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From: "David G. Miller" <>
Subject: Independence Day Genealogy - Giles Gordon
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 20:02:36 -0500
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> I look forward to hearing your story.

BIOGRAPHY: JOHN GORDON as presented in Robinson's History of Greene Co., OH, page 223,224.

John Gordon was born near Salem, Virginia, on the 15th of February 1880, and was buried in the cemetery east of Grapegrove, Ross Township. His father, Richard Gordon, was born in Buckingham county, Virginia, December 12, 1774, two years before the declaration of independence was declared. His grandfather, Giles Gordon, was a soldier in the war of the Revolution and participated in on of the hardest fought battles of that war in Virginia.

About the close of the war, his wife (John's grandmother) stated that in her back yard where she was standing she heard the booming of the cannon, when the battle was raging at the same time, knowing that her husband was at that time engaged in that deadly combat. After the battle was over and his grandfather came home, he related that it was dreadful, the dead and dying were everywhere, and had they been gathered and scattered over a ten-acre field he could have walked over them without touching the ground. His grandfather moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, when John's father was about ten years old, and was overseer for his brother Robert for some time. From there he moved to Campbell County, where they resided until John's father was twenty-one years old. John's father, Richard, was a resident when Salem, Virginia was laid out as a town, and built the first house in the place. He was married to Miss Anna Garst, near Salem, January 15, 1801. John was born two miles from this place on Harrison creek, his mother not yet seventeen years old when he was born; his brothers, James and William, were also born there.

In the fall of 1805, John's father removed to Highland county, Ohio, crossed the river where Maysville, Kentucky, is now located and settled on White Oak creek, ten miles from Hillsboro, where he resided for two years, and there his brother Andrew was born in the fall of 1806.

In the fall of 1807, John's father sold his land in Highland county, Ohio and started back to old Virginia, and after a long and tiresome journey, they reached the home of John's grandfather in Botetourt County. There again, John's father settled on Mason's creek, not far from Salem, John's birthplace, where they continued to reside for about none years or up to 1816. October 7, 1816, his father, after trying hard to make a living, became discouraged at the results of trying to raise his family on rented land, and at the above date again started back to Ohio, and after a long and tiresome journey, arrived at the mouth of Licking river, crossed over and again became a "Buckeye", from there to Hamilton and Dayton, and from there to a place two miles west of Springfield, Ohio where they arrived at the home of Creston Frantz, an uncle of John's mother, on the 12th of November, 1816. At this time there were twelve in the family, John and his wife and ten children. John being the eldest and in his fifteenth year.

They rented a house of Daniel Frantz for a year, and while living in this temporary home his father heard of a farm four miles from Springfield which, after a good deal of traveling, he secured and January 10, 1817 commenced work on the same. Snow fell that winter fourteen inches deep. He continued to work, and in the fall of that year had erected a house of hewn logs two stories high, twenty-one by twenty-six feet, with one door and one window. John continues to live here with his father until about the year 1822, he then being twenty-one years old, he began to think of doing for himself.

He had been having pretty good times socially and had been "smitten" with the charms of a pretty young lass, the youngest daughter of Jacob Wagoner, living in the neighborhood. She at the time was the "belle" of that vicinity, and as both families were well pleased, so was Mary, and John continued to pay his respects to her for about two years, and finally, April 1. 1822, they were married.

They went to housekeeping on his father's farm, where he continued for two years, when an opportunity was offered and he became the owner of forty acres of his own. He immediately went to work and put up his cabin and moved into it soon afterwards. He added to it twenty acres more, so he had a farm of sixty acres, but in the winter of 1833 he began to think that he must have more land. His brother Andrew was married and located in Ross Township, Greene County, Ohio. In February 1833, he went down to see his brother Andrew, and they went out to see a tract of land which was for sale, and each purchased one hundred and eighty-three acres. He then went back home, sold his sixty acres to his father and commenced work on his purchase in Greene County.

In the month of October, having at that time five children, he removed to his farm, where he continued to live until his death. Mr. Gordon said that the first time he saw Springfield was in the fall of 1816, there being at that time but three brick buildings, small in size, in the place. It was then in Champaign county, Urbana being the county seat. In the fall of 1817 Clark County was organized, taken from the adjoining counties of Greene, Champaign and Madison, and Springfield became the county seat of Clark County. Saul Hinkle, a Methodist preacher, was the first clerk of the courts of Clark County, and held the office as long as he lived.

BIOGRAPHY: The following is extracted from Early Settlers & Early times on Donnels Creek & Vicinity, Clark Co. Ohio by Samuel S. Miller, 1897, talking about the Richard Gordon and Anna Garst Gordon family.

"The GORDINs living about two miles east of the school-house, were seventeen in number; sixteen lived to raise families. Those who came to school were, Richard, George, David, Frederick, Mary, Sarah and Delila. David was an army man, now residing in Missouri. Of this family there are eleven living; the oldest, William, a few miles west of Springfield, is 83. The youngest, Delila, wife of Rev. Joshua Barret, living in Topeka, Kansas, is 58. father and mother GORDIN, with the older children, came from Botetourt County, Virginia, in the fall of 1816, and stopped for the winter with a settler, a short distance north of their land, and worked hard all winter to make an opening in the wilderness and prepare a shelter for the coming season. William remembers that the winter was very cold with deep snows. Having no gun, they ran deer and wild hogs down with their dog, thus getting a supply of meat."

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