Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mary Ann Olive Rawson Taylor

Mary Ann Olive Rawson Taylor

MARY ANN OLIVE RAWSON TAYLOR Taken from her father, Daniel Berry Rawson’s Autobiography and her daughter, Mary Maud Taylor Nielson’s Autobiography Mary Ann Olive Rawson was born January 2, 1855, the third daughter of Daniel Berry Rawson and Nancy Boss in Ogden, Utah. Her parents had met and married in November, 1849, in Salt Lake City after Daniel had returned from the Mormon Battalion and crossed the plains with the Willard Richards Company, arriving in October, 1849. Daniel Berry and Nancy had moved to Ogden in the spring of 1850. They built a house and fenced and established a farm. Daniel had also built a shop with a turning lathe and made the first chair and spinning wheel that was made in Weber County. Mary Ann’s oldest sister, Nancy Emeline was born June 19, 1851. She was followed by Elizabeth Ann on February 3, 1853. After Mary Ann’s birth, the family moved to Farmington in the spring of 1855, where her father built a house in town and fenced a farm of 30 acres. They lost their first crop to grasshoppers. The following spring, 1856, her father sold his property in Farmington, and their little family moved to Payson, where Daniel once again built a house and established a farm. On April 23, 1857 another daughter blessed this household, Obedience Lenora. When Mary Ann was three, her father was called to Echo Canyon to take a load of supplies to the men who were awaiting the arrival of Johnston’s Army. He remained until the conclusion of the Echo War. On May 31, 1859, the Rawson family welcomed another daughter, Polly Ann. The following spring, they once again sold their property and this time moved back to Ogden City. Mary Ann welcomed another little sister, Sariah, on July 8, 1861 and her first little brother, Daniel Heber. He was born September 8, 1863 but only lived until March 18, 1864. The latter part of 1864, this family was on the move again. Mary Ann’s father rented a farm from Chauncey West in Harrisville and moved his family into it. In 1866, Daniel Berry married Mary Melvina Taylor. She bore him four sons, Silas Daniel, David Ward, Joseph Horace and Wilford Woodruff. Mary Ann’s father left their home to serve a mission for a year in Arizona in 1875. He returned and was called to serve as bishop of Harrisville. He often shared the family’s fruits and vegetables and other supplies with the poor and sick. At this time he operated a molasses mill. It was always a delight on Christmas morning for Mary Ann and her sisters to receive a stick of molasses candy and a large doughnut in their stockings. Their mother would stay up late Christmas Eve making these treats. As Mary Ann grew older, she met Stephen Ordway Jr., the son of Jane Lake and the adopted son of Joseph Taylor. His own father, the late Stephen Ordway was killed on April 29, 1851 while bringing logs down from the canyon. Stephen Ordway Jr. died in a similar plight by a sliding log in Bingham on August 7, 1872. Mary Ann gave birth to a son, Stephen Daniel, on April 7, 1872. The following September, the nineteen year old half-brother of Stephen’s married Mary Ann and stood in proxy for his brother, Stephen, to be sealed to her in the Endowment House (September 23, 1872). Moroni Taylor was born May 1, 1853 at Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, the son of Joseph Taylor and Jane Lake Ordway. Mary Ann and Moroni settled in Harrisville, where they had two children, Nancy Elnora, born September 6, 1875 and Mary Maud, born September 16, 1878. It was during this time that Moroni worked on the Salt Lake Temple foundation. While living in Harrisville, their daughter, Maud, took cold after having the measles. It settled in her eyes. For three months the best doctors in Ogden gave them little hope of their daughter ever seeing again, but through Mary Ann’s tireless and faithful nursing, her eyesight was restored. On October 15, 1881, Mary Ann gave birth to their fourth child, Joseph Moroni. He was a large baby and came breach with only a midwife’s help. Sometime later, their family of six moved to Ashley Valley near Vernal. They lived in a one-room log home with a willow shanty over the front. One day Mary Ann saw three large grey wolves slowly walking by and disappearing in a deep gulch in front of their house. Her son, Stephen, had gone to town and would have to cross through this gulch on his way home. Mary Ann put her trust in God, as she always did, and Stephen came home safely. (The gulch was their only supply of water. After a heavy rainstorm there would be two large barrels filled with the much needed water.) On April 9, 1884, Mary Ann gave birth to twin girls, Dora and Cora. Moroni went to the neighbors to where Maud and Ronie were staying to tell them the glad news. He was very joyful when he said they had two real live dolls at their house. He tried answering questions with Ronie on his shoulders and Maud holding onto his hand. Moroni’s half-sister, Claricy, was taking care of Mary Ann at this time. Maud sized up the twins and was a little disappointed. Dora was crying and Cora had no hair, and they were both very red. She soon decided they were okay since her mother and father loved them so much. Life in Ashley Valley was not easy, and there was much work to do. With Mary Ann’s time taken with her family especially her twin babies, Moroni would get up early on wash day, do the wash on the board and have it on the line by daybreak so he could get to work on the thrasher. As a family of eight now, they left Ashley and moved ten miles from Vernal to a small settlement called Dry Fork. Moroni bought a three-room log cabin with a surface well and a few acres of land on which they raised fine vegetable gardens. Across the street was a big one-room log meeting-school house and amusement hall. The children attended school when they could (Nancy was often needed at home to help with the twins), but had to learn by memory as there were not enough books for them. One day Moroni took a load of pine logs to Vernal and came back with primers for his children. The children also enjoyed Primary and remembered songs such as “In Our Lovely Deseret” and “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer.” Mary Ann was set apart in 1885 to be President of the Primary. It wasn’t long before the family was on the move again, this time just 3 miles down the canyon to a ranch home Moroni bought. This home had 3 log rooms with a big fireplace in the south end of the kitchen which was in the same room as the living room. All the rooms faced the east. The cookstove stood off to one side of the fireplace, and there were also two wood boxes, one large one and one small. In the winter months Roni and Maud carried the wood to fill these boxes. Stephen always cut the wood and would fill their arms. The children would study the school books Moroni had bought them by firelight. Mary Ann would help them when they had questions. She kept busy knitting and sewing for her growing family. Moroni bought a small herd of sheep. Stephen, 13, was given the job of herding them on a close range of mountains. One winter day, he asked his mother if Roni, 4, could go with him for company since he got so lonesome. Mary Ann consented. Stephen wrapped his little brother’s legs with burlap as he did his own, and they left. Toward evening Nancy and Maud were doing the chores. Nancy was milking cows and Maud was shucking corn for the pigs, when Stephen came running. He asked if Roni had come home. Finding that he had not, Stephen and Nancy realized he was lost and ran back up to the mountain, yelling to Maud not to tell Mother. Mary Ann, hearing the confusion, was immediately told that her son was lost. She sought comfort as always in prayer. Stephen and Nancy would later tell how they would run for a while, and then drop down on their knees and pray and get up and run again. They came across fresh bear tracks and then they found Roni around a big rock. He had been crying, “Stebbie, I fot you was lost.” It was a wonderful reunion when the three children returned. Another time, Mary Ann picked up the water bucket and started for the creek when their old family dog, Bruno, tried to keep her from going. She thought it was strange and got rather cross with him. However, he stayed between her and the water and glanced up. There was a big mountain lion across the creek. Down went Mary Ann’s bucket and back to the house as fast as her legs could carry her with old Bruno behind her. The children often went barefoot and had one pair of shoes apiece which they kept shined with the soot from the stove lids. These were for wearing to Primary and Sunday School, dances and theatres. They often rode in the back of the wagon on top of hay with a quilt spread over them. Moroni often took them when he wasn’t freighting. With his wife as president, he was never too busy to hitch up his team and take them all to Primary which was held on Saturday afternoons. Nancy always helped with one of the twins on Primary day. While living there Moroni planted small crops of sorghum cane, a few acres of oats and always big patches of corn. He would cut the oats with a hand scythe. The family would shell the corn and send it to be made into cornmeal. They enjoyed the molasses which was stiff enough to wind upon a knife. They often made molasses candy. Mary Ann did all the sewing for her family by hand. She did not own a sewing machine. On December 7, 1886, Mary Ann gave birth to her 7th child, a little dark curly-haired girl, Dellina, whom they all worshiped. Her brother, Stephen, composed verses about her. When Dellina was old enough to toddle around, Bruno, their faithful old dog proved himself to be a hero again. By then there had been a shortcut hard beaten path to the creek. The men had made a small swimming pool that was rocked up so a small stream could run in and out and would be warmed by the sun. On hot days the family could take off their loose outer garments and take a dip and paddle and then spread their wet clothes on the willows to dry. Moroni had also fixed some shelves along the shaded bank of the creek which were covered over with screen wire where Mary Ann kept milk, butter, etc. Not too far from where they dipped up the water was a very large rock that protruded out over a deep hole where the water looked green. One day Mary Ann left Dellina for a few minutes and had taken a stroll down the creek bank looking for peppermint. When she returned her first words were, “Where’s the baby?” The children ran to the creek. There was little Dellina on the very edge of that big rock crying, “Mama!” Bruno, who was not a very large dog, stood with his feet braced, holding onto her dress. The family gathered around and hugged their old ugly dog as he had never been hugged before. In the winter of 1886, while Nancy was staying in Dry Fork going to school, Maud wanted to help with the dishwashing. This particular morning, tubs and boilers sat around in the big kitchen filled with snow in preparation for the big wash which was done by board. Maud tried pouring boiling water from an iron tea kettle into a six quart pan which she held against the stove with her tummy. It took both hands to pour the water. When it got nearly full, the pan fell with the water running down her right leg over her wool knit stocking and shoe. Mary Ann came running and put her leg in a tub of snow. She and Stephen split her stocking and shoe. There was flesh stuck to her stocking. Mary Ann knew little about taking care of third degree burns, but she wrapped Maud’s leg with bandages soaked in linseed oil and her leg finally healed with a deep scar. Moroni started building a new hewed log house a short distance from the old home and he also set out a small orchard. The house was just one large room. He intended on putting in a partition and making two rooms of it. It had a shingle roof. They moved in during the summer. It was shady and pleasant to live in, but when the winter came, there was no cheerful warm fireplace. It seemed that some of the family was sick the whole winter through. There was steam in the room most of the winter because of no ventilation. One time after Moroni had been gone for 6 weeks on one of his freighting trips, he returned to find Maud with an ulcerated tooth. He turned to Mary Ann and said, “Get her ready for bed and give her some gruel.” Maud also heard him say, “Poor little girl. She must get a good night’s sleep so she will be able to stand the trip.” Mary Ann gave her the gruel and Moroni went in, knelt down and started rubbing her head, praying for her. She felt herself being lowered into her pillow and knew no more until sunup. The next day Moroni put her behind himself on a horse and rode 7 miles to Vernal where the tooth was pulled by a friend. Even though the raspberries were beginning to bare and the orchard was coming on, Mary Ann and Moroni moved their family back to Dry Fork. Moroni, with Stephen’s help grew fine gardens where ever they lived. Moroni seemed to be home more while they were living in town. Mary Ann said that because of their having to move so often all she had to do was to say to the old hens, “We’re moving again, and they would flop on their backs and hold up their legs to be tied.” They never did go back to their ranch home again. Roni got very sick and the neighbors didn’t think he would live. They had no doctors, just home remedies, etc. When everything they tried seemed of no value, Moroni went down to the creek and got some black slew mud. He and Mary Ann made a poultice of it and laid it on his stomach. They then had the elders come in and administer to him, after which he was healed at once. He asked for hot biscuits and butter. Mary Ann told the children to run to the neighbors for butter and she had hot biscuits ready by the time they got back. About this time Moroni met some men who were on the move to San Luis Valley, Colorado. Moroni sold all his property for a few good milk cows, two double box covered wagons with 10 or 12 horses. In one of the wagons he built a cupboard that let down for a table. While they were on their way to Colorado, the cream was churned into butter through the jolting of the wagon. Ronie was still weak, but strong enough to ride the pony that was given to him. He drove the cattle all the way. It took six weeks to travel to Colorado. There were two families and a single man in the company. Whenever they came to a green grassy shady place, they stayed for a day or so. The nearer they got to San Luis Valley, the less grass and vegetation there seemed to be. Finally they arrived. The wind and dust were blowing. The men went out to look over the many acres of farmland. However, it was difficult for them to see anything for the gravel blowing in their eyes. The children heard Mary Ann say to Moroni, “This is the end of the world.” As a family they made the best of it. They all seemed happy. Mary Ann and Moroni were congenial, no scolding. Sabbath day was always holy. Each day they had prayer, night and morning and over the 3 meals. They all went to church when they could. They traveled on with a single man that had come to live with them earlier. They stopped where there was one big log room with a few pieces of furniture. The men were working on a big canal to try to earn a little money. They had but few comforts of life, but Mary Ann would always say,”Blessed by nothing.” What little they had was kept clean and orderly. Another saying of Mary Ann’s was that she could get up in the dark and put her hand on whatever she was looking for. Their first home in a town (Sanford, Conejos, Colorado) was a one-large log room. They didn’t stay there long, but while there, Moroni bought Mary Ann a Singer sewing machine. Mary Ann hesitated in using it since she was so used to doing all her sewing by hand. But Nancy and Maud took over the family sewing using the machine. Moroni sold or traded a team and wagon for a 2-room shingle-roofed hewed log house. This was 1889. There was a big artesian flowing well close by where all the neighbors got their drinking water. It didn’t seem to agree with the Taylor family, but they got used to it. There were a few desirable things in the way of food; the flour made beautiful white bread. There were large rutabagas, large solid cabbages and very good potatoes. The only thing that grew on their place was a few citron melons. Mary Ann made some preserves out of the rinds. On December 16, 1889, their eighth child, William Bailey, was born. He was a little bright-eyed baby who came after only 8 months of pregnancy. Mary Ann was sick with a bad cold. William Bailey was also sickly and had to have his head wrapped for a long time. One night there was a northern blizzard. Their house faced north. Moroni had trained their old faithful dog to always sleep outside near the door. This one time Moroni coaxed and tried pulling him indoors. He seemed frightened and insisted on staying on the doorstep. Moroni fed him extra and put an old coat for him on the step. There was someone sick nearly all that winter. The spring was a long time in coming with a lot of cold wind, but the family seemed contented and happy. That fall when school was in session, a cry went out that there was a mad dog loose. Before he could be caught, the mad dog had bitten the Taylor’s dog, Bruno. Moroni staked Bruno and watched him. After a while he started with the fits. In between fits, Moroni always fed and watered him. Moroni felt he couldn’t kill him, but the dog kept getting worse. He asked a neighbor to come and shoot Bruno. The neighbor aimed the gun and Bruno just lay looking at him with human eyes. He couldn’t do it. Moroni kept taking care of him for some time longer and finally had to knock him unconscious with an ax. He must have dug a deep grave for his beloved dog for he was gone a long time. When he returned, he told Mary Ann, “I would rather have knocked the best horse I ever owned in the head than to have to knock our old dog, Bruno.” In 1890 Moroni sold their home again and moved out where there were a few Mexican farmers. They lived in a Mexican built mud house – two rooms with a patio between the rooms. It was cool and pleasant with small set-in windows. Their Mexican neighbors called on them and were well received. They stayed only through the summer months. They then moved to a farm with a two-story house that Moroni leased. They planted acres of potatoes. The next place they lived in was a two-room log house with acres of fenced land. Nothing was planted and nothing was growing, except for a brush called greasewood. Their nearest neighbors were a half-mile down the road. There was a small artesian well some distance from the house. Mary Ann kept milk and other things in covered vessels sitting around it. While living there, Moroni followed the threshing machines to make a little money. Their next move was back to Sanford on the north end of town in a two-room log house with a one acre lot – half was in lucern. They also had a granary and other outhouses. Moroni bought this place and there they stayed for some years. On May 10, 1892 Mary Ann brought her ninth child into the world – a little dark, curly-haired boy, Simon Elwin. When he was five months old, he was exposed to whooping cough. He never coughed and didn’t seem to be sick, but the disease was in his spine. He died in his sleep while nursing. It was an awful shock to Mary Ann. He died September 23, 1892. Moroni was not there. He had left for the silver mines in Creed, Colorado to do a bit of prospecting, leaving Stephen to carry on as the provider of the family for a short time. For a while, Mary Ann and Maud had one pair of shoes between them. One holiday Maud fixed up a straw hat of one of Mary Ann’s sisters and with Mary Ann’s shoes, she went out and enjoyed herself. When she got home, Mary Ann was out pulling lucern for the hogs with a pair of socks on her feet. None of the children went to school during this time. Nancy went to work for people in Sanford. On June 21, 1894, Mary Ann’s tenth child was born, a little blue baby who had convulsions. He was named John Earl and he died July 3, 1894. Shortly after this, Moroni took his family up to Creed, a mining town, where they lived in a big two-story rooming house which had some furniture such as a bed, chairs and a table. Moroni and Stephen hauled firewood to make extra money. They also worked on some prospecting claims. Nancy and Maud took turns working out because Mary Ann had to have their help to take care of the two men who were living with them along with their family. Nancy married John C. White of Sanford, Colorado in his mother’s home on December 24, 1895. Maud went with her. After 6 weeks Moroni sent for Maud to go back to Creed to help her mother. Upon arriving home, she became very sick with typhoid pneumonia. Moroni took over all of her nursing since running up and down the long flight of stairs was more than Mary Ann could stand. Maud did recover. In the spring of 1896, the family moved back to Sanford to their two-room log house. Moroni was anxious to get back to Creed to work on a claim, so after a short stay, he left. He was away when Mary Ann with the help of a midwife gave birth to their last two sons. He was not where he could be reached when they both passed away. Mary Ann never complained. Jim and Lucy Holman and a few other good neighbors tried to help the Taylor’s. Stephen tried to carry on in his father’s absence. It wasn’t long until Moroni returned home bringing a partner on one his claims. Moroni sold one of his claims for quite a sum of money. With the money he bought a six-room brick house which consisted of a big lot with a brick chicken coop and a high board fence around it, quite a few red berry bushes covered with the very tart little berries and a big garden plot. Near this house was one lovely rose bush. Moroni bought a few good cows and rented a vacated ranch home with some pasture land. He got a little gentle white mule and a cart and had Maud and Ronie live there for a while and milk the cows and raise turkeys. Moroni fixed shelves which were screened by the side of a flowing artesian well. He bought a herd of cattle, some cedar posts, barbed wire and leased some greasewood land and left the boys to carry on. The boys would have helped but didn’t know how or what to do. Stephen got a fine team of horses which he sold to go on a mission in 1898. In 1897, Mary Ann was again set apart as President of the Primary in Sanford. Before Stephen left on his mission, they would have parties at their home because they had an organ and a big dining room. Mary Ann was always so cheerful, making the young people feel welcome. On Sunday evenings after church the young people would come to their home, gather around the organ and sing. There were other homes that the young people liked to gather. One of them had their liquor. Moroni forbid Maud from going there. She was coaxed by her friends but told them that she had promised her father. When she came in, Moroni said, “Maudie, you have always been obedient to me and I surely appreciate it.” She was 20 and never saw her father again. Mary Ann oversaw her children being baptized and getting their patriarchal blessings. When Maud became serious with Erastus Anthon (E.A.) Nielson, Moroni had a prospect claim that he was expecting to sell and wrote to her asking her to wait a little so he would able to help her. For two weeks she slept with her mother, Mary Ann, where they would lay and talk. Maud left for Provo to be met and married to E.A. Nielson July 24, 1902. Moroni left his claim and let his partner reap the benefits. It was later sold for $5,000. Moroni received nothing for his share. Mary Ann feared that the partner had done away with her husband. But he didn’t. Moroni continued prospecting and Mary Ann moved to Logan and became a devoted temple worker. In 1925, Mary Ann was living with her son, Ronie, in Logan. She suffered from gallstone trouble. The winter passed and in early spring, the family hurried to Logan where she was dying. Little Mary Ann seemingly passed away, then life came back as she said she had a message to deliver. Moroni had passed away 2 years earlier. She sat up in bed and declared that she wanted to be sealed to Moroni. Mary Ann passed away February 8, 1926 quietly and seemingly without pain from quick pneumonia. After the funeral, Roni took Mary Ann’s remains back to Sanford, Colorado to be buried by the side of Moroni and her two little sons.

Moroni Taylor (4th great grandfather)

Moroni Taylor

MORONI TAYLOR Written by Thelma Nielson Sudweeks a granddaughter of Moroni and Mary Ann Taylor Moroni Taylor was born May 1, 1853 at Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, the eldest of eleven children of Joseph Taylor and his second wife, Jane Lake Ordway. Their only other male child (James Bailey Taylor) died at the age of five years, and five of Moroni’s sisters died in infancy. Emma Jane, Lydia Ann, Elizabeth and Amanda lived to adulthood and married. Moroni was the only one of the children to be born at Kaysville. The other children were all born in Weber County. The family was living in Slaterville at the time of Moroni’s baptism, which was recorded in the Slaterville Ward Record, 17 July 1864 — probably performed by his father. His half-brother, Lamoni, was baptized at the same time. Very little is known of Moroni’s earlier years. Living under pioneer conditions, he received little education. Hard physical labor was to be his lot throughout his life. When he was only nineteen years old, he married Mary Ann Alive Rawson, a daughter of Daniel Berry Rawson and Nancy Boss, in the Endowment House. Mary Ann’s father was a prominent pioneer of Weber County and a former member of the Mormon Battalion, as was Moroni’s father, Joseph. For the first ten or eleven years of their married life, Moroni and Mary Ann lived in Harrisville, Weber County. A number of their children were born there — Stephen Daniel, Nancy Elnora, Mary Maud and Joseph Moroni. It was probably during these years that Moroni worked on the Salt Lake Temple. Sometime after the birth of Joseph Moroni, the family moved to the Vernal area in Uintah County. They first lived at a place called Ashley Valley in a one-room log cabin. Their water supply came from a nearby gulch. After heavy rains, two large barrels were filled. In April of 1884, a pair of twin girls were born. They were given the names of Dora and Cora. Soon after the birth of the twins, the family moved to a small settlement called Dry Fork (later known as Mountain Dell). Here they lived in a three-room log house and had a surface well — somewhat of an improvement in their living conditions. Across the street from their home was a one-room log schoolhouse, also used as a meetinghouse and recreation hall. Here the older children attended school. Another baby girl, Dellena, was born in 1886 while the family lived at Mountain Dell. Later the family moved to a ranch home down the canyon about three miles, and the children’s schooling was interrupted again. Moroni bought a few books and a slate, and they were able to learn a little, but they had no set time for study and didn’t get much schooling. During these years in the Vernal area, Moroni hauled freight, worked on a thresher, raised some sheep and always planted a good garden, a few acres of sorghum, some oats and a big patch of corn. He had to harvest the oats by hand with a scythe. The corn was ground into cornmeal for the family, and the molasses was put into barrels. Moroni and his growing family made quite a number of moves while in the Uintah area. Because of moving so often, Mary Ann said, “All I have to say to the old hens is, ‘We’re moving,’ and they turn on their backs and hold up their legs to be tied.” When Dellena was still quite young, Moroni, influenced by some men who were moving to the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, decided to move his family there. He sold all his property for a few good milk cows, two covered wagons and ten or twelve horses. The trip to Colorado took about six weeks. They settled in the small town of Sanford in Conejos County. They lived in a one-room log house until Moroni sold or traded a team and wagon for a two-room hewed log house. Here the children were able to attend school again. In December of 1889, the eighth child, William Bailey, was born. In 1892 another son, Simon Elwin, came to join the family, but lived only four months. In 1895 when the tenth child (John Earl) was born, he only lived a few days. The two infant sons were buried in Sanford. In Colorado, as in Utah, the family made a number of moves. Moroni’s restless nature finally induced him to leave his family and live the lonely, wandering life of a prospector. He traveled through a number of neighboring states. His sons sometimes joined him for awhile. He was always hoping to make a strike so he could do more for his family. The time or two that he was successful, he bought a better house for them. However, his wife and children were deprived of his council and guidance, and his grandchildren never had a chance to know him. His eldest daughter, Nancy Elnora, married and continued to live in Sanford the remainder of her life. In time the rest of the family returned to Utah. Mary Ann lived at Logan the latter part of her life and was a devoted temple worker. Moroni passed away at Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado on 24 November 1924 and was buried at Sanford near his two infant sons. When Mary Ann followed him in death 6 February 1926, her body was taken to Sanford and placed beside her departed husband. Moroni and Mary Ann raised a large family under very adverse circumstances. They both exhibited the fine traits of honesty, industry and thrift. They leave a large posterity; however, very few carry the Taylor name, ironically. William Bailey was the only son who had children, and he had a son and daughter by each of his two marriages. I am sure that Moroni and Mary Ann would be proud of their many descendants, many of whom are skilled tradesmen or college graduates. I hope we can all emulate the good qualities of these pioneer ancestors.

Marion Jackson White (3rd Great Grandfather) and Martha Ann Rosabelle Stinson (3rd (Great Grand Mother)

Story of Marion Jackson White

Told to Dessie Chesley Bielefeldt by her mother Mattie Ethel White Chesley, granddaughter. Marion was a kind, sweet, mild mannered, generous man - always giving more than he received. Was called "Meddy" a derivative of Marion. When he moved West he chartered a R.R. Train and many LDS converts rode West on this train with promises to pay him back. Some never did. Also he had baggage car loaded with supplies he thought would be useful in the wild west - for instance bolts of white materials which he gave to those in need of white material for casket linings, temple cloths, wedding dresses etc. When he sold his farm products he would always heap them up above the tops of the baskets and containers and not charge for the over fill. He traveled to the city to sell and buy supplies for his family and often bought and hauled for his neighbors at no cost. He caught small pox and died from caring for a sick man that no one else would go near.

John Gordan 7th Great Grandfather)

Thomas, John, and Elizabeth Gordon

At the age of 5 years, Thomas Gordon immigrated (around 1750) from Ulster, North Ireland, with his mother (who was of Scottish-Irish extraction) to America. They settled around Gordonsville, Va. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War for a period of two to three years. Thomas married Sarah Flynn and they settled on a beautiful farm on the west side of Steward’s Creek a few miles from Mt. Airy, North Carolina. In April or May of 1803, Thomas was lying on a trundle bed and his wife Sarah was spooling cotton, when lightning struck and killed them both. Their children were in another building washing their feet when the accident occurred, and so they were not harmed. Thomas and Sarah were buried in separate coffins side by side in the same grave on the farm near the residence. They had six children. Their oldest son was named John. John Gordon married Barzilla Martin and they settled on what was known as the hollow road between Pilot Mountain and Pinnacle. This main highway was located about 2 miles southward of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. John farmed and Operated a tavern to serve the passengers on the stage coaches. They accumulated much real estate and at the time of his death owned 12 slaves. The Gordons had three sons and nine daughters. One of their daughters, Elizabeth (called Betsie) married Enoch Stone Jr. Enoch Stone Jr. and his wife Betsie made their home southwest of the town of Pilot Mt. and south of Enoch’s father’s home. To them were born five boys and seven girls. Enoch Jr. was a farmer, and although he had the help of a Negro couple, taught his sons to work. They were staunch Primitive Baptists, and believed in family unity. Two of their sons were killed in the Civil War. Enoch Jr. and Betsie’s son, Calvin Gordon Stone, married 15 year old Jane Elizabeth King when he was 22 years of age. Their daughter Barzilla Stone married William A. King, Jane’s brother.

Isaiah Guymon (6th Great Grandparent)

Isaiah and Elizabeth were probably married in Surry Co NC during the time Gideon Wright's home was also the Courthouse [1771-1774]. Records from that period are lost. The birthdates of their children were taken from a small book in which Isaiah himself had written their names and dates; this book is now believed lost.

There is tradition that Isaiah's father died at sea while immigrating to America and Isaiah was born shortly after his mother arrived. He was raised by his mother's brothers - their surname was Curry and it is said he went be the name Curry until grown. There are North Carolina pay vouchers for his service in the Revolution.By 1782, he had purchased land in Surry Co. He continued to add to his holdings and deed some to his sons. His last transaction is in Oct of 1819 and he does not appear in the 1820 census.

In 1834, Richard Guymon, by then of Indiana, sold property described as "plantation whereon the Late Isaiah Gymon formerly resided next before his death"

Isaiah Curry Guymon

According to family tradition, Isaiah Guymon was born about 1753, shortly after his mother Elizabeth Curry Guymon arrived in America. His father is believed to have been buried at sea, however existing emigration records have failed to verify these events. Because of the difficulty of a lone woman with a tiny baby making a living in Colonial America, tradition says Isaiah was given to his uncles to raise, therefore going by the name of Isaiah Curry until he married. In 1772-73, Isaiah married Elizabeth Flynn and began raising a family in Surry (now Stokes County) North Carolina. His children who were born in Surry County, North Carolina were: William, born 11 December 1773; Frances (female) born 10 September 1776; Nancy born 10 Sept 1778; Rebecca born 20 September 1780; Elizabeth born 10 February 1783; Margaret born 20 February 1785; Thomas born 10 March 1787; and John born 20 March 1789. Two other children were born in Stokes County, North Carolina. They were Annie, born 20 August 1791 and Richard, born 19 July 1793. These birthdates came from a personal record written by Isaiah Guymon himself. They are not registered in either of the two churches which existed in that area at that time – the Society of Friends (Quakers) and Moravians. Several battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in northern North Carolina. Perhaps Isaiah participated in them, however we do not know. Tradition says that he fought on the American side; that he was the tallest soldier at Valley Forge; that he went as “Pvt. Isaiah Curry Guymon” after the war. Many searches of existing Revolutionary War records have yielded only a clothing issuance number (#6901). There is no evidence that Isaiah applied for what is called a “bounty land warrant”—land in the west instead of dollars for his military service. At the time of his death, Isaiah, not being a poor man (one of the requirements), had not been eligible for a pension, and his wife, Elizabeth died before widows were eligible for veterans benefits. By 1782, Isaiah had acquired 100 acres of land in Surry County, North Carolina, which he farmed to support his growing family. In 1786, he purchased another 100 acres with an old mill on it. In both 1791 and 1797, Isaiah bought 200 more acres bringing the total land which he owned to 600 acres, more or less (as the deeds themselves say.) During the next few years, we find record of Isaiah giving service to the community. First he was overseer of the road, meaning that he was in charge of keeping a certain road clear of fallen trees, filling in deep holes, making stretches of new road etc. Between 1792 and 1795, he served several times as a juror and evidently took an active part in a local iron works project that was adjacent to his property. A common practice at the time Isaiah Guymon lived, was to give or sell cheaply to their sonns, portions of the father’s property as they came “of age” or married. Isaiah follows this custom, deeding Thomas 100 acres in 1809; William 30 acres in 1815; and 200 acres to Richard in 1819. With the last land transaction in October of 1819, Isaiah disappears from the civil records of the State of North Carolina. Research has not discovered whether he died and was buried on his farm, or whether he went west to join Thomas and/or William. At age 70, Isaiah had lived to see the taming of frontier North Carolina, had lived through 2 wars, raised 10 children to maturity, and had been active in civil affairs. At the same time, he was a man of some education, being able to read and write which was unusual for a frontier farmer. To top it all off, tradition says he was read-headed!

Overall History of the Guymon Family
by Mary Y. Brown
There is a tradition in the Guymon family with which all sides of the family agree, that a man by
the name of Guymon and his wife Elizabeth Curry, sailed from Ireland to America. On the
her son was born. She named him Isaiah. We understand that he was raised by Elizabeth’s two
voyage across the ocean the man died and was buried at sea. His wife came to America where
name - Isaiah Guymon. When Isaiah was 17 years old, his mother married a Mr. Richard Goode,
brothers, Malcolm and Isaiah Curry, until he married Elizabeth Flynn, when he took his own a very prominent and well to do man.
The first recorded history of the Guymon family is of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn
After the death of Isaiah Guymon, his wife Elizabeth Flynn married a Mr. Haun. Either Thomas or William, related to the Haun’s of “Haun’s Mill Massacre.”
We know very little of the families of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn, only as Mrs. Charlotta
residing in Stokes County, North Carolina in 1755. They were the parents of ten children: William, Francis, Nancy, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Margaret, Thomas, John, Annie and Richard.
Our ancestor was Thomas Guymon who married Sarah Gordon February 23, 1809 in Stokes
Anderson has placed them on family group sheets, in the library, with the names of their husbands and wives. These husbands and wives are listed on the pedigree charts we sent out to all of you.
Tennessee), Elizabeth, Polly Ann, Sarah Jane, Melissa Jane (were all born in Edgar, Illinois before
County, North Carolina. To them was born eleven children: Isaiah, John, William (who were born in Stokes County, North Carolina), James, Noah, Thomas, Martin, Barzilla (Jackson County, the birth of James Guymon and Sarh Davis’ children), Synthelia (was born in 1837) and
when he heard the gospel, for all the histories say he went back to where his parents were living
Alexander in 1838 when he and his mother, Sarah Davis, both died. The records state that James and Noah T. were baptized on March 2, 1836, so they had embraced the gospel before James married Sarah Davis. James was evidently away from home to tell them about it. His father and brother were chopping wood in the forest when he told
and was with them in all their persecutions. The three sisters were: Barzilla, Polly Ann and
them. His father listened for a while, when he stood on a log and said, “Jim, this is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is what we have always been looking for...” His father and mother, one brother, Noah T. and three sisters were converted and joined the church and soon joined with the saints Melissa. 1. Isaiah, John and William remained in Illinois. Isaiah, the oldest son of Thomas,
Elizabeth, Prealy, Sarah Jane, Isaiah, Martha Ann, Thomas, Nancy, Polly, Melissa,
married Hanna Maria Martin. To them was born 12 children: Samuel, Martin, Sarah Jane, Margaret, Elizabeth, John A., Mary Ann, Rachael, Moses W., James C., Rebecca, Isaiah, William Thomas, Rhoda Ellen. He died at age 91. 2. John Guymon, 2nd son of Thomas and Sarah Gordon, remained in Vermillion, Illinois where he married Nancy Davis. They were the parents of 14 children:
horseback to Hancock County, Illinois, where he married Mary Ann Couch, a girl from Meigs
James, Sussana, John, Emmatine and Rhoda. (Rhoda is the mother of Mrs. James C. Vance, who has been out to visit in Utah several times.) John died at the age of 85. 3. William, the 3rd son, remained in the east and married Sally H. Ringo. We have no record of his children or of his death. 4. Martin, Sarah Jane and Elizabeth died in childhood. After the death of Sarah Davis, James took his little girl Synthelia and rode with her on
was born the night of the “Crooked River Battle” when David Patten was killed. Mary Dickerson
County, Ohio in 1839. To them were born five children: Lafayette, Martha, Armilda, Emily and Emeline. Martha, Armilda and Emily died in childhood. Mary Ann Couch raised Sarah Davis’ daughter, Synthelia. In 1837, Noah Thomas Guymon married Mary Dickerson Dudley. (See note A at the end of this history.) They were blessed with three children: Mary Jane, Lucinda and Emma M. Mary Jane Dudley died in 1845, leaving her three little girls. Ten months later, Noah T. married Margaret
seven children: William Albert, Clarissa Ellen, Noah Thomas, Sarah Ann, Amy Amelia and
Johnson, who became a mother to Mary Dickerson Dudley’s little girls. She was the mother of seven children of her own: Margaret Elizabeth, Martin Lewis, Harriet, Moroni, Julia Luella, Edward Wallace and Lillian Melinda. Margaret lived to tell her children how the Lord sent the quail to save their lives while crossing the plains. She was in the meeting when Brigham Young spoke in the voice of Joseph Smith. In 1847, Noah T. Guymon married Elizabeth Ann Jones in Winter Quarters. To them was born
About the same time Noah T. married Elizabeth Ann Jones, James married Rhoda Leash Nease,
Elizabeth Ann. Elizabeth Ann Jones was born in Ohio. As a child she moved to Hancock County, Illinois. She was married to Noah T. when she was 17 years old by Brigham Young. She always befriended the Indians and fed them and talked to them in their own language. She worked in the Relief Society all her life. She was a good cook and homemaker and was noted for her wonderful biscuits. She lived in Spanish Fork and Springville. She died in Orangeville March 2, 1908 at 78 years of age. an orphan girl whose parents had perished in the persecutions of the saints. To them came
James Guymon was a personal friend of the prophet Joseph Smith and ate supper with him the
twelve children: Heber, Brigham, James, Alma, Rhoda Ellen, Peter Nease, Sarah Matilda, Melissa Jane, Eveline, Noah Alonzo, Martha Ann, Eliza Adora and Arilla May Dora. Rhoda Leash Nease was a great help to Mary Ann Couch as she was in ill health. They weathered through the persecutions of the saints together, shared the trip across the plains and the struggles and hardships of life here in Utah. Rhoda was a devoted church member and her children tell how lovely she looked in her clothes and her pretty black bonnet. (See footnote B.) night before the martyrdom and rode with him to Carthage. He was a member of the Nauvoo
camp of immigrant saints of the season of August 7, 1855. The heroic way his wives
Legion. At the time of the martyrdom, James and families lived on a farm in Hancock County, Illinois. He came in the house and sat down with his head in his hands and cried like his heart would break. The children asked why he was crying and he said, “They have murdered the Prophet Joseph.” James with his two families left this beautiful farm together with the migration of the saints. They crossed the plains in the Willard Richards company in 1849. In 1850, Noah T. Guymon arrived in Salt Lake City. He was called on a mission to Great Britain from 1851 to 1855. In the church chronology is written this item: Noah T. Guymon was Capt. Of the 2ndGreen and throughout his long life he ever worked in the service of his fellow men and the
took care of their families in his absence and had a home built and paid for when he came home was wonderful. He held many positions of trust and was President of the 51st Quorum of Seventy and councilor to Bishop Johnson. On the 2nd of March 1857, he married Louisa Rowley and they had twelve children: James W., John Wesley, David Rowley, Willard Richard, Owen, Winnie, Thomas Henry, Ann Louisa, Sarah Jane, Joseph Hyrum, Melissa Luelia and Franklin Noah. (See note C at the end of this history.) They lived first in Springville, then Fairview, Fountain Green and her last days in Huntington, Emery County. She died there at the age of 62. Noah T. spent most of his life in Fountain
and drove the cattle. They settled first in American Fork and built the first log cabin there. She
building up of the Kingdom of God and the community in which he lived. He was a merchant and prominent stock raiser. In his latter life he lived in Emery County, Utah and died there at the age of 82. He was the father of 27 children. Barzilla was married to Mathew Caldwell October 17,1845. To them were born 10 children: Thomas J., Almina, Curtis W., Melissa Jane, Matthew, William G., Sarah Elizabeth, John Edgar, Barzilla and James Martin. She was convalescing with her first child the day the Prophet Joseph was martyred. They lived in Warsaw, just a little way from Carthage. They crossed the plains in 1850 in the Aaron Johnson Company. She rode a horse side saddle all the way across the plains
President of the Relief Society for 30 years and was a good seamstress and kept a lovely home.
was the first white woman in American Fork. She wove cloth and made clothing for the families of her husbands other wives. They moved from American Fork to Spanish Fork and then to Springville, Ephraim and Fountain Green. She died there at the age of 46. Her husband lived to be 90 years old. Polly Ann married Robert Johnson April 30, 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were blessed with nine children: Robert Hyrum, Charles Henry, Lewis Oliver, Edward Carlos, James Franklin, Edwin Theodore, Julia Ann, Emma Jane and Sara Francis. They lived first in Springville for ten years then they moved to Fountain Green where Robert Johnson was a Bishop. They established a store and the first hotel in Fountain Green and entertained many church officials. Polly was
was when Gregory went on an expedition into Mexico and never returned. He was carrying quite
She died in Fountain Green October 3, 1912 at the age of 86 years. Her husband Robert Johnson preceded her in death, 11 years. He died in Fountain Green at age 82. Melissa, the youngest child of Thomas Guymon and Sarah Gordon, came with her parents in the Aaron Johnson company in 1850. This trip across the plains was never considered a hardship for Melissa or Gregory Metcalf, for they were sweethearts and were married soon after their arrival in Salt Lake City. They lived first in North Salt Lake in what is now called Centerville. The following year they were sent out to help settle Springville where their four children were born: Mary Louise, Sarah Medona, Melissa Emeling and Levi Gregory. The great sorrow of their lives a lot of money and they thought his life was taken for it. Melissa’s grandchildren have some
War. He lived in Parowan for 12 years. During this time he went to Salt Lake City to attend
beautiful letters which he wrote to her while on this trip. She spent most of her life in Springville and died there at the age of 86. James Guymon, Mary Ann Couch and Rhoda Leash Nease and families spent the first winter in Salt Lake in a one room pole house with nine in the family and most of them sick all winter. The next spring they moved to Little Cottonwood, from there to American Fork. Here, James was a member of the bishopric and later when they moved to Springville in 1853, he was an alderman in the city council. While in Springville, they were called by Brigham Young to go to Parowan to help strengthen that place as the Indians were giving trouble. They were on rations for the first winter. James was a major in the army and took a prominent part in the Black Hawk General Conference. While there, he became acquainted with a lovely, English, dark-eyed girl
James was very prominent in church and civic affairs and trained soldiers in the army. In
who had left home and cast her lot with the saints. Her name was Mary Boden. She came expecting to marry her English lover, but he proved untrue to her and she was working for a family in Salt Lake. They were married October 8, 1857 by Brigham Young in his office. He took her home to Parowan and they lived there six years. To them was born eight children: John William, Mary Emily, Polly Ann, James, Cora Estella, Lilinda Rebecca, Robert Matthew and Nellie Florence. After James had lived in Parowan for 12 years, he, together with Rhoda Leash Nease and Mary Boden and families, moved to Fountain Green. In Fountain Green, Mary Boden was a good seamstress and made clothes for the dead and was President of the Relief Society for 20 years. She died in Fountain Green at the age of 92. His wife Mary Ann Couch remained in Parowan with her daughter Emeline because of ill health and died there at the age of 51.
did much temple work. He was bedfast for twelve years and died in Fountain Green at the age
Fountain Green, James married Martha Jane Park November 24, 1866 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was born in Missouri, crossed the plains with her parents and came to Provo where her mother died when she was seven years old. Her father married again and moved to Fountain Green. Here she went to live with Sarah Gordon Guymon, Thomas Guymon having died. When she was 16 years old, she married their son, James. To them came six children: Martha Isabel, Cordelia Matilda, Harieat Charlotta, James Monroe, Charles Edgar and Isaiah Martin. Martha Jane Park was a woman who was always helping others and caring for the sick and was a good mother and a devoted worker in the church. She died in Fountain Green at the age of 58. In later years, James married Christaine Christensen, a Danish girl who taught school and clerked in a store. She kept a little store and cared for him in his old age. James Guymon and his wives
information to get the record of Synthelia.
of 96, the father of 33 children. Christaine had no children and died at the age of 90 years. Thomas Guymon died in Springville October 20, 1855 at the age of 86. Sarah Gordon spent her declining years in Fountain Green and died there December 7, 1872 at the age of 81. She was taken to Springville for burial beside her husband. Burton Adams, a grandson of Barzilla Guymon Caldwell has in his possession a contract where Thomas Guymon agreed to teach school for $6.00 a year. This gives us just a little insight into what kind of man he was. Up until a few weeks ago we had no information of what became of Synthelia, the daughter of James and Sarah Davis. We were in Parowan a few weeks ago and talked with an old gentleman who knew Synthelia. He said that she married Lorenzo Martin and had six children: Lois, Sarah, Levi, Henry, Mary Jane and Emmy Lou. He said her daughter Lois Whittaker lived at Circleville, so we went over there and found a very lovely lady, 85 years old who gave us the
of Mrs. Mary Y. Brown who sent this history in.)
Footnotes: These items were handed in after the history was written. A. Mary Dickerson Dudley (written by Noah Thomas Guymon) Mary Dickerson Dudley was born in the state of Indiana August 13, 1814 daughter of James Dudley and Celia Ross of Richmond, Virginia. Mary was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved with her father’s family to Caldwell County, Missouri in 1837 where she met and married Noah Thomas Guymon, the 24th of December that same year by Elder Jefferson Hunt. On the 25th of October 1838, our first child was born. We named her Mary Jane Guymon (who married George Brinton Matson. She was the great grandmother of Collene Hutchings, “Miss America” for 1952.) In the winter of 1838, we, with the rest of the saints, moved to the state of Illinois where we helped to build the city of Nauvoo. On the 10th of September 1840, our second child was born. We called her Lucinda Harris (mother of Lillian Adelaide Hurst Young, mother On the 8th of July, 1842, our third child was born. We called her Melissa Jane. (She
to visit in Orangeville, Utah and while there became ill. Her daughters, Dora Crandall and
married Henry Hamilton Kearns.) While in Nauvoo, my wife Mary Dickerson Dudley became a member of the first Relief Society, that was formed by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Times were hard, we moved out into the country onto a small farm, and we were not in Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith was killed. At this time, I, Noah Thomas Guymon was sick with a fever. On the last of March 1845, my wife Mary Dickerson Dudley died with complications of child birth. She was taken to Nauvoo and buried in the Bimel Bryshire Cemetery, William Hunting being Sexton. B. Rhoda Leash Nease Rhoda Leash Nease was a devoted church worker and held positions of trust. She was President of the Primary while living in Fountain Green. Her children tell how she was always in attendance at church and how lovely she looked in her clothes, especially her pretty, black bonnet. She had a keen sense of humor, which helped her over many trying situations. In later life she went to San Louid Valley, Colorado to stay with her children. She came Arilla Eyre, brought her to Springville, Utah, where she passed away at the age of 69 years
With the Saints of God, who westward came,
and was buried in Springville, Utah. C. Louisa Rowley Louisa Rowley was an English girl, who left her English sweetheart to join the church and came to America with her widowed mother. They were in the ill-fated handcart company which started too late in the season. She saw much tragedy and suffering and many laid by the wayside. Louisa almost lost her own life on the way. After they reached the Valley, her mother married again and Louisa went out to work for other people. Her life was very hard as she had no permanent home. Noah T. Guymon was a man who could offer her the comforts of home and after some hesitation, she became his wife. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Dear Fathers and Mothers of long ago, Some of your names we hardly know, But our hearts are turning to you today And we’re hoping and praying to find the way To obtain your records and your children here Are learning to love and to hold you dear. As we read and learn and come to know Of your struggles and trials in the long ago, Page 6 of 7 How you left your homes in a distant land, And came to these valleys and took your stand. We honor and revere this Guymon name.
Flynn. He is a trained researcher. From the immediate families, we have been able to get the
And these wonderful wives who came with you, And through all their trials remained faithful and true. And how we love to hear and recount the tales Of your early lives in these mountain vales And how some of you went to the lonely south And your fight against poverty, sickness and drought. We, your children here today, From the depths of our hearts do homage pay And we hope we can live and worthy be, To know you one day in Eternity. By Mrs. Clara G. Boyer Mrs. Carlotta Anderson, a granddaughter of Noah Thomas Guymon and Louisa Rowley, has done much research and corresponded with many of the members of this family. She has many group sheets of these families which she has filed in the archives of the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City. Also, Mrs. Mary Oliphant, now deceased, a granddaughter of Noah Thomas Guymon and Elizabeth Ann Jones, who did considerable research and correspondence. We have also obtained valuable information from a Mr. George Weatherald of Los Angeles who is a great great grandson of Richard Guymon, the youngest of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth records and histories of those who came west. We do thank all those who have sent in their group sheets and histories. Aunt Dora Crandall, a daughter of James Guymon and Rhoda Leash Nease, and Mrs. Lottie Bigler, a daughter of James Guymon and Martha Jane Park, have been very helpful in getting this family in their proper places. It has been just like a “Jigsaw Puzzle” to learn who and where each family belongs. In October, when this organization was formed, we scarcely knew one family from another. Now we have a mailing list of over 300 and family group sheets from 420 families. Roughly speaking, the descendants of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn that we have sheets for is 1600. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thomas Gordon (7th Great Grandfather)

Thomas Gordon 
1745-May 7, 1803

THOMAS GORDON The only child of Jane Stewart and Alexander Gordon, originally of the Huntley Gordons of Scotland, her husband. BORN: 1740 PLACE: Newry, Downs County, Ulster, North Ireland MARRIED: 1770 to Sarah Wilson DEATH: 7 May 1803 PLACE: Pinnacle, Stokes County, North Carolina BURIAL: May 1803 PLACE: Pinnacle, Stokes County, North Carolina CHILDREN: John Gordon, 1754, Albermarle County, Virginia Mary Gordon, 1782 Samuel Gordon, 4 June 1785 Elizabeth Gordon, 1786 Matthew Gordon, before 1790 David Gordon, 19 May 1794 William Gordon (twin), 16 November 1799 Thomas Gordon (twin), 16 November 1799


LIFE SKETCH: A descendant of the Huntley Branch of Gordons of Scotland, Thomas was born in the County of Downs, near Newry (Ulster) North Ireland, about the year 1740. He was the only child of Scotch-Irish parentage who came originally from Scotland, his father being a descendant of the Huntley Gordons. In 1750, at the age of five, young Thomas Gordon came to America with his mother, Jane Stewart Gordon and established their home in the northeastern edge of Albermarle County, Virginia, near the town of Gordonsville. Here he grew to manhood and resided for more that three decades. Soon after the death of his beloved mother, a woman of great courage and indomitable will power, he met his future wife, Miss Sarah Wilson and in 1770 they were married. To this union were born seven children. Thomas Gordon was a soldier in the revolutionary war. The patriotic response of Thomas Gordon to the Declaration of Independence was made on 11 May 1777. He left his young wife, Sarah Gordon, and five year old son, John, at his home in Albermarle County, Virginia, and voluntarily enlisted in the Grayson 16th Virginia Continental Regiment for a period of three years. Colonel Wm. Grayson of Prince William County, Virginia, who in later years became United States Senator for Virginia, organized the regiment. Thomas Gordon was assigned as a private soldier to the company commanded by Captain Cleon Moore, where he served two years. He participated in the battles of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and Germantown on October 4, 1777 and fought under personal direction of General Washington. The winter of 1777-1778 was passed at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Here the regiment was given military instruction and training under General Baron von Steuben. On June 28, 1778, the battle Monmouth in New Jersey was fought with temperatures 98 degrees in the shade. It was here General Washington suspended Major General Charles Lee from command of the troops in battle and taking charge, saved the day, forcing a retreat of the troops of Lord Cornwallis. In this battle the Grayson Regiment played an important part and Colonel Grayson was highly commended for valorous conduct in action. Washington's army spent the winter of 1778-1779 at Camp Middlebrook in the Somerset County, New Jersey. On April 22, 1779 the Grayson and Gist Virginia Continental Regiment were united and Colonel Nathaniel Gist was made its commander, Colonel Grayson being assigned to other important duties. Thomas Gordon was transferred to the company in the "Gist Regiment" captioned by Strother Jones. The records of the War Department of the United States Government showed that the name Thomas Gordon last appeared upon payroll of Captain Strother Jones' company during the month of November of 1779. Prisoner of War: The tradition of Thomas Gordon, Jr.'s family is to the effect that Private Thomas Gordon and 14 other Continental Soldiers were captured by the British and held for some time as prisoners of war until rescued by the mounted American Forces. During this imprisonment their wrists were bound by green hickory withes which, when they hardened and dried upon their hands, cut deep wounds leaving scars as permanent reminders of their painful sufferings inflicted by the British Soldiers. Soon after the close of the Revolutionary War, Thomas Gordon, with his family, joined the tide of immigration and with the Herring Creed and Davis families. They located in Surry County, North Carolina, along Stewart's Creek, between Mount Airy and White Plains. This certificate is based upon information furnished by the War Department of the United States Army, under date of April 18, 1840, in a letter from Major General E. S. Adams, the adjunct general, addressed to Charles Ulysses Gordon, Esquire, Chicago, Illinois. It is further substantiated by tradition handed down by the Thomas Gordon Jr. family of St. Joseph, Missouri, gathered through the efforts of Mrs. Ethel Hagins Gordon of the Daughters of the American Revolution. From an original certificate, copied by Ollie Faulkner.

Death of Thomas and Sarah Gordon

( As related by Isaac Martin Gordon in the Gordon Family Genealogy and Brief History for Statesville, North Carolina 1910 and taken from "Ancestral File," database for Thomas Gordon.) "A very sad bereavement visited the children in this house one summer day, for both their parents were at the same moment taken from them. It occurred during a severe storm late in the afternoon, while the children were all together in the kitchen and had gone to bathe their feet preparatory to retiring for the night. Conforming to the custom of the day, the kitchen and dining room comprised a building entirely separate and distinct, and some distance from the main building commonly called the 'Big House.' The father was resting on a trundle bed that had been pulled from under a larger one for some of the children, and the mother was busily engaged in 'spooling' a piece of cloth as was necessary in those days when the good women spun and wove about all the cloth used to clothe the family, a bolt of lightning struck the home in which the parents were located, tearing a hole through the roof and instantly killing both parents. The young people heard a terrific peal of thunder, but knew nothing of the results until the storm had passed, when they were horrified to find their father and mother lying dead, the faithful mother with the thread still clutched in her fingers and holding a pair of scissors around the handles of which she had used to allow the thread to pass to save her hands from its friction."

His Service in the Revolutionary War

(As copied from the application of his decedent Burton Adams to Sons of the American Revolution.) the patriotic response of Thomas Gordon to the declaration of independence was made on may 11, 1777, when he left his young wife Sarah gordon and five year old son john at his home in albernarle county, Virginia, and voluntarily enlisted in the grayson 16th virginia continental regiment for a period of three years. Thomas Gordon was assigned as a private soldier to the company commanded by captain cleon moore, where he served two years, he participated in the battles of brandywine on september 11, 1777, and germantown on October 4, 1777, fighting under personal direction of general washington. The winter of 1777-1778 was passed at valley forge, pennsylvania. Here the reigment was given military instruction and training under general baron von steuben. With general washington's army he spent the winter of 1778-1779 at camp middlebrook in somerset county, new jersey. Thomas gordon was transferred to the company in the 1st regiment captained by stether jones. The records of the war department of the united states show that the name of thomas gordon last appeared upon the payroll of captain stether jones company during the month of november 1779. The tradition of the thomas gordon junior family is to the effect that private thomas gordon and fourteen other continental soldiers, were captured by the british and held for some time as prisioners of war until rescued by the mounted american forces. During this imprisonment their wrists were bound by green hickory writhes which, when they hardened and dried upon their hands, cut deep wounds leaving scars as permanent reminders of their painful sufferings inflicted by the british soldiers.

Meek Family Tree

Thomas Gordon was a descendant of the Huntly branch of Gordon's of Scotland. He was born in 1745 in County of Down, near Newly (Ulster), Northern Ireland. In 1750, when Thomas was five years old, he and his mother, Jane Stewart Gordon, came to America and settled in the northeastern section of Albemarle County, Virginia, near Charlottesville and the town of Gordonsville, There he grew to manhood, and in 1770, he married Sarah Flynn of nearby Orange County, Virginia, who was born in 1750. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War. While still a resident of Virginia, and less than a year following the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Gordon on May 11, 1777 enlisted in the 16 Virginia Continental Regiment for service in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This Regiment was organized by Colonel William Grayson of Prince William County, Virginia, who later became a United States Senator from Virginia. Thomas Gordon was assigned as a private soldier to the Company commanded by Captain Cleon Moore of Fairfax County, Virginia. Under the direction General George Washington, Thomas Gordon fought, in Pennsylvania, in the battles of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and Germantown on October 4, 1777, He spent the bitterly cold winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where his regiment was given military instruction and training under General Baron Von Steuben. On June 28 1778, Thomas Gordon fought in the battle of Monmouth, in New Jersey, with the temperature a reported 96 degrees in the shade. The Grayson Regiment played an important part in this battle, and Colonel Grayson was commended for valor in action. General Washington's Army spent the winter of 1778-1779 at Camp Middlebrook in Somerset County, New Jersey. On April 22, 1779 the Grayson and Gist Virginia Continental Regiments ere united and Colonel Nathaniel Gist was made its commander, with Colonel Grayson being assigned to other duties. Thomas Gordon was transferred to the Company in the Gist Regiment that was headed by Captain Strother Jones. The records of the United States War Department show that Thomas Gordon last appeared on the payroll of the Jones Company in November, 1779. The Revolutionary War military service of Thomas Gordon lasted for two and a half years. At some point during his Revolutionary War service, Thomas Gordon and 14 Continental soldiers were captured by the British and held for some time as Prisoners of War until they were rescued by mounted American Forces. It is not known when the capture and rescue occurred. During their imprisonment, the wrists of the Continental soldiers were bound by green hickory withes, which when the hardened and dried, cut deep wounds, leaving scars as permanent reminders of their painful sufferings inflicted by the British soldiers. To this marriage were born seven children. About 1780, as the Revolutionary War neared its end, Thomas Gordon and family, moved to Surry County, North Carolina and established their residence near the west bank of what is now known as Stewart's Creek, near Mount Airy, in the White Plains community just north of Highway 601. They raised other children in Surry county and engaged in farming. In April, 1803, both Thomas Gordon and Sarah Gordon were killed when their home was struck by lightning. They were buried in a field near their home, in separate coffins in a common grave. In later years, their farm became a portion of the the farm properties of Eng and Chang Bunker, the famous Siamese twins.

Thomas, John, and Elizabeth Gordon

THOMAS, JOHN, AND ELIZABETH GORDON1 At the age of 5 years, Thomas Gordon immigrated (around 1750) from Ulster, North Ireland, with his mother (who was of Scottish-Irish extraction) to America. They settled around Gordonsville, Va. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War for a period of two to three years. Thomas married Sarah Flynn and they settled on a beautiful farm on the west side of Steward’s Creek a few miles from Mt. Airy, North Carolina. In April or May of 1803, Thomas was lying on a trundle bed and his wife Sarah was spooling cotton, when lightning struck and killed them both. Their children were in another building washing their feet when the accident occurred, and so they were not harmed. Thomas and Sarah were buried in separate coffins side by side in the same grave on the farm near the residence. They had six children. Their oldest son was named John. John Gordon married Barzilla Martin and they settled on what was known as the hollow road between Pilot Mountain and Pinnacle. This main highway was located about 2 miles southward of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. John farmed and Operated a tavern to serve the passengers on the stage coaches. They accumulated much real estate and at the time of his death owned 12 slaves. The Gordons had three sons and nine daughters. One of their daughters, Elizabeth (called Betsie) married Enoch Stone Jr. Enoch Stone Jr. and his wife Betsie made their home southwest of the town of Pilot Mt. and south of Enoch’s father’s home. To them were born five boys and seven girls. Enoch Jr. was a farmer, and although he had the help of a Negro couple, taught his sons to work. They were staunch Primitive Baptists, and believed in family unity. Two of their sons were killed in the Civil War. Enoch Jr. and Betsie’s son, Calvin Gordon Stone, married 15 year old Jane Elizabeth King when he was 22 years of age. Their daughter Barzilla Stone married William A. King, Jane’s brother.