West Ford and Priscella Bell

The Pittsburgh Courier Sat Aug 19 1961

The Pittsburgh Courier Sat Aug 19 1961

Article stating that West Ford was known as the Negro son of George Washington.

Article, Fairfax Chronicles

Article, Fairfax Chronicles

Newspaper article about West Ford from the Fairfax Chronicles, 1986, by Donald Sweig.

Wreath for West

Wreath for West

A wreath dedicated to West Ford at the slave cemetery at Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

This page shows that  West Ford death, who he was, and the burial grounds of the servants. The Ford family's oral history was that he was placed in the old tomb of George Washington. There is also a notation that his wife, Priscella was buried there also. From the Mount Vernon archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

This page of burial records comes from 1929 minutes p. 46 about the graveyard which was used by General Washington for his slaves at Mount Vernon. It delves into how the markers were worn and broken and how they were breaking ground to set the tablet for the stone made of Georgian marble.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Entry from Mount Vernon records on slave burials that George Ford visited the plantation in 1929 when two workers were placing the memorial tablet.  The workers stated that Ford told them that he was born above the spinning room. From the MVLA archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

This is a continuing entry from page 3. It states that George Ford told the two workers at the slave cemetery where the tablet was laid that the burying ground used to have a rail fence around it and that Mr. Dodge (a caretaker) tore it down.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Description taken from records at Mount Veron that George Ford was there in 1929 when the slave memorial marker was place in slave cemetery. They stated that George Ford (son of William Ford and grandson of West Ford) was born in a room over the spinning house.

The Five Negro Presidents, book by J. A. Rogers

The Five Negro Presidents, book by J. A. Rogers

Book cover of the book by J. A. Rogers, The Five Negro Presidents.  The book also shares information on West Ford, son of George Washington on page 5. (Research by Angela Allen Henry). 1965 and renewed 1993 J. A. Rogers, First Wesleyan University Press edition 2014, ISBN 978-0-9602294-8-2.