Col. Jacob Ford1

#9314, (13 April 1704 - 19 January 1777)
Father*John Ford2 (c 1675 - b 1721/22)
Mother*Elizabeth Freeman2 (1681 - 1772)


Hannah Baldwin b. 1701, d. 1777
Children 1.John Ford+8 (1728 - 1767)
 2.Phebe Ford+8 (1729 - 1819)
 3.Sarah Ford+8 (1732 - 1811)
 4.Mary Ford+8 (s 1733 - )
 5.Jane Ford+4,1 (1736 - 1794)
 6.Jacob Ford Jr.+8 (1738 - 1777)
 7.David Ford10 (1741 - 1760)
 8.Elizabeth Ford8 (1743 - 1746)
"Col. Jacob Ford was one of the most prominent men in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War; he was Commissioner of Peace for Morris County, N. J., April 30 and Aug. 26, 1768; Feb. 9 and May 14, 1770, June 3, 1771, July 28, 1773, Oct. 1, 1774. He was also a Judge, March 18, 1775."3 
Birth*13 April 1704He was born on 13 April 1704 at Woodbridge, New Jersey.4,1 
after September 1710He removed with John Ford and Elizabeth Freeman to Hunterdon (now Morris) Co., New JerseyG, after September 1710 at the urging of Judge Wade.5 
20 October 1721In John Ford's will dated 20 October 1721, Col. Jacob Ford was named as an heir.6 
Marriage*1724He married Hannah Baldwin, daughter of Jonathan Baldwin and Susannah Kitchel, in 1724 at New JerseyG.4 
15 January 1777He left a will on 15 January 1777 at Morristown, New Jersey.7 
Death*19 January 1777He died on 19 January 1777 at New Jersey at age 72.4,1 
Burial*circa 22 January 1777He was buried circa 22 January 1777 at Presbyterian Church of Morristown, Morristown, New Jersey.8 
Probate12 November 1777His estate was probated on 12 November 1777 at New JerseyG.7 
On the children of Jacob and Hannah, "Their children were John, Phoebe, Sarah, Mary, Jane—married Moses Tuttle—Jacob, Junior, David and Elizabeth." from "The Ford Family of Morristown."9 


  1. [S881] James H. Neighbour, "Rockaway Township," History of Morris County New Jersey, (New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 1882), p. 337: "Moses Tuttle was among the earlier settlers at Mt. Pleasant. He came there in 1760 to manage the forge property of his father-in-law, Colonel Jacob Ford sen.", pp. 331-388. Hereinafter cited as "History of Morris County."
  2. [S882] J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J., Families (Rockaway, N.J.: Rockaway Publishing Co., 1902), Reprinted 1982 by the Historical Society of Boonton Township, Inc., pp. 89-90, d. "at or near" Morristown.
  3. [S1072] Mrs. Eleanor M. Bamford, "Ford Family Notes", The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record LIII (April 1922): p. 166.
  4. [S882] J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J., Families, pp. 89-90.
  5. [S918] Mrs. Elizabeth (Coss) Stewart, "Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 119, 120 (1965, 1966): 114. According to Kip Family in America, John Ford had offered him a large tract of land in Morris Co. (then Hunterdon Co.) if he would move there.
  6. [S1075] A. van Doren Honeyman, William Whitehead and others, editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey (Newark, NJ: Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1880–1949), 23:169. "1721 Oct. 20. Ford, John, of Hannover, Hunterdon Co., carpenter; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children Jacob, Samuel, Experience. A lot of 200 acres in Hannover between Joseph Harriman and Abraham Kitchell, land at Windom above New Norridg, cedar swamp in Duxbery, Matitutes (Massachusetts) Bay, land at Quenebog up New London River, derived from father. Executors the wife and Josiah Ogden of Newark. Witnesses John Lindly, Joseph Harriman, Elisabeth Ford. Proved
    February 17, 1721-2.
    Lib. A, p. 207". Hereinafter cited as Documents Relating to the History of the New Jersey.
  7. [S1075] A. van Doren Honeyman, William Whitehead and others, Documents Relating to the History of the New Jersey, XXIII:184. Will of Jacob Ford of Morristown, Morris Co., merchant, 15 Jan 1777.
    "Wife, Hannah Ford, £1,000. To the heirs of my son, Jacob, deceased, persuant to the directions of his will, dated July 1st, last, my house and land where I live, except what is given to the sons of my eldest son, John, deceased, which land was conveyed to my son Jacob, by deed March 24, 1762. To my grandsons, the children of my son, John, that is to say, to Mahlon, Chillion, David and Nathan, the lots as directed in his will. To the 5 children of my son, Jacob, Timothy, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Jacob and Phebe, 1/6 part of the residue, and to the 4 sons of my deceased son, John, 1/6 part. Daughter, Phebe Phillips, 1/6 part; daughter, Sarah Tuthill, 1/6 part; daughter, Mary Dunham, 1/6 part, and daughter, Jane Tuttle, 1/6 part. Executors — sons-in-law, Azariah Dunham, Samuel Tuthill and Moses Tuttle. Witnesses — Abraham Ogden, Joseph Lindsey, James Lesley. Proved Nov. 12, 1777. Lib. 19, p. 406."
  8. [S1071] Presbyterian Church in Morristown, online, Ford, Jacob, Sr., Colonel - segment 30/site 22 - b. 13 Apr 1704, d. 19 Jan 1777. [Ed. Note: CR75, 76, & 276 show Son of John & Elizabeth (Freeman) Ford, m. in 1742 to Hannah Baldwin, Daughter of Jonathan & Susanna (Kitchell) Baldwin, Elected an Elder 8 Mar 1747. Jacob & Hannah were parents of seven, i.e., John, Phebe, Sarah, Mary, Jane, Jacob, and Elizabeth and possibly David].
  9. [S1081] Joseph F. Tuttle, "The Ford Family of Morristown, N. J.", The Historical Magazine and Notes and Queries Concerning the Antiquities, History and Biography of America (August 1871): 91, from papers of Judge Gabriel H. Ford.
  10. [S1072] Mrs. Eleanor M. Bamford, "Ford Family Notes", 167, "David, b. April 2, 1741 ; d. May 13, 1760."