Iradell V. Gordon


Brief Life History of Iradell V.

When Iradell V. Gordon was born in 1852, in Illinois, United States, his father, Iredell Gordon, was 41 and his mother, Sarah A. Kinney, was 32. He married Arthelia Coomes on 6 October 1870, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Gore Township, Sumner, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Conway, Taylor, Iowa, United States in 1885.

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Iradell V. Gordon
Arthelia Coomes
Marriage: 6 October 1870
Evalina E Gordon
Iradelle Upton Gorden
Samuel A Gorden

Sources (5)

  • I V Gorden, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Illinois, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1800-1940
  • Iradelle V Gordon in entry for Iradelle Upton Gordon, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

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  • Marriage
    6 October 1870Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 4

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 11

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1885 · The First Skyscraper

    Age 33

    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from Gordon in Berwickshire, named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’.

    English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o, -ōnis.

    English (of Norman origin): alternatively, said to be a nickname from a diminutive of Old French gourd ‘heavy, dull, sluggish’ (compare 8 below).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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