The Ford Family

Alfred Thomas Ford

Birth: 8 August 1847, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: Mary Ann Thrash on 3 August 1881, at Bishopstowe, by the Right Rev the Lord Bishop of Natal
Alfred Thomas Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 29. He is an engineer, resident in Maritzburg. Mary Ann Thresh is recorded as a spinster, aged 24, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by George Thresh.
Natal Witness 6 August 1881
At Bishopstowe, by the Right Rev the Lord Bishop of Natal, Alfred Thomas Ford, of the firm of EF & AT Ford of PMBurg to Mary Ann younger daughter of George Thrash of PMBurg

Mary Ann was born in 1856/7, the younger daughter of George and Emma Thrash, of Pietermaritzburg.

Occupation: Engineer. At his marriage he is noted as being "of the firm of EF & AT Ford of PMBurg" "EF Ford would be his brother, Edward Funnell Ford, a engineering agent and coach-builder in Pietermaritzburg".

Notes: Alfred usually used his middle name "Tom"
Alfred emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. He is recorded as aged 10, and surety was stood by George Andrews, his brother-in-law. Accompanying Alfred on the Phantom were his parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Emily (8) and George (6).

Alfred was a sponsor at the baptism of his nephew, Alfred Frederick Ford, in 1878.

Census:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

Sources:

Alfred Frederick Ford

Alfred Frederick Ford
Alfred Frederick Ford (c. 1900)
(tentative identification of Alfred from this family group picture - click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier

Birth: 31 January 1878, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 24 March 1878, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Alfred Thos. Ford and parents

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: Ada Wallis

Ada was born on 12 July 1886, and died on 1 April 1976. She is buried in St Johns Anglican Church cemetery, Pinetown, Natal, South Africa

Children:
Memorial to Alfred Frederick Ford and Ada (Wallis) Ford
Memorial to Alfred Frederick Ford and Ada (Wallis) Ford in St Johns Anglican Church cemetery, Pinetown, Natal
photograph by Eleanor Garvie posted at eGGSA
Occupation: Coach builder

Death: 3 June 1967

Buried: St Johns Anglican Church cemetery, Pinetown, Natal, South Africa

Addresses:
1914: Budleigh, Chase Valley Road, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (baptism record of son Frederick)

Sources:

Edward Ford

Birth: 15 November 1807, in London, Middlesex

Baptism: 13 December 1807, in  St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, England

Father: John Ford

Mother: Mary

Married: Elizabeth Funnell on 27 May 1828, in St Mary, Portsea, Hampshire, England

Children: Occupation: Whitesmith (1841); Black & White Smith (1851); Blacksmith

Notes:
Edward emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. He is recorded as aged 49, and surety was stood by George Andrews, Edward's son-in-law. Accompanying Edward on the Phantom were his wife Elizabeth (50) and children Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6). Mary Ann had previously emigrated aboard the Lady of the Lake in 1855, and the two elder daughters, Elizabeth and Harriet would come out in 1861 aboard the Leila. We know Eliza did emigrate - she was married in Pietermaritzburg in 1865 although I have not yet found record of the passage. Miriam did not appear with the family in the 1841 census, nor on the passenger lists and is presumed to have died while the family was still in England.
Cape and Natal News 7 October 1858
The PHANTOM with 117 immigrants from Plymouth arrived out on the 10th July in 76 days. With respect to her arrival the Natal Mercury says –
One hundred and sixteen souls embarked on board this vessel and one hundred and seventeen have landed. An infant died of convulsions in the early part of the voyage, one was born at sea
and a second saw the light after the vessel was safe in harbour. From all we hear the passengers by this vessel are of the right sort. They are mostly agricultural labourers with a sprinkling of mechanics and a goodly array of wives and children.


Durban, at the time of Edward's immigration, was a small, sand-ridden town, as described by William James, who had arrived a few months earlier. After spending about 12 months in Durban, Edward moved up to Pietermaritzburg, where he set up blacksmith shop on Longmarket Street, just above the Park Hotel. Later the smithy was moved to the corner of Longmarket and Chapel Streets. In 1865, at the time of Eliza's wedding, he is recorded as living in Longmarket Street.

Eliza is listed in her wedding notice as the "Fifth daughter of Mr. E. Ford". My list of Edward's children show Eliza as the seventh daughter. Perhaps my list is in error, or perhaps two of the elder girls had died before this time.

Death: 1880, at the residence of his son, Mr. Edward Ford, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, aged 74. Edward's death notice appeared in the Natal Witness on 4 May 1880, so it is reasonable to assume that his death occurred a few days before this.

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire
The marriage notice of his son, Edward Funnell Ford, states that the elder Edward was of Warblington House, Emsworth, Hampshire

Sources:

Edward Funnell Ford

Edward Funnell Ford
Edward Funnell Ford (c. 1900)
(click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Birth: 10 April 1844, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: Emily Risley on 28 September 1875, in St Peters Cathedral, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, by the Lord Bishop of Natal.
Edward Funnel Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 34. He is an engineer, resident in Maritzburg. Emily Risley is recorded as a spinster, aged 22 and resident in Maritzburg. The wedding was witnessed by Wm. Risley and A. T. Ford.
Natal Witness 8 October 1875
Edward Funnell eldest son of Mr Edward Ford formerley of Warblington House, Emsworth, Hants. To - Emily, eldest daughter of William Risley of PMBurg, Natal

Children:
Letterhead of E.F. Ford's business
Letterhead of Edward Funnell Ford's "motot and general engineer" business
E.F. Ford's Coachbuilding works
Edward Funnell Ford's coachbuilding works on Longmarket Street, Pietermaritzburg. The building was demolished circa 1950, and Braemar House now stands on the site.
Scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Occupation: Engineer and carriage builder
At an early age Edward started an apprenticeship with his father, a blacksmith, often being called up in the early hours of the morning to blow the bellows and strike, as the heat was so oppressive during the day. After a few years the business was moved to the corner of Longmarket and Chapel Streets. In 1876 and 1878, at the baptisms of his sons Edward and Alfred, Edward is listed as an "iron founder" and at the baptism of son John in 1880 he is listed as a machinist and at the baptism of children Jin 1882, 1885,1887 and 1890, he is listed as an engineer. On the death of his father in 1880, Edward acquired the business and made considerable extensions, securing the sole agency for the British engineering firm of Messrs. Marshall Son & Sons, of London and Gainsborough. In the early days Mr. Ford was successful in securing the orders for machinery for many of the leading mines and in addition had a good connection throughout Natal and the Transvaal in the carriage and coachbuilding business.
In 1872, Edward decided to try his hand at diamond prospecting, leaving the firm in the hands of his brother, Alfred Thomas ("Tom"). Unsuccessful in the diamond field, Edward returned to the business in partnership with Tom and now styled "EF & AT Ford of PMBurg".

E. F. Ford wedding gift
This chair was made by Edward Ford as a wedding gift to his bride
Photograph by Jeremy Gosnell
Notes: Edward emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. He is recorded as aged 13, and surety was stood by George Andrews, his brother-in-law. Accompanying Edward on the Phantom were his parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Selina (11), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6).

Edward Ford had a town house in Loop Street, but his granddaughter Esme recalls him living on a farm in the Chase Valley (now an extensive housing development). She remembers the most wonderful family Christmas parties on the farm featuring citrus and flowers.

Death: 15 June 1924 , in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Buried: 23 June 1924, in the Wesleyan cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Obituary:
Natal Mercury Saturday 28 June 1924:
OBITUARY
MR. E.F. FORD, MARITZBURG
   On Sunday, June 15, there passed away at Maritzburg another of the few remaining Old Colonists in the person of Mr. E.F. (Ted) Ford, who arrived at Durban, with his parents, at the early age of 13 years by the sailing ship, Phantom, in July, 1858, after a trying voyage of over three months.
   Mr. Edward Ford, sen., settled in Durban for about 12 months and then came on to Maritzburg in 1859, and started business as a blacksmith at what is now known as "Ingleside," in Longmarket Street, just above the Park Hotel, and at this early age Mr. Ford started his apprenticeship with his father, often being called up in the early hours of the morning to blow the bellows and strike, as the heat was so oppressive during the day.
   After a few years the business was moved to the now familiar corner of Longmarket and Chapel Streets, where it has seen the City grow from a few cottages here and there to its present state. On the death of his father, Mr. Ford acquired the business and made considerable extensions, securing the sole agency for the great British engineering firm of Messrs. Marshall Son & Sons, of London and Gainsborough, an agency the firm holds to the present day. In the early days Mr. Ford was successful in securing the orders for machinery for many of the leading mines and in addition had a good connection throughout Natal and the Transvaal in the carriage and coachbuilding business.
   The deceased was one of the foundation members of the Maritzburg Rifles, and later joined the Natal Royal Rifles but as horsemanship appealed to him more strongly, he transferred to the City troop of the Natal Carbineers and was one who volunteered for the Langalibalele expedition, and his reminiscences of the stirring experiences of this gallant troop in the Bushman's Pass under Colonel Durnford, were always most interesting. Incidentally, he was believed to be the last survivor of this expedition unless a Mr. Church of Durban is still alive. He had with him as half-section Mr. Bond, who was killed along with Potterill and Erskine, the fatal bullet passing Mr. Ford and striking Bond. The Langalibalele Monument in the Market Gardens, Maritzburg, bears testimony to the noble efforts of this troop of the Natal Carbineers.
   In 1872 Mr Ford left for the Vaal River diamond diggings, along with three or four chums, amongst whom was the late Mr. Kit Bird, a former Colonial Secretary of Natal. Mr. Ford used to relate how the party missed a small fortune, for it seems that after working for a week or a fortnight digging and carting the precious soil that was to end all trouble financially, they decided to commence the washing and sorting. The first wash gave them great hopes, for they secured five small stones, and a neighbouring camp, amongst whom was the late Durant (Dan) Scott, came along and offered them £10,000 for the heap. This offer they refused, but to their dismay, they went right through the remainder of the heap and never found another stone.
   When Mr. Ford arrived back in Maritzburg he continued his business which, during his absence, had been carried on by his brother, Mr. Tom Ford. Some years later great excitement ran through Maritzburg when gold was found in various places in close proximity, notably Table Mountain. Mr. Ford, who then owned the only steam engine in the town, set to work to make a crusher, and as the prospectors brought their samples along, so he crushed and tested them, along with his old friends Dr. Sutherland and Mr. Joe Shaw. Unfortunately for the sake of Maritzburg and Natal, although signs of the precious metal were found, none of the samples proved profitable.
   The deceased gentleman was an intimate friend of the late Bishop Colenso, and many were the experiences he could relate of the unhappy breach in the English Church in those early days. It was he who suggested and eventually erected, the now familiar church bells in the grounds of St. Peter's Cathedral, photographs of which have been taken and sent to all parts of the world. He undertook the making of the ironwork for the first footbridge over the Umsindusi River into the Alexandra Park, and also stood security for the contractor, Mr. Tom Harding, and the writer will never forget hearing him tell of the anxious afternoon when the bridge was just about finished, and a very heavy storm broke over Zwartkop, the river rising and rising until everyone thought the bridge must go. The storm, however, happily abated, but it is on record that it was the highest the river has ever come down.
  Some years after the Boer War, Mr. Ford gave up the worries of business to his sons, and took on the planting of his country property in the Chase Valley with citrus and ornamental trees. The Kingston Lodge orchards, comprising approximately 40 acres in the pick of the valley, have become renowned for the quality of their fruit, and year after year at the exhibitions of the Royal Agricultural Society Mr. Ford took premier honours with the citrus productions of his late estate, and the magnificent displays of flowers from the estate are quite a feature of the various Maritzburg shows.
  Although never taking an active part in public life, he was keenly interested in things municipal and governmental, and was a staunch supporter of Natal remaining out of the Union, and up till three years ago never lost interest in the old established business that bears his name.
   He married, in the year 1877, Emily, the eldest daughter of the late William Risley, by whom he is survived, the marriage bearing seven sons and two daughters, of whom one daughter (Mrs. J.H. King, of Umlaas Road) and six sons (Alf, John, Cliff, George, Rupert, Wilfred) are still living, five being with the business in Maritzburg and one resident in Durban.
   Although in indifferent health for the past three years, the end was painfully sudden at the ripe old age of 80 years and 2 months. Of a kind & lovable disposition, and a devoted husband and father, he will be sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and family, to whom the deepest sympathy will be extended. The many beautiful floral tributes bore testimony to the esteem in which the deceased was held by those who had the privilege of his friendship.
  The funeral which was attended by a very large number of mourners and friends of the old pioneer, took place at the Wesleyan Cemetery, Maritzburg, on Monday afternoon, the Rev. Canon Harris, of St. Peter's Cathedral Church, officiating.


Census & Addresses:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire
1878: Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (baptism of son Alfred)
1885: Town Lands   (baptism of daughter Emily)
1887: Chase Valley   (baptism of son George)
1897: 158 Longmarket Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal; residence at Kingston Lodge, Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p102)

Sources:

Edward William Ford

Edward William Ford
Edward William Ford (c. 1900)
(tentative identification of Edward from this family group picture - click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier

Birth: 1 October 1876

Baptism: 19 November 1876, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by William Risley and parents

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: Laura Elizabeth Scarlett on 4 January 1911 in St Lukes Howick, Karkloof, Natal, South Africa
Edward William Ford is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a coach builder, resident in Maritzburg. Laura Elizabeth Scarlett is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Karkloof. The marriage was performed by E. W. Bibby, and witnessed by John Clarke Parker and John Bartle Ford.

Children: Occupation: Coach builder
In 1906, Edward provided evidence to a commission on tariff revision. Not surprisingly, considering his occupation, Edward favoured reducing tariffs on parts needed to build vehicles, but increasing tariffs on imported complete vehicles. The testimony does, however, provide some interesting insight into the coach building industry in Natal at that time. For example:
14. Name all such articles required in the business of Carriage Building ?
  Axles, axle caps, nuts and collets, bushes, tyre and carriage bolts, bows, bow sockets, bow fingers, brake blocks, and pans, beading, seat back rest irons, brake rod connections, cloth, canvas, curtain fasteners, seaming cord, floor cloth, draw bar chains, dash handles, door fasteners, dog cart bar furniture, fore-carriages, felloe plates, fifth wheels, glue, horsehair, coir, pump handles, ends, hinges, hubs, bar iron, bar steel, connecting rod joints, tent joint ends, knobs, lamps, locks, leather and patent leathers, nave hoops, nails, undergears, off-sets, paints, pumice stone and powder, filling-up powder, papier mache, pole crabs, poles with circles and bars, panel pins, tent-props, white lead, rims, rein rails, rivets, rubber tyres, spokes, springs, scroll irons, shafts, lancewood and hickory, shafts staples, screws, seat slides, steps, step treads, transfers, thread, and twine, tracehooks, walnut, mahogany, and white woods, wings, whiffletree plates, and tips.
...
86. The CHAIRMAN:—According to your evidence, the Industry is practically ruined?
  That is so. It will simply mean that if it is going on as it has been for a little longer there will probably be one or two shops for repairs and a few orders will come in from those who prefer to have a Colonial carriage, whilst the other shops will have to shut down.

Gravestone of Edward William Ford
Gravestone of Edward William Ford in the Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
photograph by Heather Peyper posted at eGGSA
Death: 30 May 1919

Buried: Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
The gravestone reads:
In Loving Memory of Edward William Ford
Born October 1st 1876
Died May 30th 1919
To memory ever dear

Addresses:
1912: 158 Longmarket, Pietermartizburg, Natal   (baptism of son Edward)

Sources:

Edward Laurence Ford

Birth: 19 January 1912, in Natal, South Africa

Baptism: 3 March 1912, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
The baptism was sponsored by John Bartle Ford, father and Ada Ford

Father: Edward William Ford

Mother: Laura Elizabeth (Scarlett) Ford

Married: Hazel Eunice Mellis on 6 July 1940 in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Edward Laurence Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 28, born in Natal. He is a fitter, resident at 1 Keate St, Ladysmith, Natal. Hazel Eunice Scarlett is recorded as a spinster, aged 25. She is a book-keeper, resident at 1 Keate St, Ladysmith, Natal. The marriage was performed by Henry Shelton, and witnessed by L. E. Ford and B. M. Wright.

Occupation: Fitter

Addresses:
1940: 1 Keate St, Ladysmith, Natal   (marriage certificate)

Sources:

Elizabeth (Ford) Johnson

Birth: 18 May 1829, in Hampshire, England

Baptism: 21 June 1829, at Middle Street Wesleyan, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: William Johnson on 24 August 1861 at the residence of Mr. Ford, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
William Johnson is recorded as a widower, of full age. He is a merchant, resident in D'Urban. Mary Ann Ford is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in P.M.Burg. The marriage was performed by W. Berry, Wesleyan Minister, and witnessed by Joseph Burge Godfrey, Harriett Ford and Eliza Ford.

(Joseph Burge Godfrey was a coachbuilder in Somerset who went bankrupt in 1854 (London Gazette 6 July 1858 p3198), and emigrated to Natal on the Leila in 1861 - the same voyage as Elizabeth. I wonder if this connection was part of, or led to, the Ford family's, especially Edward Funnell Ford's, interest in coachbuilding.)

Notes:
Elizabeth emigrated to Natal aboard the Leila, arriving in Durban on 14 March 1861. She is recorded as aged 30, and surety was stood by Edward Ford. Accompanying Elizabeth on the Leila was her younger sister, Harriet. Elizabeth's parents and most of her family had emigrated to Natal a few years earlier, and it is not clear why Elizabeth and Harriet only came out three years later, though possibly it had something to do with the securing of a husband - Elizabeth was married five months after landing in Natal.

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire

Sources:

Eliza (Ford) Smith

Birth: September/October 1840, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: John Smith on 16 March 1865, in the Wesleyan Chapel, Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
John Smith is recorded as a bachelor, aged 38. He is a farmer resident at Thornville Park, Pietermaritzburg. Eliza Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 24, resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Rev. G. Blencowe and witnessed by Robert Topham, George Andrews and Selina Ford.

Children: Notes: Eliza is listed in her wedding notice as the "Fifth daughter of Mr. E. Ford". My list of Edward's children show Eliza as the seventh daughter. Perhaps my list is in error, or perhaps two of the elder girls had died before this time.

Death: 1921, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

Sources:

Ellen (Ford) Short

Birth: 14 July 1842 in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: Martin Short on 18 April 1863, at the house of Mr. Edward Ford, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Martin Short is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27. He is a store-keeper, resident in P.M.Burg. Ellen Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 21, resident in P.M.Burg. The marriage was performed by George Blencowe, and witnessed by W. Johnson, Selina Ford, Lucy ?? and ?? Ford.

Children:

Notes: Ellen emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. She is recorded as aged 15, and surety was stood by George Andrews, her brother-in-law. Accompanying Ellen on the Phantom were her parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6).

Death: 25 August 1890, at D'Urban Lodge, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead, London, England, aged 46
South Africa Magazine 30 August 1890
SHORT—On August 25, at D’Urban Lodge, West Hampstead, Ellen, the beloved wife of Martin Short.

Census:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire
1881: Durban Lodge, St John Hampstead, Middlesex

Sources:

Emily (Ford) Foss

Birth: 19 January 1849, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: Richard Foss on 30 April 1866 at the home of Mr. Richard Foss, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Richard Foss is recorded as a bachelor, aged 26. He is a wagon maker, resident in P.M.Burg. Emily Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 17, resident in P.M.Burg and marrying with the consent of her father. The marriage was witnessed by E. Ford, C. Johnson and Selina Ford.

Children: Notes: Emily emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. She is recorded as aged 8, and surety was stood by George Andrews, her brother-in-law. Accompanying Emily on the Phantom were her parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10) and George (6).

Death: 29 September 1922
Natal Witness 6 October 1922
DEATHS
FOSS. – On the 29th September, Emily, widow of the late Richard FOSS, formerly of New England, passed peacefully away.

Census:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

Sources:

Emily Winifred Elizabeth (Ford) King

Emily Winifred Elizabeth Ford
Emily Winifred Elizabeth Ford (c. 1900)
(click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Birth: 20 December 1884, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: January 1885, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Mrs Watkins, Miss Risley and father

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: John Herbert James King on 22 April 1914 in St Peter's Parish Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
John Herbert James King is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27. He is a farmer, resident in Camperdown. Emily Winifred Elizabeth Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 29, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by C. H. Po??? and E. W. Ford.

Notes: Emily was a sponsor at the baptism of her first cousin Mary Olive Vyvyan Potterill in Pietermaritzburg in 1912 (parish records of St Peters Pietermaritzburg Baptisms 1912 p183 #2654)

Death: 1962

Sources:

Esmé Dolling (Ford, Karlson) Fuller

Esme Dolling (Ford, Karlson) Fuller
Esmé Dolling (Ford, Karlson) Fuller
Scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Raymond Ernest Fuller
Raymond Ernest Fuller in 1973
Photo from Chris Gosnell
Birth: 18 December 1912, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Joseph Clifford Ford

Mother: May (Foaden) Ford

Married (1st): Charles Henry Karlson on 30 March 1935 in the Congregational Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Charles Henry Karlson is recorded as a divorcé, aged 35, born in South Africa. He is an Analytical Chemist, resident in Maidstone. Esmé Dolling Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 22, born in South Africa and a resident of Maritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by Frances Doreen Ford and Otto Waldemar Karlson.

Married (2nd): Raymond Ernest Fuller on 26 September 1959, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.

Raymond was born on 27 January 1909, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. He was married firstly to Helen Valerie Gould, a concert pianist from Heilbron, Orange Free State, South Africa, who died in 1958. Raymond was a schoolmaster, and headmaster of Maritzburg College from 1954 until 1965. He died on 5 December 1989, in Port Shepstone, Natal, South Africa.

MCOBA Newsletter January 2012
"But there are certain things that do not change, and must not change. The basic human values of truth, courage, kindness and manliness, for which the school has stood, will be just as important in the future as they have been in the past, and it is the duty of those of us who love this school to see that its noble traditions remain unchanged."
Raymond Fuller—Headmaster (1954—1965)


Occupation: Author and photographer.

Publications include:
Two of my favourite of Esmé's poems from The Big Book for Little South Africans are:
Seven
(p22)
I send you seven kisses,
Because you're seven to-day.
They are my seven wishes
And this is what they say:

The first wish is for happiness,
The second is for health,
The third is for your thoughtfulness
For others—not yourself.
The fourth is that you will have friends,
The fifth that you may know
Beauty in books and music,
And in the flowers that blow.
My sixth wish is that you will be wise,
Clear sighted and sincere,
That you will know no compromise,
That you will know no fear.
My last wish is for strength to fight
For right against the wrong,
That you will always seek the light,
With laughter and a song.

Trains
(p12)
I've seen trains look little,
Like snakes upon the grass.
I've seen them look like dragons,
And I tremble when they pass.
At night-time when they're far away
They seem to stand quite still,
And look like fairy necklaces
Strung round a velvet hill.

I love my trains so very much,
I think when I'm a man
I'll be an engine-driver

At least that is my plan.
I'd be inside the dragon then,
I'd be inside the snake,
I'd be the fairy necklace
That nobody could break.

So if you have a little boy
Who would like to the same,
I wish that you would write to me
And let me know his name.

Death: 2 January 2009, in the Village of Happiness, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Natal Witness 4 June 2010 (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
In the Estate of the late ESME DOLLING FULLER Id No: 121218 0039 083 Date of Birth: 18 December 1912 Dated of Death: 02 January 2009of Hibiscus Retirement Village, 319 Azalea Gardens, Village of Happiness, Margate Estate No: 2946/2009/PMB
Notice is hereby given that the Supplementary Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie for inspection at the office of the Master of the High Court Pietermaritzburg and Magistrate's Court Port Shepstone for a period of twenty-one (21) days as from date of publication hereof.
Dated at Pietermaritzburg this 2nd day of June 2010.
— Stowell & Co Attorneys for Executor Testamentary
Address: P O Box 33 Pietermaritzburg 3200.


Buried: 8 January 2009, in the Good Samaritan Chapel, Village of Happiness, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The Mercury 2 January 2009 (Durban, South Africa)
FULLER (KARLSON) Esme † 2 Jan 2009 van Village of Happiness Margate. Ma van Marilyn, John, Adrian en Geraldine. Begrafnis by Good Samaritan Kapel , Village of Happiness Margate op 8 Jan 2009 om 11 vm . Verassing privaat.

Photographs:

Esme Dolling Ford   Marriage of Charles Henry Karlson and Esme Dolling Ford   Esme Dolling (Ford) Karlson   Esme Dolling (Ford) Karlson   Esme Dolling Karlson and Raymond Ernest Fuller   Esme at Iona   Iona interior   Esme Dolling Ford surfing   Esme Dolling Ford 90th birthday

Esmé as a child
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Marriage to Charles Henry Karlson
(1935)
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé Dolling (Ford) Karlson
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé, proud mother of the bride (1957)
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé and Raymond Ernest Fuller
photo from Jen Hamley

Esmé in front of "Iona", the house she designed for her retirement in Leisure Bay, Natal, South Africa
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé and Ray in the living room at "Iona"
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé surfing in the ocean at Lesiure Bay, Natal, South Africa (1975)
photo from Marilyn Gosnell

Esmé cutting the cake on her 90th birthday (2002))
photo from Marilyn Gosnell
Left Arrrow scroll with your mouse to see more pictures; click on an image for enlargement Right Arrrow

Sources:

Frederick Jackson Wallis Ford

Birth: 28 August 1914, at Budleigh, Chase Valley Road, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Natal Witness 2 September 1914
BIRTHS
FORD. – At Budleigh, Chase Valley Road, on the 28th August, to Mr. and Mrs. A.F. FORD, a son.
 
Baptism: 11 November 1914, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Ethel Mary Wallis, William Jackson Wallis and Rupert Sydney Ford. This was a private baptism, and Frederick was received into the church on 13 December 1914.

Father: Alfred Frederick Ford

Mother: Ada (Wallis) Ford

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George Ford

Birth: 4 November 1850, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Notes: George emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. He is recorded as aged 6, and surety was stood by George Andrews, his brother-in-law. Accompanying George on the Phantom were his parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10) and Emily (8).

Census:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

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George Herbert Ford

George Herbert Ford
Alfred Frederick Ford (c. 1900)
(click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Birth: 19 May 1887, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 1887, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by George Ford and parents

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: Lulu Iris Borain on 26 March 1919, in the Boshoff Street Wesleyan Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
George Herbert Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 32. He is a farmer, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Lulu Iris Borain is recorded as a spinster, aged 22 and resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by J. Henry Roberts and witnessed by Wilfred Risley Ford and Mona Elizabeth Borain.

Lulu was born on 14 February 1897 and baptised on 4 June 1900 in the Wesleyan-Methodist church, Durban, the daughter of James Borain and Louisa Cecelia Currie. At the baptism, the parents are resident in Gillets. Lulu was the sister of Mona Elizabeth Goldsmith Borain who married George's younger brother, Wilfred, three months later. Lulu died in 1945.

Occupation: Farmer

Death: 1963, in Natal, South Africa

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Harriet Ford

Birth: 1 January 1832, in Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford 

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire

Notes: Harriet is not found in IGI baptism records, although both her elder and younger sisters are. Her birth date of 1 January 1832 is precariously close to the 11 October 1832 date recorded in the IGI extractions for her younger sister Miriam.

Notes:
Harriet emigrated to Natal aboard the Leila, arriving in Durban on 14 March 1861. She is recorded as aged 27, and surety was stood by Edward Ford. Accompanying Harriet on the Leila was her elder sister, Elizabeth. Harriet's parents and most of her family had emigrated to Natal a few years earlier, and it is not clear why Elizabeth and Harriet only came out three years later.

She is possibly the Harriett Ford who married George Trenworth on 14 November 1863 in the Crown Hotel in Pietermaritzburg though I have nothing beyond the confluence of name, place and date to definitely connect her to this event.

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John Ford

Birth: 1780/1, in Westminster St James, Middlesex

Married: Mary _____

Children:
Occupation: Clerk, West India Dock

Census:
1851: 18 Alfred Terrace, Mile End Old Town, Middlesex

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John Bartle Ford

John Bartle Ford
John Bartle Ford
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
John Bartle Ford
John Bartle Ford (c. 1900)
(tentative identification of John from this family group picture - click for full picture)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
John Bartle Ford
John Bartle Ford (right)
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Birth: 26 January 1880, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 22 February 1880, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Frederick William Risley and parents

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: Nella Louise Borain on 3 August 1926, in the Wesleyan church, Newcastle, Natal, South Africa
John Bartle Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 46, born in Natal. He is an engineer, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Nella Louise Borain is recorded as a spinster, aged 22, born in Natal. Her occupation is "domestic" and she is resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by James Arthur Carr and Mary Gaunt.

Occupation: Engineer

Death: 1967

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Joseph Clifford Ford

Joseph Clifford Ford
Joseph Clifford Ford
scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Joseph Clifford Ford
Joseph Clifford Ford
scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Joseph Clifford Ford
Joseph Clifford Ford circa 1965
photograph from Jerry Gosnell
Birth: 10 September 1882, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 29 October 1882, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Joseph Risley and parents

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: May Foaden on 18 February 1911 in the Congregational Church, Florida Road, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Joseph Clifford Ford is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a coach builder, resident in Maritzburg. May Foaden is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was witnessed by ? White and Edgar Foaden.

Children:
Occupation: Carriage Builder

Notes: Known as "Cliff"

Death: 31 October 1967, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa, of an aneurysm, aged 85

Addresses:
1967: "The Gables", New England Road, Pietermaritzburg, Natal (death notice)

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Lucy Ford

Birth: 6 August 1838, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Notes: Lucy emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. She is recorded as aged 19, and surety was stood by George Andrews, her brother-in-law. Accompanying Lucy on the Phantom were her parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6).

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

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Margaret Emily Louisa Ford

Birth: 23 December 1913, in Natal, South Africa

Baptism: 25 January 1914, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
The baptism was sponsored by Flora Louisa Potter

Father: Edward William Ford

Mother: Laura Elizabeth (Scarlett) Ford

Married: Trevor William Low on 18 July 1942 in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Trevor William Low is recorded as a bachelor, aged 28, born in East Griqualand. He is a joiner, resident at 36 Holmsdale Rd, Rossburgh. Margaret Emily Louise Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 28, born in Natal. She is a teacher, resident at 99 Boshoff St, Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Henry Skelton, and witnessed by L. E. Ford and W. H. Low.

Trevor was born on 21 January 1914, in East Griqualand, Cape Province, South Africa. He died on 10 March 2004.
The Mercury 12 March 2005
MEMORIAM;
LOW Trevor 1914--2004 van Pegs pa van Steph,Brian, Kevin ,Delys en Mark. Ook van Judy, Norman, Garth, Belinda,Janine en fam.


The Mercury 10 March 2008
MEMORIAL
:-
LOW Trevor William 21/01/1914 ----10/03/2004. Onthou deur Norman, Judy , Garth, Belinda, Janine en familie


The Sunday Tribune 5 June 2011
12/03/2005
MEMORIAM:-
LOW Trevor + 10 Maart 2004 LOW Peggy + 26 Mei 2005


Occupation: Teacher

Addresses:
1942: 99 Boshoff St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (marriage certificate)

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Mary (_____) Ford

Birth: 1779/80, in Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England

Married: John Ford

Children:
Census:
1851: 18 Alfred Terrace, Mile End Old Town, Middlesex

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Mary Ann (Ford) Andrews

Birth: 7 September 1834, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Baptism: 22 October 1834, at St Peters Daniel Street Wesleyan, Portsea, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married: George Andrews on 22 October 1855 in the Parish Church, Durban, Natal
George Andrews is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a grocer, resident in Durban. Mary Ann Ford is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by C. J. Mackenzie and witnessed by Thos. A. Payne and H. M. Payne.

(Thomas Ashbourne Payne and Hannah Maria Payne were brother and sister, and fellow passengers of Mary Ann's on the Lady of the Lake.)

Children:
Notes: Mary Ann emigrated to Natal before the rest of her family. She sailed aboard the Lady of the Lake, leaving London on 12 July 1855 and arriving in Durban on 20 October 1855, then was married two days later to George Andrews. In 1858 George Andrews sponsored Mary Ann's parents and most of her siblings to emigrate to Natal.

Death: 13 October 1917, in Durban, Natal, South Africa, aged 83
Natal Witness 13 October 1922
IN MEMORIAM
ANDREWS. – In ever loving memory of dear mother, M.A. ANDREWS, who passed away in Durban, on the 13th October, 1917.
Inserted by her son, Charlie.


Gravestone of Mary Ann (Ford) Andrews
Gravestone of Mary Ann (Ford) Andrews in West Street cemetery, Durban
photo by GGSA Kwazulu-Natal at eGGSA
Buried: West Street cemetery, Durban. Natal, South Africa
The gravestone reads:
In Loving Memory of Mary Ann Andrews who died 13th October 1917, aged 83 years. "Faith's journey ends in welcome to the weary."

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire

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Miriam Ford

Birth: 11 October 1832

Baptism: 2 December 1832, at Middle Street Wesleyan, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Notes: FORD family tree supplied by Esme Fuller lists her name as Marian. Miriam is not listed with her family in the 1841 census, so possibly she died young.

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Rupert Sidney Ford

Ford family at Kingston Lodge
Rupert and Wilfred are the young twins in the middle row of this family photograph taken at Kingston Lodge, Pietermaritzburg circa 1900.
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Wilfred and Rupert Ford
Wilfred and Rupert Ford. In the photograph album where the original photo appears, a text note below reads "The Ford boys: WILFRED and RUPERT", so I assume that Rupert is on the right in this photo.
Scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Birth: 18 December 1889, at Kingston Lodge, Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 20 February 1890, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Harriet Dyer and Elizabeth Wills.

Father: Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Notes: Twin brother of Wilfred Risley Ford

Death: 1960

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Sarah Ford

Birth: 14 November 1836, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Baptism: 11 December 1836, at St Peters Daniel Street Wesleyan, Portsea, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Census:
1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

Notes: Sarah emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. She is recorded as aged 21, and surety was stood by George Andrews, her brother-in-law. Accompanying Sarah on the Phantom were her parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Selina (11), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6).

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Selina (Ford, Byerley) Bales

George Byerley and Selina (Ford) Byerley
George Byerley and Selina Ford
taken in Verulam, Natal, 1867 - thought to be taken on their wedding day
photograph scan courtesy of Alan Fitz-Patrick
Selina (Ford, Byerley) Bales
Selina (Ford, Byerley) Bales
taken about 1895 in Barberton by her son, Edward Worsely Byerley
photograph scan courtesy of Alan Fitz-Patrick
Birth: 16 January 1846, in Emsworth, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward Ford

Mother: Elizabeth (Funnell) Ford

Married (1st): George Alexander Byerley on 18 February 1867, in Mission House, Verulam, Natal
George Byerley is recorded as a bachelor, aged 23. He is a clerk, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Selina Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 21, resident in Riverton. The wedding was performed by Thomas Kirkby and witnessed by G. Andrews and M. A. Andrews.

George and Mary Ann Andrews were Selina's elder sister and brother-in-law.

Children: Married (2nd): William Bales about 1900

William was a sponsor at the baptism of one of Selina's daughters from her first marriage, Nellie Caroline Byerley, in Pretoria in 1883. William died in 1906, in the Transvaal Colony

Notes: Selina emigrated to Natal aboard the Phantom, arriving in Durban on 10 July 1858. She is recorded as aged 11, and surety was stood by George Andrews, her brother-in-law. Accompanying Selina on the Phantom were her parents, Edward (49) and Elizabeth (50) and siblings Sarah (21), Lucy (19), Ellen (15), Edward (13), Alfred (10), Emily (8) and George (6).

In 1877 George and Selina were operating a canteen at Sptitzkop in the eastern Transvaal. They were encountered there by Rowland Atcherley, an Englishman on a year-long adventure in Natal and the Transvaal who describes Selina as "a delicate young Englishwoman, little fitted for the rough life of the gold-diggings" (A Trip to Böerland p127)

After the death of her first husband, Selina took in boarders in Barberton for a while and remarried in about 1900 to William Bales. Soon after that, they moved to Lourenço Marques, Mozambique.

Death: 7 April 1934, in South Africa

Census:
1851: Havant Road, Warblington, Hampshire

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Wilfred Risley Ford

Ford family at Kingston Lodge
Wilfred and Rupert are the young twins in the middle row of this family photograph taken at Kingston Lodge, Pietermaritzburg circa 1900.
photograph courtesy of Ann Meier
Wilfred and Rupert Ford
Wilfred and Rupert Ford. In the photograph album where the original photo appears, a text note below reads "The Ford boys: WILFRED and RUPERT", so I assume that Wilfred is on the left in this photo.
Scan by Chris Gosnell from photograph belonging to Esme Fuller
Birth: 18 December 1889, at Kingston Lodge, Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 20 February 1890, in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The baptism was sponsored by Harriet Dyer and Alfred Edmonson.

Father:
Edward Funnell Ford

Mother: Emily (Risley) Ford

Married: Mona Elizabeth Goldsmith Borain on 5 June 1919 in the Wesleyan Church, Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Wilfred Risley Ford is recorded as a bachelor, aged 29. He is an engineer, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Mona Elizabeth Goldsmith Borain is recorded as a spinster, aged 23, resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by J. Henry Roberts and witnessed by Rupert Sydney Ford, M. W. Currie and Luke F. Ford.

Mona was born on 17 July 1895 in Pietermaritzburg, the daughter of James Borain and Cecilia Louisa Currie, and baptised on 14 June 1900, in Durban. She was the sister of Lulu Iris Borain who had married Wilfred's elder brother George three months earlier. Mona died in 1969.

Occupation: Engineer

Notes: Wilfred was the twin brother of Rupert Sidney Ford

Death: 1965

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