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Biographical Review Volume XXIV
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Pittsburgh and the Vicinity Pa
Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company 1897
GEORGE B. GORDON, a young lawyer of Pittsburgh, and a member of the firm of Dalzell, Scott & Gordon, was born in Edgewoodborough, this county, Aug. 1, 1860, son of ALEXANDER and CATHERINE (EDWARDS) GORDON.His great-grandfather, ALEXANDER, who was a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, after living in Ireland for a time emigrated in 1760 to Baltimore, Md.ALEXANDER died in 1794, and was buried in Carlisle, Pa.His son, JOHN GORDON, who was born in Baltimore and became a merchant in that city, married MARIA GAERTNER, of York, Pa., who was of German origin, as indicated by the family name, which subsequently became GARDNER.After her husband's death she moved with the family to York.She died in Pittsburgh in 1847, age 61 years, and was buried in Allegheny Cemetery.
ALEXANDER GORDON was born in Baltimore, Jan. 30, 1813.When five years old he accompanied his mother to York.At the age of 21 he moved to Pittsburgh, and opened a store on Water Street.He continued in business until 1879, when he retired; and he died Oct. 31, 1894, age nearly 82 years.His wife, CATHERINE, was born in Binghamton, N.Y., June 8, 1823, daughter of MATTHIAS OGDEN EDWARDS, who was a great-grandson of President Jonathan Edwards.Her parents moved from New York State to Ohio when she was 16 years old.She bore her husband five children, namely: the REV. JOHN GORDON, a Presbyterian minister, and a professor at the Omaha (Neb.) Theological Seminary; ORRA EDWARDS GORDON, who is residing in Edgewood; ALEXANDER, who is in the lumber business in Homestead, Pa.; GEORGE B., the subject of this sketch; and WILLIAM G., a lumber dealer of Pittsburgh.MRS. ALEXANDER GORDON is still living.
After beginning his education at a private school in the vicinity of his home, GEORGE B. GORDON was fitted for college at the preparatory school of the Western University of Pennsylvania.He entered upon his University course, but relinquished it at the end of his Freshman year.Subsequently, he was with the Duquesne Coal Company for two years and with the Pennsylvania Company in the capacity of clerk for another brief period.(pg. 324) Then he read law with Hampton & Dalzell, and pursued a course at the Columbia Law School in New York City.From the latter institution he graduated in 1883, and was admitted to the Allegheny County bar, November 18 of the same year.He was with Hampton & Dalzell until 1887, when he associated himself with his present partners.
On June 4, 1889, MR. GORDON was united in marriage with MARY EDWARDS BOORUM, daughter of WILLIAM B. BOORUM, a resident of Brooklyn and a manufacturer of New York City.MRS. GORDON is the mother of two children: WILLIAM BOORUM and KATHERINE EDWARDS.In politics MR. GORDON is a Republican.
Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Cemetery
Washington, Washington Co., Pa
CATHERINE, d. May 27, 1814, age 60
J. A., d. Oct. 1, 1839, age 21
JAMES, d. Sept. 22, 1853, age 70
JANE, d. Sept. 9, 1853, age 67
JOHN, d. Sept. 24, 1853, age 62
MARY, d. Sept. 9, 1853, age68
R. H., d. Sept. 9, 1853, age 51
THOMAS, d. July 5, 1828, age 78
History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men
Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882
JAMES RYBURN, of York county, Pa, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war from April 1, 1777, to April 1, 1780, when he was discharged.He came to this county and bought a tract of land of James Smith, which had been a part of the “Smithfield” tract, patented by James Ramsey.On this land he lived an died, leaving four children: MATTHEW, ELIZABETH, JAMES, and DAVID.MATTHEW lived on the homestead where his son, JOHN RYBURN, now lives.He married CATHARINE, daughter of THOMAS GORDON, of Buffalo Township.She is now living in her 85th year on a farm adjoining the homestead with her son MATTHEW and daughter ELIZABETH.DAVID, a son of JAMES, purchased land of his father and died there a bachelor.