American Silversmiths

Samuel Ford
Sarah Baldwin
Samuel Ford
(Abt 1735-Abt 1793)


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1. Mary Wills

Samuel Ford
  • Born: Abt 1735, Woodbridge NJ
  • Marriage (1): Mary Wills on 10 Mar 1778 in , Botetourt, VA
  • Died: Abt Sep 1793

  General notes:

Silversmith and counterfeiter

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1765-1774 as a counterfeiter in Morris NJ having secured plates and training in Ireland. He and his confederates flooded the area with forged bills. His talents as an engraved and artist were good enough that his bills were passed as true by state treasurers. He is also suspected of having forged both gold and silver British coinage. When the authorities began hunting him in ernest, he abandoned his family, changed his name to Samuel Baldwin, and made his way to Virginia, where he spent the remainder of his life working as a silversmith.
  • He was a partner in 1775-1778 with Robert Caldwell in , Botetourt, VA as CALDWELL & BALDWIN (Ford's assumed name). 43

Samuel married Mary Wills on 10 Mar 1778 in , Botetourt, VA.

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