William H. Ford1821 - 1877
Name William H. Ford Born 1821 , , NJ, USA Gender Male Died 30 Oct 1877 Jerseyville, Jersey, IL, USA Buried Hickory Grove Cemetery in Lion's Park, Jersey, IL, USA Person ID I24289 All Family Connections Last Modified 2 Jan 2014
Family 1 Ann Cole, d. Bef 1856, , Jersey, IL, USA Married 1 Mar 1843 , Mercer, IL, USA Last Modified 2 Jan 2014 Family ID F4161 Group Sheet
Family 2 Mary Ann Rhody, b. 1828, , , TN, USA , d. Sep 1865, , Jersey, IL, USA Married 16 May 1855 , Jersey, IL, USA Last Modified 2 Jan 2014 Family ID F4160 Group Sheet
Family 3 Elizabeth Jane Rhody, b. 12 Oct 1833, , , TN, USA , d. 18 Mar 1919, St. Louis, St. Louis City, MO, USA Married 19 Oct 1866 , Jersey, IL, USA Last Modified 2 Jan 2014 Family ID F4159 Group Sheet
1821 Death: Oct. 30, 1877
William was born in 1821, most likely in Nothingham Township, Burlington County (now Hamilton Township, Mercer Co.), NJ. He was the son of Gilman & Gertrude (HUTCHINSON) FORD. William's first of three marriages was on 01 Mar 1843 to Ann COLE, both of whom were from Mercerville, Mercer Co., NJ. They were married by Rev. George ELY ["The State Gazette." Trenton, NJ, 11 Mar 1843, page 3.] Rev. ELY was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, Mercer Co.
Wm. (age 29) was a shoemaker in the 1850 census of East Winsor Township, Mercer Co., NJ. With him were Ann, his wife (29), and their 3 children: Samuel (6), Francis H. (4), and Mary E. (2). All 4 were born in NJ.
Wm.'s son's Samuel (18) and Francis H. (16) were living with Wm. & his 2nd wife in the 1860 census of Jersey Co., IL His daughter Mary Elizabeth was not. Neither Samuel or Mary were in Wm.'s 1877 probate. Wm.'s son, Francis Hutchinson FORD later lived in Cameron, Clinton Co., MO. It is assumed that Ann died before 1856 and Mary died before 1861 and that they may be buried in the old Hickory Grove Cemetery in Lion Park in Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL.
William H. FORD's 2nd marriage. Wm. and Mary Ann ROADY (dau. of Peter & Elizabeth (NICHODEMUS) ROADY), were married in Jersey Co., IL on 16 May 1855, by Rev. Justus BUCKLEY, a Baptist minister. They had 6 children: Eugene Augustus (Boise, ID); Wm. Henry (Boise, ID & San Jose, CA); Edgar W. (Springfield, IL); Harriet, wife of Washington EVANS (Vernon, Co., MO); Charles (b. ca 1864 - d. ca 1866); and Lincoln Elsworth (St. Louis, MO).
1860 census of Jersey Co., Phills Creek Precinct, Fidelity P.O., Dwelling #83: FORD, Wm. (49, NJ, shoemaker), Mary (31, TN), Samuel (18, NJ), Francis (16, NJ), Eugene A. (4, IL), Wm. H. (2, IL), Edgar (2/12, IL). Mary died in the same month Edgar was born (Sep 1865) and Wm. married for the 3rd time to Mary's sister, Elizabeth Jane ROADY (dau. of Peter & Elizabeth (NICHODEMUS) ROADY. They were married 16 Oct 1866 at Fidelity, Jersey Co., IL by George PEASE (The marriage licenses for Wm. FORD's 2nd & 3rd marriages ae on file in the Jersey Co. Courthouse). Wm. & Jane had one son, Gideon H. (Jersey Co., IL, St. Louis, MO).
1870 census of Montgomery Co., IL, Township 12, Range 4, page 4, P.O. White Oak, Dwelling # 25: FORD, Wm. (49, NJ, farm laborer), Elizabeth J. (36, TN), Eugene A. (14, IL, works on farm), Wm. H. (12), Edgar (10), Harriet E. (8), Lincoln E. (4), Gideon (2). RHODA [ROADY], Elizabeth (67, TN, living with daughter).
"We are under obligations to Mr. Wm. FORD for a fine basket of early rose potatoes, the finest we have seen this season." (By the editor of the Jersey County Democrat, 29 Jul 1875).
Wm. FORD, a farmer living near the MAINS settlement on Phill's Creek, is dangerously Ill (Jersey County Democrat, 16 Aug 1877). Wm. FORD, living on Phill's Creek, through mistake took poison a few days since, which came near terminating his earthly existence (Jersey County Democrat, 23 Aug 1877). Died. FORD -- in Jerseyville Tuesday morning, Oct. 30th., Wm. FORD, in the 56 year of his age. The funeral took place from the residence of George R. FORD, Thursday, Nov 1 (Jersey County Democrat, 01 Nov 1877).
Wm. died on 30 Oct 1877 and is most likely buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Wm.'s probate is on file at the Jersey Co. Courthouse. His brother, George R. FORD, was his administrator. George R. FORD and Nathaniel ROADY appraised Wm. FORD's Inventory.
A letter dated 30 Oct 1877 from Wm. FORD's daughter Harriet to her half-brother, Francis H. FORD:
"It is with as few words as possible I write to you to tell you perhaps what you have expected to hear. Our dear father is dead. He died at 8 o'clock this morning . He will be buried Thursday morning at ten o'clock. Oh brother you don't know what a loss without you were here I don't know what to do. He suffered terribly all night, but he knew everything to the last minute and gave us goodby. He died before the boys got to him. He asked for them several times. He wanted to go. He said he wanted to leave this troublesome world for he suffered so dreadful. He said he was happy for he was prepared to go. We are going to bury him in the old cemetery with the rest of our dead for he has often said he wanted to be buried by the side of mother. I must close for I want to send this with the 5 o'clock train and it is most time for it . I wish you were here. No more now, write to me. From your loving sister, Hattie." The envelope was addressed to: "Mr. Frank FORD, Fountain Green, Hancock Co., IL" Stamp: Jerseyville ILL, Oct 30."
The "old cemetery with the rest of our dead" that was mentioned in Hattie's letter would be "Hickory Grove Cemetery" in Jerseyville. That cemetery was in bad shape and an eyesore for many many years. In 1969 notice was given for those that had relatives buried in that cemetery to have them moved to other cemeteries. Then a bulldozer was used to push all the headstones and whatnot into a depression on the 2 acre property and the land was turned into Lions Park. As best as can be determined, no one bothered to write down any of the information from any of the readable headstones before they were covered up. Thus most of the data available in the old cemetery was lost, especially to those that were not notified or were to far away to do anything about it.
1880 census of Jersey Co., IL, Fidelity Township, page 15, Dwelling # 126: FORD, Elizabeth (47, TN, Widow, Servant, Housekeeper), Lincoln (14, IL, Servant, Works on Farm), Gideon (12, IL, Servant, Works on Farm). They all worked for Bennard McGUIRE (32, Ireland, Widower, Farmer). Bennard had a son Charles (2, IL).
1900 census. Elizabeth Jane FORD (56, Oct 1833, TN) was living with her son Gideon H. and his family at 1924 Cherokee, St. Louis, MO.
Elizabeth Jane was born 12 Oct 1833 & died 18 Mar 1919 in the St. Louis City Hospital in St Louis, MO. She is buried in an unmarked grave in Kane Cemetery, Kane, Greene Co., IL where her son Gideon & his wife Christina are buried.