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Thomas Gordon
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Birth: 1745
Death: May 7, 1803
Surry County
North Carolina, USA

Thomas Gordon was a descendant of the Huntly branch of Gordon's of Scotland. He was born in 1745 in County of Down, near Newly (Ulster), Northern Ireland. In 1750, when Thomas was five years old, he and his mother, Jane Stewart Gordon, came to America and settled in the northeastern section of Albemarle County, Virginia, near Charlottesville and the town of Gordonsville, There he grew to manhood, and in 1770, he married Sarah Flynn of nearby Orange County, Virginia, who was born in 1750. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War. While still a resident of Virginia, and less than a year following the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Gordon on May 11, 1777 enlisted in the 16 Virginia Continental Regiment for service in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This Regiment was organized by Colonel William Grayson of Prince William County, Virginia, who later became a United States Senator from Virginia. Thomas Gordon was assigned as a private soldier to the Company commanded by Captain Cleon Moore of Fairfax County, Virginia. Under the direction General George Washington, Thomas Gordon fought, in Pennsylvania, in the battles of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and Germantown on October 4, 1777, He spent the bitterly cold winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where his regiment was given military instruction and training under General Baron Von Steuben. On June 28 1778, Thomas Gordon fought in the battle of Monmouth, in New Jersey, with the temperature a reported 96 degrees in the shade. The Grayson Regiment played an important part in this battle, and Colonel Grayson was commended for valor in action. General Washington's Army spent the winter of 1778-1779 at Camp Middlebrook in Somerset County, New Jersey. On April 22, 1779 the Grayson and Gist Virginia Continental Regiments ere united and Colonel Nathaniel Gist was made its commander, with Colonel Grayson being assigned to other duties. Thomas Gordon was transferred to the Company in the Gist Regiment that was headed by Captain Strother Jones. The records of the United States War Department show that Thomas Gordon last appeared on the payroll of the Jones Company in November, 1779. The Revolutionary War military service of Thomas Gordon lasted for two and a half years. At some point during his Revolutionary War service, Thomas Gordon and 14 Continental soldiers were captured by the British and held for some time as Prisoners of War until they were rescued by mounted American Forces. It is not known when the capture and rescue occurred. During their imprisonment, the wrists of the Continental soldiers were bound by green hickory withes, which when the hardened and dried, cut deep wounds, leaving scars as permanent reminders of their painful sufferings inflicted by the British soldiers. To this marriage were born seven children. About 1780, as the Revolutionary War neared its end, Thomas Gordon and family, moved to Surry County, North Carolina and established their residence near the west bank of what is now known as Stewart's Creek, near Mount Airy, in the White Plains community just north of Highway 601. They raised other children in Surry county and engaged in farming. In April, 1803, both Thomas Gordon and Sarah Gordon were killed when their home was struck by lightning. They were buried in a field near their home, in separate coffins in a common grave. In later years, their farm became a portion of the the farm properties of Eng and Chang Bunker, the famous Siamese twins.

**The above information was given at the Memorial Marker Ceremony for Thomas & Sarah Gordon on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Pilot Mountain Cemetery, Pilot Mtn., North Carolina

Information by: Carolyn Boyles (3rd great granddaughter of Thomas Gordon) Gordon Thomas (grandson of I.M. Gordon)


**** The Will of Thomas Gordon was transcribed from the original by his Great-Great-Grand son, I.M. Gordon, Pilot Mountain, N. C. on April 20 1943. (Please note the information stated at the bottom of the Will)
Will Book No. 3 Page 58. Office Clerk Superior Court of Surry County, N. C. **** This Will Book No. 3 is now in the Register of Deeds in Raleigh N. C.******

Picture of the location of Thomas & Sarah Gordon's grave was taken in 1941 in Surry County, North Carolina. I.M. Gordon had put this photo in the book "Thomas Gordon Descendants". We are very thankful for his hard work and dedication on tracing his family roots and recording it for
all to have and enjoy. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Flynn Gordon (1747 - 1803)
 
 Children:
  John Gordon (1772 - 1839)*
  Samuel Gordon (1785 - 1869)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pilot Mountain City Cemetery
Pilot Mountain
Surry County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Norma Vogler Koontz
Record added: Feb 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65824067
Thomas Gordon
Added by: Norma Vogler Koontz
 
Thomas Gordon
Added by: Norma Vogler Koontz
 
Thomas Gordon
Added by: Norma Vogler Koontz
 
 
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- Lance
 Added: Nov. 9, 2012
4th great grandson
- Jerry Ward
 Added: Aug. 25, 2012
5th great grandfather
- Norma Vogler Koontz
 Added: Feb. 18, 2011
 
 
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