"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

Maj. George W. Ford and Harriett Bythewood

Spinning Room Mount Vernon Plantation

Spinning Room Mount Vernon Plantation

Major George Ford was born in the room above the spinning room on the Mount Vernon Plantation.

William Ford

William Ford

William Ford, son of West Ford and father of Major George Ford.  William married Henrietta Bruce and the couple had four children: George, John, Constance, and Hannah. William was the first of the Fords to name a son after George Washington. 

Major George Ford

Major George Ford

Photo of Major George Ford in his military uniform.  He was a Quartermaster Sergeant when he was honorably discharged on September 11, 1876, from the 10th Calvary. He was commended in General Orders No. 53, Series1874, Fort Sill for acts of good judgement and gallantry in action.  His commanding officer wrote on his discharge papers, "character excellent, good and faithful soldier."

Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Enlistment Document 10th Calvary

Copy of Major Ford's enlistment contract when he joined the 10th Calvary. 

Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Major Ford's Enlistment Info.

Form detailing the enlistment of Major George Ford. U.S., 10th Calvary, Returns from Regulary Army Calvary Regiments 1866-1916.

Reinlistment into the 10 Calvary

Reinlistment into the 10 Calvary

Major George Ford did two tours with the 10th Calvary. This document shows his reinlistment on September 11, 1872.

Major George. W. Ford, 23rd Kansas

Major George. W. Ford, 23rd Kansas

Photo of Major George W. Ford in full military attire in the 23rd Kansas Volunteers, with the rank of Major during the Spanish-American War. He became personal friends with Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba. Ford died on June 20, 1939, and is buried in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.