Samuel Houston Jordan

1819–1914 (Age 94)
Gwinnett, Georgia, United States

The Life of Samuel Houston

When Samuel Houston Jordan was born on 16 May 1819, in Gwinnett, Georgia, United States, his father, James M. Jordan, was 22 and his mother, Nancy F. Dobbs, was 21. He married Sarah Adeline Reed about 1842, in Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Griggs Township, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States for about 20 years. He died on 21 April 1914, in Clinton, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Van Buren, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Houston Jordan
Sarah Adeline Reed
Marriage: about 1842
Adeline Jordan
Emaline Jordan
Elbert D. Jordan
James H Jordan
Nancy Winifred Jordan
Tandy Monroe Jordan
Larkin Eneree Jordan
Sarah Adeline Jordan
S. H. Jordan
Samuel Americus Jordan
John M Jordan
Jesse Price Jordan

Spouse & Children

about 1842
Alabama, United States


  • Female1841–Female

  • Female1844–1850Female

  • Elbert D. Jordan


  • James H Jordan


  • Nancy Winifred Jordan


+7 More Children

Parents & Siblings



  • Male1819–1914Male

  • Clementine Jordan


  • Elbert P Jordan


  • William M Jordan


World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 13

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.

Age 27

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Story Highlight

"Little Sister In the Ozarks"

The following is an excerpt from Samual Jordan's granddaughter's autobiography, "Little Sister in the Ozarks". "Grand Pap Samual Jordan was a Confederate Officer. It was told to me that he was wound …

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Sources (3)

  • Samuel Jordon, "United States Census, 1900"
  • S H Jordan, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Samuel H Jordan, "United States Census, 1880"

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