Tombstone of the Month

George and Sarah (Walker) Ford

George and Sarah (Walker) Ford came to America in 1849 in search of a better life. According to family legend, when their ship arrived in NYC harbor, there was no dock vacant; so they had to drop anchor until morning.

During the night, the waiting ship was raided by pirates. The other passengers lost all their money, gold and valuables, but George had his money sewn into the lining of his suit vest.  He was the only one that was not robbed by the pirates. The Ford family settled in Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County, where they raised their family.  George operated a small sawmill on this land.

The tombstone of George and Sarah Ford is unique.  No other tombstone in the county has its design and shape. The engraving at the bottom reads: Weep not for us our children dear, We are not dead, but sleeping here, We part in hope to meet above, Where all is joy and all is love."

 The Butler Cemetery is on the land formerly settled by Nathaniel Butler. The first burial was one of the Butler children in 1842.

Thank you to the descendants of the Ford family for use of the family lore.


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