"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"

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Welcome to the Legacy of West Ford’s official website. The story of George Washington’s African American descendants is a complex, multi-layered story and in that vein, this website...

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We wish to express our gratitude to the reporters, genealogists, webmasters, and everyone who has been involved in supporting the history of West Ford and his descendants. Thank you for giving...

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Florence Ford

Florence Ford married Charles Pickett and the couple had ten children: Cecil Bruce Jr., Michael, Boyd, Larry, Patricia, Beverly, David, Sharon and Deborah.She was a dedicated homemaker, an...

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Harrison Ford

Photo of Harrison Ford, son of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford and grandson of Major George W. Ford.  Harrison graduated from Bradley University with both a B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and...

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Dr. Noel B. Ford Page 34 Crisis Magazine August 1917

Photo of Noel Ford (center), son of Major George Ford.

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Ford Family Dinner

Florence Ford (married to Cecil Bruce Ford), Harriett "Hallie" Ford Goins (daugther of George Ford), Garfield Goins, husband to Hallie, and Janet Allen at a Christmas dinner at the...

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Dr. Judith Saunders Burton

Dr. Judith Saunders Burton, great, grandaughter of  John Ford, brother of Major George Ford. Picture was taken at Mount Vernon at the slave cemetery. Her family's story detailed in...

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At Mount Vernon

Photo of Judy Burton, Linda Allen B. Hollis and Ruby Saunders at Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

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Author Linda Allen B. Hollis

Photo of author of "I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants."

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 Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford

Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford was the son of Major Geroge W. Ford.  He married Florence Harrison and the couple had four children: Elise, Florence, Bruce and Harrison. His life is detailed in...

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Painting of George Washington

A painting of George Washington, the first president of the United States. He was born in 1732 and died in 1799 with supposedly no issue. The Ford family oral history relays a different story...

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Mount Vernon Plantation 1937

A 1937 painting of the Mount Vernon Mansion (from the MVLA).  George Washington's father, Augustine Washington, built the home in 1734. George's older brother, Lawrence lived at...

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List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

This is a two-page list of slaves owned by John Augustine, the master of Venus. The document is dated March 1783.  Venus was a housemaid on the Bushfield Plantation and her mother, Jenny,...

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Major George Ford

Photo of an older Maj. George Ford. George Ford was the youngest child born on the Mount Vernon Plantation to William and Priscella Ford in 1847. Major Ford was educated on the Mount Vernon...

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Angela Allen Henry

Angela Allen Henry at the Buffalo Soldier's Museum in 2018.  She was there for research on Major George Ford. Photo credit Homer Henry.

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Janet Allen with Flag

Author and writer Janet Allen

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Elise Ford Allen

Photo of Elise Ford Allen, first African American woman to edit and publish a newspaper in the state of Illinois - The Traveler Weekly.

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Barbara Allen F. Randle

Barbara Allen F. Randle, daughter of Elise Ford and James O. Allen. Barbara is married to Anthony Randle and she has one son, Michael D. Foster.

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