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Charlie Ford

  • Birth 9 Jul 1857 Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 4 May 1884 Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot left of Bob Ford's grave
  • Memorial ID 6229

Western Outlaw. Born Charles Wilson Ford, together with his brother Bob Ford, he was a member of Jesse James' gang. Although he was not a noted figure in James' Gang, he did participate in the Blue Cut, Missouri, train robbery in September 1881. With brother Robert, he was involved in the conspiracy to kill Jesse James and witnessed Bob shooting James on April 3, 1882. Charged with first degree murder, Charlie was sentenced to hang but was pardoned by Missouri Governor Tom Crittenden. Afterwards branded as cowards, it was rumored that Jesse's brother Frank James was searching for both him and brother Bob, with plans of mortal revenge. For the next two years, Charlie moved from town to town, changing his name several times. No longer able to stand it, he committed suicide on May 4, 1884.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 26 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6229
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charlie Ford (9 Jul 1857–4 May 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6229, citing Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .