The Last Retreat

In early April 1865, General Robert E. Lee withdrew his troops from their lines around Richmond and Petersburg and retreated west.  He hoped to link up with the army of Joseph Johnston in North Carolina, but it was not to be.  The remnant of Lee’s once formidable army was trapped near Appomattox and forced to […]

Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel is believed to have been on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda […]


I suppose I might be classified as an quixotic idealist.  Certainly, I am no saint.  Indeed,  I know I am a woeful sinner in desperate need of God’s grace. Nevertheless, for some reason I am always searching for and longing for perfection. For me, perfection is beauty, honor, love, and purity.  I am realistic enough […]


Chuck Schumer has announced the Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate will begin on February 9th. April 1st would be more appropriate.  The entire affair is an exercise in foolishness. A conviction will remove Trump from office, but that has already been done. What earthly purpose is served by this trial?  It will further […]

Hail and Farewell

Yesterday Joseph Biden became our President.  I am not happy about that, but I must accept it as fact.  I will pray for him, and I will pray that our nation will prosper under his leadership. As I wrote before, my study of history has shown me that many ordinary men and women rise to […]


My friend Norman recently sent this to me.  It’s too rich not to share with everyone I know.  From the spelling in the original, I assume it originated in Britain.  I rewrote some of it in my own words, but the basic ideas remain intact. Truth must be disseminated. GOVERNMENTIUM Oxford University researchers have discovered […]


At this time in my life I have six great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild is a not-too-distant possibility.  I also have several great-great nephews and nieces – perhaps even a great-great-great. At times it become a bit confusing. One point of this is to mark the relatively brief history of the United States.  My grandfather […]

DNA and the Jordan Family

This post contains a more detailed explanation of some of the facts contained in my post on “The Jordan Family.” The material set apart below was extracted from a paper prepared by my son Stuart Jordan.  He plans to include it in a soon to be published update of his history of the Jordan family […]