Biography of James Ford
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Ford, James, Potsdam, was born in Potsdam, December 25, 1841. His father, John, was a native of Scotland, as was also his mother, Elizabeth Tennant. They married in this country and had five children, but two of whom survive: John, a farmer of Potsdam, and James. The boyhood of the latter was spent in this town. He was educated in the common schools, and assisted on his father's farm until the breaking out of the war. August 29, 1864, he enlisted at Potsdam in the 50th N. Y. Engineers, Co. C. He was mustered into service at Malone, and went to the front at Petersburg, where he was engaged with his company in the management of light pontoons, remaining in that vicinity until the close of the war. Was mustered out at Fort Berry, Virginia. Remaining borne in 1865, he remained on the old homestead until the fall of 1866, when he bought a farm of 100 acres in Potsdam, which he conducts as a dairy with fourteen cows and other stock. Mr. Ford is a staunch Republican, and is a member of Luther Priest Post, No. 167, G. A. R. He married December 19, 1866, Emily E., daughter of Norman and Lucinda M. Austin, a farmer of Potsdam, and they have two children Orris R., who lives on the farm with his parents; and Adillie Lucinda, who also lives at home.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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