from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888
James R. Ford, a native of Charlotte County, Virginia, but reared in Lynchburg, was born September 27, 1827, a son of Claibourne and Jane (Brisingtine) Ford, of the same state. Claibourne Ford was a farmer, but on removing to Lynchburg became superintendent of streets. At the age of sixteen, James R. Ford entered upon an apprenticeship with a jeweler, served five years, and then started in business on his own account; he was also a tobacco inspector at Lynchburg for several years. In 1853 he removed to Ironton, Ohio, and engaged in the jewelry trade, and October 18, 1854, came to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, where he has since been doing a very successful business. July 25, 1852, he married Miss Sallie Wood, a native of Campbell County, Virginia, and to this union one child has been born, Glenmore T., May 6, 1857. Mr. Ford is a Democrat, has served as city marshal of Catlettsburg four terms, filled the office of magistrate sixteen years and that of coroner four years; he owns some forty-nine houses in Catlettsburg, Ashland and elsewhere, besides 150 acres in Boyd County, and 1,200 acres in Carter County. He is a Knight Templar.