Henry Ford

Henry Ford c. 1919, Library of Congress, photographed by Hartsook

Date of Birth: July 30, 1863

Place of Birth: Greenfield Township, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Death: April 7, 1947

Place of Death: Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.

*Irish, some English (father)
*Belgian (mother)

Henry Ford was an American industrialist. He founded the Ford Motor Company. He also sponsored the development of the assembly line technique for mass production.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1916.

Henry was the son of Mary and William Ford, a businessperson.

Henry’s father was born in Madame, near Ballinascarthy, County Cork, Ireland. His father moved to the U.S. in 1846. The Ford surname was said to have originated in Somerset, England, with Ford ancestors who had come to Ireland in the early 1700s. Henry’s father was of Protestant religion, and Henry himself was an Episcopalian.

Henry’s mother was born in Michigan, to Belgian parents, and was surnamed Litogot. She was raised by foster parents, Margaret (Stevenson/Stevens) and Patrick O’Hearn/Ahern, who were Irish emigrants, with Patrick being from County Cork.

Henry was married to Clara Jane Bryant, until his death, with whom he had a son, business executive and philanthropist Edsel Ford.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was John Thomas Ford (the son of William Ford and Rebecca Jennings). John was born in County Cork. William was born in Bally Madon, Cork, the son of Isaac Ford. Rebecca was also born in Bally Madon.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was named Thomasine/Tomasine “Tamsen” Smith.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was named William Litogot.

Sources: Information about Henry’s Irish ancestry – https://www.irishcentral.com

Genealogies of Henry Ford – https://www.geni.com

3 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Are we really calling his paternal ancestors Irish? I guess it’s possibleprobably even likely they had some Irish ancestry having been in Ireland since the early 1700’s, but the Ford’s (Thomas and his brothers) were originally from Somerset County, England and Protestant and came as part of the plantations, I believe. So it’s likely they didn’t end up mixing much with the Irish.

    • follers says:

      Well, I changed it to “Irish, some English,” but even that I was hesitant about since we don’t seem to know of any actual English-born ancestors by name.

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