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History of White County, Published 1883, page 722.

Elias Jordan, born in Pope County, Ill., June 15, 1812, is a son of William Jordan, a native of Tennessee, who settled in Pope County in an early day, and in the spring of 1813 came to this county, and located near Union City with his father-in-law, Walter McCoy. They were the first settlers in Indian Creek Township. His father was one of the rangers for protection against the Indians. During the time General Harrison had his headquarters at Equality, Gallatin County, his mother would cover the fire at night and take him (then two or three years old) and sleep in the woods by a log. She was alone with him and an infant when Brown was killed by an Indian at Enfield in 1815. His father cleared a farm, he was always a hard worker. He was also a good hunter and made considerable money by hunting. They lived in a three-cornered round-log cabin, shed roof, one side of the lower part open and warmed by a fire on the outside, in front of the opening.

Elias was reared in the woods and only went to school a short time, and that of the most primitive sort. He was married March 29, 1832, to Lucinda C., a daughter of James Miller (deceased). They celebrated their golden wedding March 29, 1882, on the same ground where they were married. Three generations of their children were represented, one child and one grandchild being the only ones absent. They are the parents of ten children, eight living - R. Wesley, Mark T., William A., James N., Narcis S., Esther, John M., and Eliza E. Thomas M. and Samantha J. are deceased. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church fifty-one years.

Carol Fellows, [email protected]


History of White County, Published 1883, page 723.

Mark T. Jordan, commonly called Doc. Jordan, was born in Enfield Township March 1, 1835, and is a son of Elias Jordan. He was reared on a farm and educated in the log-cabin school house. He has always been a farmer till the last three years. He was married March 23, 1853, to Lucinda M., daughter of Petilo Anderson. They have seven children -Mary M., Nancy F., Adda J., James C., Lora May, Lizzie, and Dilla. Mr. Jordan was Constable five years. In 1879 he moved into Enfield and engaged in the livery business. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Carol Fellows, [email protected]


HISTORY OF WHITE COUNTY, Published 1883, page 723.

R. W. Jordan was born in Enfield Township, White County, March 1, 1833. His parents were Elias and Lucinda (Miller) Jordan, old settlers of White County and residents in Enfield. They are both members of the church, he a Methodist and she a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. They had a family of six sons and three daughters. R. W. was the oldest. He remained on the farm with his parents until his marriage to Mary Hunsinger, March 20, 1856. She was born in Burnt Prairie Township, July 12, 1832, and was a daughter of Adam and Mary (Vaught) Hunsinger.

After Mr. And Mrs. Jordan were married they settled on a farm in Enfield Township, where they remained until 1869, when they purchased a farm of 240 acres, 100 lying in Hamilton County, and 140 in Enfield Township, White County. Mr. And Mrs. Jordan are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. They have had a family of nine children, seven now living - William M., born March 4, 1857, married Madaline Hawthorn (they reside on their farm in Enfield Township); Martha, born Dec. 3, 1859, married Edward Fields, and resides in Bell City, Hamilton Co., Ill., where he owns a mill; Edward F., born Nov. 1, 1861; Alexander, born Nov. 8, 1863; Lizzie born Nov. 14, 1965; Esther, born March 6, 1870; and Ezekiel, born Oct. 20, 1873. One son, Martin W., died in 1874, aged sixteen years.

In politics Mr. Jordan is a supporter of the Greenback party.

Carol Fellows, [email protected]


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