Ancestor: My paternal 3rd-great-grandmother (Mary Hill)
- Married John Ford on 23 September 1831 in Gallia County, Ohio.
- On the 1840 census in Spencer County, Indiana, John Ford is listed living with a female age 20-29, putting Mary’s birth year approximately 1811-1820. My best educated guess, using the year they wed, would put her birth year around 1810-1812.
- On the 1830 census for Gallia County, Ohio, the Hill heads of household who included a female of Mary’s age included: Betsey, Isaac, and Sarah. And that’s presuming the Hill family lived in Gallia County as of 1830. When I attended the OGS Annual Conference in April 2015 I did do some research on Hills in Gallia County. I found Isaac Hill’s sons’ names but not his daughters’ names.
- According to family lore, John Ford and Mary Hill had 3 children together between the time they married, 1831, and the time he remarried in 1847. Two of the children died, as did Mary. Lyman S. Ford was born in 1832 and survived. On the 1840 census, there is another child listed, a female under 5 years of age. As for the third child, I’ve not yet found any piece of evidence about him/her. Also, I have not yet found anything about Mary’s demise.
- Only 4 facts this time until I have the chance to flesh out the Hills of Gallia County.
Week 2: 9 Jan-15 Jan 2015
*Setting Research Goals
- Who was John Ford’s birth family? Particularly his 12 siblings’ names. For females, I need to find marriage records for Genesee Co, NY, and surrounding areas for female Fords of that time. I do have a list of male Fords that could possibly be brothers.
- Who was John Ford’s first wife and his three children with her? I know he married a Mary Hill in 1831 in Ohio, and his first son Lyman was born in 1832 (my 2nd-great-GF). There were 2 other children, but something happened to the first wife and 2 other children. I haven’t found anything that explicitly says Mary died or that John and Mary divorced. On the 1840 census in IN, John Ford is living with Mary, Lyman, and one of the other children in a county on the Ohio River so cholera is always a possibility. John remarried in 1847 in Ohio so sometime during the 1840 census and his remarriage in 1847 something happened to his first family.
- In the process of this research, I’ve found that John had a younger brother named Lyman. John and Lyman were in Ohio in the early 1830s and both married then. Lyman moved to Indiana (on the 1850 census) for a time after that, to the county next to John’s, but then returned to Ohio by 1860 where he lived the rest of his life. In 1850, John was in California during The Gold Rush, working as a trader. In 1860, he is back on the Indiana census. It is interesting to note that Lyman was married in Washington County, PA, where Archibald Bennet had enlisted as a Frontier Ranger during the Revolutionary War…more connections! Lyman lived in Monroe County, OH, and John married Mary Hill in Gallia County, OH, both very close to Washington County, PA. Furthermore, John married his second wife Caroline in Noble County, OH.
- Completing Family Group Sheets: My own is done but I need to work on aunts, uncles, and cousins, will focus on Fords at this time.
- Need to create my autobiography. Can I fit it all onto 1 page? Not sure.
*Conducting Family Interviews
- I plan on asking members of a family Facebook group to share what they know about the family, their memories. Also need to set a 2015 reunion date. This is not the Ford family, though.
- See if I can find a Ford Family group on the internet to share info with. Darn near impossible.
- Get my Dad to take a DNA test! (He’s a Ford.)
ETA: At the end of Week 2, I have accomplished completing Family Group Sheets for each generation of my Ford line back to John Ford. I did this in RootsMagic7 with the help of censuses. John Ford had a total of 8 known children (3 from his first marriage and 5 from his second marriage), his son Lyman had 10 known children, his son Joseph had 4 known children, his son Harold had 1 known child, and his son is my dad with 2 daughters. FindAGrave dot com was a big help in this endeavor, especially for folks more than 50 years gone.
Evidentia: You and I come face to face tomorrow! I’m taking my laptop to the library where I can get some serious work accomplished!