Samuel Edgar Jordan

15 May 1850–31 October 1891 (Age 41)
Otis, Hancock, Maine, United States

The Life of Samuel Edgar

When Samuel Edgar Jordan was born on 15 May 1850, in Otis, Hancock, Maine, United States, his father, George O. Jordan, was 28 and his mother, Lydia Fuller Chandler, was 27. He married Lilliian Elizabeth Carr on 30 December 1879, in Mariaville, Hancock, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Maine, United States in 1870. He died on 31 October 1891, in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Otis, Hancock, Maine, United States.

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Samuel Edgar Jordan
Lilliian Elizabeth Carr
Marriage: 30 December 1879
Ralph Leon Jordan

Spouse and Children


    Lilliian Elizabeth Carr


30 December 1879
Mariaville, Hancock, Maine, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Lydia Fuller Chandler




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World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 1

"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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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 8

Minnesota is the 32nd state.
1862 · The Dakota Conflict/War

Age 12

The Dakota War was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota Native Americans. It began along the Minnesota River four years after Minnesota was admitted as a state. The Dakota made attacks on hundreds of settlers, which resulted in their deaths. A military tribunal sentenced 303 Dakota men to death for their crimes but 264 of them were exonerated. The remaining 38 were apart of a mass hanging on December 26 that same year. It was the largest mass execution in United States history.

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Samuel E Jorden in household of George Jorden, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Samuel Jordan in household of George Jordan, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Samuel Jordan in household of George Jordan, "United States Census, 1870"

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