Descendants of

Hugh Gordon of Manar:

the family of

Hugh Hannibal Gordon









The Family of Hugh Gordon of Manar

The family of Elizabeth (Gordon) Skene The family of Jane (Gordon) Hunter The family of James Gordon of Manar

The family of Hugh Gordon of Manar NSW

  The family of Ann (Gordon) Lumsden   The family of Robina (Gordon) Brickenden  
Families of John Skene and William Skene Family of Sir Charles Hughes-Hunter The family of Henry Gordon of Manar The family of Mary (Gordon) Fraser The family of Hugh Hannibal Gordon The family of William Forbes Gordon The family of James Gordon The family of Mary Elizabeth Gordon The family of Herbert Trevelyan Gordon The family of Emeline Leslie Gordon The family of Frederick Pascoe Gordon The family of Lambert Skene Gordon

Families of Catherine & Elizabeth Lumsden

The family of Hugh Gordon Lumsden The family of James Gordon Brickenden  
2 families descend from William 12 families descend from him 19 families descend from him 3 families descend from her 9 families descend from him 47 families descend from him 34 families descend from him 22 families descend from her 16 families descend from him 14 families descend from her 12 families descend from him 47 families descend from him 14 families descend from them 4 families descend from him 2 families descend from him  


The family of Hugh Hannibal Gordon


Ann Bilsbury Taylor b.31-10-1851 d.c.1886

m.(1) on 26-06-1872 at Mount Pleasant
Hugh Hannibal Gordon b.30-12-1841 d.07-09-1914 at Flemington
m.(2) in 1886 at Flemington
Lucy Jane Lovell b.14-08-1859 in Braidwood d.01-09-1935
(1)Alfred Gordon b.07-09-1872 at Long Swamp d.1872
Mary Emeline Gordon b.31-01-1874 d.1874
Florence Maud Gordon b.15-01-1878
Annie Jane Gordon b.16-09-1880 d.19-05-1884 in Goulburn

(2)Jack Hugh Gordon b.c.1883 lost at sea 01-06-1901

Frederick Flemington Gordon b.1888 d.25-01-1913
James Reginald Gordon b.1889 d.11-05-1957
Catherine Mary Gordon b.03-06-1894 d.18-04-1985 Emmeline Leslie Gordon b.1899 d.1927
Ethel Gordon b.12-01-1900 d.22-01-1978


married in 1897
married married in 1922
Cornelius G. Marshall
William Wilton James Henry Brown b.1886 d.05-09-1966
Robert Wallace Elijah Butcher b.05-11-1896 d.19-09-1945
no children
no children 3 children
1 child


Hugh Hannibal Gordon (1841-1914) circa 1898

Descendants of Hugh Hannibal Gordon and their families at the Gordon family reunion held in 1986.

Back row: Jack Brown, Boyd Leigh. Front row: Kath Brown, Betty Leigh.




The Gordons of Manar in Australia

Hugh Hannibal Gordon

Hugh Hannibal Gordon, eldest son of Hugh Gordon of Manar, NSW, was born at the Vineyard, Parramatta, on 30 December 1841. He was educated at Macquarie Fields School, later to become the King's School, during the years 1859 to 1862, and then spent a number of years working on properties in the Braidwood district. He was living at Long Swamp in 1872. That year, at the age of 31, a maid at Manar called Annie Bilsbury fell pregnant from him, and so they got married. The child died the same year. The couple had three more children but only one of them survived infancy. Annie's father had also worked at Manar (as a brickmaker and farm labourer) and had then bought a place at Long Swamp near Braidwood. Hugh Hannibal also bought land there, and bred horses. All four of Annie's children were born at Long Swamp. Hugh Hannibal's family were not happy about the marriage and that - along with the three infant deaths - may have contributed to the ensuing divorce in 1885.

The surviving child of his first marriage - Florence Maud Gordon - grew up to marry Cornelius (Corney) Marshall, a dentist in Eastwood. A later Gordon, Bill, remembered popping in on them frequently on the way home from school: where Florence would offer him biscuits, and 'Corney' would spin tales of his early life on the American railways, and accounts of the hard and wild life he led, and fights with native people ('Indians'). Bill used to help Corney in his dentist's workshop making false teeth. Corney and Florence had no children.

The year before Hugh Hannibal divorced, in 1884, he had moved to Sydney where he became a stock inspector and later manager of the Flemington saleyards. He purchased a large block of land adjacent to the saleyards on which he built a substantial residence which he called the Camp. This was later subdivided and given to his surviving children. He also owned some land at Collaroy in Sydney. In 1886, he married again, to Lucy Jane Lovell. They had three sons and three daughters. However, their two oldest sons were lost in tragic circumstances: Jack Hugh was lost at sea near Cape Horn when he was 18; and Fred died at 24 from his diabetes. In 1889 Hugh was appointed a magistrate for the colony.

Hugh Hannibal was reportedly an impatient man. He would arrive home from work and suddenly announce that the family would go on a fishing trip for 3 days, and he expected everyone to pack and be ready, leaving anyone behind if they were too slow. A surviving relative in the 1980's claimed that he was "a very mean man". Although he was the eldest child, Manar itself eventually came into the possession of his younger brother William Forbes Gordon - on some accounts because Hugh Hannibal was not suitable, but also possibly because William was the one who could afford the buy out.

Although Hugh Hannibal was reported to be a domineering man at home and at work, he was highly regarded in the community. He seems to have managed his money prudently, and supported a number of relatives in work and accommodation. Moreover, his household - albeit very much a man's world where the women and daughters were expected to do the chores - was reportedly a happy one. His social status is demonstrated by the fact that he was an alderman for Sydney Council for over 30 years so he very much played his part in the life and growth of the community. It's just that he seems to have been a rather difficult, strong-willed man.

On 7th September 1914, Hugh Hannibal died at Flemington near Sydney. he was 72 years old.

His wife Lucy continued to live at 'The Camp' for the remaining 21 years of her life. She was known affectionately as 'Grandma Gordon' and was much loved and respected. During the Depression, for example, she offered food and shelter to friends and strangers alike. Large numbers of people came to her funeral in 1935.

Family details - He married twice: (i) on 26 June 1872 at Mt. Pleasant near Braidwood, Ann (or Annie) Bilsbury, daughter of Josiah Keightly Taylor, a brickmaker, who was employed at Manar. Ann was born at Boro on 31 October 1851 and died in 1886 or 1887. They were divorced in 1885. They had:

1. Alfred, born at Long Swamp on 7 September 1872, died the same year.

2. Mary Emeline, born on 31 January 1874, died the same year.

3. Florence Maud, born on 15 January 1878, married in 1897 Cornelius G Marshall, a dentist.

4. Annie Jane, born 16 September 1880, died in Goulburn on 19 May 1884.

He married (ii) in 1886 at Flemington near Sydney, Lucy Jane, daughter of Frederick Lovell of Araluen. She was born at Braidwood in 1859 and died at the Camp on 1 September 1935. They had:

5. Jack Hugh, born in 1883 or 1884, lost at sea in June 1901 just after his ship, the Aristides had rounded Cape Horn.

6. Frederick Flemington, born in 1888. He liked gambling and at one stage, owing money to a bookmaker, he sold his father's best pony and sulky to pay his debts. At home he liked having fun and playing tricks, and was loved by his parents and sisters. Fred died unmarried, of a diabetic condition, on 25 January 1913.

7. James (Jimmy) Reginald, born in 1889, was a drover at the Flemington saleyards all his working life. He died unmarried on 11 May 1957. He was described by his niece Betty as a 'quiet and kindly man'. However, he liked his rum. He would work flat out all weekend in preparation for the Monday sales, then go to the bar, returning home late and sometimes under the influence of the drink. (He lived with his sister Ethel for many years.) On his day off he liked to do gardening. Best of all he liked fishing, and would often head off on Thursday and Friday to meet up with friends, to drink, to share stories, and to hang out at a boathouse by the Hawkesbury River.

8. Catharine Mary (Kitty), born 3 June 1894, died on 18 April 1985 at the age of 90, married William Wilton, a guard on the railways, who boarded at 'The Camp'. It was an unpopular marriage with the family. Kit would also sometimes fall out with William, and from time to time would throw him out, on one occasion for six months. Although Kitty was undemonstrative with her family, keeping her emotions in check, according to her niece Betty she was "kindness itself - she had a heart of gold." She would visit Betty and her family, help with the ironing, bring sweets for the children, then play cricket and tennis with them outside. After her visits, someone in the family would find little gifts of money, under a pan or a pot, to help with food or other things the next week. She had no children of her own. Towards the end of her life she could only walk with two sticks, and in her last days she lived in a nursing home.

9. Emmeline Leslie, born in 1899, died in 1927, married in 1922, James Henry Brown, a drover. Click on her name for details of her life.

10. Ethel, born 12 January 1900, died on 22 February 1978, married Robert Wallace Elijah Butcher. Click on her name for details of her life.









Gen01Fam01 - The family of Hugh Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Fam01 - The family of Elizabeth (Gordon) Skene

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0101 - The family of John George Skene

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0102 - The family of William J Skene

Gen01Gen02Fam02 - The family of Jane (Gordon) Hunter

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0201 - The family of Sir Charles Hughes-Hunter

Gen1Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam020101 - The family of Anna Love (Hughes-Hunter) Grove-White

Gen01Gen02Fam03 - The family of James Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0301 - The family of Henry Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030101 - The family of Elizabeth Cruger (Gordon) Risley

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030102 - The family of Henry Robert Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030103 - The family of Aileen Mary 'Babs' (Gordon) Wall

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0302 - The family of Mary (Gordon) Fraser

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030201 - The family of James Gordon Fraser

Gen01Gen02Fam04 - The family of Hugh Gordon of ManarNSW

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0401 - The family of Hugh Hannibal Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040101 - The family of Emmeline Leslie (Gordon) Brown

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040102 - The family of Ethel (Gordon) Butcher

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0402 - The family of William Forbes Gordon of ManarNSW

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040201 - The family of William Deuchar Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040202 - The family of Florence Emmeline (Gordon) Devitt

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040203 - The family of Violet Marguerite (Gordon) Macarthur-Onslow

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040204 - The family of Ruby Annette (Gordon) Warry

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040205 - The family of James Henry Forbes Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0403 - The family of James Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040301a - The family of Arthur Hannibal James Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040301 - The family of Ethel Mary (Gordon) Barritt

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040302 - The family of Edward William Leslie Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040303 - The family of Eleanor Iris Rose (Gordon) Scarvell

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040304a - The family of James Henry Albert Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040304 - The family of Marjorie Augusta (Gordon) Brownlow

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0404 - The family of Mary Elizabeth (Gordon) Lamb

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040401 - The family of Herbert Gordon Lamb

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040402 - The family of Daisy Emmeline (Lamb) Pritchard

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0405 - The family of Herbert Trevelyan Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040501 - The family of Emmeline Segol (Gordon) Roach

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040502 - The family of Ina Hamilton (Gordon) Beit

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0406 - The family of Emeline Leslie (Gordon) Orridge

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040601 - The family of Mary Emeline (Orridge) Rothe

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040602 - The family of Charles Edric Orridge

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0407 - The family of Frederick Pascoe Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040701 - The family of Harold Arthur Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040702 - The family of Henry Eustace Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040703 - The family of Frederick Hugh Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040704 - The family of Annie Clare (Gordon) Marsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040705 - The family of Jean Mary Emmeline (Gordon) Lishman

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0408 - The family of Lambert Skene Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040801 - The family of Hugh Hungerford Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040802 - The family of Kathleen Beatrice (Gordon) Simpson

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040803 - The family of Douglas Lambart Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040804 - The family of Kenneth Francis Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040805 - The family of Muriel Annette (Gordon) Campbell

Gen01Gen02Fam05 - The family of Anne (Gordon) Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0501 - The family of Catherine (Lumsden) Franks

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam050101 - The family of Robert Fergusson Franks

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0502 - The family of Hugh Gordon Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam050201 - The family of Carlos Barron Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Fam06 - The family of Robina (Gordon) Brickenden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0601 - The family of James Gordon Brickenden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam060101 - The family of Lt Commander Francis Gordon Brickenden







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