Peter Gordon

Johnsonburg, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Death 25 Oct 1824 (aged 76)
Ancaster, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Ancaster, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 126279242 · View Source
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Peter Gordon and Mary Pettit were married about 1772 in New Jersey.

United Empire Loyalist

PETER GORDON - United Empire Loyalist
-Ref: D. Mahar "The Gordon Family of New Jersey & Ontario, Canada".
1) Peter Gordon was a Loyalist to the Crown during the American Revolution and relocated his family to Ontario, Canada obtained the status of United Empire Loyalist and receiving compensation for the property he lost in Sussex Co., New Jersey.
2) In his petition to the Crown, Peter Gordon states that he was, "an inhabitant in the State of New Jersey. And that in the time of the late war he was known to be a faithful subject to his Majesty, as he lived in a private place, their person who came from the British Army to recruit soldiers staid much at his house ... that in the year 1793 he came into this province with a wife & five children ..." [re: Upper Canada Land Petitions: Reel C-2028, I, L-3, Vol. 263, file G bundle 2 #8, 03 May 1796]. The same is also stated in "Land Book B", where it is shown that Peter Gordon received 300 acres for "... assisting greatly in piloting & sending recruits to the British Army ..." [re: Reel C-101, pg. 178].
3) The petition also notes, "The Subscribers having been Neighbors to the above Petitioner Peter Gordon, do certify that the Facts set forth in the above Petition are true & that some of us were of the number of Recruits mentioned therein ... Joseph Willson, Henry Buchner, Jacob Wilson, John Pettit (all signed)". The Willson and Pettit families are all found in Sussex county, New Jersey suggesting Gordon's residency. From his petition to the Crown, it appears he married in New Jersey and came to Upper Canada with five of his children. Though his initial petition gives no evidence that he took an active part in the War, but rather states his service to the crown in recruiting and supporting troops.
4) Peter Gordon later submits a petition dated Ancaster, 25 June 1809 where he states, "That your Petitioner did in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy six join the Royal Standard, with many others ..." [re: Reel C-2042, I, L-3, Vol. 222, G Bundle Misc. #45].
5) It should also be noted that on the 04th of July 1809, Charles Pettit, Adam Green, John Green and Peter Gordon jointly requested that their names be inserted on the U.E. List "which had been recorded in Council on the 23d of April 1798 & 25th June 1799" [re: Reel C-102, Land Book H, pg. 178]. Only Peter Gordon was "recommended" to be inserted on the U.E. List [re: ibid].

Children of Peter Gordon and Mary Pettit:

Nancy Ann Gordon born October 15, 1774 in Johnsonburg, NJ.

Margaret Gordon born about 1776 in Johnsonburg, NJ.

Elizabeth Gordon born about 1778 in Johnsonburg, NJ.

John Gordon born about 1780 in Johnsonburg, NJ.

Mercy Gordon born December 8, 1782 in Johnsonburg, NJ.

Nathaniel Gordon born December 8, 1784 in Ancaster, Ont.

James Gordon born about 1786 in Ancaster, Ont.

Samuel Gordon born about 1787 in Ancaster, Ont.

Rachel Gordon born January 27, 1790 in Ancaster, Ont.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Gordon (17 Apr 1748–25 Oct 1824), Find a Grave Memorial no. 126279242, citing Cooley-Hatt Pioneer Cemetery, Ancaster, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Robert DeVowe (contributor 48224154) .