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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


HON. JOHN B. GORDON, deceased, was born in Whiteley Township, Greene County, Penn., December 4, 1798.  He was a son of John A. and Cassandra (Holland) Gordon, natives of Virginia, where their marriage ceremony was performed.  They moved to Greene County, Penn., about 1795, and remained until their demise.  Mrs. Gordon departed this life in 1805 and her husband in 1816.  John B. Gordon, the subject of this sketch, was the fifth of a family of seven children, of whom only one, Solomon, survives.  July 12, 1847, Mr. Gordon was united in marriage with Miss Delilah Inghram, a native of Franklin Township, this county, where she was born April 23, 1821.  Mrs. Gordon is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Rinehart) Inghram, who were also natives of this county.  Mr. Inghram died in 1845 and Mrs. Inghram in 1864.  To Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were born five children, four whom are living, viz., Lizzie I., George W., Lucy E. and John B.  The deceased is Carrie L.  George W. was united in marriage with Helen Scott, and they are the parents of two children—Lucy D. and Carrie L.  Hon. John B. Gordon was reared on a farm and received instructions from his father in the art of husbandry, which honorable occupation—in connection with raising stock for the markets—he followed until his death.  At that time he owned one thousand acres of land in Greene County.  He, in common with many of the inhabitants of middle and western Pennsylvania, had a passion for military life.  He was elected Major of the Forty-sixth Regiment of militia, held the office for seven years and took much pride on discharging its duties.  Mr. Gordon served his fellow citizens in civil as well as in a military capacity.  Having been elected to the office of county commissioner in 1825, he served two terms; and was a member of the House of Representatives in 1847 and 1848.  Mr. Gordon departed this life December 28, 1876, and by his death the county lost a good citizen, and his family a kind father and husband.


Page 664-665
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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