Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Ford, Giles Wheeler[1, 2]

Male 1830 - 1871  (40 years)


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  • Name Ford, Giles Wheeler 
    Born 23 Aug 1830  OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1858  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Undetermined if he visited. 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1858-1859  Olympia, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1858-ca. 1870  Steilacoom, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    End date uncertain. 
    Died 17 May 1871  Steilacoom, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fort Steilacoom, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I540  Camera Workers | F, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Itinerant; Commercial (visit).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A news item, which gives his name as George Ford, mentioned his imminent departure for Victoria from Steilacoom where he had been taking daguerreotype portraits for six weeks or since the middle of Jul 1858. He had moved to Steilacoom from Olympia. There was no newspaper evidence that he did make the trip to Victoria on the steamer Constitution in Sep. Ford opened a gallery the following year in Steilacoom with Erastus A. Light (1822-1899) as Ford and Light. The partnership did not last a year.

      Ford was married on 4 Jul 1860 to Mrs. Elizabeth Simmons Affleck and spent the rest of his short life in Washington Territory. Although he listed himself as a photographer in the 1870 U.S. census, he appears not to have practiced the craft after 1860. Ford is buried in the Fort Steilacoom Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S711] Puget Sound Herald, 23 Jul 1858-27 May 1859 05.

    2. [S385] Palmquist and Kailbourn (2000), Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000).