Biography of John Gordon
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Gordon, John, son of David and Polly Gordon, was born October 14, 1807, in Carlisle, N.Y., was the eldest of a family of ten children. His parents were of German and Scotch descent, and moved from Carlisle to Galen when John was about six years old, and purchased near Lockpit what is now called the Burton farm. John remained on the farm with his father until he was twenty one years of age, attended the district school winters and summers whenever his father could spare him from work, where he obtained what was called in those days a good education. In 1831 he had accumulated by his industry enough to enable him to purchase a farm of 44 acres, which he occupied at his death. It was a dense forest when he purchased it. In 1835 he married Pboebe, daughter of Sedediah and Mary Jenkins. She was born November 15, 1807, in Queensburg, N. Y., and moved with her parents to Galen when twelve years old. So both may be classed among the early settlers. By their united industry they built up the home which they occupied fifty five years. They had eight children, three of whom are living: Clarissa, Dora C., and T. Adelbert. He was a very successful farmer, raising grain, hay, fruit and stock. During the spring of 1891 both passed away, April 14th the wife died and May 17th the husband. Adelbert, the only son living, lives on the homestead. He was married to Hattie, daughter of Roswell Crane, of Waterloo, February 26, 1889, and now has five children: Olive, Amy, Lillian May, and twins, Hiram and John. "There ever existed between them and between the members of their family uninterrupted domestic concord and felicity. In all things the members of the household, by influence of the conjugal example, have been affectionate, faithful and true to each other. As citizens their life was not conspicuous before the world, but their influence was none the less effective and salutary, since it is ever true that the power of virtue is inherent in itself and cannot be lost, though there be no tongue to herald it abroad. A long life of integrity and honor has an earthly immortality, the dying breath does not fade it out. As religionists they were broad of faith and unrestrained and sincere in charity. As citizens they are public spirited, intelligent and patriotic. As parents they were affectionate, wise and faithful. As neighbors they were neighborly. In character they were a noble man and woman. They had lived together so long and tenderly, had so grown to become one in their union that they could not live apart. The stroke that sundered them served to reunite them, the husband surviving the wife but a few weeks."

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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