William Ford (businessman)

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William Ford
Born December 10, 1826
Ballinascarthy, County Cork, Ireland
Died March 8, 1905 (aged 78)
Sacramento, California, US
Nationality Irish-American
Other names William "Bill" Ford
Billy Ford
Bill Ford
Occupation Business
Spouse(s) Mary Litogot Ford
Children Henry Ford
Margaret Ford
Jane Ford
William Ford, Jr.
Robert Ford

William Ford (December 10, 1826 – March 8, 1905) was an Irish-born American businessman and was the father of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford.

Biography[edit]

William was born in Ballinascarthy near Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland and was the son of Thomasine (née Smith), and Jonathan "John" Ford.[1] Ford's ancestors were originally from Somerset, England,[2] 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,[3] although the surname "Forde" is sometimes found in Ireland as an Anglicised version of a number of indigenous Gaelic names.[4] William attended St. Joseph's High School, had six siblings, and emigrated to the United States in 1846.[5]

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.

Family[edit]

William married Belgian-American Mary Litogot, together they had five children:

Name Birth/Death Information
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:

Name Birth/Death
Rebecca Ford 1824–1895
Jane Ford 1829–1851
Mary Ford ca. 1832–1882
Nancy Ford 1834–1920
Henry Ford ca. 1835–1901
Samuel Ford 1837–1889

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ford Family Tree". Answers.com. Retrieved 2000-03-28. 
  2. ^ "The history of Ford in Ireland Family Crest and Name History". 
  3. ^ "Ford Family Crest and Name History". 
  4. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families, Dublin, 1980 http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/index.cfm?fuseaction=History&Surname=ford&UserID=
  5. ^ United States Census, 1900, Detroit city, Wayne, Michigan, page 6A