Information is sparse as to the two sons, Thomas and Seville, called Charles, but apparently they fought for the Union during the Civil War. Seville Ford lost an arm during that conflict. After the war they went to Kansas. Seville Ford became known as One-Arm Charlie, a bartender and leader of a band of outlaws who specialized in rustling cattle. Tom, who may have been associated with the gang, was caught by Kansas Regulators riding in a buggy with a member of his brother’s gang and lynched in 1872.
One-Arm Charlie was put on trial and acquitted of cattle rustling due to lack of witnesses. After the trial Kansas Regulators found him at the bar where he was bartending and lynched him, his death also occuring in 1872.
In 1912 a sister of the brothers wrote an article which I have not been able to read in which she claimed her brothers were hung by mistake by the Regulators. Who knows at this point? A gang of vigilantes is certainly not the most reliable of fact finders as to guilt or innocence, but One-Arm Charlie does seem to have been involved in cattle rustling. The involvement of his brother is much less clear. The historical data simply isn’t there to make a clear determination as to the sons of Governor Ford being bandits or innocent victims of a lynch mob.