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Re: FORD Family History
Posted by: John Ray (ID *****2587) Date: October 03, 2005 at 20:04:02
In Reply to: Re: FORD Family History by Lee Ann Cook of 675

Okay ... let's start with the 1900 census. I found the family in Justice Prct 4, Lamar County, Texas as:
Ford, John A. Born Feb 1844 in TN Parents: Father-TN/Mother-TN
Coladonia (wife) Aug 1849 in TN NC/NC
Elisha B. (son) Feb 1875 in AR
Cora G. (dau) May 1878 in TX
Joe (son) Aug 1880 in TX
Hugh (son) Feb 1883 in TX
Nettie (dau) Jun 1886 in TX
Pearl (dau) Mar 1891 in TX
Agnes (dau) Jan 1893 in AR
Allice (dau) Sep 1894 in AR

This tells me that Elisha was born in Arkansas (1875) and then the family moved to Texas as Cora was born there in 1878. They remained in Texas for the birth of Joe, Hugh, Nettie, and Pearl, but apparently moved back to Arkansas in time for Agnes and Allice to be born there (1893 and 1894 respectively. They then moved back to Texas where they were recorded in this 1900 census.

In 1910, the record of which for Hugh I already posted, for some reason Hugh claimed AR rather than TX as his birth state. Living not far from Hugh is his brother Elisha B. (35) and his family Lula P (wife-34), John M. (son-7-TX), Robert J. (son-6-TX), Samuel (son-4-TX), and Arthur (son-2-OK). The 3-Twp district is what is later referred to as the "Frisco" District. This district basically encompasses in part or parcel the communities of Tom, America, Moon, Bokhoma, Haworth, Redland, Goodwater, Shinewell, and the Oklahoma side of Cerrogordo (which is really an Arkansas community).

Their father John is already recorded as a widower in 1910 and lives just down the road from the sons. His census records just him (66-TN) and his daughter Pearl (22-AR) in the household. I see Pearl for whatever reason also changed her place of birth in this census.

In 1920, I found Hugh's widow and family still in the Frisco as -
Ford, Mary J, 46 (widow) AR MS/TN
Robert (son) 14 IT (means Indian Territory) AR/AR
Nettie (dau) 11 OK AR/AR
Naoma (dau) 9 OK AR/AR
Nathan (son) 6 OK AR/AR

Note: In this census, again for some unexplained reason, the children's father is recorded as having been born in Arkansas. Also, since Oklahoma did not become a State until 1907, any births in this region would have actually been in what was then called the "Indian Territory" ... this is part of the Choctaw tribal lands.

Next door to them on this census is Hugh's father and sister -
Ford, John A. 75
Pearl (dau) 30

From all this, I would gather than Hugh passed away between 1910 and 1920 somewhere in the Frisco area. The library has a few grave transcriptions for the Tom area, and I will see if he is recorded there. However, I have found that for some reason there are a fairly decent number of burials which occurred in this region for which we can not find mention.

With this, I have about exhausted what avenues I have at present. I will try to make a trip into Idabel and check the libraries cemetery listings, and will keep watching for his name to pop up elsewhere as well.

Good luck to you.


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