George Gordon: Birth: 17 APR 1758 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Cumberland County, PA. Death: 26 JUN 1809 in St. Louis, Louisiana Territory
Text: Genealogy reports on Gordon and Smith Family prepared by Tarney Smith based on information from Ora Gretrude Smith.
Text: Jeremiah Gordon Letter copied by George A Gordon 7-20-1912
Text: Allen Whittemore data
Note: N2822 "Seilhamer Volune IV" pg 70-124 "Gordons" by George A Seilhamer, abt 1900: "Henry Gordon, brother of Ruth, was born Jun 3, 1734, and died Aug 10, 1809. His will dated Feb 18, 1802 and proved Aug 16, 1809. He was a farmer near Shady Grove in what is now Antrim twp, Franklin Co, PA. He obtained a warrant for 67 acres of land adjoining other lands owned by him and land of James Bones, Jacob Snively and Thomas Johnston. No date is given for this warrant but it was probably after 1763, in which year he obtained possession of the lands in partition in the Orphan's Court of Cumberland Co. The absence of the warrant indicated that it was one of those destroyed by fire when the office of Col John Armstrong the Deputy-surveyor, at Carlisle, was burned. He enlisted as a private soldier in the company of Capt William Rippey of the Sixth Pennsylvania Battalion in 1776, and served in the second Canada Expedition. The name of his wife was SARAH. She was born Jul 11, 1736 and died in 1812. Their children were George, William, Susanna, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Alexander, Sarah and Mary." From "American Revolutionary Soldiers" provided by Perry Adams: "Deeds at Chambersburg, Penna., show George Gordon of Atrium Twp., dying intestate, Orphens' Court at Shippensburg, March 8, 1763, Son Henry to hold plantation&c. Heirs:" From Chambersburg, PA Deed Book 5, Page 535- George Gordon of Antrim Township, died intestate. Eldest son Henry petitioned the Orphans Court at Shippensburg March 8, 1763: Henry to plantation paying younger children. Tarney Smith provided a copy from the Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle, PA 17013 of "The Account of Sarah Gordon and Henry Gordon Administration of all and Singular the Goods and Chattles Rights & Credits which were of George Gordon late of Atrim Township in the County of Cumberland, Deceased." The document states: "Exhibited into the Registor Office at Carlisle on the 9th Day of March 1763" and signed by Sarah Gordon with her mark and Henry Gordon. Distributions are for "The Widows Share - 34.10.4 Pounds, Henry Eldest Son Share - 13.10.0 Pounds". The remaining children are listed for 6.10.1 Pounds each. Names shown for these children are Mary, Elizabeth, Arabella, Sarah, Prudence, Rachel, George and Ruth. A Henry Gordon is listed on the 1796 Tax Rolls for Antrim Township, Franklin County, PA, as owning 200ac. land and two cows. From "The History of Franklin County": "Henry Gordon, 67 acres. Neighbors James Bones, Jacob Snively, Henry Gordon, Thomas Johnston." Tarney Smith provided a copy of Henry's will:"Will of Henry Gordon, Recorded August 16, 1809, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, Probate Div. "In the name of God amen. I Henry Gordon of Atrim Township, Franklin County and State of Pennsylvania, being in health sound memory and judgement as usual do commit this my last Will and Testament to writing disposing of my worldly esate after my just debts and funeral expenses is paid in the following manner Viz. First my beloved wife Sarah I give and bequeath the house we now live in with all the bedding and furniture of every kind therein with one good milch cow, these she may dispose of at her decease, but not the house, also I allow her to get of my Executors hereafter named thirty dollars lawful money in the United States yearly, she is likewise to have use of the water and to have firewood cut and hauled and made ready at her door for putting on the fire and to be put on by them if she gets sick or unable, also to have use of the part of the garden we now occupy and as many apples cut of my orchard as she needs for house use, the cow is to be kept for her and to have a horse when she wants to ride also yearly and every year to receive fifty pounds of good pork and fifty pounds of good beef each fall for salting and one hundred pounds of fresh meat at sundry times as she needs it and fiftheen bushels of good merchantable wheat yearly all during her natural life; Item to my son Alexander Gordon, I give and bequeath all my Estate both real and personal, excepting what personal estate is hereby given to his mother, to him heirs and assigns ever, provided he pays his mother yearly what is hereby allowed to her and gives to her what is hereby --?-- and pay yearly and every year after my decease the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania until the whole of the Legacies hereby bequeathed is fully paid; Item, to my son George Gordon I give and bequeath the sum of four hundred pounds, money aforesaid; Item, to my three daughters Susanna Lawrence, Elizabeth Smith, and Mary Mason I give and bequeath four hundred fifty pounds money aforesaid to be equally divided amoungst them, share and share alike; Item, to my grand children sons and daughters, if any, of my daughter Sarah Smith deceased, I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred fifty pounds aforesaid, to be equally divided amongst them, share and share alike the same males or females as if their names had been inserted; And it is my will that whatever my son or daughters have already received of my son Alexander is to be accounted to them for so much received out of the above legacies; and it is my will and I do hereby order that each of my legatees shall receive an equal share of what my son Alexander is to pay yearly until they are fully paid, my grand children to receive their Mother's share, provided neverthelesss that my son George shall receive his legacy all but one hundred pounds before the said distribution is to be made, And I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Alexander Gordon and Jacob Snively of Joseph to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of February eighteen hundred and eight 1808. "Signed Sealed published and declared by the testator, this to be his last Will and Testament, in presence of John Snively, Sawyer McFadden, James Johnston Henry Gordon (Seal)" John McCullough quotes from "Franklin County, PA Footnotes, 1980-81" as follows: Page 84 - "Henry Gordon, eldest son of George Gordon of Antrim Twp, states that his father died intestate seized of a plantation containing 200 acres of land; deceased left a widow and 9 children. Petitioner wished to hold the plantation." Page 90 - "Came into court, Sarah Gordon & Henry Gordon, Admirs. of George Gordon valuation L34.10.4- Widow & relict; Henry, minor eldest son; Mary, minor daughter; Elizabeth, a minor; Arabella, a minor daughter; Rachael, a minor daughter; George, a minor son; Ruth, a minor daughter."
Note: Birth place also listed as Antrim Township, Frankli County, which was formed from Lancaster County in 1784.
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