Samuel Williamson Gordon


The Daily Telegram., May 10, 1904

Grave marker of Samuel W. Gordon

Auctioneer Samuel W. Gordon sold seven head of fine cattle in Traders Alley Tuesday afternoon at public sale.

The cattle were the property of G. W. Swisher, of Lost Creek, and consisted of Aberdeen bulls and heifers. They brought good prices. Mr. Gordon also held a public sale in front of the court house disposing of a buggy, harness, etc.

The Daily Telegram., February 13, 1907, page eight

Samuel W. Gordon and A. A. Lang left this evening for Rowlesburg, where Mr. Lang as trustee for A. R. Bond & Co., bankrupt, will sell several houses tomorrow.


The Daily Telegram., April 24, 1912 page six

Samuel W. Gordon has a side of his face all scratched and bruised as a result of a violent fall received Wednesday morning at his home at Broad Oaks when he tripped on a stone while chasing a cow.

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The Daily Telegram., July 01, 1912, page five

Samuel W. Gordon, former mayor of Clarksburg continues in a critical condition at his home at Broad Oaks. He has been critical for three weeks with a complication of diseases. Among the relatives at his bedside Saturday and Sunday were Dr. and Mrs. J. P. Davisson, of Jane Lew, the latter of whom is a sister of Mrs. Gordon.


Former Mayor of the City and Justice of the Peace Passes Away.
Life a Very Busy and Useful One as Brief Sketch Shows.
The Daily Telegram., August 05, 1912
The Clarksburg Telegram., August 08, 1912 page five

Samuel W. Gordon, former mayor of the city, former justice of the peace and a widely known citizen, died at his home at 205 Hedge Street in Broad Oaks at 1 o’clock, Monday morning with liver and kidney trouble the cause of his death. He had been in failing health a year or more and had been bed-fast seven weeks.

The funeral will be held in the Gordon home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with the Grand Army of the Republic in charge and the Revs. Paul L. Flanigan and William J. Newlon will officiate. The interment will be at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.

Map of Virginia and West Virginia

Samuel W. Gordon was born in Clark County, Va., August 6, 1843, and lacked just one day of being 69 years of age when he died. The Gordon family was established in Virginia by a widow came to this country from Scotland at an early date. Gordonsville, Va., was named in honor of the family.

Franklin Gordon, grandfather of Samuel W. Gordon, was a native of Gordonsville, Va., and a soldier of the Revolutionary War. John Gordon, father of Samuel W. Gordon, was born in Culpepper County Va., in 1797. In his youth he moved with his parents to the valley of Virginia and resided there until 1864. He was obliged to flee from the valley on account of his political views as he was a strong Union man all his life. He then moved to Ohio and resided near Barnesville where he died in 1870. He was a farmer and fairly successful. While a resident of his native state he and Miss Susan Cooley, daughter of Joseph and Polly Cooley, who were natives of Virginia and of English origin and old pioneers in Virginia where all their days were spent, were married. The head of the Cooley family was also a soldier of the Revolution.

Susan Gordon, mother of Samuel W. Gordon, died at Barnesville, Oh., in 1881. She and her husband reared six sons and one daughter. The sons were named James, who enlisted in the Seventh Virginia infantry of the Confederate Army and died while in service, Joseph F. who married and moved to Iowa in 1867. John D. of Berkeley county, W. Va., Robert T. of Salem, W. Va., who served in the Third West Virginia Infantry of the Union Army and was engaged in a number of prominent battles, George H. of Warren County, Va., and Samuel W., of this city. The daughter was named Mary and she married James W. Lewis, of Meadville, Pa. All are dead except Robert.

Military Grave Marker of Samuel W. Gordon

In Virginia Samuel W. Gordon passed his youth on a farm and attended the common schools of his day. He was but 18 years of age when the Civil War broke out, but he was filled with a patriotic desire to fight for the old flag and he enlisted in the Sixtieth Ohio infantry from Belmont County, February 18, 1862, and served until July 11, 1865, when he was discharged at Harrisburg, Pa. He participated in the battles of Spottsylvania, The Wilderness and Cold Harbor. He was in the Ninth Army Corps. Aside from the principal battles mentioned he took part in many skirmishes and was corporal in Company D of the Sixtieth regiment.

After the war Mr. Gordon came to Clarksburg and he and Ursula C. Waters, of Hampshire county, a daughter of Nancy and Susan Waters, formerly of Clarksburg, were married. In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon moved to Barnesville, Oh., where Mr. Gordon engaged in farming until 1872, when he moved to Virginia and resided on a fruit farm near Winchester. He engaged in the nursery business there until 1882 when he moved to Clarksburg, his home ever since.

Mrs. Gordon died December 3. 1890, leaving two sons, John W. and George H. Gordon, both of this city, the latter of whom is a prominent justice of the peace here.

Mr. Gordon’s second wife, who survives, was Miss Mary A. Hoff, a

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Daughter of Silas Hoff, now deceased, and Lydia S. Hoff, of this city. They were married in 1892. Her father was deputy sheriff of Harrison county four years and was well and favorably known.

The second marriage resulted in the birth of a daughter, Miss Helen Ursula, who survives. In politics Mr. Gordon was always an ardent Republican and he filled several positions of honor and trust. In 1890 he was appointed sealer of weights and measures of Harrison County. In the same year he was appointed enumerator of Harrison County and in 1895 he was elected Mayor of Clarksburg. He served at various times as constable and justice of the peace and was one of the very few Republicans elected to office in the county in 1910, when the voters of Clark district chose him as a justice of the peace, a position he resigned later owing to failing health. He discharged the duties of the various positions he held with credit and satisfaction.

GAR in parade

Fraternally Mr. Gordon was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Improved Order of Heptosaphs and Grand Army of the Republic. He was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church here.


Men Will Meet and Attend the Funeral of Samuel W. Gordon.
The Daily Telegram., August 05, 1912

All members of Custer Post, Grand Army of the Republic, are requested to meet at the court house at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon to attend the funeral of Samuel W. Gordon at 2:30 o’clock. All former federal and confederate soldiers are invited to join the post there and attend the funeral with it.


The Daily Telegram., August 06, 1912, page four

Many friends attend the funeral of Samuel W. Gordon at the Gordon home at Broad Oaks Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with members of the Grand Army of the Republic in charge of the last rites. The funeral talks were by the Revs. Paul L. Flanigan and W. J. Newlon. Interment was at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.


Stock image of last will and testament

The Daily Telegram., October 14, 1912

Mrs. Mary A. H. Gordon qualified Monday as executrix of the will of her late husband, Samuel W. Gordon, without bond.

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