The Gordy Family
The Gordy Family


Research on Adrian Gardee/Gordy

A court record exists in Northumberland County Virginia that lists Ad: Gardee as a servant, aged 14 years, indentured to Wm. Brereton. That document is the earliest written record we have of the Gordy family.

Read about the newly discovered links between this document and Adrian's possible origins.

Posted 25 November 2014.


DNA Results Posted -
Moses Descendants Needed!

Updated DNA results have been posted. The most interesting new data comes from two participants we had no idea were cousins! To resolve their puzzle, we need more participants from the Moses I line - particularly from the Moses I/John line that migrated through OH, IN, IL, MN...

See the DNA Results.

Posted 8 May 2011.



Original Documents
Now There Are 50!

There are now 50 original documents in the genealogy section. They are all from Maryland and encompass the period from 1670-1797. All of these files include a facsimile of the original and most have a typed transcription, however some have not yet been transcribed. If you can supply a transcription where one is not yet available, please contact Eileen Gordy. Thanks! See the Original Document Index.

Posted 30 March 2011.






Gordy is considered a rare surname. Having a rare name sometimes spawns strange behavior. Have you ever upon arrival at a far-from-home hotel pulled the telephone book from the bedside table drawer and looked for a Gordy? If you found a listing, did you call this stranger, believing,“We are all related.”? And then there is the legend -- “There were seven brothers who came from England.” And the speculation -- “There are a lot of Gordon's, maybe we are actually Gordon's, misspelled.”

About seven years ago two Gordy sisters, who as children had wondered if they were the only Gordys in the world, set out to search for their relatives and their origins. Barbara and Melinda found Gordys, lots of them. The living and the marks of the deceased finally led them to the family origins over 300 years ago on the Eastern Shore of Delmarva and forward through 200 years of migrations into Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. In their travels and research they found several family branches with written genealogies and stories and worked in the halls and carrels of many courthouses, libraries, archives and museums.

In the early summer of 2006 Barbara and Melinda attended the Mississippi Gordy Reunion and brought with them pre-publication copies of The Gordy Family Story, their wonderful book of well researched genealogy and touching documented stories on the origins of the Gordy family. As the Mississippi group read, asked questions, and tried to absorb it all, we all begin talking at once; brainstorming ways to share and help extend this information that we had never dreamed we would have.

This web site hopes to help Gordys get in touch with each another, to share what is now known about our family history, and to encourage all to help fill the gaps. A web site is always a work in progress. Stay tuned , as we work together we may solve more of those rare surname questions!


the RAs a young woman Rose Crouch learned to draw a script “R”. In 1712 Rose Crouch Taylor Gordy drew her “R” below the mark of her husband, Adrian Gordy, on an indenture that sold White Chapel Green to her brother, Jacob Crouch. Three years later she drew her “R” as executor of Adrian Gordy’s estate. Rose and the younger children continued to live together until 1725.

When this website was established in 2008 the research indicated Peter and Moses probably were the two children cited in a 1699 Lewes, Delaware bastardy case that indicted Rose Taylor as their mother and called out John Cary as their father.
But by 2012, after extending the research with additional historical documents and with more Y-DNA studies, the picture is less clear.
Y-DNA haplotypes from multiple branches of the Gordy family and a newly found court document from Somerset County definitely establish Peter and Moses as brothers. A new 67-marker Y-DNA haplotype result from a direct descendant of John Cary proves that Cary was not their biological father. Despite extensive searches of the ever-expanding Y-DNA databases no Y-DNA haplotype from a non-Gordy surname that can be connected to the Eastern Shore around 1700 has been found to match the Gordy  Y-DNA haplotype.
No historical documents found to date provide specific birth dates or definite parentage for Peter or Moses.
In the absence of conclusive evidence, variations in interpretation of the available data naturally exist. Two interpretations are now included under “Early Stories”.
The research continues.


Existent historical records clearly attest to the strong influence of Rose Crouch and her family during the childhood of Peter and Moses. These family bonds the boys formed at a young age show throughout the records that define them for us. Rose’s contribution to the survival of this family was immeasurable and the “R“ represents the gift she passed to us, a family.

Posted 18 June 2012



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