James Ford

27 December 1834–3 September 1915 (Age 80)
Millport, Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Ford was born on 27 December 1834, in Millport, Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Samuel Ford, was 38 and his mother, Margaret Wright, was 42. He married Elizabeth Muir on 11 May 1864, in Waikouro, Otago, Otago, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Cumbrae, Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 3 September 1915, in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

James Ford
Elizabeth Muir
Marriage: 11 May 1864
Janet Muir Ford
Margaret Ford
Robert Muir Ford
Eliza Ford
William Ford
Mary Ford

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Muir


11 May 1864
Waikouro, Otago, Otago, New Zealand


    Janet Muir Ford


    Margaret Ford


    Robert Muir Ford


    Eliza Ford


    William Ford


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

George Grey explores Western Australia.

Age 9

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1857 · Police (Scotland) Act 1857

Age 23

The Police Act 1857 was an Act put into place by Parliament to establish a mandatory police force in every county of Scotland.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford, Middle English, Old English ford, or a habitational name from one of the many places named with this word, such as Ford in Northumberland, Shropshire, and West Sussex, or Forde in Dorset.2 Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names, for example Mac Giolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na Naomh ’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha ’ (a personal name composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin ( see Foran ).3 Jewish: Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Ford, "Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989"
  • James Ford in household of Margaret Ford, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • James Ford in entry for Margaret Ford, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"

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