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Original owner – “Wellington E. Gordon, Shelter Island, NY 1872”
Description – The HOLY BIBLE containing the OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.
Philadelphia: William N Harding No 326 Chestnut Street 1870.
Large bible (10 x 11 x 3). Brown/gold embossed cover with picture of Christ on the front. Spine taped, metal clasp loose, but Bible intact. Four family pages after APOCRYPHA followed by three pages for Family Portraits.
“Presented to Wellington E Gordon by his Pupils”
Stewart H Congdon Clarence Cartwright
Frank P Conklin John B Bowditch
Eddie P Baldwin Thomas E Burns
Walker Osborne Jesse Preston
Abram Havens Harry Fordham
Abbott Sherman Calvin Dennis
John E Chester Lizzie M Jennings
Willie O Duvall Belle B Sherman
Winfield S Cartwright Edie B Bouditch
Frank Sisson Julia Sherman
Eugene P Cartwright Lavina Chester
Eugene Jennings Effie M Congdon
Gilbert Manwarring Katie D Burns
John Flowers Clarence Wilcox
[G--] V Cartwright Annie Thomas
Marriages – Wellington E Gordon to Emma L Wilcox July 7th 1873
Births - John W Gordon Oct 30, 1820
Hannah M Gordon Oct 8, 1826
Wellington E Gordon Oct 5th 1848
Adelbert J Gordon March 12th 1852
Fenelly E Gordon Dec 25th 1855 [seen in census as Nelly]
(above marriage and births appear to be written by the same person, same ink)
Emma L Wilcox Nov 27th 1843
Ralph, son of W E Gordon, Emma L Gordon Nov 15th 1875
Ruth, dau of “ “ Aug 19th 1877
Births – Wm H Wilcox }
Honora Wilcox } [no dates]
Deaths - Ralph Gordon Nov 15 1875
Emma L Wilcox Gordon April 7, 1901
Family Portraits –
Page 1 (page torn)
Top (L) Male – “Hammonds Gallery, No 36 Main St., Greenport, LI
Top (R) Female – no info.
Lower (L) Couple – no info.
Lower (R) Female – young adult – McDonnald, 519 Broadway, Albany, NY
Four Tintypes – two male and two female
Four Tintypes – one male and three baby pictures
Location – Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Catalog # - 1969.025.0001 U107L05 Transcribed by J. Wickizer: 11 April 2012
Born in 1848 in Batchellerville, New York, Wellington Gordon grew up on a farm in the Sacondaga Valley. In 1870 Wellington, after attending Albany Normal School, began teaching in Long Island. He first taught in Orient and then in Shelter Island. In 1881, he went to Patchogue, New York. There he served the School District for 38 years as Principal and Superintendent and was a leading figure in the community. Dr. Wellington Gordon died in Patchogue in 1926.
In the early 1920’s, Wellington wrote about his early life and growing up in the Sacondaga Valley. He mentions relatives, friends, and all aspects of life in the valley. He dedicated his writing, Scattering Memories of a Sacondaga Home, 1850 – 1870, to his grandchildren, Day and Marjorie Ellithorp, children of his only daughter, Ruth. (Ruth, for many years, was Town Clerk of Edinburg, New York.)
According to Wellington Gordon, in his writings, his great grandfather John Gordon had been a “Hessian soldier” and “was captured at the battle of Bennington, was sent [as] a prisoner to Boston where he enlisted in the American army and served till the end of the war receiving an honorable discharge”. John moved with his wife to the Sacondaga Valley, bought a farm, and built a log house. They had eleven children. A son, Edward Gordon was Wellington’s grandfather and Edward’s son John, was Wellington’s father.
(Wellington’s biography, picture and story about growing up in the valley, Scattering Memories of a Sacondaga Home, 1850 -1870, can be found at the Saratoga County Historian’s Office in Ballston Spa as well as several libraries in the Southern Adirondack Library System.)
Wellington E Gordon is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., NY. (http://www.longislandsurnames.com)