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Death Of Edwin F. Ford

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Edwin W. Ford, who died in Saline, July 2, was born at Riga, Monroe county, N. Y., May 13, 1828. He was one of the old respected pioneer of the county coming with his father William Ford and family to Michigan in 1834, settling in York township. The Saline Observer gives this interesting sketch of Mr. Ford:

"As this section of country was at that time nearly an unbroken wilderness, the subject of this sketch knew and endured the privations of pioneer life. Monroe was then the wheat market and it took the greater part of week to market a small load of grain. Mr. Ford was one of a family of 11, 10 of whom grew to man and womanhood. Of them, four are living three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Hobbs, of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Marinda Mnnson, of Ludington, and Mrs. Almira Davis, of Lansing, and one brother J. Henry ford, of Milan. Mr. Ford learned the carpenter trade at which he worked in this vicinity and in Chicago until a few years ago. In 1856-57-58 he built Methodist churches in Monroeville, Saline and Dixboro respectively. On January 1, 1856, he married Ellen Fuller of Saline. This union was blessed by three children, Chas. E., Flavius D. , and Ida of whom only Flavius D. is now living. Mrs. Ford passed away Jan. 11, 1864, at Chicago and on Dec. 13, 1865, he married Miss Phoebe A. Upton, of Medina, Lenawee connty. One daughter.Mrs. C. E. Bassett, of Detroit, came to bless this union. Mrs. Ford was called higher Jan. 29, 1887. Mr. Ford has lived continuously at Saline since 1865. He became a member of Saline Lodge, No. 133, F. & A. M. in 1866, and has since always been a consistent and honored member of the same. He leaves to his children the heritage of a good name the honor, honesty and consciousness of which could never be questioned "An honest man the noblest work of God."

"The funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon and were taken charge of by the Masonic fraternity. after which the remains were deposited in the vault in Oakwood, to remain until next Tuesday when they will be buried in the Wooreville cemetery beside the dear ones who have gone on before. "