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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


Page 1


Marriages – Wellington E Gordon to Emma L Wilcox  July 7th 1873


Page 2


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



Page 3


Births –          Wm H Wilcox  }

                        Honora Wilcox  }       [no dates]


Page 4


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


Page 2


Four Tintypes – two male and two female


Page 3


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. (



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