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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.10 (search)
cy. She was also truly a mother in Israel, in the highest Christian sense. Her life had been closely connected with that of many leading actors in the late great Civil War, in which she, too, took, in her quiet way, an influential part. She passed away, June 28th, at Idlewild, one of the suburbs of Memphis, nearly eighty-nine years of age. She was born on the River Yadkin, in Wilkes County, N. C., August 27th, 1805, and at the time of her death was doubtless the oldest person in Shelby County. Her mother's maiden name was Charity King. Her father, Chapman Gordon, served in the Revolutionary War, under Generals Marion and Sumter. She came of a long-lived race of people. Her mother lived to be ninety-three years of age, and her brother, Rev. Hezekiah Herndon Gordon, who was the father of Gen. John B. Gordon, now Senator from Georgia, lived to the age of ninety-two years. Sallie Chapman Gordon was married to Dr. John S. Law, near Eatonton, Ga., on the 28th of June, 1825.