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Helen Helen (Stuart) Gordon was born on November 25, 1520 in Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh UK, and died at age 44 years old in 1564 in France. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Lady Helen Stuart Stuart.
Helen Gordon was born in 1603 in Glasgow Scotland. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Helen Gordon.
Ann (Gordon) Moore was born on March 8, 1746 in North Carolina United States, and died at age 73 years old on April 8, 1819 in AL. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Ann (Gordon) Moore.
Elizabeth Gordon of Australia was born in 1788, and died at age 83 years old in 1871.
Samuel Gordon of Geelong, Geelong Parish County Australia was born in 1790, and died at age 63 years old in 1853 in Geelong.
Mary Gordon of Australia was born in 1790, and died at age 80 years old in 1870.
John Brodie Gordon of Australia was born in 1793, and died at age 75 years old in 1868.
Bridget Gordon of Melbourne South Australia was born in 1797, and died at age 87 years old in 1884 in Melbourne South.
George Gordon of Australia was born in 1799, and died at age 54 years old in 1853.
Thomas Burns Gordon of Australia was born in 1799, and died at age 60 years old in 1859.
David Gordon of Australia was born in 1800, and died at age 64 years old in 1864.
Finlay Gordon of Euroa Australia was born in 1800, and died at age 90 years old in 1890 in Euroa.

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John Samuel Gordon of Ormond, City of Glen Eira County, VIC Australia was born in 1905 in Newport, City of Hobsons Bay County to Cromwell Garner Gordon and Mary Greive Gordon. He had siblings Dorothy Mary Gordon, Donald Vincent Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, and Frances Isabella Gordon. John Gordon married Lorna Joyce Baker in 1940, and died at age 56 years old on December 14, 1962 in Ormond, City of Glen Eira County.
Frances Isabella Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born in 1907 in Newport, City of Hobsons Bay County to Cromwell Garner Gordon and Mary Greive Gordon. She had siblings Dorothy Mary Gordon, Donald Vincent Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, and John Samuel Gordon. Frances Gordon died at age 16 years old on August 12, 1924 in Prahran, City of Stonnington County.
Mary Elizabeth Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born on June 17, 1917 in Prahran to Cromwell Garner Gordon and Mary Greive Gordon. She had siblings Dorothy Mary Gordon, Donald Vincent Gordon, Frances Isabella Gordon, and John Samuel Gordon. Mary Gordon died in 1917 in Prahran.
Donald Vincent Gordon of Mount Waverley, City of Monash County, VIC Australia was born on September 11, 1912 in Prahran, City of Stonnington County to Cromwell Garner Gordon and Mary Greive Gordon. He had siblings Dorothy Mary Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, Frances Isabella Gordon, and John Samuel Gordon. Donald Gordon died at age 75 years old on June 9, 1988 in Mount Waverley, City of Monash County.
Dorothy Mary Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born in 1904 in Prahran to Cromwell Garner Gordon and Mary Greive Gordon. She had siblings Donald Vincent Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, Frances Isabella Gordon, and John Samuel Gordon. Dorothy Gordon married William Harold Mcdonald in 1941, and died at age 80 years old on March 12, 1985 in Prahran.
Mary (Greive) Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born in 1876 in Chiltern, Indigo Shire County. She was married to Cromwell Garner Gordon in 1903, and had children Dorothy Mary Gordon, John Samuel Gordon, Frances Isabella Gordon, Donald Vincent Gordon, and Mary Elizabeth Gordon. Mary Gordon died at age 81 years old on June 21, 1958 in Prahran, City of Stonnington County.
Catherine Sarah (Taylor) Gordon of Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire County, VIC Australia was born in 1867 in Ballarat East, City of Ballarat County to Alex Taylor and Sophia Chamberlain Webb. She had siblings William Taylor and Emilie Sarah Catherine Webb. Catherine Gordon married Cromwell Garner Gordon in 1890, and died at age 22 years old on November 15, 1890 in Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire County.
Alfred Ernest Garner Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC 3181, Australia was born in 1870 in Ballarat East, City of Ballarat County, VIC 3350, Australia to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. He had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, Emily Garner Gordon, and William Garner Gordon. Alfred Gordon died at age 72 years old on April 27, 1943 in Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC 3181, Australia.
Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis of Newtown, NSW Australia was born in 1873 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. She had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Emily Garner Gordon, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernst Gordon. Elizabeth Davis married Alfred Edward Davis in 1895, and died at age 84 years old on August 7, 1958 in Newtown, NSW.
Emily Garner Gordon of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1864 in Ballarat to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. She had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernst Gordon. Emily Gordon died at age 64 years old in October 1929 in Ballarat.
Harriet Garner (Gordon) Edwards of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1862 in Ballarat to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. She had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, Emily Garner Gordon, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernst Gordon. Harriet Edwards died at age 83 years old on October 2, 1946 in Ballarat.
Cromwell Garner Gordon of Prahran, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born on June 5, 1866 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. Cromwell Gordon had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, Emily Garner Gordon, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernest Garner Gordon. He married Catherine Sarah (Taylor) Gordon in 1890. He also married Mary Greive Gordon in 1903. They had children Dorothy Mary Gordon, John Samuel Gordon, Frances Isabella Gordon, Donald Vincent Gordon, and Mary Elizabeth Gordon. Cromwell Gordon died at age 80 years old on May 16, 1947 in Prahran, City of Stonnington County.
Samuel Gordon of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1804 in Downpatrick, Newry, Mourne and Down County, Northern Ireland United Kingdom. He was married to Elizabeth Garner Gordon in 1882, and had children William Garner Gordon, Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Emily Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Alfred Ernst Gordon, and Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis. Samuel Gordon died at age 86 years old on October 26, 1891 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia.
Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark of Ballarat Australia was born on June 13, 1858 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. She had siblings Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, Emily Garner Gordon, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernest Garner Gordon. She married Joseph Clark in 1895, and had children Hilda Elizabeth Clark, Percival Gordon Clark, and Arthur Samuel Clark. Annie Clark died at age 98 years old on January 13, 1957 in Ballarat.
Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman of Melbourne, VIC Australia was born in 1860 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County to Elizabeth Garner Gordon and Samuel Gordon. She had siblings Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Harriet Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis, Emily Garner Gordon, William Garner Gordon, and Alfred Ernest Garner Gordon. She married Robert Pateman in 1882, and had children Florence Adelaid (Pateman) Davies, Frances Alice (Pateman) Bussell, and Hilda Pateman Haysom. Alice Pateman died at age 65 years old on March 5, 1926 in Melbourne.
Elizabeth (Garner) Gordon of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1830 in Frodsham, Cheshire West and Chester County, England United Kingdom. She was married to Samuel Gordon in 1882, and had children William Garner Gordon, Annie Garner (Gordon) Clark, Alice Garner (Gordon) Pateman, Harriet Garner Gordon, Emily Garner Gordon, Cromwell Garner Gordon, Alfred Ernst Gordon, and Elizabeth Ashcroft Garner (Gordon) Davis. Elizabeth Gordon died at age 78 years old on February 23, 1909 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia.
Albert Victor Gordon of Campbellfield, City of Hume County, VIC 3061, Australia was born in 1881 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia to William Garner Gordon and Lydia Hooley Gordon. He had siblings William Gordon, William Garner Gordon, Irene Victoria Willmott, Myrtle Gordon, Violet May Gordon, Queenie Gordon, Samuel Garner Gordon, Alice Gordon Joughin, Alice Gordon Schmidt, and Clarence Austin Gordon. Albert Gordon died at age 64 years old on November 11, 1946 in Campbellfield, City of Hume County, VIC 3061, Australia.
Irene Victoria (Gordon) Willmott of Greensborough, VIC Australia was born in 1890 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County to William Garner Gordon and Lydia Hooley Gordon. She had siblings William Gordon, William Garner Gordon, Myrtle Gordon, Violet May Gordon, Queenie Gordon, Samuel Garner Gordon, Alice Gordon Joughin, Alice Gordon Schmidt, Albert Victor Gordon, and Clarence Austin Gordon. She married Albert Ernt Willmott, and had children Zelma Maude Willmott and Albert Gordon Willmott. Irene Willmott died at age 74 years old on October 14, 1965 in Greensborough.
Clarence Austin Gordon of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1886 in Ballarat East to William Garner Gordon and Lydia Hooley Gordon. He had siblings William Gordon, William Garner Gordon, Irene Victoria Gordon, Myrtle Gordon, Violet May Gordon, Queenie Gordon, Samuel Garner Gordon, Alice Gordon Joughin, Alice Gordon Schmidt, and Albert Victor Gordon. Clarence Gordon married Violet Richards in 1929, and died at age 71 years old on July 20, 1958 in Ballarat.
Samuel Garner Gordon of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born in 1896 in Illabarook, Golden Plains Shire County to William Garner Gordon and Lydia Hooley Gordon. He had siblings William Gordon, William Garner Gordon, Irene Victoria Gordon, Myrtle Gordon, Violet May Gordon, Queenie Gordon, Alice Gordon Joughin, Alice Gordon Schmidt, Albert Victor Gordon, and Clarence Austin Gordon. Samuel Gordon died at age 28 years old in 1924 in Ballarat, City of Ballarat County.

Popular Gordon Biographies

Ambrose Gordon Jr.
Ambrose Gordon Jr. III, (Records are under Junior). Born in Savannah, Georgia, Attended Avon Old Farms, CT - all male prep high School. Yale University 1939 1940, BA 1942 MA 1951 PhD 1952. WW II Navy starting in 1 Jan 1944. Expert on contemporary Latin American and English Poetry. Started teaching at the University of Texas 1958 -1987. Fulbright in Argentina in 1966 & 1969. Professor of English, University of Texas Austin, Plan II Honors, Author & Poet. Taught 2 semesters of Plan II Honors required World Literature etc. wrote on Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, and Ford Maddox Ford. Book: "Invisible Tent: The War Novels of Ford Maddox Ford". 1985 Univ of Texas Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence. Ran UT Ruth Stephen Poetry Center, now UT Poetry Center, Hypothsis: Ambrose Gordon Jr. brought Ruth Stephen to UT Austin in 1966. Amazing English Teacher, mentor, author and poet. Long standing Military Family: Father Ambrose Gordon I also went to Yale University in 1912 and served in WW I. General Ambrose Gordon II served in Spanish American War, went to Puerto Rico to see its transition to the US. First person from Georgia to attend West Point. General in CSA. The original Ambrose Gordon fought in the American Revolution. Family Heritage: Savannah, Georgia; British, Irish, Scottish. Family Cemetery: Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia. Descendant of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low who founded the US Girl Scouts.
Archibald Alexander Gordon
Archibald Alexander Gordon was the second son of Dr William Eagleson Gordon and Emily Maryann Dick. He was the youngest brother of Victoria Cross recipient William Eagleson Gordon Jr, halfbrother to George Freer Jr, older brother to Robert Aaron Gordon and brother to his sisters Emily Mackenzie Gordon (married Black) and Helen Isabelle Gordon (married Nicholson). He was the father of William Hyde Eagleson Gordon, who died during the Battle of Loos on September 30, 1915, Archibald George Ramsay Gordon, who died in his infancy and Edmund Robert Adam Gordon, who became wounded in the First World War and later died as a result of TBC in 1932. Archibald Gordon's legacy was passed down to his cousin Ronald Eagleson Gordon, who ensured that it would be preserved. During his lifetime Archibald A. Gordon held many esteemed positions, including Honorary Secretary of the Franco-Scottish Society (1895-1906), member of the Royal Company of Archers (1896 onwards), Co-founder of the 9th Royal Scots (1900-1906), Private Secretary to the 4th Duke of Wellington (1906-1920), Organiser of the Belgian Relief Fund (1914-1915) and Belgian King's Messenger (1914-1922). He also participated in preserving the mosaics of the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha (Israel). In 1939 he wrote his memoirs, published in 1941 under the title "Culled from a Diary".
Florence (Brutman) Gordon
Florence (Brutman) Gordon of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, FL was born on October 11, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY to Fannie Brutman. She had siblings Sadie (Garber) Brutman, George Brutman, Leo Brutman, and Lillian (Brutman). She was in a relationship with Fred David Gordon, and had children Ruth Gordon and Lee Gordon-Asch. Florence Gordon died at age 90 years old on February 23, 2010 at Delray Beach, FL, USA in Delray Beach, Florida United States.
Fred David Gordon
Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Fred David Gordon.
Christopher Ritchie Cramb Gordon was born on February 12, 1890 at 8 Buchanan Street in Edinburgh, Scotland County, and died at age 25 years old on April 23, 1915. Christopher Gordon was buried at Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 10 - 26 - 28. in Scotland. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Christopher Ritchie Cram Gordon.
Felix Henry Gordon-Clark was born on December 13, 1935 in England United Kingdom, and died at age 78 years old on April 28, 2014. Felix Gordon-Clark was buried on May 6, 2014 at St.Peters Eastern Hill in East Melbourne, VIC Australia. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Felix Henry Gordon-Clark.
Judith Odette Ward
I'm pretty damned sure Momma was married at least once, to Herbert William Christ Ward, Sr.
Esther (Shapiro) Gordon
Esther (Shapiro) Gordon was born to Rose (NeTABACH) Shapiro and Hyman Shapiro, and has siblings Sarah Libby (Shapiro ) Becker and Joseph Shapiro. Esther Shapiro married Jacob Gordon, and they were married until Jacob's death. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Esther (Shapiro) Gordon.
Benjamin Gordon died in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Benjamin P. Gordon Sr.
Maglonette Eliza (Gordon) Goode-Mcclain
Maglonette Eliza (Gordon) Goode-Mcclain of Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, NY was born on May 14, 1923. Maglonette was baptized at Saint Augustine Presbyterian Church in bronx. Maglonette Goode-Mcclain died at age 74 years old on June 21, 1997 in Livingston Manor.
Dwayne D Gordon
Dwayne D Gordon was born on December 13, 1991, and died at age 12 years old on October 30, 2004. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Dwayne D Gordon.
William Gordon
William Gordon was born in 1857. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember William Gordon.
Hilda Marie (Gordon) Mutters
Hilda Marie (Gordon) Mutters of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio United States was born on January 17, 1930 in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, and died at age 54 years old on February 3, 1984.
Lizzie Maude (Smith) Gordon
Lizzie Maude (Smith) Gordon was born on January 24, 1872, and died at age 57 years old in 1929 at Bridge Of Allan in Bridge of Allan, Stirling County, Schotland Verenigd Koninkrijk.
Charlie Levi Gordon
Charlie Levi Gordon was born on December 20, 1896. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Charlie Levi Gordon.
Fred David Gordon
Born 1/29/23. Presently resides in Florida. My father served in the Army Air Corps during WWll. He went to Syracuse University. Worked as an engineer for G.E. & Singer Kearfott. Is now retired, stays active.
Robert John Gordon Jr of Philadelphia, New York United States was born on December 20, 1959. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert John Gordon Jr.
Ruby L. (Gordon) was in a relationship with Herman Gordon, Sr., and had children Mazell Shambee and Herman Gordon, Jr.. Ruby died in 2016. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Ruby Gordon.
Emily Maryann (Dick) Gordon of Edinburgh, Schotland Verenigd Koninkrijk, was in a relationship with Dr. William Eagleson Gordon, and had children William Eagleson Gordon, Archibald Alexander Gordon, Emily Mackenzie (Gordon), Robert Aaron Gordon, and Helen Isabel (Gordon). Emily Gordon died in 1917 in Edinburgh. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Emily Maryann (Dick) .

Gordon Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Gordon family member is 72.0 years old according to our database of 62,033 people with the last name Gordon that have a birth and death date listed.

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Oldest Gordons

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Frederick Gordon of Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi was born on October 30, 1866, and died at age 114 years old in January 1981.
114 years
Hattie S Gordon of Wilmington, New Castle County, DE was born on November 24, 1892, and died at age 110 years old on September 12, 2003.
110 years
Daisy B Gordon of York, York County, PA was born on October 15, 1897, and died at age 109 years old on May 27, 2007.
109 years
Edna M Gordon of Brunswick, Frederick County, MD was born on May 31, 1898, and died at age 108 years old on October 20, 2006.
108 years
Elsie M Gordon of Mountain Pine, Garland County, AR was born on August 26, 1892, and died at age 108 years old on November 22, 2000.
108 years
Allie Gordon of Hutchinson, Reno County, KS was born on December 6, 1884, and died at age 107 years old in February 1992.
107 years
Mildred Gordon of New York, New York County, NY was born on September 25, 1898, and died at age 107 years old on March 24, 2006.
107 years
George Gordon of Great Neck, Nassau County, NY was born on September 22, 1902, and died at age 108 years old on December 28, 2010.
108 years
Albert Gordon of New York, New York County, NY was born on July 21, 1901, and died at age 107 years old on May 1, 2009.
107 years
Elizabeth Gordon of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY was born on October 25, 1876, and died at age 108 years old in October 1984.
107 years
Indiana Gordon of Hartford, Hartford County, CT was born on May 12, 1893, and died at age 107 years old on June 17, 2000.
107 years
Blanche E Gordon of Attleboro, Bristol County, MA was born on December 8, 1893, and died at age 106 years old on December 6, 2000.
106 years
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My Grandfather name was Limmie Gordon, he was from AL , He moved to St Louis where he passed away in 1937 at the time my mother was only 7. Other then that ....That's all I know
On February 7, 2005 my Father who was my Hero, died. In his death I have choosen to honor my Father by what I thought would be a wonderful way to honor my Dad by writing our Family History! So, I purchased the Family Tree Maker program, and started plugging in all of my information, my sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews etc. I came to a stand still after I entered my Grandfathers information. Bewildered by not being able to go any further past my grandfather, I spoke with my Aunt, my Father's sister. I explained to her that there appears to be a mystery as it looks like we don't exist past Grandpa, her father. She chuckled and asked what name are you looking for? Da, I said, "GORDON, which is our last name!!" She said, "well, that is NOT really our last name?" Shocked, I asked, "what IS our last name?" She replied, "Nørstegård" VERY LOUDLY and shocked I said, "WHAT????????" So, the mystery began to unfold!!!!!!!!!!!! I started on the journey of discovering who I thought I was, only to find out that I'm not who I thought I was!!!!!! I knew that we were from Norway, but I really had NO IDEA the complexity of discovering ALL that involved what I THOUGHT was my last name! But, low and behold my Aunt is only partially right, we aren't really even a Nørstegård, that is just the name of the FARM that we are from. Our REAL last name is Sjugurdson!!! My Aunt who has Cerebral Palsy, I can not explain this one to her, as I am confused the way it is, so to explain it to someone else, is really impossible! This new discovery has opened up a WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE!!! Now, not only am I curious to find out who I REALLY am, but now, I want to know MORE AND MORE AND MORE! I want to know the journeys of coming to America, why we came to America, where are my living relatives that are still in Norway, my living relatives that are in America, what I thought was a Family tradition now come to find out that not only is it a family tradition, but it is a NORWEGIAN tradition! Why weren't we taught the LANGUAGE, to preserve our heritage! My family gave up SO much to come to this land, and now, I want to bring it all back and reintroduce to our family just exactly WHO WE REALLY ARE!!!!!!!! I wish to visit Norway, to meet family over there, but now I see that THIS is no easy task. What I thought was going to be easy, now, I am finding out that this is going to be very difficult and to write the family history, well, I can now see that this may very well take me longer than 2 years, which was my original goal. I don't know if I will EVER really be done. I am SO THIRSTY for all of my family information, but this is not an easy task. I have finally came to the realization that I may NOT even complete this in MY lifetime! But, what a WONDERFUL journey I am on, and finding out the things that shaped my family is TRULY in our BLOOD! So, when I say to people I can't help it I was born that way, they really have no idea HOW REALLY TRUE that statement is! I wish that everyone would have to venture on this journey, to discover who you really are! To ALL the people that are making the discovery of WHO you REALLY are, The Best of Luck to you!!! Embrace yourselves, for it truly is an HONOR to be who you are!
A SHORT HISTORY OF ALSON GORDON
Rev. Gordon Crompton, ThD, ThM, M.A.,B.A.

Alson Gordon was the son of Samuel Gordon, immigrant from Aberdeenshire, (or Banffshire) Scotland. Samuel listed his birth date as 1783, and his arrival date to America as 1 October 1792, when applying for citizenship in Chester County South Carolina, 29 October 1810. He had been a stonemason before this date, and had worked on the bridge built on Callahan Mountain, known as the Poinsett Bridge. Sometime in the early 1820’s, Samuel married the daughter of Benjamin Staton, Mary, who was born in 1786. This couple raised seven children: Alson, the eldest was born about 1823, followed by Benjamin, Louisa, Samuel Jr., and James. About 1844, Alson married Nancy Cooper (1825-1858), and they settled down in Greenville County, South Carolina. Here, their first three children were born: Mary Margaret, 1845; John C., 1847; and my Great Grandfather; Benjamin Franklin Gordon was born in 1849.
Sometime around 1850, Alson and his family moved to the Forks of Pigeon, Haywood County, North Carolina. Here he would gain two more children, but lose a wife. Martha Melvina was born in 1853, and Nancy L. was born in 1858, at which time her mother died. Nancy Cooper Gordon is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery in Haywood County.
The following year, Alson married a mother for his small children, and this union would produce 11 more children over the years to come. Two would be born before his first enlistment in the army: William Pinckney, 1 December 1859, and Sarah Elizabeth, 25 December 1860. When this youngest girl was about six months old, her father would leave for the military of a newly formed nation: the Confederate States of America.
The news of the fall of Ft. Sumter in April 1861 caused President Abraham Lincoln to call on the Sovereign state of North Carolina for troops to put down a “rebellion”. This led to the secession of the Tar Heel State 20 May, her joining of the Confederacy, and the call of the Provisional government for volunteer soldiers to defend the new nation from the aggressive Northern government. Thomas Lenoir of Haywood County was busy attempting to raise a company of volunteers for the N.C. Infantry, and he signed Alson on. The enlistment period was one year, beginning on 29 June 1861. He was described by his recruiter on official documents as being 5 feet, 11 inches of height, of fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes.
Since May, newly formed companies had been assembling at Camp Patton, in Asheville, N.C. (near present day Merrimon Ave.) awaiting formation into a regiment. By early August the required ten companies had gathered and held elections for officers on the fifteenth. The following regimental officers were elected: Former N.C. Senator Thomas L. Clingman of Buncombe County was elected Colonel; Regular Army officer St.Clair Dearing, Lt.Colonel; Henry Rutledge, Major; Basil Edmonston, adjutant; W.H.Bryson of Haywood, Quartermaster; John W. Walker, Commissary; as Surgeon, Dr. S.S. Satchwell and Dr. S.W. Fletcher as assistant; J.C.L. Gudger as Sergeant-Major; Clinton A. Jones as Quartermaster Sergeant; Julius M. Young as Commissary Sergeant; A. J. Herring as Ordinance Sergeant; and Peter M. Rich as Drum Major.
The ten companies and their commanders were: A, from Henderson Co., Captain Baylis Edney. B, from Jackson Co., Cpt. Thaddeus D.Bryson. C, from Haywood Co., Cpt. Samuel C. Bryson. D, from Cherokee Co., Cpt. John W. Francis. E, from Transylvania Co., Cpt. Francis W. Johnston. F, from Haywood Co., Cpt. Thomas I.Lenoir. G, from Clay and Macon Counties, and Athens, Georgia, Cpt. William S. Grady. H, from Buncombe and Henderson Counties, Cpt. Fredrick Blake (of Henderson). I, from Buncombe Co., Cpt. George W. Howell. K, from Buncombe Co., Cpt.Charles M. Roberts.
The regiment was organized as the 25th N.C. Infantry Regiment, and Alson’s company was Company F. They all anxiously awaited their marching orders at Camp Patton until they arrived. Departure was 18 Sept 1861, when they marched for the nearest railroad at Icard Station below Morganton. From there, they were moved by rail to Raleigh, where they drew uniforms, shoes and other supplies. They were then sent by rail to Wilmington, and marched to Mitchell’s Sound, where Camp Davis was located, arriving 29 September. This became their training station, and here they were issued their weapons and field equipment. (Pay issued 8-31 and 10-31)
In November, the regiment was ordered into South Carolina, and they set up winter quarters at Grahamville for picket duty. In the late winter, New Berne, N.C. came under attack, and the 25th was sent there as relief, but they arrived 14 March 1862, after the town was captured by the Union. They made their rendezvous with the retreating Confederate forces at Kinston, N.C. and made camp there.
Here in Kinston, a major re-organization of the 25th took place. Colonel Clingman was promoted to Brigadier General, and the regiment was assigned to General Robert Ransom’s Brigade along with the 24th, 26th, 35th, and 49th N.C. regiments. In the 25th, officer elections were again held. Major Rutledge became Colonel, and upon this, Lt. Colonel Dearing resigned. (He was enraged that he, a professional soldier was not elected, and thus, would be subordinate to a civilian.) Captain Thaddeus Bryson of Company B was elected Lt. Colonel, and Captain J.W. Francis of Company D replaced Rutledge as Major. ( Co.D was taken over by Lt.Lee B. Trantham.)
Ransom’s Brigade was ordered to Richmond, Virginia to be made a part of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, and placed under the command of Gen. John B. Magruder; M. Gen. Theophilus Holmes Division, arriving on 24 June 1862. On the following day, Holmes Division, along with the division of M.Gen. Ben Huger, engaged the enemy at the Battle of Seven Pines. The 25th had 2 killed and 40 wounded; fairly light casualties, but it was their first major fight. They again fought at Malvern Hill on 2 July 1862, where their casualties were also light, 93 killed and wounded.
After these days of harsh fighting, the division was removed to Drewry’s Bluff outside Richmond and made camp. But here they encountered a more formidable enemy than the Federals: measles. Eighty-one men would die during this time. It is not known whether this malady affected Alson or not, but on 16 July, his enlistment came to an end. The Conscript Act, which was passed to require all white males ages 18-35 to serve for the duration of the war; could not keep him; for Alson was 36 years of age.
On that day, Alson packed his meager belongings and reported to Company F Headquarters, where Lt. Blalock filled out his discharge papers, of which there is a copy extant. He had drawn pay 31 December, and 30 April; thus was paid by final statement for 1 May-16 July. Plus, he drew 10 cents per mile for the part of the trip that the railway could not carry him. It was 90 miles from Icard Station to Forks of Pigeon, which totalled $9; added to his two month, sixteen day pay the grand total pay was $27.86. He was given his rail ticket to take him from Camp Dray, Drewry’s Bluff, Va. to Icard, N.C. and his military career ended. For a time, at least. Alson was back home in Haywood County with his family before cold weather, 1862. And we do not know whether he knew it or not, but the 25th was back in the state then by the winter, setting up camp at Garrysburg.
It is not clear if things were difficult on the farm, or if the next spring’s crop was not up to par, if the boys were handling the farm well, or all of the above. Or perhaps, Alson was just more of a patriot for North Carolina than we know; but he would soon be back with his regiment. By 1863, the citizens of Madison County N.C. were being plagued with a new kind of enemy; hun

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