in 1813 took lease of the weaver-trade lapping-house and calendar, but "resiles from his engagement and throws up his bargain" (Thomson, P 263); m 29 April 1805 Emelie Duff; with sons, James (2) and Robert emigrated to America before 1837
Born in Dunfermline, Scotland to James and Ellen (Elder) Ford. He came to the US when he was 2 with his parents; they settled in Chicopee Falls, Mass until 1851 when they moved to Wisconsin. He married Amelia Henderson, 20 Nov 1863; they had 5 children, one dying in infancy, another 3 weeks after her father. They lived mostly in Vienna where he owned the Brausen Hotel for a time. Later held various offices in the city.