A. B. Jordan Sabine Parish, Louisiana
A. B. Jordan, member of the Parish
School Board from Ward One, was born May 8, 1867, about two
miles from the farm on which he now lives. His father, John H.
Jordan, was born at Covington, Alabama July 29, 1823, and was
twice married, his first wife being Mildredge Watts, born in
1821, and his second wife Martha A, Parker, born April 24, 1832,
who is still living.
His first wife died July 15, 1846,
one child was born, Margaret A. F., born April 15, 1846, and to
the second marriage the following births are recorded: Euphemie
B., January 15, 1850 (died April 15, 1858); Obedience, Sept. 5,
1851 (died October, 1864); William L. April 17, 1853; Ophelia,
January 21, 1855; Winnie, September 26, 1857; Amanda, March 12,
1860; John Henry, July 6, 1862 (died June 14. 1874); Martha Ann,
November 17, 1864; Asberry (A. B.) May 8, 1867; Walter D., May
15, 1859, and James E., September 24, 1871.
He moved from Alabama to Mississippi
in 1856, and in the latter part of 1857 he came to Louisiana,
settling near the line of Sabine and Natchitoches parishes in
Ward One. He became a member of the Baptist church at Cedron in
August, 1860, and took his Masonic degrees in Kisatchie Lodge
No. 156 in 1864, and was an esteemed citizen of that section.
His death occurred July 8, 1899.
A. B. Jordan has always lived in the
community where he now resides. During his youth there were no
public schools there and he went for brief terms to private
schools taught by Abraham Ricks, Sam Sibley, Valmore Byles,
Elias and Dave Sell at Mt. Carmel and Middle Creek. On December
1, 1892, he was married to Eunice Belle Coburn, who was born in
Sabine parish, July 10, 1870, and to their union five children
have been born: Pearlie, Sept. 12, 1893 (married George McInnis,
Jr., died Dec. 9, 1912); Ivry, March 8, 1895; J. Orange,
February 27, 1897; Florence O. November 7, 1899 (died June 30,
1910); John T., January 28, 1902. Miss Ivry is a popular
teacher. Mr. Jordan has been always engaged in farming. He is a
member of the Baptist congregation and Kisatchie lodge F. & A.
M. at Mt. Carmel and is a splendid citizen. In 1912, he was
elected a member of the Parish School board, and is a consistent
worker for educational progress along all lines.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.