Our Gordon Family Genealogy

2011 Gordon Reunion in Exeter NH!
Gordon Obits
Maine Highland Games - with The House Of Gordon!!
Gordon Hill Cemetery, Exeter NH (Gordon, Graves, Sanborn, Barstow, Bartlett, Magoun, and Perkins)
Nathaniel Gordon, (not related to us) Maine native, from Portland - hung in 1862 as a slave trader.
2007 Exeter NH Gordon Reunion
Gordon News Archive
The Gordon Family Photo Album
Exeter Cemetery and the Winter Street Burial Ground in Exeter
The Gordon family cemetery on Peach Orchard Road (aka "Poor Farm" or "Gordon Road") in Lyman, Maine.
Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Lyman Maine
Gordon Genealogy
The Kirk of St. Nicholas, Aberdeen Scotland - where Alexander was christened 400 years ago.
G.W. Emmons's Medal of Honor
Nathaniel Gordon (#314) and his home in Exeter.
The Old Gordon Road Cemetery, Brentwood NH
New Hampton, New Hampshire
The Gordons of Central Maine
Salem (and some Exeter) New Hampshire Stones.
Ladd-Gordon Cemetery, Epping NH
Massachusetts Stones.
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, Maine.
The Gordons Of Fayette, Maine
Gordon Cemetery, Searsport, Maine
Genealogical links and contacts page.
Gordon Family Genealogy Library
The Gordons of Suncook (Head's Cemetery, Hooksett, New Hampshire)
"Stranger," the Confederate grave in a small Maine town.
Glenn Raymond Gordon, killed in Vietnam
More early and interesting gravestones
Bradford Burial Ground, Bradford, MA

Here's a bit about my Gordon line. I heard much about them from my great aunt Winnie, about old Alex who was sent from Scotland as a prisoner of war, of Joseph and Pike being taken by Indians, and how her dad was a 'bounty boy' who did a second hitch in the Civil War so that 'one of the Lord boys wouldn't have to fight.' When I was very young, my Dad took me around to show me where all the old stones were, and even one that recorded an Indian attack that we had to tromp through a hay field to see. I wish I could remember where they all were, and maybe that's why I still seek them out today.

Back: Lewis, George, & Ray
Front: Winnie, Etta, Maude, & Maurice

On a sunny day in Lyman around 1910, George (#434) and Hattie Emmons Gordon posed with thier kin outside the old farm house.

Hattie and George Gordon
My great-grandparents, c. 1910 with some grandbabies.

Our earliest American ancestor's baptism is probably the one listed in the Kirk of St Nicholas records of 1635. His name was Alexander, his parents were Thomas Gordon and Margaret Milne. Thomas's parents were Archbald Gordone and Kattrin Cheyne.
And so, our Gordon line starts in the New World with
Alexander Gordon (c.1635-1697). He fought with the Royalist Scots in the English Civil War, was captured at the battle Worchester, held prisoner, sold into servitude, and transported to Massachustts. After winning his freedom, he and Mary Lysson were married in 1663 in Exeter NH.
Our line descends from Alexander to
John (1670-c1746) to
Joseph (1705-c1784) to
Andrew (1730-c1811 ) to
Joseph Pike (bapt.1772-before1842) m Mary McKenny to
Lewis (1813-1878)
Lewis and Sarah Small had these children, all born in Lyman:
Joseph H                    b 1837
Lewis                         b. 8 Feb 1839
George Washington    b. 8 Jul 1841*
*My great grandfather. He served in Co I of the 27th and Co K of the 32nd Maine Infantry Volunteers, in the Civil War. He was 5 foot 8 inches, with gray eyes and dark brown hair when he enlisted.
Mary A                       b. 1842
Sarah A                       b. 1844
Laura T                        b. 1845
Abby H                        b. 1847
Albert F                       b. 1849
Ellen M                        b. 1851
Sidney B                       b. 1852
Martha A                      b. 1854
Leonard A                    b. 11 Mar 1857 (or 1856?)
Frank Anson                 b. 21 June 1858
Hannah E                      b. 1860

George Washington Gordon married Hattie Emmons on 27 Dec 1884 in Lyman, Maine.
Hattie was the daughter of George Washington Emmons. Both George Washingtons were neighbors in Lyman and served together during the war.
Their children:
Maude Mae               b. 27 Feb 1887
Winnie Belle               b. 12  July 1888
Hattie Etta                   b. 17 Sept 1889
George Fremont          b. 1 Nov  1892
Lewis Small                 b. 27 Dec 1896
Ray Logan**               b. 2 Sept 1894
Merton Rudolph          b. 4 Jan  1899
Lee Maurice                b. 21 Dec 1901
**my Grandfather. Ray married Maybelle Mae Maddox in 1919.
Her parents were William A Maddox (1870-1928) and Jennie York (1876-1940), who are buried in Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk. The Maddox family farmed in the Alewife district of Kennebunk many years ago.
William's parents were Joseph M Maddox (c1833-1873) and Hannah J Dennett (c1842-1904), Joseph's parents were Amos Maddox (1767-1857) and Mary Abbot (1792-1862).
In 1930, Ray and Maybelle had a son, Wesley Raymond. That's my
dad, known as Red to his family and friends.
Grampa's name was Ray, not Raymond, by the way. That's something Maybelle didn't know until long after she named my dad "after" him!

Ray Logan Gordon

Ray and Maybelle's home in Kennebunk

Red, Tommy, and Ray Gordon
My Dad, big brother, and Grampa in 1955
Wesley Raymond & John Wesley
Me & Dad 1959

In Memorandum
My Mother, Shirley Mae (O'Connell) Linderman,
aged 73, passed away in Maine over the Thanksgiving weekend of 2007.
My condolences go out to her husband, Les Linderman,
and to all those who remember her with fondness.
Rest in Peace, Mom.

Shirley Mae Linderman
Shirley Mae (O’ Connell) Linderman, 73, of Saco, Passed away on Saturday Nov. 24, 2007 at her residence on Portland road. Shirley was born on May 28, 1934 in Springfield, Mass. a daughter of John F. and Muriel (Young) O’Connell. She graduated from Cathedral High School.
She married Wesley Raymond Gordon in 1953 and moved to Kennebunk in 1955, where she was employed in the Kesslen shoe mill, and later elected as the town clerk.  She is predeceased by a son Thomas Logan Gordon. She is survived by her third husband Leslie O. Linderman of Saco; her son John W. Gordon and his wife Nancy, and her three grandchildren, William Wesley, Katharine Renee, and Michael Logan. Also two sisters, Elizabeth Yacovone and her husband Dino of Springfield, Mass. and Frances O’Connell and her husband Edward St.John of Sturbridge, Mass.; three nieces, Valerie Langsland, Kathleen Serra, and Carolyn Edwards all of Massachusetts.
Shirley is also survived by her granddaughter Kimberly Snyder and her husband Jason and their son Bryce of Yarmouth who have cared for her over the past few years and also by several great nieces and nephews.
Les Linderman has passed away. We knew him to be a good man. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.


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