"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"

William West Ford and Henrietta Bruce

William Ford

William Ford was the son of West Ford and Priscella Bell. William was born abt 1814-1817 on the Mount Vernon Plantation. He married Henrietta Bruce on September 3rd, 1840. Henrietta was the...

William Ford's Acres

Land and Tax Record of William Ford's acres given to him by his father, West Ford. This land is now known as Gum Springs in Virginia.

West Ford, son of George Washington

Drawing of West Ford in his early 70's, son of George Washington and father of Daniel Ford. 


Venus, mother of West Ford and the grandmother of William Ford. Born on the Bushfield Plantation.

Henry Shields Robinson

Henry S. Robinson was a certified genealogist and historian. Henry was born June 18, 1930. His father, Henry S. Robinson Sr., graduated from Howard University in medicine and his mother...

Hannah Ford

Photo of Hannah Ford, daughter of William and Henrietta Bruce, granddaughter of West Ford. She was born around November 0f 1850. Hannah married the Civil War Veteran John Pierson Quander on...

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...