses and then adds, "Since the publication of the first novel, I have heard from over a thousand people who can trace back to their early roots. All I can say is, it's a remarkable journey."

If you are interested in reading "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple," a copy is available at the Western Pocono Community Library, or for further information, visit

The Diary of a Northern Moon Book Review by Quarterly Editor Perky Granger

In her second novel, Gloria Waldron Hukle again hits the mark by tracing the path of the mysterious Waldron clan in rural upstate New York.  Her initial book, Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple, saw the arrival of the pioneer Waldrons in l7th century America and their establishment in the fledgling, New Amsterdam.  Now she unravels the familys many current day secrets once they migrate to far north Adirondack country. Here again her tale carefully weaves familiar names and places with a creative plot that reveals several unexpected twists and turns. All in all an adventurous uplifting story for adults and teens alike.

Perky Granger, Editor
Quarterly Magazine
Thurman Historical Society


Author Stirs Feelings
Alison Plante from Nassau, New York writes I have just completed reading the novel, The Diary of a Northern Moon by Gloria Waldron Hukle ( I was moved by the authors ability to stir feelings of compassion for a man who should be remembered not only for his failures, but by bringing attention to what was hidden under the surface, and how his life affected future generations. It was an intriguing love story with a bit of mystery. I genuinely enjoyed this book. Ive also read the authors, Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple and look forward to the next.

Book Review relates to Abraham Pietersen
"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple". My 9th Great Grandfather was Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen b. Nov. 6, l602 who came to New Amsterdam and was a Miller for the West India Co.  He was involved in several businesses including Cattle and in l646 he was one of l2 tavern keepers in New Amsterdam.  In l655 after a suprise attack by Indians Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen subscribed voluntarily 6 guilders for strenthening wall (Wall St.) I have much of the whole history of this family. A very interesting branch of my family tree.  Thank you for bringing those days of my grandfather to life so I could see and feel how he lived back in those times.-Frank Bennett-New York
Author's note: Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen and Resolved Waldron were indeed neighbors. Waldron and family living on Block B in New Amsterdam and Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen on Block C.

Indian Minute

Q: How many Native American languages are there, and how many people speak them?

A: There are about 150 Native American languages in Canada and the United States, and another 600-700 languages in Central and South America. We don't know exactly how many languages there are because not everyone agrees on which languages are unique. If two languages are similar enough that speakers can usually understand each other, they are called dialects of the same language. For example, American English and British English are dialects. On the other hand, English and German are different languages, because even though they are related, an English speaker can't necessarily understand a German speaker. However, sometimes there are borderline cases. For example, Spanish and Italian speakers can often understand each other. And sometimes speakers of two dialects of English can hardly understand each other at all (especially when they're talking quickly!) So although most linguists consider East Cree and Plains Cree to be dialects of the same Cree language, some people believe they should count as two languages because Cree speakers can't always understand each other. So depending on how you count them, there are between 750-850 indigenous languages spoken in North, Central, and South America. There are about half a million speakers of indigenous languages in Canada and the US, and as many as 25 million speakers in Central and South America.




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