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Willis GORDON
Elizabeth SNYDER
Husband:  Willis GORDON
Birth:  11 Dec 1777
Death:  30 Sep 1851, Union [now Snyder] Co., PA
Occupation:  mason
Father:  John GORDON (c1744-1823)
Mother:  Hannah DAVIS (1748- )
Marriage:
Wife:  Elizabeth SNYDER
Birth:  15 Jul 1781
Death:  14 May 1864, [West] Perry Twp., Snyder Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Union Cemetery, Snyder Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John SNYDER
Mother:  Elizabeth BEITZEL

Elizabeth is said to have died in "Richfield, Perry Twp., Snyder Co., PA."  Richfield is in Monroe Twp., Juniata Co., just inside the county line with West Perry Twp., Snyder Co.  The fact that the family picked up their mail at the Richfield Post Office (see 1860 census record in the Sources below), does not mean they lived in Richfield.  What the 1860 census record does mean is that Richfield was the nearest town with a post office, but that they lived in Perry [now West Perry] Twp., Snyder Co., which is probably where Elizabeth died.

Children (data in braces are {year: age, birthplace} from the censuses):
born in Mohantango [now West Perry] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA:
Elizabeth GORDON, b. 1800/1  {1850: 49, PA
John GORDON, b. 1803 
Catherine GORDON, b. 8 Oct 1803  {1860: 56, PA
.  George C. GORDON, b. 1806/7  {1850: 43, PA}; d. 1862, Snyder Co., PA; m. Mary RUMFELT
.  Sarah GORDON, b. ca. 1806; m. Adam YEAGER
.  Thomas GORDON, b. ca. 1808; d.s.p. 1837, [West] Perry Twp., Union [now Snyder] Co., PA
Zacharias GORDON, b. 18 Oct 1809  {1850: 41, PA
Hannah GORDON, b. 1810  {1850: 40, PA

born in [West] Perry Twp., Union [now Snyder] Co., PA:
.  Tilman K. GORDON, b. 1816; d.s.p. 1831, Richfield, Union [now Snyder] Co., PA

John and Catharine can't both have been born in 1803, unless they are twins.


Sources (n.b., Union Co. was formed from Northumberland Co. in 1813; Perry Twp. was formed from Mohantango Twp. in 1816; Snyder Co. was formed from Union Co. in 1855; West Perry Twp. was formed from Perry Twp. in 1858):

1.  Marriage Record:

2a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched).  Yes, in this case, the gender switch doesn't matter, but I like to draw attention to the problem whenever I have the opportunity. 
1800 Gordon, Willis PA Northumberland [now Snyder] Co. p. 829 00100-0010000

2b.  1800 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 6; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1800 PA Northumberland [now Snyder] Co. Moghentongo [now West Perry] Twp. p. 829 Ln. 12 Gordon Willis 00100-00100-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 16-25 1774-1784 = Willis (b. 1777)
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Elizabeth (b. 1781)
Obviously newlyweds.  The only other GORDON in the township is Willis's father, John GORDON.

3.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 5; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1810 PA Northumberland [now Snyder] Co. Mohantango [now West Perry] Twp. p. 292 Ln. 13 Gordon Willis Mason 40010-30110-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Zacharias (b. 1809)
= Thomas (b. ca. 1808)
= George (b. 1806/7)
= John (b. 1803)
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = Willis (b. 1777)
3 females 9 or under 1800-1810 = Sarah (b. ca. 1806)
= Catherine (b. 1803)
= Elizabeth (b. 1800/1)
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = ? 
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Elizabeth (b. 1781)
List is alphabetized, so no neighborhood reconstruction is possible.

4.  1820 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1820 Pa Union [now Snyder] Co. Perry [now West Perry] Twp. p. 118 Ln. 10 Gordon Willes 030010-04010-0-100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 10-15 1804-1810 = Zacharias (b. 1809)
= Thomas (b. ca. 1808)
= George (b. 1806/7)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Willis (b. 1777)
4 females 10-15 1804-1810 = Hannah (b. 1810)
= Sarah (b. 1806)
= Catherine (b. 1803)
= Elizabeth (b. 1800/1)
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Elizabeth (b. 1781)
1 person engaged in agriculture
The list was alphabetized, so no neighborhood reconstruction is possible.

5.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 16; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 PA Union [now Snyder] Co. Perry [now West Perry] Twp. p. 309 Ln. 20 Gordan Willas 001 020 010 - 000 110 100 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-14 1815-1820 = Tillman (b. 1816)
2 males 20-29 1800-1810 = Zacharias (b. 1809)
= Thomas or George
1 male 50-59 1770-1780 = Willis (b. 1777)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Hannah (b. 1810)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Sarah or Eliz.
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1781) 
1 female 80-89 1740-1750 = mother? mother-in-law?

6.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 14; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 PA Union [now Snyder] Co. Perry [now West Perry] Twp. p. 387A Ln. 19 Gordon Willis 000 000 010 - 010 110 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Willis (b. 1777)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 =
1 female 15-19 1820-1825
1 female 20-29 1810-1820
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1781)
Willis should be in the next higher age category, yet I don't doubt this is our subject.

7.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #22 of 33):  Perry [now West Perry] Twp., Union [now Snyder] Co., PA, p. 109A, 144/144, enumerated 19 Nov 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Willis Gorden 72 M None   Penna  
Elithebeth Gordon 69 F     "  
Elithebeth Seeman 15 F     "  
George Gorden 43 M     " Insane
Elizabeth SEAMAN is their granddaughter, perhaps sent to help care for her elderly grandparents and impaired uncle.  Living next door to their daughter, Elizabeth (GORDON) HAAS, who is living next door to their son, Zacharias GORDON

8a.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #16 of 16):  Richfield P.O., West Perry Twp., Snyder Co., PA, Roll 1182 (Book 1), p. 676, PN 196, 1396/1458, enumerated 18 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Elizabeth Gordon 78 F     1500 40 Pennsylvania
Joannes Seaman 22 F         "
Joannes/Johanna SEAMAN is Elizabeth's granddaughter, daughter of Catharine (GORDON) SEAMAN, who is living next door (see next source).

8b.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #16 of 16):  Richfield P.O., West Perry Twp., Snyder Co., PA, p. 676, PN 196, 1395/1457, enumerated 18 Jul 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Noah Seaman 59 m   Farmer   400 Virginia  
Catharine " 56 f         Pennsylvania  
Mary      " 32 f         "  
George    " 20 m         "  
Lydia     " 18 f         "  
Joseph    " 16 m         "  
Hannah Rusher  8 f         "  
Nilson Feeney 6/12 m         "  
George Gordon 53 m         " insane

9.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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