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Looking for fellow descendants of John Ford 1830 Millport, Cumbrae, Scotland -1914 Minlaton, South Australia or his sister Susanna Purdie, South Australia.

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Children of Samual and Margaret Ford from Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland

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by janilye on 2011-11-15 12:09:56

The Advertiser Adelaide, SA Tuesday 30 August 1910

SMITHFIELD, August 28.
Mrs. Susannah Purdie died on Wednesday last at her residence, Smithfield, at the age of 82. She was sitting in a chair conversing with visitors until 6 p.m. on the day of her death.
A neighbor called to make her tea at about 7 p.m., and found her dead in the chair, death having been due to heart failure. Mrs. Purdie had been a resident of Smithfield for 29 years, and within a few years of her death earned her living by nursing and sewing. She had been in receipt of an old age pension, and when the first payment of £14 was made she banked £10 for funeral expenses or any other contingency. With the balance she purchased an easy chair and necessaries of life. She was much respected by the residents of Smithfield. Mrs. Purdie was bom in Glasgow, Scotland, and arrived in South Australia in l849. She lived on the Port road until 1853, when she removed to Onetree Hill with her husband, and lived there for 20 years. She then removed to Smithfield. Her husband predeceased her by 17 years. She left two sons and three daughters Mr. John G. Purdie, of Bute, Mr. James Purdie, of Onetree Hill; Mrs. J. Grigg, of South Broken Hill: Mrs. A. W. Morrison, of Anama; and Mrs. W. Hagan, of Bower road, Davington. She also left 42 grand children and 15 great grandchildren. Her husband gave the land for the Cemetery at Onetree Hill, where she was buried on Friday afternoon.

The children of James PURDIE 1822-1892 and Susannah FORD 1828-1910;

Margaret Ford Purdie 1847 1939 m James GRIGG 1841-1913
John Gardiner Purdie 1850 1911 m Janet HALDANE 1856-1891
Janet Thomson Purdie 1852 1917 m Alexander MORRISON 1848-1917
James Purdie 1856 1941 m. 1.Elizabeth CHARLSON 1860-1909 2. Susan MAYNARD 1860-1918
Annie Ennis Purdie 1858 1929 m. William HAGAN
Jane Thompson Purdie 1861 1902 m. John ANDERSON
William Purdie 1865 1865

by Musil on 2011-11-15 12:17:07

How wonderful, and fast! thankyou very mucn
I have some great articles on her brother, John who also lived to a ripe old age.
I'm hunting for contacts with fellow researchers of this line so I can share my material and hopefully find more. Are you interested?

by janilye on 2011-11-15 12:45:16

The Register Adelaide, SA Tuesday 22 December 1914

Mr. John Ford's Death.
There died at Braeside, Prospect, on Monday morning, a wonderful old colonist in the person of Mr.John Ford. He had reached the good old age of 84 years good in his case because up to the end he was "batting well," to use the term he once applied to himself. Almost to the last he was a vigorous, cheery soul, and the grip of his hand on that of a much younger man was likely to be remembered by the latter. He was born in the island of Millport, at the mouth of the CIyde, on May 16, 1830, and when a mere child was compelled to make his own way in the world. His father died when he was six years of age, and there were 10 children. At 11 years of age he went on to a farm at Millport, and then was employed to assist a baker. He remained with the loaves for three years, and then tiring of the sight of dough, went to sea. He made three trips to Calcutta as steward on a sailing vessel in 1848 by way of the Cape, the Suez Canal not being in existence. Life at sea was rough in those days in all ways, and Mr. Ford resolved to seek a more peaceful mode of existence. He "looked in" at the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, and then took ship for Australia.
The ship was the Catherine Mitchell, and he landed in Melbourne after a journey of 125 days. Mr. Ford went to the Victorian diggings, of course for that was the Sindbad's' Valley that most sailors coming to Australia strove to reach. His luck was not great. In fact, after three months of endeavour to lay hands on elu sive nuggets, he acknowledged his defeat and came to South Australia, where he started farming at Onetree Hill. He put in a crop, and went back to "those jolly diggings," as he often afterwards described them. What amount of fortune awaited him on the second venture can be gauged from the statement that he took with him. £20, and had to borrow £5 to return home. In returning from Victoria in a small steamer he was wrecked off Kangaroo Island in the middle of the night, and had to assist in paddling about in a small boat in the darkness for hours. Eventually, the shipwrecked people landed on a sandy beach, where the blacks fed them for a week on wallabies. The Government boat Beatrice conveyed them ultimately to Port Adelaide. When Onetree Hill was reached Mr. Ford was very glad to see it again, and also the 16 busbel crop which he took off his land. Eventually, in 1853, he went to Fords (the crossing and station were named after him), and took up other land. He bought for £16 a wooden plough from Mr. (afterwards the Hon.) James Martin, who was then a blacksmith, at Gawler, and with this im plement ploughed his two acres a day. He built a house during the nights when the moon was bright. He remained at Fords for 10 years, and subsequently took up sheep farming 60 or 70 miles above Port Augusta, where, after five years, he abandoned operations. Mr. Ford's next venture was an hotel, near the Kapunda Railway Station. He succeeded very well there, and next rented a farm called Invernay, near Anlaby 11,000 acres at £300 a year from Mr. Buchanan, father of Mr. Justice Buchanan. His next home was Duell Hill, close to Kapunda. Here he did well, but once more he migrated, this time to Minlaton, on Yorke's Peninsula, where he stayed for nearly 25 years. Ten years ago he sold his 980 acres to his son Robert for £3,000, and retired to enjoy the rest he had so well earned. His prescription for longevity was "hard, honest work." The surviving members of the family are:- Sons, Messrs. John Henry (Minlaton), William James (Northern Territory), Robert A. (Mitcham), Samuel (National Bank. Casterton, Victoria), Alexander (Sydney), Ernest (Beverley, Western Australia), and Albert E. (Traffic Superintendent, Muniapal Tramways) and daughters, Mesdames H. D. Sutherland (Adelaide) and R. A. Adams (Jamestown).
Mrs. Ford predeceased her husband 30 years ago. She was a Miss Hyde, and arrived in South Australia in 1839. Hyde's Paddock, now known as Hyde Park, was named after her father.
The above article was accompanied with a photograph which unfortunately I could not reproduce here

The children of John FORD 1830-1914 and Mary Ann HYDE 1833-1884 were:-

John Henry Ford 1856 1919 m. Amelia Jane MOONEY 1862-1945
William James Ford 1860
Eleanor Ford 1862 1940 m Hamilton D'Arcy SUTHERLAND 1855-1913
Robert Albert Ford 1864 1927 m Isabel HART
Samuel Ford 1866 ? m. Florence Bruerton CLARIDGE
Ann Jane Ford 1868 1943 m. Reginald Arthur ADAMS 1865-1939
Alexander Ford 1870 ? m. Charlotte MOODY
Ernest Albert Ford 1872 1959 m. Margaret EDWARDS 1873-1958
Albert Edwin Ford 1878 1959 m. Edith HOLMES

by janilye on 2011-11-15 12:49:52

I'm not related musil just adding some info.
With all the surnames up there, you shouldn't have any problem finding some contacts

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