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 Antonia <I>Ford</I> Willard

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Antonia Ford Willard

  • Birth 23 Jul 1838 Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 14 Feb 1871 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Amphitheater Lot U East
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  • Memorial ID 6825172

Antonia Ford born in Fairfax, VA. Her parents were Edward Randolph Ford and Julia Franklin Ford. Antonia became famous for acting as a spy for the Confederacy during the Civil War, later arrested by Union Major Joseph C Willard along with her father and imprisoned for this act. While a prisoner, Maj Joseph Willard fell in love with her and influenced her release. They married March 10, 1866. She had 3 children. Antonia died in 1871 from illness that originated from her imprisonment years earlier. Later Antonia Ford Willard was heralded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for her deed.

Her first cousin was Maj Charles Edward Ford. Also - 1st cousin of Pvt, John M Ford, Co C, 43rd Btln. Va Cav & Pvt. Walter S Ford. Co D 17th Va Inf.


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  • Created by: Anne Rupert
  • Added: 6 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6825172
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antonia Ford Willard (23 Jul 1838–14 Feb 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6825172, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Anne Rupert (contributor 21366448) .