Richard Gordineer

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Richard Gordineer




Richard Gordineer, of Medina, Orleans Co., N.Y., was the son of Jacob Gordineer, a Mohawk Dutchman, and a colored woman, Gordineer’s slave. Jacob Gordineer was a horse dealer and made and lost a great deal of money, and finally died in Buffalo a poor man. Richard’s mother and himself were sold to Joseph Grant when Richard was only two months old. Joseph Grant was the father of L.A.G.B. Grant, of Medina fame. Richard being three years old when L.A.G.B. Grant was born, it will be readily seen that on his last birthday December 11, 1889, he was ninety-five years of age.

Richard’s mother and himself were set free when the slaves were set free in New York State, 1825. He came to where Medina now stands in the year 1823, and cooked for Walton Grant’s people on the farm south of Medina, and lived with the Grants until 1824, after which time he worked on the Erie Canal for fifteen years, or until 1839 when he settled permanently in Medina. Richard was a good cook and a wedding party was never complete without him to do the baking for and waiting on the guests. He was the only successful cartman here for many years and there seemed to be no end to his call for whitewashing. He was very successful in his business up to 1862, and had accumulated a nice property, but about that time he was betrayed by a man he called his friend and lost everything he had worked hard to accumulate, since which time he has been engaged in whitewashing, smoking hams, baggage express, etc



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“Richard Gordineer,” Orleans County Historical Archives Database, accessed November 28, 2021,