Author: Marian Otis
Title: John McCullough's Families
Author: John McCullough
Author: Perry Adams
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Title: Launched Into Eternity
Page: page 34
Author: John A. McCullough
Note: N438 A file from the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library states: "On April 15th, 1794, George signed a receipt for Three Hundred Pounds of his estate, and since his father refers to this advance on his son's legacy, it appears that at the age of thirty-six, he probably migrated Westward with his family to seek his fortune." Tarney Smith writes: "George Gordon received a Spanish Land Grant dated August 26, 1796, Survey #367 in what is now Bonhomme Township, St. Louis, County, MO." John McCullough writes: "Lietenant Governor Xeon Trudeau goverened the Spanish village of Sn Luis (St. Louis) in Alta Louisiana de Illinois and it population of 975 when George Gordon arrived from Pennsylvania about 1796. Prehaps George thought San Luis too crowded, as he chose to settle near Creve Coeur Lakes, twenty miles further west along the Missouri River." John McCullough further writes: "George Gordon was later described as one of those raising a crop, with his tenant and step-brother Thomas Johnsto, in 1797 and 1798."
Note: N506 John McCullough writes: "George Gordon Sr., a Revolutionary War veteran, was murdered by his stepson, John Long, in a dispute over property. The District of St. Louis in the Louisiana Territory was a rough land just beginning settlement. As he lay dying on a buffalo skin in front of his log cabin, as described in the trial records, one neighbor heard him say, "I don't know who would have done me so." In fact, records show that George and his stepson had period of threats and heated arguments. Long was arrested for the murder, tried, convicted and hung becoming the first person legally hung west of the Mississippi River. We have the trial records, witness testimony, and newspaper report of the happenings. George Gordon Jr. could have commuted the sentence under Territorial law, but didn't. He went back to the Gordon clan in Pennsylvania to mature and start a family, returning to the new State of Missouri, circa 1825, to settle in the area where he had lived with George Sr."
Note: N30 From Perry Adams, San Carlos, CA.: "George was murdered by his step son, John Long who was hung on 9-20-1809. John was the first person executed in St. Louis. George had moved to St. Louis with his children after his wife's death in 1805. There he met and married a widow named Rachel Long. She had inherited property including slaves from her first husband, John Long. When she married George, ownership passed to him. Her son, John, Jr., resented this and on June 26, 1809 he shot him." See John McCullough's article "launched Into Eternity" in the Summer 2005 issue of "Gateway" for more details on the murder. E- mail from Kevin Gordon dated June 16, 2000: "I actually exchanged e-mails and then phone calls with a descendant of John Long, the executed murderer, not long ago. That family to this day claims he was innocent and the murderer was by a slave." John McCullough writes: "Historical records show that George Gordon was murdered by his stepson, John Long, Jr. in 1809. John was tried and convicted and hung, becoming the first legal hanging west of the Mississippi River. The trial has some questionable attributes, and a publication about John Lewis, a pioneer in the period, suggests that years after the hanging, a slave confessed to the murder of Ol' George. We have seen no solid documentation of this confession. And at this juncture, consider it some family legend." From a Community Press article, 1974, by Gloria Dalton: "The first formal murder trial of a white man in Missouri was held in August 1809 at Long's Mill in Bonhomme Township. John Brown was foreman and both Michael Honoree and Thomas Musick were members of the 12 man jury. John Long, Jr. was found guilty of slaying his step-father, George Gordon. Wistness testified that the killing was premeditated and that Long cold-bloodedly laid in wait for his victim and shot him with a woodsman rifle. The hanging that followed within a month was the first execution in the 45 year history of the St. Louis area. Some historians have written that Long's trial was an unfair one."
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