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Updated February 22, 2005

GENEALOGY Genealogy contained on the genealogy pages are contributed by individual family members, and are not the efforts of any one individual. For more information go to FRANK'S KIRKMAN FAMILY PAGE, by clicking on the links below. REMEMBER: to check your family's genealogy on the genealogy web sites and send us any corrections or updates. Keep us informed on any family news.


KIRKMAN GENEALOGY: This site is dedicated to the descendants and ancestors of John Kirkman born 2/22/1828 in High Point, Guilford Co, NC., and Elizabeth Thornburg born July 25, 1832 in Wayne Co. IN. John was a Civil war veteran and served with the Indiana Volunteers, 124th Indiana Infantry, F Company.

JORDAN GENEALOGY: This site contains the genealogy of the ancestors and descendants of Capt. John Jordan and Elisa Jane Sadorus.

ďCaptainĒ John Jordan, who headed a wagon train from Texas to California in 1850 and eventually settled in Tulare County in 1857. John Jordan was born on February 5, 1807 in Illinois, where he met and married Eliza Jane Sadorus in 1832.

In about 1833, Jordan traveled with his wife and daughter, Mary Ann, to an area of East Texas at the site of a large salt dome, near what is now known as Grande Saline. On December 17, 1845, he entered into a partnership agreement with A.T. McGee for the purpose of making salt. At this time, the settlement was known as Jordanís Saline, and salt was made by boiling down the brine from the marsh in iron kettles.

In January 1850, Jordan and McGee leased their interests in the salt works and departed by wagon train to California. They eventually sold their holdings in December 1850. In 1872, the Texas and Pacific Railroad was extended from Marshall to Dallas, passing through Jordanís Saline and the settlement was renamed Grande Saline.

The salt works were operated by a series of owners until 1920 when it was purchased by the Morton Salt Company. The Morton Salt plant at Grande Saline remains in operation today.

John Jordan died tragically in 1862 along the Jordan Trail, while attempting to cross the Kern River at Kern Flat along the Jordan Trail across the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Tulare County.

In 1893, the children of John Jordan and their families gathered with their mother, Eliza Jane Sadorus Jordan, at the family home northeast of Exeter. This was the first of what would become a tradition of annual reunions on the Sunday following Motherís Day. This year marked the 111th annual reunion.

The Ancestors and Decendants of John Jordan are made up of many names. The more dominant ones on this genealogy site are; Adams, Anderson, Armes, Arnold, Blakemore, Bliss, Bohannon, Boone, Brooks, Brown, Browning, Bullard, Cleveland, Coburn, Cortner, Crownover, Davis, Day, Denman, Douthit, Ellis, Epperson, Estes, Hardesty, Hill, Jordan, Kirkman, Lanier, Loving, Martin, McGinnis, McNay, Miller, Moore, Neal, Odum, Owens, Roberts, Sadorus, Smith, Snodgrass, Street, Thomas, Turner, Washington, Welton, Wheaton, Whiteside, Wilcher, Wilson, Wolford and Woodside.

MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE: The Mountain Meadow Massacre pages decribe the horrors of "a crime that has no parallel in American history for atrocity."


Frank Kirkman

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