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Gary Ford (#46875862)
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Bio Photo Son of Albert Earl Ford and Dorris Lavone Morris, both burried in White Chapel Cemetery, Gladstone, MO. Born Oct 17, 1948, second child. Sister, Donna Lea Ford Rola'. born May 13, 1944; died of cancer Nov. 8, 1989. Married Glenda Sue Shoemaker, June 26, 1970. Entered US Army by draft, Feb. 14, 1969; retired Lieutenant Colonel, Nov 11, 1997. 2 combat tours:
Viet Nam 1971 [COMSEC Logistics] Desert Storm, Turkey, a991]. Also worked a civilian job at Ford Motor Comapny 1968 to 1999 last assignment as a purchasing coordinator, Truck Body
Shop, Kansas City Assembly Plant. Three children: Stephanie Jean, 5-20-1976, John Michael, 11-5-1977 and Andrea Lynn, 11-9-1982.
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Frank C. Hawkins
Mercy's Ancestry
Morning Gary,
In the spirit of collaboration, let me offer this information. There is good evidence that Mercy's maiden name was Reed, not Whitmarsh. Here is some of the rationale as documented in
Several sources say the wife of Andrew Ford was Mercy, the d/o Ebenezer Whitmarsh and Christian Bayley, including Source:History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, p. 4:760, and Source:The descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Massachusetts,, p. 24 (also printed in NEHGR, p. 119:116). The marriage record as shown in Source:Vital records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, p. 137, merely identifies her as "Mercy Whitmarsh".

Mercy would have to be born no later than 1688 to be of legal age in 1706 when the marriage was recorded. The age at death would place her birth about 1682, but no record of a birth of such a daughter of Ebenezer Whitmarsh has been found. Nor is there much room for her birth given that births were recorded for sons Ebenezer in 1683, Richard in 1685, and a second Ebenezer in 1688. Mercy is not named in her father's will despite being alive at the time. In this family, she would be the eldest child, yet Mercy is not her mother's name, and not her grandmother's name. She really does not fit well in this family, and this assertion appears to be based soley on the assumption that her marriage to Andrew Ford was her first one.

An alternate theory that seems more likely to me, is that the Mercy Whitmarsh who m. Andrew Ford 27 Nov 1706 is the Mercy who was the widow of Nicholas Whitmarsh, daughter of William Reed and Esther Thompson. This Mercy was named as "Mercy whitmarsh" in her father's will of 1705 (see Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 23:73). According to Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 40:197, Mercy's husband died about the same time as her father and she was the one that married Andrew Ford, as suggested by their moving to Abington with Mercy's brothers, and by the names of several of their children corresponding to names from the Reed family, particularly Jacob and Hester/Esther, which do not match names used in the family of Ebenezer Whitmarsh.
Let me know if you have any questions. Hope you find this helpful!

Added by Frank C. Hawkins on Feb 16, 2014 6:55 AM
Carole Ford
Mercy Reade Whitmarsh Ford
Have been researching Mercy Reade and have found the misconception that she is a Whitmarsh. Mercy was a descendant of Francis Cook of the Mayflower and married Nicholas Whitmarsh. After Nicholas died she married Andrew Ford the third.
Added by Carole Ford on Apr 28, 2013 1:12 PM
Carole Lange
You seem to have a lot of family info. I am thinking my ancestor Sarah Ford who married Isaac Edson in NY is a sibling of Moses Cross Ford who is your ancestor. Can you help me sort this out?
Carole A. (Bishop) Lange
Added by Carole Lange on Aug 27, 2012 9:30 PM
Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae
whitmarsh family
I might look over by the whitmarsh's she might be there but I am also going to bring my 200mm lens. It seems to get better detail than my 55mm one.. I'll let you know
Added by Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae on Apr 16, 2012 11:01 AM
Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae
RE: Mercy Ford
I believe the burial ground in No Abington is no longer. I believe that was the Adams cemetery and they put all the graves from that cemetery at Mt Vernon..

It's funny my grandmother and great grandfather were born in Abington but I can't find my great grandfather Michael Reardon anywhere..

Oh about the Reade's they may also be spelled Reed. This cemetery has possibly 4 family plots that link the Reeds to the Bates, and Beals.. All founding families I believe..
Added by Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae on Apr 16, 2012 10:58 AM
Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae
Mercy Ford

I went looking for Mercy Ford the other day but couldn't find her. I just took a look at her husbands grave and remember that one so I'll take another look around his grave tomorrow. Hopefully better luck this time..

Added by Marilyn Ahlstedt-Macrae on Apr 16, 2012 7:18 AM

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