dit James Ford
b. 4 May 2874, Marquette, MI;
d. 16 Oct 1938, Dearborn,
My grandfather was born in
Marquette, MI, but returned with his family to Sault Ste Marie, MI, when
he was a young man. He was baptised Jacques Mercier at St Peters
Cathedral in Marquette, MI.
He married Adeline Campbell,
20 Aug 1894 in Sault Ste Marie, MI. His occupation was listed as dredgeman,
when he worked on the SSM Locks. In 1908, he moved his family to Grosse
Isle, MI, where he worked as a dredgemam on the Livingston Channel. The
family returned to SSM, MI for a while, and then in 1922 returned permanently
to the Detroit, MI area. He worked as a foreman in the steel division
of the Ford Motor Company. His heritage became French/American, and his
Indian heritage was never mentioned to future generations.
My grandmother Mary Adeline
Campbell was born 9 Oct 1873, in SSM, MI. Her grandfather, John Baptiste
Campbell was an original settler in SSM, MI, where he obtained a land
grant from the U.S. government in 1856.
His occupation was listed as
voyaguer in the 1850 census. As a young man he worked for the American
Fur Company in SSM, MI. Her grandmother was Marie Vesina, 3/4 Chippewa
Indian. It is Mrs. J. B. Campbells heritage that places the Campbell/Ford
family members on the Durant Indian Rolls. This is the present day basis
for membership in the SSM tribe of Chippewa Indians. My grandmothers
mother died in childbirth, and she was raised by her Indian grandmother.
When she moved to the Detroit area she became French/American, and her
Indian heritage was never mentioned.
James and Mary Ford raised
a family of 5 boys and 3 girls, who all married and prospered. The family
members were inseparable, and cousins became sisters and brothers.
The children of James and Mary
Ford b. 7 Jul 1895 SSM, MI; died 22 Jan 1985, Livonia, MI. m. Edna
Schenkel 17 Jul 1920. Three children: James, Delphine and George.
Ford b. 9 Feb 1897 SSM, MI; d. Jul 1965, Dearborn, MI; m. William
Walker. One son, Ford Walker.
Ford b. 13 Feb 1899 SSM, MI; d. 1898 Sacremento, CA; m. John Slack.
Three children: John Mary Catherine, David.
Alphonse Ford b. 30 Nov 1900 SSM, MI; d. 22 May 1975, Livonia, MI;
m. Marie Jessie Martinek. Four living children: Lynne, Donna, Roger,
Ford b. 6 Sep 1902 SSM, MI; d. 1984, Farmington, MI; m. Theresa Wittersheim.
Three children; Lawrence, Carolyn, Joyce.
Ford b. 24 Sep 1900, SSM, MI; d. 9 Nov 1980, Dearborn, MI.; m. Margaret
Mary Murphy. Three children; Mary Patricia, Joan, and William.
Sible Ford b. 28 Apr 1908, SSM, MI; d. 29 Jul 1991, Westland, MI;
m. Francis Holdrieth. Two children: Janet, Francis.
Ford b. 6 Apr 1912 SSM, MI; d. 12 Sep 1954, Dearborn, MI; m. Helene.
Two children: Karen, and Bruce.
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