Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm. Scanned from a copy held by the State Library of Kansas.
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William Jordan, an old resident of the Solomon Valley, came to Cloud county from Cornwallis valley, Nova Scotia, in 1870. He came with his wife and children and his children's children to make homes in the "Far West," and consequently ticketed to Topeka, where they came in contact with emigrants who were enroute to Smith county and induced the Jordan's to join them with that destination in view. As they passed through the beautiful Solomon valley they were pleased with the country and its prospects, but went on into Smith county. The outlook in that county not being to their liking they returned shortly afterward to what they deemed a more civilized country and took up the homesteads where they still live.

Mr. Jordan's parental grandfather was of English birth and lived and died on the estate where he was born. His father emigrated to the rugged shores of Nova Scotia before the Revolutionary war. Mr. Jordan's maternal ancestors were of German origin and settled in Connecticut prior to the Revolutionary war and rather than become traitors to their mother country during that period they removed to Nova Scotia.

Mr. Jordan was married to Elizabeth Ward in 1846. All of their eight children but one are living in Cloud county. Aaron Edmond is a farmer of Meredith township: Anna J., an unmarried daughter at home; Lavina, wife of M.L. Woodward, of Glasco (see sketch); Celeste, wife of C.E. Martin of Lane county, Kansas; Norman, a farmer of the Solomon valley; Judith, wife of S.W. Waggoner, a farmer of Arion township; Eunice, wife of A.D. Atkinson, a farmer of Cloud county, and Everett, whose sketch immediately follows.

Mr. Jordan has three hundred and sixty acres of land which is nearly all wheat ground. Mr. Jordan is a Populist in politics.