Jacob Ford Jr.1

#11279, (19 February 1738 - 10 January 1777)
Relationship3rd cousin 6 times removed of William David Lewis
Father*Col. Jacob Ford1 (1704 - 1777)
Mother*Hannah Baldwin1 (1701 - 1777)


Theodosia Johnes b. 1741, d. 1824
Children 1.Timothy Ford3 (c 1763 - )
 2.Judge Gabriel H Ford+3 (c 1764 - 1849)
 3.Elizabeth Ford7 (1767 - )
 4.Jacob Ford III7 (1772 - )
 5.Phoebe Ford7 (1775 - 1777)
The Ford Mansion.2 
Birth*19 February 1738He was born on 19 February 1738.3 
Marriage*27 January 1762He married Theodosia Johnes, daughter of Rev. Timothy Johnes and Elizabeth Sayre, on 27 January 1762 at Morristown, New Jersey.4 
1 July 1776He left a will on 1 July 1776 at New JerseyG.5 
Death*10 January 1777He died on 10 January 1777 at New Jersey at age 38.6 
Probate*12 November 1777His estate was probated on 12 November 1777 at New JerseyG.5 


  1. [S1071] Presbyterian Church in Morristown, online www.pcmorristown.org/home-page, 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].
  2. [S1074] National Park Service, online \www.nps.org\, Ford Mansion - Washingtons Headquarters:

    This large Georgian style home was built in the early 1770's for Jacob Ford, Jr., and iron manufacturer, and his family. Mr. Ford also served as a colonel in the Morris County Militia during the Revolutionary War. Ford died in January 1777 while 35 soldiers from Delaware were briefly quartered in the house. In December 1779, Mr. Ford's widow, Theodosia, allowed General Washington to use her home as his headquarters during the winter of 1779-1780. While Mrs. Ford and her four children moved into two rooms of the house, General Washington, his wife Martha, five aides-de-camp, eighteen servants, a number of visiting dignitaries and sometimes guards took over the rest of the house.

    After Washington's six month stay, the Ford family continued to live in the house until the 1870's when it was sold at auction. Four prominent New Jersey men bought the house and created the Washington Association of New Jersey in order to preserve the house and display it to the public. This house is one of the earliest house museums in the United States. The Washington Association donated the house an their extensive collections to the National Park Service in 1933.

    Today the house is furnished to reflect how it might have appeared during Washington's stay. The house is shown only be guided tours which begin in the museum building.. Hereinafter cited as National Park Service.
  3. [S1080] Frederic Ellsworth Kip and Margarita Lansing Hawley, History of the Kip Family in America (Boston: Hudson Printing Co., 1928), 319, family group.
  4. [S918] Mrs. Elizabeth (Coss) Stewart, "Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 119, 120 (1965, 1966): 192-193 [has Theodosia d. 1724, should be 1824].
  5. [S918] Mrs. Elizabeth (Coss) Stewart, "Descendants of Andrew Ford", 193, "His will was dated 1 July 1776 an proved 12 Nov. 1777. He directed his executors to sell the land and forges in Pequanack Twp., owned with Moses Tuttle, which had been conveyed to them by Jacob Ford, Sr., 20 April 1773. He bequeathed to his fathier, house and land, "deeded to" me, 24 Mar. 1762... where ie now ives, for his natural life." T his mother he gave the use of his homestead for her natural life. His wife received household goods, cattle and money to bring up and educate the children, the use of the house until his son arrived at the age of 21, the west part of the house as long as she remained his widow. His sons Timothy, Gabriel and Jacob were to have a good liberal education; his daughters Elizabeth and Phebe the best English education, or Latin, if his wife thought it advisable. The remainder of the estate was divided between the five children when they became 21. Executors were Jacob Ford, Sr., the Rev. Timothy Johnes. Samuel Tuthill, Moses Tuttle. His wife, daughters and each sister were to receive a “genteel old mourning ring." Witnesses were John Lindsly, Eleazer Lindsly, Ebenezer Condict."
  6. [S1076] William Nelson, New Jersey Biographical and Genealogical Notes from the Volumes of the New Jersey Archives (Newark, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Society, 1916), 112-113, Jacob Ford Jr. died of pnemonia 10 Jan 1777, Morristown, N.J.
  7. [S1080] Frederic Ellsworth Kip and Margarita Lansing Hawley, History of the Kip Family, 320, family group.