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Robert Gordon and Agnes Davis

  1. 1. PIONEER HISTORY OF Robert Gordon (1853 – 1916) Files of: Erma P. Gordon Anderson (additions by Joe Anderson) Robert Gordon Born: 14 March 1853, Sacriston, Wilton Gilbert, Durham, England. Baptized: 1861 Died 21 October 1916 at Huntington, Emery, Utah ROBERT GORDON BIOGRAPHY (b: 1853) Robert Gordon was born 14 March, 1853, at Sacriston, Wilton Gilbert, Durham, England. He was the third child of John and Hannah Hudson Gordon. He was very young when his parents joined the Mormon Church in England and came to the United States in a sailing ship taking six weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean. SACRISTON, ENGLAND
  2. 2. ROBERT GORDON BIRTH CIRTIFICATE John Henry his family and his parents joined the LDS Church in England Father, John Henry, his wife Hannah and 4 children {Frances Jane (b: 1848), Foster (b:1850) Robert (b: 1853) and John Henry (b:1855}) left England between 1855 and 1860 and crossed the Atlantic in a sailing ship. It took them six weeks to cross. They settled on a farm in Ohio, near where Columbus is now. They lived there awhile then joined Captain Murdock's ox train at Florence, Nebraska and traveled to Utah. INSERT: Father, John Henry Gordon, was a coal miner in England. It is interesting to note that coal mining was a major industry in Ohio during the 1850’s 1860 and on to the present day. John Henry Gordon, may have found employment in the Ohio coal mines. 1890 US Census Over the kitchen table, it may be hard to remember dates from 30 year before. According to 1890 Census, Foster Gordon: Lists Immigration year: 1859 Robert Gordon: Lists Immigration year: 1863 Their brothers were born in SLC, Utah: Samuel (born 1861) and George (born 1863) IMMIGRATION- RECORDS ARE CONTRIDICTORY OR NOT AVAILABLE Family records say they were with the “Captain Murdock’s company”. Captain John Murdock was captain of five wagon trains between 1861 and 1868. Since their son Samuel was born Oct 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah the family was with the 1861 Murdock wagon train which arrived in SLC, Utah 10 Sept. 1861. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John R. Murdock Company (1861),16272,4019-1-215,00.html John Henry Gordon and his family are not listed, in the above record, as traveling with this Company. There is not an official roster. The site above (the historical record) list about 156 individuals. The Company had about 50 wagons and about 18 people were assigned to each wagon which equals 900 people. So, it is not unusual that many families are not listed in the available records.
  3. 3. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John R. Murdock Company (1861) John R. Murdock Company (1861) Depart: SLC, Utah, 1 May 1861 Departure: Florence, Neb, 4 July 1861 Arrival Salt Lake Valley: Abt 10 September 1861 Company Information: This company consisted mostly of Scandinavian Saints from the ship "Monarch of the Sea" when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha). NOTE: Ancestor Harriet Louisa Peacock’s sister, Emily Ellen Peacock & husband Thomas Smith, are listed in the record as traveling with the 1861 Murdock Team. Trail Excerpt: Murdock, John Riggs In the year 1861 I [John R. Murdock] was called," he says, "to take charge of a Church train consisting of fifty wagons and as many drivers. There were four yoke of oxen to each wagon. It was our mission to go down to the Missouri river and bring emigrants to Utah. After making our preparations, we started (From SLC, Utah) about the first of May, 1861. Grass was short; consequently we had to use great care in providing suitable food for our teams, and to drive prudently until the grass improved. Before leaving Salt Lake City we loaded up with flour and other provisions to meet the needs of the emigrants with whom we were to return. These supplies we deposited at certain points along the road, so that we could use them on our return. "It generally took about nine weeks to cross the plains. "Our first trip down," he says, "was without any particular incident. We remained at the river a short time and then loaded the luggage of the emigrants into our wagons. There were from sixteen to twenty persons, men, women, and children, assigned to each wagon. Those who were old enough to walk were expected to do so the greater part of the way. They would ride, occasionally, when the roads were good. I always appointed two men whose duty it was to look after the passengers. It was certainly novel to see a train starting out with everything that could be put into wagons and everything that could be tied to the outside, such as buckets, cans and all kinds of cooking utensils. It reminded one of an old turkey with a brook of young ones keeping her company. Generally there were about seven hundred passengers in one train. The organization was systematic and complete. It consisted of a captain, an assistant, a chaplain, a quarter-master, hospital steward, a camp guard, and a night guard for the stock. The chaplain took charge of the religious services, and we had prayer night and morning. We also had a choir with its leader. The people were called together by means of a bugle." The experiences of the emigrants were educational as well as fraternal. These attachments resulted in life-long friendships.
  4. 4. Continued: Robert Gordon The family first settled in the [Salt Lake] 10th Ward. Robert’s Grandparents, Foster & Sarah Frances Gordon, came to Utah during 1863. Then they all moved to Hoytsville. His father and grandfather were stone masons by trade and built a flour mill in Coalville. His Grandparents moved to Skull Valley, Utah as caretakers at the Park Ranch. However, on 22 Oct 1865, they were both murdered at their home on the Park Ranch. Blackfoot, Idaho Robert's father hauled freight and after settling his family and establishing himself in Salt Lake he secured a good team and wagon and started back across the plains by way of the Oregon Trail. He was last heard from [in 1868] at Blackfoot, Idaho. It is thought he was killed by Indians or other foul means. Robert, being next to the oldest son, had to help provide for the mother and other six children. The hardships that this family endured during pioneer times without the support of their father is one that is hard to imagine. One thing is sure - - they grew up on hard work.
  5. 5. Robert married Agnes Maria Catherine (Kate) Davis, 3 June 1870, near Pinoche, Lincoln County, Nevada. She was the daughter of Catherine Kirby and was raised by her step father, James Bailey Davis. Agnes Marie Kate Davis Birth: 3 Jun 1851, London, Middlesex, England ST. JOHNS They resided in St Johns, Tooele County, Utah. Their main occupation was burning of charcoal which he and his brother, Foster, hauled into Salt Lake City and sold for use in the blacksmithing trade. MILLCREEK In 1879 they moved to Mill Creek, Salt Lake County, where he homesteaded 40 acres of land and built a one room house of pine logs which had been hauled from the canyon above. They all helped clear the land of the sagebrush and a few acres were planted. Robert earned some money to support his family by hauling logs from the canyons to a sawmill. In the Fall of 1879, they moved back to St Johns where he farmed and burned charcoal. HUNTINGTON In 1884 he moved his family to Huntington, Emery County, [Utah] and took up 60 acres of land just north of the town. Their first home in Huntington was a dugout which they lived in for a while. He made his living farming and was a stockman. He was a stockholder in the Co-op Store and on the Board of Directors. He was a School Trustee, Town Marshall 1906-1908, an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Sunday School Superintendent. He owned and operated the Gordon Hotel in Huntington.
  6. 6. Agnes Marie Kate Davis Died; 29 Jun 1909, Huntington, Emery, Utah Burial: Jul 1909, Huntington, Emery, Utah Robert Gordon married Rowberry Mary Ann Brown on 7 Apr 1910 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Robert Gordon died 21 October 1916 at Huntington, buried on 23 October 1916 in the Huntington City Cemetery. Rowberry Mary Ann died: 12 Feb 1943 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twelve children were born to Robert and Agnes. 1 The oldest, John William, was born 3 May 1871 and died that same year. 2 The second child, Robert James, was born 5 July 1872 at St Johns and married Gertrude Estell Sherman on the 18th of October 1894. He died 29 July 1936 at Huntington. 3 Agnes Catherine was born 27 December 1875 at St Johns. She married Orlo Lionil Sherman 18 October 1894. She died 16 November 1937. 4 Joseph Henry was born 25 February 1878 at St Johns, married Augusta Johnson 22 October, 1897. He died 25 August 1929. 5 Samuel Raymond was born 3 July 1880 at St Johns. He married Catherine Johnson 12 December 1906 and died 2 February 1948. 6 George Edward was born 10 August 1882 at St Johns and married Eliza Elizabeth Burgess 23 December 1901 and died 10 February 1949. 7 Hannah Francis was born 11 August 1884 at St Johns, married George A. Johnson 21 March 1902 and died 8 February 1971. 8 Rose Ellen was born 28 October 1886 at Huntington, did not marry and died 11 November 1908. 9 Kate Hudson was born 21 February 1889 at Huntington. She married Alvin Eugene Leonard 4 February 1909 and died 25 November 1971. 10 Emily Jane was born 11 November 1890 at Huntington, married Lawrence W. Leonard 2 March 1908 and died 2 September 1953. 11 Ruth was born 8 August 1893 at Huntington. She married Maeser Dalley 29 June 1914. She lives in Cedar City, Utah, the only child still living. 12 Clarence was born 21 June 1897 at Huntington. He married Velma Bailey 29 September 1915 and died 6 August 1950.
  7. 7. Find A Grave - Robert Gordon Burial: Huntington City Cemetery , Huntington, Emery County, Utah, USA Author Unknown Your tombstone stands among the rest neglected and alone. The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone. It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn. You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own. Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago. Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so. I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you.
  8. 8. 1880 Robert Gorden, "United States Census" name :Robert Gorden event place:Clover, Tooele, Utah, United States gender:Male age:28 marital status :Married occupation :Laborer ethnicity (standardized) :American relationship to head :Self birthplace :England birthdate :1852 spouse's name :Agnes Gorden spouse's birthplace :England father's name :father's birthplace :Canada mother's birthplace :England Household Gender Age Birthplace self Robert Gorden M 28 England wife Agnes Gorden F 29 England son Robert I. Gorden M 6 Utah, United States daughterAgnes Gorden F 5 Utah, United States son Joseph Gorden M 2 Utah, United States ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1900 Robert Gordon, "United States Census" name: Robert Gordon event place: ED 197 Cleveland, Huntington, Lawrence, Desert Lake Precincts Huntington town, Emery, Utah, United States birth date: Mar 1852 birthplace: England relationship to head of household: Head father's birthplace: England mother's birthplace: England race or color (standardized): White gender: Male marital status: Married years married: 28 estimated marriage year: 1872 immigration year: 1863 Household Gender Age Birthplace head Robert Gordon M 48 England wife Agnus Gordon F 48 England son Samuel R. Gordon M 21 Utah son George E. Gordon M 19 Utah daughter Hannah Gordon F 17 Utah daughter Rose Gordon F 14 Utah daughter Katie Gordon F 11 Utah daughter Emily Gordon F 10 Utah daughter Ruth Gordon F 8 Utah son Clarence Gordon M 4 Utah
  9. 9. 1910 Robert Gordon, "United States Census" Name: Robert Gordon Event Place: Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States Gender: Male Age: 54 Marital Status: Married Race: White Relationship to Head of Household: Head Birth Year (Estimated): 1856 Birthplace: Scotland Immigration Year: 1865 Father's Birthplace: Scotland Mother's Birthplace: Scotland Household Gender Age Birthplace Head Robert Gordon M 54 Scotland Wife Mary Ann Gordon F 50 England Daughter Ruth Gordon F 18 Utah