Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Gordon (1830-1922)
Born at Macquires Bridge, Fermanagh County, Ireland on 15 September 1832, the son of Robert Gordon (?-1846) and Jane Hall Gordon, he immigrated to Canada in his youth, settling with his family near Hungerford, Ontario. There he was educated and entered the Bible Christian Church and Methodist Church ministry in 1850. Serving first as a lay preacher, he held pastoral duties in Ontario at North Grey, Port Hope, Belleville, Peterborough, Pickering, Tweed, and Uxbridge.
On 23 June 1859, he married Ann “Annie” Copp (1837-1931). The couple had six children: William F. Gordon (c1865-1943), Abbie Jane Gordon (1862-1943), Susan Mary Gordon (1864-1913), Herbert Andrew Gordon, Annie Rebecca “Daisy” Gordon, and Robert Edward Gordon (1873-1943) and came to west Canada in 1882. He continued his ministry work, serving as Pastor at Thornhill, the first Bible Christian Church at Alexandria (1882-1884), the Methodist Church at Manitou (1884-1887), the Louise Bridge Methodist Church (Winnipeg), Carman, Prospect, Methven, and High Buff. He retired around 1901 and moved to Winnipeg.
Following an extended illness, he died at his Winnipeg residence, 821 Grosvenor Avenue, on 14 June 1922 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He was commemorated with the renaming of the Louise Bridge Methodist Church to Gordon Methodist Church. The congregation later merged with the King Memorial United Church (named for John Mark King) and the name Gordon-King Memorial United Church commemorates them both.
Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Obituary [Susan Mary Gordon], Manitoba Free Press, 19 June 1913, page 5.
“Rev. Andrew Gordon, pioneer Western Methodist Pastor, dies in city; 92 years old,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 June 1922, page 11.
Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 15 June 1922, page 21.
“Report dies dry law has aided crime,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 June 1922, page 7.
“Mrs. A. Gordon, church worker, dies, aged 93,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 August 1931, page 3.
“Many attend Abbie J. Gordon funeral service,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 June 1943, page 13.
“Robert E. Gordon dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 June 1943, page 19.
A Story For Every Mile - Whither Thou Goest - The Life and Times of the Rev. Andrew Gordon and his Wife Ann Copp Gordon, Boundary Commission North West Mounted Police Trail Association, 1992.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 27 May 2017