GEORGE GORDON, many years of whose life were spent in Sullivan county and who has but lately passed to his final reward, was born in Pennsylvania July 26, 1821, a son of James Gordon. George Gordon learned blacksmithing in his early life, and coming to Indiana about 1857 he located in Clay county and followed his trade until feeble health caused him to abandon it and then he farmed in a small way until his busy and useful life was ended, dying on the 4th of August, 1906. His politics were Democratic, and he served his community many years as a constable. His religious affiliations were with the Methodist church.

In October of 1875 Mr. Gordon was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca McCray, and this was his third marriage. The only child of his first union is deceased, and by the second marriage he had the following children: Joseph, whose home is in Clay county; Jane Agnes, now Mrs. Joseph Copeland; James A., of Clay county; Wilfred, Frank and Charles, all deceased; John A., whose home is in Clay county; George Thomas, of Linton, Indiana; and William L., a farmer near Hymera. Mrs. Gordon, his third wife, is a daughter of Daniel and Sarah (McKay) McCray, who were born in Ireland and emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1834, two years before the birth of their daughter Rebecca. The father farmed in Beaver county, that state, until his death in May, 1864, and some years afterward his family came to Greene county, Indiana, and bought the farm on which the widow spent the remainder of her life, dying about 1873. Mrs. Gordon is now living in Sullivan county.

William Gordon married, on the 13th of September, 1900, Nina Badders, who was born in Jackson township on the 12th of October, 1872, a daughter of Samuel F. and Mary (Snowden) Badders, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and of Ireland. They are now living in Jackson township, Sullivan county, where the father during his active business life conducted his farm of nearly four hundred acres. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon have four children,-Ralph, Gladys, Walter and Claud. Mr. Gordon has fraternal relations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was formerly a miner, but during the past few years has carried on the work of the eighty acre farm on which the family now reside, although he expects soon to return to his former occupation of mining.