Biography of James M. Ford
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Ford, James M., one of Lansing's enterprising citizens, is a native of Dryden, born in Freeville, February 18, 1845, a son of Major Ford, who was born in Massachusetts and came to Cortland county a young man and soon was associated with John Perrigo at Freeville, where they combined and bought a grist mill and saw mill, and also a mill at Peruville, and soon afterwards they divided, Mr. Ford taking the latter mill, where he remained until his death, about 1882. He married Lucinda K. Millard, and they had sixteen children, twelve now living. James M. was brought up to milling, attended the public schools in Freeville and Peraville with one term in Groton Academy, and at the age of seventeen, in August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. F, 109th Regt. under Capt. W. E. Mount, serving two years and nine months, and participating in the engagements of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and numerous minor skirmishes. At the last named battle he was wounded in the head, and taken to the hospital at Fredericksburg, from there to Washington, and thence to Satterlee Hospital, in Philadelphia, from which he received his discharge May 17, 1865. In this latter hospital he was retained as fifer. On his return from the war he worked in a custom mill in Union, Oneida county, where he remained fourteen months, then worked in Groton for about three years, then in Locke for a year, and in 1870 came to his present location and bought the mill property from the W. S. Haskin estate, now known as the Lansingville mill. He has made many additions to this property, among them being machinery for the manufacture of baskets. In 1867 he married Minerva, daughter of Russell and Clarinda (Lauterman) Hall, of Groton, now of Homer. Mr. and Mrs. Ford have had six children: Jennie G., wife of H. S. Bower of Lansingville; Archie; Helen R., who died aged twenty months; Anna C.; Major R.; and Merry L. Mr. Ford is a Free Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a Grand Army man. In politics he favors the Republican party.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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