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Phil Ford-Rachael McGee
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Jackson, Lawson, Pinkie, Mae Lee, Addie, Gracie, Lee Ella, Dinkie, Gus, Sam, West, Charlotte
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Lawson Ford-Margaret Sheppard
Mattie Dell, Gladys, Ollie, Arnecia, Jewell, Clarence, Addie Lee, Ulesses, Sullivan
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Mattie Dell Ford-Booker Golden
Arlissa, Ruby Lee, Erma Lee, Emilia, Margaret Jo, Moses, Myron, James, Elgin
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Gladys Ford-
Annie B.
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Ollie Ford-
Ada B., Willie B.
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Arnecia Ford-
Betty Jane, Nathaniel, Lugene, Edward Lee, Eursie B., Thomas, Lonnel, Ledell
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Jewell Ford-Howard
Earlsie Lee
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Clarence Ford-
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Ulesses Ford-
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Addie Lee Ford-
Sylvia, Wyvonia, Lavell, Yvonne, Lavern, Julia, Jerry, Thomas, Lewis, Veronica
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Sullivan Ford- Linnie Hadley
Robert, Katherine, Nellie Pearl, Annie Ruth, Josierine, Etta Bee, Felton, Sullivan Jr., Frank

 

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Descendants of The Ford Family Phill FORD

First Generation


1. Phill FORD was born in 1852 in Louisana. He died unknown in Union County, Arkansas. He was buried unknown.

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Phill married Rachael MCGEE FORD Rachael Ford in Union County, Arkansas. Rachael was born in 1854 in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown in Union County, Arkansas.

They had the following children:

  2 M i Jackson Greenhaw FORD was born in 1873 in Union County, Arkansas. He died unknown date of death.
        Jackson married Dee ELLISON in 1892. Dee died unknown date of death.
+ 3 M ii Lawson Greenhaw FORD
  4 F iii Idella FORD was born in 1876 in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Idella married Unknown.
  5 M iv Augustus FORD was born in 1878 in Union County, Arkansas.
        Augustus married Unknown.
  6 F v Adeline FORD was born in 1878. She died unknown date of death.
        Adeline married (1) Tillman YOUNGBLOOD in 1913. Tillman was born unknown. He died unknown.
        Adeline married (2) Tillman YOUNGBLOOD in 1913. Tillman died unknown date of death.
  7 F vi Pinkie FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Pinkie married Dock RIVERS in 1920. Dock died unknown date of death.
  8 F vii Charolette FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Charolette married John TAYLOR in 1920. John died unknown date of death.
  9 F viii Gracie FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Gracie married Pink PEARSON in 1925. Pink died unknown date of death.
  10 F ix Lee Ella FORD
        Lee married Alec MCHENERY. Alec died unknown date of death.
  11 F x Dinkie FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Dinkie married Shuler SHEPPARD in 1894. Shuler died unknown date of death.
  12 M xi Gus FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. He died unknown date of death.
  13 M xii Ben FORD was born on Dec 5 1913 in Union County, Arkansas. He died on Dec 12 1990.
        Ben married Corine BRIDGES in 1932. Corine died unknown date of death.
  14 M xiii Sam FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. He died unknown date of death.
        Sam married Annie GOLDEN in 1908. Annie died unknown date of death.
  15 F xiv Mae Lee FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. She died unknown date of death.
        Mae married Unknown.
  16 M xv West FORD was born in Union County, Arkansas. He died unknown date of death.
        West married Louise SLADE in 1929. Louise resides in Eldorado, Arkansas

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1890 US Census of Phil Ford's houshold
1890 US Census of Phil Ford's houshold
HISTORY OF LAWSON FORD
Updated 3 August 2010
 
I believe this is the most accurate history information pertaining to Lawson Ford and it starts in the year 1860 and continues up to the year 1930. This history information includes Phil Ford, his stepfather and also his birth mother, Rachael.
 
History fact: The black race did not originate in North America.
 
The Given (first) names, and especially the Sur (last) names that exist for someone of the black race were/is not the name from the actual first generation, but instead may be a name that a person was given after being unloaded from a ship and sold.
The slave owner would give the slave a first name, hence that became "your given name". A slave obtained or selected a Sur name when he or she obtained their freedom. History indicates that most slaves selected or were given the last (Sur) name of their previous slave owner.
 
Historic records during the slavery years sometimes identified a person who was once a slave but won or bought his/her freedom as a "Freedman".
 
A "Mulatto" was legally considered to be an individual with mixed black and white heritage, but the interesting thing about a "mulatto" is that person was always the child born to a black woman but was fathered by a white man.
It is a historic fact that the slave owners and the sons of slave owners were sleeping with their female slaves and the black female had no choice but to submit.
At times a female slave was "provided for" important visitors to the plantations. Other times, a white male simply made use of the fact he was white and the woman was a slave.
 
Federal Census Reports when indicating the year of birth often used the word "abt" (about) and then stated the year. This applied to all races.
 
The Federal Census Reports are officially documented information and the information on the reports should have been obtained from the individual or the head of the household or plantation where each report was taken.
 
A copy of the summary via e-mail is available. Paper copies, on a limited basis, of this history summary will be available upon request for anyone that does not have access to a computer and printer. No cost for these paper copies.
 

 
In order to understand the history of the Lawson Ford family, it was necessary to look at different family names, Ford, Greenhaw, McGee, Sheppard, Gains and Meek.
 
Lawson Ford was born a Greenhaw. He was the child of a white man named (Thomas) Greenhaw and a black woman whose maiden name was Rachel McGee.
 
Rachael McGee had 2 sons by a white man named (Thomas) Greenhaw prior to her marrying Phillip (Phil) Ford. Her two sons, Lawson and Jackson, assumed the Ford name from that marriage.
 
Lawson Ford married a woman whose maiden name was Margaret Sheppard.
 
Margaret Sheppard was the daughter of a man named Joel Sheppard and a woman whose maiden name was Mary Gains or Mary Meek, (or Mary Daphne). There is an Arkansas marriage record showing that a man named Joel Sheppard married a woman named Dafney Meek on 16 March 1873. (Date the marriage was legalized)
In 1920 a Daphne Sheppard who was a widow and 70 years old is living with a family and the head of household is a man named Sam Gains who is listed as Daphne’s brother. It is likely that the mother of Daphne had children by two different men, Gains and Meek.
 
All Federal Census Records for the state of Arkansas up until the year 1870 are separated into two groups, “Schedule 1” and “Schedule 2”.
The total number of individuals on the bottom of each report is further identified by “white” males or “white” females or by “colored” males or “colored” females.
Group one heading reads “Schedule 1 Free Inhabitants”.
The Schedule 1 Free Inhabitants reports do include free black or mulatto.
Group two heading reads “Schedule 2 Slave Inhabitants”.
On the Schedule 2 reports the information list the name of slave owner, number of slaves, age of each slave, sex of each slave, color of each slave, if that slave is a fugitive from the state, number of manumitted slaves (if owner has released from bondage/slavery), if that slave is deaf & dumb, blind, insane or idiotic and the number of slave houses.

Starting in the year 1865, thousands of former slaves from 17 Southern states had their plantation marriages “legalized.”
The records of these marriages (marriage certificates, marriage licenses, monthly reports of marriages and more) are among the most important records for finding black family members before and after the Civil War. These records are found on the Ancestry website under “Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records”. States represented in this collection are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
 
In this Lawson Ford history report, a name in parenthesis is the maiden name, nickname, assumed name or a different spelling of the name for that person.
 
 
Census Facts for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas in October 1850
 
  1. No free “coloreds” are listed as living in Johnson Township
  2. Total of 765 slaves are living in Johnson Township, 435 males and 330 females
  3. Total of 95 farms existed in Johnson Township
  4. Total of 860 whites were living in Johnson Township, 448 white males and 412 white females
  5. Total white families living in Johnson Township were 140
 
 
Ford Slave Owner:
 
Census Slave Inhabitants Report dated 20 June 1860 for Liberty Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas; list a slave owner named Hilliard Ford.
There were a total of 12 slaves, 3 females and 9 males living on this plantation.
 
Census Slave Inhabitants Report dated 19 September1860 for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas, lists a slave owner named John Ford.
There were a total of 19 slaves, 13 males and 6 females living on this plantation.
 
Land records state that a John H. Ford (John Hilliard Ford), age 63, was the registered owner of over 1,000 acres of land in Ouachita County and Union County.
Total Real Estate value in 1860 for this land is $9,500.00.
Total Personal Estate value (including slaves) for John H. Ford is $30,000.00.
 
One slave in Ouachita County is a male, 8 years of age, and is listed as “mulatto” race.
It is very possible that this slave is Phillip (Phil) Ford because the age of 8 years would make him born about 1851 or 1852 and race is “mulatto” which matches later information about Phil Ford.
 
All Arkansas slave records for the year 1860 were reviewed and only 3 male “Mulatto” slaves that would have been 8 or 9 years old were found and only 1 was in southern Arkansas (Ouachita County).
 
Union County and Ouachita County are connecting counties in Arkansas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenhaw Slave Owner:
 
Census Report dated 16 July 1860 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas list a slave owner named J. D. Greenhaw who was born about 1814 in Alabama as the owner of eight (8) slaves, 5 females and 3 males. This J. D. Greenhaw is also listed as an innkeeper and had 15 white individuals also working for him, 10 males and 5 females.
Arkansas land records for 1860 list a Jackson Greenhaw as the owner of two parcels of land in Union County, Arkansas. One parcel of land consists of 40 acres and the other parcel is 200 acres. The real estate value is $1,600.00. Personal estate (including slaves) value is $8,000.00.
Jackson Greenhaw, age 46, is married with 3 sons and 2 daughters. One son is named Joseph, age 17, and he was born in 1843. The other son is named Thomas, age 15, and he was born in 1845. Both sons were born in Arkansas.
One of these sons could be the father of Lawson (Greenhaw) Ford. Lawson was born about the year 1873. Census Reports for Lawson Ford state that his mother and father were both born in Arkansas.
Additional possibility that this could be the correct Greenhaw is that the brother of Lawson Greenhaw was named Jackson Greenhaw before both boys changed their last name to Ford.
 
 
Meek Slave Owner
 
Census Report dated 20 September 1860 for Corni Township, Union County Arkansas lists a slave owner named James Meek. James Meek real estate value is listed at $9,198.00 and his personal estate value (including slaves) is listed at $22,328.00.
He was the listed owner of 10 slaves of which 6 were females and 4 were males. Two of the females were listed as 8 years old and their race is “mulatto”. One female is 6 years old and the race is “black”. The woman (Mary) who married Joel Sheppard was born about the year 1852 and would have been around 8 years old in 1860.
 
No “free” black Rachael McGee in the1860 Census Report for Arkansas could be found.
 
 
McGee Slave Owner:
 
In 1860, only one McGee could be found that owned a slave and lived in Union County, Arkansas. This was a man named James McGee and he owned 80 acres of land.
He had only one slave and this slave was a female, 18 years old.
This is unlikely to be the mother of Rachael McGee (wife of Phil Ford) who was born in 1854 because this would mean that Rachael’s mother would have given birth at the very young age of 11 or12.
 
 
McGee Slave Owner:
Census Report dated 25 June 1860 for Catahoula County in Louisiana show a slave owner named Caturo McGee as the owner of 15 slaves and one is a female age 5.
 
Census Report dated 20 July 1860 for Morehouse County in Louisiana show a slave owner named C. L. McGee as the owner of 32 slaves and two are females, age 6.
 
Census Report dated 6 September 1860 for Ouachita (County) Parish in Louisiana show a slave owner named T. L. McGee as the owner of 56 slaves.
There were 10 female slaves who were 5 years old
 
McGee in 1870
Census Report dated 25 September 1870 for the state of Louisiana show that a black female whose name is Rachel McGee, 14 years of age, born about 1856, is living on a farm with a white family. The farm is owned by a Sarah McGee who is a widow and has 2 sons and 1 daughter and they all have the last name of McGee.
 
One of these 5 or 6 year old females could be Rachael McGee because she was born about 1854 and the man who would later become her husband (Phil Ford) place of birth is listed as Louisiana on the 1880 and 1900 Census Reports. Phil Ford may have been raised with Rachael before he somehow ended up in Arkansas.
 
Gains Slave Owner
Census Reports for 1850 and 1860 did not show anyone named Gains as owning slaves in Union County Arkansas, but do show several Gains that were slave owners in other counties in Arkansas.
 
Sheppard Slave Owner:
Census Report dated 15 September 1860, Union County, Arkansas, list a white slave owner named Mary Sheppard who is a widow and 70 years old.
She is the owner of 13 slaves. Value of real estate is $5,000.00.
Value of personal estate (including slaves) is $24,530.00.
One male slave, 10 years old in 1860, mulatto race, could be Joel Sheppard.
 
There were three slave owners named Sheppard living in Union County, Arkansas in 1860 but only one had a male slave that was 10 years old and was listed as mulatto race (same as Joel Sheppard). Joel Sheppard was the father of Margaret (Sheppard) Ford.
 
 
Census Report dated 23 June 1870 for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Phillip Ford who would later marry Rachael (McGee) is living and working on a farm in Union County, Arkansas. His occupation is farm laborer.
Phillip Ford is listed as Mulatto race, 19 years old and born about 1851 in Arkansas (?).
Phillip can not read or write according to the report.
Phillip is working on the same farm that a Joel Sheppard is working on.
Phillip’s stepson, Lawson, years later would marry Joel’s daughter, Margaret Sheppard.
Census Report dated 23 June 1870 for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Joel Sheppard is single, age 19, born about 1851, is working and living on a farm in Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas. Joel’s race is listed as black.
Joel Sheppard occupation is listed as a farm laborer.
Joel’s father place of birth is listed as USA and his mother is unknown.
Joel can not read or write according to the report.
Joel would later marry Mary Gains (Mary Daphne Gains) or (Mary) Dafney Meek.
 
 
Census Report dated 8 June 1880 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Phil Ford is married and living on a farm with his wife and kids.
Phil’s occupation is listed as a farmer.
Phil’s place of birth is listed as Louisiana on this report (not Arkansas).
Because of this Louisiana connection, it is possible that one of the females that lived on a plantation in Louisiana is Rachael McGee.
Living in this Phil Ford household:
Phil Ford, age 28, black race, born June 1852. Can not read or write.
Rachael Ford, wife, age 26, black race, born 1854 in Arkansas (?). Can not read or write.
Jackson Greenhaw, stepson to Phil, age 7, mulatto race, born 1873 in Arkansas.
Lawson Greenhaw, stepson to Phil, age 6, mulatto race, born 1874 in Arkansas.
Idella (Dinkie) Ford, daughter of Phil & Rachael, age 4, black race, born 1876.
Augustus Ford, son of Phil & Rachael, age 2, black race, born 1878 in Arkansas
Adeline Ford, daughter of Phil & Rachael, age 2 months, black race, born April 1880.
 
 
Census Report dated 1 June 1880 for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Joel Sheppard is married to a woman named Mary.
Based on various census reports, her name could have been Mary Daphne.
The report indicates that Joel and Mary can not read or write.
Living in the household:
Joel Sheppard, head of house, age 28, born 1852, mulatto race, occupation is “farmer”.
Mary Sheppard, wife, age 28, born 1852, black race, occupation is “keeping house”
Isaac Sheppard, son, age 9, born 1871, mulatto race
Shuley Sheppard, son, age 7, born 1873, mulatto race
Union County, Arkansas marriage records show that a Joel Sheppard marriage to a woman named Dafney Meek was “legalized” in 1873. Based on the age of their son, Isaac, they were living together before the marriage was “legalized”.
 
There were several black families with the last name of Meek living in Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas in the year 1870.
 
There were no black families with the last name of Gains listed on Census reports for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas in the year 1870.
 
It is very possible that Mary Daphne’s last name was Meek instead of Gains before she married Joel Sheppard.
Census Report dated 8 June 1900 for Jackson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Joel Sheppard is listed as the owner of the farm where he is living.
The farm and land consists of 79.98 acres.
Arkansas Land Records show Joel Sheppard purchased the land on 6 February 1899.
Joel and his wife have been married for over 20 years (last number unreadable on report).
Living in the household:
Joel Sheppard, head of house, black race, (no birth year) born in Arkansas.
Afnie Sheppard, wife, black race, born in Alabama (no birth year). It is possible that her complete name was Mary Daphne, that could be why some census reports list her as Mary and this census report list her as Afnie (for Daphne) (or Dafney).
Afnie (Mary Daphne) (Dafney) is the mother of 4 children but only 3 are alive in June 1900. Julia may be the name of the dead child.
Shulie Sheppard, grandson, black race, age 9, born July 1891
Nancie Sheppard, daughter-in-law, widow, (no birth information listed), mother of 3 kids.
Nancie was probably married to Isaac Sheppard, who was the son of Joel and Mary. Union County Arkansas marriage record show an Ike Sheppard married a woman named Nan Johnson on 19 November 1892.
No record of Isaac Sheppard exists starting in June 1900.
 
 
Census Report dated 9 June 1900 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Phillip (Phil) Ford is married to Rachael Ford.
Phillip and Rachael are listed as parents of 13 children but only 12 are alive in June 1900.
Phillip and Rachael have been married for 22 years as of June 1900.
Phillip’s mother and father are both listed as born in Alabama.
Phillip and Rachael both are listed as unable to read or write.
Phillip Ford is listed as the owner (no mortgage) of the farm and land they are living on.
Living in the household:
Phillip Ford, head of house, age 47, born June 1852 in Louisiana, black race
Rachael Ford, wife, age 42, born about 1858 in Arkansas, black race
Adline Ford, daughter, age 19, born April 1881 in Arkansas, black race
Benjamin Ford, son, age 17, born December 1883 in Arkansas, black race
Sam A. Ford, son, age 13, born October 1886 in Arkansas, black race
Wesley (West) Ford, son, age 10, born December 1889 in Arkansas, black race
Luller (Lee Ella) Ford, daughter, age 9, born January 1891 in Arkansas, black race
Charlotte Ford, daughter, age 5, born June 1894 in Arkansas, black race
Mary (Mae) Lee Ford, daughter, age 4, born January 1896 in Arkansas, black race
Pinkie Ford, daughter, age 3, born June 1897 in Arkansas, black race
Gracie Ford, daughter, age 3 months, born February 1900 in Arkansas, black race
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Census Report dated 9 June 1900 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Augustus Ford, son of Phillip and Rachael Ford, is living on a farm and is married to a woman named Fannie.
The farm they are living on is connected to Phillip and Rachael Ford’s land.
Augustus is listed as the owner of the house and farm without a mortgage where he and Fannie are living.
Living in the household:
Augustus Ford, head of house, age 21, born February 1879 in Arkansas, black race
Fannie Ford, wife, age 20, born 1880 in Arkansas, black race.
Fannie’s full name was Mary F. Ford.
 
 
Census Report dated 9 June 1900 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Jackson Ford, brother of Lawson Ford, is married to a woman named Delie (Dee).
Union County, Arkansas marriage record dated 29 December 1892 show Jackson Ford married a woman whose maiden name was Dee Ellison.
Delie (Dee) has given birth to 4 children but only 3 are alive in June 1900.
Jackson is listed as renting the farm they are living on.
Both Jackson and Delia are listed as unable to read or write.
Living in the household:
Jackson Ford, husband, age 25, born October 1874 in Arkansas, black race
Delie (Delia or Dee) Ford, wife, age 21, born about1879 in Arkansas, black race
Lauson Ford, son, age 5, born January 1894 in Arkansas, black race
Horatio Ford, son, age 3, born September 1896 in Arkansas, black race
Mollie Ford, daughter, age 1, born March 1899 in Arkansas, black race
 
 
Census Report dated 14 June 1900 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Lawson Ford is married a woman whose maiden name was Margaret Sheppard.
Arkansas marriage records state they were married on 19 January 1897.
Margaret is the daughter of Joel and Mary Daphne Sheppard.
Lawson and Margaret have one child in June 1900.
Lawson Ford is listed as the owner without a mortgage of the farm they are living.
Both Lawson and Margaret are listed as able to read and write.
Living in the household:
Lawson Ford, age 25, born about 1875, black race, occupation is farmer
Margaret Ford, wife, age 20, born about 1880, black race
Mattie D. Ford, daughter, age 1 year, born June 1898, black race
Note:
Union County, Arkansas marriage record shows that Lawson Ford married Margaret Sheppard on 19 January 1897 in Union County, Arkansas.
 
 
 
 
 
Census Report dated 16 June 1900 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Shuly (Shuler) Sheppard is married to a woman whose maiden name was Dinkie Ford. Union County Arkansas marriage record state they were married on 29 December 1894.
Shuly (Shuler) is the son of Joel and Mary Sheppard which makes him the brother of Margaret (Sheppard) Ford.
Dinkie is the daughter of Phil and Rachael Ford and also the sister of Lawson Ford.
Dinkie has given birth to 4 children but only 3 are alive in June 1900.
Living in the household:
Shuly Sheppard, age 25, born about1875, black race
Dinkie Sheppard, wife, age 23, born about 1877, black race
Birdie Sheppard, daughter, age 4, born October 1895, black race
Robirda (Roberta) Sheppard, daughter, age 2, born July 1897, black race
Baby (Susie) Sheppard, daughter, age 1 month, born April 1900, black race
 
 
Census Report dated 20 April 1910 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Augustus Ford, the son of Phil and Rachael Ford and also the brother of Lawson Ford.
Augustus Ford is the owner, no mortgage, of the house and farm where they are living.
Living in the household:
Augustus Ford, head of house, age 30, born about 1880, black race
Mary F. Ford, wife, age 30, born about 1880, black race
Linnie Ford, daughter, age 7, born about 1903, mulatto race
Ida Ford, daughter, age 5, born about 1905, mulatto race
Augster (Augustus) Ford, Jr., son, age 3, born about 1907, black race
Mimay Ford, daughter, age 2, born about 1908, black race
 
 
Census Report dated 29 April 1910 for the city of Eldorado, Union County, Arkansas.
Mary (Daphne) Sheppard is living with a black family named Jackson in April 1910.
She was the wife of Joel Sheppard and the mother of Margaret (Sheppard) Ford.
Living in the household:
Mary Jackson, head of house, age 30, born 1880, single and the mother of 3 children.
Polly Jackson, daughter of Mary Jackson, age 9, born about 1901
Asa Jackson, son of Mary Jackson, age 4, born about1906
Mary Jackson, daughter of Mary Jackson, age 2 months, born about1910
Mary Sheppard, widow, age 59, born about 1851.
 
 
Census Report dated 12 May 1910 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Sam Ford, son of Phil and Rachael Ford, is married to a woman whose name is Annie.
Sam, age 22 and Annie, age 18 have been married for one year, and no children.
 
 
 
 
 
Census Report dated 19 May 1910 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Rachel Ford, widow of Phil Ford, is living with five of her children on a farm in Union County, Arkansas.
Rachel is listed as the owner of the house and farm and it is free with no mortgage on it.
Rachel is listed as the mother of 14 children but only 13 are alive in 1910.
Living in the household:
Rachel Ford, Widow, age 56, born about 1854 in Arkansas, black race
Lee E. Ford, Daughter, age 18, born about 1892 in Arkansas, black race
Charlotte Ford, daughter, age 16, born about 1894 in Arkansas, black race
May L. (Mary Lee) Ford, daughter, age 14, born about 1896 in Arkansas, black race
Pinkie Ford, daughter, age 12, born about 1898 in Arkansas, black race
Gracie Ford, daughter, age 9, born about 1901 in Arkansas, black race
 
 
Census Report dated 21 May 1910 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Jackson (Greenhaw) Ford, stepson of Phil Ford, son of Rachael Ford and also the brother of Lawson Ford is married to Dee (Delia, Delie) Ellison. (Married on 29 Dec 1892)
Jackson Ford is living on a farm next to his sister, Dinkie (Ford) Sheppard.
Dee has given birth to 9 children but only 8 are alive in May 1910.
Living in the household:
Jackson Ford, head of house, (age unreadable), black race, can read and write
Dee Ford, wife, age 31, born about 1879, black race, can read and write
Lawson Ford, son, age 14, born about 1896, black race, can read and write
Horton (Horatio) Ford, son, age 12, born about 1898, black race
Mollie Ford, daughter, age 11, born about 1999, black race
Rachel Ford, daughter, age 9, born about 1901, black race
Jackson Ford, son, age 8, born about 1902, black race
Annie Ford, daughter, age 6, born about 1904, black race
Alabama Ford, daughter, age 3, born about 1907, black race
Alma Ford, daughter, age 6 months, born about 1909, black race
 
 
Census Report dated 23 May 1910 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Denkie Shephard (Dinkie Sheppard) is a Widow and living with her 6 children.
Dinkie was married to Shuler Sheppard and was the daughter of Phil and Rachael Ford.
Dinkie was also the sister of Lawson Ford.
Dinkie has given birth to 7 children but only 6 are alive in May 1910.
Living in the household:
Dinkie Shephard, Widow and Head of house, age 28 (?), born about1882, black race
Birdie Shephard, daughter, age 13, born about 1897, black race
Roberta Shephard, daughter, age 11, born about 1899, black race
Susie Shephard, daughter, age 9, born about 1901, black race
Joe (Joel) Shephard, son, age 7, born about 1903, black race
Zara Shephard, daughter, age 5, born about 1905, black race
Nettie Shephard, daughter, age 1 year and 4 months, born about 1908, black race
 
Census Report dated 16 February 1920 for Harrison Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Jackson Ford (Greenhaw), stepson of Phil Ford, son of Rachael Ford and he is also the brother of Lawson Ford
Jackson Ford is listed as the owner, with mortgage, of the house and farm.
Jackson and his wife are listed as able to read and write.
Living in the household:
Jackson Ford, head of house, age 48, born about 1872, mulatto race
Dee (Delia or Delie) Ford, wife, age 43, born about 1877, mulatto race
Rachel Ford, daughter, age 20, born about 1900, mulatto race
Mallie (Mollie) Ford, daughter, age 19, born about 1901, mulatto race
Jackson Ford, Jr., son, age 16, born about 1904, mulatto race
Annie Ford, daughter, age 14, born about 1906, mulatto race
Alabama Ford, daughter, age 12, born about 1908, mulatto race
Henrie (Henrietta) Ford, daughter, age 8, born about 1912, mulatto race
Lee E. Ford, daughter, age 5, born about 1915, mulatto race
Inez Ford, daughter, age 3, born about 1917, mulatto race
 
 
Census Report dated 21 February 1920 for Johnson Township, Union County Arkansas.
Sam Ford, son of Phil and Rachel Ford, and his wife Annie are still married and now they are the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters.
Sam is now listed as the owner of the house and farm where they are living. There is no mortgage on the house and farm.
Sam and Annie now are listed as able to read and write.
Living in the household:
Sam Ford, age 35, born about 1885
Annie Ford, wife, age 28, born about 1892
Wess (West) Ford, son, age 10, born about 1910 (able to read and write)
Ben Ford, son, age 7, born about 1913
Idel Ford, daughter, age 5, born about 1915
Annie May Ford, daughter, age 2 months, born 1920
 
 
Census Report dated 21 February 1920 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Lawson Ford is a widower in February 1920. Lawson is the son of Phil and Rachael Ford.
(Lawson’ wife, Margaret, died in December 1919).
Lawson Ford is listed as the owner of the house and farm where he is living.
Living in the household:
Lawson Ford, Widower, age 47, born about 1875
Mattie Ford, daughter, age 19, born about 1901
Allie (Ollie) Ford, daughter, age 13, born about 1907
Sullen (Sullivan) Ford, son, age 12, born about 1908 (claimed 3 Jan 1906 as his birthday)
Sis (Ardnecia) Ford, daughter, age 7, born about 1913
Jewel Ford, daughter, age 4, born about 1916
Etta Lee (Addie Lee) Ford, daughter, age 1, born about 1919
Lawson, Mattie, Ollie and Sullivan are listed as able to read and write.
Census Report dated 3 April 1920 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
There is a Daphne Shepord (Mary Daphne Sheppard), who is a widow, living with her younger brother, Sam, and his family. Daphne and Sam may be brother and sister but have different fathers but the same mother.
Living in the household:
Sam Gains, head of house, age 58, born about 1862 in Alabama, black race
Anna Gains, wife of Sam, age 41, born about 1879 in Arkansas, mulatto race
Etta Gains, daughter of Sam and Anna, age 18, born about 1902 in Louisiana, black race
Otho Gains, son of Sam and Anna, age 14, born about 1906 in Louisiana, black race
Rudolph Gains, son of Sam and Anna, age 13, born about 1907 in Louisiana, black race
Jesse Gains, son of Sam and Anna, age 11, born about 1909, black race
Daphne Shepord (Sheppard), widow, sister to Sam Gains, age 70, born about 1850 in Louisiana, black race.
Daphne is listed as able to read and write and employed as a cook.
 
 
Census Report dated 6 April 1920 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Dinkie Sheppard, widow of Shuley Sheppard and sister-in-law to Margaret Sheppard, is renting a house and living with 7 of her children and one grandson.
Living in the household:
Dinkie Sheppard, age 40, Widow, born about 1880
Birdie Sheppard, daughter, age 22, born about 1898
Roberta Sheppard, daughter, age 18, born about 1902
Joel Sheppard, son, age 16, born about1904
Zora Sheppard, daughter, age 14, born about 1906
Nettie Sheppard, daughter, age 10, born about 1910
Lorene (Irene) Sheppard, daughter, age 7, born about 1913
I. J. Sheppard, son, age 4, born about 1916
Ike Birch, grandson, age 5, born about 1915
Note: The birth years for Dinkie, Birdie and Roberta are not the same as on other reports.
 
 
Census Report dated 28 April 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
West Ford, son of Sam and Annie Ford, also grandson of Phil and Rachael Ford, is married.
He and his wife are renting the house where they are living.
They have no children.
Both are listed as able to read and write.
Living in the household:
West Ford, husband, born about 1908, Negro race
Luease Ford, wife, born about 1914, Negro race.
 
 
 
 
 
Census Report dated 28 April 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Ben Ford is the son of Sam and Annie Ford.
Ben is also the grandson of Phil and Rachael Ford.
Ben is working on a farm for a white family named John Teter.
Ben is 16 years old in April 1930.
Ben is listed as unable to read and write.
 
 
Census Report dated 29 April 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Lawson Ford, son of Rachael Ford, is a widower.
Lawson has four of his children and one nephew living with him.
Lawson Ford is listed as the owner of the farm where he is living.
Living in the household:
Lawson Ford, widower, age 47, born about 1883, black race
Sister (Ardnecia) Ford, daughter, age 17, born about 1913, black race
Sullen (Sullivan) Ford, son, age 21, born about 1909, black race
Jewel Ford, daughter, age 13, born about 1917, black race
Etta (Addie) Lee Ford, daughter, age 11, born about 1919, black race
Sonnel Forks, nephew to Lawson Ford, age 13, born about 1917, black race
The Census Report states that everyone in the household is able to read and write.
 
 
Census Report dated 29 April 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Ollie (Ford) Ridgell, daughter of Lawson and Margaret Ford, is married.
Living in the household:
Joshua Ridgell, head of house, age 23, born about 1907 in Arkansas, black race
Ollie Ridgell, wife, age 23, born about 1907 in Arkansas, black race
Ollie and Joshua have been married for 3 years.
Ollie and Joshua have not kids as of April 1930.
Ollie and Joshua are renting the farm they are living on.
Both Ollie and Joshua are listed as able to read and write.
 
 
Census Report dated 29 April 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Mattie (Ford) Golden, daughter of Lawson and Margaret Ford, is married.
Living in the household:
Booker Golden, husband, age 26, born about 1904, Negro race
Mattie Golden, wife, age 29, born about 1901, Negro race
Moses Golden, son, age 7, born about 1923, Negro race
Myron Golden, son, age 5, born about 1925, Negro race
J. D. (James) Golden, son, age 3, born about 1926, Negro race
Ruby Golden, daughter, age 8 months, born about 1929, Negro race
Mattie and Booker have been married for 8 years. Both are listed as can read and write.
Booker and Mattie are renting the house where they are living
 
 
Census Report dated 3 May 1930 for Johnson Township, Union County, Arkansas.
Dinkie Sheppard, widow of Shuley Sheppard and also sister-in-law to Margaret Sheppard is renting and living on a farm with four of her children.
Living in the household:
Dinkie Sheppard, widow, age 48, born about 1882, Negro race
Roberta Sheppard, daughter, age 28, born about 1902, Negro race
Joel Sheppard, son, age 21, born about 1909, Negro race
Irene Sheppard, daughter, age 15, born about 1915, Negro race
I. J. Sheppard, son, age 12, born about 1918, Negro race.   
 
 
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LaVern Johnson
San Deigo, CA
E-mail: vern4863@aol.com