Fordt

Variant last names: Ford
honorificMr.
Nationality:

American

Biography:

Mr. Fordt (also spelled Ford) was a resident of a settlement called Boght, which is now in Cohoes, a town in east central New York State, east of Schenectady. This was an area of primarily Dutch people in which Occom preached in 1786 and 1787. On one occasion after preaching Occom lodged with Mr. Fordt; on another, Mr. Fordt ordered his slave to give Occom breakfast and then took him over the Mohawk River to Niskayuna to the house of Mr. Simon Fordt. These two Fordts should not be confused, but are probably related. There were many Fords and Fordts in this area of New York. A Roster of State Troops in New York during its colonial history lists seventeen Fords, one Forde and eight Fordts, including two Simons: a quarter master who served in Van Schoonhoven's Regiment and a private who served in the same regiment, Vandenburgh's company.

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Fernow, Berthold. Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York. vol. 15. Weed, Parsons & Co, 1887. ebook: http://archive.org/stream/documentsrelativ15alba#page/n11/mode/2up.