Charles Oscar Macrander, father of Gordon Chester Macrander was the son of John Albert Macrander and Martha Yost, of Pattonsburg, Davies Co., MO. Charles O. Macrander was the son of John Albert Macrander, b. 1847 in Dauphine Co., PA and later a resident of Roanoke Co., VA and a member of the 5th VA Cavalry Rgt, Co E. John Albert Macrander was the second son of Dr. Johannes Jacob Freidrich Macrander of Roanoke, VA who had previously lived in MD, PA before coming to VA. He came to the U.S. about 1836 from Wetzlar, Rhineland Province of the Kingdom of Prussia (know known as Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany). The family is descended from Arnold Langemann, b. 1567 in Helsen, Waldeck, Hesse (now a part of Bad Arolsen, Hesse).