Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
JORDAN, WINFIELD S., a substantial agriculturist of Sangamon County, who is carrying on operations on his well-cultivated tract of forty acres in Section 13, Cooper Township, was born in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Ky., June 3, 1843, a son of Isaac and Sorrendo (Sercey) Jordan, farming people of Kentucky, where both spent their entire lives. They were the parents of ten children, of whom the following survive: Mrs. Martha Caruthers, residing in Kentucky; Jacob, living in Chatham, Ill., John of Franklin County, Ky., James, of Lexington, Ky., and Winfield S. All of the brothers of Mr. Jordan served throughout the Civil War.
Winfield S. Jordan was educated in Kentucky, and in his boyhood worked on the home farm. When the Civil War broke out, young Jordan was fired with patriotism, and eventually, in 1863, enlisted from Frankfort, Ky., in Company G, Thirtieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until 1865, participating in many battles, among which were Perryville and Cynthiana, Ky., and Salt Works, Va., the latter being the place where Col. Breckenridge was captured. After the close of the war, during which Mr. Jordan made a gallant record, he returned home, and after his marriage was engaged in farming for a time. He then moved to Chatham, Ill, where for about ten years he was engaged in farming, and then moved to Glenarm, where he entered the employ of the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railroad Company, continuing in their service for five years and then removing to Springfield, where he worked for thee years in the rolling mills. After five years spent in farming in Christian County, Mr. Jordan moved to Cooper Township, Sangamon County, where he has since carried on agricultural operations, although for short periods he has lived in Mt. Auburn, Rochester and Springfield. He is a Republican in politics and his religious connection is with the Methodist Church.
Mr. Jordan was married in Anderson County, Ky., in 1880, to Elizabeth Humes, who was born in Washington County, Ky., and to this union there were born two children, of whom one survives, Isaac, who is engaged in farming near Springfield. Mrs. Jordan died September 17, 1895, and on September 17, 1897, Mr. Jordan took for his second wife Mary Dobson, who was born in Missouri in 1864. Her parents, who were farming people of Missouri, moved to Illinois and settled in Sangamon County, where the remainder of their lives were spent. Mrs. Jordan is a consistent member of the Methodist Church.