m. Zora Mercer b. 1917 Antwerp, OH,
daughter of Levi Adam and Agness Adella (Shull) Mercer.
Levi was the son of Carson Quinn Mercer and Nancy Elizabeth Long.
Barbara Agnes (Gordin) Cottrell
b. 1937 Jamestown, OH
m. Jack Warren Cottrell,
son of Major Franklin and Jewell (Mitchell) Cottrell
Russell Warren Cottrell
b. 1961 Cincinnati, OH
m. Maria Carrillo,
daughter of Margarito and Rufina (Breceda) Carrillo
Charles Richard Gorden or Gordon had 17 children: John, James, William, Andrew, Lettie, Giles, Anna, Eliza, Mary, Richard, Catherine,
George Washington, Maza, Sarah, David, Frederick, and Deliliah. The spelling "Gordin" began in this generation.
Excerpts from the memoirs of John Gordon (1802-1880), eldest son of Charles Richard, written in 1863:
My father, Richard Gordon, was born in Buckingham County,
Virginia Dec. 12, 1774, two years before the Declaration of Independence was
declared. His father, Giles Gordon, was in the Revolutionary
War. He was in one of the hardest fought battles in Virginia about the
close of that war. I have heard my grandmother say she stood in her
yard and heard the cannon firing while her husband was in the battle and
that when he came home he said he could have walked over the space of a ten
acre field on dead men's bodies without touching ground.
I was born on the 15th day of February 1802 some two miles
from Salem on Harrison Creek. My mother was sixteen years and six
months old at the time of my birth.
In the fall of 1805 my father moved to Highland County,
Ohio. They moved in a two horse wagon. We came through Abington
in the extreme south western part of Virginia, through eastern Tennessee and
Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River where Maysville now stands.
The vicinity was a "law unto itself." A man that would disturb
the peace at a gathering of any kind, was taken by four men, each taking an arm
or leg, and bumped against a tree a certain number of times and then compelled
to leave the community. I saw two men served thus myself. They were
James and John Findley, who afterward became very noted personages in the state,
especially James B., who was long known as a minister of the gospel, and was
also, at one time, chaplain of the Ohio Penitentiary, and author of a book
entitled "The Prison Life."
My mother was an economical and hard working woman and as hardy as a "pine
knot," and father was very thrifty, and considerable of a horse
jockey--made considerable by horse trading.
In the fall of 1817 we had a hewn log house up, 21 by 26 feet, two story high,
with one door, one window, and two loose floors, and a small stove in it that
cost $50--a midling cold looking place by the way, on a cold winter. For
three years we had a very hard time, sometimes very scanty provisions and
clothing, though we did not suffer so much as some older settlers.