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Family of Norman Denis FORD and Phyllis Shirley MCGRATH

Husband: Norman Denis FORD (1921-2009)
Wife: Phyllis Shirley MCGRATH (1921-1978)
Status: Divorced
Marriage 1943 Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Husband: Norman Denis FORD


Norman Denis FORD, 1943, age 22

Name: Norman Denis FORD
Sex: Male
Father: Frederick William FORD (1890-1949)
Mother: Jessie SHORTLAND (1891-1969)
Birth 8 Jan 1921 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK1
Religion Anglican
Emigration 8 Jan 1947 (age 26) from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK to Cleveland, Ohio, via New York
Dest. address: Cleveland, Ohio
Occupation Vegetarian and nutritionist
National or Tribal Origin English
Child Count 2
Marriage Count 3
U.S. Social Security Number 293-26-0855
Death 19 Jun 2009 (age 88) Kerrville, Texas, USA

Wife: Phyllis Shirley MCGRATH

Name: Phyllis Shirley MCGRATH
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1921 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Death 1978 (age 56-57) Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Note on Husband: Norman Denis FORD

Email from Norm to Nick Shortland:

Nick - Great to hear from you and Thanks so much for the Shortland website address. I was stunned by the treasure trove of info about JohnShortland and descendents, my mother never mentioned him or the fact that her father was one of his dozen children.

My grandfather John Frederick Shortland was one of the children of John Shortland (1832-1916) and Eliza Olive Harman and he was born in 1865and died in 1945, in both cases at High Wycome. Some of the bio infoon the website isn't quite correct.

John Frederick Shortland was married twice. First time in 1897 to Emma Miles of Penn Bucks (birth date unknown, died about 1933). They hadtwo children, one of whom died in infancy and the other, Jessie Shortland, born 1891, died around 1969, was a schoolteacher then a housewife. She married Frederick William Ford of Windsor in 1916. I am their only offspring, Norman Dennis Ford, born Jan 1921 at High Wycombe and still here.

After Frederick John Shortland's wife Emma died around 1933, he retired and lived with us for two years or so in Wales, then returned to High Wycombe. Then in his early seventies, he married a lady whose firstname was Nan, probably in late 1930s. Nan had a thatched cottage called Stepping Stones and I believe it was located about 7 miles north of Wycombe, perhaps near Speen.

In 1940 while on leave from the Merchant Navy I cycled from my parents' home at Gloucester to Wycombe and stayed a few days with a sister of Emma Shortland. While there, I recall cycling to Frederick John and Nan's thatched cottage for a daytime visit and returning to Wycombe.I was then 19.

According to the bio material under John Frederick Shortland on the website, a young girl called Maureen remembers visiting John and "May" at West Wycombe around 1941 and spending a day at their thatched cottage. I don't know who John and May were but the thatched cottage wasn'tat West Wycombe and I don't recall that it was semi-detached (thoughit might have been).

Later, around 1944, I again visited Frederick John and Nan Shortland at their cottage north of High Wycombe and stayed overnight. Nan was gradually losing her sight, probably due to cataracts, and my grandfather walked with a cane due to deteriorating hip cartilage.

The following year, 1945, while I was in Burma my mother wrote to saythat my grandfather had died in Wycombe Hospital of urinary tract blockage. I don't know what happened to Nan.

My father, Frederick William John Matthew Ford died at Gloucester in 1949 at age 59 from a heart attack. My mother moved back to Wycombe and lived in a small flat there, eventually dying of a stroke around 1969 while in Wycombe Hospital.

Forty-one years ago, the fact that they both died from arterial blockage , caused me to become a vegetarian which I still am. I was already a long-distance cyclist and mountain hiker and though I've had to give up long walks due to a knee problem, I still ride a bicycle. A fewyears ago, I toured Western Ireland by bike on my own, overnighting atB&Bs. I maintain a website at

Nick, I'll go through a suitcase full of family photos and memorabilia and see what else I can dig up about the Shortlands.

Meanwhile, ManyThanks Again for all your help. = Best Wishes, Norm'Ford


1"England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983" (3a662). UK, Wycombe, Q1 1921, 3a, 1730. Cit. Date: 5 May 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.