Doddridge County Roots

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Thomas FORD

Male 1866 - 1904  (38 years)


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  • Name Thomas FORD 
    Born 26 Jan 1866  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Grant District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1886  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1900  Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation train conductor  [4, 5
    Occupation 1900  [2
    brakeman on railroad 
    Residence Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 7 Apr 1904  Central Station, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 6
    Cause: killed instantly in train collision at Tunnel No. 6 
    • "Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia," p. 60, incorrectly reports place of death as Grafton in Taylor County. But a newspaper account states that Thomas Ford, a resident of Grafton, died instantly at Tunnel #6 east of West Union when the train he was conducting collided with another train. One of the three physicians who responded to the accident scene was E. B. Fittro of Salem, who incorrectly recorded the death in Harrison County, with place of death entered as "near Salem," cause of death "killed by train," further described as "killed instantly." Burial location was given only as Grafton, his age was incorrectly stated as 42y 4m 5d, and his occupation was incorrectly given as brakeman (which was his occupation in the 1900 Census), rather than conductor as reported in the newspaper account of his death. The death was reported by the physician on Sep 3 1904, nearly five months after it occurred, which may account for some of the errors.
    Buried Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I53279  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2018 

    Father Anderson Hamilton FORD,   b. 30 Nov 1839, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1915, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Jeretha COTTRILL,   b. Sep 1839, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1917  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1862  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21993  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Etta Jane DAVIS,   b. 22 Jul 1867, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1939, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [1
    Married 23 Dec 1886  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Dorsey FORD,   b. 30 Apr 1888, Long Run, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1888, Grant District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Lelia May FORD,   b. 15 Jul 1889, Long Run, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1959, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Carl FORD,   b. 16 Aug 1891, Long Run, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1953, Tucson, Pima Co, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Arthur FORD,   b. 21 Jul 1894, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1960, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +5. Effie Marie FORD,   b. 22 Feb 1896, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1964  (Age 67 years)
     6. Elsie FORD,   b. 16 Nov 1897, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1904  (Age 6 years)
     7. Thomas J. FORD,   b. 29 Oct 1901, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Etta Jessica FORD,   b. 13 Apr 1904, Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1912  (Age 7 years)
    Documents
    53279_ThomasFord_EttaJaneDavis_MarriageRecord_23Dec1886.jpg
    53279_ThomasFord_EttaJaneDavis_MarriageRecord_23Dec1886.jpg
    Family ID F21994  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Dec 1886 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: killed instantly in train collision at Tunnel No. 6 - 7 Apr 1904 - Central Station, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grafton, Taylor Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    999999_Train-Collision-in-Tunnel-6_nearCentralStation_DoddridgeCoWV_7April1904.txt
    999999_Train-Collision-in-Tunnel-6_nearCentralStation_DoddridgeCoWV_7April1904.txt

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, by Susie Davis Nicholson, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 60.

    2. [S2019] 1900 Census, Taylor County, WV.

    3. [S1554] Doddridge County Marriage Records, West Union, WV, http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=11789951&Type=Marriage.

    4. [S1596] Newspaper article, Clarksburg Telegram, Friday, 8 April 1904.

    5. [S141] Descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth Dye Ford, Wade H. Coffindaffer Jr. (1918-1991), Clarksburg, WV, (Self-published, July 1991), p. 16.

    6. [S1670] Harrison County Death Records, Clarksburg, WV, DR p. 6, Line 13 : http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=109622&Type=Death.

    7. [S1554] Doddridge County Marriage Records, West Union, WV, http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=11789951&Type=Marriage.
      Identified as Thomas Ford, 20, b. & res. in Doddridge Co; and Etta Davis, 19, b. & res. in Doddridge Co. Married Dec 23 1886 "near the parsonage on the B. & O. R.R.," officiated by George D. Holden, a Minister of the U.B. Church. Informants for marriage license: Thomas Ford & Cornelius S. Davis.