Name: Charles GORDON
Given Name: Charles
Birth: 11 Dec 1721 in BinHall, Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: 1786 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
1. From Mary Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
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In 1745 he joined the famous Gordon of Glenbucket and was made paymaster. Later he joined Lord Ogilvie's Regiment as Lieutenant and was taken prisoner in the Battle of Colloden on December 21, 1745. He was taken to London and placed in jail, was tried for high treason and found guilty. On November 3, 1746, he was sentenced to be executed. On March 20, 1747, he was granted a reprieve by Lord Chief Lee. On January 11, 1749, he was discharged on condition he leave England and Scotland. The powerful influence of the Gordon's was at work. He arrived in Maryland in 1750 and settled in Cecil County. The Duchess of Gordon gave him a ring when he left Scotland. He married Ann George and, after her death, Elizabeth Nicholson, daughter of Col. Joseph Nicholson of Kent County, Md.
There seems to be some controversy over his later years. In his book "The Commodores," Leonard Guttridge portrays Charles as a Tory who deserted his family and returned to England. It does seem that in light of his previous experience in England that Charles would not have turned Tory.
2. In: Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution, Vol. 1, by Lorenzo Sabine, Clearfield Company, 1994
Gordon, Charles. Attorney-at-law, of Cecil County, Maryland. In 1775,the Whig Committeeof that county, at a meeting at Elk Ferry, "Resolved, That he lies under the imputation of being an enemy to this country, and as such we will have no dealings with him to reansact any business with us, or for us, either in a public or private capacity, which shall be commenced after the date thereof,", &c. Mr Gordpn"had treated with great disrespect, and maliciously aspersed the Continental Congress, The Provincial Congress, and the Committee of this County; and had, at various times, and by sundry ways, vilified thier proceedings." A newspaper controversy ensued, in which the delinquent admitted that his politics were not quite agreeable to his accusers, &c.
3. Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Volume II, Treasury Records, Page 185
American Loyalists were given temporary allowances beginning in 1782 and were paind quaterly until their claims were processed by the Royal Claims Commission. Among those on the list who received payments was:
Gordon, Charles, considerable estate, Maryland
4. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore, Vol. 2, The Nicholson Family, Page 239
Father: Patrick GORDON b: in BinHall, Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Ann HAY
- Mary GORDON
Elizabeth NICHOLSON b: ABT 1740 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
- Hannah GORDON b: 6 Nov 1765 in Maryland
- Elizabeth Ann GORDON b: 19 Feb 1767 in Kent County, Maryland
- Sarah Nicholson GORDON b: 24 Oct 1768 in Maryland
- Anna Maria GORDON b: 7 Jan 1771 in Maryland
- Alice GORDON
- Joseph Nicholson GORDON b: 9 Oct 1775 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
- John GORDON b: 27 Sep 1777 in Maryland
- Charles GORDON b: 14 Nov 1778 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
- Title: Joseph Nicholson- Membership Roster & Soldier DAR
- Title: 1. Maryland Historical Magazine
Publication: vol. XXI, pg. 126 Baltimore 1926.
- Title: Maryland Historical Magazine
Publication: vol. XXI, pg. 126 Baltimore 1926