Fayette County, Alabama
~ Daniel Ford of Fayette County ~
FORD and his family moved to Fayette County ca. 1824, probably a
few months before John HOLLINGSWORTH and his family arrived.
Daniel was born in Marion District, South Carolina. He was
descended from Preserved FORD of England and Mary BRONSON of New
England. He married Elizabeth
SMITH, either in Georgia or North Carolina, ca. 1811. They
settled near the mountain that today bears his name, Ford’s
Mountain. He was a farmer by trade and evidently, judging by his
will, a rather prosperous one. He and Elizabeth had the following
Emily Elizabeth Ford Fowler
(1) Emily Elizabeth was born
5/12/1814 in South Carolina. She married Richard FOWLER, son of John Daniel
and Elizabeth FOWLER, another of Fayette County’s pioneer
families. They settled in Fayette County. Many of their
descendants still reside in the county.
Sarah Jane Ford White
(2) Sarah Jane was born in 1815
in South Carolina. She married John
WHITE and they too settled in Fayette County. Many of
their descendants lived in the county, and some still do.
Keziah Ford Sparks
(3) Keziah was born in 1819 in
South Carolina. She married Elijah
SPARKS. I believe they moved to Texas, and I have not been
able to locate their descendants.
(4) James Ford (my
gg-grandfather) was born 3/22/1821 in Georgia. He married Elizabeth WEST, and they settled in
Fayette County also. Several of their descendants lived in the
county until the last ten years or so. Only a few remain.
Many of them moved to Texas, Oklahoma and California in the early
Malinda Ford Harris
(5) Malinda was born 11/1823 in
Georgia. She married Adlai
HARRIS. HARRIS was one of the county’s first
representatives to the legislature, where he served several
terms. The family was prominent in Fayette County for a number of
years. Some were merchants, doctors and lawyers. Only a
few, if any, remain.
Martha “Patsy” Ford Hollingsworth
(6) Martha “Patsy” was born
3/23/1824. She was possibly born during the move from Georgia to
Fayette County. She married Jeptha
HOLLINGSWORTH, John’s son by his first wife, Matilda White
HOLLINGSWORTH. Many of their descendants remain in Fayette and
Tuscaloosa counties. They have a sizable reunion each year.
Daniel Newton Ford
(7) Daniel Newton Ford was born
in Fayette County on 5/26/1826. He married Jane
HOLLINGSWORTH, John and Zilpha’s second daughter. “Newt” was killed during the Civil
War. In fact, he was the first one killed at the battle of Fort
Donaldson in Tennessee. His nephew (John Berry FORD) was the
second to fall. Newt’s widow Jane moved with the family to Texas
in the late 1800’s. I have been in contact with their descendants.
Mary “Polly” Ford Hallmark
(8) Mary “Polly” was born in
1828. She married James
Washington HALLMARK. He also died during the Civil
War. James HALLMARK was in the Union Army. Many of their
descendants are still in the area today. Most [live] in Marion
and surrounding counties, however I was contacted by one on Idaho.
Margaret Ann Ford Fowler
(9) Margaret Ann was born on
10/14/1832 in Fayette County. She married John Wesley FOWLER, son of John
Daniel and Elizabeth FOWLER. They also settled in Fayette
County. Many of their descendants are in Fayette/Marion counties
today. Many also can be found in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Eliza Ford Smith
(10) Eliza was born in
1835. She married Jedediah SMITH.
He too was killed in the Civil War. I have very little
information on this family.
John L. Ford
There is a possibility Daniel and Elizabeth had another son, John L. FORD. He was mentioned
in Daniel’s will and was known to have lived in Arkansas at the
time. I have not been able to prove his relationship.
The FORD family is another family that was ravaged by the war.
Also, divided loyalties between sons and sons-in-law is clearly
evident. There were several FORDs from Marion and Winston
counties who were regarded as Union Loyalists during the war.
Whether they were kin is unknown.
Daniel and Elizabeth were members of the Old Brand (New River)
Primitive Baptist Church. The church records give an account of
their membership as well as attendance for several years prior to her
death. Elizabeth died in 1849. Daniel then married Dolly. Her last name is not
known to this writer. I have been in contact with one of Daniel’s
gg-granddaughters in Texas, and she has a sweater vest that was knitted
for Daniel by his second wife Dolly. They too continued their
membership at Old Brand. Daniel died on 4/22/1859.
Elizabeth had preceded him by ten years. […] It is assumed that they
are buried in the Hollingsworth Cemetery on Ford’s Mountain. No
markers have been found.
James, Daniel’s oldest son, applied for a permit to build a toll bridge
across the Sipsey River on 2/28/1859. It was to be located on the
Jasper Road. I would assume [this to be] near where the existing
bridge is today on Highway 102. The tolls were: Each horse and
wagon – four bits, each two-horse wagon – two bits, man and horse – one
dime, man on foot – five cents. James was the executor of
Daniel’s estate with John HOLLINGSWORTH as an appraiser. Daniel
left a considerable estate for the times in which he lived. I
have a copy of the will, handwritten of course, and it consists of
probably 35-50 pages.
The connection between the FORD family and the HOLLINGSWORTH family is
evident. Clearly, John HOLLINGSWORTH and Daniel FORD were
friends. Two of their children married the other’s
children. They shared many descendants. Many of their
descendants married in later years, such as FOWLERs, HALLMARKs,
McCOLLUMs and McCALEBs. They were neighbors and community
leaders. Both men had a tremendous impact on their community and
the county as a whole. They were truly pioneers.
This article originally appeared in The Hollingsworth-McCaleb Quarterly,
1:4 (31 Dec 2002), pp. 7 & 8.
Used by permission of the author & editor, Larry E. Whitehead.
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