Biographical and Genealogical information about children of George Gorton II
Here are some photos
of George III, Elizabeth Fry ('Betty'), Charles, & James, including
some taken in Cement, OK. during the 1920s.
- George Gorton III, 14 March, 1902 - 12 June, 1988
- Elizabeth Fry Gorton 2 Dec. 1904 - 198x
- James Gorton 7 Feb, 1909 - 1962
- Charles Gorton 7 Feb, 1909 - 1970
Some blocks commemorating the births of George III, Betty, Charles, and James
George Gorton III & family
George (3/14/1902 - 6/12/1988) married Dorothy Darsie on 26 June, 1930.
- Elizabeth "Betty" Jean: 2 Aug. 1931 - present
of Betty, taken in 1932 (from Charles & Dorothy's photo collection)
Married E. Michael Walsh, 19??
- James, 19?? - present
- Theodore, 19?? - present
- Anne, 19?? - present
- Ann: 29 March, 1937 - present
Married Thomas Bayer, 19xx
- Bennett (Ben): 19xx - present
- Jonathan (Jon): 19xx - present
By coincidence, Jon's wife happens to be another descendant
of William Buffham (1801 - 1871)
- Sarah: 19xx - present
- George Gorton IV: 31 March, 1935 - present
- Dorothy (m. David Murdoch, 19xx); their children:
- Amy (m. Christopher Cape, 19xx); their children:
A picture of the inside of George II's house at
1102 Monroe Ave. circa 1932. An interesting feature
is the bookcase which mostly fills the doorway.
George's obituary, and three pages of notes
which were read from at services for George III. The notes were written (and read
by) George Gorton IV.
The same content, all on a single page.
Elizabeth Fry Gorton Findley & family
Betty, probably around 1905-1907
Betty and Ken, about 1924
- Judy: - present
Married J. David Rowland, 1956
- John Scofield Rowland: 1957 - present
Married: Jean Ammon:
Children: Megan, Jordan, Jack
- Megan (b. 1989): Children Maddox, Finley, Avery
- Jordan: Children: Mila
- Elizabeth "Betsy": 1959 - present
Married: Michael Walton:
- Margaret "Meg": 19xx - present
Married: John Daniels
- Tad: - present
- Barb: - present
Charles Gorton & family
Charles: (Feb 7, 1909 - March 20, 1970)
A few items related to Charles'
Oral history notes: Charles attended Dallas Theological Seminary for
one or two years, but left because he was disenchanted with it;
he could read both Greek and Hebrew.
On 30 August, 1935, Charles married Dorothy May Lains.
Some of the genealogical records Dorothy and her sister Marguerite ("Marge")
compiled as part of membership into
They had four children who survived past a year of age:
Sadly, there were also multiple children who did not survive long, including:
- Richard Charles: Feb 3, 1939 - present
Married Jane Carolyn Stetzer: (Feb, 1938 - present)
Three unconventional children:
- Richard Charles Gorton Jr. (me aka this web site author)
Aug. 16, 1961 - present. Weird uncle of Zander & Erik
- Karen Lynn Gorton: Sept. 17, 1964 - present
- Andrew Prescott Gorton "Drew": Dec. 27, 1971 - present
Married: Rachel Marie Felt: Aug 11: 1994
- Alexander Charles "Zander" b. Sept 26, 2000
- Erik Axel: b. July 12, 2004
- Beatrice: July, 1946 - July, 2020
- Patricia: July, 1946 - present
- John Lains: b. - present
Oral family history suggests that (the infant) Charles had a hole in his heart,
and/or appendicitis; at least two other children died after birth, believed to
be RH negative/RH positive related issues.
- Charles Tiffany: June 1936 - End of November, 1936 (about 5 months).
Died of <unknown causes> His burial was on 4 Dec, 1936,
and he is interred in Mound Cemetery, Racine, Wi
- multiple stillborn or < 1 day infants in the early 1940s
(prior to the births of bea and pat). The oral history
by other siblings suggest these were not stillborn
Charles' obituary from the Racine Journal Times.
At the time of his death, he was secretary-treasurer for
Gormac as well as a VP of a venture by
his son, John: Sparkle-Quick Auto Wash.
Numerous photos and documents of
Charles & Dorothy & family, including various of Dorothy's family, plus
some probable photographs of Charles' mothers' family
Another group of Gorton family
photos; Lains' family and relatives;
and some miscellaneous items and
One artifact they owned of historical note is this Racine Basket Co. basket.
Dorothy also kept her baby book.
There were also some other bits of her memorabilia contained in it.
James Gorton & family
James (Feb. 7, 1909 - 1962)
married Marjorie Ekings, 7 Sept, 1933. They had 2 children: James, and Suzy.
Oral history: James seems to have been the wild man of the family.
At one point, the family owned a dry cleaning business, and James was
sent to military school for playing hooky from work. The general
thought was that the school was in Arkansas or Alabama.
Another tidbit is that he got kicked out of military school for
a prank involving a horse - as I (Richard Gorton) recall hearing
the story as a child, he and possibly others thought it would be a good gag
to get a horse onto the second floor of the dormitory; once they
got it up the stairs, they realized there was no way to get it down.
The details of this story got a bit vague - either he/they shot the
horse as part of the prank, or not. But the horse had to be shot
and hauled away dead because it would not come down the stairs.
Further, he attended Wheaton College, IL at some point, but was
kicked out of there, details fuzzy, but thought to possibly be somehow
related to tobacco use. (other documents indicate George II used
chewing tobacco, so this does not seem unlikely).
- James: - 19xx - present
- Suzy: - 19xx - present
Married: Chris Appel: 19xx
Married: Dave Dundas: 19xx
A Gorton Machine photo (the sequence/item number is in the lower right corner
as it is on all other official company photos) from the 1950s or early 1960s
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