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The beginning of the Gordon family can be traced to James Samuel Gordon born ca. 1753-1754 in Scotland. He came to America as an indentured servant for 6 months to Edmond
Milne in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1772. James fought in the Revolutionary War after which he obtained land in Bedford County, Pa. He married Ellenor Dunbar and
they raised five children: Elizabeth who married John Kenton; Mary Ann who never married and who inherited the farm for taking care of her parents in old age; James Jr.
who married Jane Bowen; George and Hannah who married Daniel Clark. All lived and died in Bedford County.
James Sr. died between July 21, 1818 and July 31, 1818. No death record has been found for his wife Ellenor but by using the census it appears she died between 1830 and 1840.
James Jr. married Jane Bowen on February 27, 1798. She was the daughter of Quaker parents, Jonathan Bowen and Ann Blackburn of Bedford County. James Jr. died in 1813
leaving Jane with five children to raise: Elizabeth who married John Smith; Martha who married John W. Hammer; a daughter who died before 1821; Jane who married twice.
The second marriage was to Thomas Griffith. She died in 1840; the last child being Jeremiah.
Our direct line continues with Jeremiah, who was born July 9, 1811. He married Jane Smith, daughter of Quaker parents Thomas Smith and Pheobe White, on March 31, 1836.
Jeremiah was a carpenter who fought in the Civil War and spent his entire life in Bedford County. Jeremiah died on September 13, 1881 and Jane died on November 15, 1895.
They are buried in the Brethren Cemetery, Fishertown, Pa. All told they raised ten children: Anneta born December 15, 1836 and died January 6, 1841; James S. born April
25, 1838. He married Anna Wertman on September 19, 1861 and he died December 25, 1881; Emily born September 25, 1840, married Chauncey Keller on November 30, 1862
and died on June 17, 1908; Naomi D. born November 15, 1842. She married Adam Beltz on August 26, 1860. She married a second time to Darwin P. Wright and she died May 10,
1931; Leah J. born August 29, 1844 and Married twice first to George W. Harbaugh and second to Joseph Harris; Oliver Robinet born March 1, 1846 and died October 2, 1870;
George W. born September 12, 1847 and died May 26, 1853; Lucetta M. born September 29, 1849, married Jeremiah L. Hoover. She died March 25, 1887; Agnes A. born July 4, 1851; Lorenzo Madden born October 30, 1853. He married Margaret Adams.
The line continues with James S. who must have fell in love with Anna Wertman at a very young age since she and her parents moved to Tuscarawas County, Ohio when she was
only 12 years old. James married Anna in Strasburg, Ohio on September 19, 1861. Because James' father, Jeremiah, was fighting in the Civil War when they were married
James and his bride returned to Bedford County to become head of the Gordon household. James and Anna had their first child on August 20, 1862, Elias Ellsworth Gordon.
James found himself drafted into the Civil War on October 16, 1862 ( Company 1, 171st Reg. of the Pennsylvania Militia. He was later discharged on August 8, 1863 having been promoted to 2nd Sergeant. After the war James brought his young family back to Tuscarawas County where they lived the remainder of their lives. James and his sons were all carpenters who helped build the city of Dover. James died on December 25, 1881 in Pennsylvania, having traveled there to take care of his deceased father's estate. Anna
died October 25, 1922 . James and Anna are buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery in Winfield, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.