Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sunday's Obituary - William & Martha Jordan
William Baxter Jordan, born in Virginia in 1808, and his wife, Martha, born in Alabama in 1821, were among the first settlers in Marion (now Baxter) County, Arkansas. William was the father of my great-great grandmother, Sarah Jordan Rose. Until a few days ago, I believe that Martha was also Sarah's mother; when I found this obituary and did some additional research on William and Martha, I found that William was married before to Miss Mary Phaup of Virginia in 1829, and she was the mother of Sarah and another daughter, Mary. He married Martha Gammill in 1838 and had five additional children. Sarah and her sister Mary remained in Alabama after the rest of the family moved to Arkansas after the Civil War, when much of his property was destroyed. Sarah met and married my great-grandfather, Thomas Archibald Rose, when he was a carpenter living on the family property; they had married in 1851 and made their home in Alabama for the rest of their lives. The Jordans became quite prosperous in Arkansas and remained there until William's death in 1897 and Martha's in 1900.