Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
[Please see Index page for full citation.]
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
[trans. note: says here "for first generation see Robert Jordan I." Where this is I don't know, hopefully it will turn up somewhere.]
(II) Jedediah, son of Robert Jordan, was born in Falmouth, Maine, and died in 1735. He left the plantation of Spurwink with his father at the outbreak of the Indians, and settled at Great Island, now New Castle, New Hampshire. He afterwards removed to Kittery, Maine. He made his will March 6, 1729.
Children, prob. b. at Kittery:
1. Jedediah, born 1684, mentioned below.
2. Abigail, b. 1687, married Daniel Robinson.
3. Keziah, b. 1690, died unmarried.
4. Mary, b. 1693, married John Boulter.
5. Sarah, b. 1696, married James Jackson; resided at Dover, N. H.
6. John, b. 1698, married 1737, Deliverance Reading.
7. Thomas, b. 1701, married 1736, Anne Simonton.
8. Robert, b. 1704, married, 1727, Rachel Huckins.
(III) Jedediah (2), son of Jedediah (1) Jordan, born in 1684, died before 1729. He settled on a part of his father's farm at Spurwink.
1. Israel, born 1712.
2. John, b. 1715, mentioned below.
3. Samuel, b. 1718, married 1745, Hannah Jordan.
4. Jeremiah, b. 1721, married Keziah Hanscomb.
5. Abigail, b. 1724, married Richard Clark.
(IV) John, son of Jedediah (2) Jordan, was born in 1715. He married in 1738, Isabella Armstrong.
1. James, born 1740, married Lydia Barnes.
2. Lemuel, b. 1742, married Oct. 25, 1774, Mary Jordan.
3. Samuel, b. 1744, mentioned below.
4. John, married March 26, 1782, Lucy Jordan.
5. Thomas, died unmarried.
6. Dorothy, died unmarried.
7. Mary, married Feb. 18, 1787, Joshua Robinson.
8. Sarah, married Nov. 21, 1776, Robert Clark.
(V) Samuel, son of John Jordan, born at Falmouth in 1744, died May 10, 1809. He was in the revolution in Captain Abram Tyler's company, Colonel Edmund Plummer's regiemtn, 1775-76. He married Feb. 11, 1766, at Cape Elizabeth, Sarah Jackson, when they were both very young. She died at Raymond, Maine, July 29, 1804.
1. Polly, born Oct. 23, 1766, died Dec. 23, 1812; married 1790, Francis Symonds, of Raymond.
2. John, born Oct. 23, 1768, died Dec. 16, 1861; married May 1, 1792, Dorcas Davis.
3. Hannah, born 1770, died young.
4. David, born June 20, 1773, died July 3, 1850; married 1801, Olive Brown.
5. Samuel, born Sept.21, 1775, mentioned below.
6. Henry, born May 8, 1778, died March 16, 1861; married (first) Dec. 8, 1803, Polly Simonton; (second) Jan. 19, 1819, Mrs. Judith Clark.
7. Thomas, born 1780, died 1789.
8. James, born Oct. 21, 1783.
9. Zacharish, born July 2, 1787, died July 3, 1874; married (first) June 3, 1832, Esther Merrill; (second) April 21, 1840, Sabina Page.
(VI) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) Jordan, was born at Raymond, Maine, Sept. 21, 1775, the first lawful white male child born in Raymond. He married, May 21, 1797, Rachel Humphrey, born Aug. 30, 1776, at Gray, died 1871. He was a farmer and resided at Raymond. He died Oct. 11, 1859.
1. David, born April 7, 1798, mentioned below.
2. Isabelle, born July 4, 1799, married Oct. 7, 1819, Joseph Symonds, and resided at Portland.
3. Sarah, born Feb. 18, 1801, married Feb., 1832, Thomas Wales.
4. Dr. Cyrus, born Jan. 1, 1803, graduate of Dartmouth College; married (first) June 18, 1828, Elsie Wales, (second) 1854, Abbie Crane.
5. Jonas, born Nov. 11, 1804, died June 28, 1875; married April 18, 1835, Alma J. Brackett.
6. Lydia M., born Aug. 5, 1810, died June 8, 1813.
7. Cynthia, born Feb. 18, 1814, died unmarried.
8. Anson, born Aug. 29, 1816, died March 14, 1863; married (first) July 31, 1842, Matilda Hale Porter; (second) Henrietta W. Thurlow.
9. Nelson, born Oct. 20, 1818, married Dec. 9, 1850, Dorcas Staples Morrison.
10. Susan, born Oct. 18, 1820, unmarried.
(VII) David, son of Samuel (2) Jordan, was born in Raymond, April 7, 1798. He attended the town school for about six weeks each year from twelve years of age until his majority. He then went to the academy at Bridgeton for two months and to Hebron Academy for three months. He began teaching school when he was twenty-two years old, and taught for twenty years in different parts of the state. For several years he was a member of the superintending committee in the towns where he resided. He began to train with the militia at the age of eighteen, and was elected lieutenant, then captain, and became colonel at the age of thirty-one.
He was baptized by Rev. James Libby in 1839 and united with the Free Will Baptist Church at Otisfield. He afterwards joined the Free Baptist Church at New Gloucester. He resided untl 1836 in Raymond, with the exception of a year in New Gloucester; from that time until 1846 in Otisfield; until 1854 in Poland, and then in New Gloucester.
He married Nov. 29, 1827, at New Gloucester, Thankful Clark, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Judith (Stinchfield) Clark.
1. Isabelle, born Dec. 8, 1828, married Oct. 25, 1857, Henry Cummings.
2. Julia Clark, born May 19, 1831, died May 24, 1831.
3. Benjamin Clark, born June 26, 1833, mentioned below.
4. Juliette, born Dec. 26, 1835, married March 26, 1861, Orin P. Nash, and resided at Biddeford.
5. Anson, born May 3, 1839, died Aug. 19, 1841.
6. Emeline Leach, born June 28, 1841.
7. Susan Maria, born Nov. 12, 1843.
8. Lyman G., born March 12, 1845, mentioned below.
9. Mark F. Clark, born March 31, 1848, married Sept., 1874, Eliza Ellis Dunnell, and resided at Alfred, Maine.
10. Dr. Leicester Howard, born Aug. 18, 1850, graduate of Bowdoin College, 1873; married July, 1878, Josephine L. Davis.
(VIII) Benjamin Clark, son of David Jordan, was born in New Gloucester, Maine, June 26, 1833. He married Aug. 16, 1864, at Buxton, Ann L. Meserve, daughter of Arcades E. Meserve.
1. Nellie Belle, born Aug. 20, 1865.
2. Infant, b. May 11 died May 12, 1867.
3. Dora, b. May 27, 1868.
4. Josephine, b. Feb. 10, 1873, died Aug. 19, 1873.
(VIII) Lyman G., son of David Jordan, was born at New Gloucester, March 12, 1845. He graduated at Bates College in 1870, and is now one of the faculty of the college. He married Dec. 24, 1871, Hattie True Knowlton, daughter of Rev. E. Knowlton, of South Montville. He resides at Lewiston, Maine.
1. Ralph I., born May 9, 1875, died Jan. 29, 1877.
2. Beula Claire, born June 2, 1877.
3. Mabel True, b. Sept. 23, 1878.
4. Elwin K.
5. Wayne C.
[this says "for preceding generation, see Rev. Robert Jordan I." though we don't have that generation; hope it shows up somewhere.]
(II) Jeremiah, youngest son of Rev. Robert and Sarah (Winter) Jordan, was born at Falmouth, Maine, about 1663, and died in 1729. The place where he was born was the old family plantation at Spurwink, afterwards Falmouth and now Cape Elizabeth. This estate had been inherited from the father of Mrs. Robert Jordan, Mr. John Winter, a great land proprietor. Rev. Robert Jordan and his family lived on this place from 1648 till 1675, when the house was burned by the Indians, and they moved to Newcastle, New Hampshire, where the clergyman died four years later.
The "Old Plantation" at Spurwink, containing about one thousand acres, was bequeathed to Mrs. Jordan with the provision that it should go to Jeremiah at her death. The son was sixteen years of age at the time of his father's decease, and he continued to live with his mother at Newcastle till his marriage in 1688. Soon after this Jeremiah Jordan removed to Scarborough, Maine, where he occupied the Nonesuch Farm, containing two thousand acres, which had belonged to his mother. It was here that his two children were born, and it was here that he raised the provisions that he sold to the government. The following document has been preserved:
"Blackpoint, Oct. 4, 1703. This signifies that we have taken on board the Sloop Crowndhen, Mr. Bena. Gold, master, a thousand and twenty nine pounds of pork which Mr. Jeremiah Jordan ownder weighted by ye Governor's order to be delivered at ye stores at Great Island."
Three years later a complaint was filed at Kittery, Maine, by Pela Whittemore that the pork, through somebody's negligence, "or for want of sale was much dammified so that I could never dispose of more than half of it." It is not strange that the pork was not properly salted, for on Aug. 10, 1703, Jeremiah Jordan and his wife were captured by a hostile band of Indians, and on the same day, Dominicus Jordan, a brother, who lived on the east side of the Spurwink river, was killed in his own house, and his family carried into captivity.
The children of Jeremiah Jordan, after the capture of their parents, were sent to Newcastle, where they probably remained in the care of friends till the release of their mother. After remaining three years in captivity, she was permitted to come back from Canada. Upon her return she made her home in Newcastle, which was probably her native place. Jeremiah Jordan was kept in Canada a number of years, part of the time with the Indians and later with the French. He was then carried to France, where he remained some years, being finally released, and returning, first to Spurwink, then to Newcastle. Owing to the exposure and hardships through which he had passed, he was not recognized by any of his friends, who all supposed he had been dead for years. He proved his identity by showing the scars on his breast, caused by fire or water when he was quite young, which were remembered by some of the family. From that time he was called "French Jeremy" to distinguish him from others of the same name. He probably remained at Newcastle till after the death of his wife, and then accompanied his son, Jeremiah (2) to Falmouth in 1725.
About 1688 Jeremiah Jordan married Katherine, whose maiden name is unknown, and they had two children:
Jeremiah (2), whose sketch follows.
Deborah, born about 1696, married James Randell, of Newcastle, N. H.
(III) Jeremiah (2), only son of Jeremiah (1) and Katherine Jordan, was born about 1693, probably on the Nonesuch Farm, at Scarborough, Maine, and he died about 1764. His parents were carried into captivity when he was ten years of age, and the boy and his sister Deborah were brought up at Newcastle, N. H. Jeremiah (2) Jordan was living at Newcastle as late as 1724, and in 1728 he was living at Falmouth, now Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
His first wife, who was probably the mother of his five children, may have died between those dates. About 1715 he married Catharine Randell, daughter of James Randell, of Newcastle, N. H.
1. James, born 1716, married Phebe Mitchell.
2. Elizabeth, b. 1719, married Moses Hanscomb, of Falmouth.
3. Jeremiah (3), whose sketch follows.
4. Deborah, b. 1723, married Solomon Bragdon, of Scarborough.
5. Hepzibah, 1749, married Styleman Jordan, of Newcastle, N. H.
The second wife of Jeremiah (2) Jordan was Sarah, but her maiden name is inknown.
(IV) Jeremiah (3), second son of Jeremiah (2) and Catharine (Randell) Jordan, was born in 1721, probably at Newcastle, N. H. At the age of seven, or earlier, he moved with his parents to Falmouth, Maine. He must have spent his life in that neighborhood, as he received from his father a deed of one hundred and ninety acres of land near the mouth of the Spurwink river.
The date of his death is unknown.
He married Elizabeth Cox, of Beverly, Mass., to whom he was published June 2, 1750.
1. Sarah, born May 22, 1752, married William Dingley, of Famouth.
2. Mary, b. Jan. 12, 1754, married Benjamin Staniford.
3. Lucy, b. Feb. 25, 1759, married John Jordan, a son of Jedidiah (2), a first cousin of Jeremiah (2).
4. Nathaniel, whose sketch follows.
5. Deborah, b. Sept. 23, 1763, married Noah Jordan (2).
6. Thomas, b. Feb. 18, 1769, was an invalid many years, and died unmarried at the age of fifty.
7. Winter, Feb. 12, 1775, married Lucy Richards.
(V) Nathaniel, eldest son of Jeremiah (3) and Elizabeth (Cox) Jordan, was born May 25, 1761, at Falmouth, Maine; but the date of his death is unknown. He was a farmer and lived on the old homestead at Spurwink.
On Jan. 29, 1784, he married Dorothy Jordan, daughter of Captain Joshua and Catherine (Jordan) Jordan.
1. Lucy, born Aug. 7, 1784.
2. Betsey, b. Dec. 15, 1785.
3. & 4. William and Nathaniel (twins), b. Nov. 27, 1791.
5. Sally, b. Oct. 13, 1794.
6. Rufus, b. Sept. 13, 1795.
7. Catharine, b. 1797.
8. Joshua, b. Oct. 14, 1799.
9. Polly, b. Nov. 13, 1801.
10. Ivory, b. Jan. 11, 1805.
Of these children:
Lucy married Stephen Hibbard, of Freedom, and died at Norridgewock in 1824.
Betsey married David Small, of Scaroborough, and was living in 1878 at the age of ninety-three.
William is mentioned in the succeeding paragraph.
Nathaniel married (first) Abigail Garcelon, (second) Alice Rowe.
Sally married Jonathan McKenney and lived at Danville.
Catharine married Samuel Waterhouse, a farmer of Lisbon, and died in that town in 1840.
Joshua was a trder and lumberman, and lived at Foxcroft. He married (first) Olive Ann Duggin, of Wells, who died at the age of 29, leaving two children; (second) Martha Merrill, of Harmony, who had seven children.
No further record is given of Polly Jordan beyond the fact of her birth; she probably died young.
Ivory lived at New Gloucester, and married (first) Eliza, dau. of Solomon and Sarah (Staples) Jordan, (second) Caroline C. Dyer.
Rufus lived on home farm at Cape Elizabeth; father of Mrs. Stephen Dyer, of Portland, mother of Herbert Dyer, of Portland, Mrs. D. Wallace Oakes, of Auburn.
(VI) William, eldest son of Nathaniel and Dorothy (Jordan) Jordan, was born at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Nov. 27, 1791, and died at Danville, now Auburn, Jan. 24, 1853. He bought a tract of land in Danville, covered with heavy green timber, and built a little house there where he moved his family in Jan., 1822. He was an honest, industrious man, and worked hard to support his family.
On Jan. 24, 1821, he married Margaret Duggin, daughter of Michael Duggin, of Cape Elizabeth.
1. Olive, born Jan. 24, 1822, married Samuel R. Damrem [trans note: the fourth letter difficult to read], of Belgrade.
2. Francis Ricker.
3. William (2), whose sketch follows.
4. Margaret A., b. Sept. 17, 1828, married George W. Ricker, of New Gloucester.
5. Mary Jane, b. June 11, 1832, now living, (1908), unmarried.
6. Nathaniel I., b. Feb. 25, 1835, married Adelia S. Libby, of Durham.
7. Almond Libby, b. Jan. 21, 1837, died in that year.
8. Susan Maria, b. Sept. 10, 1838, married Edward A. Little.
9. Sarah Ellen, b. Aug. 11, 1841.
(VII) William (2), second son of William (1) and Margaret (Duggin) Jordan, was born Nov. 17, 1825, at Danville, now Auburn, Maine, and received his education in the schools of that town. He remained on the home farm till twenty-two years of age when he went to Massachusetts, and later to Newport, Rhode Island, where he remained some time. He then returned to Auburn and went into business with his brother, Francis M. They afterwards took in Albert E. Frost, and changed the name to Jordan, Frost and Company. In 1884 Mr. Jordan began his present market garden, making a specialty of strawberries and celery.
He is a Republican in politics, and attends the Baptist church.
On Dec. 20, 1854, he married Caroline Cranston, daughter of Thomas and Phebe Cranston, of Newport, Rhode Island.
1. Mary Jane, born Nov. 22, 1855, married George Strout, of Biddeford: child, Paul Strout.
2. Thomas Cranston, b. Juy 6, 1857, was educated in Auburn, associated with his father in the market garden; married Elizabeth P. Moody, who died April 9, 1907.
3. Annie, b. Jan. 23, 1859.
4. Carrie Cranston, b. Jan. 6, 1862, married George Ingersoll, of Auburn; one child, Elizabeth F., a student at Bates College.
5. William F., b. Nov. 1, 1863, educated in public schools of Auburn, graduated from Mass. Institute of Technology in 1885; then went to Omaha, Nebraska, and became civil engineer for the Burlington & Quincy railroad for three years; went from there to Rochester, New York, as assistant engineer of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg railroad, where he remained twelve years, or until he was appointed terminal engineer for the New York Central railroad.
Member of American Society of Civil Engineers, and secretary of American Encyclopedia of Biography now being published.
Married Mabel, daughter of Rawson and Mary Smith, of Rochester, New York, child, Lawrence, b. Oct. 10, 1898.
6. Ernest, b. May 1, 1871, educated in the schools of Auburn and the College of Pharmacy of New York City; was for some time employed with the Auburn Drug and Chemical Company, and afterwards went to Bangor, where he remained until 1894; returned to Auburn and in 1895, in company with John Burrill, formed the firm of Burrill & Jordan, which continued until 1900, when the firm was dissolved, and Mr. Jordan entered the employ of Seth D. Wakefield, where he still remains.
Married Ada M. Ham, of Boston.
7. Archer, whose sketch follows.
(VIII) Archer, youngest child of William (2) and Caroline (Cranston) Jordan, was born at Auburn, Maine, Jan. 7, 1873. He attended the public schools of his native town, graduated from the Edward Little high school in 1891, thereupon entering Colby College, from which he graduated in the class of 1895. He then accepted the position of principal of the high school in Vanceboro, Maine, resigning there one year later to accept a position in the Mitchell's Boys School at Billerica, Mass., where he taught mathematics and science. In 1899 he entered the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated from there in 1902 with the degree of D.D.S. He began the practice of densistry at Waterville, Maine, and in 1904 returned to Auburn and opened the office which he now occupies.
He is a Republican in politics, and a Congregationalist in religion. He is a member of the Calumet and Country clubs, also of the college fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon.
On Oct. 16, 1902, he married Ethel Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Dr. Charles E. and Emma J. (Harlow) Williams, of Auburn.
Cranston Harlow, b. July 12, 1903.
Archer (2), b. July 20, 1905.
Charles W., Sept. 24, 1907.
(IV) Captain Joshua, third son of Nathaniel and Dorothy Jordan, was born in 1736, at Spurwink, now Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He seems to have resemble his grandfather Dominicus in physique, being six feet in height and of great endurance. At the beginning of the revolution he had a large family of children, but he left all to fight for his country. On Nov. 20, 1777, he commanded a company of men in Colonel Peter Noyes' regiment. In 1779 he had command of a company in Colonel Jonathan Mitchell's regiment. On the expedition against the enemy at Penobscot, from July 7, to Sept. 25, 1779, his name heads the payroll as captain. Later in life he became the owner of part of Richmond's Island, and there he lived for a number of years, dying at length in his chair. He had been afflicted with asthma for some time, so that he could not sleep in a bed. The exact date of his death is unknown.
On March 24, 1763, he married Catharine Jordan, of Falmouth, daughter of his second cousin, Richard Jordan, and his wife Katherine Hanscomb.
1. Dorothy, mentioned below.
2. & 3. William and Joshua (twins), b. June 8, 1770, married respectively Eunice and Abigail Jordan.
4. Daniel, b. Dec. 7, 1773, married Mary McKenney.
5. Ebenezer, b. Feb. 9, 1778, married Polly Jordan.
6. James, b. Aug. 20, 1780, married Martha Robinson.
7. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 15, 1782, married Esther Jordan.
8. Catharine, b. Nov. 21, 1784, married Nathaniel Jordan, son of Benjamin & Abigail (Peables) Jordan.
Ebenezer Jordan, who married Sept. 15, 1810, was drowned shortly afterward, while fording the channel between Richmond's Island and the mainland. This channel, which is an easy ford in low tide, is a mile wide at flood.
(V) Dorothy, eldest child of Captain Joshua and Catharine (Jordan) Jordan, was born Aug. 29, 1764, at Cape Elizabeth, and married June 29, 1784, Nathaniel Jordan, youngest son of Jeremiah (3) and Elizabeth (Cox) Jordan.
[this says: "For preceding generations see Rev. Robert Jordan I." which I don't think we've found yet.]
(III) Dominicus (2) Jordan, eldest son of Dominicus (1) and Hannah (Tristram) Jordan, was born at Spurwink, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 1683, died May 20, 1749. At the time of the Indian outbreak, soon after 1700, he was captured by the Indians and taken to Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers), Canada, and held prisoner there for soemthing like twelve or thirteen years before he was succesful in making his escape. While living among the Canadian Indians he became quite familiar with the dialects of several of the tribes, and that knowledge served him as useful pupose in later years. He returned to Spurwink in 1715 and lived in that town during the remainding years of his life. He was a very active man in public affairs, holding several important town offices and was one of the selectmen the first year after the incorporation of Famouth, repesentative to the general court and major of the provincial militia. He also was energetic in business life and acquired a large property in lands and goods.
He married, in Kittery, Joanna Bray, who survived him many years.
Children, b. in Spurwink:
1. Dominicus, b. June 15, 1715, died 1786; married Phebe Gray.
2. Nathaniel, b. Dec. 24, 1718.
3. Clement, b. April 24, 1720, died 1789.
4. Mary, married (first) ____ Parker, (second) Colonel Ezekiel Cushing.
5. Tristram, b. April 11, 1726, died March 18, 1727.
6. Miriam, married Robert Mitchell, of Kittery.
7. Hannah, b. March 12, 1728, married Joseph Prout.
(IV) Leiutenant Colonel Nathaniel, son of Major Dominicus and Joanna (Bray) Jordan, was born in Spurwink, Maine, Dec. 24, 1718, and was one of the influential men of the province in his time. He received from his father more than four hundred acresof good land, but he himself added materially to his inherited possessions. He was lieutenant colonel of the militia raised in Cumberland county and served in the defense of the seacoast; and his name appears on the roll of field and staff officers for the year 1779.
He married, Aug. 2, 1740, Hannah Woodbury, of Beverly, Mass.
Children, b. in Falmouth:
1. Tristram, b. 1743, revolutionary soldier and private in Captain Joshua Jordan's company; married Hannah Lassell.
2. Israel, b. June 12, 1745, married Susanna Jordan.
3. Dominicus, b. 1746.
4. Ezekiel, b. 1749, married, 1774, Mary Simonton.
5. Hannah, b. 1752, married 1770, Samuel Hill, of Biddeford.
6. Mary, b. 1754, married 1774, Lemuel Jordan.
7. Abigail, b. 1756, married, 1778, Jeremiah Cobb.
8. Nathaniel, b. Nov., 1757, revolutionary soldier in the seacoast defense; married, 1784, Joanna Sawyer.
9. Simon, b. 1763, lost at sea.
(V) Dominicus (3), son of Lieut. Colonel Nathaniel and Hannah (Woodbury) Jordan, was born at Falmouth, now Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 1746, died at Raymond, now Casco, March 23, 1823. He moved from Cape Elizabeth to Raymond about 1774. The name Raymond was changed to Casco in 1843.
Mr. Jordan married, Dec. 19, 1765, at Capt Elizabeth, Catharine Maxwell, who died at Raymond Sept. 26, 1826.
1. William, born at Cape Elizabeth.
2. Ezekiel, b. Cape Elizabeth, April 15, 1770, died Casco, 1852.
3. Mary, married Richard Maybury, of Raymond.
4. Nathaniel, died June 26, 1848.
5. Hannah, died unmarried.
6. Elizabeth, died July 11, 1863; married Samuel Knight and lived in Otisfield.
7. Catharine, born Raymond, married ____ Haskell.
(VI) William, son of Dominicus (3) and Catharine (Maxwell) Jordan, was born at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and lived and died in the north part of the town of Raymond. He married Ann, daughter of Rev. Zacharish Leach, of Raymond.
Children, b. in Raymond:
1. Mark, b. Sept. 12, 1790, died Jan. 5, 1865.
2. Catharine, b. April 21, 1792, died Casco June 13, 1871.
3. Peggy, b. June 2, 1794.
4. Dominicus, b. Jan. 17, 1796, died Depere, Wisconsin, Jan. 5, 1869.
5. William, b. March 6, 1798, died unmarried.
6. Peter, b. Oct. 10, 1799, died Windham, Dec. 18, 1873.
7. Martha, b. June 25, 1802, married Joseph Dingley.
8. Asa, b. July 10, 1804, died Feb. 4, 1812.
9. Samuel, b. June 6, 1805.
10. Elizabeth K., b. April 19, 1807, died 1863.
11. Asa, b. Aug. 25, 1810.
(VII) Samuel, son of William and Ann (Leach) Jordan, was born at Raymond, Maine, July 6, 1805, and died on his home farm in Deering, Maine, Dec. 14, 1880. After the death of his father when Samuel was about fifteen years old, he went to Westbrook, now the Deering district of Portland, and for the next two years was in the employ of Elisha North, a merchant of that town. After that he was a student at Hebron Academy, where he pursued a thorough course of study with the view of entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with the ultimate intention of entering the army; but in deference to the wishes of his mother he abandoned that idea and turned his attention to mercantile pursuits. After leaving the academy he went ot Woodford's Corners and became agent for the sale of combs manufactured by E.D. Woodford. His agency extended throughout the New England states, and Canadian provinces and as far south as Baltimore, Maryland. In 1832 he acquired a partnership interest in the business conducted by his employer, Mr. Woodford, and the style of the firm became Woodford & Jordan. This relation was maintained for the next six years and during that period the firm's business was increased by the addition of a tin manufacturing department; and when the partnership was dissolved Mr. Jordan continued the manufacutre of tinware in company with Gerry Cook, the firm name being Cool & Jordan. This business was continued with gratifying success for about three years, when the junior partner withdrew and purchased the farm formerly owned by Captain Thomas Seal, his father-in-law, situated in the town of Deering, and afterward devoted his attention chiefly to farming pursuits, although he was variously interested in other business enterprises and somewhat prominently identified with the political history of the county.
For six years he was president of the Atlantic and St, Lawrence Railroad Company, now a part of the Grand Trunk system. From 1857 to 1861 he was postmaster of Portland, during the Buchanan administration, for Mr. Jordan was a staunch Democrat and a warm admirer of James Buchanan. In 1848 and 1849 he was a member of the lower house of the state legislature.
"Mr. Jordan was a man of more than ordinary character and force and had he been educated with a view to a public career would have been a leader among men anywhere. In mind and body he was sturdy and strong, but always frank and self-possessed. Tenacious of his own views and convictions, he always was manly and large-hearted in his intercourse with others - belonging to that type of men whose natures are so virile that their very faults are never despicable. His opinions were always sincerely sought in all matters of public concern and were never for a moment misunderstood or lightly treated. He believed in the hearty and prompt contribution of individual thought to the current of public discussion, and so filled the full measure of a citzen's duty, and died in the fulness of years, beloved of family and friends; and on every hand will be remembered as a bravem able and honest man, and a splendid type of the old New England stock which breathed into all our institutions the breath of its own courage and hopefulness." (Portland Dailey News, Dec. 15, 1880).
On Nov. 7, 1832, Samuel Jordan married Eunice Quinvy Seal, born Westbrook, Feb. 4, 1808, died May 23, 1863, daughter of Captain Thomas Seal, and a lineal descendant of Sir William Pepperell through the Frost family.
1. Emily F., b. July 1, 1837.
2. Horace M., Dec. 10, 1839.
3. Jane Elizabeth, b. July 17, 1841, married, 1869, Captain James W. Thompson, an officer of a Mass. regiment during the war of 1861-65, and afterward a planter in the Hawaiian islands. Mrs. Thompson died at Redlands, California Oct. 27, 1908.
4. Arthur W., born Jan. 25, 1843, a grain broker of Boston; married in 1875, Helen A. Warren, of Deering, Maine, and had Henry Irving Jordan, civil engineer of Portland.
5. Henry I., born June 31, 1845, died 1870, at Stillwater, Minnesota; graduated from Bowdoin College, 1863; College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1867; went to St. Paul, Minnestota, and thence to Stillwater, where he died; never married.
6. Edward C., born March 17, 1847, graduate of Union College, Schenectady, New York; was engineer in charge of Yellowstone expedition, and Northern Pacific railway; married in 1873, Elizabeth Goddard Thomas, who died in 1874; married (second) Marcia Bradbury, an authoress of note, daughter of the late Hon. Bion Bradbury.
7. Isabella Frost, born Aug. 14, 1849, married June 20, 1877, Fred W. Sewall, born Aug. 10, 1850; lives at Wiscasset, Maine, and is a bank cashier; has one son, Samuel Jordan Sewall, superintendent of the Wiscasset & Waterville railroad.
(VIII) Horace Malcomb, son of Samuel and Eunice Quinby (Seal) Jordan, was born in Deering, now Portland, Maine, Dec. 10, 1839, and acquired his earlier literary education in private schools, Yarmouth Academy and Westbrook Seminary, in which he was fitted for college. In 1854 he entered Bowdoin College, for the classical course, and was graduated with the degree of A. B. After leaving college he traveled somwhat extensively for his health, and later took up the study of law with Mr. Justice Clifford, at Portland. In 1861 he was admitted to practice in the courts of this state and became a member of the Cumberland bar.
In 1863 he went to New Orleans and was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of General George F. Shepley, then military governor of Louisiana. He remained in the south at the close of the civil war, chiefly at New Orleans, where he was admitted to the bar and for a short time practiced law in association with the law firm of Rouse & Grant. While there he drifted into newspaper work, and for some time previous to 1870 and was associate editor of the New Orleans Republican.
Returning to Maine in 1870, Mr. Jordan for the next two years was editor of the Maine Standard, at Augusta, and in 1872 became the editor of the Portland Sunday Star. In 1873 he went into a new field and for the next five years filled responsible positions on the editorial staffs of the New York Times, and the Brooklyn Eagle. Returning to Boston in 1878, he took editorial charge of the afternoon editions of the Boston Globe. Later on he became connected with the Boston Traveller and was its associate editor from 1880 to 1887. While living in Boston Mr. Jordan was for two years secretary of the Mass. rapid transit commission, but otherwise devoted his attention chiefly to newspaper work until he returned to New York City and again became assistant editor of the New York Times. In 1897 he received the appointment of assistant librarian in the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., which position he still retains.
He holds membership in the University and National Press clubs of Washington, is quite inclined to be independent in politics and Unitarian in relgious preference.
In 1891 he married Virginia, daughter of George C. Frisbie, Esq., of Orwell, Pennsylvania. She died Dec. 31, 1906, leaving no children.
[this reads: "for prededing generations see Robert Jordan I." I have yet to find this part, this Robert Jordan I, but if I do, I'll add it somewhere.]
(III) Captain Samuel, second son of Dominicus and Hannah (Tristram) Jordan, was born at Spurwink in 1684. At the age of eighteen years he was carried a captive to Canada, and after living six years with the Indians spent one year with the French at "Three Rivers." With two other prisoners he managed to escape, assisted by an Indian woman named Mary, and she guided them through the woods to Casco Bay. Settling at Winter Harbor, he engaged in trde, carrying on for many years the only store in that place, and as he had obtained a good knowlede of the Indian language while in captivity, he was able to render valuable services to the government as an interpreter. Subsequenly to 1717 he acteds as the authorized agent for the government in its transactions with the Indians, and he was also captain of the local militia company. He was a man of unusual energy and perseverance, was very prominent in civic and religious affairs, and a member of the Congregational church.
In 1727 he erected a substantial residence near Biddeford pool, which was still in a good state of preservation in 1872. Captain Jordan died Dec. 20, 1742.
He was married at York in 1718 to Olive Plaisted, daughter of James and Mary (Rishworth) Plaisted, of Brunswick, Maine. In 1744 she married for her second huband Rev. James Smith. Her death occurred in 1763.
Children of her first union were:
Olive (who became the wife of Rev. Ivory Hovey).
Sarah (who became the wife of Rev. Samuel Hill).
Hannah (who became the wife of Rev. Moses Morrill).
Samuel (who married Mercy Bourn).
Tristram, who will be again referred to.
Mary (who became the wife of Philip Goldthwaits of Boston).
(IV) Colonel Tristram, youngest son of Captain Samuel and Olive (Plaisted) Jordan, was born at Winter Harbor, May 13, 1731. He became one of the first merchants on the east side of the Saco river, at the falls, and resided in what was known as the Pepperell House. At the age of twenty-three, in 1754, he was chosen a selectman and at about the same time was commissioned a captain in the militia. In 1787 he was chosen a senator from York county to the Mass. general court. At the close of the revolutionary war he removed from the falls to his estate at Deep Brook, where he died Nov. 1, 1821, aged ninety years.
In addition to the offices mentioned, he served as a magistrate for many years, and in 1776 was commissioned a colonel by the council of Mass.
In 1749 he married (first) in Berwick, Hannah, daughter of Ichabod Goodwin, born July 24, 1730, died July 10, 1775. The Christian name of his second wife was Dorcas; their marriage occurred at Falmouth in 1778 and she died Dec. 19, 1781. On May 21, 1784, he married (third) Hannah Frost, of Berwick, who died Sept. 26, 1789.
1. Elizabeth, born March 2, 1751, married William Vaughn, of Portsmouth; died April 5, 1811.
2. Hannah, born Dec. 3, 1753, died Jan. 7, 1757.
3. Sarah, born Jan. 19, 1756, married Colonel Nathaniel Scammon, son of Captain Humphrey Scammon, of Saco, and had eleven children.
4. Hannah, born April 5, 1758, married first, Captain Solomon Coit, of Saco, (second) Captain James Perkins, of Kennebunk; died 1839.
5. Olive, born June 24, 1760, married Captain Seth Storer; died Aug. 4, 1842.
6. Tristram, born Aug. 1, 1768, married Sarah Scammon.
7. Ichabod, born Sept. 24, 1770, married Mary Coffin; died May 20, 1865, aged ninety-five.
8. Mary, born Aug. 24, 1772, married Daniel Granger, who served in the revolutionary war; died at Eastport in 1847.
9. Mehitable, born July 2, 1775, died Oct. 23, 1779.
10. Dorcas, born in March, 1785, married Edward Tucker, of Salem, Mass.; died March 18, 1874.
11. Samuel, born July 5, 1786, died in Alexandria, Virginia.
12. Rishworth, see next paragraph.
(V) Rishworth, youngest son of Colonel Tristram and Hannah (Frost) Jordan, born Oct. 17, 1788, died at Saco in 1868. In 1813 he married Mary Sawyer, born at Saco Nov. 14, 1790, daughter of William Sawyer. She died July 3, 1870.
1. Dorcas Olive, born Sept. 29, 1813, became the wife of Gilbert Sawyer, of Saco, who was lost at sea Nov. 14, 1837.
2. Sally, born Dec. 13, 1814, died Feb. 6, 1823.
3. Mary, born July 28, 1817, became the wife of James Fogg, of Saco.
4. Rishworth, who is referred to in the succeeding paragraph.
5. Henry, born Dec. 21, 1820, married Mary A. Warren, daughter of William Warren, of Gorham.
6. William, born Jan. 2, 1823, married Phebe C. Lord, daughter of James Lord, of Saco, and went to Iowa.
7. Sarah Jane, born Jan. 27, 1827, married Captain Robert Cleaves, of Saco; died March 20, 1857.
8. Charles, born Oct. 17, 1828, married Mary C. Cole, daughter of Benjamin F. Cole, of Saco, and became a medical practitioner in Wakefield, Mass.
(VI) Rishworth (2), eldest son of Rishworth (1) and Mary (Sawyer) Jordan, was born in Saco, Jan. 18, 1819. As a young man he was desirous of following the sea, but changing his mind he entered, as a ckerk, the grocery store of Tristram Jordan, of Saco. He subsequently purchased the business, which he carried on successfully for over thirty years. After his retirement from mercantile business he turned his attention to real estae in which he was associated with Luther Bryant, of Biddeford, and was also a prominent figure in the financial affairs of Saco, being president of the Saco National Bank. At one time he was president of the Biddeford National Bank, which through his timely aid was prevented from suspending business. In politics he was a Democrat, and resigned the office of mayor after being elected.
Rishworth Jordan died March 20, 1903.
He was married, April 3, 1851, to Mary Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Joseph Hill, of Saco.
1. Herbert, born Nov. 6, 1851, died Aug. 29, 1853.
2. Helen A., born Dec. 21, 1853, married March 30, 1880, George Leonard Mason*, who will be again referred to.
3. Herbert R., who will be again referred to.
4. Mary E., born April 30, 1864, died Aug. 29, 1865.
5. Alfred, born Jan. 23, 1867, died Jan. 24, 1868.
(VII) Herbert Rishworth, second son and third child of Rishworth (2) and Mary Elizabeth (Hill) Jordan, was born in Saco, June 28, 1857. He was educated in the public schools, and began his business career in the grocery trade at Saco. He was afterwards, for a number of years, engaged in the clothing business in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Returning to Saco, he became associated with his father in the real estate business, and since the latter's death has acted in the capacity of manager of the Jordan estate. He succeeded his father as president of the Saco National Bank and is still the official head of that institution. In politics he is a Republican.
On Oct. 20, 1879, Mr. Jordan married (first) Caroline Hooper, daughter of Gibson Hooper, of Saco.
Rishworth Pierpont, born April 12, 1887.
Elizabeth Hill, born Jan. 2, 1890.
He married (second) Annie E. Leavitt, Feb. 11, 1900, daughter of Francis W. and Sarah O. Leavitt.
*George Leonard Mason, born Nov. 26, 1852, in Saco, Maine, died March 12, 1895, in New York City, was a great-grandson of Joseph and Hannah (Miller) Mason, who were married July 16, 1778. Joseph Mason, grandfather of George L. Mason, born Jan. 11, 1782, died 1858, married Sally Scott, born Feb. 13, 1779, died March 13, 1848, daughter of Sylvanus and Sarah (Andrews) Scott, married Oct. 1, 1757; Sylvanus Scott was born in 1732, died Aug. 5, 1784; his wife Sarah (Andrews) Scott, born 1739, died Oct. 10, 1781. Dr. Jeremiah Mason, father of George L. Mason, born May 11, 1814, died Sept. 16, 1892. He was a prominent dentist and practiced his profession many years at Saco, Maine. He was vice-president of Saco Savings Bank for several years. He married, Nov. 17, 1841, Eliza Barron Sawyer, b. Jan. 26, 1819, died March 2, 1901, a woman of high attainments, who was active in church and benevolent work. She was a daughter of William, b. June 27, 1779, d. Sept. 28, 1853, and Betsey (Knight) Sawyer, born 1775, d. Dec. 18, 1863; they were married Aug. 10, 1806. William Sawyer was a son of Jabez, b. 1744, d. April 7, 1816, and Mary (Pennell) Sawyer, b. 1744, d. March 14, 1814; they were married March 8, 1765. Betsey (Knight) Sawyer was a daughter of Samuel, b. Jan. 22, 1756, and Hannah (Whitten) Knight. George Leonard Mason attended the public schools of Saco and Biddeford, graduated from Biddeford high school, class of 1870, and from Harvard Dental School, class of 1874. He resided and practiced dentistry in Brooklyn, New York, 1874-1880, and resided and practiced dentistry in the city of New York 1880-1895.
His wife, Helen A. (Jordan) Mason, was educated at the Saco high school, Berwick Academy and Abbott Academy, of Andover. She is a brilliant woman, of high attainments, and active in church and charitable work.
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(III) Nathaniel, youngest son of Dominicus and Hannah (Tristram) Jordan, was born 1696, at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died 1783. But little can be definitely learned of his career by his descendants. In 1703, with his mother and the remainder of the children of the household, he was made prisoner by the Indians, but later redeemed from captivity, owing to the treaty of 1713. They returned and improved their share of the old homestead estate.
Married (first) Dorothy ____, in 1717. Married (second) in 1741, Mary Cutlevier, who survived him, and attained the age of ninety-one years, as indicated by the slate tombstone in the cemetery at Cape Elizabeth.
Ebenezer, Sarah, Nathaniel, Joshua, Benjamin, Ebenezer and Solomon.
(IV) Nathaniel (2), eldest son of Nathaniel (1) Jordan, by his wife Dorothy, was born 1733 or thereabouts. He married, in 1756, Susannah Hill.
Children, b. at Scarborough, Maine:
Abner, Ephraim, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Eliza Sarah, John H., Martha, Abigail, Hannah, Sally. The youngest child was born Nov. 10, 1774.
(V) Abner, eldest child of Nathaniel (2) and Susannah (Hill) Jordan, was born 1760, at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died at Lisbon, Maine, Sept. 26, 1819. He served in the revolutionary army, though young at the time of that struggle for independence. In the spring of 1790, with his wife and children, he moved from Cape Elizabeth to what is now known as Webster, Maine. There he lodged in a log cabin, built two years prior by his brother.
He married, May 21, 1786, Hannah Wentworth, b. 1768, d. Aug. 31, 1849, at Lisbon, Maine.
Nathan B., John Wentworth, Hannah, Abner, Nathaniel, Timothy, Sarah Bartlett, Benning Wentworth and Lydia. The youngest child was born in 1813.
(VI) Nathaniel (3), fifth child of Abner and Hannah (Wentworth) Jordan, was born Jan. 31, 1799, on the old plantation homestead. He died Sept. 11, 1856.
In 1823, at Danville, he married Anna, daughter of Ebenezer Jordan (a relative far removed).
Sarah, Hannah, Silas Curtis, Mary P., Ebenezer, Lydia Il., Wentworth, Abner, Horatio Garcelon and Abbie C.
(VII) Wentworth, son of Nathaniel (3) and Anna (Jordan) Jordan, was born Nov. 17, 1837, at Lisbon, Maine, and was educated at the common schools of Webster. At the age of twenty years he commenced to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he continued to follow until he mastered it at Portland.
In 1861 he went to California, where he worked at mining and the forge and anvil for four years. He then returned to Lisbon and continued to work at his trade until 1874, when he opened the "Lisbon House," a hotel which for thirty-three years was well and most favorably known for its right good cheer and the homelike hospitality extended.
He married Elizabeth Knights.
Joseph, who died age sixteen years, born at Iowa Hill, California, Feb. 17, 1864.
Forrest Elmer, born Oct. 17, 1866, at Lisbon, Maine.
(VIII) Forrest Elmer, youngest child of Wentworth and Elizabeth (Knights) Jordan, born at Lisbon, Maine, Oct. 17, 1866, obtained his education at the schools of New Sharon and later attended the high school of Lisbon. After leaving school he worked at painting and paperhanging for a time, but later took up carpentering and followed that for three years, after which he entered the employ of E. H. Lunt as a clerk in a general merchandise store, where he remained about one year. He then went to Boston, Mass., and secured a position with the American Express Company, with whom he remained two years. He then became "buyer under chief warden, General Bridges, of the Mass. State Prison, at Charlestown, where he remained about three yaers. At the time of the riot among the prisoners of that institution, had it not been for the tact used by the warden, many of the prisoners would have escaped, and the death of many of the keepers would doubtless have ensued. Mr. Jordan was in the room at the hour of the outbreak, but escaped uninjured. After severing his connection with the prison, he was employed in the Wyman Brothers' produce market, in Boston, then entered the wholesale produce business. Later he sold the last-named business and returned to Lisbon, Maine, and in July, 1905, purchased the grocery business of W. W. Smith, which he has successfully conducted since.
Mr. Jordan is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Modern Woodmen of America.
In his political affiliation he is a Republican, while in church connection he is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal denomination.
He married, Dec. 25, 1891, Annie L., daughter of Roscoe G. and Christine (Whitney) Green, of Lisbon ,Maine.
Louise Beatrice, Marion Thelma, and Kenneth N.
The Jordans of the following are thought to be descended from that pioneer clergyman, Rev. Robert Jordan, who, in 1641, was established at Richmond's Island, now Portland.
(I) Joseph Jordan resided in Oldtown, Maine. In 1849 he joined the great army of gold seekers and went to California. After reaching that very remote territory he wrote that he had struck a paving claim, and as an evidence of his success he remitted to his family $1,800 in gold. This was the last ever heard of him, and what his fate was has never been discovered.
He married and had children:
Frank, a sailor, who was drowned at sea.
Annie E., married E. E. Hues, of Haverhill, Mass.
(II) George Ivory, youngest child of Joseph Jordan, was born in Oldtown, May 16, 1836. He was educated in the common schools, and at an early age learned the shoemaker's trade. In 1862 he enlisted in response to the call of the president for volunteers to serve nine months, and was a private in Captain Libby's company, Twelfth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Army of the Potomac. He was for some time a mariner sailing with Captain Ivory Grant. Afterward he was employed in a woolen mill, and finally went into the manufacture of pickers for use in woolen mills, and was engaged in that business until the end of his active life.
In politics he was a Republican. He was selectman, street commissioner, and filled other minor offices.
He married, in Rochester, New Hampshire, Jan. 26, 1862, Elizabeth A. Downes, born in Dover, N. H. Dec. 27, 1840, died Oct. 13, 1904.
Clara E., Hattie J., Lillie M., Fred (died young), Frank H., Fred G. and George E.
(III) Dr. Frank Herbert, second son of George Ivory and Elizabeth (Downes) Jordan, was born in Milton, Strafford county, New Hampshire, Sept. 13, 1868. From the common schools he went to the New Hampton Literary and Biblical Istitute, from which he graduated in 1896. He then began the study of medicine, and graduated from the Maine Medical College with the class of 1899. He began the practice of his profession in Fryeburg, Maine, soon after graduation, and remained there until Nov. 15, 1904, when he removed to South Portland, Maine, where he has since resided, and where he now (1908) has a successful practice.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, and the Portland Medical Club. He is a member of the Baptist church at Milton, N. H. Dr. Jordan is a Republican in politics, and has held several political offices. He was superintendent of schools and treasurer of the fire district in Fryeburg, and entered upon a term as city physician of South Portland the past year (1908).
His interest in secret fraternal societies is pronounced, and he is a brother in various organizations. He is a member of Pythagorean Lodge, No. 11, Free and Accepted Masons, of Fryeburg; Oriental Royal Arch Chapter, No. 30; Oriental Commandery, No. 30, Knights Templar; and Kora Temple, Ancient Arabic order of the Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston. Also Strafford Lodge, No. 2, Ancient Order United Workmen, Milton, N. H., and John H. Varney Camp No. 3, Sons of Veterans. He became a member of Madockawando Tribe, No. 21, Improved Order of Red Men, of Milton, N. H. After moving to Fryeburg he organized Sabattis Tribe, No. 47, and after passing through the chairs was elected to an office in the Great Council of Maine; afterward was elected great sachem of the Reservation of Maine, serving in 1905-06, and for four years past has been representative to the Great Council of the United States.
Dr. Jordan married (first) in Farmington, N. H., June 2, 1886, Sadie S. Pinkham, who died Oct. 5, 1903, daughter of William H. H. and Sarah (Pinkham) Pinkham, of Milton, N. H. He married (second) June 27, 1907, Grace E. Wilson, of New Bedford, Mass., who was born Jan. 20, 1877, daughter of Thurston and Amelia Josephine (Packard) Wilson, the former of whom was born Jan. 25, 1837, and died Jan. 1, 1855; the latter was born Sept. 14, 1847. Children: Mary Sherman; Henry P., married Carrie S. Hardy; and Grace E.