Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Miss Ruth Jordan - identified

Miss Ruth Jordan was 69 when she was admitted to the Home for Aged Women according to their records, which is consistent with her age on the 1860 census (73) and her age at death (79). She may actually  have been a few years younger unless the birth date noted in secondary sources was actually a baptismal date.

She was born about 1787 or 24 Jun 1791 in Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine, the youngest child of Tristram and Hannah (Lassell) Jordan. She never married, died in Portland 23 Feb 1867, and was buried is Western Cemetery. Portland.

Ruth had one sister and six brothers:
  • Barthomolew, b. 1765; lived in Denmark and Bridgton, m1)  Portland 1787 Rhoda Cox (5 children), m2) an unknown wife, m3) 1808 Priscilla Lord of Denmark (3 children).
  • Mial, b. 1768, m. Bridgton 1793 Ruth Jewett (no children).
  • Tristram, b. 4 Nov 1770; d. 4 Sep 1826; m. Thomaston 1798 Rebecca Hayden (1774-1835; 5 children). He was a tanner and shoemaker (as was his father); became a Baptist minister serving in Thomaston and Denmark.
  • Nathaniel, b. 1774, lost at sea, unmarried.
  • Simon, b. 1778. d. 30 May 1843, lived in Farmington; m. 1808 Hannah Walker, d. 1870 (5 children).
  • Hannah, v. 1783; res. Sweden; m. Ephraim Jewett of Denmark (Jordan Memorial does not list children).
  • James K. b. 1786; res Dover NH; m 1823 Nancy Carson (1790-1872; 2 children).
 Source: Tristram Frost Jordan, The Jordan Memorial: Family Records of the Rev. Robert Jordan and his Descendants in America (Boston: Press of David Clapp and Sons, 1882), p. 205-210.

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