John Ford is one of my Civil War ancestors. He is my 3rd-great-grandfather. He was born in Verona, Oneida County, New York, on 9 June 1808. He died in Hymera, Sullivan County, Indiana, on 23 September 1884.
From what I’ve been able to glean about his life, he visited at the very least 7 states during his lifetime, one being California. I don’t know which states he passed through to make it out west so 7 is a conservative figure.
Thankfully, he wrote an autobiography for a county history book and included many details about his life. I found this in the History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana (it’s a .pdf file that I created):
He was a very active man during his lifetime, it seems. I’d like to learn more about his childhood and his parents and siblings and his first marriage (see forthcoming post regarding Genealogy Do-Over Week 1). I’ve been working on finding documentation to prove each of his statements in his autobiography; some I’ve found, others don’t exist, and I still have a lot of research to do with this family.
*Was going through some indices on FamilySearch dot org for New York Land Records and stumbled across a grantee/grantor of Nathaniel Ford (John’s father) from Archibald Bennett in 1816 in Genesee County!! Huge find! Later, while researching Archibald Bennett, I found his Revolutionary War pension application from when he was living in Decatur County, Indiana, in 1837; guess who one of his witnesses was? None other than John Ford!!! John Ford attested that Archibald’s date of birth was 12 January 1762 at the mouth of the Antietam Creek in Maryland.As it turns out, Bennett’s Rev War claim for pension was rejected. He was a member of the Frontier Rangers.