May Jordan, Captured and Family Murdered

Published on September 17, 1807 in the Impartial Review and Cumberland Repository by Thomas Eastin:

On the night of the 3rd of February, 1807, Mrs. May Jordan, who was carried away by Indians on the 22nd of January, 1807, arrived at this place in a deplorable condition. The Indians burned her husband and her children alive in front of her. The youngest child was 9 years old.

I was researching Jordans in early Nashville history and came across the story of May’s family. I haven’t been able to find her husband’s name or any records tied to May’s family.

Originally published October 10, 2018


December 12, 2018

Thank you to Rick Tidwell for sending me the below article! It turns out May Jordan wasn’t from the Nashville area like the newspaper implied.

Weekly Museum newspaper, 1807 – “Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Augusta, to his friend in Virginia”

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