Charles Wilson "Charley" Ford (1857 - 1884)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: suicide
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About Charles Wilson "Charley" Ford

Charles Wilson "Charley" Ford (July 9, 1857 – May 6, 1884) was an outlaw, and member of the James Gang. He was the lesser known brother of Robert Ford, the killer of Jesse James. After a period of deep depression following James' death and terminally ill from tuberculosis and a debilitating morphine addiction, Charles Ford committed suicide on May 6, 1884.


Charles Ford was one of the seven Ford children born to James Thomas Ford and Mary Ann Bruin:

John Thomas Ford (b: November 6, 1847)

Martha Elizabeth Ford (b: April 22, 1849)

Elias Capline Ford (b: July 10, 1853)

Amanda Francis Ford (b: April 1, 1855)

Charles Wilson Ford (b: July 9, 1857)

Wilber Pottuck Ford (b: November 19, 1859)

Robert Newton Ford (b: January 31, 1862)

In popular culture

Charles Ford is played by Sam Rockwell in the 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward

Robert Ford, based on the novel by Ron Hansen.

Christopher Guest stars as Ford in 1980's western film The Long Riders.

Alexis Arquette portrayed Ford in the 1994 film Frank & Jesse.


Charley Ford's Timeline

Age 27