When Anna Jordan was born on 2 February 1804, in Fayette, Virginia, United States, her father, John Jordan, was 29 and her mother, Agnes Cunningham, was 25. She married William Theophilus Smith on 27 July 1826, in Nicholas, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Wyoming, Otoe, Nebraska, United States in 1860 and Plattsmouth, Cass, Nebraska, United States in 1870. She died on 4 December 1876, in Steele City, Jefferson, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Election Precinct, Cass, Nebraska, United States.
English, German, French (mainly Alsace and Haute-Savoie), Polish, Czech, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian personal name or nickname Jordan. This is taken from the name of the river Jordan (Hebrew Yarden, a derivative of yarad ‘to go down’, i.e. to the Dead Sea). At the time of the Crusades it was a common practice for crusaders and pilgrims to bring back flasks of water from the river in which John the Baptist had baptized people, including Christ himself, and to use it in the christening of their own children. As a result Jordan became quite a common personal name.