Peggy and Judy's DNA Connection
Peggy had come to a dead end on finding the parents and siblings of Alexander Gordon, her husband's grandfather, from SC. Unlike many of the rest of us, she did have some information on genealogy research using DNA. She had been interested in DNA testing since a trip to Mid Cities Genealogical Society in Ft. Worth, TX, where she attended a seminar with a young lady from Brigham Young University. She was one of the first to respond when she found out we were starting the Gordon DNA Project. She already knew it was a great way to break down those "brick walls."
In addition to Alexander's origins, Peg was also interested in another of her husband's Gordon relatives. You see, there was an intriguing family mystery regarding his Gordons. One of her husband's great uncles, a Joseph P. Gordon, left home after the 1880 census of Collin Co., TX, when he was 18 yrs. old. The family story was that he was in love with baseball and left home to play ball. The family never heard from him again. Peg searched all kinds of baseball records, major league and minor league. One thing she discovered was that the team that later became the New York Yankees had, as it's President, one Joe Gordon. Of course, the name of the team back then was the Highlanders because Joe Gordon was a Scotsman! In later years, any history of baseball, and especially the NY Yankees, would be full of the accomplishments of another Joe Gordon, 2nd baseman from 1938-1946. Peg had scanned pictures of this Joe Gordon from books on the NY Yankees. Even her hubby, who says he has been inoculated against the genealogy disease, had to admit that a couple of his brothers did kind of resemble this Joe Gordon.
Judy had pretty much decided her Gordon research was at a standstill and would put it aside and work on her mother's side of the family during 2003. Then news of the Gordon DNA Project came out on the Gordon Rootsweb List. The reasonable price of $99 was tempting. Maybe she could get in contact with other Gordon researchers who had made more progress before 1800 than she had. Judy's brother was easily persuaded to contribute his DNA for the project. Judy was on "pins and needles" for the four weeks it took to get the results back. Just when she had just about wiped it out of her mind, she got emails from both FTDNA and Peg stating that they had a perfect 12-marker match. Considering Judy's ggg grandfather James Gordon was b. 1779, in NC, and Peg's husband's Alexander Gordon was b. 1755, in VA, at least they were in the same region of the USA. Also, Alexander was married in SC, so they were in three contiguous states--maybe they really could be related! Judy decided to re-visit those Gordon records again. Research on her Mom's family would just have to wait.
After working so many years and pounding at that brick wall, the breakthrough came unexpectedly. Imagine Peg's surprise when Judy told her that her father was Joseph Lowell Gordon (1915-1978) who was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 1942, beating out even Ted Williams!!