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 John Gordon

John Gordon

Birth
Botetourt County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Feb 1880 (aged 78)
Greene County, Ohio, USA
Burial Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 5856085 · View Source
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Son of Charles Richard and Anna (Garst) Gordon. Married Mary "Polly" Waggoner on 1 Apr 1824 in Clark County, OH. Father of Richard b. 1825, Sampson b. 6 Feb 1829, George W. b. abt 1832, Eli b. abt 1835, John b. abt 1837, Mary A. b. abt 1839, Deborah b. abt 1841, Anna b. abt 1843, James B. b. 1845 and William b. 1847.

Excerpts from the memoirs of John Gordon (1802-1880), eldest son of Charles Richard, written in 1863:

Charles Richard Gorden or Gordon had 17 children: John, James, William, Andrew, Lettie, Giles, Anna, Eliza, Mary, Richard, Catherine, George Washington, Maza, Sarah, David, Frederick, and Deliliah. The spelling "Gordin" began in this generation.
My father, Richard Gordon, was born in Buckingham County, Virginia Dec. 12, 1774, two years before the Declaration of Independence was declared. His father, Giles Gordon, was in the Revolutionary War. He was in one of the hardest fought battles in Virginia about the close of that war. I have heard my grandmother say she stood in her yard and heard the cannon firing while her husband was in the battle and that when he came home he said he could have walked over the space of a ten acre field on dead men's bodies without touching ground.
I was born on the 15th day of February 1802 some two miles from Salem on Harrison Creek. My mother was sixteen years and six months old at the time of my birth.
In the fall of 1805 my father moved to Highland County, Ohio. They moved in a two horse wagon. We came through Abington in the extreme south western part of Virginia, through eastern Tennessee and Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River where Maysville now stands.
The vicinity was a "law unto itself." A man that would disturb the peace at a gathering of any kind, was taken by four men, each taking an arm or leg, and bumped against a tree a certain number of times and then compelled to leave the community. I saw two men served thus myself. They were James and John Findley, who afterward became very noted personages in the state, especially James B., who was long known as a minister of the gospel, and was also, at one time, chaplain of the Ohio Penitentiary, and author of a book entitled "The Prison Life."
My mother was an economical and hard working woman and as hardy as a "pine knot," and father was very thrifty, and considerable of a horse jockey--made considerable by horse trading.
In the fall of 1817 we had a hewn log house up, 21 by 26 feet, two story high, with one door, one window, and two loose floors, and a small stove in it that cost $50--a midling cold looking place by the way, on a cold winter. For three years we had a very hard time, sometimes very scanty provisions and clothing, though we did not suffer so much as some older settlers.

On October 7, 1816, they again started for Ohio-- such was the pioneer spirit! They came to the home of an aunt and uncle of Anna, Mary (Garst) and Christian Frantz, and later bought a farm on which they lived the rest of their lives. The back part of the farm joined the Frantz farm, located four miles from Springfield, OH.




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  • Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5856085
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Gordon (15 Feb 1802–15 Feb 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5856085, citing Grape Grove Cemetery, Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Rob" Weller (contributor 46505507) .