Arthur Elisha Ford, born 10 Aug 1896, Mountain View, Arkansas

Arthur Elisha was born in 1896, the 5th of 6 children. His father, William Preston Ford, died in Arkansas. He moved to Quinlan, Texas with his mother, Sarah Elizabeth (Dodd) Ford and younger sister, when he was about 17 years old. There he met, and fell in love with, Ethel Wickliffe. They married on 14 Mar 1920 in Quinlan, Hunt County, Texas.

They had four children. William Ezra (1922-1950), Daisy Ruth (1925-2012), and identical twin boys Clay Franklin (1934-2010) and Clayton Richard (1934-1941).
They moved to the Corpus Christi, Texas area after Clayton died. Ethel was going to the cemetery too often and couldn’t “snap out of the depression.” Moved to Elisha’s sisters’ ranch.

Elisha dug ditches for the government. They became members of the Pentecostal Church of God, 501 Cheyenne Street, Rev. CC Hurst, in Corpus Christi. Arthur (Elisha as he was called by most people) started having numbness in his feet and eventually was paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors didn’t have a medical diagnosis for him. He died two years later on 19 Oct 1946.

Ford family 2

They are all gone now. It has been a year since the last passed away. I miss them all so much.

This picture was take in April 1942 probably in Corpus Christi, Texas. My great-aunt Lola (Wickliffe) Richardson is standing on the left. Next to her is my grandmother Ethel (Wickliffe) Ford, my dad Clay Franklin Ford, my grandfather Arthur Elisha Ford, my aunt Daisy Ruth (Ford) Green, and in the back, my uncle William Ezra Ford.

I never knew my grandfather or my uncle, as they had died before I was born. My grandmother’s stories about them and her life are what got me interested in doing genealogy. I never tire of searching for an elusive ancestor and I have several of those.