Mary Gordon: Birth: ABT 1736. Death: ABT 1807
Elizabeth Gordon: Birth: ABT 1738.
Arabella Gordon: Birth: ABT 1740.
Ruth Gordon: Birth: ABT 1748.
Rachel Gordon: Birth: 1754 in Shady Grove, Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., Pennsylvania. Death: 9 APR 1827 in Kinsman, Trumbull Co., Ohio
Title: LDS Ancestral File
Page: (AFN: VZ2D-T2)
Title: Family History
Page: Kathryn White, June27, 1999
Note: Deeds at Chambersburg, PA., show George Gordon of Antrim Twp dying intestate Orphans Court at Shippensburg, 8-Mar-1763. Rev. Soldier, Verified By N.S.D.A.R. -----------
Subject: Gordon's, Franklin County, PA Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 22:13:18 -0600 From: Pat Lysell <mlysell@@home.com> To: "Haner, Malcolm #453" <belywash@@telcomplus.net>
My wife can trace her ancestry back to George Gordon, born about 1698. Your records show George and his wife and son Henry came to Franklin County, PA from Northern Ireland. Information we have from other sources say they came from Scotland. I wonder if they made a stop in Northern Ireland as many Scots did. Do you have any additional information on this?
We can help on descendants of George through his son Henry if you're interested. It's too much to send by e-mail but I'd be happy to mail it to you if you'll send me an address.
Thanks Mike Lysell
From "American Revolutionary Soldiers" sent to me by Perry Adams , George died March 8, 1763. John McCullough also uses this date of death. He shows George's birthplace as Chester County, PA in 1698. Ken McCrea shows Scotland as birthplace. Oral tradition in the family of Kim William Gordon places George's birth in 1697 on board ship en route to the new world.
Deed records from Chambersburg, PA show that his son Henry petioned the Orphans Court on March 8, 1763 as George died intestate.
Kevin Gordon cites George's father George as "first to arrive i n America, came in 1697. Family records show he came with his wife (unk) and two children, Alexander and Adam. A third son, George was born on board ship, 1697. -- George was born on board ship in 1697 while his parents crossed the Atlantic from Scotland to the British Colony's. According to Burke's, with George came his brothers, Adam and Alexander. At an early age, George moved with his parents to the Pennsylvania area. In 1734, at age 36, George moved to Antrim Township, PA, and was one of the first settlers of that township. George then had seven children, six of them girls."
More from Kevin Gordon: "The PA family ancestors claim we (George) were born in Scotland in 1698, married there, and emigrated to Franklin Co, PA in 1734. But all of that is traced back to one family tree book which I have read. Literally, every family who claims that traces their 'proof' back to the same book. If you read that book, you'll find the author had no proof but only believed it was the case. That author also said he was Irish and said many Gordon's refused to admit this. He was very biased in his belief. Now another fact, most Gordon's and Scottish in general, left Scotland, moved to Ireland (Ulster, Antrim County area) and them came to America. Also, many Gordon's and Scottish in general would travel back and forth several times."
More from Kevin Gordon on religion: "Most Gordon's followed the Catholic faith, did lose out to the English on this matter and fled to America. Most Catholics did land in Maryland. But I am 150% convinced, without a doubt, those were not our Gordons.
"Our Gordons came from Kenmore Castle. This is documented in several areas but primarily American Ancestry. Kenmore is in the borders of Scotland, lowland area. That area was Presbyterian. The Gordon's of that area were Presbyterian. Franklin County, PA , early 1700's was predominately Presbyterian. The Gordon's of that area were Presbyterian. Safe speculation: Our family were also Presbyterian when they came over."
From Marion Otis' book, "George Gordon and His Descendants": "Adam, Alexander and George Gordon, brothers b. ca. 1700, came to the North of Virginia not earlier than 1730, then to Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Penn. in 1733, then to Shady Grove, Penn. in 1734 , from Kenmore Castle, Scotland"
Marion Otis writes: "The following information is taken from Egle's notes and Queries, First Series, Vol 2 p 293 At the Dept of Public Instruction, State Library and Museum, Harrisburg: 'GORDON - George Gordon settled in the Cumberland Valley between 1730 and 1735. He doubtless came from the north of Ireland, though some descendents having learned that the family is Scotch, and possesed some prejudices against Irish extraction, claim that he came directly from Scotland. As I happened to know that the evidence is trustworthy which places the arrival of the Gordons in Virginia at the same time and that they were from Newry, Ireland, my own conviction is that George Gordon, who located in Cumberland Valley was, like James and John Gordon, who settled on the northern neck of Virginia, a Presbyterian, and from the north of Ireland'.
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