Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

Gordon Family
by Louise Bomar Gordon

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

John Foster Gordon was born August 18, 1850 in Walhalla, South Carolina, and moved with his parents to Georgia, when he was six years old.  He joined the confederate army as a teenager.  After the war, he came with his parents to Upshur County, Texas.  He became a civil engineer, studying at a college in Daingerfield.  He surveyed land in West Texas, moved first to .Brown County, then to Gatesville.  In February, 1876, he moved to Camp Colorado.  He helped survey and plot the City of Coleman.

In 1878, he married Dora Alice Mason, the daughter of William Mason, where the Coleman depot now stands.  She was born November 28, 1861 in Parker County and came to Coleman County as a child.  Her grandparents came from North Carolina and her great grandmother, who was an Adams, came to Virginia from England in 1700.  Dora died January 16, 1921, buried at Coleman.

J. F. Gordon served as County Surveyor, elected in 1878.  He served 2 or 3 terms as district clerk and was postmaster for the City of Coleman.  He started the first permanent drug store in Coleman in 1878.  Later, he took L. E. Collins as his partner.  Collins had come from Upshur County also, and had come to Coleman with Gordon.  He also operated hardware stores as sole owner as well as in partnerships; Gordon and Roscoe and Gordon and Pittman.  He also sold furniture and farm equipment.  He had extensive farming and ranching interests in Coleman County and New Mexico.  He retired to the old Kin Elkins place on the Jim Ned that he bought in 1931 or 1932.  He died January 31, 1941, at the home of his son, Dr. Jack Gordon in Coleman.  He had one sister in Coleman County, Josie Hambright, mother of Obie, John and Bill (see John W. Hambright).  Children of J. F. and Dora (Mason) Gordon:

(1) Ethelyn, October 28, 1879-May 23, 1964, married William Clarence Holcombe, October 8, 1871-August 24, 1959, both buried at Coleman.  They farmed in the Silver Valley community and had two boys, Chetwyn Briggs (Chet) who married Lula Jo Harvey of Santa Anna, and William Gordon who married Ila Buck of Silver Valley (see E. J. Buck);

(2) Edna, married Jim Bardwell of near Post;

(3) William F. (Will), January 19, 1882-October 3, 1917 from the flu, married Flo Snodgrass from Coleman.  Both are buried at Coleman (see Robert L. Snodgrass);

(4) Oldem Robnette (Bud), June 1, 1887-December 23, 1965, married Leona Pearl Wade, (April 25, 1886 in Lamar County-November 27, 1972, both buried at Coleman,) on December 28, 1906, in a buggy east of Coleman by Preacher Strick­land . She came to Coleman County as a child from Lamar County with her parents, John Alexander and Mattie L. (Casey) Wade, who were originally from Virginia.  Their children:

(4a) Ralph Marshall, 1909-1974, married Jean Yates of San Angelo in 1943.

(4b) Mildred Alice, 1915-1946, buried in Coleman, married Hollis Youngblood of Georgia.

(4c) Foster Alexander and his wife, Martha, live in San Antonio.  F. A. was in the Cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, Texas, in World War II.  This was the last cavalry in the U.S. Army and was disbanded during the war.

(4d) Robnette L. (Bob), January 6, 1920, married Louise Bomar, May 2, 1942 (see Bomar Family).  He attended schools in Valera, Union Hill and Coleman.  They have one son, Roxy Lee, born March 7, 1945, married Judy Nell Hoffman of Talpa route, August 22, 1964.  Roxy and Judy attended the University of Texas and are graphic artists in Dallas.  They have two sons, John Calvin and Quanah Parker.  Louise, Roxy and J. C. all attended Talpa schools.  R. L. (Bob) was in the 90th Div. Headquarters Company, 357 Inf. in World War II.

(4e) Mattie Pearl, married Charles Futrell of the New Central community.  They moved to California at the time of their marriage soon after World War II.  Charles was a member of Company B., 142 Inf., 36 Division.

(4f) Wade and Marie live in Dallas.  He attended school in Novice and was in the Army of Occupation in Europe after World War II;

(5) Annie, married Burch Patton from the south part of Coleman County.  They moved to New Mexico, where they raised their family;

(6) Walter S., May 2, 1891-November 8, 1982, married Mary E. Wilson, January 21, 1893-October 27, 1964, both buried at Coleman.  They had two girls and one boy.  (1) Gwendolyn married Edward Scott.  (2) Winifred married Jess Rhoden.  (3) Wayland married Mary Markland of Santa Anna.  They have two children, Gwendah Kah and Mark Gordon and five grandchildren;

(7) Jack Marshall, married Winnie Gray (see J. H. Nance).  Jack was a dentist in Coleman until moving to Fort Worth where he practiced and taught in T.C.U.  He has since retired in Coleman.  They had one son and one daughter.  Jack Gray (deceased) married Elizabeth Chance of Arlington, Virginia.  He was a graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.  Louise married Dr. Richard (Dick) Bradley of St. Louis, Missouri;

(8) Evelyn, married Howard Welch (deceased) of Santa Anna and moved to Fort Worth soon after marriage where she still resides.  They have one son, Charles Gordon;

(9) John Bennett, May 29, 1885-Novem­ber 5, 1886, buried in Coleman.
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J. F. Gordon

Descendants of John Foster and Dora [Mason] Gordon. Their children, seated, beginning with fourth: O.R. "Bud," Evelyn [Gordon] Welch, Annie [Gordon] Patton, Evelyn [Gordon] Holcombe, Dr. Jack Gordon and Walter Gordon.

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