Biography of John Ford
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Ford, John, Potsdam, was born in Potsdam, October 29, 1839. His father, John, was born in Morbittle, Scotland, in 1812, and came to this country when seventeen years of age, locating in Potsdam, and for a few years was employed by Ralph Pringle. He then bought a farm of forty acres in Potsdam, but sold that place and bought 100 acers more, where our subject now lives, to which he has added twenty six acres. He afterward bought the old Erwin farm of ninety two acres and then bought of Mrs. Rutherford thirty six acres more: He married in 1838, Elizabeth Tennant, also a native of Scotland. John was educated in the common schools and at the breaking out of the war he enlisted August 28, 1862, in Co. I, 142d N. Y. Vol. Infy., and served two years and nine months, being with them at Cold Harbor, Drury's Bluff, Fort Fisher, before Petersburg and many other minor engagements, escaping without a wound. He was mustered out of service at Camp Wheeler, June 7, 1865. Returning home he took the Erwin farm (ninety eight) acres where he has since made his home. In 1889 he came into possession of the 136 acre farm adjoining, also a wood lot of twenty five acres. He conducts it as a dairy with twenty two cows and other stock. Mr. Ford is a staunch Republican, hut never cared for public office. He is a member of Luther Priest Post No. 167, G. A. R., and a member of the Reformed Presbyterian church. He married in 1865, Nancy V., daughter of William Hesselgrave and Elizabeth Hesselgrave, and they have had three children: William J., who lives at home; Edwin O., of Devil's Lake, Dakota, and Nettie E. Ford. Mrs. Ford died November 7, 1877, at forty two years of age.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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