Obituaries of the Ford & Related Families


Little Falls and Middleville NY

Contributed by Al White

"Most of the FORD family obituaries were obtained from Tom Tryniski's, a great site. Originally I searched for direct ancestors but ended up with many from the extended FORD family which are included here. My direct ancestors from the FORD family include Orrin A. Ford, David Ford and Benoni Ford."     Al White

SOURCE: The Utica Sunday Tribune, Sunday, May 2, 1880


Herkimer Tribune Correspondence

Herkimer, May 1.- No trace has yet been found of Orrin A. Ford, missing from his home in Middleville since yesterday morning. A hat belonging to the missing man was found near the bank of the creek, and it is supposed that Mr. Ford has been drowned. The creek has been dragged and a vigorous search continued all day, but as yet the body has not been recovered. The drowning is supposed to be accidental, the theory being that the deceased while at work had his hat blown off into the creek, and while endeavoring to recover it was drowned.

A later telegram received from "Jenks" says a report is current that the body has been found, but the lateness of the hour prevented a verification of the statement.

SOURCE: The Utica Herald, Tuesday, May 11, 1880


HERKIMER, May 10.- The body of Orrin A. Ford, of Middleville, who was drowned April 30, was found, yesterday afternoon, at the edge of what is known as Rasbach's island, in the Mohawk, about a mile below here, by John Isley, who was searching for it with Michael Stauring and George Van Slyke. The body had floated at least ten miles before it lodged in the sand, which had nearly covered it. Coroner Suiter was notified and impaneled a jury, which, after viewing the body adjourned to the Waverly Hotel, where an inquest was held this afternoon and a verdict of accidental drowning rendered. The remains were taken to Middleville for interment this evening. Memorial services will be held next Sunday.

SOURCE: Utica Morning Herald, Monday, August 31, 1885

LITTLE FALLS, Aug. 30.-(Special)- John Francisco, the veteran resident of Middleville, was in town yesterday, on his way to Dolgeville to visit his daughter. Mr. Francisco celebrated his 97th(?) birthday, April 17, and is a hale and hearty man with the exception of an injury in his right side, caused by a fall several years ago, which at times causes him some inconvenience. When a young man he took part in the war of 1812. During that year he passed through Little Falls with a detachment of the army commanded by General Scott and Brown. He distinctly recollects how this thriving village looked at that time. and says the only building he noticed was a tavern, situated along the line of the old Inland Navigation company, in the vicinity of where lower John street is now located. His memory is quite remarkable, and he relates many interesting incidents of the battle in which he fought. He comes from a long lived family.

His father was born in 1(?). and fought through the revolutionary war, enlisting in l775 at the age of (?), and served to the close. He also was engaged in the battle of Plattsburg in 1814, and September 11, when the general battle took place, he was fatally injured by a bullet from the enemy, and died from the wound at the age of 35(?). The remains of this veteran soldier are buried in Washington county, and a slab over the grave bears the inscription of his birth and death.

The son has never used tobacco In any form, but will take a drink when the occasion requires. He has a daughter residing at Middleville, with whom he makes his home, Mrs. Susan Ford, aged 50, and another in Dolgeville, aged 47. He has grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren living, and does not know exactly how many descendants he has.

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Saturday Morning, January 25, 1913

Death of Susan A. Ford

Canajoharie, Jan 24 - Mrs. Susan Amanda Ford died of apoplexy last evening at her home in Currytown. Mrs. Ford was 81 years of age and was born in New York City. She was the daughter of John Francisco and Jane Barr and was well known as a kind and loving old lady who will be missed by relatives and lifelong friends. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Addie McMullen, five children Eugene B. Ford, Mrs. Abbie Pierce, Mrs. George Stebbins, Mrs. Jesse Sherman and Mrs. Albert H. Dievendorf, 17? Grandchildren and 10? great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Sunday at 11 O'Clock at the Currytown church. Burial at Middleville.

(Wonder why Mrs. W. E. White was not listed as one of her children - Luella A. Ford)

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Wednesday Morning, January 29, 1913

Death of Mrs. Susan A. Ford

Little Falls, Jan 28. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert H. Divendorf. In Currytown, Montgomery County occurred the death of Mrs. Susan Amanda Ford last Friday. She was the mother of Mrs. George G. Stebbins and Mrs. Jessie Sherman of this city. Mrs. Ford was born in New York City. When quite young she was united in marriage to Orrin Ford who taught school near Middleville. He met death by being drowned in West Canada Creek 33 years ago. For the past 30? years she has resided with her relatives. She leaves seven children. At the time of her death she had reached the ripe old age of 81 years.

The following is taken from a Little Falls daily of Oct. 2, 1913:

"Yesterday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah K. Houghton, widow of William B. Houghton, at her home, 500 Monroe street. The illness which finally resulted in her death was the first that she had had, to speak of, during her long life of nearly 96 years. She was born in Middleville, December 26, 1817, being the daughter of the late David and Abigail Ford. She was twice married, her first husband being Stephen Keith to whom she was united on October 12, 1837. He was a prominent farmer of Newport, where the couple resided until May 8, 1860. Her second husband was William B. Houghton of this city, who passed away September 18, 1884. The nearest surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs. Mary B. Broughton of Syracuse, and one brother, A. W. Ford, of Middleville. MRs. Houghton was a devout member of the Universalist Church, having taught a Bible class for a number of years. She was beloved by all who knew her and her death will be deeply mourned. Funeral services will be held from the home on Saturday morning at 10:30, Rev. R. R. Hadley officiating. Burial will be made in Newport.

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Tuesday, October ?, 1923

Mrs. Kate Ford Dead at Home of Daughter at Ripe Old Age.

Middleville, Oct ___ - Mrs. Kate Ford, Widow of Aldis Ford died late Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. H. Stoddard at this village, following an illness of many months.

Mrs. Ford reached her 90th Birthday last July. During the waning years of her life she had been cared for with utmost tenderness and devotion by her daughter. She had spent most of her life in this village, and was known and highly respected by a wide circle of friends. During the World War then at an advanced age, she worked ceaselessly to make things for the boys in the service She was a Universalist in belief.

Surviving, besides her daughter are two nieces and a nephew.

The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 PM from the home of her daughter with interment at the local cemetery.

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Saturday, April 14, 1943

Frank H. Stoddard

Middleville- Frank H. Stoddard, 81, for many years an operator of an apiary here, died Apr. 22, 1943, after a long illness.

He was born in this village, son of the late Orville and Adelaide Minott Stoddard. He lived here all his life.

He was a member of the Universalist Church. He married Carrie Ford Aug. 17, 1904. She survives with a sister, Mrs. Mary Jones, Middleville.

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Tuesday July 9, 1946

Albert H. Dievendorf Obit

Canajoharie - Albert H. Dievendorf 77, Currytown, died July 7, 1946 in Little Falls hospital following an illness of 10 days.

He was born in Currytown, son of Reuben and Sarah Schuyler Dievendorf. He attended Currytown Reformed Church and served as senior elder and had been it's sexton for 50 years.

He was a former clerk for the Town of Root, member of Rural Grove Lodge 100F; Rural Grove Maccabees and Grange as well as Pamona and state granges; Charleston Red Men; life member of Montgomery Agricultural Society; Secretary of Root Dairymen's League.

He leaves four sons, Reuben, Fort Plain, Walter and Schuyler, Ilion; and Lawrence, Mohawk; two daughters Mrs. George Darrow, Currytown and Mrs. Clyde Honeywell Albany and a sister Mrs. Walter Stebbins, Madison, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Currytown Reformed Church, at 2:30 PM today. Burial will be in that village.

"This next is my Grandmother White. Mainly concerns Pittsford, NY (Monroe Co.) but does mention sisters in Herkimer Co. and brother in LA. All have passed except me...Allen."

SOURCE: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Monday, December 13, 1948


WHITE-On Friday, Dec. 10. at her home, 3 South Main St., Pittsford. Luella A. White, widow of W. Ernest White of Pittsford. Surviving are her sons, Warren; her grandson, Allen, both of Pittsford; two sisters, Mrs. Abby Pierce of Springville, Mrs. Jessie Sherman of Herkimer. Her brother, Albert Ford of California. Several nieces and nephews. - Friends may call at Zornow's Funeral Home from where the service will be held Monday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Interment in Pittsford.

SOURCE: Utica Daily Press, Thursday, November 23, 1950

Jessie Sherman Obit

Herkimer - Mrs. Jessie Irene Sherman 89, Died November 21, 1950 at her home 615 Park Avenue after a brief illness.

She was born November 27, 1860 in Middleville, daughter of Orrin Ford and Susan Amanda Ford. Her marriage to Frank Sherman November 29, 1882. Mr. Sherman died in 1907.

The last of a family of 12 children, Mrs. Sherman was a member of the First Universalist Church and the local branch of the WCTU.

She leaves a daughter Miss Effie M. Sherman, Herkimer and 13 nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be a 2 PM tomorrow from the Fenner Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Stall, Universalist Minister officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery.

Source: Utica Daily Press, Saturday, Dec 31, 1960

Former Area Woman Dies in Car Crash

Middleville - Mrs. George Gillette, 70, former resident of this village, died Thursday in Minneapolis, Minn., from injuries she suffered in an auto crash earlier in the day.

Mrs. Gillette was a sister of David E. Ford of this village. He said Mr. Gillette suffered a fractured leg in the crash and now is hospitalized.

Mrs. Gillette was the former Irene Ford, a daughter of Albigence and Irene Isham Ford. She was educated in the local schools and was married to Mr. Gillette about 50 years ago, the ceremony taking place in the Ford family homestead in Middleville. She had been a resident of Minneapolis for the past 20 years.

Besides her husband, she leaves a son and a daughter; seven grandchildren; one brother, David Ford, this village, and two sisters, Mrs. Addie Atwood, Skaneateles, and Mrs. Mary Wilkins, Babson Park, Fla.

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