George M. Gordon

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
April 11, 1878, Page 3
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Sudden Death.

Last Sunday Mr. George M. Gordon, known in this city as “Lord” Gordon, died on his plantation, near McBean, in Richmond county, of apoplexy.  Mr. Gordon, several years ago, came into possession of an estate in Scotland, valued at 40,000 pounds or $200,000.  His father, John Gordon, known as John E. Gordon, was in early life a lieutenant in the British Navy.  About 1840 he came to this country and married and settled in Richmond county, and for many years was a teacher.  He died June 17, 1869.

He was second heir of entail named in the deed from his grandfather, John Gordon, of Swiney Carlhemshen, Scotland.  On the death of the first heir of entail, Maj. Gen. Gordon of the Volunteer service of the English army, April 5, 1367 (sic), proceedings were instituted to have John M. Gordon, oldest son of his father, John Gordon, of this county, declared the heir of entail, which was accomplished in 1868.

John M. Gordon died on the 4th of December, 1868, when his brother, George M., was declared the next heir, and removed to Scotland in 1768 (sic).  He returned from Scotland in 1873, after proceedings had been instituted, which resulted in breaking the entail and vesting title in him to the estates absolutely.  In the spring of 1877 he sold the estates to the Duke of Portland for 40,000 pounds ($200,000) and at the time of his death was waiting the result of the legal proceedings to obtain a final settlement with the factor who first represented him when he obtained the property in order to secure the balance due him from the sale.  His remittance from encumbrances on the property after breaking the entail and from the consummation of the sale were applied as received in large purchases of land in Burke and Richmond counties, now held in trust for his family.  He was twice married, first to the daughter of Ezekiel Williams, by whom he had one child, and to a daughter of Berry G. Winter, Sr., by whom he had two children. –Augusta Chronicle, 2d.


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