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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ford Family Memorial

 
 
Ford Family Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
1. Ford Family Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Colonel Jacob Ford, Sr.
Prominent land-holder and iron manufacturer
Member of New Jersey House of Assembly
Judge of Morris County Court
Ardent promoter of American cause in Revolutionary War
Born April 13, 1704 Died January 19, 1777

Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr.
Pioneer in Colonial Iron Works and Powder Manufacturing
Commander of Eastern Battalion, New Jersey Militia 1776-77
Buried with military honors, General Washington in attendance at the funeral
Born February 19, 1738 Died January 10, 1777

Theodosia Ford
Widow of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr.
Washington and his official family were her guests during the winter of 1779-80, while the Continental Army was encamped at Morristown.
Born September 13, 1741 Died August 31, 1824
 
Erected 1940 by Gualdo Ford.
 
Location. 40° 47.863′ N, 74° 28.782′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from East Park Place (New Jersey Route 510) near South Street (New Jersey Route 24), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the cemetery behind the First Presbyterian Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 E. Park Place (On the Green), Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in Presbyterian Churchyard image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Presbyterian Churchyard
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morristown Postal Service ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Morristown Green ( about 300 feet away); The Presbyterian Church on the Green ( about 300 feet away); Morris County Civil War Monument ( about 300 feet away); The French are Coming ( about 300 feet away); The Baptist Church on the Green ( about 400 feet away); Survey by Major Erskine of Morristown ( about 400 feet away); Court House and Jail ( about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
Regarding Ford Family Memorial. Theodosia Johnes Ford, the widow of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr., was the daughter of Reverend Timothy Johnes who was church's pastor when George Washington received the Sacrament of Holy Communion during an outdoor service there.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Ford Mansion. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Presbyterian Church in Morristown Website. Site includes links to the Church's history and a Who's Who in the Church's Graveyard. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
First Presbyterian Church of Morristown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. First Presbyterian Church of Morristown
The marker is located in a cemetery behind this church. During the winter encampments of 1777 and 1779-80, George Washington attended services at this church.
Washington's Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2006
4. Washington's Headquarters
Theodosia Ford, the widow of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr., hosted Gen. George Washington and his staff in this house during the Continental Army's winter encampment of 1779-80.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,616 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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