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Ira Lee FORD
Elvira GODFREY
Elizabeth STROUP
Husband:  Ira Lee FORD
Birth:  1823/4, CAN
Death:  Oct 1908, Sparks, Lincoln Co., OK
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  David Lewis FORD
Mother:  Lucretia SERVICE
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Elvira / Alvira GODFREY
Birth:  31 Mar 1833, CAN
Death:  22 Apr 1859, Vergennes Twp., Kent Co., MI
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Elijah GODFREY (1810-1855) of NY
Mother:  Nancy __?__ (1811-1874) of CAN
Marriage-2:  4 Oct 1863, Mecosta Co., MI
Wife-2:  Elizabeth STROUP
Birth:  1838/9, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Peter K. STRAUB / STRAUP / STROUP
Mother:  Martha WISLIN
Child with Elvira GODFREY born in Grattan, Kent Co., MI:
1.  Henryetta / Henrietta FORD, b. Aug 1849
2.  Dennis FORD, b. 1854/5
Children with Elizabeth STROUP born in Green Twp., Mecosta Co., MI:
3.  Walter FORD, b. 1865/6
4.  Charles FORD, b. 1868/9
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Canada; USA, US, United States, Michigan, New York

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Ira FORD
Husband Age at Marriage: 36
Marriage: 04 Oct 1863, Mecosta, Michigan
Spouse: Elizabeth
Wife Age at Marriage: 25
Source: Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 16):  Grattan, Kent Co., MI, Roll M432_353, p. 302A/603, 178/178, enumerated 18 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Ira Ford 26 M   Farmer 200 Canada
Elvira Ford 16 F       Canada
Henryetta Ford 9/12 F       Mich

5a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 5):  Big Rapids P.O., Town of Green, Mecosta Co., MI, Roll M653_554, p. 113, PN 11, 94/89, enumerated 15 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
David Ford 59 M   Farmer 700 100 Vermont
Lucretia do 54 F         New York
Amanda   do 25 F         Canada West
Sylvanus do 19 M   Farm Laborer     Mich
Alfred   do 12 M         do
Gilbert  do  9 M         do
Henrietta do  7 F         do
Dennis    do  2 M         do
Ira       do 32 M   Farm Laborer     Canada West
Samuel Garrow? 30 M   Hunter     Milan Italy
Henrietta and Dennis are Ira's children, not David & Lucretia's, although Henrietta should be nine years old, not seven, and Dennis should be five, not two.

5b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Elizabeth STRAUP (æ 21, b. PA) is living in Cleveland Twp., Elkhart Co., IN, with her parents (q.v.).  James P. BELLOWS (æ 3, b. PA) is also living with Elizabeth's parents.  James is probably kin of Elizabeth, but he is definitely not a son of our subject.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 16):  Big Rapids P.O., Town of Green, Mecosta Co., MI, Roll M593_690, p. 59B, PN 6, enumerated 15 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1870:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 15 19
50 51 Ford Ira 42 M W Farmer 3000 750 Canada       /
    ____ Elizabeth 35 F W Keeping House     Pennsylvania        
    Bellows James P 13 M W Attending School     Indiana     /  
    Ford Walter  4 M W At home     Michigan /      
    ____ Charles  1 M W At Home     Michigan /      
50 52 Kirk Emma 20 F W Keeping House     Pennsylvnia        
    ____ Frank 8/12 M W At Home     Michigan   Sep    
James BELLOWS was born in Pennsylvania, not Indiana.  He is probably related to Elizabeth, but he is not her son or Ira's.  Emma (STRAUB) KIRK is Elizabeth's widowed sister.

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