Since you requested more info on the older Fountain Jordan, here is a copy of my personal notes on him:
Fountain JORDAN (RS)
Birth: abt 1763 (From his pension application & 1840 census) (For more on the pension, see Note 3 below.)
Wife: Name unknown. Possibly had more than one wife since his children appear to have been born over a period of more than 30 years. He was married with a son by 1790 census of Orangeburg Dist, SC.
Death: abt 1844 in Troup County, Georgia (age 81) (According to Ron Holley. I have no documents relating to Fountain's death.)
Possible parents: Absalom & Mary Walton Jordan or River & Jane Jordan of Elbert Co, Ga. Parents not known with any certainty. Both the couples mentioned were the right age & lived in close proximity to Fountain late in their lives. (See Note 1 below.)
Children: Isaac, Edmund, John, Ann, Jenny, Margaret, Eliza, Martha, & others (See Note 2 below.)
Resided: Seems to have been in Orangeburg District (later Barnwell Co) in South Carolina at the time of the 1790 census. He was no longer there in 1800; so it assumed he had already moved. He was in Elbert Co, Ga. by 1801, when he was listed in the tax digest in the same area as James & Rosanne Terrell Jordan, John & Rachel Jordan, Jeremiah Terrell, & Over R. Jordan. He remained in the same community until he moved after 1830 to Troup Co, Ga., where he lived until his death.
1790 (age 27)
Was *possibly* head of his household in Orangeburg Dist., SC
All Jordans in the district:
JORDENFOUNTAIN1 1 1 0 0ORANGEBURGH DISTSOUTH PART
JORDENISHAM1 2 4 0 0ORANGEBURGH DISTSOUTH PART
JORDENGEORGE1 3 3 0 0ORANGEBURGH DISTSOUTH PART
1 white male over 16
1 white male under 16
1 white female
no slaves or other free persons
Note: It is *assumed* that this is the Fountain Jordan who later moved to Elbert Co, Ga. The man listed probably had a wife & one son, suggesting that he had married withing the previous two years.
1820 (age 57)
Was head of his household in Elbert Co, Ga
JORDAN, FOUNTON, ELBERT, 1-0-1-2-0-1=2-1-0-1-0
(printed)Page No: 177
1 male under10 (Edmund)
1 male 16 & under 18 (John)
1 male 18-25 (Isaac)
1 male 45 & up
2 females under10 (Eliza, Ann)
1 female 10-16 (Jenny)
1 female 26-45 (wife?)
3 persons in agriculture. No slaves.
Immediate neighbors: Shelton Oliver & Thomas Oliver.
Nearby lived: Isaac Smithy, Peter Hinton, Allen Decker, John Gully, William Haley, Martin White, Tavnah Head.
Note: His five minor children were named in his 1819 pension application and fit perfectly with the persons listed in the 1820 census.
1830 (age 67)
Was head of his household in Elbert Co, Ga
p. 121, Fountain Jordan
1 age 15-20 (Edmund)
1 age 20-30 (John)
1 age 60-70 (Fountain)
1 age 5-10 (Martha or Margaret?)
1 age 10-15 (Eliza)
1 age 15-20 (Ann)
1 age 50-60 (wife)
Jacob Means, John Haley?, James Brown
Note: Names of children in household are just speculation based on known & probable children.
Note: Isaac Jordan, Fountain's probable son, was head of his own household in Elbert in 1830:
JORDAN, ISAAC, 149
1 age 20-30 (Isaac)
1 age 5-10 (daughter)
1 age 15-20 (wife Elizabeth Bullis)
1840 (age 77)
Was head of his household in Troup Co, Ga.
Note: I do not have the complete census information for Fountain in 1840 in Troupe Co. Have no more than the following reference:
[pg 226 Vol I; pg 323 Vol III ]
Names and Ages of Pensioners from Georgia for Revolutionary
Service Found in the Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary Military
Service, Under the Act for Taking the 6th Census in 1840.
Troup Co....Jourdan, Faintain....77
Note: All Jordans in Troup in 1840:
JORDAN, FOUNTAIN, 324
JORDAN, EDMUND, 324
JORDAN, ISAAC, 331
JORDAN, LARKIN, 368
==========Deeds & Tax Listings==========
1801 (age 38)
Listed with 1 poll in tax digest of Elbert Co.
Note: In Capt. Alexander's Dist. in tax digest with 1 poll without property. Same district as Jeremiah Terrell, James & John Jordan, Wm Pruitt, David Franklin, A.R. Decker, Over R. Jordan, Enoch Gully.
1805 (age 42)
Had two draws in the Land Lottery
Drew two blanks, meaning he won no land.
1816 (age 53)
Listed in tax digest of Elbert Co
Fountain Jordan 50 ac Pickens Creek
originally granted to James Shackleford adj. Ephraim Allen
Note: Same dist as Jeremiah Terrell, James Jordan, John Terrell, John Taler, all near Gragg, Decker, Haley & Tavener Head.
Note: Digest is believed to be from 1816 though the index says 1814.
1827 (age 64)
Drew land in land lottery
Jordan, Fountain Elbert 1827
211 13 Lee 2/18/1835
30 25 Lee 2/05/1835
Note: Fountain was listed ad a Revolutionary War soldier and had 2 draws in Captain Dunn's District in Elbert Co.. In the same district were:
John Jourdain (single) - 2 draws (prob son of Fountain)
Isaac Jourdain (head of family) -2 draws (prob son of Fountain)
John Jordain Jr. (single) - 1 draw (prob son of John Jordan & Rachel)
Parents of Fountain Jordan:
He is the right age to be a child of either Absalom & Mary Jordan or River & Jane Jordan. When he lived in Orangeburg Dist. SC in 1790, there was also a George Jordan there. Absalom's son George is not known to have been in Elbert for certain until 1793. It is possible that the George in Orangeburg was Abs's son. That age of the Orangeburg George is consistent with the estimated birth date of George Walton Jordan too. This could lend weight to the idea that Absalom was Fountain's father, uncle, or other near relation.
If there is anything which points to one set of parents, it is that he named a daughter "Jenny," which is a common diminuitive of "Jane." There is at least that small hint that River & Jane Jordan were his parents, but that's all.
Possible siblings include James Jordan "of Pickens Creek" who seems to have named a son Fountain, the John Jordan who married Rachel, Edmund Jordan of Oglethorpe Co, and Over River Jordan.
If Fountain Jordan of Elbert Co was the same as the person who was in the 1790 census of Orangeburg Dist., SC, then he was already married with one son by that year, meaning his eldest child was born before 1790. According to the 1830 census, there seems to be a child born as late as 1820-1825, which is more than 30 years after his first child, suggesting to me that he had more than one wife.
In his 1819 pension application, he mentions only five children (John, Edmund, Jenny, Ann, & Eliza, all minors), though it seems especially likely that he had others, specifically Isaac, who lived nearby both in Elbert & Troup Co's. He *may* have been slightly too old to be a minor in 1819, but didn't marry until 1821 and so would have been in the household of his father in 1820. However, my date of birth for Isaac makes him slightly younger than John, who *was* named as Fountain's son. So, who knows!
While his wife in the 1820 & 1830 censuses seems old enough to have been the mother of all Fountain's positively known children, she seems too young to be the woman who had a son before 1790 (age 15 at the oldest). There is no clear indication of what that eldest son's name may have been, or if he even survived, etc., but the fact that he did exist hints at the possibility that Fountain had an older set of children born in the 1790s, and *possibly* born to a first wife.
To add to that, Fountain's eldest known child, John, was born c 1799, when his father was 37. I find it unlikely that in that day & age a man had no children before his late 30s. One researcher seems to think that Alexander Jordan (b. bef. 1795) was Fountain's son. That could fit if indeed there were earier children.
Another possible son of Fountain has been suggested. The remote possibility exists that there was a son named James, and that he was the man ho lived on Pickens Creek/Savannah River (very near where Fountain also lived) and married Jeremiah Terrell's daughter. That man *seems* to have named a younger son Fountain (c 1824), which would naturally suggest that the elder Fountain was his father.
After puting everything in a timeline, however, I think that James may have been some other relation of the elder Fountain Jordan, rather than son. Here's why:
The number of documents for James Jordan (whom I refer to as "of Pickens Creek" to distinguish him from other Jameses) is large. There seems to be plenty of information about him because of his marriage to Roseanne(?) Terrell and her father's gifts of land to James and James's eldest son John. Very clearly, James was given land by Jeremiah Terrell almost as soon as he married, as shown by the fact that by 1801 James already owned land originally granted to his father-in-law. Even if he were not yet of legal age when he married and his father in law gave away land to an underage teen (hard to believe, don't you think), even if that were true, he would still have been a little too old to be Fountain's *oldest* son, who was probably born not long before 1790.
And there's more. James seems to have participated in the 1807 land lottery, meaning that he was at least 21, born before 1787. My own estimates place his birth closer to 1775, which is actually quite consistent with his 1820 census info. So I just don't think he was Fountain's son. Why not a brother?
Possible children include:
Oldest son (b bef 1790)
Alexander Jordan (b bef 1795)
John Jordan (b c 1799)
Isaac Jordan (b 1802-1804)
Edmund Jordan (b.c. 1809)
Jenny Jordan (b.c. 1803)
Ann Jordan (b.c. 1812)
Eliza Jordan (b.c. 1817)
younger daughter (b aft 1820, pos one of the following...)
Margaret Jordan (married in Troupe Co)
Martha Jordan (married in Troupe Co)
13 Jul 1819 (age 56)
Pension for service in Revolution started
from the 1835 pension list:
PRIVATE NORTH CAROLINA CONT'L LINE
NORTH CAROLINA CONT'L LINE
$96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE
$1,475.61 AMOUNT RECEIVED
JULY 13, 1819 PENSION STARTED
AGE 71 [age in 1835]
Full pension application has not been found, though it may theoretically exist. An abstract lists five (minor) children, along with a little additional service info.