The claim that he is the son of Robert Fourde and Elizabeth Bourne comes from unsourced family files and the notoriously inaccurate OneWorld Tree. He is being detached until credible proof can be found.
Andrew Ford, the first of that name in New England
Birth: Several things can be used to estimate a person's birth. For instance a firm marriage date or the birth's of his children, or his age at death. None of those indicators is firm for Andrew's birth. However, he was recorded as a landowner in 1642, which required that he be at least 21. An estimate of 1620 or perhaps earlier is used. One often repeated date of 1632, is based on the belief that he was son of Jn Ford, a servant, age 30 in 1635, who sailed with the Kingman family. A twelve year old would not have owned land.
Marriage: Andrew married about 1646 Ellinor (aka Ellyn) Lovell, daughter of Robert Lovell. Robert Lovell's 1651 will (probated 1672) left to "my son-in-law Andrew Forde one of my heifers"; to "Andrew Ford's eldest son one of my heifers": to "Andrew Ford's youngest son" a calf.
Arrival: The date of Andrew's arrival in New England is unknown. He stated that he was one of the original inhabitants and purchasers of Weymouth, but was not among those who received first division land in 1636. Another list of land owners was made between 26 Oct 1642 and 21 May 1644, in which Andrew had seven acres in the east field.
•Note: Andrew Ford,(I). and his sons Andrew,(II), James, Nathaniel, Samuel and Ebenezer, took the oath of allegiance to Charles II in Weymouth, as shown in the records of the Suffolk County Court, session of 29 Oct 1678.
The children of Andrew Ford Sr. and Elinor Lovell are: All, but the first four children are recorded in the Weymouth Vital Records (these four have been placed in the following order after a careful consideration of their marriages and the births of their children by the able genealogist, Mrs. Florence Harlow Barclay):
"Andrew Ford, Senr, late of the Town of Weymouth, now resident in Hingham, in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being under infirmities of age," made his will as follows: Unto his son Israel Ford his dwelling house and about twenty acres there unto belonging. To his son Jacob Ford eighteen acres in the Upper or Second Division in Weymouth. To his son Israel Ford his share in the late Colony of Plymouth. Unto his son Nathaniel Ford fifteen acres upon which his dwelling house and barn now standeth, also 200 acres at a place called "Quirme Poge." Unto his son Andrew Ford 12d. with what he formerly received from me. To his son James Ford 200 acres at a place called Quinne Poge, near New Roxbury (Woodstock, Conn.) To the heirs of my son Joseph Ford, deceased, one shilling beside what said Joseph received in his: Iffe. time. My son Ebenezer Ford 12d., with like condition. To son Samuel Ford 200 acres at Quinne Poge. To his daughter Mary Whitman 100 acres at Quinne Poge. To daughter Silence 100 acres at Quirine Poge. To his daughter Prudence Lincoln, wife of Joseph Lincoln, one-half share of land, 50 acres in the late Colony of Plymouth, and 100 acres at Quirme Poge. To his daughter Elizabeth 100 acres at Quirme Poge. To his daughter Sarah 100 acres at Quirme, Poge and to his five daughters above mentioned X25, his son Nathaniel to pay one-third. Son Nathaniel and Israel to be joint executors 25 Feb. 1692-93; proved 24 Mar. 1692-93. (Suffolk Probate Records, 13: 146-147.) Inventory L419 6s.
Andrew Ford probably moved to Hingham and lived with his daughter, Prudence Lincoln soon after 15 Feb 1691. Andrew Ford prepared his Will, 25 FEB 1692/3, at Hingham. Andrew Ford died 4 MAR 1692/3, at Hingham. Andrew Ford's Will was Probated in Boston 23 Mar 1692/3.
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