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Samuel Ford, Sr
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Birth: 1792
Cork
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Nov. 12, 1842
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Grand Uncle of automobile industrialist Henry Ford I (1863-1947), as brother of John Ford (b. 1797 or 1799, d. 1864) who, in turn, was the auto magnate's paternal grandfather. Son of the earliest on the Ford (Motor Co.) family tree, William Ford (1775-1818) & Rebecca Jennings (1776-1851), he married Ann (more commonly known as Nancy) Smith (1795-1873) on January 25, 1818 in Cork, Cork, Ireland. They were believed to have lived as tenant farmers near Crohane, in Cork Co., Ireland, until about 1829. They emigrated to Dearborn, MI in 1832 where and when he bought 80 acres May 23rd. His listing as a veteran of the War of 1812 indicates he was in the U.S. earlier. National Archives Passenger Lists do not reveal any of the Dearborn Fords. An immigrant pioneer, he seems to have automatically become a U.S. citizen with Statehood in 1837, five years before naturalization required renouncing foreign citizenship. In 1838, he was a Pathmaster and Fence Viewer for Road District No. 14 and an Overseer of Highways 1839-40. He and Nancy had 6 sons & 4 daughters. No likeness of Samuel appears to exist. A photo, #U-80793, of the 5 sons who survived to adulthood may be obtained for a nominal fee from the Curator of Graphics, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, P.O. Box 1970, Dearborn MI 48121. Unlinked children: Rebecca (1822 Ireland - 1897), Henry (1827 Ireland - 1914), Nancy (1833 USA - 1904) & Eliza (1842 USA - 1915). 
 
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 Parents:
  Rebecca Jennings Ford (1776 - 1851)
 
 Spouse:
  Ann Smith Ford (1795 - 1873)
 
 Children:
  William Samuel Ford (1819 - 1898)*
  Mary Ford Kennedy (1820 - 1878)*
  George E. Ford (1835 - 1901)*
  Samuel Ford (1836 - 1921)*
  John Ford (1838 - 1843)*
  James S. Ford (1841 - 1902)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Ford (1792 - 1842)
  George Ford (1811 - 1863)*
  Henry Ford (1813 - 1884)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
TRAVELERS NOW AS YOU PASS BY,
AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I,
AS I AM NOW SOON YOU MUST BE,
PREPARE FOR DEATH AND FOLLOW ME
 
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
Find A Grave Memorial# 7017808
Samuel Ford, Sr
Added by: Earl Richard Sutton
 
Samuel Ford, Sr
Added by: Earl Richard Sutton
 
Samuel Ford, Sr
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Mike Reed
 
 
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R.I.P
- Joel Hurley
 Added: Nov. 28, 2007
Now your Great-Great Grandson Ford Bryan has joined you in eternal rest. R.I.P
- Joel Hurley
 Added: May. 27, 2004

- Earl Richard Sutton
 Added: Mar. 26, 2003
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