Jesse Gordon, Revolutionary War Pension Application, File W13280. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900. National Archives Microfilm, Microcopy M804, Roll 1096. Contributed by: Carolyn Grace.


Letter written October 28, 1918, addressed to Hon. James Hamilton Lewis, United States Senate. (Part of Jesse Gordon's pension file)

"My dear Senator:

In response to your letter dated the twenth-fifth instant, you are furnished the following data relative to Daniel Chandler and Jesse Gordon as requested by you.

Jesse Gordon W. File No. 13,280 Rev. War, was allowed pension on his application executed September 2, 1834, at which time he was a resident of Ridge Settlement, Jackson County, Illinois.

He stated that he was born October 3, 1755 in King and Queen County, Virginia, and was a resident of Surry County, North Carolina when he enlisted in February, 1776, as Orderly-Sergeant, under Captain William Shepherd, Colonel Joseph Williams, was in the battle of Moores Creek Bridge, and served three months.

Enlisted in the fall of 1776, Orderly-Sergeant, Captain Mosby's company, under Colonel Williams; served three months.

He afterwards removed to Wilkes County, Georgia, and volunteered in the Georgia troops, August 10, 1777, as First Lieutenant, under Captain James Hawkins, Colonel John Stewart and served eleven months and twenty-days.

In September, 1778, he enlisted in Captain John (looks like Granell's) company, Colonel John Dooley's regiment of Georgia troops, and was in the siege of Savannah; he next volunteered under Colonel Elijah Clarke, and was in the battle of Kettle Creek. After the taking of Charleston, they were surrounded by the enemy, and in the winter of 1780-1781, he with many others became prisoners of parole (under Colonel Brown who was in possession of Augusta), while Colonel Clarke escaped. When Clarke returned, in the following September, Jesse Gordon broke his parole, joined Colonel Clarke and drove Colonel Brown out of Augusta, but he (Gordon) was captured and confined at Augusta until the last of February 1782 when he made his escape and returned to Wilkes County, and there he was again captured by Colonels Brown and Cruger and carried (?) at Augusta for eight months or until Colonel Henry Lee took Brown's Fort in June 1782, when he returned home and continued in the service until (unreadable ) ... the Indians for one year and six months.

Jesse Gordon married in Union County, Illinois, April 2, 1829 Mary (called Nancy) Simpson. He died in Jackson County, Illinois, August 27, 1850, and she was allowed pension on her application executed in 1859, while a resident of Jackson County, Illinois, and sixty-six years of age. There is no reference to any other marriage or to any children.

signature of E C Tuman "( ?? too faint to be readable)

Additional notes from pension file:

His son-in-law, William Green Lindsey, wrote a letter to US Government stating Jesse's character as being honest when Jesse was applying for a pension, but he wrote it as his minister - not as a relative. Jesse's pension was granted years before he was notified. This poor, elderly man was begging for assistance, the money had been granted, only he wasn't receiving it. When he finally did get his pension, he only received that granted to a private. Jesse's widow pursued the case, and finally sent enough proof to the government that Jesse was indeed a Lieutenant in the Rev. War.

In the pension file, in one of the letters written by Jesse Gordon, he states that he was born in King and Queen County, Virginia on October 3, 1755, per his father's Bible. I have no idea what ever happened to that Bible, nor did he mention his father's name.


Transcribed by Carolyn Grace. Copyright 1999.

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