The Jordan Family Foundation


August 22nd, 2015

The Foundation Board of Trustees has issued the following clarification governing Scholarship Awards:

1.) Successful applicants who are Jordan Foundation Members in good standing will receive a $1000 scholarship.
2.) Successful applicants who are non-members of the Jordan Foundation will qualify for a $500 scholarship.

The Scholarship Application letter included in the “Scholarship” Link of our Web Site will soon be updated to reflect
these provisions. Questions should be directed to: E. H. “Trey” Jordan, President, Jordan Family Foundation, P.O.
Box 10189, Brooksville, FL 34603-0189


August 3rd, 2015

Application for Jordan Foundation Scholarships for the 2018 year is outlined
in the Scholarship pages of the Foundation Web Site:
Read all criteria in each section carefully as non-conforming applications will
be disqualified. Pay particular attention to the 2018 Essay Question in PART 5,
on page 6 of the Six Page Application. It will not be posted however until the August
2017 Board of Trustees has been held. In the interim, Questions may be directed to:
John Webster, Program Vice President, P. O. Box 240, Orr’s Island, Me. 04066 or by email



May 14th, 2015

A one hour power point presentation titled “The Jordan Family, Moving Forward While Preserving the Past” is available to genealogy groups, historical societies & Jordan family gatherings. The Jordan story begins in 1191 at the Third Crusade and follows the family to the present. The program is available in Maine and some parts of New England with advance notice. John Webster, Jordan Foundation VP for Programs is the facilitator. Email:


February 6th, 2015

The Jordan Family archive was moved on November 20, 2014 to a new home within the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society. The town of Cape Elizabeth facilitated the move from the Thomas Memorial Library to the Cape Elizabeth Public Safety Building, AKA the Police Station.

The move was necessitated by the newly approved renovation to the Thomas Memorial Library.

Open on Thursday mornings from 9 AM to noon or by appointment the archive is at 325 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. Contact Norman Jordan or John Webster listed in the Foundation Link, contacts portion on this web site for more information.


October 19th, 2014

The Fall 2014 Newsletter carried carried an article on this 89 Year Old Veteran
and how he secretly escaped his Care Home in Essex England to attend the Normandy
[2014] D Day Festivities. Editor Sally Jackson noted the abbreviated article
from Sophia Jordan Knott of Worcestershire England, was carried in its entirety on
the internet. I visited the internet and found, not one, but several articles and
pictures covering the exploits of this outstanding Navy Veteran. Just type in your browser to view the articles and heroics of this Jordan cousin.


February 20th, 2014

Persons desiring to find ancestors and trace family lines can order the Genealogy CD from the Merchandise Page Section of our Website. Anyone wishing to add or update their Family Information should contact


January 27th, 2014

If you are a member of The Jordan Family Foundation and have products or services of interest to Foundation Members and Friends, you are welcomed to take advantage of the “Links” page of our Website. Visit those currently listed and send information to Web Administrator if you would like to be listed.

Recently found information from a 1960 Newspaper from Louise Jordan King

November 1st, 2013

From artifacts of the Louise Jordan King Estate  est. date 1957 source Newspaper in Mississippi.

                                            What’s in the name “Jordan”

The Name Jordan is now found chiefly in Ireland’s Counties Galway and Mayo. Although it is also a common English name, few of the Irish Jordans are of English descent. It is spelled “MacSiurtain” in Gaelic and was adopted by one of the hibernicized Norman families, which acquired extensive territory in the west of Ireland after the invasion of 1172.

The Jordan sept were the first to be dubbed “Wild Irish,” in the 16th Century. One of the Jordans who was killed in a battle was described by an historian as “the strongest hand and the bravest heart of all the Jordans of his time.”

The present barony of Gallen in County Mayo, Ireland, has long been known as “MacJordan’s Country” and it is so described in the “Composition Book of Connacht”.

In England, the name can be traced to 1182, when a Robert Jurdan, as it was spelled then, was put on the Yorkshire records. From Yorkshire, the name became common in Cambridgeshire 40 years later. Here we find a John Jordan entered in the Fleet of Fines record dated 1220. Later the name appeared in the Sussex Subsidy Rolls of 1327.

The English Jordan name derived from the River Jordan, used as a Christian name by returning crusaders who brought back with them Jordan waters for the baptism of their children.

In 1652, a member of the Augustinian Order, Father Fulgentius Jordan was martyred for his beliefs. The traditional coat-of-arms borne by the Jordans has a silver background. In the center of this is what is known as a ‘fesse’, a horizontal band colored black. At the bottom of the shield is a black lion with the right foreleg off the ground.


October 6th, 2013

 The Family Jordan Chronicles Book authored by Ralph L. Jordan with graphics and design by Alis D. Jordan is now available for review and research in eighteen (18) libraries and genealogical societies throughout the country as shown below:

State of Maine Public Library, Augusta, Maine; Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, Maine; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC;  Camp Verde Historical Society, Camp Verde, Arizona;  Auburn Public Library, Auburn, Maine;  Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas;  Linn County Genealogical Society, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;  New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire;  New England Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts; Church of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah;  Orange County Library System, Orlando, Florida; Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN; Flint Michigan Public Library, Flint, MI; Sutro Library, San Francisco, CA; New Castle Public Library, New Castle, NH.; Newberry Genealogical Library, Chicago, IL; Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County, at Cooper Memorial Library, Clermont, FL.; and Morse Memorial Library, Greene, ME.

Family Member sponsors of books to the above libraries were: John R. Webster, Ralph L. Jordan, Diana G. Jordan, Sally A. Jackson, Earle H. “Trey” Jordan III, Rosemary Jordan Contreras, Edith S. Jordan, Eleanor J. West, Richard T. Jordan;, Leighton S. Symonds, Paul G. Jordan, Susan J. Logas, and The Rev. Robert & Sarah (Winter) Jordan Foundation, Inc., Susan Eichhorn

Additional information may be obtained by emailing: <>


September 12th, 2013

Our Family Historian, Steve Deitemeyer and his spouse Pat have volunteered to assist Foundation Family Members seeking military service information on their ancestors.   Keep in mind when contacting either that this is a “voluntary” commitment.  Be guided accordingly.  email:

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