About Elizabeth Ford (Charde)
- Birth: 1587 in Canterbury, England
- Death: Apr. 16, 1643 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
- Elizabeth Chard was born about 1587 in Thorncombe, Dorset, Canterbury, England. She married Aaron Cooke, and was mother of AARON COOKE, Jr.
- She married (2) Thomas Ford, 19 Jul 1615, in Bridport, Dorset, England, as his 1st wife. There were five children of this 2nd marriage: Joanna CLAP, Abigail Strong, Thomas, Hepzibah LYMAN Marsh, & Hannah.
- The basic research on the English records for Thomas Ford was published by Jacobus and Torrey in 1939. In this article are some records for a Thomas Ford of Powerstock, Dorsetshire, which may or may not be relevant to our Thomas Ford. Torrey had earlier presented evidence on AARON COOKE which showed that he was stepson rather than son-in-law of Thomas Ford.
Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project
Find A Grave contributor Lloyd Taylor adds:
- I think she was buried in Windsor Pioneer Cemetery which in now Center Cemetery, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
- Spouse: Thomas Ford (1587 - 1676)
- Joanna Ford Clap (1617 - 1695)*
- Abigail Ford Strong (1619 - 1688)*
- Thomas Ford (1623 - 1623)*
- Hepzibah Ford Lyman Marsh (1625 - 1683)*
- Hannah Ford (1628 - 1629)*
Burial: Center Cemetery in South Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Feb 24, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34160757 _________________________________
Arrived in America aboard the Mary and John 1630.
Elizabeth (Charde) Ford (1587-1643) Find A Grave Memorial # 34160757; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34160757
Thomas Ford and Elizabeth both married for a second time  on 19 Jun. 1616, in Bridport, Dorset, England, Elizabeth Charde Cooke--the widow of Aaron Cooke. Elizabeth already had two children by Aaron Cooke with only one surviving--Aaron Cooke. Thomas, Elizabeth and their 6 children came to America in 1630.
Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children in England:
1. Joan or Joanna Ford - Bpt. 8 Jun. 1617, Bridport, Dorset, England, d. 29 Jun. 1695, Boston, Massachusetts. M. 6 Nov. 1633, Dorchester, Massachusetts, Roger Clapp, deputy from Dorchester 1647-1671. They are buried at the Kings Chapel Burying Grounds, the oldest burying place in Boston MA. Roger Clapps headstone is there and a new headstone has been placed for Joan.
2. Abigail Ford - Bpt. 8 Oct. 1619, Bridport, Dorset, England, d. 16 Jul. 1688, Northampton, Massachusetts. m:. Elder John Strong.
3. Thomas Ford Jr. - Bpt. 21 Sept. 2623, bur. 21 Sept. 1623, Dorchester, Dorset, England.
4. Hepzibah Ford - Bpt. 15 May 1625, Dorchester, Dorset, England, d. 11 Apr. 1680. M 1) Richard Lyman Jr.. 2) John Marsh.
5. Hannah Ford - Bpt. 1 Feb. 1629, 28 Mar. 1629,Dorchester Dorset, England.
Elizabeth (Charde) (Cooke) Ford died 18 Apr. 1643, Windsor, Connecticut.
In 1623 Thomas Ford, Elizabeth and their family were living in Dorchester, Dorset, England and were members of Holy Trinity Church, whose rector was the Rev. John White. John White was a firm believer that the Church of England needed to be purified and one the "Founder of Massachusetts" agitating and organizing settlers to go to New England.
Rev. John White wrote to the new Governor of the Massachusetts Bay company, Gov. John Endicott, 'to ask for places of habitation for sixty families from Dorsetshire which were to arrive the following spring of 1630.
." A meeting was held on 15 Oct. 1629, "at the Deputyes House". Twenty five members of the council which financed the planters were there and "Mr. Forde, wth divers others of the genalitie."
Thomas Ford, Elizabeth and theirfamily cameto Massachusetts on the "Mary and John", in 1630. The passage costs were 5 pounds per adult, 10 pounds per horse, 3 pounds per ton of freight.
Thomas requested admission as a freeman in Massachusetts on 19 Oct. 1630 and took the oath 18 May 1631 in Dorchester. To become a freeman at that time you had to be a member of the "Puritan" Church, own property and be a member in good standing in the community. In return, as a freeman, you were allowed to vote on matters concerning the town and colony.
In an effort to keep their stock under control the settlers started building fences to fence off a large part of the peninsula in Massachusetts bay their town controlled. The town records of 3 Apr. 1633 - "It is agreed that a doble rayle with morteses in the posts, of 10 foote distance one from the other, shall be set up on the marish.....by the owners of the Cowes vnder named, p'portionally. 20 foote to everye cowe." Thomas Forde owned two cows.
The last record of Thomas Ford in Dorchester, Massachusetts was 5 Jul. 1636 when Elizabeth, Thomas and their family moved to the new settlement of Windsor Connecticut.
In Windsor in 1637 - Thomas was one of four men who purchased a large tract from Sachem Tehano. This land now includes Windsor Locks, the northern third of Windsor and the southern part of Suffield.
In 1637 - Granted fifty acres - Simsbury, Connecticut.
Feb. 1639/40 - George Hull, "moved the court in behalf of Thomas Ford of Windsor, that in regard the workmen are much taken up and emplyed in making a bridge and meetinghouse with them, and his work hindered of impaling in the ground which was granted him by the court for a hog-park, that there may be granted him a year longer time for the fencing it in; which was upon the reasons aforesaid, condescended to."
After the death of Elizabeth in 1643 in 1644 - Thomas moved to Hartford, Connecticut. He ran an "Ordinary" (roughly equivalent to an English pub and motel) , as an accommodation for strangers passing through. It was located in the Scott house located on the southwest corner of State and Front Streets.
Thomas Ford later moved to Northampton Mass. where several of his children lived and died there. His Memorial has been restored by the Strong family Association in America, and may be seen in the Northampton Mass. cemetery
 Thomas Ford's first wife is believed to have been Joan Way dau. of Stephen Way and Ursula Gill. They m. 13 Dec. 1610, Powerstock, Dorset, England, and Joan Way was buried. 10 May 1615. Thomas and Joan had one child, Mary Ford - Bpt. 18 Aug. 1612, Powerstock, Dorset, England who married Aaron Cooke her step-brother.
Aaron Cooke Sr. - Bur. 28 Dec. 1615, Bridport, Dorset, England. m: 2 Sept. 1610, Thornecome, Devon, England, Elizabeth Chard .
Children of Aaron Cooke Sr. and Elizabeth (Charde) Cooke were:
1. Elizabeth Cooke - Bpt. 8 Sept. 1611, Bur. 10 July 1615, Bridport, Dorset, England.
2. Aaron Cooke Jr. - Bpt. 20 Mar. 1613/14, Bridport, Dorset, England, d. 5 Sept. 1690, Northampton, Massachusetts. M. 1) Mary Ford, 2) Joan Denslow, dau. of Nicholas Denslow and Elizabeth Doling, 3) 2 Dec. 1676, New Haven, Connecticut, Elizabeth Nash, dau. of John Nash and Elizabeth. 4) Rebecca Foote, dau. of Nathaniel Foote and Elizabeth Deming. Aaron Cooke came on the "Mary and John", 1630, with his mother and step-father Thomas Ford.
Name: Elizabeth Chard
- RFN: 3596
- Sex: F 1
- Birth: 1 ABT 1589 in ,,, England
- Note: (age 41 on ship passenger list)
- Immigration: 1 30 MAY 1630
- Note: (She was a passenger on the "Mary and John")
- Death: 18 APR 1643 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut
- Note: The Mary and John passenger list has her as Thomas' second wife.
- Marriage 1 Thomas Ford b: ABT 1588 in ,,, England
- Married: ABT 1612 in ,,, England
- Note: (date based on eldest known daughter's age)
- Abigail Ford b: 8 OCT 1619 in Bridport, Dorset,, England
- Joanna Ford b: ABT 1618 in ,,, England
- Hepzibah Ford b: ABT 1626 in ,,, England
- Mary Ford b: ABT 1613 in ,,, England
- Title: Website: "The Mary & John Clearing House" including several pages of "The Mary and John 1630 Passenger Lists". Webpage download on 08/03/2005. http://www.maryandjohn1630.com. 2005.
Abbrev: Internet - Ship List, Mary and John 1630
Date: 15 AUG 2005
- 'Elizabeth Charde
- 'F, b. 1589
- ' Elizabeth Charde Emigrated on John and Mary in 1630. She was buried at Windsor, Hampshire, MA. She was born in 1589 at of Bridport, Dorset, England. She married Aaron Cooke on 2 September 1610 at Thorncombe, Dorset, England. Elizabeth Charde married Thomas Ford, son of Nicholas (Nycholas) (Nichas) Forde and Jelyan Long, on 16 June 1616 or 19 June 1616 at Bridport, Dorsetshire, England.
- 'Family 1 Thomas Ford d. 26 Nov 1676
- Abigail Ford+ d. 6 Jul 1688
- Thomas Ford
- Hepzibah Ford+ d. 11 Apr 1683
- Hannah Ford
- Joan Ford b. 8 Jun 1617, d. 29 Jun 1695
- Mary Ford+ b. c 1621, d. 1643
- 'Family 2 Aaron Cooke
- Capt. Aaron Cook+ b. 1614, d. 1690
- From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p23.htm#i682
The passengers of the Mary and John 1630 founded one of the first towns in New England, Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 and also founded the town of Windsor, Connecticut five years later in 1635
Other information says the master was Thomas Chubb, and they landed in Dorchester. "140 passengers, but the list has never been found."
- Ford, Thomas 42 Dorchester, Dorset
- Ford, Elizabeth Chard, second wife 41
- Ford, Mary, daughter 17
- Ford, Joan, daughter 12
- Ford, Abigail, daughter 10
- Ford, Hepzibah 4
Elizabeth Ford's Timeline
Bridport, Dorset, England
September 2, 1610
Thornecomb, Dorset, England
Leiden, Rhynland (Present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
March 20, 1614
Bridport, Dorset, England
June 19, 1616
Bridport, Dorset, England
June 8, 1617
Brideport, Dorset, England
October 8, 1619
Bridgport, Dorset, England
September 21, 1623
Dorchester, Dorset, England
May 15, 1625
Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England
February 1, 1627
Bridgeport, Dorsetshire, England