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William "Wm. Ford--South" Ford, Sr
Birth: Dec. 10, 1826
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Mar. 8, 1905
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Father of automobile industrialist Henry Ford I (1863-1947); oldest of his siblings, he emigrated in 1847 and married in Detroit at the home of Thomas Maybury April 21 or 25, 1861. A progressive farmer, he was often called William Ford-South because also-prominent, double 1st cousin William Samuel Ford, aka William Ford-North, lived the other side of Scotch Settlement Rd. (now W. Warren Ave. in Dearborn, Michigan). The Civil War did not directly affect him, as he was still a British subject until he became a U.S. citizen in 1864. A strict, but not harsh, disciplinarian, he had a sense of humor and enjoyed occasional pranks. He was a school district board member, Justice of the Peace and Springwells Township Road Commissioner, replacing horse-drawn cars with electric. William & Mary joined Christ Episcopal Church of Dearborn. Their first child died as an infant & their second son was Henry I. They had five additional children at 2-year intervals. After paralysis for some time, he died at 338 Hendrie St. A photo, #0-360, may be obtained for a nominal fee from the Curator of Graphics, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, P.O. Box 1970, Dearborn MI 48121. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Litogot Ford (1839 - 1876)
 
 Children:
  Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)*
  John Ford (1865 - 1927)*
  Margaret Ford Ruddiman (1867 - 1960)*
  William D. Ford (1871 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
FATHER
WILLIAM FORD
1826-1905
 
Burial:
Ford Cemetery
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: St. Martha's Episcopal Church yard
 
Created by: Earl Richard Sutton
Record added: Dec 17, 2002
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- Matthew Jenkins
 Added: Sep. 30, 2014
You gave birth to a legend. Thanks Will
- Cedric Mayfield
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014

- Matthew Jenkins
 Added: May. 24, 2014
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