Van Gordon, Robert B. was born in Delaware County, N. Y., December 25, 1839. When a year and a half old his
parents moved with him to Chemung, where they lived and died. He was reared on a farm and received a district school
education. April 16, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Twenty third Infantry New York Volunteers, and was honorably
discharged January 1, 1863, for physical disability. November 4, 1864, he married Mrs. Louisa (Parshall) Bovier.
He was a farmer in Southport and Ashland up to 1876, since which time he has been a resident of Elmira and followed
the business of engineer and dealer in real estate. He is a member and past commander of Baldwin Post, No. 6, G.
A. R., is also a prominent member of the Masonic order, being past master of Union Lodge, No. 95, F. and A. M.,
a member of Elmira Chapter, No.42, of St. Omer's Comrnandery, No. 19, of Damascus Temple Mystric Shrine of Rochester,
and of Corning Consistory Scottish Rite. His father, Simon, born in Ulster County in 1799, died in 1890. He married
Jane Fish, of his native county, by whom he had nine children, five boys and four girls. The family are of Dutch
descent. The great grandfather, John, was in the Revolutionary war, and the grandfather, Lawrance, served in the
War of 1812.
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Chemung County, NY
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