George Gordon 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1877 to 1937
Area of Specialization:
Family Physician and Surgeon  


Dr. George Gordon was born in Dundas County, Ontario on the 24th of May, 1855.  He was the 7th of 9 children born to John Gordon and the former Elizabeth Ford.  Both of his parents were born in Scotland.  Dr. Gordon’s parents were farmers and his siblings were; Anna, Jane, Jesse, Charles, Rosa, Elizabeth, William and Samuel.  Dr. Gordon moved to Merlin with his parents in 1871 and he was educated at local schools.  According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Gordon graduated from the University of Toronto in 1867.  The Journal also stated that he died at the age of 82, which confirms his birth year to be 1855 which aligns with other sources of his birthdate, but means that Dr. Gordon graduated from the University of Toronto at the age of 12.  It is more likely that he graduated in 1877.

Dr. Gordon married Thalia Emily Early in 1879.    She was born on the 11th of June of 1861, in Pelham, Ontario the daughter of Gilbert Early and the former Abigail Hopkins.  She was the youngest of 7 children.  Her siblings were; Samuel, Louisa, Mary, Judson, Franklin and Evelina.  Her father was a tinsmith.

Dr. Gordon is possibly the first physician and surgeon to practice in the Village of Merlin.  He arrived in 1879.

He is recorded in the 1881 Gazetteer as practicing in the Township of Raleigh (Merlin). According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Gordon joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 8th of May 1877.

Their daughter Edith Thalia Gordon was born on the 2nd of May, 1880.  At the time of her birth, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon were residing on Middle Road in Raleigh Twp.

By 1891 he was living in Wardsville, (Middlesex County) Ontario with his wife Thalia and their children; Edith, William, Mary, Martha, George and Anna.  Edith died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the 29th of May, 1903 at the age of 22.  Edith had been in poor health and she had travelled to Colorado Springs with her mother in hopes of getting better.  Edith was buried at the Wardsville Municipal Cemetery.

According to the 1911 census Dr. and Mrs. Gordon and their daughter Martha were living in Newbury, (Middlesex County) where Dr. Gordon was practicing medicine.

Dr. Gordon’s wife, died on the 10th of March, 1917 in Newbury and she was buried at the Wardsville Municipal Cemetery.

Dr. Gordon married Annie Mary Heath on the 20th of April, 1933 in Glencoe.  In 1933, Mrs. Gordon was a widow and 73 years old.  She was the daughter of Henry Brown and the former Mary Tiffin.  At the time of their marriage Dr. Gordon lived in Newbury and Mrs. Gordon lived in Wardsville.

Mrs. Annie Gordon died on the 18th of March, 1937.  She was buried at the Wardsville Cemetery.  Dr. Gordon died on the 30th of May, 1937 and he was buried at the Wardsville Muncipal Cemetery.