FAMILY GROUP RECORD


Husband: Rufus Downing Ford, Civil War Muster, Civil War Draft,  ReunionOccupation -- Undertaker, Pedigree File,, Tax Roll, 1870 Census, 1880 Census, 1900 Census, 1910 Census,
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Birth: 07 AUG 1839

Marriage: 10 SEP 1863

Death: 07 Aug 1914, Death Cert., OBITBurial Card,

Buried: 11AUG 1914

Place: Youngsburg, Chester City, PA

Place: Chester, Pa.

Place: 235 Chestnut St., Coatesville, Chester Co., PA.

Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial

Father: Thomas Worth Ford Mother: Rachel (Griffith)
Wife: Lousia Trueman  Maiden Name: Valentine
Birth: 30 NOV 1845

Marriage: 10 SEP 1863

Death: 12 MAR 1913, Death Cert.,

Buried:

Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA. 

Place: Chester Co.,  PA

Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA. 

Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial

Father: Fleming Valentine, b. 23 APR 1823 PA, d. 01 JUN 1858 Chester, PA, m. 11 FEB 1845 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA,
Mother: Elizabeth M. (Pawling), b. 10 JAN 1824 PA, d. 07 JUL 1891 PA.

Family Ancestry Notes:

Civil War diary of Rufus is in the Chester County Historical  Society's library, West Chester, Chester County, PA. American Civil War Regiments Regiment: 124th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania Date of Organization: 1 Aug 1862 Muster Date: 16 May 1863 Regiment State: Pennsylvania Regiment Type: Infantry Regiment Number: 124th

Village Record, 15 Sept 1863:
"On Sept. 10th, by Rev. D. W. Hunter, MR. RUFUS D. FORD and MISS LOUISA T. VALENTINE, all of Coatesville, Chester county, Pa."

Served in Company F, 2nd Pa. V. H. A.  Was granted a pension on   February 13, 1901.

Daily Local, August 8, 1914:
   "RUFUS D. FORD.  At his home, 235 Chestnut street, Coatesville, last night, at 10.30, Rufus D. Ford, aged 75 years, one of the town's   foremost citizens and business men, died on his birthday, following  an illness of some time.  About two years ago Mr. Ford suffered a  stroke of paralysis and from that time he began to fail in health.
   The deceased was born August 7, 1839, in Youngsburg, this county. In 1847 he came to Coatesville with his father, Thomas Ford, and  engaged in business, and ever since had been one of the leading  funeral directors of the county, of late years his son, H. C. Ford,  looking after the active duties.
   Rufus D. Ford married Louise [sic] P. Valentine, Coatesville, who has been deceased a year last March.  He is survived by three  daughters, Estella, wife of Harry T. Smith, Harrisburg; Myrtle G., Pearl O., wife of Charles Pierson; Herbert C. and O. C., Coatesville;  and one sister, Mrs. Margaret McConnell, Philadelphia, and one  brother, James Ford, Coatesville.
   Mr. Ford was a member of the First Baptist Church, Goddard Lodge, 383, F. & A. M., and the Chester County Funeral Directors'  Association.  He was a man of pleasing disposition, was independent, politically, and had a host of friends."

There are still quite a few Fords in Coatesville; we never really knew of them, though. The Ford line came from my father's mother, and  most of her family was gone by the time I was growing up.  I do have some family lore about Rufus, though: my father talked about "Grappy"  Ford, which was not his grandfather (my father's grandfather was Herbert Clifford ("H. C.") Ford), but, we deduced together, must have been Rufus.  Rufus was known as "the strong man of the county" and  could lift a wagon filled with stone - not over his head or anything, but by being able to lift a loaded wagon from the front of it, if you  know what I mean.

Rufus' father was a cabinetmaker; at the time, most cabinetmakers also made coffins, which is how a lot of cabinetmakers became  undertakers.  Undertaking was the Ford family business, and the Ford Funeral Home in Coatesville was quite prominent. Rufus' son, Herbert C., was also the county coroner for some time and got quite a write-up for his obituary. I think some of the names and relationships may be wrong. Information given by "Sara MacDonald" --
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M/F Name of Children (in order of birth) Name of Spouse

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Child's Name: John Davis Ford
Birth: 06 APR 1865 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 04 APR 1866 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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Child's Name: Estella Virgina Ford
Birth: 24 FEB 1870 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Marriage: 16 NOV 1893, Marriage Log, Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Death: 14 AUG 1930, Death Cert., Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
Spouse's Name: Harry Theodore Smith, 1900 Census, 1910 Census, 1920 Census,
Birth: JUN 1868 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA.
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Death: 1921 Place: (?) Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Child's Name: Roland/Rowland Fleming Ford
Birth: 03 JUN 1873 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 03 JUN 1873 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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Child's Name: Herbert Clifford Ford
Birth: 10 JUN 1875 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Marriage: 1st 26 DEC 1892, 2nd 12 OCT 1917 Place: 1st Camden, NJ, 2nd New York City, NY
Death: 22 MAY 1935 Place:231 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried: 25 MAY 1035 Place: Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
Spouse's Name: 1st Sarah "Sallie" M. Wanora, 2nd Clara
Birth: 1st 10 MAY 1875, 2nd 18 APR 1894 Place: 1st Valley Twp., Chester City, PA., 2nd (?) PA
Maiden Name: 1st Heffner, 2nd Eachus
Death: 1st 24 APR 1910, 2nd 23 JAN 1989 Place: 1st Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, 2nd (?) PA
Buried: 1st 27 APR 1910, 2nd (?) Place: (1st) Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial, (2nd) (?)

Children

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Child's Name: Myrtle Genesere Ford
Birth: 25 APR 1878 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 13 JUL 1954 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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Child's Name: Bessie Lillian Ford
Birth: 26 NOV 1879 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 02 MAY 1903 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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Child's Name: Orian Creson Ford, WW I DraftMusical Evening,
Birth: 31 JUL 1881 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 22 JUN 1922, Death Cert., Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried: Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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Child's Name: Pearl (A./Onetta/Orsetta) Ford
Birth: 28 DEC 1884 Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
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Death: 15 OCT 1946, Death Cert., Place: Coatesville, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
Spouse's Name: Charles Wilson Pierson, WW I Draft,
Birth: 03 JUL 1874 Place: Kaolin, PA
Maiden Name:
Death: 07 JUN 1954, Death Cert., Place: Pocopson, Chester Co., PA
Buried:Place: Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville, Chester Co., PA, Memorial
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