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Theodore M. Ford

THEODORE M. FORD is a son of Darius and Samantha (Butler) Ford. He was born April 5, 1830, in Chautauqua County, N. Y. and his education in the common schools of his native county. In 1848 he entered the employ of Tomlinson & Co., grocery and commission dealers, of Erie, Penn. where he remained for two years. From Erie he went in the winter of 1850-51 to Aspinwall (now Colon), as receiving clerk for the Panama Railroad, then just building, and had the honor of unloading from the brig “Tartar” the first locomotive that went onto that road. He then engaged in the lumber business, and conducted it in various localities, in connection with his farming in Chautauqua County, N. Y., and Crawford County, Penn. In 1870 he engaged with the late Gen. James Pierce, at Sharpsville, in his bookkeeping department, where he remained until 1874, when he engaged in mercantile business, which be carried on until 1878. In 1882 he received the appointment of auditor for the Sharpsville Railroad, which position he filled until 1886. In that year he entered the employ of Jonas J. Pierce, as bookkeeper, where he remained until 1887. In 1887, in connection with C. E. Agnew and W. A. Lynch, they formed the company known as Agnew, Lynch & Co., contractors and builders, and dealers in building materials, coal and lumber. In 1858 our subject was married to Miss Phebe, daughter of John Rodgers, of Silver Creek Township, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., and by this marriage they have three children: Fannie F. wife of C. B. Allen; Kate L. and Edith Our subject is a member of the F. & A. M. , Sharpsville Lodge No. 517, Royal Arch Chapter 244 of Sharon; also of the R. T. of T. Council, No. 27, of Sharpsville. Mr. Ford is a member of the Universalist Church of Sharpsville, filling the office of clerk and treasurer. In politics he is a Republican.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 839-840

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