The flags appearing in the banner across the top of the page represent many of the places that our Jordans have lived.
The Saltire of St. Andrew represents Scotland, from which our Jordan ancestor is thought to have emigrated to County Down sometime in the late 17th, early 18th century. At this time his surname may have been Graham instead of Jordan.
The Flag of Ulster, the northernmost of the four provinces of Ireland, includes at its center a Red Hand which was used as early as the fourteenth century by the O’Neills in their struggle against the English crown. Today Ulster comprises nine counties, three of which are in the Republic of Ireland and six, including County Down, that are in the United Kingdom. James Jordan is thought to have been born and lived his youth in County Down.
The Coat of Arms of Ireland features an Irish Harp, used to represent Ireland or its Kings for almost a millennium. The features of the harp have changed over time, but the one depicted in the banner most closely resembles the coat of arms as it appeared during James Jordan’s time.
This Flag of Great Britain was in use during the time James Jordan lived in Ireland. The flag, which combined the English Cross of St. George with the Scottish Saltire of St. Andrew, was a constant reminder to the people of Ireland that their place in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was subordinate to that of their counterparts in England and Scotland.
The Saltire of St. Patrick, representing the patron saint of Ireland, was added to the Flag of Great Britain in 1801, symbolically joining the Kingdom of Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain, and creating the Union Jack that we know today as the flag of the United Kingdom.
The Flag of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, used by the King’s Chief Secretary for Ireland, displayed the Irish harp in the center of the British flag. In other words, at the time James Jordan was born, this was the flag representing “him wot was in charge.” Yes, to those sharp-eyed pedants who noticed, I cheated. The Lord Lieutenant’s flag flying at the time James Jordan lived there would have been sans the Saltire of St. Patrick.
The Flag of the Colony of Virginia was probably the one James Jordan saw most often after he settled in pre-revolutionary America. You’ll note that the British flag represented in the upper left quadrant was still the pre-1801 version.
The “Betsy Ross” Flag is the most recognized of the many flags that were flown to represent the thirteen colonies that had become the United States of America. James Jordan clearly sided with the Patriots against the Tories in that cause. It would have come natural to an Ulster-Scot who had recently left Ireland.
James Jordan never saw The Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia since it was created many years later, but its design was based on a seal created in 1776 by men who chose to discard the Union Jack and any connection with Britain. Instead they designed a seal based on Roman mythology. The motto underneath reads Sic Semper Tyrannis, or “thus always to tyrants,”
I just had to include this flag with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes that was the official Flag of the United States during the War of 1812. James Jordan was in the twilight of his years by then, but still would have been supporting his new country against the tyranny of the powerful British Empire.
Many of our Jordans, including my Great-Great-Great Grandparents, William and Blanche Jordan called the great state of Indiana their home. We Hoosiers (I was born and raised there) would be able to identify this blue Flag of the State of Indiana with the golden torch and 19 gold stars, even if it didn’t have the name Indiana emblazoned over the torch. Why 19 stars? The eighteen small ones represent the states of the Union when Indiana was admitted in 1816; the large star above the torch and under the label represents the new state of Indiana.
Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Its obvious to anyone who’s ever been in the state why James Jordan chose to settle in this beautiful green country in the mountains of western Virginia. Many of our kinfolk still live there and call this Flag of the State of West Virginia their own.
I don’t have to tell you which flag this is. Old Glory now has fifty stars representing the fifty states and thirteen stripes representing the original thirteen colonies.