Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Ancestors, Part 19: Ford

As I research my husband's ancestry, I keep saying, "You must, must, must have somebody who goes back to New England!"  This line certainly offers possibilities, but I have not found any connection to New England yet.

The Ford line is yet another midwestern one, though most of the people in this line seem to have started in Pennsylvania and made their way westward.

Generation 1:

1.  Alvah W. Ford (abt. 1907-1959)

Generation 2:

2.  Herbert Philip Ford (1881-1958)

3.  Winifred Innis Laughlin (1881-1959)

Generation 3:

4.  Jacob Wesley Ford (1841-1920)

5.  Rebecca Emily Short (1850-1912)

6.  William M. Laughlin (1839-1915)

7.  Hettie Ellen Dial (1845-1900)

Generation 4:

8.  Michael Ford (1805-1862, he and his wife, Rebecca Van Houten, are first cousins)

9.  Rebecca Van Houten (1808-1874)

10.  William R. Short (1807-1875)

11.  Jemima Dillavou (1812-1854)

12.  Harrison Laughlin (? - bet. 1840-1850)

13.  Susannah Roderick (? - bet. 1840-1850)

14.  James Dial (abt. 1806-1877)

15.  Sarah Jane Thomas (abt. 1810-1880)

Generation 5:

16.  William Ford (bet. 1771-1774 - bet. 1846-1848, son of Henry Ford of Pennsylvania?)

17.  Catherine Van Houten (abt. 1783-1853, daughter of John Van Houten and Mary)

18.  John Van Houten (no dates, son of John Van Houten and Mary)

19.  Unknown

20.  Unknown Mr. Short

21.  Unknown

22.  John Dillavou (July 1790 in Salem County, NJ - 1867 in Senaca, Kansas)

23.  Rebecca Roberts (abt. 1785-1843)

24.  Unknown Mr. Laughlin

25.  Unknown

26.  Unknown Mr. Roderick

27.  Unknown

28.  George Washington Dial (1772, Westmoreland County, PA - 1848, son of William Edward Dial and Elizabeth Welker, the ahnentafel I found at Rootsweb shows this family as going back through Maryland and to Wales before that)

29.  Elizabeth (abt. 1774-1819)

30.  Unknown Mr. Thomas

31.  Mary Elizabeth Powell (abt. 1783, Maryland - 1860, Fayette County, IL)

As you can see, I don't have much yet on my husband's family.  Thus far I've covered most of the internet basics - seeing what other people have put together, and verifying names and dates with the census.  I explained to my husband that this is a step-by-step process, and that I don't like to fill my Legacy file with name after name, that cannot be confirmed.

I see quite a bit of research on vital records in my future.  ;)

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. Good luck in your search, I hope you find your link to New England.
    Happy Yule

  2. Thank you! I figure most of us Americans have New England blood. I just have to draw (pun intended) it out of them. ;)

    Happy Yule!

  3. Do you have any Fords who came from Albany County, New York? If so, a good portion of these came from New England. I know a number of Abel Ford's (from Rensselaerville) descendents made their way out ot the midwest.

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  4. Sorry, I don't Jim. My own Fords (these are my husbands) go back to Plymouth, MA, but my direct line didn't go to NY - they stayed in Massachusetts.

    However, if your Fords in Albany descend from those same Fords from which I descend (William Ford and Anna Eames), then welcome, cousin! :)