Ancestry of Sarah Gordon from the record of Thomas Gordon Jr. family of St. Joseph, Missouri, as submitted for membership in the S.A.R. Organization.
Sarah Gordon's first ancestor in the United States was Thomas Gordon, the son of Alexander Gordon and Jane Stewart. He was born near Newry (Ulster) County Down North Ireland, about the year 1745. Thomas was the only child of Scotch-Irish parentage who came originally from Scotland, his father being a decendant of the Huntly-Gordons. In 1750 at the age of five, he came with his mother Jane Stewart Gordon to America and established their home in the north eastern edge of Albemarle County, Virginia, near the town of Gordonsville. In 1770 Thomas married Miss Sarah Wilson, to this union were born seven children. Sarah Gordon's father John Gordon was the first child of Thomas Gordon and Sarah Wilson, born in Albemarle County, Virginia. In 1772 he married Barzilla Martin daughter of John Martin and Sarah Simson.
They settled on the main highway about two miles south of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, where they farmed and operated a tavern to serve the passangers who traveled through by stage coach. They had begun their life together with very little means, but by application of industry, due economy, and intelligence, gained property rapidly, until Ancestral File - ver 4.17 shows baptism date as 18 Jun 1835 see History of Changes ver 4.19
1. Change: Baptism Date Date of Change: 10 Oct 1995 Before: 17 Jun 1855 After: 18 Jun 1835 Source/Reasons: See Levi Jackman Autobiography page 13, typescript BYU. Also available in Early Writings database at BYU
Submitter: DAVID CARLISLE 536 SOUTH 880 WEST OREM, UTAH 84058
More About Sarah Gordon: Ancestral File Number: 1W7M-R6.216 Baptism (LDS): 18 Jun 1835216 Burial: Dec 1872, Springville, Utah Co., Utah.216 Endowment (LDS): 02 Jan 1846, NAUVO (Nauvoo Illinois (original)).216 Residence: Springville, Utah.217 Sealed to parents (LDS): 17 Apr 1946218
More About Sarah Gordon and Thomas GUYMON: Marriage: 28 Feb 1809, , Stokes Co., North Carolina.218 Sealed to spouse (LDS): 12 Mar 1873, EHOUS (Endowment House).218
Marriage Notes for Sarah Gordon and Thomas GUYMON: [johnson.ged]
HISTORY OF THOMAS GUYMON
Thomas Guymon was born March 17, 1787; a son of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn. His father Isaiah, was the first Guymon born in the United States, and a soldier of the Revolutionary War. We know very little about the childhood days of Thomas Guymon. The first we know he was a young man living in Surry County, North Carolina. He was a good natured man and was liked by everyone who knew him. He was an ambitious young man with a fairly good education for those days, for we know he had enough education to be a school teacher. He was also a farmer. It seems that in the first part of the 19th Century, people only had time for school when there was no farm work to be done; therefore he farmed in the summer and taught school in the winter. The descendants of Thomas Guymon have in their possession a contract which reads as follows:
CONTRACT FOR TEACHING SCHOOL
Articles of an agreement made and entered into between Thomas Guymon of the County of Jackson, in the state of Tennessee of the first part, and we the undersigners of the other part. The said Guymon does bind himself to teach a school for three months, of reading and writing five days out of every week, at the rate of six dollars per year. One half in current money to be paid at the end of school; one half to be paid in cotton, wool or cloth delivered at the home of said Guymon; or corn or pork at the market price delivered at the mouth of Procters Creek. The trade to be paid on or before the 25th of December. The school house to be built at the Dripping Spring, between that of Guymon and Orson Martins. The school to begin on the second Monday in August. The said Guymon to make up all lost time that he does loose. The said Guymon is to keep good order in the school. The subscribers with the teacher are to build a good sufficient schoolhouse. The house is to be ready in good time. Signed this 11 day of July 1821. SIGNED: Thomas Hicklen, Archibald M. Levant, Orson Martin, Salton Coyd, John McLearan.
Along with the other work Thomas Guymon did while living in Tennessee he operated a ferry boat crossing over the Cumberland River. His ferry consisted of several boats, some large and some small. The large boats were big enough to carry two teams and wagons. The large boats were run by horse power. The horse was in the center of the boat, the horse went round and round, which worked the paddles, and the paddles pushed the boat across the river. The small boats were propelled by hand or by a rope stretched across the river.
Thomas married Sarah Gordon the 23rd day of February 1809, and together their married life began in Surry County, North Carolina. Here their first three sons were born. They moved from North Carolina to Jackson County, Tennessee about 1815. Tennessee was the birth place of their next three sons and one daughter. They lived in Tennessee for some ten years, then they moved to Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, where three more daughters were born to them.
One beautiful day in 1836 Thomas' son James came home very excited, with information of a new church. It was different from the other churches they had known. Thomas and his sons were out in the forrest chopping wood. When James told them his story they listened with interest, and when James had finished speaking, Thomas stood upon a log and said, "Jim, that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is just what we have been looking for." Thomas and his wife Sarah, his sons James and Thomas, and his daughters Barzilla, Polly Ann, and Melissa Jane were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They soon joined the saints and were with them through all their persecutions.
From the history of Caldwell County the following information was obtained. A document or covenant made in Caldwell County, Missouri, January 29, 1839. Among the signers we find the name of Thomas Guymon and his son Noah Thomas. "We whose names are here underwritten, do each for ourselves individually here-by covenant to stand by and assist each other, to the utmost of our abilities, in removing from this state in compliance with the authority of the state; and we do hereby acknowledge ourselves firmly bound to the extent of all our available property, to be disposed of by a committee who shall be appointed for that purpose, for providing means for removing of the poor and destitute who shall beconsidered worthy, from this country till there shall not be one left who desires to move from the state; with this proviso, that no individuals shall be drprived of the right of the disposal of his own property, for the above purpose, or having the control of it, or so much of it as shall be necessary for the removal of his own family, and be entitled to the surplus, after the work is affected; and furthermore said committee shall give receipts for all property, and account for all expenditures of the same. (There were 24 signers). The committee members were as follows: William Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theordore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrack Roundy, and Jonthan H. Hale.
Thomas came across the plains to Utah, leaving Illinois in the spring of 1850 with the Aaron Johnson Company. With him were his children who had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with the exception of James who came the year before. The children were all married and had families of their own, except Melissa Jane, and she and her furture husband did their courting while crossing the plains. They arrived in Salt Lake Valley in September 1850. Thomas lived only five years after coming to Utah. The fact that they had joined the church had divided his family; because his sons Isaiah, John and William never joined the church, and as a result they and their families remained in the state of Illinois. He never for one moment regretted joining the Church, but he did regret the separation in his family. We have many copies of letters exchanged between those who remained in the east with those who came west. Thomas Guymon died in Springville,Utah County,Utah 20 October, 1855.
In Volume 6, page 337 of the History of the Church we find that Thomas Guymon filled a mission to North Carolina in the year 1844. This was his birth place.
Research done by Mary Guymon Oliphant (deceased) Research done by Mrs. Catherine Guymon Anderson 4456 W. 102 St. Inglewood, California Records of James Guymon, son of Thomas & Sarah Gordon Research by Guymon Family Organization Research Committee: Briant G. Tingey, Chairman Delora Cook Eva Adams Olive Stone
Children of Sarah Gordon and Thomas GUYMON are:
+Isaiah GUYMON, b. 15 Feb 1810, , Stokes Co., North Carolina218, d. 17 Mar 1901, , Edgar, Illionis218.
+John GUYMON, b. 28 Nov 1811, , Stokes Co., North Carolina218, d. 12 Aug 1896, , Edgar, Illionis218.