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Posted by: James Russell Gordley Date: September 22, 2001 at 13:14:56
In Reply to: GORDLEY Families in OHIO, KY., ILLINOIS by James Erwin Kunkle of 19

My father was James Robert Gordley, born in Mt. Sterling, Ill., in 1909. His brother Richard Glenn Gordley had two children, Richard and Janice. He also had a sister Dorothy. My father married Hazel Lucille Smith, born 1909 in South Dakota, and had two sons, both born in New York, myself, born 1946, and John Dayton Gordley, born 1949. I married Barbara Regina Pike and have two children, Catherine Claire born in Oakland, CA, in 1983, and James William, born in Berkeley, CA, in 1987. My brother has two children, Russell and William Dayton (who is the Dayton who wrote to you). My father grew up on his fathersfarm in Mt. Sterling until he was twelve. He left Illinois for New York where he worked all his life for the Amoco corporation.

My grandfather was Dayton Giles Gordley, born in Mt. Sterling Ill. He was a farmer until he moved to town and became county clerk and later worked in a bank. He had a brother, Clyde Gordley.

His father, James Gordley, was also born in Mt. Sterling. He married Isabelle Brockman of Mt. Sterling, who, according to a family story, had waited years for him to return to California where he had gone because, like most people in the region, he was unwilling to fight against the Confederacy in the Civil War. Not long after my grandfather was born, he died of tuberculosis. He had a brother, Edward Gordley, who, according to another family story, served as sheriff, was wounded many times, and captured six members of the Avery gang who were sent to the penitentiary. I have the story in writing but have not authenticated it.

James' father was John Gordley who was born in Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Stevenson. There is a family story that he had a brother who married another Stevenson, the sister of Elizabeth, and that the two settled Brown County, Ill. (where Mt. Sterling is located). That must have been the William Gordley who was your ancestor. John, according to another story,was killed when a tree fell on him not long after James was born.

John's father was also John Gordley. The information I have indicates that he married a Mary Magdelene Blinkerstabb, which you have as Blinkerstaff. Our family stories must have conflated him with the John Gordley you list as his father. Rolling the two into one person, we simply remembered a John Gordley who came from Ireland. In our story he came from Queenstown, but that is not a helpful piece of information since Queenstown was the embarcation port.

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