William Ford (businessman)
|Born||December 10, 1826
Ballinascarthy, County Cork, Ireland
|Died||March 8, 1905 (aged 78)
Sacramento, California, US
|Other names||William "Bill" Ford
|Spouse(s)||Mary Litogot Ford|
William Ford, Jr.
William was born in Ballinascarthy near Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland and was the son of Thomasine (née Smith), and Jonathan "John" Ford. Ford's ancestors were originally from Somerset, England, who were among migrants to Ireland as the English created plantations. Ford was an Anglican and attended a local Episcopal Church. The surname Ford is an English surname that dates back to Anglo-Saxon England, although the surname "Forde" is sometimes found in Ireland as an Anglicised version of a number of indigenous Gaelic names. William attended St. Joseph's High School, had six siblings, and emigrated to the United States in 1846.
On April 21, 1861, William married Mary Litogot in Wayne County, Michigan, daughter of Belgian immigrants. He and Mary had eight children, six of whom survived into adulthood. They moved to Detroit, Michigan.
William retired in 1879 and lived out the rest of his years in Sacramento, California. He died of natural causes on March 8, 1905 in his home and was buried in the Ford Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Plot: St. Martha's Episcopal Church yard.
William married Belgian-American Mary Litogot, together they had five children:
|Henry Ford||1863–1947||Henry was the first child of William and Mary Ford. He is the founder of the Ford Motor Company|
|Margaret Ford||1867–1960||Margaret was the second child of William and Mary Ford.|
|Jane Ford||1868–1945||Jane was the third child of William and Mary Ford.|
|William Ford, Jr.||1871–1917||William, Jr. was the fourth child of William and Mary Ford|
|Robert Ford||1873–1934||Robert was the fifth and last child of William and Mary Ford|
William had 6 siblings — 4 sisters, and 2 brothers:
|Mary Ford||ca. 1832–1882|
|Henry Ford||ca. 1835–1901|
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- United States Census, 1900, Detroit city, Wayne, Michigan, page 6A