|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1829|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1911|
Winterset Madisonian - March 1911
Death of Samuel A. Gordon
Samuel A. Gordon was born in Ripley county, Ind., July 23d, 1829, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Romesha, Greenfield, Ia., March 9, 1911, aged 81 years, 8 months and 16 days.
About two years ago Father Gordon suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered.
Samuel A. Gordon was married to Miss Nancy Jane Gowin, of Ripley county, Ind., September 12, 1850. In the summer of 1852 this young husband and wife left their home in Indiana and on October 15th settled in Madison county, Iowa, near Winterset, where for 25 years they made their home. In 1878 they moved to Adair county, nine miles south of Greenfield and nine years ago came to Greenfield where they continued to reside until the time of his death.
When President Lincoln called for 300,000 volunteers in August 1862 the subject of this sketch together with his brother, Jonathan Gordon, of Winterset, enlisted in Company F, 39th Infantry. After one year's service he was honorably discharged on account of disability brought on by a seige of typhoid fever.
To father and mother Gordon were born thirteen children, two of whom died in infancy, and one little girl, Sadie, died at the age of fourteen years. Following are the names of the children aged in the order named: Mrs. Grizella Haxton, Orient Ia; Mrs. Olive Pettitt, Silver City, Ia; Irwin W. Gordon, Des Moines, Ia; John M. Gordon, Dexter, Ia; Lincoln H. Gordon, Greenfield, Ia; Samuel E. Gordon, Orient, Ia; U. S. Gordon, Conova, S. Da.; Mrs. Eva D. Silverthorn, Greenfield, Ia; Mrs. Mattie Andrews, Omaha, Nebr. and Mrs. Geo Homesha(Romesha), Greenfield, Ia.
He has also 44 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild all living, thus reaching the fifth generation, making a total of 64 grandchildren.
At the age of 21 years Mr. Gordon united with the Christian church in Indiana. He was a regular attendant and liberal supporter of the Christian church in Greenfield, but never became a member of this congregation but was in full faith and sympathy with the church.
He was a man of generous impulse, obliging as a neighbor and friend, strictly honorable in his dealings with his fellowmen and a worthy citizen in every sense of the word.
The death of Father Gordon marks the passing of one of our Iowa pioneers. He and his wife knew what it was to suffer the hardships of pioneer life. His good wife who mourns his death was his companion for sixty and a half years and when her husband answered the country's call for volunteers, was left with the care of the farm and six small children, the oldest only 12 years, and a girl, and their home was a little log cabin of only one room. Mr. Gordon spent his life on a farm where by his industry, economy and good management accumulated quite a comfortable estate and was recognized as one of our well to do citizens.
The funeral services were held at the Christian church on Sunday, Mar. 12th at 10 a.m. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Denny, of Des Moines, and Judge Samuel I. Gordon, of Omaha, Nebr., a cousin of the deceased, gave an address in behalf of the G. A. R. The burial was in the beautiful cemetery at Greenfield and was in charge of the G. A. R. Post of Greenfield, about thirty of whom were present in a body. The casket was covered with the stars and stripes and borned to the grave by six soldiers of the G. A. R. The house was packed with friends of the family, the floral offerings profuse, and unusually attractive and appropriate. All of the children except U. S., of Conova, S. Da., and Irwin, of Des Moines, were present. Other relatives from a distance were Judge Samuel I. Gordon, of Omaha, Nebr., and his brother Jonathan and wife, of Winterset.
(bio by: Laura Evans Schnabel)
Irvin Walton Gordon (1799 - 1865)
Sarah Gordon Gordon (1804 - 1867)
Nancy Jane Gowin Gordon (1835 - 1915)
J M Gordon (1858 - 1915)*
Levi J Gordon (1859 - 1865)*
Lincoln Harrison Gordon (1861 - 1932)*
Laura R Gordon (1868 - 1869)*
Mittie Dell Gordon Andrews (1870 - 1952)*
Irvin W Gordon (1876 - 1952)*
Albert C Gordon (____ - 1858)*
William Irvin Gordon (1826 - 1909)*
Samuel Adams Gordon (1829 - 1911)
Martha J. Gordon Carmichael (1832 - 1892)**
John Newton Gordon (1835 - 1915)*
Sarah Ann Gordon Price (1839 - ____)*
Albert M Gordon (1843 - 1851)*
Jonathan Allen Gordon (1845 - 1918)*
Created by: Naomi Lacey
Record added: Nov 05, 2004
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