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 Colonial Dames Hear Detailed Report on Early Wayne County Settler John W. Jordan

March 28, 2007 - Following lunch at Friends Fellowship in Richmond on March 10, 2007 President Margaret Brower, of the Edward Pearson Chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century, opened the meeting and welcomed new member Norma Jefferson. After the Invocation given by Chaplain Joan Short the members repeated the Pledge of Allegiance, the American's Creed and the Object of the Society. Officer reports included Registrar Helen Hudson's announcement that Norma Jefferson's papers had been approved in Washington, DC. Other officer reports were presented as well.

President Brower announced that the Indiana Colonial Dames membership now stands at 342. She also reported that the Edward Pearson Chapter had won 6 awards at the State Meeting in February; 3 awards for first place, two for second place and one third place award. Thank you notes were read from the Indiana Veterans Home thanking the Edward Pearson chapter for the donation of men's and women's clothing for the residents as well as valentines sent for the residents to use.

The program was given Cynthia Rhoades. She shared an article from a series on John W. Jordan an early Wayne County settler who was one of her ancestors. It explained how the settlers built their first and second homes. As recalled by Mr. Jordan at an elderly age when a man was good with an ax he was assigned to "take up" a comer which meant he was assigned to notch and saddle the logs. If the comer men were good a house usually went up straight and plumb. There would only be small cracks to chink. The first house was usually one room and the 2nd home would be larger and most likely have two rooms.

The farming was done on a small scale by today's standards since most of the work was done by hand. Schooling of the young John began at the age of 10 and he was able to attend 3 terms taught by an aunt. Later he attended "higher school" where the students learned to read out of the New Testament. Although John lived in Perry Township he worked on the Hagerstown canal and drove a team when the Farmer's railroad was built through that town. He soon met Catherine Davidson of Henry County who became his wife. Consideration for marriage required that a girl be healthy, handy with a spinning wheel, thrifty and industrious. John and Catherine measured up on all counts. In 1844 John took a load of wheat to Cincinnati and brought back a family Bible, a clock and a cook stove. Catherine said they were "fixed up somewhat" as most women still cooked over an open fire.



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