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Capt Samuel Jordan

Capt Samuel Jordan

Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Death 20 Dec 1742 (aged 57–58)
Biddeford, York County, Maine, USA
Burial Biddeford Pool, York County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 84062819 · View Source
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Samuel was the son of Dominicus Jordan (killed by Indians in Spurwink, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 10 Aug 1703) and Hannah Tristram.

Samuel Jordan married Olive Plaisted (born 1 May 1698, died 3 Jan 1763, daughter of James Plaisted and Mary Rishworth) in 1718.

2.Rishworth Jordan b: 17 Nov 1719 in Biddeford
3.Olive Jordan b: 1 Jul 1722 in Biddeford
4.Sarah Jordan b: 1724 in Winter Harbor, Biddeford
5.Hannah Jordan b: 1726 in Biddeford
6.Samuel Jordan b: 5 Apr 1729 in Biddeford
7.Tristram Jordan b: 13 May 1731 in Biddeford
8.James Jordan b: 1732 in Deer Island, Hancock
9.Mary Jordan b: 29 Jul 1735 in Biddeford

Samuel was a person of celebrity in the early history of Maine. He held the commission of Captain during the Indian Wars and was prominently identified with the improvement of the towns of Saco and Biddeford, Maine.

Samuel built his home, the Tristram Goldthwaite House (Jordan Farm) in Biddeford Pool, in 1713. The indians asked him to build a trading post, and he did so. Thus, the home was first used as a trading station and survived the French and Indian wars. He built it in the cove so that people could land in boats to purchase items from the Jordan Store. It was a major trading station that became very prominent in promoting the growth of Biddeford. Occupied by the old Jordan families after Captain Samuel Jordan, it was the oldest house in Biddeford (at Hills Beach) when it burned in 1962.

Samuel's home was a fortress against the Indians that were a constant threat. He had a large stone wall that surrounded the house. He was captured by the Indians and held for some 13 years. He learned their customs and language and was used as an interpreter.

The British Government was so grateful for all his help with the Indians that in 1742 they placed a large slate over his grave. It lay horizontal on a bed of bricks. In the center was a heart of a different color bearing his name, birth and death. Later when the slate disintegrated, the heart was removed to the Jordan Farm for safekeeping. That home was remodeled in 1902 by Harry Jordan Tatterson. He said that the wood was so hard that nails would not penetrate it. The original door was still in use and the front rooms were the same.

When the slate was placed on the apparent grave (see below) of Samuel they listed him opposite the Old Jordan home and Oak Grove on Pool Rd. But Samuel may have been moved to the Jordan Family Plot (628 Pool Street, Biddeford, Maine) or Adams Family Farm Cemetery near the Old Tristram Goldthwaite House (Jordan Farm) after an initial interment at the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground.

There is another Find A Grave Memorial for this Samuel Jordan in the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground - Samuel Jordan's Lower Biddeford Burying Ground Find A Grave Memorial# 473179469 - that appears to reflect the original location of Samuel's grave stone. The evidence suggests that Samuel may have been moved to the Jordan Family Cemetery sometime after an apparent original interment at the Lower Biddeford Burial Ground.

That conclusion is based upon Sprague's Journal of Maine History where it states the following at page 151 of Volume Three (May 1915-April 1916):

"The following seven inscriptions were copied from stones in the Town Burying Ground 1719-1830, Biddeford, ie., about one mile from the mouth of the Saco river, on a mound formerly called Henderson's Hill. In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for 1848 V. 2 p. 386 is a list of 12 cemetery inscriptions headed Lower Biddeford Burying Ground. An examination of this ground in 1914 shows the last eight stones recorded in 1848 still standing, tho a careful reading of them shows a few variations from the Register list. These variations are noted in the following list. The last four stones recorded in the Register, if they ever stood in the same burying-ground with the other eight, have now been removed and appear among the stones in the Jordan family noted above. One or two residents living near the Old Town Burying Ground said that relic hunters had taken away some stones in recent years, but as this list in 1914 reveals neither more nor fewer stones than in 1848 the charge of vandalism seems groundless."

The "last four stones recorded in the Register" recorded in 1848 as having been located in the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground are as follows (taken verbatim from the Register):

Here lies the body of Mrs. Abigail, consort of Hon. Rishworth Jordan died Oct. 25. 1794 aet. 74.

Here lies the body of Hon. Rishworth Jordan son of Capt. S. Jordan died Apr. 18. 1808 ae. 89.

Here lies the body of Captain Samuel Jordan dec'd Dec. 20. 1748 AEt. 58.

Here lies the body of Mrs. Jane, wife of Mr. William Shannon & daur. of Hon. Rishworth Jordan - died Apr. 20. 1822 AEt. 67.

Further research is needed to confirm or refute the foregoing suggestion that Samuel Jordan was originally buried in the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground.

The inscription published in the Register (see above) gives a year of death of 1748. There is a discrepancy between that date and the 1742 date on the slate placed on the grave (see the accompanying photograph of the stone). This memorial reflects the year of death set forth in the stone since the grave stone is the more credible documentation of the year.

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Here lies
the body of
Capt. Samuel Jordan
died Dec. 20,1742




  • Maintained by: Charlie Morgan
  • Originally Created by: Cheryl Parker Grieb
  • Added: 27 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84062819
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Samuel Jordan (1684–20 Dec 1742), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84062819, citing Jordan Cemetery, Biddeford Pool, York County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Charlie Morgan (contributor 47142894) .