Helen Gore Jordan

11 March 1848–11 December 1909 (Age 61)
Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life of Helen Gore

When Helen Gore Jordan was born on 11 March 1848, in Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, United States, her father, David Orr Jordan, was 47 and her mother, Mary B. Field, was 41. She married Danville Ledbetter Wyman on 30 October 1901, in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States. She died on 11 December 1909, in Levant, Penobscot, Maine, United States, at the age of 61.

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Danville Ledbetter Wyman
Helen Gore Jordan
Marriage: 30 October 1901

Spouse and Children

30 October 1901
Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States

Parents and Siblings

    David Orr Jordan


    Mary B. Field




    George Henry Jordan


    Harriet A. Jordan


    Eunice L. Jordan


    Rebecca Orr Jordan


    Phebe Amanda Jordan


+13 More Children

World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 3

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 15

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

Age 17

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English, French, German, Polish, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian baptismal name 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 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.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Hellen G Jordan in household of David Jordan, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Helen G Jordan in household of David Jordan, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nellie G Wyman, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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