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William Wallace Ford
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Birth: Feb. 28, 1839
Richland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 1913
Wabash County
Indiana, USA

William Wallace Ford was the fifth of the the seven children born to William Johnson and Mary (McGee) Ford, and one of only the youngest three to survive. The family relocated from Mansfield, Ohio to Alton, Illinois briefly 1839 to 1840, and then relocated permanently to Wabash County, Indiana in 1940.

He was educated in the schools of this county, and he, like other pioneers of his age, had the honor of attending the log cabin school house. It was heated by the old-fashioned fireplace, and the back logs were hauled in by oxen. The seats were split puncheons, with wooden legs to stand on, and the writing desk was a broad board resting on wooden pins, and he had used the old goose-quill pens made by the schoolmaster.

In the service of his country, Wallace proved himself to be one of Indiana's brave men who offered his services to his nation to
defend the flag, and enlisted in Wabash on August 20, 1861 in the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for three years, but was taken sick at Warsaw, Missouri with typhoid fever and other diseases which shattered his constitution, causing him to be given an honorable discharge on November 25, 1861. His once vigorous health was never normal afterward.

Wallace was married on October 4, 1864 at the bride's home to Miss Elizabeth ("Lizzie") McClure, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McClure of rural Wabash. They had three sons: William Johnson II (1865), James Edwin (1866) and Walter Wallace (1869) Ford; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Wallace was a typical Wabash agriculturalist and stock raiser. He was one of the mainstays in the home and in the development of the estate from a forest home to one of the most beautiful in the county. Wallace, who was politically a strong Republican, cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln and stood for the policy of that party. He had been chosen delegate to the state, county and general conventions at various times.

In his official rank and title he had one of the most important offices in the gift to the county, that of County Commissioner, having been appointed to that office in 1895, and serving through the year of 1897. During the incumbency of this office, the Memorial Hall was built and the vote cast by Wallace was the one which caused the erection of that structure which is a credit not only to the city but the entire county. Under Wallace's administration the last toll road was freed and it was a pride to him to speak of the elegant system of pike roads which was brought about largely through his efforts as commissioner.

It may further be said that during his entire life Wallace had been an able factor in the progress and development of the County and was a gentleman who merited the full approbation and high regard of all the people of the County. Wallace was a man whose high character as a true citizen was above reproach.

Socially he was a member of the James Emmet Post No. 6, G. A. R. of Wabash having been a charter member.

Wallace's father, William Johnson Ford, was a brother of Dr. James Ford.

Died at age 73 years, 11 months, 7 days.
Family links: 
  William Johnson Ford (1805 - 1885)
  Mary McGee Ford (1810 - 1880)
  Elizabeth McClure Ford (1842 - 1920)
  William Johnson Ford (1865 - 1929)*
  James Edwin Ford (1866 - 1961)*
  Edwin Henry Ford (1832 - 1841)*
  Rebecca Jane Ford (1833 - 1835)*
  Robert McGee Ford (1835 - 1845)*
  Hannah Mariah Ford (1837 - 1845)*
  William Wallace Ford (1839 - 1913)
  James Mitchell Ford (1841 - 1927)*
  Oscar Clemmens Ford (1845 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Falls Memorial Gardens
Wabash County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec OP, lot 463, sp 4
Maintained by: Friends of Falls Cemeter...
Originally Created by: Susan Neff, Ford & Neff ...
Record added: Mar 02, 2006
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William Wallace Ford
Added by: Friends of Falls Cemetery
William Wallace Ford
Added by: Friends of Falls Cemetery
William Wallace Ford
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- OPPSheryl
 Added: Oct. 9, 2013

- Wabash County Military
 Added: Apr. 3, 2011

- Emmet Post GAR - Wabash, Indiana
 Added: Apr. 3, 2011
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