Col. Jacob Ford, Sr.

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Jacob Ford, Sr.

Birthplace: Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey
Death: Died in Morristown, New Jersey
Cause of death: Fever
Place of Burial: Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Ford, of Woodbridge and Elizabeth Ford
Husband of Hannah Ford
Father of John Ford; Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr.; Elizabeth Ford; Timothy Ford; Gabriel Ford and 4 others
Brother of Samuel Ford

Occupation: Iron monger/mill owner
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About Col. Jacob Ford, Sr.

Jacob Ford, son of John Ford and Elizabeth Lindsly, was b. Apr. 13,1704 in Morristown, NJ; married with HANNAH BALDWIN, dau. of Jonathan Baldwin and Susannah Kitchell (b. 1701). She d. July 31,1777. He d. Jan. 19,1777. He was the owner of the inn,which he applied for a license to establish in 1738,that was the location which became Washington's headquarters in Morristown, now owned by the New Jersey Historical Society.. His will names all their chidren save John, deceased. I judge that the bequests to the daughters were small, as Hannah, in her will, gives all her property to her daughters, "wronged by their father."

Jacob was a prominent land owner and iron manufacturer. He was also a member of the New Jersey House of Assembly, Judge of Morris county Court, and ardent supporter and promoter of the American cause in the Revolutionary War.

Children were: John (d.before his father), Timothy, Gabriel, Jacob (1738), Elizabeth, Rachel, Jane, Phebe, and Mary

JACOB FORD SR. ...... Birth: Apr. 13, 1704 Death: Jan. 19, 1777

Born one of three children of John and Elizabeth Ford of Woodbridge, New Jersey. He married Hannah Baldwin in 1724 and established a residence in the county seat of Morristown, NJ. They would have eight children. In 1724, Ford served as both a Justice of the Peace and as a judge in the town courts, and in 1738 applied for permission to keep an inn in New Hanover. He also established an iron foundry and served as a mortgage broker. In 1772, he was elected a member of the New Jersey House of Assembly. In 1774 he was chosen as a delegate to represent Morris County at the meeting of the Committee of the Province of New Jersey which elected the delegates for the First Continental Congress. By 1776, in partnership with his son, Jacob, Ford won a loan from the Committee of Safety to build a gunpowder mill on the Whippany River. The mill went into production by June. On January 15, 1777 Ford wrote his will. He died of fever four days later at the age of 73.

Had a daughter named Mary Ford Dunham, b.9-22-1734 d.5-4-1802.

(bio by: Iola) 

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 Hannah Baldwin Ford (1701 - 1777)

 Elizabeth Ford (____ - 1746)*
 John Ford (1728 - 1767)*
 Phebe Ford Phillips (1729 - 1819)*
 Sarah Ford Tuthill (1732 - 1811)*
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Burial: First Presbyterian Churchyard Morristown Morris County New Jersey, USA

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Created by: Peggy Spengler-Moser Record added: Sep 24, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5797978

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Col. Jacob Ford, Sr.'s Timeline

April 13, 1704
Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey
Age 19
New Jersey
April 5, 1728
Age 23
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
February 19, 1738
Age 33
Morristown, New Jersey
May 29, 1743
Age 39
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, United States
January 19, 1777
Age 72
Morristown, New Jersey
January 1777
Age 72
Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, United States