James Gordon, left, the grandfather of Gerald Gordon, photographed with his mother, Jane Gordon, who was born in 1825, and sister, Emma, right. (Courtesy photo)
Gerald Gordon, of Vacaville, points out the 1838 deed of sale of his great-great grandfather, Peter Hughes, that he had enlarged and put on display in his house. It is the oldest document Gordon has been able to find about his ancestors. Hughes was born in the United States around the 1780s, lived to be about 100 years old, became a minister and founded Mt. Rowell Baptist Church, which still exists in South Carolina. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)
The grave of Rev. Peter Hughes, foreground, is located next to Mt. Rowell Baptist Church, which he founded in 1867 near Union, S.C. (Courtesy photo)
Joyce and Gerald Gordon, of Vacaville. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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