In 1799, John Gordon was born in North Carolina.
John and his brother Frederick, (born 1801), migrated with
their parents to Carroll County, Tennessee. In 1861, John's
wife Elizabeth had died, and John and at least three of his
sons, Jacob F., John Walker, and Erwin T., migrated to Greene
County, Arkansas. "Ole" John was buried in Mars Hill
Cemetery, which at that time was in Greene County; after the
division of Greene in 1873, Mars Hill was in Clay County,
JACOB F. GORDON'S FAMILY. John Gordon's oldest
son, Jacob F., was born in 1830. His first wife Julia was
childless. Jacob's second wife was Julia's sister, Adaline,
and she and Jacob had six children: Martha, Belle Zora, John
Randolph, Rubin, James A., and Ernest Simpson. Unfortunately,
Adaline later hanged herself. Jacob F. was a Mason; he is
buried at Mars Hill.
Jacob F.'s son John Randolph (Buck) was born in
1862 and married Hennretta Dodd (b.1869); their children were
Edith (m. Arnold French),
Auda (m. Cleve Hamilton), and Jewell (m. Essie Glassgow). Some
of John Randolph's descendents still live in Clay County.
John Randolph (Buck) and Hennretta Gordon
The James Harmon Overton
L to R Mary and James Overton, Mary
and Stark Oliphant, unknown woman, holding Robert Gordon,
Nannie holding Pearl and Ernest (Tom) Gordon. Boys in in
front are Ford and Claud Gordon
Jacob F.'s son Ernest Simpson (b. 9/4/1876)
married Nannie Alma Overton. Their children were James Ford,
William Claud, Janie Pearl, Robert, John Overton, Alma Ruth,
and Richard Jacob. Robert had two children, Michael and
Patricia. Patricia married Larry Joe Miller and they live in
Ernest Simpson (Tom) Gordon
Ernest Simpson's fifth child, John Overton (b.
6/30/1916), married Mildred Ester Webb (b. 3/14/1918 d. 1995,
buried in Milan, Tennessee). They moved to Milan, Tennessee in
1952. Their children are Marilyn Kay (b. 1941, d. 1987, buried
in Pleasant Grove, Greene County, Arkansas, m. Gary Lee McClure
1960, ), Carol Joan (b. 1942, m. Gary Heath), Linda Sue (b.
1945, d. 2000, buried in Milan, Tennessee, m. Robert Cross, ),
and John Douglas (b. 1954, m. Vicki Bray).
Jacob F.'s three sons differed in their
religious beliefs. John Randolph was Primitive Baptist and
believed the world was square. James A. was Methodist, and
Ernest Simpson (Tom) was Church of Christ. It was noted that
the brothers had "very hard discussions about religion."
Ernest Simpson and John Randolph
November 23, 1999 Rector,
FIRST ROW top; Flora Russell,
Judy Gordon, Sam Johnson, Bill Gordon, Robert Johnston, Gordon
Johnston, John Douglas Gordon, Meghan Gordon. SECOND
ROW; H. C. Cannon, Mildred Cannon, Larry Joe Miller, Tim
McClure, Gail Johnston, Ashley Johnston, Kenneth Johnston, Bob
Cross, Phillip Gordon, Ava Gordon, Trey Johnston, Tina
Johnston. THIRD ROE; Scot Miller, Emily Miller, Dorene
Gordon, Mary Gordon, Denise Johnston, Carol Heath, Nathan
Cross, Cynthia Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Kelly Johnston,
and Brittany Johnston. FOURTH ROE seated; Robbie Gordon,
Vondale Gordon, John Gordon, Richard Gordon, Linda Cross,
Tiffany Johnston. FIFTH ROE; Vickie Gordon, Laura
Gordon, Amy McGinnis, Leianne McClure McGinnis, and Zacary
JOHN WALKER GORDON'S FAMILY. John Gordon's
second son, John Walker, married Sarah A. before the family
left Tennessee in 1859. Their children were Mary Jane (b.
1856), Cordelia (b. 1859), and John William (b. 1861). Later,
John Walker married Mary R., and their children were Sarah (b.
1865), George (b. 1873), Florni (b. 1875), Irvin (b. 1877),
and Ezra (b. 1880).
John William, son of John Walker
and Sarah A., married Mary Ellen Johnston. The couple had
fourteen children, the third of whom was Charlie Clayborn (b.
1891, m. Linnie Walters 1919, d. 1962). One of Charlie and
Linnie's sons was John William Gordon of Piggott (b. 1924).
John and his wife Grace's children are John Richard, Phillip
Earl, Joe Robert, and Tammy Joyce. Two of their sons, Phillip
and Joe, live in Greene County, Arkansas.
John William Gordon, b. 1861
ERWIN T. GORDON’S FAMILY. John
Gordon's third son, Erwin T., (b. 1845 in TN – d. 1914 in
Mo) married Mary A. Maddox (b. 1843 in Ms – d. 1910 in
children were John, James, Pleasant, Richard, Matilda, Mary,
and Martha. Around 1890 they moved to Bennett, Ripley
County, Mo. During the next few years all of his
children (except Matilda) moved to Ripley County with their