Ancestors and Descendants of Larry Gordon and Nedra Callender


Doctor, Mister Secretary, Professor, Captain USPHS Larry Jean Gordon

Attended New Mexico public schools at McGaffey, Coolidge, Tijeras, Magdalena, Eugene Field in Albuquerque, Atrisco in Albuquerque, University Heights in Albuquerque, Stronghurst in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell; graduated from Safford High School, Arizona, 1943. Gila Jr. College, Thatcher, Arizona (now Western Arizona University); University of New Mexico; University of Oklahoma; U.S. Navy PhM2/C, 1944-46 primarily stationed at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; University of NM, B.S 1949, M.S 1951; University of Michigan School of Public Heath, Master of Public Health in Environmental Health, 1954, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UNM 2007.

Larry Gordon is an Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico where he also held appointments in the school of public administration and the Institute for Public Policy.

He has served as:

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Health and Environment,
Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Health and Environment,
New Mexico State Health Officer,
Founding Director, New Mexico Scientific Laboratory System,
Founding Director, New Mexico Environmental Improvement Agency (NM Environment Dept),
Founding Director, Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department,
Chief Sanitarian, Albuquerque Health Department,
State Food Sanitarian,
District Sanitarian,
County Sanitarian,
and is a Commissioned Officer (Navy Captain), U.S. Public Health Service Inactive Reserve.

Gordon also served as President of the 55,000 member American Public Health Association; Chair of the National Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators; President of the New Mexico Environmental Health Association; Chair of the APHA Section on Environment; Co-Chair of the APHA Action Board; a member of the APHA Science Board; and is a consultant to numerous national public and private groups such as Underwriters Laboratories.

He was a founder of the Council on Education for Public Health (the national accrediting agency for schools of public health), a founder of the American Intersociety Academy for the Certification of Sanitarians (now the American Academy of Sanitarians), as well as a long time member of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (the national accrediting agency for environmental health and protection academic programs.)

He has over 240 professional and technical publications. The Health Sciences Historical Library at the University of New Mexico has a collection of Gordon’s published papers, presentations, news clippings, honors/awards, and miscellaneous correspondence.

Gordon is a recipient of the:

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, UNM 2007
National Society for Public Administration (New Mexico Chapter) Distinguished Public Administrator Award - 1996
Univ. of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Society Distinguished Alumnus Award - 1995
Distinguished Leadership in Environmental Management Award, American Society for Public Administration - 1994
County of Los Angeles Lester Breslow Award for Distinguished Service in Public Health - 1994
University of New Mexico Alumni Association Zimmerman Award for bringing credit to UNM- 1993
New Mexico Governors' Distinguished Public Service Award - 1988
American Public Health Association Sedgwick Award (the highest honor bestowed by the APHA) - 1987
American Lung Association Clinton P. Anderson Award for Outstanding Efforts to Improve the Health and Environment of New Mexicans - 1987
New Mexico Public Health Association Larrazola Award - 1987
American Academy of Sanitarians Wagner Award for Leadership Ability and Professional Commitment - 1984
New Mexico Hospital Association Commendation for Leadership in Health Care - 1981
Honorary Fellow Royal Society of Health for Distinguished Work in Connection With the Promotion of Health, London, - 1981
National Environmental Health Association Snyder Award - 1978
New Mexico Public Health Association Award for Distinguished Service - 1970
National Secretaries Association International, Boss of the Year Award - 1970
New Mexico Sanitarians Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sanitation - 1967
Sanitarians Distinguished Service Award, International Sanitarians Assoc. - 1962
Western Branch, American Public Health Association Sippy Award for Meritorious Service to Western Public Health - 1962
National Environmental Health Association Mangold Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Advancement - 1961
Samuel J. Crumbine Award for Outstanding Development of an Environmental Sanitation Program - 1959

Gordon planned and gained legislative authorization for the:

Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department,
New Mexico Scientific Laboratory System,
New Mexico Environmental Improvement Agency (now the Environment Dept.), and the
New Mexico State Health Agency.

He also developed and gained enactment of numerous state and local public health and environmental health statutes, regulations and ordinances; testified before the Presidential Committee on Executive Reorganization recommending the creation and scope of the Environmental Protection Agency, and testified before Congressional Committees supporting the passage of several key federal environmental health statutes.

Gordon is listed in:

Who's Who in America, 1988 - current
Who's Who in the West, 1970 - current

Member Temple Lodge # 6, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Scottish Rite Masons.

Also see the manuscript "Environmental Health and Protection Adventures" by Larry Gordon in UNM Medical History Library and the manuscript "Larry Gordon Oral Interview" in the UNM Health Sciences History Library. About 100 of Gordon's papers, presentations and policy letters will soon be on line at the UNM Health Sciences History Library. The Library also has an extensive collecton of Gordon's publications, presentations and media items.

August 16, 1999
Larry J. Gordon
1674 Tierra del Rio NW
Albuquerque NM 87107
Dear Mr. Gordon:
On behalf of the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center Library and the New Mexico Medical History Program, may I extend a sincere thank you for taking the time for your oral history interview.
There are few, if any, careers in the entire history of modern public health work in New Mexico more distinguished than yours, and we thank you for sharing your memories so generously with us. Your contributions to the development of a progressive, highly professional public health system in New Mexico are a prominent part of New Mexico's modern history, and we're grateful for the opportunity to help "pin it all down" for the record.
The tape of your interview will be transcribed in the next few weeks, and a draft transcription will be forwarded to you for review and correction. After you return the draft to us, we will incorporate your corrections and produce a final transcript. A copy of that final transcript will be sent to you for your files, and another copy, with the recorded tape, will be cataloged and filed in our Archives for future use by researchers.
Again, thank you for enriching the New Mexico Medical History Program with information and perspective available from no one else.

Holly Shipp Buchanan, EdD
Associate Professor Director
Health Sciences Center Library
HSC Computer Services
Albuquerque NM 87131-5686

UNM Commencement May 12, 2007:
Honorary Degree Recipient, May 2007
Larry J. Gordon, Doctor of Humane Letters
Larry J. Gordon, an environmental health visionary, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters for his long-term commitment and leadership in the areas of environmental and public health.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in science from UNM and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Gordon is known throughout the country as one of the great leaders of environmental health. He founded and directed the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Agency and the New Mexico Scientific Laboratory System and subsequently served as New Mexico cabinet secretary for health and environment. He was also active as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Gordon served as president of the 55,000-member American Public Health Association. He presented or published more than 240 papers profoundly affecting the field of environmental and public health. The university was well served by Gordon's tireless public service efforts. He was a senior fellow for the Institute for Public Policy and adjunct professor in the School of Public Administration and Political Science Department. Throughout his career, he mentored scores of environmental health practitioners who subsequently achieved eminence.

Nedra Clair Callender

Nedra Callender Gordon:
1930 United States Federal Census Record Census & Voter Lists
Name: Nedra Callender
Father: Clair A Callender
Mother: Evelyn Callender
Birth: abt 1928
Residence: 1930 in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 28-31 | Albuquerque Journal
Nedra Clair Callender Gordon was born the only child of Evelyn Wright Callender and Clair Arnott Callender in Springer, NM on August 26, 1927 and passed away on May 25, 2017 in Albuquerque. Nedra attended schools in Santa Fe and Dallas, and then graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945. She then attended the University of New Mexico graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation from the first Marine Corps Women's Officers Candidate School following WW II at Quantico, VA in the summer of 1949. She then worked as a bacteriologist and medical technician in Albuquerque prior to her marriage to Larry in 1950, and then they moved to Silver City where Nedra worked as the bacteriologist for the health department.

Nedra lived in Albuquerque for over 60 years, and she was a dedicated member of the Assistance League of Albuquerque for many of those years. She was always concerned with the health and welfare of her family, and supported their effort and achievements. She enjoyed bowling, bridge, travel, reading, and was a golf enthusiast active in many golf associations, including Pendaries Village in northern New Mexico where Larry and Nedra enjoyed their summer retirement home on the mountain golf course.

A third-generation New Mexican whose great grandparents arrived in northern New Mexico in the 1870s, Nedra enjoyed a rich life in the company of her three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clair and Evelyn Callender; and son-in-law, Rick Dunlap. Nedra is survived by her husband of 67 years, Larry; daughter, Debbie G. Dunlap of Albuquerque and her daughters, Dana Schaefer of Lubbock and Dana's daughter, Savannah of Albuquerque as well as Kim Milliman and husband, Robert and their son, Mason of Houston; son, Kent L. Gordon and wife, Elli Gordon and their daughter, Bianca Gordon of California; and son, Gary L. Gordon and wife, Terri Giron-Gordon of Albuquerque and their children, Celine and Bryce.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers at The Retreat at Oxbow North for their loving attention in the years since Nedra suffered a debilitating stroke. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a gift to the Stroke Program at UNM Health Sciences Center in care of the UNM Foundation, 700 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The family will hold a reception to remember Nedra and greet friends at the home of her daughter on Saturday, June 3, 2017 between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Also See:
Nedra Callender Gordon, 'From the Mayflower to the Land of Enchantment'.pdf  (by Larry J Gordon), which is linked to from Nedra's Scrapbook.

Andrew Jackson Gordon, Jr.

Graduated from high school in Mt. View, OK. U.S. Navy, WW II, Sub-Chaser 149 and Destroyer "Josephine." Worked as cowboy, farmer, rancher. Attended University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and University of NM. School teacher in OK and Arlington, CO; and school principal McGaffey, NM; U.S.Forest Ranger; U.S. Indian Service; Range Manager and Conservationist with U.S. Soil Conservation Service; Real Estate Specialist U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; first Ranch Father and Manager NM Boys Ranch where he and his wife Deweylee bought and donated considerable land directly in the name of the Boys Ranch. Successful real estate investments and property management during his later years.

Gregarious, friendly, well-liked and always concerned about the needs and activities of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Member Temple Lodge #6, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Albuquerque, NM, Ballut Abyad Shrine and Scottish Rite Masons.

Enjoyed hunting, fishing, water-witching, and was an excellent writer.

See family manuscript "An American Family, Not Merely a Couple with Children" by his son Larry Gordon.

1910 United States Federal Census about Andrew J Gordon
Name: Andrew J Gordon
Age in 1910: 9
Estimated birth year: abt 1901
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: Andrew J
Father's Birth Place: Missouri
Mother's name: Blanch O
Mother's Birth Place: Texas
Home in 1910: Mountain View Ward 1, Kiowa, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Andrew J Gordon 38
Blanch O Gordon 30
Marry A Gordon 11
Andrew J Gordon 9
Emmett D Gordon 5
Leeta L Gordon 11/12
Dona Thomas 32

1930 United States Federal Census about H J Gordon
Name: H J Gordon
Home in 1930: Page, McKinley, New Mexico
Age: 29
Estimated birth year: abt 1901
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Dewey Lee
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
H J Gordon 29
Dewey Lee Gordon 28
Laddie Gordon 5
Larry Gordon 3 5/12

Social Security Death Index about Andrew J. Gordon
Name: Andrew J. Gordon
SSN: 525-56-4495
Born: 18 Mar 1901
Died: 25 Oct 1992
State (Year) SSN issued: New Mexico (Before 1951 )

And the sight of it stirs memories of the years of hardship endured by my parents, Andrew and Deweylee Gordon, as they developed their land, comprising about 700 acres, near La Joya, NM. The fireplace, which my mother constructed with rocks she selected from a nearby arroyo, is the only vestige of the small adobe home they constructed. The fireplace is an unlabeled memorial to the hard work and deprivation that ultimately formed the seeds of their success and has helped all their descendants.
About 1948, my parents elected to move to their totally undeveloped land, most of which was completely covered by thick bosque. They had a vision of success by clearing and farming several hundred acres of valley land. They commenced with an unrealistic dream, a willingness to endure hardship, and inadequate capital.
They constructed a one room shack, which we called King Solomon’s Temple, on top of the hill to provide temporary shelter while they made other necessary developments. Dad could make anything from pancakes to biscuits and bread using the sourdough which he kept replenished and healthy.
Dad attempted to dig a well to provide domestic water. This proved impossible following back-breaking efforts. I was digging in the pit and some of the surrounding sand caved in. I was pulled free with a rope from the surface. They finally had a well drilled and installed a gasoline powered pump in a deep pit around the pump.
The land was not fenced, so Dad dug post-holes, stretched barbed-wire, and fenced much of the area.
A few acres was already cleared and provided an area for a small garden, a chicken house, and space for Dad’s saddle-horse Indio. Wild plums were also growing in the area.
Mother and Dad mixed mud with straw in the bed of their pick-up, shoveled it into frames, and layer by layer built a “poured mud” structure which was to be their home. No running water, bathroom, or electricity.
Until this structure was built, Mother continued her job with the UNM Biology Department to provide limited funds. But they were constantly in debt.
Initially, they hired a man with a Caterpillar to clear some of the bosque, but they soon depleted their funds. Dad then labored long hours clearing the thick bosque with his axe and pulling the remaining stumps and roots with their small Ford tractor. This was indescribably hard work.
At one point the Rio Puerco flooded the river valley from the West thus creating a dam in the Rio Grande that flooded all of their land. While unsuccessfully attempting to stem the tide at night, Dad broke his leg. They had no money or insurance, so they splinted his leg and he stayed home.
It seemed that Dad spent an inordinate amount of time repairing the tractor or the pump in the pit. Carbon monoxide from the pump once caused him to pass out, but thankfully someone rode by looking for him and successfully pulled him to the surface. Another type of pump and motor was later installed on the surface. The motor was a used Chrysler engine that also required constant repair.
I entered Albuquerque National Bank wearing my Levis, boots and Stetson to apply for a loan of $2,600 so my parents might install a portable aluminum irrigation system for the valley land Dad had cleared. I had no credit rating or bank account but, unlike today, Bob Elder approved the loan on the spot. This irrigation system allowed limited alfalfa and grain production in the Valley area. But to say it was subsistence farming would be an exaggeration.
One summer, when away from UNM, I was atop a combine threshing grain. I said something to an itinerant laborer that he didn’t like and he made menacing gestures with a pitchfork. We heard a voice from the ground that caused the laborer to look around and find himself looking straight down the barrel of Dad’s Peacemaker, his silver-mounted Smith and Wesson 44/40. The laborer ran for the nearest brush and we never heard of him again.
With the help of U.S. Senator Clinton Anderson, my parents secured a loan from the Federal Land Bank to tide them over.
To help with finances, Mother took a job as teacher in the small, distant community of Riley where she roomed with a local family. At times, Dad substituted in the nearby La Joya Schools. In 1949, I took a position teaching in the La Joya Schools prior to commencing a lengthy career with the New Mexico Department of Public Health in 1950. My brother Ladd accepted employment with the N.M. Game and Fish Department in 1949. As a tribute to Ladd’s outstanding conservation achievements, including many years of service as Director of the NM Game and Fish Deprtment and subsequenlty Regional Director of Ducks Unlimited, several State waterfowl refuges in the La Joya area are now designated the “Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex.”
Following years of deprivation and labor, about 1954, my parents sold the land to N.C. Ribble, an Albuquerque large equipment dealer who desired to develop a private game bird farm for wealthy sportsmen. Ribble spent major sums pursuing his dream, but finally sold the land.
Eventaully, another better capitalized group completed clearance of the valley, subdivided it into dozens of small ranchettes, and sold the parcels.
The money my parents received for the land provided some of the basis for their ensuing successful real estate investments in Albuquerque. While Mother handled their properties, Dad returned to the Federal Government Bureau of Land Management and subsequently the Corps of Engineers from which he earned a retirement. They were always cheerful, generous within their means, and significantly aided their children and grandchildren in their endeavors.
A beautiful, modern home, such as my parents might have dreamed of, now stands atop the hill overlooking the valley a few yards from the memorial of my parents’ endeavors: THE ROCK FIREPLACE!

Nedra and I drove to La Joya a few days ago. The sight of the rock fireplace caused me to reminisce about this significant part of my parents’ lives. And I wanted others to know something of their struggles so foreign, yet so important, to their descendants.
Larry Gordon
February 14, 2009

Dewey Lee Stewart

Deweylee was named after Admiral Dewey and General Robert E. Lee.

Deweylee never graduated from high school, as she went to work early helping on her parents' farm in southwestern Oklahoma. She took an examination for advanced standing in order to enter college. She attended Oklahoma State Teacher's College (now the University of Central Oklahoma), Edmond where she earned a Life Certificate to teach in 1927. Also studied at University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and University of NM. Teacher at numerous locations in Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. Homemaker, farmer, rancher; successful real estate investments and property management during later years. First Ranch Mother and co-Manager NM Boys Ranch where she and her husband Andrew bought and donated considerable land directly in the name of the Boys Ranch. A successful business woman who worked hard to ensure a sizeable estate for her children and grandchildren, and was constantly concerned about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Member Ada Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Albuquerque and White Shrine.

See family manuscript "An American Family, not Merely a Couple With Children," by her son Larry Gordon. Both she and her husband Andrew were self-made successful people who literally "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps."

1910 United States Federal Census about Dewey M Stewart
Name: Dewey M Stewart
Age in 1910: 9
Estimated birth year: abt 1901
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's name: Thomas B
Father's Birth Place: Texas
Mother's name: Berdie A
Mother's Birth Place: Texas
Home in 1910: Poarch, Beckham, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas B Stewart 37
Berdie A Stewart 32
Deelia B Stewart 13
Dewey M Stewart 9
Ina G Stewart 7

1920 United States Federal Census about Thomas B Stewart
Name: Thomas B Stewart
Home in 1920: Hunter, Tillman, Oklahoma
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Bertie
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 66
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas B Stewart 47
Bertie Stewart 42
Adelia Stewart 22
Dewy Stewart 18
Grace Stewart 16
Alice Little 68

1930 United States Federal Census about H J Gordon
Name: H J Gordon
Home in 1930: Page, McKinley, New Mexico
Age: 29
Estimated birth year: abt 1901
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Dewey Lee
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
H J Gordon 29
Dewey Lee Gordon 28
Laddie Gordon 5
Larry Gordon 3 5/12

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Friday, February 2, 1990

Boys Ranch `Mother' Dies at 88
Funeral services will be at Sandia Memory Gardens for Deweylee Gordon, who was involved in the founding of the New Mexico Boys Ranch.
The day and time for the services for Mrs. Gordon, 88, will be :announced by Strong-Thorne '' Mortuary. She died Thursday.
An Oklahoma native, Mrs. Gordon came to New Mexico in 1908 with her family in a covered wagon. The family homesteaded near San Jon.
She attended Oklahoma State Teachers College, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico. She taught school in Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.
Mrs. Gordon and her husband, Andrew, who survives her, pur­chased some of the land for Boys Ranch of New Mexico, which was founded in 1944. The ranch, which is for boys from troubled homes, is south of Belen. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon helped supervise construction of the first ranch buildings and were the first ranch "mother and father."
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gordon's survivors include two sons, Ladd Gordon, former director of the state Department of Game and Fish, and Larry Gordon, former secretary of the state Department of Health and Environment.
She is also survived by a daugh­ter, Doren Rogers; a sister, Adelia Sallee; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladd S. Gordon Wildlife Area Fund, c/o McFarland Brothers Bank, P.O. Box 1248, Tucumcari, N.M. 88401.

GORDON - Deweylee Stewart Gordon, born Sept. 5, 1901 at Martha, Okla., passed away on February 1, in 1908. Mrs. Gordon first came to New Mexico with her parents in a covered wagon when the family homesteaded near San Jon, NM, in 1908. She attended Oklahoma State Teachers College, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico and taught school in Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Deweylee Gordon and her husband, Andrew returned to New Mexico in 1929. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon purchased the some of the land for the New Mexico Boy's Ranch, became the first Ranch Mother and Father, and supervised construction of the original ranch facilities. Later, they continued their in­volvement in farming, ranching and real estate. Mrs. Gordon is survived by her husband of 67 years, Andrew; son, Ladd S. Gordon, retired Director of New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish, and his wife, Wanda; son, Larry J. Gordon retired New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Health and Environment, and his wife, Nedra; daughter, Doren Rogers; sister Adelia Sallee grandchil­dren, Debra Dunlap, Kent Gordon, Karen Gordon, Laurie Daum, Gary Gordon, and Marlowe Challstrom; and 5 great- grandchildren. Mrs. Gordon was a member of Ada Chapter #5 Order of the Eastern Star. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ladd S. Gordon Wildlife Area Fund, c/o McFarland Brothers Bank, P.O. Box 1248, Tucum­cari, NM 88401 There will be no visitation. Graveside services will 6e held Saturday, 2:30 p.m. at Sandia Memory Gardens, with Rev. Art Vermillion officiating. Strong-Thorne 1100 Coal SE, in charge of arrangements.

In 1990, my Aunt Adelia Stewart wrote:
-----Dewey had first been taken to New Mexico as a 2-month old baby in 1901. Grandma Stewart leased land about one mile east of what is now a town (Portales), but was then a very small trading post on a railroad. Grandfather had a lot of cattle. He and Papa (Dewey's father) drove the cattle through and built a two-story house. When things were ready, Grandmother Stewart, Mama (Adelia's mother) and I and baby Dewey went there on the train. I have forgotten about train connections, but for some reason we had to spend a night in a hotel near the train station. The room partitions were made of 1 X 12" boards and the occupants of one room could see the happenings of those in the adjoining room. Every room had a pot-bellied stove for heating. In the adjoining room to us were 2 men and 2 women and several other men. The men were gambling and drinking. Just as we were about to go to sleep, the law officers broke into the other room to arrest the men. The men resisted, the officers beat them with Billy Clubs, the two women cried, "Oh, please stop, you are killing them." In the melee the stove was tipped over and hot coals spilled onto the floor of that room. The officers handcuffed the men, set the stove up right, put the coals back in the stove and left with the men. But Mama and grandmother had re-dressed all of us and were ready to take flight when the hotel manager came in and assured all of us that all would be well. So we managed to get some sleep before we boarded a train to finish the journey.
When I was teaching in Hope, NM (in the 1950's) I drove to Portales and grandpa's house was yet there on the east side full of hay bales.
We were all there when an attorney from Henderson County, Texas came to buy grandmother's inheritance from Champion Choate's land. The attorney convinced grandpa that the land was worth only $25.00. So a deed was made to the attorney. Several years later, the heirs learned that oil wells were on the land at the time of sale. The heirs sued, but the court decided in favor of the attorney. There go riches.
Just because we have all lost Dewey, my last sister, please don't forget me. I love all of you. I'm awfully lonely now, and not young. Excuse my writing. I realize it is failing just as my health is. I know so much interesting about early times.
Aunt Adelia Sallee

Andrew Jackson Gordon

1900 Census OK Wichita Indian Reservation next place from George Thomas and daughters Ladonia and Laura.

1900 United States Federal Census about J Andrew Gordon
Name: J Andrew Gordon
Home in 1900: Wichita Reservation, Wichita, Apache, Kiowa and Comanche Reservation, Oklahoma
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1872
Birthplace: Texas
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: E Blanche
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
J Andrew Gordon 28
E Blanche Gordon 20
A Mary Gordon

1910 United States Federal Census about Andrew J Gordon
Name: Andrew J Gordon
Age in 1910: 38
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: United States of America
Mother's Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse's Name: Blanch o
Home in 1910: Mountain View Ward 1, Kiowa, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Andrew J Gordon 38
Blanch o Gordon 30
Marry A Gordon 11
Andrew J Gordon 9
Emmett D Gordon 5
Leeta L Gordon 11/12
Dona Thomas 32

1920 United States Federal Census about Andrew J Gordon
Name: Andrew J Gordon
Home in 1920: Kennedy, Blaine, Oklahoma
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Eddie
Father's Birth Place: Missouri
Mother's Birth Place: Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 178
Household Members: Name Age
Andrew J Gordon 47
Eddie Gordon 43
Emitt D Gordon

Farmer, rancher, saloon owner, and operated a draying business in Mountain View, Oklahoma. See the manuscript "Laura's Story" by Andrew Gordon's sister Laura Gordon Coker for interesting details and experiences of his youth. Accompanied his father George Washington Gordon in the Oklahoma land rush and settled in Oklahoma Territory.
One of his favorite songs sung by his mother was "Little Brown Jug."
Met Blanche Thomas at Matame Presbyterian School. Rode 90 miles to El Reno, OK to obtain a marriage license for him and Blanche.

Shown in 1920 U.S. Census of Blaine Co.,Kennedy, OK as grain farmer living with 2nd wife Addie and son Emmit. From "Annies Story" -- "Brother Andrew and Addie (Bottom) became sweethearts for a time and many years later after each had been married and raised their children were wedded and were very happy."

See the manuscript "The Thomas Family History as Related to the Gordon Family" by Homer Halverson, a son of Blanche Thomas Gordon's sister Laura.

A few quotes from "Laura's Story," Andrew's sister:

"Andrew borrowed Grandpa's pocket knife one day and got up into the wagon. He had a new hat that they had brought him and he cut it full of holes. On being questioned as to why he did it, he said that he "was trying to see what it was made of." He was about 3 1/2 years old.

". Andrew had confidence in his ability to do things, but sometimes his judgment wasn't the best. Though he had to do a man's work from a small boy, he never shirked or failed his responsibility. ...

"When Andrew was nearly 9, Papa sent him to Crafton to mill with a wagon­load of grain to have ground for feed. He sent a note to Mr. Wallace, the miller, who was a family friend! We all knew his family. Mr. Wallace was not at the mill that day, and in the afternoon Jasper, or "Mit," asked Andrew what he wanted and he gave them the note asking that they get busy and get him started toward home as soon as they could; but he did not get home until way into the night. Mama would walk down the road and listen and wait, then come home without any news. All of us were to be quiet while Papa would listen for the wagon wheels. Sometime prior to that date, a 14 year old boy had been scalped by Indians on his way home from school not far from where we lived. They were so uneasy about Andrew---Mama would go again to listen for her boy! Finally she said the wagon wheels announced his coming. She met them coming at slow speed. He had wound the lines around the handle of the dashboard and was lying on his sacks of feed and was fast asleep. Old Kate and Nellie were jogging along at their own leisure. ..."

"Andrew wanted to get into the wagon where two hired boys were unloading corn. They told him that they could cut his ears off, but he climbed on a wheel and stood on the brake while Lewis and I ran, so scared, to tell Mama that those big boys were going to cut Andrew's ears off. We didn't know any better than to believe what we heard. She said “they didn't mean it." I sure loved my brothers. I thought she ought to watch those boys. We stayed close to Mama and watched about Andrew. To think of that now---it seems that we were mighty little then---really, it was 78 years ago.

"Once when a heavy hail storm caught Lewis out herding sheep, Andrew went to his rescue and found he had taken refuge in a grove of large oak trees with his shepherd dog and all sheep in safety.

"... Andrew was so young to have to do a man's work. He was quick motioned and strong, but couldn't buckle a throat latch nor even put a bridle on a horse without standing on a wagon tongue or a stump. ...

"Some didn't want to give readings. Andrew thought he just couldn't, but memorized "Woodman Spare That Tree," and would try but cried instead. Mr. Keller was patient and kind to him and others. Mama took time to help and encourage him. He got so he really did well and enjoyed reciting poems.

"... We had our best times around the kitchen fireplace where Andrew would roast lots of sweet potatoes and turnips in the fireplace by wrapping them in shucks dipped in hot water and buried in real hot ashes sprinkled with hot water; then lots of embers on top of that and coals on top. We had to wait a long time for them and then, after waiting another long time, we would watch him go into them carefully so as to not get ashes next to them. He seemed to always know just how to do it. He made molasses candy for us and popped corn. Sometimes we would eat our popcorn in sweet milk.

"Once Andrew, Lewis and I attended a Christmas tree and school program at Eliasville. It was so nice. They always had nine month terms there. No doubt we could have been in the exercises had we been able to attend school in our "own" district. The night was cold but riding next to a horse's body and arms around Andrew, I didn't suffer. We forded the Clear Fork just below the Donald Mill and Dam. ...

"Andrew and Lewis went to haul a couple of barrels of water from the Brazos River and heard a terrible roaring. They decided they would drive out of the river bed and see what it was. They had barely driven out when a wall of water several feet high rolled down past them! We never knew why. We couldn't believe it had rained anywhere above us or anywhere near.

"Papa and Andrew went to work on the railroad with scrapers and teams. He had Andrew drive the big team of horses while he drove the mares. He cautioned Andrew so much about being careful, to watch his business, "and keep in line." The “boss” was a good one and watched all the corners at the same time and was kind, especially to Andrew, for he was the only child driving a team. One day the boss told Papa to "Pull his team aside, for it was lighter than he wanted on the works.” Papa said, "All right, that black team comes off too." "No," he said, "I don't want to give it up, it's one of the best teams on the job." So Papa stayed on too. No fault of his own that he got "fired." Andrew said, "They fired him and hired him over."

"Papa got the idea of coming to the Indian Territory and felt that the soldiers at Fort Sill were taking care of the Indian situation and that we had nothing to dread along that score, so Andrew went back to Wizzard Wells in Jack County, or near there, after our horses. Getting our belongings assembled after being scattered for near a year, we started out from Wise County while it was misting rain on May 19, 1887.

"When we got to Red River early in the afternoon, it was running full, and so swift and red. A ferryboat was there and a big strong man to operate it. They decided to swim the cattle and horses over first. Was so hard to drive them in. There were thirteen young calves and none of us had ever heard such a commotion before. We thought every little calf would surely drown and Papa and Andrew, too; but Mama tried to comfort us the best she could. The old ferryman assured Papa that each cow would take care of her own calf. Nearly killed me to see Papa and Andrew ride into it. No one ever saw worse milling around and bawling of cows and calves. The water was over all of them except their noses and horns. Finally every cow had milled around until she had her own calf by her left side---the upper side, and it was leaning against its mother, swimming along holding its little nose above the water.
We were one bunch who "never batted an eye" while that procedure was in progress. The river looked very wide. Papa and Andrew rode their horses close to the stock but did not crowd them. We all but cried fear and sorrow for Papa and Andrew, and the stock as well.
Lewis stayed with us and the ferryman helped them by riding one of the horses. We were all so thankful when we got across in the ferryboat, we should have planted a flag had we possessed one, and I remember our mother praising God that he had been with us in our trials. We know that God does care for his own!! When we all got across the river it was getting late, almost sundown. The stock were tired from their days journey and the tiresome, long swim in that awful swift water, so muddy and red. It really deserved the name of "Red River." I guess we felt a bit like the Pilgrims after they landed at Plymouth Rock. This crossing was near where Ringold now stands.

"Andrew and Papa went to plowing with two horses and walking cultivators while Mama, Lewis, Fannie and Ivy went to hoeing cotton which could scarcely be found among high weeds. Corn was waist high and fine as could be and a good season in the ground. They all worked like Trojans and got over the crop both hoeing and plowing and that was the third of June. It came a heavy hail storm and cut down every stalk of cotton and beat it into the ground---the corn into stubs. Papa risked the corn coming out, but planted the cotton over and planted a patch of cane, watermelons, muskmelons, and a garden. The ground was warm and clean and everything did fine. Several people gave us potato vines that were cut off by the hail, and we raised lots of sweet potatoes.

"Andrew and Cousin Henry Gordon broke the land with two yoke of oxen and a bull tongue plow.

"Andrew, when yet a child, rescued a man from a well that had damps in it. Being let down to put a rope around his body in order that he could be drawn out with a windlass. He then rode one of Papa's horses after Dr. Long to treat the man whose name was Will Slaughter, a brother to Mrs. Andrew Meredith.

"Once Andrew found a nest of wild turkey eggs. Mama set a chicken hen with them and raised several turkeys, eight or nine as I remember.

"Andrew made a full hand when corn gathering time came as he never shirked his work in his life. Papa hired a man to help Andrew with the planting and every­ thing during that spring and summer. Mama had a fine garden and raised all the chickens she could. ...
"When the Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation was opened for white settlement on April 19, 1892, Papa decided he'd "run" for a claim and knew if he got one that he would be at home very little for some time. So we children were to quit school to go to work in the field. So the school closed and the teacher went home. Papa had done a lot of winter plowing and had his corn crop up and plowed and cotton ground "bedded," garden made and he and Andrew got ready for the trip. They came to about the Frank Stewart's south section line or near where the Rock Island Rail­road is now, somewhere between Mountain View and Gotebo. These towns had not even been thought about then. The registered and waited until the twelve noon shot was fired for the signal to start. They ran under the South Line Protective Associa­tion. Each had his own banner on a stake or pole. Papa rode Pet, a mare he had given Lewis. He rode north about three miles and saw gyp hills ahead and was in the lead when he decided he'd better stop, and did. He couldn't have gone back soon because of the people coming behind him. He staked a 160 acre claim with a little running creek, called Oak Creek, with quite a lot of timber on it, but not more than 40 acres of really good farming land. He filed on it, but Andrew was not of legal age to file, but helped Papa fence a field for wheat. Andrew broke most of the land with oxen later and helped Papa sow the wheat and helped in different ways.

"In the meantime, Papa and Andrew broke five acres, sowed it in wheat and fenced it. Andrew went to work for Mr. J. E. Pickens hauling logs for his sawmill on the Joe Tarpley place on the Washita River seven or eight miles from home.

"Mr. Pickens, for whom Andrew was working, said he was the best hand he ever had and as long as he had his sawmill; then had him to break his land when he began farming. Andrew also broke land up and down the river for severa1 of the early day settlers ---

"... We were all so glad to get home and all be together again, all except­ing Andrew, who was working across Red River on Wagoners Ranch near Vernon, Texas.

"Andrew and Ivy had gone to work for the Presbyterian Mission near Anadarko; Andrew as Industrial teacher and Ivy was maid for the superintendent's wife."

From "Annies Story" -- "Brother Andrew too had worked there (the Presbyterian Mission School) for a time and he met Blanche Thomas one of the three sisters there and after a rather hampered courtship. After he left, her father came for her and they were married that winter of 1897. They went to live on a ranch northeast of Anadarko, where their first child Mary, was born early in the year of 1899."

"Brother Andrew and his wife Blanche separated and he married your Aunt Addie Patterson (they had been sweethearts when young) about Christmas 1918 and they lived on her farm near Faye Oklahoma and at Cooperton."--- "Your Uncle Andrew’s health was broken before he married Addie --"

1920 United States Federal Census about Andrew J Gordon
Name: Andrew J Gordon
Home in 1920: Kennedy, Blaine, Oklahoma
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Eddie
Father's Birth Place: Missouri
Mother's Birth Place: Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 178
Household Members: Name Age
Andrew J Gordon 47
Eddie Gordon 43
Emitt D Gordon 15

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Andrew Jackson Gordon
Name: Andrew Jackson Gordon
City: Not Stated
County: Blaine
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 3 Oct 1872
Race: White
Roll: 1851607

Blanche Oglethorpe Thomas

Blanche moved to Indian Terrritoy at the age of 3, and resided near Minco and Mountain View most of her life. Her mother died before they moved to Minco. Were squatting on some property and lived in a lean-to with her father & 2 sisters near the river in Minco until they were run off of the land. Put into a Presbyterian school (Matame Industrial School south of Silver City, near Anadarko, OK) until she married Andrew at 15. The school ws founded by a wealthy Mrs. Hume for Indian children, and some white children were allowed to attend.

United States Federal Census 1900
Name: Q Blanche Gordon
Spouse: J Andrew
A Mary
Feb 1880 in Texas
Marriage: 1898
Residence: 1900 in Wichita Reservation, Wichita, Apache, Kiowa and Comanche Reservation, Oklahoma

Farmer, homemaker. Second marriage to William Webb, so her gravestone in Minco, Oklahoma shows her name as Blanche Webb. Member of the Presbyterian Church, the Eastern Star, and the Legion Auxiliary.

Following divorce from Andrew J. Gordon, went to work for the Harvey House chain in Minco. The building for Harvey House is still standing (2009) in Minco across the road west of the train depot on the east side of town and in fairly good repair.

Mary Gordon

Married Louis Rowley. Three children: L.P., Alice, and V.J.

Leta Louise Gordon

Married Jack Darcey. Five children: Louise, Gene Gordon, twins Marleneand Darlene, Doris Ann. Divorced, married John Howard, 1 child Janie.

1910 United States Federal Census Record
Census & Voter Lists
Name: Leeta L Gordon
Sibling: Marry A
Father: Andrew J
Birth: abt 1909 in Oklahoma
Residence: 1910 in Mountain View Ward 1, Kiowa, Oklahoma

1920 United States Federal Census
Residence date 1920
Residence place Union, Grady, Oklahoma

Judge George Washington Gordon

George Washington Gordon moved fom Missouri to Texas in 1866 with parents and settled near Paris, Lamar Co., Texas. In 1871, George decided that he was ready to start out to face the world. His father gave him a span of good mules and harness and a new wagon fitted out with extra side boards, feed, box, spring seat and bows. George went to work for his uncle Dave Gordon of Houston County, Texas. Dave Gordon had married the widow Martha Ann Thames Mobley. George married Martha Ann's daughter Mary Jane Mobley on December 7, 1871 in Daly's, TX.

From "A History of Oklahoma," Vol. 2, p297 by L.B. Hill published by Lewis Publisher Chicago, Illinois there is an account of George Washington Gordon and several of his direct relations: "Among those who have taken an active interest in the development and improvement of Kiowa County is numbered George W. Gordon, a prominent farmer and fruit grower." ---
"There being no railroads in the state (Texas), he engaged in freighting with his ox teams, finding this a profitable employment and thus continuing until 1877, when he got together a bunch of cattle and took them to Jack County, later buying land in Young County, adjoining, and he continued in the stock business there until 1880. Selling his stock he followed the sheep business until 1885, when he sold both his land and sheep and moved to Chickasaw Nation, where he leased land and remained for six years. At that time there were no railroads in that part of the country and Mr. Gordon hauled his farm products one hundred and ten miles to market. In 1889, at the opening of the Cheyenne country for settlement, he obtained a claim in Wichita County, improved an excellent farm and remained there for ten years, during four years of which time his wife was postmistress of Canterbury postoffice, the office being located in his farm house. This house was also a popular stopping place ffor all who came that way, all being welcome; and Mr. Gordon became widely known and very popular in that community. In 1901, he sold his land in Wichita County and coming to Hobart bought three lots during the first sale here; each of which has since been improved and sold to business men. In 1904, he bought sixteen and a half acres adjoining the corporate limits, and built a brick house on Fourth Street, but this has since been sold. During his residence in the City he was in ward four, which he represented two terms in the city council, and was also elected a justice of the peace, but he would not qualify for that office.
Soon after buying his sixteen and a half acre tract he built a barn, and this served as his home until his nine-room brick residence could be erected. This is pleasant home, overlooking the town and surrounding country, and it is comfortably furnished and finished. Mr. Gordon devotes a large portion of his land to the cultivation of fruits of various kinds, having at least two thousand trees and one and a half acres of different kinds of berries, and among his growing trees has planted four acres of alfalfa, which produces all the hay he will need for his team of horses, his cow and hogs. He also raises about fifty dollars worth of cotton to the acre. He has a farm of 160 acres in Kiowa, and one of like size in Altus, Jackson County. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Gin Company and is numbered among Kiowa County's leading and influential citizens.

The following from the manuscipt, "Laura's Story" provides more family details:
"In May of 1887, George and his family herded their cattle and horses across the Red River into the famous Cherokee Strip during flood stage. George and his son Andrew Jackson Gordon, Sr. were on horses and managed to get all their stock and belongings across. The rest of the family went across on a ferry boat.

George and his family bought a farm in the Chiskasaw Nation near Velma, Chickasaw Indian Territory. When the Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation was opened for white settlement on April 19, 1892, George made a "run" for a claim. They registered and waited for the twelve noon shot as a signal to begin the "run." He staked a 160 acre claim on Oak Creek near Mountain View, Oklahoma. By 1916, he owned three fine farms near Altus, Oklahoma and was considered wealthy. He was a Justice of the Peace and was called "Judge" or "The Good Squire Gordon." Had 65 grandchildren." (The foregoing material summarized from a very interesting manuscript entitled "Laura's Story" written by George Washington Gordon's daughter Laura C. who married John Kenner Coker).
Following the death (due to mastitis) of his wife Mary Mobley in 1897, he married Sara Rosa Coen.

George apparently bought a family burial plot at the Mountain View Cemetary OK, but he was buried at the IOOF Cemetary, Neosho, MO after moving to Seneca MO late in life.
His first wife Mary Jane Mobley Gordon, his sons Andrew J. Gordon, Sr., and Lewis Mobley Gordon, and grandson Emmit Davenport Gordon are buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

George W. Gordon was born in Clark county, Missouri, June 8th, 1849. Died at his home in Seneca, Mo., at 2:15 o'clock Wednesday, August 17, 1927, at the ripe age of 78 years, 2 months and nine days. Was the youngest of seven children of William and Sarah Walding Gordon and grandson of Robert Gordon who located in middle Tennessee in an early day in its history. Was of Scotch descent. He moved to Lamar county Texas, with his parents when a lad of 18 years, and assisted his father in 1867 in improving the homestead and remained under the parental roof until 23 years of age. He was married Dec 9, 1872, to Miss Mary Mobley, a native of Mississippi, at Daly's, Texas. She died near Cloud Chief, Okla., Jan. 24, 1897, at the age at 41 years and 9 months,
To this union eleven children were born. They are Andrew J., deceased; Lewis M. of Gotebo; Mrs. J.K. Coker, Eakley; Mrs. C. W. Calvert, Winlock, Wash.; Mrs. S. J. Ward, Wewoka; Mrs. E. W. Bottom, Gotebo; Mrs. C. B. Richards, Wewoka; Mrs. G.W. Pettyjohn, Oklahoma City; G.W. Gordon Jr., Alfalfa; Mrs. D.T. Montgomery, Oklahoma City; Virgil C., of Neosho, Mo. A1l of whom were at his bedside at the time of his death, except Mrs. Calvert of Washington. One brother, Charles of Pernell, Okla., is the only surviving member of his father's family; he also leaves 56 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He suffered severely for several years with kidney trouble., but his last illness lasted only two weeks. While be suffered terribly, he was patient thru it all and was not heard to murmur nor complain, but bore his afflictions as only a Christian can He prayed that God to His mercy would relieve him by piloting him across the tide. He always said that he would rather be a poor man in the house of God, than to possess the riches of this world. In 1899 he was married to Miss Rosa R. Coen of Altus, Okla., who survives him. She is a native of Indiana. During his sickness he was attended by a splendid physician, and many good friends who did all that could be done for his comfort.
He had been a noble Christian man for about fifty-three years, member of Christian church, and had lived a life so becoming to a child of God.
He came from Texas to the Indian Territory with his parents forty-one years ago, thence to the Cheyenne country when it opened for settlement and improved his claim in Washita county, where he lived for ten years, afterward lived at Hobart, Kiowa county and Altus, Jackson county, each for several years.
Has lived in Arkansas and Missouri for the past ten years, in the hope that his health might be benefited. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Elder McMeachin of Springfield, Mo., on the day following his death, amid a pro­fusion of potted and cut flowers which were tokens of esteem in which he was held.
The splendid singing was rendered by a male quartette of Tulsa, Okla., and others. His body was laid to rest in the Neosho Cemetery to await the resurrection morning.
He was a faithful companion, a most devoted father and made warm friends wherever he lived. Leaving the good works of his life to follow him, he passes from this stage of action to try the realities of' the great. unknown, "where we never grow old..
“Dear wife and children weep not.

"He is not dead; he is just away"
“Because I live, ye shall live also,"
"Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believeth thou this!"
Let us sorrow not as others who have no hope; but with a hope made sacred and sure by the Gospel of Christ and with a faith undisturbed, let as hope and dream of that eternal life that awaits the faithful. --- One Who Loves Him.

1850 United States Federal Census about George Gordon
Name: George Gordon
Age: 2
Estimated birth year: abt 1848
Birth Place: Missouri
Gender: Male
Home in 1850(City,County,State): District 19, Clark,

Name: George W Gordon
Age in 1910: 60
Estimated birth year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Spouse's name: Sarah R
Home in 1910: Hobart, Kiowa, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
George W Gordon 60
Sarah R Gordon 48
Virgil C Gordon 14

1920 United States Federal Census about George Gordon
Name: George Gordon
Home in 1920: Hico, Benton, Arkansas
Age: 70 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Rosa
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
\Household Members: Name Age
George Gordon 70
Rosa Gordon 58

Name: George Washington Gordon
Spouse: Mary Jane Mobley
Parents: William George Gordon , Susan Sukey Walling
Birth Place: of, MO Birth Date: 8 Jun 1849
Marriage Place: of, MO
Marriage Date: 1873 Death Place:
Seneca, MO Death Date: 16 Aug 1927

Mary Jane Mobley

The family moved to near Crockett, Texas soon after the father Harvey Mobley died in 1865.

Fom the book "A History of Oklahoma," " --- a valued and worthy member of the Christian Church."

From "Annies Story" ---our dear Mother became ill the fall of 1896. Lewis rode to the school house to bring the news and all of us were allowed to go home at once. Dr. Dee Reynolds of Cloud Chief treated her for some time with no improvement. Next Papa got a big German Dr. from Old Shelly up on the Washita and he would drive down in his one horse buggy wearing a big fur coat (wish I could remember his name). He prescripted poulticing the terribly caked breast (hard as stone) with linseed meal, which we cooked in the ancient “little skillet” on the open fire place. This was kept up constantly for a long period of time. Finally sharp piercing pain cut through like knifes almost unbearable. The Dr. advised that she get to Ft. Worth for surgery. So Papa rigged up a bed in the wagon and took her to Chickasha the nearest railroad at the time. Put her on a Pullman car and took her to Ft. Worth, Tex. The Dr. who examined her told your Grandpa that he could do nothing and to get back home for she could not live long. In a down pour of rain he got her back on a train. When they reached Chickasha an awful blizzard of drifting snow had struck. They stopped at the Fait Mission as could not travel farther. There they were lodged several days til the weather moderated and snow drifts melted enough for them again to travel. Then they came through the slushy snow.
My mother went to her reward at the early age of forty two years 9 months and 20 days. A more pathetic scene cannot be imagined that this weeping family of eleven children. Our dear young father left with several small children the youngest Virgil at only 18 months old, Bertie 4, Walter 6, Jessie 9, Eppie 12, Annie 14, Ivy 16, Fannie 18, Laura 20, Lewis 21, Andrew 23. Andrew was not a Christian and he blamed God for taking Mama from us. He voiced his sentiments in no uncertain terms, saying that it was a very unjust God to take a mother from her little children like that! That was the darkest night in our lives. Mrs. Bottom and Aunt Vici Mays an older sister of Mr. Bottom also Kenner Coker were with us to do what they could. It was another very cold time and tho Papa and the boys kept a roaring fire in the big fireplace, it was hard to keep warm. Next morning Mr. Bottom sent Elwood and his fleet footed little glass eyed white pony “Snow” through the sleet and snow on a more than 40 mile round trip ride to take the sad news to mother’s brother and family Uncle Matt Mobley. Also to try to get a preacher, of whom there were very few in the country. Years afterwards your Papa said that was the coldest ride he had made! My Uncle could not come as had to try to keep his family from suffering with the cold blizzard.
Papa had some nice walnut lumber sawed from trees during the preceding four years and it was stored in the barn loft. So he and Mr. Frank Stewart, a neighbor, got started at an early hour and made the coffin which was lined with black as was customary in those days. It was trimmed with black satin ribbon. Also, material for the shroud was purchased at Cloud Chief -- another cold trip!
Aunt Annie #5

On the second day her dear body was placed in the new coffin and loaded into the big wagon and in zero weather we drove 5 miles to old Mountain City to the only cemetery in the new county. A fire was built to keep from freezing and a selection of songs was sung by all. Brother R.B. White and Miss Ellen Tuitin and probably Ella White and I think a passage of scripture was read and the one song I remember was “Farewell Mother” God knows best when to call thee home to rest. A very somber funeral with no flowers. But we knew she had passed to be with Jesus. With freezing tears we turned homeward leaving her there on the lone prairie. Her grave being probably the 4th or 5th grave in the new burying ground near the Washita -Kiowa Co. line.
Dear Mrs. Jordan the teacher and mother of two little boys had stayed home with the 4 youngest children and kept the fire going from a stack of wood stocked inside and she probably had something cooked. Time and grief have dimmed many details. All I recall is that the whole world seemed so bleak and even now after a lapse of almost 70 years the memory of that time strikes a pain through my heart.
Time nor Tide wait for No Man-so life had to go on someway. We had to pick up the broken threads of life’s weaving and try to smooth and weave them back as best we could. Andrew and Lewis were soon off to jobs. Laura went back to finish her school. Fannie back to Mrs. Faits and taking 12 year old Eppie to go to school at the Mission. So Sister Ivy and I took over with Papas help the management of our household. That was a “far cry” from our present day homes with made in conveniences.

Lewis Mobley Gordon

Married Mattie Ellen Bunch, born Feb. 27, 1898. Died after having nine children.

Eppie Alma Gordon

Married Charlie Richards, no children.

Jessie (Eva) Gordon

Married Guy Pettyjohn. 6 children.

George Walter Gordon

Married Ada Dowdy. 7 children.

Bertie Inez Gordon

Married Dewitt Montgomery. 8 children.

Virgil Clark Gordon

Wife Marie, no children.

Harvey Thornton Mobley

Harvey Thornton Mobley b. 1813 Cornith, Lawrence Co., MS; d. February 1857 (had pneumonia, dying just a few weeks before he and Martha's last child, md. March 20, 1843 in Lawrence Co., MS to Martha Ann Thames.

From " A History of Oklahoma" regarding Harvey's son-in-law George Washington Gordon:

--- "Harvey Mobley, a prominent planter and slave owner --- "

1850 U.S. Federal Census
Name: Harvey Mobby
Birth: abt 1813 in Mississippi
Residence: 1850 in Lawrence, Mississippi

Mississippi Land Records Record about HARVEY MOBLEY
Land Office: AUGUSTA
Document Number: 7739
Total Acres: 40
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: September 01, 1848
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Land Description: 1 SWNW ST STEPHENS No 9N 21W 22

Martha Ann Thames

Martha Ann Thames was just a little over five feet tall with a dainty, slender figure that she retained all her life. She had coal black hair and grey eyes.

She told of the formal calls made by ladies in the afternoon. The homes had their shutters closed in thje afternoon until three o'clock when they were opened and the ladies began paying their calls. They donned their hoop skirted dresses, sent for their carriages and were driven to the homes where they were going to call. If no one was home, a calling card was left. Otherwise, tea or shrub (made from blackberry juice) was served with a variety of cakes and cookies.

Husband Harvey Mobley died from pneumonia after they had been married fourteen years, and Martha Ann was only thirty-two.

Her older boys begged to go to Texas following the death of her husband Harvey Mobley. She moved to Houston Co., Texas prior to the Civil War. She sold their farm near Corinth on the Pearl River in Mississippi, freighted their household goods by wagons to Natchez, traveled down the Mississippi River by flatboat to New Orleans, then by boat to Galveston, traveled up the Trinity River by steamboat to Hall's Bluff Landing and located in Houston Co. between Grapeland and Crockett where she bought land and, with her children's help, made a home near Gordon Springs in the Daly 's community. The children went to the Linwood School walking or riding horseback a distance of about 3 miles. Martha Ann told of having to climb a tree to get out of the way of large herds of cattle being driven down the road from southeastern Texas to the Sedalia or Chisholm Trail. The family attended a small Missionary Baptist Church.

When she was 45, after having lived a widow for fourteen years, she married Davidson Gordon in 1870, an uncle to our ancestor George Washington Gordon and a brother of our ancestor William George Gordon, son of our Robert Gordon. He had lived in TN, moved to MO abt 1859, and then to Texas. They built a fine two-story home on another farm tract that David owned. For the remaining 35 years of her life, Martha Ann Thames Mobley was a Gordon and her children considered David Gordon their father.

Martha's son, Thomas Jefferson Mobley (born 1848, killed 1864), was a Confederate soldier in the Tennessee Regiment under command of General Hood and was killed near Franklin Tennessee in one of the last battles of the Civil War.

Martha Ann was member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

1860 United States Federal Census Record about Martha Mobley
Name: Martha Mobley
Age in 1860: 35
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1860: Not Stated, Lawrence, Mississippi
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Monticello
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Martha Mobley 35
Thos Mobley 15
James Mobley 13
Monroe Mobley 12
Andrew Mobley 10
Washington Mobley8
Mary Mobley 6
Laura Mobley 3

Davidson Gordon moved to Missouri from Tennessee with his brother, James Madison Gordon, in the late 1850s. He eventually settled in Houston County, Texas. Married Martha Ann Thames Mobley (1825-1905) about fourteen years after Martha Ann's husband Harvey Thornton Mobley died. Martha had a number of children by her former husband, but none by David. 1880 CENSUS, HOUSTON COUNTY, TEXAS GORDAN, Davidson, 52, Farmer, TN-KY-KY Martha, 54, Wife, MS-NC-NC Larinda, 9, Grandaughter, TX-MS-MS Mattie, 2, Grandaughter, TX-MS-MS According to Laura Gordon Coker ("Laura's Story"), who visited as a young girl in the mid 1880s, "Uncle Dave" and "Aunt Martha" Gordon had a large house. They had fireplaces upstairs and down, with two chimneys and four rooms, and a fireplace in the old part of the house. There was a big hall between the four rooms---all were painted white on the outside, with a blue trim. A wide porch ran across the south side, which was two full stories high inside. The front had eight rooms all together, with four rooms on the first floor and four on the second and a twelve foot hall between each room. There was a wide, long porch west of the back part of the house. The well was on that porch and they drew water from it for the plowing teams that came to water at noon. Every mule was driven by a Negro man who plowed with a little "Georgie stock" plow. There was a garden on the west, next to the house, and an orchard to the northwest. There were beehives to supply honey. David did his own work in his blacksmith shop by the smoke house. Everyone worked. David fed twenty Negro men at noon every work day during the week. Martha and a Negro woman and two colored girls did the work, the milking, churning, etc. The working men came in mostly together and ate at one long table in the back hall. There was good food and lots of it.

Typed copy of Church document “A Broken Home,” by Rev. Silas Campbell, Believed to have been preacher of the Daley Baptist Church, Daley TX.
3rd Sabbath in Feb. Service at usual by J.Y. Paston after Service church met in conference and Pastor read a document prepared by him as last tribute to the departed Sisters and adopted by the church and is herewith enclosed in minutes.

A Broken Home
Grand Mothers, Mother and Brothers
On July 27th 1905 Old Sister Gordon was visited by the great Monster Death, who said Come and she answered the call. She was a member of Daly Baptist Church. She bore all the troubles of life with a Christian Spirit and at about the age of Eighty years she
went to her rest from her labors and her works will follow her. She left two children to mourn her death - Bro Geo Mobley, and Sister Frank Meriwether.
On Oct 8th 1905 F.L. Meriwether, the grand son of Sister Gordon and son of Sister Meriwether; he too answered the call. He was a bright young man. His Mother, Sisters, and friends expected great things of F.L. But Someone will have to take his place, and last but not least the two sisters had to tell dear mother good by for the Same Monster on Jan 19th 1906 Said to Sister Meriwether, “you have lived long enough on earth, So come and live forever with God, where Sorrow, pain, Sickness nor death ever enters.” She was also a faithful member of Daly Baptist Church. Their lives are missed so much but their influence will live on until God Shall say that times up over on the other shore and call them blessed. Daley’s Church has lost two of it’s ‘best’ members; the community, friends and neighbors that can not be replaced.
Misses Jessie and Gertrude while finding the dark lonesome home now, I am thinking of the days when they all were around Mothers knees and listened to her advice which will cheer them along lifes pathway.
Be it resolved that a copy of this be sent to Misses Jessie and Gertrude with a card for the church and love toward them.
It was hard to say the last farewell and be parted from them evermore, For they have gone to heaven to dwell and we must meet them on the other shore. Now dear ones don’t weep anymore. But it is hard to say goodbye. We must all meet on the other shore for one must all suffer and die.

Rev. Silas Campbill
Cc: M C Lasiter

Private Thomas Jefferson Mobley

Thomas Jefferson Mobley (born 1848, killed 1864), was a Confederate soldier in the Tennessee Regiment under command of General Hood and was killed near Franklin Tennessee in one of the last battles of the Civil War.

William George Gordon

Abt. 1836, William and Susan (Walling) came to Missouri up the Missouri River by boat and lived in the northwest part until 1840 and settled on a farm near Luray, Clark County, Missouri where their five younger children were born.

A Wm G. Gordon, wife and children found in 1840 census of Boone Co., MO. William's possible Uncle David Gordon and sons also in Boone County. May explain why William and Susan moved to Missouri.

From "A History of Oklahoma," p 297 regarding William George's son George Washington Gordon," : "William Gordon was reared in Tennessee, but became a pioneer in Missouri, one of the old pioneer landmarks of Clark County, a large land owner and a prominent farmer. Although his home was near the Iowa line, his slaves never attempted to escape for they were well and kindly treated, and Mr. Gordon remained there contented and successful until the war cloud arose. He was a Union man, strictly opposed to secession, and to keep from trouble he refuged in Iowa for three years, returning to Missouri at the close of the war to settle up his business. Selling his possessions there, he moved to Texas in 1867, purchasing land in Lamar County and again becoming an influential farmer, there spending thirty years of his remaining life and dying on the 4th of April, 1897, aged eight-seven years. ----- "

From Charles Larry Gordon:
Clark County is located in the northeast corner of Missouri, at the confluence of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers. The Gordons may have settled near the town of Luray, located on the road that ran west from the river crossing. Mark Twain, the author of Tom Saywer and Huckleberry Finn, grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, 60 miles downriver.
Missouri became bitterly divided over slavery and other issues during the years leading to the Civil War. By the time Fort Sumter was attacked in South Carolina, fighting had already become bloody in parts of Missouri and Kansas. When the war became “official” in the spring of 1861, William’s sons James, 20, and William, 18, would have been of prime age for military service. Their younger brother, Charles Henry, is known to have served in the Confederate Army at the age of 17, during the last year of the war.
By the time the war concluded in 1865, Missouri had been ravaged, and life had become very difficult for those who had supported the Confederacy. Some, like Jesse James, became outlaws and continued the fight in their own way. The Gordons, however, moved to Texas, which had emerged from the war relatively unscathed. William G. Gordon’s sister, Patsy Walling, reportedly moved to Grapeland, located in Houston County, in the “Piney Woods” of East Texas. Their brother David is said to have died in Houston County in 1911.
William and Susan Gordon, with several children and grandchildren, arrived in the Northeast Texas town of Paris around 1866. William’s oldest daughter, Sarah, had moved with her husband, Francis McEldowney and four children. His other daughter, Susan, soon married John Wheeler Dickey, a former sergeant (he claimed to have been a captain) in the 15th Texas Cavalry, CSA, on February 21, 1868. The 1870 Census for Lamar County shows the Gordon household consisting of William, 60; Susan, 63; Charles, 23; George, 21; and Julia, 14. (Julia may have been the daughter of William’s late son, Stokley. William became her legal guardian on January 10, 1874.)
Located on the divide between the Red and Sulphur Rivers, Paris was settled by a diverse frontier society, including Sam Bell Maxey, a West Point graduate, attorney, and Confederate General. Paris was also the home of John Chisum, who became one of the West’s foremost cattle barons. Retired outlaw Frank James (brother of Jesse) clerked in a local dry goods store, and Belle Starr, the notorious frontier outlaw queen, once tended a farm near town. The frontiersman Davy Crockett, who had hoped to get a land headright in the Red River Valley, passed through the area in 1836, on his way to immortality at the Alamo.
On an uneasy border with Indian Territory, Lamar County was a military transport center during the Civil War. A rich farming area, the county gave much food to the Confederacy, despite unrest over rumors of Federal invasion from the North. The county’s delegation to the 1861 Texas Secession Convention was the only one to vote unanimously against secession. Once war came, however, the county raised at least nine combat companies. The 9th Texas Infantry Regiment fought at Bloody Shiloh in 1862 and many of its soldiers were later in General John B. Hood’s famous Texas Brigade.
Many land purchases and sales by the Gordons were recorded in Lamar County in the 1870s and 1880s. On June 19, 1869, William G. Gordon and his son-in-law, Francis McEldowney, jointly purchased 204.5 acres about 5-1/2 miles west of Paris for $1,144.30. On April 4, 1873, William’s youngest son, George, purchased two parcels of land 4 miles and 7-1/2 miles west of Paris, respectively, for $685.00. However, George and his wife Mary sold the land back to the seller for $600.00 just three months later.
On October 10, 1873, William and his wife Susan sold 27 acres of land from their 1869 purchase to their son George for $300.00. George then sold it for $500.00 several months later, on July 27, 1874. Yet by 1875, his father had somehow gotten the 27 acres back. George apparently left Lamar County afterward, since he does not appear in the 1880 Census. On December 18, 1875, William G. Gordon and Francis McEldowney divided their land, leaving William with 69.5 acres, which he and his son Charles continued to farm.
Susan Gordon died on August 5, 1881. Within four months, on December 15, 1881, William remarried again. The bride was Finette Ribble Rush, a woman recently widowed.
By 1884, William and his son Charles were in debt. William’s original 69.5 acres of land were sold at Sheriff’s Auction to cover a judgment against them. Fortunately, William’s new wife owned land. In 1885, William sold 150 acres of it for about $2,600.00, and apparently got his 69.5 acres back--at least for the time being.
Finette soon died, and on September 9, 1886, William G. Gordon was married once again--this time to Elitha M. Carr. On March 7, 1888, William and Elitha sold William’s 69.5 acres for $1,100.00, only to inexplicably buy it back three days later for $1,050.00. (Perhaps the title was not clear.) On June 25, William and Elitha sold the 69.5 acres to his son, Charles, only to buy it back from him a few months later, on October 10, 1888. Charles and Maranda Gordon then packed up their five children and moved to Indian Territory, where the famous Oklahoma land rushes began in 1889. On November 5, 1889, William G. Gordon finally lost his land, signing the 69.5 acres over to B. F. Fuller for attorney fees.
William G. Gordon died in Lamar County on April 4, 1894, at the age of 83. The location of his grave is unknown, but a good possibility is the Dickey family cemetery, located about 7 miles southeast of Paris, near the land he had worked so long. William’s daughters Sarah McEldowney and Susan Dickey are buried there, as are Susan’s husband, Wheeler Dickey, and four of their infant children.

1880 United States Federal Census Record about W. G. Gordon
Name: W. G. Gordon
Age: 69
Estimated birth year: abt 1811
Birthplace: Kentucky
Occupation: Farmer
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Lamar, Texas
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Spouse's name: Susan Gordon
Father's birthplace: SC
Mother's birthplace: KY

William George GORDON (1810-1896) married Susan (Sukey) LITTLE (nee WALLING) (1810-1881) in 1835 in Tennessee. He next married Finette RIBBLE (nee PHILIPS) (c. 1820-c.1886) on December 15, 1881, in Lamar County, Texas. He next married Mrs. Elithe M. CARR on December 9, 1886, in Lamar County, Texas.

Susan (Sukey) Walling

Susan Walling married Josiah Little about 1823 and they had six children in Tennessee. Josiah died, and Susan then married William George Gordon in 1835. They had one or two children in Tennessee and then moved to Clark County, Missouri, where they had the rest of their children.

1850 CENSUS, CLARK COUNTY, MISSOURI, District No. 19, enumerated 15 October 1850
William GORDON, 40, M, Farmer, Tennessee
Susan Gordon, 42, F, Tennessee, illiterate
Stokely Gordon, 15, M, Tennessee, school
Sarah A. Gordon, 12, F, Tennessee, school
James Gordon, 10, M, MO, school
Susan Gordon, 8, F, MO, school
William Gordon, 6, M, MO, school
Robert (sic) Gordon, 4, M, MO
George Gordon, 2, M, MO
Andrew Little, 22, M, Laborer, Tennessee, illiterate
John Little, 19, Laborer, Tennessee
Richard Sorrell, 50, M, Farmer, $800, Virginia
Joseph Sorrell, 21, M, KY
Richard Sorrell, 21, M, KY

1860 CENSUS, CLARK COUNTY, MISSOURI, Wyaconda Township, emumerated 23 July 1860, p. 167
W. G. GORDON, 48, M, Farmer, $2000/$5000, KY
Susan Gordon, 50, F, KY
Jas. Gordon, 20, M, MO
Susan Gordon, 15 (sic), F, MO
Wm. Gordon, 15, M, MO, school
Chas Gordon, 13, M, school
Geo. Gordon, 11, M, MO, school

1870 CENSUS, LAMAR COUNTY, TEXAS, Beat No. 1, enumerated 15 September 1870
GORDON, Wm., 60, M, W, Farmer, $1750/$500, KY
Gordon, Susan, 63, F, W, Keeping House, Tennessee
Gordon, Chas., 23, M, W, Works on Farm, MO
Gordon, Geo., 21, M, W, Works on Farm, MO
Gordon, Julia, 14, F, W, MO

1880 CENSUS, LAMAR COUNTY, TEXAS, Precinct No. 1, enumerated 3 June 1880
GORDON, W. G., W, M, 69, Farmer, TN, VA, TN
Gordon, Susan, W, F, 73, Wife, Keeping House, cannot write, TN, VA, TN
Gordon, Charley, W, M, 32, Son, Farmer, MO, KY, TN
Gordon, Maranda, W, F, 21, Wife, Asst. Keeping House, MS, GA, GA
Gordon, Alice C., W, F, 2, Daughter, TX, MO, MS
Gordon, Infant, W, F, 3/12 (Feb.), TX, MO, MS

Sarah Gordon

Married Frank McEldowney, born Duncan, Comanche Co.OK.

James Gordon

Married Dec. 11, 1870 to Harriett Addie Moffett who was born Sept. 15, 1842, died July 19, 1931.

Susan A. Gordon

1867, married Wheeler Dickey, a Captain in the Confederate Army.

William Gordon

Married Anna Elizabeth McDaniels in 1867, who died 1893.

Charles Henry Gordon

Seargent in Confederate States Army during Civil War - Enlisted August 8,1864 - discharched April 9, 1865, serving under Captain Joe McDanielswith Colonel Moore's Regiment. Was in battles at Athens, Kaokah, Elna,Kirksville - all in Missouri.
Married Miranda Owens 1 Mar 1877, she died Velma, Indian Territory 4 Apr 1890. He then married Vicie Jinkiner in 1901.

Robert Gordon

ROBERT GORDON (1773-1854)

Robert Gordon was born about 1773, probably in North Carolina. He migrated through the Cumberland Gap to Madison County, Kentucky, married there, and moved on to Warren County, Tennessee when he was in his early 30s. He was very probably related to the John and James Gordon who also are known to have moved to Warren County from Madison County. Their lands in Warren County bordered each other, as shown by early plat records. There were two Robert Gordons who lived in Madison County. The other one, a son of Samuel Gordon and who married Mary Kennedy in 1790, is known through DNA testing to be unrelated.

Robert Gordon's birthplace is shown as North Carolina in the 1850 Tennessee Census. However, his oldest son William listed his father's birthplace as South Carolina in the 1880 Census. Robert's younger sons James and Davidson listed his birthplace as Kentucky in the 1880 Census, but his daughter Sally listed it as North Carolina. This conflicting information suggests that Robert Gordon was likely born in the Carolinas and lived in Kentucky before he moved to Tennessee. In the late 18th Century, there were several Gordons living in North Carolina that probably included ancestors of Robert, James, and John Gordon. The locations in North Carolina include Rowan and Iredell counties. The 1790 census for Cumberland County, North Carolina, contains a Robert and a William Gordon.

Some of the North Carolina Gordons who migrated to Kentucky may have also lived in Virginia. Under the primogeniture laws of Virginia, older sons inherited their fathers' estates and younger sons were forced to seek their fortunes elsewhere. As a result, Kentucky became almost as popular as North Carolina in providing a place for these younger sons to migrate. Many settlers bought land cheaply from Revolutionary War veterans who had been awarded western plots in lieu of monetary pay. "The European lifestyle and methods of farming resulted in an economy and population that depended on acquiring new, fertile land to sustain growth. Without rotation of crops or artificial fertilizers, new land had to be cleared for cultivation every seven years." (Clark, 61)

The great migration to the West brought many types of people over the mountains. First came the adventurous explorers, trappers, and hunters. They were followed by surveyors who opened the country to settlement. Later, land squatters began the task of taming the wilderness. They were soon supplanted by speculators who sent agents into the new settlements to buy the small farms and develop large plantations. The squatters were forced to move to new lands and leave the ever-expanding Kentucky settlements to another set of newcomers. For Robert Gordon, the path led southwest from Kentucky, up the Cumberland Valley into new lands that were opening up for settlement in Tennessee.

Robert Gordon lived in Warren County, Tennessee, for most of his adult life, from perhaps 1809 through 1854. His name appears on the Warren County tax lists of 1812, 1836, 1838, and 1854. The county, established in 1807, lies in Middle Tennessee along the western foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. McMinnville, the county seat, is 72 miles southeast of Nashville. The first white settler arrived in the area, then part of the Great Cherokee Nation, in 1800. Within ten years, the fertile county had a population of 5,725. Over the next ten years the population doubled, and by 1830, there were over 15,000 inhabitants. But as people began to move further west, the population receded a bit and then stabilized for the next several decades.

"When the pioneers came to what is now the territory of Warren County, they found the valleys and coves covered with an almost impenetrable growth of tall cane and the mountains and hills with heavy timber. Game was plentiful and many are the stories of exciting bear and deer hunts handed down and now told with keen relish by the sons of the hardy pioneers. The Indians had all been removed prior to that time, yet ample evidence of their presence here at one day remains; the ruins of an Indian village on Woodley Creek in the Seventh District, near John Woodleys old mill site, and an Indian mound of large dimensions on Collins River, in the Sixth District, and numerous other mounds and old burying grounds remaining at present. Among those who secured grants from North Carolina calling for lands in Warren County were ... Joseph Colville, ... Sarah Elam, ... Robert Gordon, ... Edward Hopkins, ... Wm. C. Smartt, ... So far as known, the first man to settle in the county was Elisha Pepper, who came to what is now the neighborhood of McMinnville from Virginia in about 1800." (From Goodspeed's History of Tennessee - Warren County.)

An 1809 land record shows Robert Gordon in Warren County, Tennessee, in a court-filed assignment with a Samuel McPheters. Warren Co. Deed Book A (pg. 385/86), State of Tennessee No. 3277 states in part that "there is granted by the State of Tennessee to Robert Gordon assignee of Samuel McPheters 200 acres in 3rd District (it later became the 9th District) of Warren County on the Collins River. Signed at Knoxville 21 Apr 1812 by Willie Blount, Governor. Reg. 20 Aug 1813." In 1842, Robert also purchased from James and William Elam a farm of 390 acres in the 11th District (it later became the 13th District) located on Barren Fork on the Collins River near the old stagecoach trace that ran from McMinnville to Nashville. Robert then lived on this plot the rest of his life; his wife Sarah (Sally) and two youngest sons, Davidson and James, farmed the original 200 acres.

Robert's age in the 1850 Census is given as 66, which would correspond to a birth year of 1783. The 1840 census shows his age as 50-60, while the 1830 census index also lists him as between 50-60. The 1820 Census shows his age as "45 or over." Thus, the earlier censuses (1820 and 1830) support a birth year between 1770-1775 while the 1840 and 1850 censuses support a birth year about 10 years later. The most authoritative source is a Warren County court record dated September 23, 1843, wherein Robert Gordon states that he is "now old, near or about seventy years of age and somewhat infirm ..." Thus, Robert was most probably born about 1773.

Robert Gordon married Sarah/Sally Robertson (who had a previous marriage to a James McNeely) in Madison County, Kentucky, in 1805. He arrived there several years earlier as part of the great flood of western migration. "The number of Kentuckians nearly tripled between 1790 and 1800. Population grew from 61,133 residents to 179,873." (Purvis, 261) In 1805, Robert would have been 32 years old, so Sally Robertson was not necessarily his first wife; however, his first known child (William) was born in 1810 and his last (James) in 1828. All of his known children were of his union with Sally Robertson. Robert married again sometime after 1843, apparently in 1848.

1805 Marriage Bond:
Know all men by these presents that we, Robert Gordon and Samuel Robertson, are held and firmly bound unto Christopher Greenup Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 16th day of April 1805.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended, to be had and solemnized between the above bound Robert Gordon and Sarah Robertson, both of Madison County, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed, sealed, and delivered // Robert Gordon // (seal)
In presence of // Samuel Robinson // (seal)

Robert Gordon lived near McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee, continuously from the early 1800s until his death in 1854. His name, variously spelled, appears in the following Warren County records:

1812 Tax List (Robert Gorden)
1820 Census (Robert Gordon)
1830 Census (Robert Gooden/Gorden/Gordon)
1836 Tax List (Robert Gordon, 208 acres, 1 slave. William Gordon also listed.) Civil District 9.
1838 Tax List (Robert Gordon, 200 acres, 1 slave. William Gordon is not listed.) Civil District 9. This tract, which was known for many years as the "Gordon Tract," was near Charles Creek.
1840 Census (Robert Gorden/Gordon)
1850 Census (Robert Gordon)
1854 Tax List (Robert Gordin?) Newbys, Civil District 13. This 390-acre tract, on the headwaters of the Barren Fork River would be in western Warren county, west or northwest of Trousdale (once named Jacksboro). Out that way, the two prongs of the Barren Fork (North and South) join.

Robert Gordon is known positively to have had at least two wives. In the 1820 Census (where he is listed as being over 45 years old), the eldest female in the household is between the ages of 26-45. There are seven children, two boys and five girls, with the eldest child being a male 10-14 years old. (William, the eldest, was born June 10, 1810.) In the 1830 Census there are nine children, five boys and four girls. The eldest female is between the ages of 40-50. If the age brackets for this woman (presumably Robert's wife Sarah/Sally) are correct in both censuses, her birth date would be between 1781-1794. Given the 1810 birth date of her son William, it is unlikely that she was born after 1794. In the 1840 Census, only two children, both boys, remain in the family. The eldest female in that census is between the ages of 50-60, consistent with the previous two censuses. The youngest child (James) is 11, which means that his mother Sally was between the age of 39-49 when he was born. If Sally was 40 when he was born (near the end of normal child-bearing age), then she herself would have been born in about 1788, which fits the census records.

In the 1850 Census, there is a marked change. Robert Gordon's wife is only 50 years old. (Her name, like the first, was Sarah. The wife from the previous census, were she living with Robert in 1850, would have been between the ages of 60-70. Furthermore, Robert and the new Sarah have a child, Benjamin, who is 12 years old. (Benjamin is said to have later gone out West, where he was killed by Indians.) This Sarah would have been young enough to have given birth to Benjamin in the year 1847-1848, when she would have been 38, but Robert's wife of the previous census would have been far past child-bearing age by then. Finally, Benjamin Gordon probably was not be the natural child of Robert Gordon because he was already two years old when the 1840 Census was taken, and he was not listed in Robert's family in that census. Thus, it appears from the censuses that Robert Gordon's first wife Sarah, who had borne him at least nine children, died between 1840-1850. Robert then married the second Sarah, who already had a child, Benjamin, who took the surname Gordon. All Warren County marriage records prior to 1852 have been lost, but there is a record in adjacent Cannon County of a Robert Gordon marrying Sarah Hays on January 20, 1848.

One family source of information on Robert Gordon was Gordon Q. Hall of Pueblo, Colorado. Hall was one of Robert Gordon's great grandsons who assembled some family information in the late 1930s, some of it from Robert's grandson Charles Henry Gordon (1847-1940). Hall's grandfather was James Madison Gordon, the youngest natural son of Robert Gordon. G. Q. Hall learned that Robert Gordon had lived in Warren County, Tennessee, but did not know his date of birth, date of death, or the name of his wife. In 1937 he did, however, compile a list of Robert's children, to wit:

(1) Sally Gordon. Married Mr. Smith. Lived in St Louis Missouri (sic).
(2) Jane Gordon. Married Mr. Cusham. Lived in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
(3) Patsy Gordon. Married James Walling. Lived in Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, and had several children. David Walling was one of them and his son is Otto Walling, now [in 1937] living in Grapeland, Texas.
(4) Isaac Gordon. Lived in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri; Gordonville, Missouri, being named after him. He had two children.
(5) David Gordon. Came to Missouri with my grandfather [James M. Gordon] and settled later in Houston County, Texas. Married a widow, Mrs. Mobley, who had children by her former husband and none from David. He died some 25 years ago [i.e., about 1911].
(6) William Gordon. Born 1810 in Tennessee. Married in 1835 and moved to Clark County, Missouri. Later, after the war, moved to Paris, Texas, where he died in about 1896. Married Sarah [sic; Susan] Walding [sic; Walling] and had several children [which Hall then listed].
(7) James Madison Gordon. Born Middle Tennessee in 1828. Married in Tennessee in 1852 to Jane Byars of McMinnville, Tennessee. Moved shortly after to Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, where they raised a large family. He died in 1892; she in 1901.

G. Q. Hall did not list the above names in any apparent order. He also listed two other names, but acknowledged that he was not sure that they were sons of Robert. These two were John Gordon and George Gordon, a soldier in the Civil War who died of smallpox in Georgia. One major item of information that Hall obtained from Charles Henry Gordon was that Robert Gordon's father was named William. C. H. Gordon said that his own father, William G. Gordon, was named after him.

The following information, taken from the 1820-1860 censuses, attempts to correlate the census data with that supplied by G. Q. Hall and other sources. It confirms the identities of many of his children and his two wives.

Robert GORDON 110001-32010-0200-01
1 male 45 or over (i.e., b. before 1776) Robert (born c. 1783)
1 female at least 26 but less than 45 (i.e., b. 1776-1794) Sarah R. (born c. 1788)
1 male at least 10 but less than 16 (i.e., b. 1805-1810) William G. (born 1810)
1 male under 10 (i.e., b. 1811-1820) Isaac (b. c. 1815)
1 female at least 10 but less than 16 (i.e., b. 1805-1810) Unknown
1 female at least 10 but less than 16 (i.e., b. 1805-1810) Unknown
1 female less than 10 (i.e., b. 1811-1820) Martha (Patsy) (b. c. 1813)
1 female less than 10 (i.e., b. 1811-1820) Sally (b. c. 1816)
1 female less than 10 (i.e., b. 1811-1820) Jane (b. 1817-1819)
1 male slave at least 14 but less than 26 (b. 1805-1820)

Robert GOODEN (or Robt. GORDEN/GORDON) 20111001-0121001
1 male at least 50 but under 60 (i.e., b. 1771-1780) Robert (b. c. 1783)
1 female at least 40 but under 50 (i.e., b. 1781-1790) Sarah R. (b. c. 1788)
1 male at least 20 but under 30 (i.e., b. 1801-1810) William G. (b. 1810)
1 male at least 15 but under 20 (i.e., b. 1811-1815) Isaac (b. c. 1815)
1 male at least 10 but under 15 (i.e., b. 1816-1820) Unknown
1 male under 5 (i.e., b. 1826-1830) David (b. 1827)
1 male under 5 (i.e., b. 1826-1830) James M. (b. 1828)
1 female at least 15 but under 20 (i.e., b. 1811-1815) Martha (Patsy) (b. c. 1813)
1 female at least 10 but under 15 (i.e., b. 1816-1820) Sarah (Sally) (b. c. 1816)
1 female at least 10 but under 15 (i.e., b. 1816-1820) Jane (b. 1817-1819)
1 female at least 5 but under 10 (i.e., b. 1821-1825) Unknown

3 slaves:
2 females at least 10 but under 24
1 female under 10

Robert GARDEN (or GORDEN) 00200001-00000001 7-Slaves
1 male at least 50 but under 60 (i.e., b. 1781-1790) Robert (b. c. 1783)
1 female at least 50 but under 60 (i.e., b. 1781-1790) Sarah R. (b. c. 1788)
1 male at least 10 but under 15 (i.e., b. 1826-1830) David (b. 1825-1826)
1 male at least 10 but under 15 (i.e., b. 1826-1830) James M. (b. 1828)

7 slaves:
1 male under 10
1 female at least 24 but under 30
1 female at least 10 but under 24
4 females under 10

1850 WARREN COUNTY, TN 13th Civil District
Robert GORDON 66 (sic) Male Farmer NC (b. c. 1783)
Sarah Gordon 50 Female NC Illiterate (b. 1799-1800)
Benjamin F. Gordon 12 Male Tenn (b. 1837-1838)

Robert GORDON - 6 slaves
1 male, 30, Black
1 female, 29, Black
1 male, 12, Mulatto
1 female, 12, Black
1 female, 5, Mulatto
1 male, 2, Black

1850 WARREN COUNTY, TN 9th Civil District
Davidson GORDON 24 Male Farmer Tenn $2000 land (b. 1825-1826)
James GORDON 21 Male Farmer Tenn (b. 1828-1829)
(The two sons may be living on the 200 acres in 9th Civil District for which their father was taxed in 1836 and 1838.)

Sarah GORDAN 60 Female Housekeeper $1000/$3000 (b. 1799-1800)

The 1850 Census for Clark County, Missouri, shows that Robert's son, William Gordon, 40, and William's two oldest children (ages 12 and 15) were from Tennessee. The rest of William's children (ages 2-10) were born in Missouri. Thus, William and his family must have moved from Tennessee about 1838-1839. After the Civil War, they moved to Texas, where they appear on the 1870 Lamar County Census. The James Gordon family moved to Missouri, where they appear on the 1860 and 1880 Scotland County Censuses. Robert's other children probably moved to Missouri much as reported by Gordon Q. Hall, with some of them later moving on to Texas.

In 1843, at the age of 70 years, being old and infirm and unable to attend to his ordinary affairs, Robert drew up an agreement with a John Hopkins wherein Hopkins would "attend to the personal care and comfort of Robert Gordon during the balance of his natural life." It further stated that his wife Sarah was occupying 200 acres of his land and living separately from him. Robert also listed the following slaves: Harriet, 36; Rose, 18; Jack, 11; Luci, 7; Mariah, 4; and Margaret, 2. However, this agreement never came to fruition. Perhaps it was challenged by his wife or his sons. Or perhaps it became moot by the death of his wife and his remarriage. When his wife Sarah/Sally (Robertson) died in about 1844-1848, Robert married the second Sarah (Hays?), and she and her young son lived with him and cared for him until he died in 1854.

Robert Gordon wrote a will in January 1852, and the will was proven in December 1854, shortly after his death in the late fall of that year. He bequeathed to his new wife Sarah all his property and annual profits to be used for the support and maintenance of herself and family during her widowhood. "At her death or third marriage, I wish my property to be divided equally among all my children except such portion of my estate as the law would entitle my widow to, which in the event of her next marriage she is intitled. I authorize my wife to make advances to my children during her widowhood as she deems reasonable, and any such advancements to be taken into account on the final distribution of my estate." The inventory of Robert's goods and credits included 390 acres of land, 3 slaves: Harriet 51, Juliet 9, Sam 18; 4 horses, 1 buggy, 10 cattle, 11 hogs, 1 ox wagon, 2 plows and gear, 1 bed and furniture, 1 bureaus, 1 cupboard, 1 table and chairs. Kitchen furniture and pots, pans, oven and pot-rack. Notes totaling several hundred dollars owed by several named individuals. Two Railroad Certificates for $26.00 each, $1,000.00 in money in my hands. Respectfully submitted December 19th, 1854."

Modern DNA testing has conclusively linked some of Robert Gordon's 5th generation descendents through his sons William George Gordon (1810-1896) and James Madison Gordon (1828-1892). Additionally, a William G. Gordon born in 1880 in Oran, Missouri, has been shown by DNA to be very closely related to Robert (with one possibility being through Robert's son Isaac Gordon, 1815-1859.)

From "A History of Oklahoma," p. 297 regarding Robert's grandson George Washington Gordon," :"--- a grandson of Robert Gordon who located in middle Tennessee in an early day in its history and became a prominent farmer and slave owner there. He was of Scottish descent, ---- "

Sarah Robertson

Robert Gordon and Sarah Robertson were married in Madison Co. KY in 1805. They were probably our Robert and Sarah. Sarah was previously married to a James McNeeley in Madison Co. in 1892.

It is probable that Sarah Robertson died or that Sarah and Robert were divorced and the second wife of Robert Gordon was also named Sarah, b. abt 1800 in NC as shown in TN 1850 Census. This would be the Sarah named in Robert's will. Robert's wife (Sarah Robertson) was shown as being about his age until the 1850 and 1860 censi when Sarah #2 (Hays?) is shown as being born about 1800.

Isaac Gordon

Two daughters, Belle and Julia. Built and ran a grinding mill run by water power on Hubble Creek, Missouri. Became known as Gordons Mill and later Gordonsville, Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri. Belle married a Mr. Trent in Clark Co. Missouri, and Julia married a Mr. Perseley in her 24th year.

George Calvert Thomas

Shown in 1860 Census of Grayson Co., TX
Shown in 1870 U.S. Census of Precinct 1, Sherman, Grayson Co., Texas in household of his father J.M. Thomas. George age 14 at the time.
Shown in 1880 U.S. census for Texas in Precinct 8, Grayson, TX.
Shown 1900 OK Wichita Indian Reservation next place from Andrew J. Gordon, wife Blanche and daughter Mary.
Shown 1910 OK Kiowa Co, 2nd Ward, Mountain View

"Married Alidosia M.T. Bowman February 7, 1878, Grayson Co. Texas. After Alidosia died when George was 31, he moved his three daughters by wagon across the Red River separating Texas from the southern part of Indian Territory. Settled on the south bank of the South Canadian River at Silver City on the Old Chisholm Trail. At high noon on April 22, 1989 when shots rang out to enter the Unassigned Lands, George crossed the South Canadian River, it being the south boundary of the coveted land, and staked his 160 acres."

Alidosia "Alice" M.T. Bowman

1860 United States Federal Census about A Bowman
Name: A Bowman
Age in 1860: 1
Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1860: Tyler, Texas
Gender: Female
Post Office: Woodville
Household Members: Name Age
P Bowman 40
M A Bowman 35
L A Bowman 3
A Bowman 1

Found in 1860 Census of Tyler Co., TX , age 1, in household of P. Bowman and wife M.A.

James M. Thomas

James M.'s grandfather reportedly fought in the early days of the Revolutionary War. James moved from Tennessee and settled near Dennison, Texas, where the census listed him as a farmer.

Republic of Texas Army records show that James M. Thomas served from 10 February 1836 through May 30 1837.

The Texas Congress voted liberal land laws in 1836. Under the constitution, the heads of families (blacks and Indians excepted) living in Texas on March 2, 1836, could apply for a square league (4,428 acres) and a labor (177.1 acres) of land.

1870 United States Federal Census about J M Thomas
Name: J M Thomas
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
Age in 1870: 52
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: Precinct 1, Grayson, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View Image
Post Office: Sherman
Household Members: Name Age
J M Thomas 52
Elizabeth Thomas 34
Richard Thomas 21
James Thomas 17
Daniel Thomas 17
George Thomas 14
Minervia Thomas 5
Robert Thomas 3
Melania Thomas 1

1870 U.S. Census shows J.M. in Precinct 1, Grayson Co., P.O. Sherman, TX , $2,700 land, $200.00 personal property. Shows TN as birthplace. Wife?? Elizabeth 34 (second wife?), b. Missouri.
Marriage record shows James M. Thomas to Elizabeth J. Daniels 18 Feb 1865 Cooke Co. TX which is near Grayson Co. Younger children Minerva, Robert and Melanie could have been products of this marriage.

The death certificate of his son George Calvert Thomas indicates James M. was born in KY rather than TN as indicated in censuses and other documents. Most documents affirm TN.

Texas Census, 1820-90 Record about J.M. THOMAS
State: TX
County: Grayson County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1846
Record Type: Tax list
Page: NPN
Database: TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849

From Grayson County Texas Miscellaneous Wills and Probates 1833-1923, "McENTYRE (McINTYRE, Richard R., deceased. Letter of application dted 23 February 1857. Petitionere was James M. Thomas. He states the said deceased died in 1857 intestate and that he is the husband of the only child and heir of the deceased.

James M. Thomas Civil War Pension #11923 Grayson Co. TX.

Tempis "Tamy" McIntire

Mother of older children Richard, James, Daniel, George and Mary E.

Listed as the only surviving heir of Richard R. McIntire in 1857.

Found in 1860 Grayson Co. TX, P.O. Sherman, indexed as "Fanny," but looks like "Tamy." Thomas. $8,200 real property, $300.00 personal property, age 30, born TN. page # 24. Husband and oldest son Richard not shown.

Thomas Bailey Stewart

Family Data Collection - Births about Thomas Bailey Stewart
Name: Thomas Bailey Stewart
Father: William Bailey Stewart
Mother: Sarah Jane Killen
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1872
City: Athens
County: Henderson
State: TX
Country: USA

1880 United States Federal Census about Thomas B. Stewart
Name: Thomas B. Stewart
Home in 1880: Archer, Texas
Age: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to head-of-household: Son
Father's name: Wm. B.
Father's birthplace: Georgia
Mother's name: Jane
Mother's birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Wm. B. Stewart 31
Jane Stewart 26
Thomas B. Stewart 7
Walter E. Stewart 5
James W. Stewart

1900 United States Federal Census Record about Thomas Stewart
Name: Thomas Stewart
Home in 1900: Altus, Greer, Oklahoma Territory
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: 1872
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Relationship to head-of-house: Brother
Occupation: Farmer

1910 United States Federal Census about Thomas B Stewart
Name: Thomas B Stewart
Age in 1910: 37
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Spouse's name: Berdie A
Home in 1910: Poarch, Beckham, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas B Stewart 37
Berdie A Stewart 32
Deelia b Stewart 13
Dewey M Stewart 9
Ina G Stewart

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Thomas Bailey Stewart
Name: Thomas Bailey Stewart
City: Not Stated
County: Tillman
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1872
Race: White
Roll: 1852130

1920 United States Federal Census about Thomas B Stewart
Name: Thomas B Stewart
Home in 1920: Hunter, Tillman, Oklahoma
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Bertie
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas B Stewart 47
Bertie Stewart 42
Adelia Stewart 22
Dewy Stewart 18
Grace Stewart 16
Alice Little

1930 United States Federal Census about Thomas B Steuart
Name: Thomas B Steuart
Home in 1930: Hunter, Tillman, Oklahoma
Age: 57
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Mother's name: Isabelle
Spouse's name: Birdie A
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas B Steuart 57
Birdie A Steuart 51
Isabelle Steuart 77

First moved to New Mexico with his wife and three daughters about 1903 to help his father in his farming and cattle raising operation near Portales, NM. Returned to OK and again returned to NM about 1906 and homesteaded near San Jon. Returned to OK to farm after giving up on making a living on a small, isolated homestead in a dry, harsh climate. Had retired from farming near Lorenzo, TX at the time of his death.

Enjoyed singing to his children and grandchildren and helped imbue a love for music in all of them. As a young child, I remember sitting on his lap and enjoying his singing.
Larry Gordon

From his obituary:
"T. B. Stewart was born in Athens, Texas, December 10, 1872. At fourteen years of age he moved to the Indian Territory with his parents and settled in the area of where Marlow, Oklahoma now is. It was here as a young man that he met Birdie Alice Little and they were married Novemeber 19, 1993. To this union were born three daughters: Adelia, Deweylee, and Grace. In 190?, Mr. Stewart, his wife and their small daughter settled in the Old Greer County Territory. In 1931, after their three daughters were married, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Lorenzo, Texas.
"The outstanding characteristics of Mr. Stewart were his devotion as a husband and father and his patience in times of distress and affliction. His children remember his often remarking that he has lived a full life and was prepared to go. He often repeated Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar." Another favorite poem of his was "To The Fellow Who'll Take My Place," His children will recall the Hymns he used in rocking them to slepp when they were small, "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "How Firm A Foundation." These poems and songs were used as a part of the interment services at the Carter Cemetery, Carter, Oklahoma.
"In which ever community Mr. Stewart lived, and under whatever circumstances came his way, he put his shoulder to the wheel of progress with courage and did his part as a citizen to make that community a better place in which to live. To his widow and children who were guided by his wise counsel will ever be a sweet memory. He never tired in turning a hand or doing a good deed for others and in his passing is a vacancy in the hearts of his loved ones that can never be filled."

Family Data Collection - Individual Records about Thomas Bailey Stewart
Name: Thomas Bailey Stewart
Spouse: Birdie Alice Little
Parents: William Bailey Stewart , Sarah Jane Isabelle Killen
Birth Place: Henderson, Athens, TX
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1872
Death Date: 25 Feb 1943

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 about Thomas Bailey Stewart
Name: Thomas Bailey Stewart
Death Date: 25 Feb 1943
Death County: Lubbock
Certificate: 8761

Dawes Commission records show that Thomas Bailey Stewart's mother, Sarah Jane Isabell Killen, applied to enroll as a Cherokees based on affidavits about Champion Choate, but was denied. Cherokee settlers who had settled in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri were not living in the Cherokee Nation were considered U.S. citizens, and were ineligible to sign the Dawes Rolls for Cherokees. Those descended from these Cherokees are unable to enroll in the Cherokee Nation even if they are able to prove their Cherokee heritage. Thomas Bailey Stewart's application was supported by two well-known Cherokees (John Ross and Thomas White) who had known Champion Choate as a Cherokee in the Old Cherokee Nation in Tennessee before Champion and his wife Anne Burke (she may have also been a mixed blood Cherokee) moved to Arkansas (in an area where other Cherokees had settled) and subsequently to Texas.

Birdie Alice Little

Was a homemaker and assisted her husband as a farmer in Oklahoma and Texas.

In her later years, Birdie's daughter Adelia Stewart Sallee did genealogical work on her mother's line (Little) and to some extent, on her father's line (Stewart). With the help of a British genealogist, she traced part of her maternal line to a Baron of the Magna Charta. This lineage is detailed in Adelia Stewart Sallee's manuscript, "Yea: I Have a Goodly Heritage. Psalms 16-6", and has been significantly expanded and further detailed in family genealogy research by Larry Gordon.