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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


CAPTAIN JOHN ADAM GORDON, farmer and stock grower, Waynesburg, Penn., was born in Whiteley Township, Greene County, June 16, 1816.  His parents were Mark and Susan (Shriver) Gordon, who were of Irish and German extraction.  His father, who was a farmer all his life, was a native of West Virginia, came to Greene County, Penn., in 1796 and settled in Whiteley Township.  His family consisted of ten children.  John Adam was reared on the home farm where he received his early education, and subsequently attended Greene Academy at Carmichaels, Penn.  He devoted four years of his life exclusively to teaching and also taught about twenty winter terms, spending the summer months in farming, which he has made his chief pursuit.  In 1880 he bought his present farm and moved to Franklin Township, where he built a near and substantial residence in 1887.  Mr. Gordon has been twice married; first, in 1842, to Miss Rebecca, daughter of John Crawford, of Carmichaels, Greene County.  Mrs. Gordon died in 1853.  Of their five children only two are living—Rebecca, and Rev. M. L. Gordon, D. D., now a missionary in Japan.  The deceased are B. Jennings, who died when a child; John Crawford, who was a prominent physician at Waynesburg; and William Lynn, a teacher who died in Michigan in 1886, he taught in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Charleston, S. C., and was principal of a college in Austin, Texas at his death.  Mr. Gordon’s second wife was Miss Margaret, daughter of Ephraim Crawford, of Fayette County, Penn.  They are the parents of five sons: Thomas J., a farmer; Solomon, Robert who died in childhood; Edgar C. and James R.  Mr. Gordon has the distinction of being the first superintendent of public schools in Greene County, to which position he was elected in 1856, and was re-elected in 1860.  When the war of the Rebellion broke out he resigned and assisted in raising a company, which formed part of the Eighty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (Col. Howell’s).  It was Company G, of that organization.  Mr. Gordon was elected First Lieutenant of said company, and served in that capacity until Capt. I. M. Abraham was promoted to Major of the regiment; was then commissioned Captain by Gov. A. I. Curtin, of Pennsylvania, serving in all three.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 17 November 2008
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