Mary Elizabeth Jordan

25 June 1846–27 January 1915 (Age 68)
Shelby, Texas, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Jordan was born on 25 June 1846, in Shelby, Texas, United States. She married James Randolph Lee on 21 December 1871, in Panola, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 27 January 1915, in Smith, Texas, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Friendship Cemetery, Friendship, Leon, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Randolph Lee
Mary Elizabeth Jordan
Marriage: 21 December 1871
James Clarence Lee
Eba A Lee
Samuel W. Lee

Spouse and Children

21 December 1871
Panola, Texas, United States


World Events (8)

1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 4

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Age 17

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

Age 19

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)

  • Mary E Lee in household of James R Lee, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Jordan in entry for Samuel W Lee, "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976"
  • Mary Eliza Lee, "Find A Grave Index"

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