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John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

Posted: 8 Sep 2012 3:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Sep 2012 3:46PM GMT
Surnames: Ford, Ellis, Rollin
I am researching a TN newspaper editor named John W. Ford. I believe that he is John Waller Ford, the second child of Zachary Daniel Ford and Mary Polly Gordon. My theory is supported by this excerpt from the Smith County History by Dr. J. W. Bowen is found in Carthage-Smith County, TN Newspapers by Betty C. Meadows Scott:
“J.W. Roulstone sold [the Carthage Gazette] to John W. Ford, who had learned the printers’ trade in the office at Carthage, and he took it first to Sparta, and from thence to McMinnville, where he published a paper for many years. Ford was a brother of C. C. Ford of Snow Creek.” Snow Creek is the original name of Elmwood, Smith Co., TN. There are several references that identify John W. Ford as the purchaser of the Carthage Gazette, but Dr. Bowen adds the family connection. (I have not yet gotten my hands on Dr. Bowen’s full article.)

The following are the basic facts about John W. Ford. I have a good deal of information about his work and public life. However, I do not have much on his family members and would appreciate help from other Ford researchers.

Born: 03 Feb 1800 Smith Co., TN

1818 Lebanon Gazette

23 Jul 1818, marriage to Elizabeth Rollin, Sumner Co., TN

1820 Wilson Co., TN
1 male between 16 & 26, 1 female between 16-26, and 1 female under 10

1820 Sparta Gazette
1824 The Sparta Review
1820’s Court entries in White Co., TN
Property held in Warren Co., TN

1830 White Co., TN
FWP - Males - Under 5: 1
FWP - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
FWP - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
FWP - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
FWP - Males - 40 thru 49: 2
FWP - Females - Under 5: 1
FWP - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
FWP - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
FWP - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
FWP - Under 20: 5
FWP - 20 thru 49: 5
Total FWP: 10
Total Slaves: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 11

1832 Warren Register

1840 Warren Co., TN
FWP - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
FWP - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
FWP - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
FWP - Females - Under 5: 1
FWP - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
FWP - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
FWP - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
FWP - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 2
FWP - Under 20: 8
FWP - 20 thru 49: 2
Total FWP: 10

1850 Democratic Advertiser

1850 District 27, Hamilton Co., TN - hhd 842
John W Ford 51 Editor
Elizabeth Ford 51
Leonidas Ford 27 Printer
Mary Ford 25
Margaret Ford 22
Thomas Ford 20 Printer
Elizabeth Ford 18
Caroline Ford 16
Adelia Ford 14
all family members born in TN

1852 The Chattanooga Advertiser
1853 Recorder, Hamilton Co., TN

1859, Southern Reflector, Chattanooga, TN

1860 Chattanooga, Hamilton Co, TN - hhd 750
J W Ford 61 Editor
Elizabeth Ford 61 Housewife
Mary Ford 33
Margaret Ford 31
Elizabeth Ford 22
Adelia Ford 20

Leonidas (751) and Thomas J (752) live adjoining
household 752
D P Swick, printer & family

1860, Chattanooga Advertiser

1870 McMinnville, Warren Co., TN - hhd 122

John Ford 71 - Printer
Mary Ford 43 - Keeping house
Margret Ford 40
Adelia Ford 23
Florence Ellis 19 - no relationship stated, Arkansas*
(Florence is living with RW & Eliza Jennie Ellis in 1860 in Newton, Neosha, Mo. in 1860 census. So, Florence is likely a granddaughter. Jennie is identified as the daughter of John W. Ford in her obituary, and he is in her household in 1880. She was married in 1846, so she is not in the Ford household in 1850.)

05 Feb 1871, honored by TN Press Association

11 Jan 1873, Warren Co. TN
Re-elected County Chair

1880 Bentonville, Benton Co., Arkansas, USA (living with daughter Jennie)
Richard Ellis 60
Jennie Ellis 56
Mary Ellis 24
John Ellis 22
John W. Ford 80
Margaret Ford 40
Death: 07 Nov 1883, Benton Co., Arkansas, USA
Bentonville Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial# 5490688

Re: John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

Posted: 20 Jan 2013 7:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ellis, Ford
Hi Pam,

Wonderful information! John W Ford is my 2nd great-grandfather. My line extends through his daughter Eliza Jennie who married Richard W Ellis (see below).


I would love to locate any information regarding their marriage date, which you noted as Dec 1846. You also mentioned an obituary for Eliza mentioning her father, John W Ford. I don't even know where she or her husband died. I did find photos of their headstones in Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville AR.


R. W. Ellis - Find A Grave Memorial# 67740162
Eliza J Ellis - Find A Grave Memorial# 103255931


1. John Waller Ford b: February 3, 1800 in Smith Co., Tennessee d: November 7, 1883 in Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas marr. 23 July 1818 in Sumner County, Tennessee Elizabeth Rolin b:?


2. Elizabeth Jennie Ford b: 25 November 1821 Sparta?, White,Tennessee d: 5 June 1894 where? marr. 6 Dec 1846 Richard W. Ellis b: 18 September 1821 Tennessee d: 20 June 1899 where?


Note: Richard went by R. W. Ellis and was a judge in Bentonville. Prior to living in Bentonville, he lived in Neosho, Missouri and was county clerk. He is credited with saving the county's records by hiding them just before he left to fight in the Civil War.


3. John Hicks Ellis b: June 1858 in Neosho, Newton, Missouri d: December 26, 1919 in Washington D. C. marr. June 22, 1892 in Washington D.C. Bessie Bittinger Williamson b: March 1874 in Washington D. C d: bet 1940-1950


4. Richard Williamson Ellis b: 5 Dec 1895 in Washington D. C. d: Oct 1982 in Scranton, Pennsylvania marr. 1. June 15, 1924 in Washington D.C. Esther Adeline Goodenow b: 1892 in Kalamazoo, Michigan d: 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania marr. 2. in New York City bet.1955-1960 Kathryn Claggett b: 15 November 1909 where? d: 28 December 1999 Wilmington, Delaware


5. Richard Goodenow Ellis b: September 14, 1927 in New York, New York d: December 28, 2006 in Plant City, Hillsborough, Florida marr. living Ellis b: 1931


6. Living Ellis b: 1956

Re: John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 12:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am very excited to hear from you. Your family is so interesting - I was so hoping someone would respond. I still don't have an original source confirming that John W. Ford is the son of Zachary & Polly. But, my theory is supported by this excerpt from the Smith County history by Dr. J. W. Bowen, written for publication in the Smith County Record (published by W. D. Gold) about 1886: “J.W. Roulstone sold [the Carthage Gazette] to John W. Ford, who had learned the printers’ trade in the office at Carthage, and he took it first to Sparta, and from thence to McMinnville, where he published a paper for many years. Ford was a brother of C. C. Ford of Snow Creek.” Snow Creek is the original name of Elmwood, Smith Co., TN. There are several references that identify John W. Ford as the purchaser of the Carthage Gazette, but Dr. Bowen adds the family connection. (Dr. Bowen was married to John W. Ford’s first cousin, Francis Gordon.) C.C. Ford is my ancestor.

I believe I found the obituary for Eliza Jennie in the Obituaries of Benton Co. by Barbara Easley, but I have to check on that.

ELLIS, Eliza J. FORD – Tuesday morning just as the rays of the morning sun lighted our beautiful city, the Angel of Death entered one of our most pleasant homes and carried away to the better Land the spirit of an aged wife and mother, leaving behind a devoted husband, a son and two daughters who deeply mourn her loss. Eliza J. Ford was born in McMinnville, Tenn. Nov. 25, 1821; her father was John W. Ford, for many years editor of the Democrat published at that place. On Dec. 8, 1846 Miss Ford was united in marriage with R.W. Ellis and for several years made their home in Chattanooga where she became a member of the Methodist church in which faith she lived a pious christian life. Mrs. Ellis was the mother of three children; Florence, now Mrs. Adams of Santa Anna, California, who has been a joint watcher for the past six months; Mary E., the wife of R.E. Brashear, of this city, who for sometime has made her home with her mother, lovingly caring for the patient invalid; and John H. Ellis, of Washington, her only son, who was prevented from attending his mother's dying bed by the dangerous illness of his young wife. Judge and Mrs. Ellis moved to our city from Neosho, Mo. in 1866, consequently she was well known and beloved by the old settlors here, but for several years she had been a patient sufferer from an incurable disease and unable to take part in the duties imposed by society, but she was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a true friend, a good neighbor and a Christian woman. The funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. W.T. Sullivan of the C.P. Church, after which the remains were interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery beside her father who died here at his daughter's home about 10 years since, aged 83 years. [Bentonville Sun 6/9/94] p. 160

I tried to attach the obit for John W Ford that was published in the Chattanooga paper, but it wont' work. I am having computer problems that are messing me up, but I will get more to you.

Re: John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 5:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ford, Ellis
Thank you for the beautiful obituary for Eliza J Ford Ellis.

As a note, her son John Hicks Ellis was in Washington because he relocated there when his father, Richard W. was appointed Division Chief of the 6th Auditors office (oversees the Post Office) of the U.S. Treasury in 1887. Both father and son are listed in the Washington DC directories of 1888 and 1889 at the same address, but in 1890 only John H. is listed, and at a different address. I have wondered if Eliza J went with them. Perhaps her illness took him, or them, back to Arkansas.

Julie Ellis
julieteb@mit.edu

Re: John Waller Ford, son of Zachary Daniel Ford & Mary Polly Gordon.

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 1:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ford, Ellis
Chattanooga Daily Times, November 19, 1882, front page center above the fold

Death of an Old Journalist

Col. John W. Ford, who many years ago occupied a prominent position in this city, died at Bentonville, Ark., on the 7th Inst. at the ripe old age of 85 years. Col. Ford was one of the pioneer journalists of Tennessee, having established the first paper published at McMinnville, entitled the Warren Register, many years before the state capital was permanently located at Nashville. He advocated the claims of McMinnville to the location of the seat of government, on the ground of its central position, and about this time changed the name of his paper to the Central Gazette, under which title he published it until 1849 or 1850, when he came to this city and started the Advertiser, which some of our present inhabitants will remember as a substantial democratic journal. During his long and eventful life he occupied many positions of honor and usefulness, and always performed his duty faithfully. He led a very active life until a few years ago.

Obituaries of L.N. Ford, son of John W., and wife Nanny

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 1:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ford
Chattanooga Times, March 2, 1886, p. 4

Sudden Death.

Mrs. L. N. Ford Fatally Stricken with Paralysis.

Mrs. Nannie B. Ford, wife of L. N. Ford, the well-known compositor at the TIMES office, died suddenly at her home on Gilmer street last night about 9:30 o'clock. Mrs. Ford was in her usual health yesterday and retired about 9 o'clock. In a short time, her husband was awakened by her deep and irregular breathing, and when he spoke to her he received no response. This alarmed Mr. Ford and a moment later he was horrified to find his wife in an unconscious condition and a closer examination revealed the fact that she was rapidly sinking. He hurriedly summoned Dr. Wise, but when the physician arrived fifteen minutes later Mrs. Ford was dead. Her death was caused by paralysis, she having suffered from a severe stroke many years ago. She was about seventy years of age.

The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.



Chattanooga Times, January 7, 1892, p. 5

Death of L. N. Ford

Close of a Busy Life – An Honest, Upright Man Lays Down Life's Burdens – A Pioneer of Chattanooga

Early yesterday morning at his residence on Gilmer Street Leonidas N. Ford breathed his last after several days' illness. His immediate trouble was malignant grippe, but the disease only ran out the few sands of life remaining in the aged frame. Until illness confined him a few days ago Mr. Ford had been employed as a compositor with the Times Printing Company. He has been with the regular Tradesman force since that journal saw the light, and prior to its birth was a printer for the Times. Men have died at the zenith of their fame won by daring, but the bravest has never laid down life's load more honored, more respected than “Old Man Ford.” Yesterday one who has been his co-laborer for twelve years past, said of the deceased:

“I never knew him to tell a lie. I never knew him to use a profane word. I never knew him to have a dishonorable thought or do a reprehensible deed. His life has been unsullied by a single regret.”

The epitaph is a true one, as all will attest who knew and loved the grand old man. Can fame or fortune crown better a life? In Mr. Ford's death Chattanooga lost as good a man as ever lived within or without her limits.

He was unobstrusively modest, and therefore not widely known, but those who knew him will testify to his merits and sincerely sorrow at the news of his death.

Mr. Ford came from McMinnville, Tenn., to Chattanooga about the year 1850, and, save a year or two during the war, has lived here continuously. He has, in ever relation of life – as son, brother, husband, father and friend – discharged every obligation. His modesty, integrity and purity of character have gained him the esteem of all who have been associated with him socially or in a business way.

Before coming to Chattanooga, he was associated with his father, Maj. Jno. W. Ford, in the publication of the Central Gazette at McMinnville, one of the first and staunchest Democratic papers in Tennessee, the publication of which was suspended when the Ford family removed to this city in 1850.

The deceased leaves two sons, well known in this city. One: Will Ford is train dispatcher for the Queen & Crescent. The second son, Waller, [the fourth letter of the name is obscured] has for years been prominent in military circles. The funeral occurs this morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, at 208Gilmer street. The pallbearers will be Pa_on L. Gimble [Gamble?], Dr. G. A. R. Tucker, Geo M. Day, Geo E. Purvis, A. A. Cowdery, William Bassett, Jr. Out of respect for the memory of the deceased the Times jobs department and Tradesman composing room will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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