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Edward Ford, SV/PROG

Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Jane Ford, SM/PROG
Father of Dinah Dicks, SM; Patience Ann Freemantle; John Ford; Elizabeth Wheeldon; Maria Dicks and 1 other

Occupation: Head of the Ford Party 1820 settlers on the ship Weymouth
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About Edward Ford, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


Edward Ford 38, was the Leader of Ford's Party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth. He was accompanied by his Wife, Jane Murray 39, and 5 children.

Party originated from Wiltshire.

Departed London, 7 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 16 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Lynedoch River

Children :

  • Dinah Ford 21
  • James Ford 17
  • John Ford 16
  • Patience Ford 13
  • Elizabeth Ford 11


From http://www.genealogyworld.net/settlers/tessa.htm - Tessa King

Edward Ford’s party was also a joint-stock party consisting of labourers from Wiltshire and joined by Robert Miles a weaver from Erlestoke. The book ‘Story of a Frontier Family’ documents their life in Albany. This was one of the parties, which arrived early, having sold all they possessed, to find they could not board the Weymouth. They were given temporary accommodation on the three-decker hulk that served as her tender, by a sympathetic Colonial Department. James Jennings, a member of the party, fell ill and died before they sailed leaving his wife and 3-year-old son to sail with the party. She subsequently married Joseph King a member of Bradshaw’s party after his wife Ann had died in about 1823. Ford’s party was moved twice before they set up home on the banks of the Lynedoch River.

http://www.genealogy.amay.co.uk/main.php?p=FF2-PatienceFordCon also has a lot of information

FORD, Edward - Extra Data 30 NOVEMBER 1999 Records in Wiltshire Record Office, Chippenham Baptisms in Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire on 12 January 1812: Dinah, daughter of Edward and Jane FORD, aged 14. Maria, daughter of Edward and Jane FORD, aged 12. John, son of Edward and Jane FORD, aged 8. Patience, daughter of Edward and Jane FORD, aged 4. Elizabeth FORD, daughter of Edward and Jane, weaver, baptised 29 March 1818 in Longbridge Deverill. No baptism found for James.

Dinah FORD married James DIX on 25 December 1815 in Longbridge Deverill. This was one of the two settlers named James DICKS who sailed on the Weymouth with FORD's Party.

Maria FORD married Benjamin DICKS on 7 June 1818 in Longbridge Deverill. They did not sail on the Weymouth but joined their families at the Cape between 1829 and 1833, when their son Joseph was born in Grahamstown. Baptisms of children of Benjamin and Maria DICKS in Longbridge Deverill: John 25 June 1819 Dinah 17 September1826 aged 3 Samuel 17 September 1826 Edward Ford 16 August 1829 Patience 16 August 1829

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Edward Ford, SV/PROG's Timeline

Age 16
Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire, England
Age 18
Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
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Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire, England
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Warminster, Wiltshire, England UK
Age 26