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Looking for FORD from Moyston, Vic, Australia & the South Island, N.Z.

Query by LorryM

I'm descended from Benjamin FORD [b.c. 1835 Bandon, County Cork, Ireland] who emigrated to Australia, settled in Moyston, Victoria, married Alice EDWARDS and had 16 children. May have been looking for gold early on, but bought land and became a landowner/farmer. Ben & Alice were pioneers of Moyston.

One son, Benjamin jr. (b.1880 Moyston, Vic.) went to New Zealand, married Catherine Ada TULLEY & had about 9 children. Would like to share info & photos with any New Zealand descendants.

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on 2011-02-22 06:32:17

LorryM , from Victoria, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2011. is researching the following names: FORD, DERBYSHIRE, MOYLE and 8 other(s).

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by sunnylife on 2013-02-13 00:14:16

I am looking for details on James Leslie Ford, one of those 16 children. My father (also named James Leslie) was born in Melbourne in 1919 and James Leslie, who was a WW1 soldier, could possibly be my grandfather.

I would appreciate any information that you might have.

Thank you.

by LorryM on 2013-02-13 02:37:08

Hello sunnylife,

Thanks for your email.

My James Leslie Ford was a single man who never married or had any children. He was born in Moyston, Vic., participated in WWI and disembarked back in Melb. on 28/6/1919.


by sunnylife on 2013-02-15 22:26:41

Hi, Lorry,

Thanks for your response, Lorry. Wondering if James could have been in Melbourne around October 1918, the date when my father was conceived. My grandmother, Kathleen O'Connor, added Alice to her name and was called 'Alice' from then on.
James Leslie's mother was Alice, and she died in 1918. You can see what I'm alluding to. Even if it proves geographically
impossible for James Leslie to have been the father, he may have stayed at the same boarding house, been a friend and helped my grandmother at the time of my father's birth - 14 July 1919.

Would you have any photos at all, either of James Leslie or any other of the Ford siblings of that era ? Even a group photo
could be useful.

I'd be grateful for any other thoughts or information you might have.

Many thanks.

by LorryM on 2013-02-16 23:12:14

Hi Sunnylife,

That would make an interesting story for the family tree!!!!

I will see what I can find out, and get back to you. I do have a photo of James Leslie Ford in my collection, which I can send via email to your private email address soon.

Will get back asap.


by sunnylife on 2013-02-17 02:38:03

Hi, Lorry,

Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing the photo.
I notice James Leslie Ford served again in WW2 for a number of years.
He was also a tobacco farmer in Queensland and died in Brisbane.
Indiana Jones comes to mind when I read about him....

Thank you again.

by grdean on 2015-04-26 21:12:22

Gidday Lorry,
Benjamin Ford was my great grandfather. I moved to NZ in 1982, however my siblings remained in Victoria. My sister Shirly has done extensive research on the family, including NZ connections, however our lineage comes from Ben Ford senior's son William. I only came across this site by fluke, finding your message as I searched for the three sons of Benjamin Ford who fought in WW1, since it's ANZAC weekend.
Two of the boys were killed and did not return and Uncle Sonny as my mother called him, made it home but lost a leg. I remember meeting him about 1963, an old man with a sparkle in his eye as he asked me to try hurt his leg and my amazement as I found it to be wooden. I have lots of family stories and would love to share yours with you. I can be contacted directly on [email protected]
Greg Dean

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