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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Judson Combes Gordon

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 609-610 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Judson Combes Gordon, one of the leading merchants of Tribes Hill, New York, was born in the town of Charleston, Montgomery county, on January 18, 1873. His parents were David C. and Josephine (Davis) Gordon, the former of whom was born in the town of Carlisle, Schoharie county, New York, on April 17, 1840, and throughout his life followed the occupation of farming. His death occurred on April 18, 1921. He was the son of Joseph Combes, who was born in Schoharie county and died in the town of Carlisle. Josephine (Davis) Gordon, mother of Judson Combes Gordon, was born in the town of Charleston, Montgomery county, New York, on September 1, 1844, and is now living with her daughter in Atlanta, Georgia, aged eighty years. She is the daughter of Henry and Maria (Vunck) Davis. The former, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Gordon, was born in the town of Charleston, Montgomery county, and died there, having followed agricultural pursuits during his life.

The early education of Judson Combes Gordon was received in the district school at Oak Ridge, in the town of Charleston. He then worked with his father on the farm until 1905, when he came to the village of Tribes Hill and went into the business of general merchandising with his brother, Pearley J. Gordon, buying out the business of Van Wie & Hanson. Success has crowned the efforts of the firm, the business taking on a steady growth under such able management, until at the present time Gordon brothers are among the leading merchants of the village.

On February 23, 1915, at Amsterdam, New York, Mr. Gordon was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth B. Welch, who was born on December 15, 1883, in Amsterdam, her parents being Charles E. and Maria (Bostwick) Welch. Charles E. Welch was born in Amsterdam on January 4, 1836, the son of John and Margaret Welch, and he died on July 13, 1915. He ran a woodyard in Amsterdam until his retirement from business. Maria E. (Bostwick) Welch, mother of Mrs. Gordon, was born on September 8, 1843, and died on February 3, 1917. She was the daughter of Stephenson Thorne and Martha (Newman) Bostwick. The former was born in the town of Perth, New York, on September 24, 1809, and died on July 10, 1885, at Amsterdam, and his wife was born on August 26, 1820, and died on July 12, 1861.

During the World war Mr. Judson Combes Gordon was very active in the sale of War Savings Stamps. He is a member of Wasantha Tribe, No. 423, of the Red Men of Charleston, and of the Auto Club of Amsterdam. He attends the Presbyterian church and is an independent voter. The business affairs of Mr. Gordon are capably conducted, and he, as well as his brother, are known throughout that section of the Empire state, not only as energetic business men but very highly respected citizens.

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