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Corydon L. Ford notebook


Identifier: 00-2011-33-0

Scope and Contents

The Corydon L. Ford notebook (2011-33-0) contains genealogical information about the Ford/ Foord family. Dr. Corydon L. Ford began collecting the information in 1853. Along with the vast amounts of handwritten genealogy are some later newspaper clippings, as well as sketches of the the gravestones of William Foord and his wife Sarah dingley Foord at Marshfield, Massachusetts and Joseph Ford and his wife Lois Stetson Ford at Center Pembroke, Massachusetts. Included at the end of the notebook is information about Dr. Alvin Foord and Emily Carter Foord. This information looks to have been added by another individual at a later date. The item is currently housed in 3A Box 27.


  • Created: 1853
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/05/2011


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The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Corydon L. Ford was born August 29, 1813 in Lexington, New York. His father was a farmer, but Corydon concerned himself with his studies instead of with the family farm. At the age of seventeen he began dividing his time between attending school, reading medicine, and teaching.  In 1842 he received his M.D. degree from Geneva Medical College; on the day of his graduation he was appointed demonstrator of anatomy in this institution. In 1846 a medical college in Buffalo was organized and Dr. Ford received a similar appointment there, beginning his work in early 1847. In 1849 he became the chair of Anatomy and Physiology at the medical school at Castleton, Vermont, and continued his work there until the school closed. In 1854 he was called to the professorship of anatomy in the University of Michigan. He lectured in Ann Arbor during the fall and winter for thirty-nine consecutive years. At the same time he continued lecturing in other schools during the spring and summer months.  Only a day or two before he was stricken by death, April 14, 1894, he had finished his one-hundred and ninth course of lectures on anatomy. Dr. Ford gave all his time and energy to teaching; his fluency of speech and his enthusiasm for his work made his lectures veritable revelations to those who surrounded him in the classroom. In 1865 at Pittsfield, Massachusetts he was married to Jannie Chapman Messer, the window of Nathanial Messer, and daughter of Ichabod Chapman. On May 2, 1893, after a brief illness Jannie passed away. Dr. Ford passed away the following year.

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Source of Acquisition

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Method of Acquisition

Found in collection

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

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This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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