Was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1799. He came with his father, Thomas Ford, from Jefferson County, Ohio, to Clearcreek Township, in 1819. His father had entered a quarter section of land in section twenty-two. They journeyed in a small, one horse wagon, in which they brought the necessary provisions for their absence, and a few tools to erect a cabin. From Wooster they passed along the path to the present site of Rowsburg, fence along the old trail to the house of Jacob Young, on the Mohican, northeast of Union Town; thence, to near Mason's Mill, and then, along a new cut road to section twenty-two, where they erected a temporary shelter, somewhat in the form of a camp house, with open front, and covered with bark. Their bunk upon which they slept was suspended by bark ropes from the roof and was about three feet from the ground. The fireplace was immediately in front of this open cabin and fire was kept burning during the night to frighten away the wolves, and keep off the mosquitoes. The wolves were uncommonly numerous and mischievous. Rattlesnakes, and other varieties of reptiles, were quite numerous. The bed being thus elevated secured the occupants from the reptiles. Mr. Ford was accompanied by a large watchdog, which slept at the open doorway in front of the cabin, to alarm the occupants in case of intrusion or danger. Thomas and Elias Ford were well armed. Elias slept in the cabin while his father made his home at Thomas McConnell's, a son in-law, in Orange Township. At the time of the arrival Of Mr. Ford and son, a large number of Delaware Indians were in encamped in the neighborhood, engaged in making sugar and hunting. They were well armed but quite friendly. A strong attachment soon sprang up and continued until the close of the hunting season. At this date many Wyandots and Delawares hunted annually along the Vermillion River and in the vicinity of the Savannah Lakes, and looked with suspicion upon the intrusion of the white settlers. After a few weeks, Thomas Ford returned to Jefferson County and removed with the balance of his family to Clearcreek. Elias had been engaged in clearing and fencing a field for corn, and in the absence of a team, carried rails on his shoulders to place them in a fence. The family of Thomas Ford, at their arrival in 1819, consisted of four sons, Elias, Elijah, Thomas H., and John; and four daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Susannah, and Belinda. In the meantime a larger and more commodious cabin had been erected by the aid of the scattered settlers. Elias, subsequently, September 9, 1821, married Miss Elizabeth Parks, of Jefferson County, and located on the late Daniel Huffneer farm. At this time there was neither a church nor schoolhouse in the township. The people assembled the cabin of Thomas Ford, for public worship, for many years. In 1830, Ford's meeting house was erected; it was a fine structure for that period, and was occupied by the Methodists as a place of worship. Thomas Ford died October 10, 1830; his funeral was preached by Rev. Elmer Yocum. Elias Ford performed arduous labor in clearing and preparing his farm. For many years he experienced all the privations of pioneer life, but by industry and frugality accumulated a handsome property. Having disposed of his old homestead, he purchased a new home in 1845, and subsequently, about 1865, sold it, and removed to Troy Township, where he deceased in the fall of 1874. Aged about seventy-five years. Mr. Ford was a large man; would weigh about two hundred pounds. He had a fine head, and bore a striking resemblance to Daniel Webster. If he had possessed the advantage of a
Thorough collegiate course of training, he would have left a proud record. As it was, he was a leading man in his township, as a farmer and a citizen. He was a man of high moral attainments, and took a leading part in favor of the public schools. Thomas H. Ford, a younger brother, served in the Mexican war as a captain, and subsequently became lieutenant governor or Ohio. He was also a colonel in the war of 1861-5. He is dead. The balance of the family are some what scattered.