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Re: JOHN GORDON of Greene Co., PA
Posted by: Patricia A. Terpstra Date: March 22, 2000 at 21:52:54
In Reply to: JOHN GORDON of Greene Co., PA by Roger Ryan of 1584

From the Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families:
"An excellent genealogy has been written about the Gordon Family. It states that John Gordon was born near Baltimore in 1739. There is some controversy as to his nationality, some of the family claiming to be of German stock, others stating he was Scottish. It is reported that he spoke with an accent, scarcely understood by his listeners, and used to suppport the theory that John Gordon was of German descent. It is also pointed out that he lived amid a German settlement in Frederick County, MD, and Frederick Co., VA, before coming to the Tenmile, and that his children married into families of that nationality. The strongest argument supporting the theory has been overlooked. That is the custom of using the name "John" several times in the naming of sons. It is used by the Germans as a term of endearment, as a prefix to given names. This happens in the family of John Gordon, though it must be admitted that the name is distinctly Scottish.
It is not easy to pick out which John Gordon served in the Maryland Troops in the War of the Revolution since there ar 18 men of that name listed in the Maryland Archives. We note, however, that one John Gordon and a Thomas Holland enlisted in Captain Thomas Ewing's Company on the same day, 29 Jan 1776 (Md Archives Vol. XVIII pp. 12). In view of the several Gordon-Holland marriages, this reference seems the most likely one. I note also that the name is somethimes written "Jurdin" in the William Rhodes Papers for 1790. If these references are of "Gordon" they indicate that John Gordon was on the Tenmile earlier than hitherto suspected.
In 1760 John Gordon married Mary Duke, and in 1780, moved in the vicinity of what is now Fairmont, West Virginia. He definitely was on "Rich Hills" in 1793, and perhaps earlier. He died on 9 March 1816. Marky Duke Gordon died in 1789.


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