Dempsey and Samuel Jordan


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As a part of your Virtual Tour of Kettle Creek Battlefield by popular request, we have added information on those who have been reported to havebeen at Kettle Creek Battle, but have not been verified and entered on the monument.

Submitted by
Larry R. Stanley
899 East Lake Road
McDonough, GA 30252
Email: ebstanley@mindspring.com

Source: Roster of the Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia
McCall, Mrs Howard H
Genealogical Publishing Co; Baltimore; 1968/1969
Originally published Atlanta 1941
Three volumes

[pg 248 Vol I; pg 275 Vol III ]
They Fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek, Through Which Georgia Was Freed of the Tory Domination, and a Monument Has Been Erected to Their Memory on this Battle Ground
Jordan, Dempsey
Jordan, Samuel

Charles Jordan II was a Captain of the Georgia Militia. His son, Samuel, served under him at Fort Wells, Wilkes County, several terms before 1778.

Captain Jordan lived in the fort until it was destroyed by the Tories under Tate in September 1778.

In the Minutes of the First Court, State of Georgia, Wilkes County, August 26, 1779, the Grand Jury ordered that Charles Jordan ... be sworn and sent to attend on the Grand Jury to give evidence in behalf of the State against Joshua Rials.

Joshua Rials was found guilty by the Court of "high treason against this State, that he did act in conjunction with Tate and the Creek Indians - When the said Tate and the Creek Indians were doing Murder on the Frontier of this County last March... -- Signed John Dooley, Attorney General

By Charles Jordan Charles Jordan, Jr.

Charles Jordan II was "Commander in Chief" at Fort Rogers on the north fork of the Ogeechee River, then that part of Wilkes County which became Warren County, when the fort was destroyed by a party of about 300 Creek Indians. He lost considerable property during the affair. His house and outhouses were near the fort and burned, with their contents, by the Indians. His daughter, Sarah, was living with him at-the time.

A claim was made by his son, Dempsey Jordan, in 1822 for the loss, upon which an allowance of $1,150 was made for the property and interest entered as "43 years - $2,967." The listed property loss included:
Three feather Beds and furniture $ 90
One Negro Fellow, 18 or 20 years 350
Household furniture taken or destroyed 150
Three Head Horses 150
Forty-five Head Cattle @ $8 360
Twenty Head Cattle @ $2.50 50

An index to Wilkes County Will Book ID D1 - 1779-1792 lists Charles Jordan, recorded on page ninety-five of that Will book. The book, however, was supposedly burned in the office of a lawyer who had borrowed it, and only the index and a small number of the wills have been found. "The loss of this book is nothing short of a tragedy."

Captain Charles Jordan was killed in the second siege of Augusta, Georgia, in September 1780. His death is recorded in several texts.

The list of his children below is thought to be far from complete:

Samuel, born in Virginia or Province of Carolina in 1749; died in March 1835 at the house of his brother Charles in Walton County, Georgia. He was about eighty-six years old.

He enlisted December 10, 1776, under Captain John McIntosh and served under various commands until October 21, 1779. His Declaration in order to obtain a pension, made in Walton County in 1832, resulted in an award of eighty dollars per annum to commence on March 4, 1831.

On December 12, 1821, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, he married Margaret Daniel, who was also pensioned after his death at eighty dollars per annum. In her Declaration in order to obtain a pension, made in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1853, she stated that she was the only heir of her late husband. (So, there were no children or none alive at that time)

SAMUEL JORDAN, b. August 18, 1749, Perquimans Co., NC; d. 1835, Walton Co., Georgia; m. MARGARET DANIEL, 1821, Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Notes for SAMUEL JORDAN:
Source: Early Records of Georgia - Vol II - Wilkes County
Davidson, Grace Gillam
publ: Rev Silas Emmett Lucas Jr. 1968
[Originally published in Macon GA 1933

[pg 70][Remnant Tax Digest -1785?][Capt. Augustin Davis' District] Samuel Jurden.............1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.

[pg 90][Deed Book "G.G"]
Page 431 - Jordan-Jurden, Samuel and wife Jen or Jeen to Edward Hardy a certain tract on both sides of Well's creek including improvements, agreeable to a grant to said Jurden. Sept. 24, 1789.

[pg 91][Deed Book "G.G"]
Page 434 - Jurden, Samuel and wife Jen or Jeen to Jesse Hardy, 100 acres on both sides of Well's creek part of a tract bought by said Jurden from Thos. Holloy, Sept. 24, 1789. Wm. Hollined, Edward Hardy, test.

Source: Gone To Georgia; Jackson and Gwinnett Counties and Their Neighbors in the Western Migration.
William C. Stewart. publ: National Genealogical Society 1965 [pg 293]

207. JORDAN: Charles Jourdan was taxed on the Mulberry Fork (Burge's district) in 1801, Radford was in the 1805 lottery list in Jackson County and in 1807, Samuel was in Cochran's district on Mulberry in 1807.

James Jordan was in Hamilton's District, Gwinnett County, in 1819 and in the 1820 census Samuel and Charles, each aged 26-45, and James, aged 16-25, were enumerated.

Source: Georgia Revolutionary Bounty Land Records 1783-1785.
Nicole M O'Kelly and Mary Bondurant Warren
Heritage Papers (1992). PO Box 7776; Athens GA 30604

Born as per his RW pension application on 18 Aug., 1749, in either Virginia or the province of Carolina.

[pg 62][1784]
Samuel Jordan 250 1114 E Clarke, Col [blank]

Pages 127-203
Bounty Warrants
Record Group 3-4-7, 8080-05
Spine title: Bounty Warrants, Washington, Franklin 1784

[pg 156][[Names for]Franklin County, Date of Warrant, No., Quantum [acreage]on Purchase, Quantum of Bounty.]
Samuel Jordan 14 Jul 1784 632 287 1/2

[pg 231][no defined headings; petitioners, date, acreage, location, warrant no. "Bo'y"=Bounty]
Samuel Jordan 287 1/2 Franklin 14 Jul 1784 632

Source: Index to The Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia 1756-1909.
Georgia Genealogical Reprints 1970
GRANTEE LOCATION BOOK PAGE ACRES YEAR
JOURDON SAML BURKE SSS 333 200 1789
JOURDAN SAMUEL FRANKLIN CCCCC 193 287 1/2 1799

Dempsey Jordan, born Province of Carolina December 6, 1754; died in Taliaferro County, Georgia, November 3, 1833. He was about seventy-nine years old.

He enlisted in Georgia in 1776 under Colonel John McIntosh and served two years in Savannah. At the end of that enlistment he returned home and volunteered under General Elijah Clark. He was at the siege of Augusta and helped to dig the notorious Brown out of a cave in the fort. He served more than four years entirely in Georgia.

The Declaration of his widow, Sarah Jordan, made in 1836 and 1837 state that she was married to Dempsey by David Holloman, a Justice of the Peace, at Fort Alexander in January 1777, while he was a soldier. "And she does not know of any person living who was at said marriage - nor does she know (such was the state of the country) whether there was any record made of such marriage

Dempsey made affidavit in Greene County, Georgia, in October 1802, that in 1779 a party of Creek Indians set fire to Fort Rogers, in which he resided, and that all his household furniture was burned and carried off by the Indians; who also carried off a Negro fellow between 19 and 21 years, several horses and about forty head of cattle. The total claim amounted to $1,430.

DEMPSEY JORDAN, b. December 06, 1754, Perquimans Co., NC; d. 1833, Taliaferro Co., GA; m. SARAH O'NEAL, 1777, Fort Alexander, Wilkes Co., GA;
b. 1756, North Carolina; d. 1848, Taliaferro Co., GA.
Notes for DEMPSEY JORDAN:
Dempsey's RW pension application says he was born on the south side of the Meherrin river in "Parkemoins" (or some such spelling) Co., NC.

Source: Early Records of Georgia - Vol II - Wilkes County Davidson, Grace Gillam. publ: Rev Silas Emmett Lucas Jr. 1968 [Originally published in Macon GA 1933

[pg 63][Remnant Tax Digest -1785?][Capt. Alexander's District, Taken by him]

Demsey Jordan......1 poll, 250 acres Wilkes Co. Ogeechee river

Source: Roster of the Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia
McCall, Mrs Howard H
Genealogical Publishing Co; Baltimore; 1968/1969
Originally published Atlanta 1941
Three volumes

[pg 248 Vol I; pg 275 Vol III ]
They Fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek, Through Which Georgia Was Freed of the Tory Domination, and a Monument Has Been Erected to Their Memory on this Battle Ground
Jordan, Dempsey Jordan, Samuel

Source: Georgia Revolutionary Bounty Land Records 1783-1785.
Nicole M O'Kelly and Mary Bondurant Warren
Heritage Papers (1992). PO Box 7776; Athens GA 30604

[pg 44][15 Mar 1784]
Demsy Jordan 250 ac Elijah Clark, Col

[pg 62][1784]
Demsy Jordan 250 1051 E Clarke, Col [blank]

[pg 156][[Names for]Washington County, Date of Warrant, No., Quantum [acreage]on Purchase, Quantum of Bounty.]
Dempsey Jordan 17 May 1784 1770

Source: Index to The Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia 1756-1909.
Georgia Genealogical Reprints 1970
GRANTEE LOCATION BOOK PAGE ACRES YEAR
JORDAN DEMPSEY WASHINGTON MMM 123 287 1/2 1787

Found at Greene Co., GA courthouse in 1986, and repeated here by Danny Knight, researcher:
The second item is the will of Sarah O'Neal Jordan, widow of Dempsey Jordan, written in Greene County on 2 March, 18--, and proved in Greene County on 31 May, 1848. She makes bequests to the following:

heirs of Nathan Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Edmund Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Elijah Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Zachariah Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Jesse Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Dempsey Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son John Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son William Jordan, 5 dollars.
my daughter Bethena Moore.
my son-in-law James Moore.

Witnesses were William F. Luckie, Moon Mapp and J. A. Williams, JP.

There are additional records on some of these children in the records of Taliaferro Co., GA. I have followed some of them further. I do not believe that the Elijah and Dempsey are the men of the same name in Meriwether Co., GA, as I think I have additional references with more on these two. Note the names Nathan and Zachariah, which are found in Wilkes/Lincoln Co., GA, c. 1780s and 1790s.

Notes from Danny Knight, a Jordan researcher:

This Sarah O'Neal Jordan was the daughter of John O'Neal who died c. 1807 in Hancock Co., GA. John O'Neal had come from Edgecombe/Johnston . Sarah O'Neal, according to Dudley O'Neal in Florida, is one of the only three children that can definitely be proved as belonging to John O'Neal who moved from Johnston Co., NC, c. 1773 to Wilkes Co., GA. John O'Neal was in Wilkes County until c. 1793 and in Hancock until at least 1807, when he probably dies as he vanishes from the records. The Nathan/Zachariah in Hancock could be either the Lincoln County ones or children of Sarah and Dempsey. I know there are records for some of them in Taliaferro Co., GA.

Source: Early Records of Georgia - Vol II - Wilkes County
Davidson, Grace Gillam. publ: Rev Silas Emmett Lucas Jr. 1968
[Originally published in Macon GA 1933

[pg 63][Remnant Tax Digest -1785?][Capt. Alexander's District, Taken by him]

Demsey Jordan......1 poll, 250 acres Wilkes Co. Ogeechee river

Source: Georgia Revolutionary Bounty Land Records
1783-1785. Nicole M O'Kelly and Mary Bondurant Warren
Heritage Papers (1992). PO Box 7776; Athens GA 30604

[pg 44][15 Mar 1784]
Demsy Jordan 250 ac Elijah Clark, Col

[pg 62][1784]
Demsy Jordan 250 1051 E Clarke, Col [blank]

[pg 156][[Names for]Washington County, Date of Warrant, No., Quantum [acreage]on Purchase, Quantum of Bounty.]
Dempsey Jordan 17 May 1784 1770

Source: Index to The Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia 1756-1909.
Georgia Genealogical Reprints 1970
GRANTEE LOCATION BOOK PAGE ACRES YEAR
JORDAN DEMPSEY WASHINGTON MMM 123 287 1/2 1787

Found at Greene Co., GA courthouse in 1986, and repeated here by Danny Knight, researcher:
The second item is the will of Sarah O'Neal Jordan, widow of Dempsey Jordan, written in Greene County on 2 March, 18--, and proved in Greene County on 31 May, 1848. She makes bequests to the following:

heirs of Nathan Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Edmund Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Elijah Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Zachariah Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Jesse Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son Dempsey Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son John Jordan, 5 dollars.
my son William Jordan, 5 dollars.
my daughter Bethena Moore.
my son-in-law James Moore.

Witnesses were William F. Luckie, Moon Mapp and J. A. Williams, JP. There are additional records on some of these children in the records of Taliaferro Co., GA. I have followed some of them further. I do not believe that the Elijah and Dempsey are the men of the same name in Meriwether Co., GA, as I think I have additional references with more on these two. Note the names Nathan and Zachariah, which are found in Wilkes/Lincoln Co., GA, c. 1780s and 1790s.

Sarah Jordan - the only record of her is contained in Volume II, part 2, Indian Depredations, 1787-1825, Original Claims in the department of Archives and History of Georgia, consisting of an affidavit made in Hancock County, Georgia, on October 14, 1822, to the effect that

Some time about the year 1779 she lived with and was at her father's house -- upon the north fork of the Ogeechee River (then Wilkes County) which houses stood near a fort called Harris (and by others called Fort Marbary) when the Creek Indians, supposed to be three hundred in number, made an attack upon said fort. They commenced their attack about one o'clock and continued until about twelve o'clock at night. That this deponent was in the fort and saw her father's house, which was near and in sight, her father and one other then being in the house from which they retreated into the fort. She recounted the loss of said house and outhouses with contents "reasonably worth three hundred dollars"; six head of horses; eight cows and calves.
"There were pieces of hides left and the general impression among the whites who came to the relief of the fort the next morning was that some pieces of hides and horses were used to carry off the dead and wounded."

Since this affidavit was made in Hancock County in 1822, it is reasonable that additional records concerning this Sarah Jordan may be located there.

Charles Jordan III, born in a "Northern state" in June 1764; died in Meriwether County, Georgia in August 1832. The foregoing information is from the Declaration of Frances, the third wife if Charles Jordan III, made in 1837 in order to obtain a petition. The northern state is believed to be North Carolina. from that Declaration...

Said Charles Jordan, deceased, was called into service, residence in Wilkes County, Georgia, sometime during the year 1780, probably the earlier part of that year." Serving in the Militia of the State, he performed "scouting and reconnoitering on the frontiers, building and sustaining forts and protecting the inhabitants." "At that time Georgia and Carolina were measurably in possession of the British from their control of Augusta and Charleston, and expeditions were entirely on the defensive and cautiously engaged in and with an eye to protect the frontier settlements from Tory fiends and Indian massacre. They were worse indeed and more imperative than danger and injury from the British enemy by whom they were encouraged, sometimes assisted and always communicated with from those Bristish forts."

The first Declaration filed by Frances Jordan (1833) was rejected and returned for additional witnesses. This second filing in 1837 was evidently satisfactory toward receipt of the pension.

Charles Jordan III resided in Wilkes County when first called into the Militia. He was about sixteen years old at that time. During the Revolution he resided at various times in that part of Wilkes County which was sub-divided into Columbia and Lincoln counties. He lived in Lincoln County from 1790 to 1806. During 1807 and 1808 he resided in Jackson County; and, from 1809 to 1816 he lived in Morgan County. From there he moved to Monroe County, Alabama, where he resided for nine years near the Burnt Corn Spring up to and including 1825. From Alabama he returned to Georgia into Upson County, where he remained in 1826 and 1827. He moved to Meriwether County in the Spring of 1828 and remained there to the time of his death. "He was a pioneer, frontier man and usually attended to cattle stock with merely a farm home."

PENINNAH7 JORDAN, b. Abt. 1760, Perquimans area, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1820, Gwinnett County, Georgia; m. SHADRACK STANLEY, Abt. 1780, Wilkes County, Georgia; b. Bet. 1750 - 1760, Dobbs County, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1830, Marengo Co., Alabama.
Notes for PENINNAH JORDAN:
1836 Power of Attorney granted by Jordan, Samuel and Stephen Stanley to their named brother James Stanley named all the brothers and 'Penainy' Jordan as their mother. Research has determined that the Power of Attorney listed a phonetic spelling. The Old Testament book of Samuel reveals the name Penninah. In Hebrew it means Pearl.

Submitted by
Larry R. Stanley
899 East Lake Road
McDonough, GA 30252
Email: ebstanley@mindspring.com

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