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GORDON, Robert & Mary McBride Gordon

In the decades following the Irish Great Famine settlers continued to pour into the British Colonies. The Gordon family emigrated in 1855 and first settled in Ross Township. Son Robert was a lad of 15 years when he came to Upper Canada with his family.

Their son Robert Gordon Jr.  (1840-1913) m.  Mary McBride (1842-1915), who was the daughter of Robert McBride and Margaret Blair and he was the son of  Robert Gordon Sr. and his wife May Loved. They married in the Westmeath Presbyterian Church 30 April 1867.

They are listed in the 1901 Census as living in Westmeath Village aged 60 and 58 years with their year of immigration listed as: Robert 1855 and Mary 1863.


1891 Census Westmeath Township

Mary McBride Gordon died of heart failure on Christmas Day 1915. 1915-Mary’s-Death-Reg.

Gordon-McBride stone, Westmeath Union Cemetery

Gordon-McBride stone, Westmeath Union Cemetery

The seven children of Robert and Mary Gordon were:

1. Mary Elizabeth Gordon (1870- ) m. David Bromley (1860-1932), son of Edward Bromley (1818-1901) and Sarah Holmes (1822-1909). They farmed on Bromley Line, Westmeath Township and raised three children. See BROMLEY entry.

1. Jane Gordon (1871-

2. Robert John Gordon (18

3. Daniel Robertson Gordon (1874-  ) married Nellie A. Spavin, 17, Scotland, in Westmeath,  daughter of John Spavin & Susan Angus, witnesses were Robert Gordon & Tillie Snowden both of Westmeath, June 24, 1896, Westmeath Presbyterian Church.

4. Francis Ann Gordon (1876- )  at age 21 m. John Wright, in 1897 in the Westmeath Presbyterian Church. 1897 John & Frances Marriage. This was John’s second marriage.  They raised five children. See WRIGHT entry. This family lived on Lookout Road.

5. Margaret Ann Gordon (1879-1949) m. William Henry Heaney (1873-1956) in May 1902 in the Westmeath Presbyterian Church. The groom was from  Waltham, Pontiac County, Quebec, and the young couple settled there.

William Heaney and Margaret Gordon. Photo from

William Heaney and Margaret Gordon. Photo from

6. William Gordon (1882-