6 JUN 1888 - Irvington, Lancaster, VA
9 JUL 1968 - Northumberland, VA

Gordon Douglas George

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Gordon D. was a farmer, merchant and postmaster in Northumberland. He was a deacon of Morattico Baptist Church.

Gordon Douglas George was born on June 6th, 1888 to Luther H. George and Alice Columbia Jett in Irvington, VA. He was the younger of two sons. Luther H. George was a waterman and died of malarial fever when Gordon was only two. His mother remarried in November of 1896 to William Whitfield Pasquith, but that marriage was short lived too as Mr. Pasquith passed away in 1900.

The 1900 census shows Gordon, Lloyd and Alice in the Wicomico township of Northumberland County. They are probably still living in Mr. Pasquith's house. Alice is listed as a farmer, Gordon and Lloyd were marked as attending school that year. In 1902 Alice sold the remaining land in Irvington, her sons were listed on the deed. A January 1909 news paper clipping from the Virginia Citizen mentions that Alice is having a home built. That was the George Home-place in Lynhams.

The 1910 census shows Gordon, 21 and Lloyd, 23 both still living with their mother in the Wicomico district of Northumberland. Alice is listed as farmer and her sons are listed as farm labor. Alice is marked as owning their home mortgage free.

Gordon married Orah Blanche Lewis on February 5th, 1913. She was the daughter of Fairfax Lewis and Zepporah Hale. They were married at the White Stone parsonage by Rev. Chas. A. Hall. The couple's first child was a daughter born in 1915. She was born with the umbilical cord around her neck and did not survive. They buried her at Morattico Baptist Church. Gordon and Orah went on to have five more children that all lived to adulthood.

In June of 1917 Gordon registered for the WWI draft. He asked for exemption to care for his wife, child and mother. He described himself as medium height and build. His eyes were listed as hazel and his hair as black. Gordon was not drafted. On November 28th, 1917 Gordon D. George was recorded by the US Postal service as the postmaster at Lynhams in Northumberland County. The same document lists William W. Pasquith as an earlier post master at the same location.

The 1920 census shows Gordon renting a home on Ditchley Road in Northumberland. They are only a few entries away from his mother and brother who lived on Bluff Point Road in the George Home-place. Gordon's occupation was given as a general store merchant. Gordon's mother, Alice, passed away the following year.

The 1930 census shows Gordon, Blanche and all five of their children. Also living with them was Gordon's brother Lloyd. Gordon was marked as the head of the household and owning the home that was valued at $4,000. He was listed a farmer, Lloyd was not listed as working but probably did plenty of odd jobs and handyman work. The home they lived in would have been the George home-place. On May 17th, 1939 Gordon was elected as a deacon at Morattico Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Lower Northumberland Community League and in 1937 was listed as a trustee on the deed of sale when the Community League purchased the fromer Bluff Point Graded School.

In the 1940 census the family is still all together except for the oldest son, Luther. The home was valued at $3,500. Gordon is again listed as farmer and reported working 50 hours a week. Blanche is listed as a post office clerk, she officially runs the Lynhams post office now. Lloyd was listed as a laborer clearing yards and working 40 hours a week. Gordon was shown as completing 4th grade, Blanche finished 7th and Lloyd finished 5th.

Blanche died in 1951. Her death certificate gave the cause as congestive heart failure. Family lore tells that she suffered from "hardening of the arteries" also known as alzheimers. She was buried at Morattico Baptist Church.

Their son, Marvin, and his family lived in the George Home-place for some time. They helped take care of the house and farm as well as Lloyd and Gordon when their health declined. Lloyd passed away in 1961. By 1963 Gordon was no longer living at the George Home-place because of some dispute in the family. Gordon moved to a nearby property called "The Redd House." He was in poor health and had a deed drawn to permit Marvin and Alease to live with him and provide care while also paying $35 a month to buy the property. Gordon lived until July 9th, 1968. His cause of death was pneumonia after a stroke. He is buried at Morattico Baptist Church.

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  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: 1720; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0070; FHL microfilm: 1241720
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: T624_1639; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0104; FHL microfilm: 1375652
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: T625_1903; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 136; Image: 542
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: 2452; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 573.0; FHL microfilm: 2342186
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: T627_4280; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 67-12
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-1999
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
  • Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Heathsville, Va: Northumberland County Historical Society, 1985. Print. Pg. 32.

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Spouse & Children:

  • Orah Blanche Lewis
    • 1886-1951

  • Unnamed George
    • 1915-1915
  • Luther Fairfax George
    • 1916-1965
  • Gordon Douglas George, Jr.
    • 1919-2005
  • Iris Columbia George
    • 1920-1997
  • Marvin Lewis George
    • 1922-1999
  • Orah Blanche George
    • 1925-2002


Siblings:

  • Lloyd H. George
    • 1886-1961

Last Updated: 7/11/2020