Nancy Garrett of Ohio

Nancy Garrett (1832-1900)
+ James W. Ford (1826-1891)
Jasper N. Ford, born 1849
Winney J. Ford, born 1851
John L. Ford, born 1853
William F. Ford, born 1857
Henry J. Ford, born 1860
Malissa Ford, born 1862
Francis M. Ford, born 1864
Ida Olive Ford, born 1867
+ Frank Dolton, born 1864
William Jewel Dolton, born 1892
Florence May Dolton, born 1894
Nancy Isabell Dolton, born 1895
Thomas Frank Dolton, born 1899
Joseph Gilbert Dolton, born 1902
Elza Garland Dolton, born 1904
Ines Olive Dolton, born 1905
Daisy Irma Dolton, born 1909

The year 1832 had a lot happen in the United States. The Black Hawk War began. On July 24 Benjamin Bonneville led the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass. In July and August there was a Cholera epidemic in New York City. On November 14 Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence died at his home in Maryland at age 95. On December 3, Andrew Jackson was re-elected president. And Nancy Garrett was born on June 10, 1832, in Ohio.

I don't know who her parents or siblings were. She married James W. Ford on August 20, 1848, in Greene County, Illinois. She would have been abt 16 years of age. They had eight children in seventeen years.

In 1850, Nancy Ford was 22 years old and lived in Greene County, Illinois. She was born abt 1828 in Ohio.She lived with her husband James, her first child Jasper, and her father-in-law Joseph Ford. (1850 US Federal Census) Jasper's middle name was Newton. As long as he lived in his father's house he was called Jasper. He was not fond of this name and once married and out on his own he used his middle name as his given name.

Also in 1850, United States Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech in which he endorses the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war. * The Compromise of 1850 strips Texas of a third of its claimed territory (now parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming) in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas's pre-annexation debt. * The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act.

For the 1860 US Federal Census, Nancy admitted to having aged six years since the 1850 census. She said she was twenty-eight years of age, born abt 1832 in Ohio, and still living in Green County, Illinois, with her husband, James M Ford (born abt 1826). Also, in the household were their five children: Jasper N Ford (born abt 1850), Winney J Ford (born abt 1851), John L Ford (born abt 1853), William F Ford (born abt 1858), and Henry J Ford (born Dec 1859).

In 1860, US Congress accepted the Pre-emption Bill. It provided free land in West for colonists. * The Pony Express begins its first run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. * On May 28 one of the worst storms ever experienced in the region hits the east coast of England, sinking more than 100 ships and killing at least 40 people. * Forty-four days after Lincoln is elected President, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States Union.

Nancy aged faster between the 1860 and 1870 censuses and made up the years lost at the last census. In 1860 she said she was twenty-eight years of age and in 1870 she said she was forty years old. So she aged twelve years between the two censuses. In 1870, there were nine people in the household. Nancy Ford (born abt 1830 in Ohio), her husband, and seven children: Jasper Ford, Minnie Ford, John Ford, Henry Ford, Margret Ford, Francis Ford, and Ida Ford.

In early 1870 Virginia becomes the eighth state re-admitted to US after Civil War. John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil Company. It is revealed that the famed Cardiff Giant is just a carved gypsum statue and not the petrified remains of a human. Women gain the right to vote in Utah Territory. Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

The 1880 US Federal Census still finds the family in Greene County, Illinois. The members of the household were: James W. Ford (born abt 1825), Nancy Ford (born abt 1831 in Ohio), Henry Ford (born abt 1860), Malissa Ford (born abt 1862), Francis M. Ford (born abt 1864), and Ida O. Ford (born abt 1868).

In 1900, the widow Nancy (Garrett) Ford was living at 2226 S 10th, St. Joseph, Missouri. She had moved there to be close to her son John and daughter Ida. She stayed on in St. Joseph even though Ida and her husband moved to Oklahoma Territory shortly after Nancy moved to St. Joseph.

Nancy died 6 February 1900 at the age of 67 and was buried in Hebron Cemetery in Adams Township, Decatur County, Indiana. This is where James had been buried. Adams Township is halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati and is all the way across Missouri and Illinois and most of the way across Indiana from where she died in St. Joseph. I haven't figured out why they were buried there yet. My best guess is that James won the burial plots in a poker game. [Just kidding.]

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