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Copy of letter written by Fleming Jordan (son of Charles Scott Jordan)
April 10, 1894
To Mortimer Jordan McAdory,
I enclose herewith copies of sketches of the Ordn and Hrvie families written by my Father for the information of his children.By reading them you will get the fullest information on the points that you desire. O course the sketches are not designed for publication, but you are at liberty to use any fact there recorded in your history of the Jordan family which will not mortify any connection of the families.I heard my Father say that my Grandfather served a short time in the Revolutionary war.
You will observe my Father says that the Jordans claimed to be descended from Pocahontas or some other Indian princess.Save one who is now dead, all the family united with my Father in thinking that if the claim was ture, the connection was not creditable to us.If I ever heard him say I do not recall how the Flemings were relaed to the family.His uncle Fleming, mentioned in the Jordan sketch, had a son Dr. Fleming Jordan who lived in Huntsville, Ala.If he is still alive he may be able to give you some information on this point, and it is possible Ben Jordn of Washington, Wilkes County, GA. may be able to add to the history of the family.My Father's half-sister, a child of my Grandfather 's forst marriage, marfried a Mr. Crews.Some of his sons lived in Alabama and if you can reach them may give you further information.
Havie Watterson and his son Henrfy, editor of the Louisville Courier Journel, descended, I understand, from the John Harvie who moved to Kentucky.
My Father felt more pride in the Harvie branch of the family.He loved to talke of his Mither, and when he wished to compliment my Sister he called her a dish faced Harvie.I have heard him and my uncles Reuben and Fleming say that "Georgians, some First Setlers of Upper Georgia" by Gov. Gilmer was full of inaccuries, not only as to our family but to others, some of which were cruelly false.It is possible his history of our family, especially in his unjust notice of Uncle Reuben, with whom he unnecessarily quarreled and never forgave, may have been colored by his unfriendly feelings.Whereever my Father and Uncles Reuben and Fleming were known, and they were widely known in the State of Georgia, their intellectual superiority to Gov. Gilmer was fully accorded.The book which was said to be written to please Mrs. Gilmer and much of it dictated by her, produced bad feelings and provoked so much more adverse criticism that the author sought to recall it and did burn all he could get hold of.
Replying to the last paragraph of your letter; I beg to say I have never felt any hesitancy in recognizing my Fathers relations and their claim to my friendly interest.The fact that they are of his blood is a sure passport to my heart and is their patent of nobility. I recall wtih increasing pleasure - I am geting old enough to live somewhat on emories - the vigourous intellect and bright intelligence of my Father and two Uncles, their goodness, the just popular appreciation of them adn their devotion to each other.I never saw my uncle Mortimer, nor any of his children, except Cousin William, whom i met before the War, but would be plesed to meet and know them.Cousin Fleming visited, some twenty years ago, my Father who was pleased with the attention and with him.I did not have the pleasure of seeing him as I was from home.
Hoping the information I furnish to you may not be disappointing, I remain
Fleming Jordan, Sr. (of Georgia)
Note:The writer of the above letter was Fleming Jordan (1838-1916) who was the Son of Charles Scott Jordan (1801-1879) who wrote the sketches of the Jordan and Harvie Families.