Photo: Gordon, Thomas 1918

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File contributed by: Boyd Gray
August 1, 2011, 1:33 pm


Source: Family Album

Date Of Photograph: 1918
Photo can be seen at:

Tommy Gordon of Lislea, near Kilrea in County Londonderry,
married his mother's first cousin sometime around 1909. This
is possibly why they got married in New York.

He left Londonderry on 3rd June 1905 on board the SS
Colombia and arrived in New York on 12th June 1905 giving
his destination as the home of a friend, Wm Carmichael, at
1748 Blair Street, Philadelphia.  There is no evidence
however that he ever went to Philly as all his future
addresses are in Manhattan.

Gave his address as 315 East 33rd Street in the 1910 census
where he lived in a rented house with wife Margaret,
daughter Adeline, and boarders James/William Bellingham and
Douglas Bamford.

Presumably lived at the address Margaret gave when she
returned from Ireland in 1913 which was 305 East 91st

517 East 85th Street, Manhattan given as his address on his
daughter's birth cert (my mother, Frances) in 1917.

By 1918, he had moved again - Al Luce writes, "I have just
discovered a partial index to the World War I US Draft
Registration cards (1917 - 1918). The index is part of the subscription service. I did find a listing for
a Thomas Gordon, native of Ireland, born: 29 Feb 1884,
living with his wife, Margaret, in Locust Valley, NY and
working as a farmer for an A. Burchard. Also registering
from Locust Valley are: Thomas Bellingham (wife:
Lavinia), working as a farmer for the same person and
William J Bellingham (wife: no name given) born: Vow, No
Ireland, working as an Insurance Broker. William registered
in the first draft call on 5 Jun 1917 and the Thomases
registered in the third call on 12 Sep 1918."

Had returned home by the birth of Anna in October 1920, so
probaby did not make it into the 1920 census.

Additional Comments:
This photograph shows a man who was very proud of his
appearance, a man who can not have relished returning to
Ireland to take over the family farm after 15 years living
in cosmopolitan Manhatten.