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  • ID: I119
  • Name: Charles GORDON
  • Surname: Gordon
  • Given Name: Charles
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 Dec 1721 in BinHall, Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Death: 1786 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
  • _UID: 73918F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0B9B5B
  • Note:
    1. From Mary Gordon - jgracella1@aol.com

    In 1745 he joined the famous Gordon of Glenbucket and was made paymaster. Later he joined Lord Ogilvie's Regiment as Lieutenant and was taken prisoner in the Battle of Colloden on December 21, 1745. He was taken to London and placed in jail, was tried for high treason and found guilty. On November 3, 1746, he was sentenced to be executed. On March 20, 1747, he was granted a reprieve by Lord Chief Lee. On January 11, 1749, he was discharged on condition he leave England and Scotland. The powerful influence of the Gordon's was at work. He arrived in Maryland in 1750 and settled in Cecil County. The Duchess of Gordon gave him a ring when he left Scotland. He married Ann George and, after her death, Elizabeth Nicholson, daughter of Col. Joseph Nicholson of Kent County, Md.

    There seems to be some controversy over his later years. In his book "The Commodores," Leonard Guttridge portrays Charles as a Tory who deserted his family and returned to England. It does seem that in light of his previous experience in England that Charles would not have turned Tory.

    2. In: Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution, Vol. 1, by Lorenzo Sabine, Clearfield Company, 1994

    Gordon, Charles. Attorney-at-law, of Cecil County, Maryland. In 1775,the Whig Committeeof that county, at a meeting at Elk Ferry, "Resolved, That he lies under the imputation of being an enemy to this country, and as such we will have no dealings with him to reansact any business with us, or for us, either in a public or private capacity, which shall be commenced after the date thereof,", &c. Mr Gordpn"had treated with great disrespect, and maliciously aspersed the Continental Congress, The Provincial Congress, and the Committee of this County; and had, at various times, and by sundry ways, vilified thier proceedings." A newspaper controversy ensued, in which the delinquent admitted that his politics were not quite agreeable to his accusers, &c.

    3. Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Volume II, Treasury Records, Page 185

    American Loyalists were given temporary allowances beginning in 1782 and were paind quaterly until their claims were processed by the Royal Claims Commission. Among those on the list who received payments was:

    Gordon, Charles, considerable estate, Maryland

    4. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore, Vol. 2, The Nicholson Family, Page 239
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  • Change Date: 24 Aug 2011 at 18:06:32



    Father: Patrick GORDON b: in BinHall, Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    Mother: Ann HAY

    Marriage 1 Alice GEORGE
      Children
      1. Has No Children Mary GORDON

      Marriage 2 Elizabeth NICHOLSON b: ABT 1740 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
      • Married: 26 Dec 1764 3
      Children
      1. Has Children Hannah GORDON b: 6 Nov 1765 in Maryland
      2. Has Children Elizabeth Ann GORDON b: 19 Feb 1767 in Kent County, Maryland
      3. Has No Children Sarah Nicholson GORDON b: 24 Oct 1768 in Maryland
      4. Has Children Anna Maria GORDON b: 7 Jan 1771 in Maryland
      5. Has No Children Alice GORDON
      6. Has Children Joseph Nicholson GORDON b: 9 Oct 1775 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
      7. Has No Children John GORDON b: 27 Sep 1777 in Maryland
      8. Has No Children Charles GORDON b: 14 Nov 1778 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland

      Sources:
      1. Title: Joseph Nicholson- Membership Roster & Soldier DAR
      2. Title: 1. Maryland Historical Magazine
        Publication: vol. XXI, pg. 126 Baltimore 1926.
      3. Title: Maryland Historical Magazine
        Publication: vol. XXI, pg. 126 Baltimore 1926
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