John Salmon Ford1

b. 26 May 1815, d. 3 November 1897
     John Salmon Ford was born on 26 May 1815 in Greenville District, South Carolina.1 He died on 3 November 1897 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, at age 82.1
     While serving as adjutant in the Mexican War, John Salmon Ford acquired the lasting nickname "Rip." When officially sending out notices of deaths he kindly included at the first of the message, "Rest in Peace"; later, under the exigencies of battle conditions, this message was shortened to "R.I.P." In 1861 Ford served as a member of the Secession Convention, commanded an expedition to Brazos Santiago, initiated a trade agreement between Mexico and the Confederacy, and was elected colonel of the Second Texas Cavalry, with a command in the Rio Grande district.1


  1. [S45] "Ford, John Salmon," The Handbook of Texas Online, online. <…