This story was sent to Jimmy Gordon’s wife, Bud, who has kindly allowed us to put it on our website. It tells how the sampler was discovered and how it came to be reunited with the Gordon Family.
Letter from Jill
“About a week ago I received an email from Janet Martin, a friend who lives in Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane. We both have Gordon ancestors but they don’t connect. Our paths have crossed many times during our searches because we share information we think might benefit the other. Janet wondered whether I might know of a J Gordon who stitched a sampler in 1846; Janet had received an enquiry from an antique dealer in Newcastle, New South Wales, who was selling a sampler she had bought in the 1990s in Christchurch, New Zealand. The dealer had found Janet Martin’s family tree on the internet and explained that she was now selling the sampler and was trying to trace any Gordon descendants to offer it to them before advertising it for general sale on the internet. As soon as I saw the initials I recognized that this was, indeed, our family, and the little seven year old girl who stitched it was Jessie Gordon of Twynholm Manse.