John Ford

Paxton House
Paxton House - Paxton Berwickshire Scotland

John Ford born 20 November 1822 at Sunwick Cottages Hutton (Off census). His father John, was 33 and his mother Cecilia, was 27. John was the 4th of 6 children. 
Census 1841 has John living at Sunwick Cottages with his parents & 2 sisters Matilda & Mary. John was agricultural labourer like his father.
John married aged 24 on 12 March 1847 in the one street town of Allanton Village, in the parish of Edron to Jane Guthrie. Jane was the daughter of  George Guthrie & Elizabeth Struthers. Her father was a tailor. Jane was the 1st of 7 children and baptised 12 January 1825 in Allanton Village. Jane died 24 November 1900.
They had seven children in 20 years. James; George; Elizabeth; John; Cecilia; Thomas & Jane.


Census 1851 John occupation a butcher at Paxton Village & wife Jane with children James 2 years and George 1 month. Jane’s 11 year old sister Elizabeth Guthrie was also there assumed helping Jane with Children.
Census 1861 residing Paxton Village house/ shop (Grocer); 5 children; farming 10 acres employing 1 lad,
Census 1871 residing Paxton Village in house/shop, 6 Children— farmer with 10 acres & grocer
Census 1881 residing Paxton Village farmer of 30 acres, 12 arable employing 1 lad. Daughter Cecilia age 20, farmers daughter.
Census 1891 residing Paxton Village grocer, daughter Cecilia aged 30 was grocer’s assistant
Sometime after 11 June 1894 their son George arrived from Australia with 3 of his children Jane 7; Cecilia 3 & John 5. John died September the following year from bowl obstruction & peritonitis. It is believed that John & Jane’s grand daughter Isabella was housekeeper & helped with the children.
John’s wife Jane died 24 November 1900 either Allanton or Paxton Village.
Census 1901 John residing at Paxton Village, widow living on own means with Isabella Purvis aged 26 his granddaughter and housekeeper. Isabella is the daughter of John’s daughter Elizabeth. Also are Jane Ford granddaughter aged 14 from Brisbane Qld a scholar and her sister Cecilia age 10 a scholar.

John died 20 January 1903 Paxton Village having lived a long life aged 80.

Hutton Parish Church was built in 1834, on the site of previous buildings dating back to before 1243, It is on the north edge of the small village of Hutton is one of the two churches used by the Hutton & Paxton congregation. 1908 a parish church was built in Paxton Village John’s will details  - John’s had a house, furniture & effects in Paxton Village & a house rented in Allanton from his late wife Jane estate. John left his estate in equal share to his surviving children & if preceded him, their children will take the share between them. He also left £100 to his grand daughter Isabella Purves in recognition of services & attention given to himself John.


James Ford    born 1848 in Paxton Village Hutton Berwickshire. On 1861 as scholar & 1871 census described as 22 unmarried        and a Draper living House/shop Paxton Village. Immigrated 1878 on Ship ‘Rodell Bay’ from Greenock Scotland to Brisbane. When he married 1 December 1884 age 35 living in Sydney working as a draper. Married in Fitzroy Victoria to Jane Anderson from Beaufort. James lived in Avenue Road, Camberwell, Victoria. He was employed as a draper and in the rail service. He moved to Coolangatta around 1903 with his family. Died 29 June 1923 in Tweed Street, Coolangatta Qld of Heart Failure and Natural Causes. buried 30 June 1923 Tweed Heads Cemetery, Tweed Heads. Children all born Victoria.  John Norrie , Hope; James . George Douglas  

George Ford  born …..1851 in Paxton Village Berwickshire Scotland REFER TO SECTION ON GEORGE FORD
Elizabeth Ford born 1855 in Paxton village, her father, John, was 32, and a butcher and her mother, Jane, was 30. Census 1871 a scholar & living in house/shop, her father a farmer & grocer operating from their house. She married James InglisPurves on 24 December 1875 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, After banns according to terms of United Presbyterian Church; Witnesses: John Murray Purves & Celia Ford her sister Elizabeth & James had 4 children Jane 1877; Isabella 1878; John 1880 & George 1882 all born in Paxton Village.  James was a saddler. By 1891 the family living 11 Caledonian Crescent Edinburgh St Cuthbert's, Midlothian, Scotland with James a Rubber worker. Residence 1901—1911 at 11 Dean Park Street Edinburgh St Bernard, Midlothian, & James a travelling sales man.    Elizabeth On 2 Apr 1911 a visitor at the Strand Palace Hotel St Clement Danes and St Martin in the Fields, London age 60.

John Ford born 8 Oct1857 in Paxton Village Hutton Paxton Berwickshire Scotland John Ford. On 1861 & 1871 census. left home when he was about 17 (about 1874) and moved to New Zealand. He may have remained there for the next 14 years. He was then about 31 in 1888. He then moved to Queensland Australia where he remained for the next 22 years. When he died, living at Ganters Gully Mount Morgan working as a labourer. He died aged 53 Red Hill Mount Morgan in 21 September 1910 at the age of 53. (Died of Bronchitis and Heart Failure. John marriage Mary Ann Sullivan the daughter of John Sullivan and Mary Deguan on 2 October 18909 in Eidsvold Queensland Children Violet 1889; John Thomas 13 April 1891; Jane Guthrie 9 Feb 1896; Marian Agnes 18 Jan 1898; George Sullivan 16 Feb 1900; Eric Leslie; Cecil Deguan 1904 all born Queensland. See attached copy of death certificate
Cecilia Ford   born 22 November 1860 in Paxton Village Hutton Berwickshire Scotland Father John a farmer & had grocery shop was 38, and her mother Jane was 35.  On census1861>1891 at Paxton Village with parents. In 1891 was aged 30 & shop assistant in her parent’s grocery shop. She married Robert Carr about 1893 as their1st child born 1894. They had five children in 11 years. Ruby Thornton1894; Mona 1896; Robert Grechen 1899; Aileen Cecilia 1902 & David 1905. Robert was a farmer & employer. His father David (1824-1895) farmed 700 acres             and employed 10 men & 8 women. Robert born 1853 Felkington Northumberland & lived to be 99 years old.      Unsure when Cecilia died.
Thomas Guthrie Fordborn 13 December 1863 at Paxton Village Hutton in Berwickshire Scotland. On 1871 census aged 8 a Scholar living House/shop. 1881 census boarder at Andrew & Mrs Middlemiss master carpenter & Andrew & Mrs Middlemiss senior at Whitesom Village as carpenter apprentice.
Jane Guthrie Ford    Born 25 January 1869 at Paxton Village Hutton Berwickshire Scotland.  1871 census aged 2 but not on 1881 census listed are Parents John & Jane & sister Cecilia.