Elizabeth Freeman1

#9320, (March 1681 - 21 April 1772)

Family 1

John Ford b. c 1675, d. b 1721/22
Children 1.Experience Ford3 (c 1702 - )
 2.Col. Jacob Ford+1 (1704 - 1777)
 3.Samuel Ford3 (1710 - 1752)

Family 2

John Lindly
Extract from the Diary of the late Hon. Gabriel H. Ford, of Morristown.
Thursday 21 June, 1849.
A census was taken, in the years 1771 & 1772, in the British Provinces of America, and deposited, after the Revolution, as public archives, at Washington; but their room becoming much wanted, those of each Province were delivered to the Members of Congress, to cull what they chose, preparatory to a burning of all the rest. General Mahlon Dickinson, then a member from New-Jersey, selected some from the County of Morris, and sent me, yesterday, a copy, verbatim, of one entry, as follows:
“ Widow Elizabeth Lindsley, mother of Colonel
“ Jacob Ford (Sn) was born in the city of Axford,
“in old England; came into Philadelphia, when
“ there was but one house in it, and into this
“ Province when she was but one year and a
“ half old-deceased April 21st, 1772, aged 91
“ years and one month.”
I always understood, in the family, by tradition from her (whose short stature and slender, bent person I clearly recall, having lived in the same house, with her and with my parents, in my grandfather’s family, at her death and before it) that her Father fled from England when there was a universal dread of returning Popery and persecution, three years before the death of Charles the Second, A. D., 1682, and two years before the accession of James the Second, in 1684 ; that, while landing his goods at Philadelphia, he fell from a plank, into the Delaware-river, and was drowned: between the ship and the shore, leaving a family of young children in the wilderness; that she had several children by her first husband, whose name was Ford, but none by her second husband, whose name was Lindley, at whose death she was taken into the family of her son, Colonel Jacob Ford, Senior, and treated with filial tenderness, the remaining years of her life, which were many.
I am in the eightyfifth year (since January last) of my age being born in 1765—and was seven years old at her death.2
Her married name was Lindly.3 
Her married name was Ford.1 
Birth*March 1681She was born in March 1681 at Axtel, England.3 
Marriage*13 December 1701She married John Ford, son of James Ford, on 13 December 1701 at Woodbridge, New Jersey.1 
26 June 1709She was admitted to the First Presbyterian Church at Woodbridge.4 
after September 1710She and John Ford removed 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 at Hanover, Hunterdon Co., New JerseyG, Elizabeth Freeman was named as co-executor.6 
Marriage*after 1724She married John Lindly after 1724.3 
Death*21 April 1772She died on 21 April 1772 at age 91.1 


  1. [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.
  2. [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): 91–92.
  3. [S882] J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J., Families, pp. 89-90.
  4. [S918] Mrs. Elizabeth (Coss) Stewart, "Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 119, 120 (1965, 1966): 114.
  5. [S918] Mrs. Elizabeth (Coss) Stewart, "Descendants of Andrew Ford", 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.