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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct.
JOHN W. FOARD was born in Christian County, September 5, 1846, and is a son of Robert and Jane (Hewell) Ford, the former born in North Carolina in 1802, and the latter in Virginia May 12, 1813. His father, Francis Foard (subject’s grandfather) was a Revolutionary soldier, and was wounded while in the service, from the effects of which he suffered until his death in 1833. Robert Foard and family came to Kentucky in 1836 and settled in Trigg County, and two years later removed to Christian County and settled near Beverly, where he died March 6, 1870; his widow is still living; he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, from 1834 to the time of his death, and his wife has been a member since 1829. He was made a Master Mason in 1842, and was a bright and shining light in the order. John W. Ford, the subject, received an English education, and grew to manhood on the old homestead at Beverly. He purchased his present home from his brother in 1872. It was formerly known as the old Col. William Henry place, but has been christened by Mr. Foard as “Hedgefield.” He raises tobacco principally, but pays some attention to stock and grain; is a charter member of Church Hill Grange and its present Chaplain; he is a Master Mason, a Treasurer of the lodge at Beverly, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, and a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Foard was married October 29,1868, to Miss Ross Adams, youngest child of John and Elizabeth (Cayce) Adams. She was educated at South Kentucky College in Hopkinsville. They have had eight children: Daniel W., Walter A., C. H., John R., Lillian L., Jessie W., Lizzie J. and Maggie; the last three are at home; Daniel W. and C. H. are dead. Mrs. Foard is a consistent member of the Christian Church. Mr. Ford is one of the stanch citizens of the county, is public-spirited, energetic and an enterprising business man.