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Theodosia Johnes Ford
Birth: Sep. 13, 1741
Southampton
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1824
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

Revolutionary War Figure. Born in Connecticut, the daughter of the Reverend Timothy Johnes and Elizabeth Sayre Johnes, she was less than a year old when her father was assigned as pastor to the Morristown, New Jersey First Presbyterian Church. On January 27, 1762 she married the younger Jacob Ford of Morristown. A land, mill, and mine owner, he eventually built her a large Georgian mansion house on two hundred acres, the largest private home in town at that time. She would have five children with him. After 1776, her husband, a militia colonel, was largely from home until his January 1777 return during his final illness. During 1777, Theodosia saw the deaths of her husband and father in law in January, of her youngest child in June, and of her mother in law in August. Lees than two years later, the Widow Ford was approached by Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene who requested the use of her spacious house as a winter headquarters for General Washington. She agreed to the rental of several rooms and the General and his staff moved into her home on December 1, 1779 and would remain until June 1780 during one of the harshest winters ever recorded on the eastern seaboard. Theodosia and her children shared their house with General Washington, his staff, servants, and guests, including the Marquis de Lafayette. With the departure of the army in June of 1780, Theodosia returned to the administration of her husband's estate. She died at the age of 83; she never remarried. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Parents:
  Timothy Johnes (1717 - 1794)
  Elizabeth Sayre Johnes (1717 - 1748)
 
 Spouse:
  Jacob Ford (1738 - 1777)
 
 Children:
  Gabriel Hogarth Ford (1765 - 1849)*
  Eliza Ford DeSaussure (1767 - 1821)*
  Jacob Ford (1770 - 1834)*
 
 Siblings:
  Phebe Johnes (____ - 1753)**
  Theodosia Johnes Ford (1741 - 1824)
  Samuel Stevens Johnes (1743 - 1768)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
First Presbyterian Churchyard
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Peggy Spengler-Moser
Record added: Sep 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5797986
Theodosia <i>Johnes</i> Ford
Added by: Peggy Spengler-Moser
 
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Merry Christmas, Theodosia
- Linda
 Added: Dec. 25, 2016

- Linda
 Added: Dec. 6, 2016
Female Patriot of the American Revolutionary War. Mrs. Ford, thank you for your service.
- Linda Davis
 Added: Aug. 31, 2016
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