Santa Cruz County History - People

A Walk Through Time: Colonel William Marcellus Ord
by Janet Krassow and
by Randy Krassow

Photograph of William Ord's grave site
Grave site of William Marcellus Ord



Colonel William Ord was a member of the prominent east coast military family for which Fort Ord is named. Upon retiring from the army after the Civil War, he came west and settled on a large farm near Aptos. Before he died in 1882, Ord served in a number of elective capacities including Justice of the Peace and the California State Assembly. Legend has it that William's father, James Ord, was the illegitimate son of King George IV by the reigning court beauty of the time, Lady Fitz-Herbert.

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