Genealogy of the Lysell and McIlvaney Families

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This is a work in progress. The goal is to trace the family of every ancestor to the year 1000. Needless to say, this will be a long term project! Corrections and additions are welcome. Changes will be made to this file as new information becomes available. Some of the surnames being researched include Blumeyer, Nunnally, Collins, Spielman, Stanford, Volk, Gordon, and Snively. See my "An Explanation of Goals, Methods, and Sources" under "Explanation" in the Index.

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  • ID: I455
  • _UID: 27DDFDA0CC5611DBA62B0003938DC5980079
  • Name: George Gordon
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1698 in Aboard ship crossing the Atlantic 1
  • Death: 8 MAR 1759 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Cumberland County, PA 2 1
  • INFO: Emmigrated from Scotland per Jeremiah Gordon letter
  • Note: 1 1 1 3 3 4 5 4

    Kevin Gordon cites George's father George as "first to arrive in America, came in 1697. Family records show he came with his wife (unk) and two children, Alexander and Adam. A third son, George was born on board ship, 1697. -- George was born on board ship in 1697 while his parents crossed the Atlantic from Scotland to the British Colony's. According to Burke's, with George came his brothers, Adam and Alexander. At an early age, George moved with his parents to the Pennsylvania area. In 1734, at age 36, George moved to Antrim Township, PA, and was one of the first settlers of that township. George then had seven children, six of them girls."

    More from Kevin Gordon: "The PA family ancestors claim we (George) were born in Scotland in 1698, married there, and emigrated to Franklin Co, PA in 1734. But all of that is traced back to one family tree book which I have read. Literally, every family who claims that traces their 'proof' back to the same book. If you read that book, you'll find the author had no proof but only believed it was the case. That author also said he was Irish and said many Gordon's refused to admit this. He was very baised in his belief. Now another fact, most Gordon's and Scottish in general, left Scotland, moved to Ireland (Ulster, Antrim County area) and then came to America. Also, many Gordon's and Scottish in general would travel back and forth several times."

    More from Kevin Gordon on religion: "Most Gordon's followed the Catholic faith, did lose out to the English on this matter and fled to America. Most Catholics did land in Maryland. But I am 150% convinced, without a doubt, those were not our Gordons.

    "Our Gordons came from Kenmore Castle. This is documented in several areas but primarily American Ancestery. Kenmore is in the borders of Scotland, lowland area. That area was Presbyterian. The Gordon's of that area were Presbyterian. Franklin County, PA, early 1700's was predominatately Presbyterian. The Gordon's of that area were Presbyterian. Safe speculation: Our family were also Presbyterian when they came over."

    From Marion Otis' book, "George Gordon and His Descendants": "Adam, Alexander and George Gordon, brothers b. ca. 1700, came to the North of Virginia not earlier than 1730, then to Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Penn. in 1733, then to Shady Grove, Penn. in 1734, from Kenmore Castle, Scotland"

    Marion Otis writes: "The following information is taken from Egle's notes and Queries, First Series, Vol 2 p 293 At the Dept of Public Instruction, State Library and Museum, Harrisburg: 'GORDON - George Gordon settled in the Cumberland Valley between 1730 and 1735. He doubtless came from the north of Ireland, though some descendents having learned that the family is Scotch, and possed of some prejudices againest Irish extraction, claim that he came directly from Scotland. As I happened to know that the evidence is trustworthy which places the arrival of the Gordons in Virginia at the same time and that they were from Newry, Ireland, my own conviction is that George Gordon, who located in Cumberland Valley was, like James and John Gordon, who settled on the northern neck of Virginia, a Presbyterian, and from the north of Ireland'."

    Tarney Smith provided a copy from the Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle, PA 17013 of "The Account of Sarah Gordon and Henry Gordon Administration of all and Singular the Goods and Chattles Rights & Credits which were of George Gordon late of Atrim Township in the County of Cumberland, Deceased." The document states: "Exhibited into the Registor Office at Carlisle on the 9th Day of March 1763" and signed by Sarah Gordon with her mark and Henry Gordon.

    Distributions are for "The Widows Share - 34.10.4 Pounds, Henry Eldest Son Share - 13.10.0 Pounds". The remaining children are listed for 6.10.1 Pounds each. Names shown for these children are Mary, Elizabeth, Arabella, Sarah, Prudence, Rachel, George and Ruth.

    A file recieved from Pat Brookman from the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle, PA states: "The estate of George Gordon was administered upon at the county seat at Carlisle, on September 11th, 1761, and he undoubtedly died during the summer of that year." This file was possibly written by Bonnie Bingaham but no author is shown.

    From "American Revolutionary Soldiers" provided by Perry Adams, George died March 8, 1763. John McCullough also uses this date of death. He shows George's birthplace as Chester County, PA in 1698. Ken McCrea shows Scotland as birthplace. Oral tradition in the family of Kim William Gordon places George's birth in 1697 on board ship enroute to the new world.

    Deed records (Deed Book 5, page 535) from Chambersburg, PA show that George's eldest son Henry petioned the Orphans Court on March 8, 1763 as George died intestate. "Henry to plantation paying younger children, names; Mary, Elizabeth, Arrabella, Sara, Purdence, Rachel, George and Ruth, 200 acres of land.

    "Signatures (Mary Laurence - John Laurance) 1778 George Dewent - Sara Dewent) 1788 (David McGraw)"Page: Page 2Page: Page 2
  • Change Date: 25 NOV 2013



    Father: George Gordon b: JUN 1665 in St. Nicholas Parish, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Sarah Unknown b: ABT 1710 in Pennsylvania
    • Married: 31 DEC 1733 in Pennsylvania 6
    Children
    1. Has Children Henry Gordon b: 8 JUN 1734 in Lancaster County, PA
    2. Has No Children Mary Gordon b: ABT 1736 in Lancaster County, PA
    3. Has No Children Elizabeth Gordon b: ABT 1738 in Lancaster County, PA
    4. Has No Children Arabella Gordon b: ABT 1740 in Lancaster County, PA
    5. Has Children Prudence Gordon b: ABT 1744 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Lancaster County, PA
    6. Has Children Sarah Gordon b: ABT 1745 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Lancaster County, PA
    7. Has No Children Ruth Gordon b: ABT 1748 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Lancaster County, PA
    8. Has No Children George Gordon b: ABT 1750 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Lancaster County, PA
    9. Has No Children James Gordon b: ABT 1752 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Cumberland County, PA
    10. Has No Children Rachel Gordon b: 1754 in Shady Grove, Antrim Township, Cumberland County, PA

    Sources:
    1. Type: E-Mail Message
      Author: Kevin Gordon
      Title: Gordon Family
      Date: May 29, 2000
      Location: kevin@houseofgordon.com
    2. Text: Jeremiah Gordon Letter copied by George A Gordon 7-20-1912
    3. Type: Book
      Author: Marian Otis
      Periodical: George Gordon, 1698 - 1759, of Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania and His Descendants
    4. Text: Genealogy reports on Gordon and Smith Family prepared by Tarney Smith based on information from Ora Gretrude Smith.
    5. Text: Files from the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle, PA on the Gordon Family recieved from Pat Brookman, February 12, 2002.
    6. Type: Web Site
      Author: John McCullough
      Title: John McCullough's Families
      URL: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=johnmccullough&id
      Date: Mar 3, 2008
      Date: 12 MAR 2008

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