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Descendants of William Jordan

12. REUBEN4 JORDAN (JONAS3, JONAS2, WILLIAM1) was born 20 May 1782 in Amelia Co., VA, and died 23 Aug 1840 in Coosa Co., AL. He married (1) EMILY DILLARD 22 Aug 1805 in Lauren, SC, daughter of SAMUEL DILLARD and ANNE HUTCHINGS. She was born 09 Jun 1784 in Pittsylvania Co., VA, and died 27 Mar 1829 in Autagua Co., AL or Montgomery Co., AL. He married (2) NANCY ANN SPIVEY 08 Jun 1830 in Rocky Mount, Autauga, Al, daughter of AARON SPIVEY and CHARLOTTE NIXON. She was born 1799 in NC, and died Dec 1888 in Coosa County, AL.

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Among the first people mentioned in history to have settled in the Elmore County, AL area now known as Wetumpka were Reuben Jordan and his family. Reuben originally came to Fort Toulouse Alabama while fighting for General Andrew Jackson. (The French established Fort Toulouse at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa in 1717, upon which site Gen. Andrew Jackson erected Fort Jackson in 1814, following the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. ) Reuben was an army Captain in the War of 1812. His mother was Betty Elmore, a sister of Gen. John Archer Elmore.

Reuben was born in Amelia Co., VA, but grew up in Laurens Co., SC where he joined General Jackson's army.

Reuben's uncle John Archer Elmore was an officer in the militia of South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War; he became a general in the militia after the Revolution. During his migration to Alabama, Rueben would influence John and his friends and relatives to migrate as well. Elmore Co., AL was named after John. John's home county in South Carolina may have been the home of William Enoch Jordans's parents. [Needs more research.]

After the War of 1812 and the Battle of Horshoe Bend in 1814, Reuben went to his family home in Laurens Co., SC and to visit relatives in Amelia Co., VA. He returned to Fort Jackson, Alabama in 1818 and brought his father, brothers, sisters and children with him. He was followed the next year by his uncle Gen. John Archer Elmore and family.

While visiting Gen. John Archer Elmore in SC on his way back to Alabama, Rueben married Emily Dillard. Emily's father, Samuel Dillard, owned land and slaves. Rueben brought his wife's slaves and the slaves that belonged to his Jordan uncles with him when he returned to Fort Jackson. He was to prepare the plantation for John Archer Elmore with the help of the slaves.

Other families who migrated to Autauga Co., AL with Reuben included many Revolutionary War soldiers and their families. They included:
- Dixon Hall b 1755 Dinwiddle Co., VA moved to Autauga County in 1818. He lived in NC and Hancock, Baldwin and Putnam Counties, GA before moving to Autauga. He built the Elleslie Plantation that is now in Elmore Co., AL. He entertained Lafayette there in April 1825. He eventually moved to Montogomery Co., AL where he died.
- Bolling Hall b January 1765 in Dinwiddle Co., VA brother of Dixon Hall and son of Hugh and Mary (Dixon) Hall of Orange Co., VA. He lived in Brunswick Co, VA before migrating to Hancock, Baldwin and Putnam Counties, GA after he served in the Revolutionary War. Bolling was elected to represent the District of Milledgeville, GA in 1812 and 1814.
- William Hall b 1790 Dinwiddle Co., VA and son of Dixon Hall moved to Autauga Co., AL by 1818 and settled near his uncle Bolling Hall. The land became part of Elmore Co., AL in 1855.
- William Martin b 1760 Caroline Co., VA moved to Autauga Co., AL by 1818. He moved to Anson Co., NC with his father at age 14. He served with Walter Ross and John Dejarnette from Anson Co., NC in the revolutionary War -- the same county in which Andrew Jackson. (Montgomery Co., NC was formed from Anson 1775-1780.) William Martin served under Col Thomas Wade and Maj Jonathan Jackson. He lived in Edgefiled Co., SC (near Laurens Co) 1790-1810.
- Governor Benjamin J. Fitzpatrick b June 30, 1800 Green Co., GA married to Sarah Terry Elmore daughter of Gen John Archer Elmore. He became a Governor of Alabama and died in Montgomery, AL in 1869.
- Governor William Wyatt Bibb b October 2, 1781 Amelia Co., VA came from Elbert Co., GA to Autauga Co (later Elmore Co) in 1819 as the appointed Territorial Governor of Alabama. He was inaugurated as the first Governor. he was the son of William Bibb and Sara S Wyatt. He was lord high sheriff of Prince Edward Co., VA in 1774-1775.
- John Pemberton De Jarnette b after 1796 Anson Co., NC.
- John and Mary Lewis family from NC
- Walter Ross who was an early postmaster with Reuben Jordan
- Col Rose
- rev Francis Bake
- John Taylor
- Gray
- Chapell Sledge
- Branard Young
- Charles Crommelin b NY

After the death of Emily Dillard Jordan, Reuben married Nancy Ann Spivey. She was the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Aaron Spivey originally from Isle of Wight, VA. Aaron and his family had moved to Autauga Co., AL -- probably through the influence of Gen John Archer Elmore. Aaron's wife Charlotte Dixon had grown up in Johnston Co., NC (near Sampson Co).

Taken from Dedication of Jordan Dam, 1927:
REUBEN JORDAN, the head of the Jordan family in Alabama, was born in Amelia County, Virginia, in 1782, being the son of Elizabeth Elmore and Jonas Jordan. He served in the war of 1812 against the British under General Andrew Jackson having volunteered from the State of South Carolina. He also served in the war against the Creek Indians and was in the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend in Tallapoosa County, which occurred March 1814. He made several farm crops near Fort Toulouse two or three miles south of Wetumpka, Alabama, before returning to Virginia to get his father --then an old man-- and his brothers and sisters. They came through South Carolina where Reuben Jordan married Miss Emily Dillard. He was joined at the home of his uncle, General John Archer Elmore, by a large party which had gathered with the intention of moving to Alabama; Reuben Jordan's family, General Elmore and family, and several sisters, and many members of the Hall, Lewis, Dixon, Fitzpatrick, Scott, Williams, Bibb and Martin families formed the party. The year 1821 found these families in possession of large tracts of fertile lands in what are now Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes Counties, and already taking a leading part in the affairs of the new state of Alabama. A few years later Reuben Jordan's wife Emily, died.

Another lot of settlers from North Carolina a little later came into a locality nearby (what is now Grand View) in the State of Alabama. In this party was a soldier of the Revolution, lame from wounds received in battle, named Aaron Spivey, a preacher, the fourth in line of the same name and calling. He had two daughters and two sons, and REUBEN JORDAN married the oldest daughter, Ann Spivey. About that time the state was afflicted with what was called River Fever, near the Toulouse Farm, and those who had settled in the rich river lands suffered from it most. This, coupled with the pioneer urge to move on to new lands, probably accounted for the fact that in about 1830, Reuben Jordan sold the lands, part of the present John Crommelin plantation-- and took up new lands to the north in the hill country, in what is now know as Coosa County. Here, in 1830, while still surrounded by the Creek Indians, under the famous Chief Tuskoonah, he built a pioneer cabin, two rooms, one above the other with a lean-to. Here Reuben Jordan brought his bride, a small, blue-eyed, fair-haired girl; here three children were born and here, in a few years, she was left a widow. Pioneer life was hard for a man but what must it have been for this young woman, alone in a cabin in the wilderness with three small children, a few slaves, some stock, a large partly cleared plantation, and th Indians still living all about her. But four generations of preacher-ancestors were a sufficient heritage, and she faced life with remarkable fortitude and ability. Being unusually well educated herself, she educated her daughters far beyond most women of that day, and sent her son, Reuben Elmore Jordan, to both the Medical college in New Orleans and to the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. From each of these places he graduated and received his degrees.

More About Reuben Jourdan:
Fact 1: August 20, 1840, Buried at old Jourdan plantation.

Autauga County, Alabama
Index To Land Records
Compiled By Larry W. Nobles and the Autauga Genealogical Society.

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Entries matching "Jordan"

JORDAN, J.A. from ROBINSON, H.P. 21 SEP 1854 DF 746
JORDAN, JOHN A. from FUNDERBURGH, W. B. 17 APR 1836 D 431

Coosa County was created by the Alabama legislature on 1832 Dec. 18, from lands included in the Creek Indian Treaty of Cusseta, 1832 Mar. 24. It was named for the Coosa River, which forms its western boundary. The word "Coosa" is believed to mean "cane-brake" in the Alibama-Kossati Indian dialect. Coosa County lies in the east-central part of the state. It is bordered by Shelby, Talladega, Clay, Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Chilton counties. A site on Albert Crumpler's plantation on Hatchemalega Creek was chosen as the county seat and given the name Lexington. In 1835 the name was changed to Rockford. Other towns and communities include Equality, Nixburg, and Goodwater.

More About R
Burial: Camp Ground, Coosa Co., Al

Notes for N
Coosa Co., AL 1850 census

633. Jordan Ann 47 NC 1800
Alabama 15 AL
Ruben 13 AL

Ann Spivey Jordan who died 1888 in Coosa Co. was the second wife of Reuben Jordan. They had three children. Reuben Jordan was said to have been a Captain in the War of 1812. Alabama Jordan was the second wife of Dr. Frank Maxwell.

Sara Ann's records show that Ann Spivey's husband was Samuel W. Jordan, Reuben Jordan's son. This needs to be clarified.

More About N
Burial: 1888, Ann Jordan Farm, Coosa Co., AL
Children of R
  i.   ELIZABETH A.5 JORDAN, b. 06 Dec 1806, Laurens, SC; d. 21 Apr 1808, Laurens, SC.
  ii.   SAMUEL W. JORDAN, b. 18 Feb 1808, Laurens, SC; d. 09 Mar 1808, Laurens, SC.
26. iii.   JOHN ARCHER JORDAN, DR., b. 16 Feb 1809, Laurens County, SC; d. Aft. 1881, Rusk, TX.
27. iv.   LUCINDA P. GREEN JORDAN, b. 04 Aug 1811, Laurens Co., SC; d. 02 Dec 1883, Autauga Co., AL.
  v.   ELIZABETH S. JORDAN, b. 17 Jun 1813, Laurens, SC; d. 18 Sep 1828, Coosa County, AL.
  vi.   ANDREW J. JORDAN, b. 09 May 1815, Laurens, SC; d. 10 Dec 1815, Laurens, SC.
28. vii.   THOMAS A. JORDAN, b. Abt. 1816, Laurens, SC; d. Coosa County, AL.
  viii.   SARAH ANN JORDAN, b. 14 Aug 1819, Wetumpka or Montgomery, AL; d. 20 Sep 1845, Coosa County, AL; m. RIGDON EDWARDS, 17 Jan 1838, AL.
29. ix.   JAMES ALFRED JORDAN, b. 23 Jan 1822, Montgomery, AL; d. 26 Mar 1873, Rockwall, TX.
  x.   FRANCES JORDAN, b. 10 Apr 1824, Wetumpka or Montgomery, AL; d. 31 Oct 1834, Autauga Co., AL.
30. xi.   MARY EMILY JORDAN, b. 30 Oct 1828, Wetumpka, Elmore Co., AL; d. 30 Oct 1913, Wetumpka, Elmore Co., AL.
31. xii.   SOPHRONIA ELMIRA5 JORDAN, b. 11 Apr 1831, Montgomery, AL; d. 03 Oct 1865, Coosa County, AL.
  xiii.   CHARLOTTE POCAHANTAS JORDAN, b. 19 Oct 1832, Montgomery, AL; d. 26 Dec 1836, Coosa, Al.
32. xiv.   ALABAMA R. JORDAN, b. 03 Oct 1835, Coosa County, AL; d. Abt. 1923, Tallapoosa, Al.
  xv.   REUBEN ELMORE JORDAN, b. 17 Jul 1837, Coosa County, AL; d. 25 Mar 1881, Coosa County, AL.
Being unusually well educated herself, Reuben's mother Ann educated her daughters far beyond most women of that day, and sent her son, Reuben Elmore Jordan, to both the Medical college in New Orleans and to the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. From each of these places he graduated and received his degrees.

13. FRANCIS4 JORDAN (JONAS3, JONAS2, WILLIAM1) was born 1786 in Amelia Co., Va, and died 17 Aug 1858 in Lowndes Co., AL. He married ?? DILLARD. She was born Abt. 1790 in Amelia Co., Va, and died Bef. 1840 in Cass Co., GA.

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Francis Jordan is in Cass Co., GA District 936 during the 1840 census. The county is now named Bartow and is about 60 miles northwest of Heard Co., GA where William Enoch Jordan lived in 1840.

Francis Jordan 50-60
Wife None
Male 5-10
Male 10-15
Female 15-20
Female 20-30

Francis had no slaves during the 1840 census.
Children of F
  i.   ??5 JORDAN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.
  ii.   ?? JORDAN, b. Bet. 1820 - 1825.
  iii.   FRANK A. JORDAN, b. Abt. 1822, AL; d. Lowndes Co., AL; m. LIONORA S. ??; b. Abt. 1829, AL.
  iv.   ?? JORDAN, b. Bet. 1830 - 1835.

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