The information in quotes in the following paragraphs is taken from “A Genealogical Study of the William Gordon Family in Indiana” by H. C. (Hauser Chester) Gordon (1907-1986), of Knightstown, IN, 3rd cousin 1x removed of the Applegate sisters. The Applegate sisters are grateful to H. C. Gordon for the extensive time and effort he invested in writing this genealogical study of the Gordon family.
“Just prior to the year 1690, we are informed, there occurred a family disagreement among the Gordons. Eventually it split the clan into three groups. One group remained in the Borderland country; another left Scotland entirely, going to Sheepsbridge in Ireland; a third group migrated to England. The part of this great family on which this study is premised, were those from Ireland. Specific information has not been obtained on this particular phase, although many things point to the first William Gordon in whom we are interested as coming to the United States from Ireland.”
William Gordon (born in Ireland, 1740; died at age 39 in VA, 1779)
Mary Duedworth (born in England, 1731; died at age 91 in Metamora, IN, 1822)
4th great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
As far as can be determined, William (1) Gordon migrated from Sheepsbridge, Ireland, to the United States as a young man. He probably was born in or near the year 1740 and came to America about 1758. William married Mary Duedworth (or Duckworth) about 1761 and they settled on a small farm in Loudon County. Mary was born in England, near Liverpool, and came to the United States with her parents at an early age. Her parents settled in Virginia on the Potomac River, about thirty miles above Washington, D. C. It appears that at the time William and Mary were married, she was a widow, without family. They had six children: Alice, Nancy, Mary Polly, Elizabeth, and twins William, Jr., and Sarah. William Gordon served in the Revolutionary War and died in 1779, before the birth of the twins. In 1795, Mary sold her farm in Virginia and moved to a small village near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky in 1796. It took Mary and her children ﬁve months to make the trip, being detained at different places due to inclement weather and ice in the river. While living in Kentucky, Mary Polly and Elizabeth died. Mary remained in Kentucky until 1816, when she moved to the home of her son, William (2), in Metamora Township, Franklin County, Indiana. Mary died September 12, 1822, at the age of ninety-one, and is buried in the Metamora Cemetery.
Maryland State Archives- Colonial and Muster Payrolls Index 1732-1772 (Md HR 2380)
pp 162a162b William Gordon March 2, 1767.
Private in Revolution
Died in service June 1779 (3rd Regiment)
Declared missing on 8/14/1779 5 days after twins were born
Gordon family history, Knightstown, IN 6-9
Maryland State Archives Revolutionary records p142
William Gordon II (born in VA, 1779; died at age 79 in Metamora, IN, 1860
Elizabeth Kelly (born in VA, 1784; died at age 78 in Metamora, IN, 1862)
3rd great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
William Gordon (and twin sister, Sarah) was born 11 August 1779, after the death of his father in the American Revolution. He was the only son among the six children of William and Mary. When he was about 16, his mother moved the family from Virginia to Kentucky, a journey that took about 5 months. After arrival in Kentucky, William worked for local farmers to help support his mother and siblings. Two of his sisters, Mary Polly and Elizabeth, died shortly after their arrival in Kentucky. William Gordon II was described as being a “stalwart man, standing six foot six, hearty, affable, a hard worker, and a generous and kindly neighbor.”
In 1803, William met Elizabeth Kelly, a young woman who lived in the neighborhood. They were married in March of 1804 and had 13 children: Orville, Juliann, Selina, Elizabeth, Eveline, Milton, William III, Isabella, Leonidas, Angelina, Mahlon, Melvin and Chilon. Elizabeth had been born in Virginia, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Kelly, natives of England. William and Elizabeth settled near his mother’s home in Kentucky, and three of their children were born there – Orville, Juliann and Selina. In 1811, he moved his family to an area near Cleves, Ohio. While there, he learned of better lands in Franklin County, Indiana, being made available to settlers. He took out 100 acres in Metamora Township, about one mile north of Metamora, along Duck Creek. They settled there and remained for the rest of their lives. William built a large log cabin and eventually expanded his original acreage to over 2200 acres, jointly owned by him and three of his sons in later years.
“The need for personal and family protection from marauding Indians, renegades and highwaymen was an important item in the lives of this pioneer family. To afford this protection, William Gordon and a neighbor built a blockhouse between their two farm homes. The neighbor and co-builder was a brother-in-law of William, named Thomas Curry, who had married Alice Gordon, William’s oldest sister.
With their home built, a family started, and some measure of protection assured, the thoughts of this family and their neighbors turned to other matters, one of which was education for the children. Schools, if any really existed as such in this part of the country, were of little significance. William Gordon believed in education and, to back up his convictions, deeded to the township sufficient land to establish a school property. Not only did he make this gift, but furnished the logs and helped erect the first school as such, in Metamora Township.”
Religion had an important part in the minds of all pioneers, even though their spiritual activities were of necessity confined to family worship. Again, and with the spirit of the beginnings of things for the good of the community, William Gordon was host in his own home to the first meeting of the Methodist people in the local area. Later he was instrumental, physically and financially, in building the first Methodist Church in Metamora.”
William died on 9 September 1860, at his home near Metamora, and his wife, Elizabeth, died on 28 August 1862. They are both buried in the Metamora Cemetery in Franklin County, IN.
Leonidas Gordon (born in Metamora, IN, 1822; died at age 69 in Shelbyville, IN, 1891)
Julia Ann Pond (born in Metamora, IN, 1824; died at age 81 in Shelbyville, IN, 1906)
2nd great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Leonidas Gordon married Julia Ann Pond on 9 April 1846 and they had 7 children: David, John, Elizabeth, William, Henry, Katherine and Leonidas Jr. Julia Pond was the daughter of Henry Pond and Catherine Watson, who was born in Scotland.
“Leonidas Gordon, the ninth child and the fourth son of William (2) and Elizabeth Kelly Gordon, was born in 1822, in Metamora Township, Franklin County, Indiana. As a small child he acquired the nickname of Knight and carried it throughout his entire life. Many of his contemporaries thought it to be his real name. In 1846 he was united in marriage to Julia Pond, daughter of a pioneer family of Scotch descent, who had settled in Franklin County. Following their marriage, this young couple came to Shelby County, Indiana, and settled about one mile north of Shelbyville on a large farm, located on what is now State Road #9. The original home, remodeled, still stands. Mr. Gordon became very well known in the Shelbyville community, attained substantial land holdings and wealth. He was known for many charitable deeds and gave land in Shelbyville on which to build a County Orphans Home. A street in the south part of the city was named for him. In 1891, Leonidas Gordon died and his wife, Julia Pond Gordon, in 1906. Both are buried in the old Shelbyville City Cemetery.”
Julia Pond Gordon’s obituary:
The Shelby Democrat, Thursday February 13, 1906
MRS. GORDON DEAD
Prominent Resident of Addison Township Died This Morning
Mrs. Julia A. Gordon, wife of Leonidas Gordon, died this morning at her home, Pine Villa, one and one-fourth miles north of this city. The death occurred at six o’clock. For the last few weeks it had been expected, as she has been sinking gradually. She was born November 4, 1824, being at the time of her death in her eighty-second year. Four children survive her, Mrs. Charles Billman, who is at present hastening home from California; Mrs. James Teal, John Gordon and Henry Gordon. The latter is at present located in the west. Mrs. Gordon enjoyed an extensive acquaintance in Shelby County. She was known as a woman of many excellent qualities and praiseworthy traits. The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon, provided the relatives arrive according to expectations. Edwards & Hageman will have charge.
Henry Pond Gordon (born in Shelbyville, IN, 1857; died at age 76 in Sumas, WA, 1934)
Margaret Hoffman (born in Shelbyville, IN, 1861; died at age 91 in Morristown, IN, 1952)
Margaret Hoffman Gordon filed for divorce from Henry on 4 Jan 1899
Great-grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Henry Pond Gordon married Margaret Hoffman on 20 Oct 1880 and from 1881 to 1898, they had 6 children: Julia Anne, twins Howard and Harry, Blanche, Leonidas and Loren.
Henry was a successful farmer in Morristown, Shelby County, Indiana. Margaret Hoffman was born in Shelby County, but her parents had come to this country from Germany. Margaret Hoffman Gordon filed for divorce from Henry Pond Gordon on 4 Jan 1899, when their youngest child, Loren, was 4 months old. When the divorce was final, Margaret received alimony, land and custody of the children.
Excerpts from the divorce papers:
“The defendant has been guilty of adultery on diverse and sundry occasions in the city of Indianapolis and the city of Shelbyville within the last year with one Clara Taylor on as many as fifty different occasions. That in the spring of 1898 this plaintiff learned of defendant’s adultery with said Clara B. Taylor previous to said time from defendant’s confession and other sources. The defendant pledged and promised her that he would desist and never again be guilty of such an affair and she consented to again live with him as his wife, honestly believing that he would not again be guilty of adultery, but that defendant did not keep his promise but within 30 days from said promise the defendant did visit the said Clara B. Taylor at her residence in the city of Shelbyville, and has continued to visit her as often as once a week from the first of April 1898 to last Saturday, December 31, 1898.”
In July 1905, Henry Gordon had a daughter, Mary Ann Gordon, with Lucinda Bravard. Henry married Lucinda Bravard in 1908 in Missouri. Mary Ann, daughter of Henry Pond Gordon, was in the same 1924 Morristown High School graduating class as Margaret Patten, granddaughter of Henry Pond Gordon. Henry, Lucinda and Mary Ann moved to Whatcom County, Washington, about 1925.
Shelby Democrat, Shelbyville, Indiana; Thursday 17 August 1899, page 1; from the Greenfield Republican
“BAD LIQUOR MADE HENRY GORDON, OF SHELBY COUNTY, THINK HE COULDN’T BE ARRESTED
Henry Gordon, one of Shelby county’s citizen’s worth about $35,000, came to Greenfield Saturday and attempted to show our sluggish people how they did in his bloody township. The first thing he did was to get gloriously drunk, not a plain drunk but hilariously so, and then the fun began. Taking advantage of the heavy thunder shower Saturday evening, he dropped into the “13” saloon and proceeded to make a pepper box out of the bartender with his six-shooter. Had it not been for a persuasive there might have been crape on someone’s door Sunday. After the storm had somewhat abated and after the elements inside had been subsided by a strong application of seltzer water, Gordon wound his weary way to the Klondike where he again a rehearsal of the modernized drama made famous by “Diamond Dick.” He only had a few fingers of the eighteen-year-old Rock and Rye at this last place when there was signs of a brewing storm and a flourish of weapons. Gordon said he was pretty tight but he came from Shelby County and didn’t propose to be arrested in Hancock, either. He thought everybody was afraid of him and his big gun and sought the saloon next door. In the meantime Marshal Clarke had been summoned and he found his man heaping abuse on the town, the officers and the public generally, and swore in words most vehement that no living policeman could take him to jail, but when Clarke tapped him on the shoulder, there was a streak of yellow across his shirt back that resembled a Spanish flag. No violence was offered and the two wended their way to the county bastille under the great protestation of the prisoner. Two charges were preferred against Mr. Henry Gordon, of Shelby County for drunkenness and carrying concealed weapons. However, he found a bondsman and was released, to appear Wednesday in answer to his misdemeanors. He threatens to fight the case to the Supreme Court, but it is hardly probable on account of so many witnesses that will appear against him.”
Henry Pond Gordon’s obituary, 1934:
Obituary, Shelbyville Republican, Shelbyville, IN; Saturday May 5, 1934
“Henry Pond Gordon, son of Leonidas and Julia Ann Gordon, was born near Shelbyville, Ind., August 6, 1857, and died at his home near Sumas, Wash., April 16, 1934. He was one of seven children, all of whom have preceded him, except a sister Katherine Teal, of Shelbyville. He was united in marriage with Margaret Hoffman, in 1880, and to this union were born six children, Mrs. V. C. Patten (deceased), of Morristown; Howard and Harry Gordon, twins, born April 19, 1883; Mrs. H. O. Kelley, of Peru, Ind.; Leonidas, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Margaret Gordon, of Morristown; Loren Gordon, of the tariff department of the New York Central Railroad, New York City. Howard Gordon lives in Morristown, Ind.; Harry Gordon, in Milroy. He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Morristown about the year 1892. He was a highly successful farmer in the Morristown community for about 24 years. At the end of that time he went to Oklahoma to make his home. After a few years there he returned to Shelbyville, then to Morristown; finally to Sumas, Washington, though retaining his farming interests in Indiana. Besides the six children he leaves eleven grandchildren, Julia Ann Gordon and Henry Logan Gordon, of Morristown, Ind.; Mrs. Margaret Applegate, of Seymour, Ind.; Mrs. Marion Land, of Milroy; William Gordon Patten, of Silver City, N.M.; Rosemary, Carol and Julia Janet Kelley, of Peru, Ind.; Virginia, Anna Marie and Loren Kenneth Gordon, of New York City. Two great-grandchildren, Donna Jean Land, of Milroy, and Ann Vernon Applegate, of Seymour, also survive, in addition to a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends at Morristown, as well as in all of Shelby County. So we say of him, in the words of our own Indiana poet: I cannot say and I will not say that he is dead, he is just away; Think of him faring on, as dear in the love of there as the love of here; Think of him still as the same, I say; He is not dead–he is just away.”
Margaret Hoffman Gordon’s obituary, 1952:
Source: Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, IN; Tuesday 6 May 1952
Mrs. Margaret H. Gordon, native of Shelby County, died shortly before noon today at her home at the south edge of Morristown. Mrs. Gordon was 91 years of age and for the past three years had retained a Bible which is presented to the oldest living woman in Hanover Township. The daughter of Peter and Marguerite (Sottong) Hoffmann, Mrs. Gordon was born in Shelby County on March 22, 1861. She was a member of the Morristown Methodist Church, the Morristown chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and the Morristown American Legion Auxiliary. She was married in 1880 to Henry Gordon who preceded her in death. Six children were born to the union and three survive – Howard Gordon and Mrs. Blanche Kelley of Morristown and Harry Gordon of near Rushville. A daughter, Mrs. Julia Patten, and two sons, Loren and Leonidas, preceded her in death. Other survivors are 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Frazier Funeral Home.”
Julia Anne Gordon (born in Shelby County, IN, 1881, died at age 40 in 1921 in Morristown, IN)
Vernon Cole Patten (born in Shelby County, IN, 1870; died at age 88 in 1959, in Shelby County, IN
Grandparents of the Applegate sisters.
Julia Anne Gordon married Vernon Cole Patten on 11 January 1905 and they had 4 children: Infant Patten, born and died in 1905, Margaret, William and Marian.
When Julia Gordon was a 13 years old, she wrote this:
“My Own Life
My name is Julia Anne Gordon. I am named after my Grandma Gordon. I was born April 26, 1881, in a house about a half mile South of Morristown, Ind.
My mama’s name before she was married was Maggie Hoffman. She is a German American, her father having come from Germany.
My Papa’s name is Henry Pond Gordon, his mother is a Scotch-woman. His father, who is now dead, was an American. His occupation is farming.
I do not remember anything of my first home till we moved where we now live. I remember my first teacher, a very good one, now dead.”
Not many events of interest have happened in my life, except my Grandpa Hoffman’s return to Germany where he staid about nine months.
I am thirteen years old. I think I would like to be a music teacher when I grow up.”
There are some wonderful letters from Julia to husband Vern on the Patten Letters page. They were written while Vern was serving as a surgeon in the army during World War I. Several of the letters are about the huge concern over the flu epidemic, which was raging across the country at that time. Apparently Julia was not always in robust health, but she managed well in spite of that. Her death certificate states that she had hypothyroidism, and that likely contributed to her poor health. It is known that she loved to play the piano, and that is mentioned in the letters. Julia died on 1 September 1921 at the age of 40, from “ptomaine” poisoning (food poisoning). She and her children had gone on an outing and had taken a picnic lunch with them. She left behind her husband Vern and three children: Margaret, age 14; William, age 11, and Marian, age 9. On October 11, 1924, Vern married Anna Mauzy Moore (Mama Pat to family and friends). She died on 2 February 1955 at the age of 76. Patty Doc died on 29 March 1959 at age 88.
Margaret Patten (born in IN, 1906; died at age 75 in Kermit, TX, 1981)
Frederick Martin Applegate (born in IN, 1903; died at age 55 in Monahans, TX, 1959)
Margaret (Maggie) Patten was born and raised in Morristown, IN. She married Frederick Martin (Ted) Applegate of Corydon, IN, secretly in 1928 on Labor Day weekend. They married again, officially, on March 2, 1929. Maggie worked in Indianapolis while Ted completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Upon completion of Ted’s schooling and internship, they moved to Ted’s hometown of Corydon, where he opened his general practice. Maggie stayed at home raising 5 daughters in Corydon, and for a short time in Fort Bliss, TX, while Ted was in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and while he was stationed in England. Ted and Maggie and their five daughters lived in Corydon until September, 1948. The family then moved to Connecticut while Ted studied ophthalmology at New York Polyclinic. In May of 1949, the family moved to Monahans, Texas, and Ted opened his medical practice there, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat. During their ten years in Monahans, Maggie was active in the Presbyterian Church and community affairs, and she loved to read and play golf and bridge. In April 1959, her world was shattered when Ted died suddenly from a heart attack, at the age of 55. After her youngest daughter graduated from high school in 1961, Maggie decided she would go back to work, which was a daunting change for her. She became a dorm mother at Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1962 and remained there until 1975, when she was required to retire. She found another position as a Delta Tau Delta fraternity house mother at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and was there from 1976 until 1981. Maggie was small in stature but was an intelligent woman, full of determination in anything she attempted. She taught her daughters to always do the right thing and to ‘have the power of our convictions’. During discussions, she loved to pull a quote from the massive store she kept in her mind, and her daughters often find themselves remembering a quote they first heard from her. In December 1981, Maggie died at the age of 75, from a combination of heart and lung problems. Ted and Maggie are both buried in the cemetery in Monahans, TX.
To get a more personal glimpse of Julia Gordon Patten, see the letters on the Patten Letters page under Ancestors.
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