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August Christopher Jordan
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1845, Germany
Death: Dec. 3, 1902
Hidalgo del Parral
Chihuahua, Mexico

August C. Jordan was German, being born on the loose border between France and Germany in Alsace-Lorraine, France. This area was controlled by Germany or France, depending on who won the last war over it. August entered the USA in 1863 at the age of 18 through the port of New York City, and was reared near Johnstown, PA. He joined the U.S. Army in March,1864 as a machinist or engineer, for a period of three years during the Civil War, Company E, 13th Regiment, N.Y. Calvary. After the Civil War he worked as an engineer with Westinghouse and holds several patents. Patent No. 188,643 in 1877 is for a Machine For Forming The Eyes Of Picks, another, No. 200,199 in 1878 is for Machines For Forming Chains And Like Articles.

August married his first wife, Louise Dorthea Lother, in Jersey City, NJ on 24 May 1867. She had six children by him and died young in 1884 at the age of 35. The oldest daughter Caroline cared for the children until August remarried three years later. A marriage license is listed in Allegheny County, PA, dated February 16, 1887 between August C. Jordan and Annie (Bridge) Priestly, both living in Pittsburgh. The certificate states that both had been married before, but were widowed. Annie Bridge became step-mother to all six of August's children: Caroline (14), August 'Gus' (13), Charles (12), Alexander F. (10), Maria (8), and Isabelle (3). It was stated by the descendants of Caroline that she did not get along well with her step-mother Annie, so she went away to live with an aunt (unknown). Annie Jordan raised the remaining five step-children for three years in Pittsburgh. And, during the same period, she had three children of her own with AC Jordan. The entire family moved to Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua in 1891. Descendants of Caroline Rosetta Jordan, Augusta Freeman Ladson and Lucille Fowkes Garneau, both recall that August C Jordan had remarried; they also recall that he and the family later went to Mexico about 1891. Between 1892 and 1902, Annie Jordan had four more children by AC Jordan in Mexico.

At the age of 57, AC Jordan died in the San Antonio mine in Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua, Dec 3, 1902. His death was registered with the American Consulate agent in Chihuahua. His wife Annie claimed he was murdered for an invention he had made. The death certificate stated he died of heart failure. Annie and the children lived in Hidalgo de Parral until 1908 when the family moved to Dolores, Chihuahua. In August, 1914, the family moved to nearby Madera, Chihuahua. Annie, her daughter Alice and her children, returned to the USA from Mexico on September 19, 1915 from Madera, Chihuahua. As noted in the 1920 Census, Annie Jordan lived in El Paso with her daughter Alice Jordan Gutierrez and her children: Joseph, Doris, and Armond, and her daughter Evelyn. They lived at 700 N. Stanton St., El Paso, TX (Now occupied by Interstate 10 fwy.). The remaining children (then adults) began their own lives and families, some in Mexico and others in the U.S.A. See Ancestry.com for more details and records. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Annie Bridge Jordan (1864 - 1946)*
 
 Children:
  Gustavo Jordan (1874 - 1920)*
  Isabelle Jordan Harris (1884 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Parral Cemetery
Parral
Chihuahua, Mexico
 
Created by: John Gascoigne
Record added: Dec 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63527463
August Christopher Jordan
Added by: John Gascoigne
 
August Christopher Jordan
Added by: John Gascoigne
 
 
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