Born in 1833, James Jordan was about 10-11 yrs. old, when he departed from Charleston SC, circa 1843 stowed away on a merchant boat. Kidnapped or a runaway, reasons for his leaving we just do not know, but evidently, he started out as a cabin boy working on a merchant ship for 7 years before arriving in San Francisco 1850 during the heady days of the California Gold Rush. At 17 years old, he operated a dray (freight wagon) unloading the cargo of newly arriving passengers and delivering the goods to their new San Francisco locations. In 1853, James moved to southern Oregon, struck Gold in a mine near Galice, and built one of the very first hotels in Grants Pass.
Alice Jordan married Wheeler J. Rogers, also known by his boyhood name as Ben. The very namesake and persona in Mark Twain's "Tom Swayer". Ben Rogers came to Grants Pass, Oregon from Missouri. Known for his great charm and personality, he reportedly also arrived with a lot of money, and boarded at the Jordan’s Grants Pass Hotel. Ben's cousin was Henry Huttleston Rogers the American industrialist and financier. He made his fortune in the oil refining business, becoming a leader at Standard Oil. He amassed a fortune so large he was listed in a 1996 study as one of the 25 most wealthy individuals in US history.
James and Mary Jordan’s 3rd daughter was named Ethel. Ethel Jordan married Fremont Stackpole and they had a son named Ralph (b. May 1, 1885 – d. December 13, 1973). Ralph was best known for integrating monumental paintings and sculpture representing the working class, along with architectural elements, his works can still be seen at the San Francisco Stock Exchange. Diego Rivera was a life-long friend, he and Frida Khalo stayed and worked at Ralph's studio home on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
Ralph's son, Peter and became one of Life Magazine's very first staff photographers, along with Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White.
Captain Samuel Jordan
July 2nd, 1600 - The Battle of Nieuwpoort was one of the most desperately contested battles of the age, and completely defeated 10,000 veteran Spanish troops led by the archduke Albert. The English regiments faced the veteran "tercios" of the elite of the Spanish infantry.
July 25, 1609, - Having nearly crossed the Atlantic, the sailors of the Sea-Venture scanned the horizon and spotted danger. With the convoy of eight other vessels, they spied a tempest—or what the Carib Indians called a hurricane, moving swiftly towards them. The storm separated the Sea Venture from the rest of the fleet. After four days of being in the storm, the Sea-Venture began to take on water.
First Jordan in the New World
Jamestown 23 May, 1610 - Upon reaching Jamestowne, they found only 60 survivors remained of the 500 who had preceded them. In 1618, Samuel was also one of 8 men appointed to review the four new books of laws sent to Virginia by the Virginia Company. Samuel Jordan is given the title "Ancient Planter".
House of Burgesses
In 1619 the Virginia Company instituted reforms in the colony that led to the establishment of a representative form of government. The colony was divided into settlements or "plantations". Each plantation sent representatives to Jamestown to the General Assembly of 1619.
It was apparent to the Indians that the colonists’ expansion was threatening their way of life. Chief Opechancanough would spend the next few years looking for just the right opportunity to drive them off their land. That attack would come in 1622, despite maintaining the outward appearance of overall friendly relations with the English.
One of Sir George Yeardley's first acts was to grant a patent of land at James City on Dec. 10, 1620 to Samuel Jordan of Charles City in Virginia. Gent. an ancient planter "who hath abode ten years Compleat in the Colony" and to "Cecily his wife an ancient planter also of nine years continuance." The land grants for being "Ancient Planters" were the rewards they had earned by their perseverance in establishing the first permanent beachhead of English colonization on American soil.
Elijah Davidson was born on 23 Feb. 1783 in Rutherford County, North Carolina and dies 24 April 1870, 3000 miles away in Monmouth, Polk County, OR.
In the years in-between he would become a founding father of two townships and one university. Because he was a firm believer in Christ, he also believed in immediate emancipation and the freedom to pursue one's life endeavors – for all, but most importantly the ultimate freedom that can only come through Christ's sacrifice and redemption.
A Emancipationist's Cause
Elijah warmly embraces the cause of the Emancipationist's and with his father-in-law Elder John Murphy. In 1807, mentored by Rev. Carter Tarrant, they declared non-fellowship with Alexander Davidson's church, because it tolerated slavery and they join with other preachers to form the Licking-Locust Association, Friends of Humanity movement.
The Friends of Humanity policy advocated not only the call for immediate abolition but also, non-fellowship with any slaveholders within their own congregations. Influenced by the Second Great Awakening and postmillenialism's faith in the ability for human improvement and advancement, these men optimistically saw themselves as carrying forward divine mandates to better American society.
War of 1812
Kentuckians would bear the brunt of war with England, supporting battles north of the Ohio River and in New Orleans.
In 1814, the British had burn the White House and the US Capitol building in Washington. A 32 year old, Elijah Davidson, his brother James and his brother in law, Peter Butler join Captain Gorin’s Company of 75 men, with the Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia’s 10th Regiment, Commanded by Col. Philip Barbour. There has always been a question as to how many troops Kentucky furnished in the War of 1812, the approximation is close to 25,000 men. The young state sent about five out of every six of her fighting men into the war, where they made a reputation that was not approached by the militias of any other state in the Union.