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Mary Ann Ward and John Packard Fay
Abraham Ward and his descendants
Ohio and Iowa
From BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF ALLEN COUNTY: A Portrait and biographical record of Allen and Van Wert Counties, Ohio : containing biographical sketches of many prominent and representative citizens : together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States, and biographies of the governors of Ohio. Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1896
One of the most distinguished families of Allen county, Ohio, is that of which the history is here presented. Abraham Ward, in 1833, removed from Jackson township, Pickaway county, Ohio, to Allen county, but was born in what is now West Virginia. His ancestry were among those who settled early at Plymouth, Mass., and who came originally from England; and the descendants of those early emigrants may now be found in all parts of the United States. Abraham Ward was a son of Joseph Ward, a soldier in the Revolutionary war, who after the close of that war settled in Norfolk, Va. Later he removed to Moorefield, in Hardy county, now in West Virginia, where he died. Abraham, following the example of his father, became a soldier in the war of 1812, in an Ohio regiment. He married Miss Christiana Johnson, by whom he had two children, Joseph and John. After the death of Mrs. Ward, Mr. Ward married again, but the maiden name of his second wife is not now known. By this second marriage he had four children--two sons and two daughters, and in the fullness of time he died in Jackson township, Allen county.
From Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Oh. 1892

Biography of Samuel H. Ward
Courtesy of Kathleen Ruhlen
Samuel Ward, farmer, the subject of this sketch, on the paternal side is a descendent of the Wards of the Jamestown, Va., colony, and a great-grandson of Gen. Ward, of colonial times; on the material side he descends from the Harpers, of Harper's Ferry, Va. Our subject was born in Champaign county, Ohio, May 2, 1827, and is a son of John and Rose A. (Harper) Ward, natives of Virginia.

The paternal grandfather was Abraham Ward, who emigrated from Berkeley county, Va., in 1804, and made his first settlement in Pickaway county, Ohio. He subsequently removed to Champaign county, and later settled in Allen county, where he died. Abraham was twice married and had a family of four sons and two daughters.
The census proves pretty conclusively that Abraham Ward had more than six children. There were girls from his first marriage who have not been found; and there may have been another son from the second marriage. It is not known at this point whether the girls married and moved, or whether they died young.
Joseph Ward, the elder son of Abraham Ward and his first wife, was born in Moorefield, Va., in 1793, and settled in Champaign county, Ohio, in 1812, where he lived until 1827, when he removed to Allen county, locating on what is now known as the Felter Farm. He erected the first grist-mill in Allen county, and upon this farm he died in 1839, leaving a family of four sons and two daughters.
John Ward, the second son of Abraham and Christiana Ward, was born in Moorefield, Va., in 1795, and removed to Champaign county, Ohio, in 1812, locating in Union township. In January, 1830, he removed to Allen county, having in 1828 entered eighty acres of land in Bath township. Upon arriving in Allen county and getting settled, he engaged in teaching a select school in the winter time, and in farming in the summer season. He took a very active part in the organization of Allen county, and was appointed the first clerk of the county court, under the old constitution, in which capacity he served until his death, December 25, 1842. He also filled the office of recorder several terms. Beside being active and prominent in these local ways, he was also prominent in the military affairs of the state, holding commissions as captain, colonel and brigadier-general. Politically he was a democrat and religiously he was a Presbyterian, assisting to organize the Presbyterian church at Lima, and serving therein as an elder for many years.
John Ward the father of our subject was the eldest son; his early life was spent in Champaign county. He had but few opportunities for an education. He was reared a farmer and when a young man engaged in transporting by team (the only means in those days) the products of the farms to the Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., markets. About 1830 he went to what is now Allen county, and purchased 80 acres of land in Bath township. When Allen county was organized in 1830, he was appointed clerk of the court, and was elected the second recorder, which position he filled until his death, which occurred in 1842. At the breaking out of the war of 1812, he offered himself for enlistment, but being under size, he was not accepted. His evident disappointment attracted the notice of Gov. Vance, who commissioned him a captain in the state militia, and at his death he held a commission in the state militia of brigadier-general of the Twelfth division. Politically he was a democrat and was a power in his party, and one of the leading democrats of the county. In his religious belief he was a Presbyterian, in which church he was an elder for many years.
John Ward married Miss Rosamond Harper, daughter of Samuel Harper, who was a member of the family after whom Harper's Ferry was named. She died June 24, 1873, at the age of seventy years. She and her husband were the parents of six children, viz: Margaret, who died unmarried; Samuel H., of Paulding county, Ohio; Joseph, of Lima, Ohio; Rebecca, deceased; Simon, of Toledo, Ohio, and Elizabeth.
His family consisted of six children: Margaret who died in 1849, Samuel W. [sic; elsewhere, Samuel H.], Joseph of Van Wert county, Rebeca (deceased), Elizabeth, of Lima, Ohio, and Simeon. His wife survived him for some years.
Joseph Ward, the second son of John, was born in Champaign county, February 16, 1829. He was, however, reared and educated in Lima, and learned the trade of carpenter. Upon the breaking out of the Rebellion he felt it his duty to assist in preserving the Union, and in September, 1861, enlisted in company D, Fifty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry, in which company he served until July 22, 1862, when he was discharged because of a gun-shot wound received in the battle of Shiloh, Miss. The bullet entered the left leg, passed through the body and came out through the right hip. From this wound he at lenth recovered, and again enlisted in 1864, in company B, One Hundred and Eighty-first regiment, in whcih regiment he served one hundred days. After the war was over he purchased some land in Latty township, Paulding county, Ohio, and was there engaged in farming until 1876, when he removed to Labette county, Kans., where he remained until 1879, when, owing to the death of his wife, he returned to Ohio, and since then has lived a retired life at Lima. He and his wife were the parents of three children, viz: Rosie, deceased; Isaac W., of Van Wert, and Bruce of Fort Smith, Ark.
Samuel W. Ward received such advantages as the schools of his time afforded; at the age of sixteen he located one and a half miles from Lima, and engaged in farming, where he remained until April 16, 1865, when he located in Latty township, and purchased his farm of 160 acres. In early life Mr. Ward was a democrat, but at the formation of the republican party he connected himself with that party, and was one of five to sign the petition to organize the republican party of Ohio. He has filled the offices of justice of the peace, township trustee, and was the republican candidate for county commissioner in 1887. In 1864 he was connected with the national guard of Ohio, and was orderly sergeant of company F, Thirty-third regiment, which was consolidated with a regiment from Hocking county, which formed the One hundred and fifty-first Ohio volunteer, he being attached to Company B, and served four months. Mr. Ward was married November 1, 1849, to Miss Effie, daughter of Eli Peterson, of Franklin county, Ohio, and by the union they have had eleven children, eight of whom are living: William, John S., R.E., Mary, Clara, wife of Henry Leigh, Harry, Elizabeth, wife of O. Lewis of Van Wert county, and B.G. Mr. Ward is a member of the P. of H. Latty grange, No. 621, of Grover Hill, and a member of the M.E. church of Latty township, of which he is a trustee. Mr. Ward is one of Paulding county's progressive citizens, and commands the respect of his neighbors and the citizens of the county.
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1  Abraham Ward  1770 - 1837..
   +Christiana Johnson  
.......  2  Joseph Ward  1793 -
...........  +Catharine  1796  
................  3  Rebecca C. Ward [?1815 - ?1836]
................  3  Mary Ann Ward 1818 - 1882
................  3  Abraham J. Ward 1822 - 
................  3  John A. Ward 1825 -
................  3  Thomas Robinson Ward 1827 - 1907
................  3  Isabel Ward 1832 -
................  3  George Harmer Ward 1836 - 1862
.......  2  John Ward 1795 - 1842
...........  +Rosamond Harper 1803 - 1873
................  3  Samuel H. Ward 1827 -
................  3  Margaret Ward  - 1849
................  3  Joseph Ward 1829 -
................  3  Rebecca Ward - before 1896
................  3  Elizabeth Ward 1833 -
................  3  Simeon Ward 1835 -	

1  Abraham Ward 1770 - 1837
..  +unknown
.......  2  William Franklin Ward 1807 - 1864
...........  +Nancy Cochran 1812 -
................  3  Elizabeth Ward 1831 -
................  3  Abraham Ward 1831 - 1887
................  3  George Ward 1834 -
................  3  Joseph Ward 1835 -
................  3  Ronserd Ward 1838 -
................  3  William Ward 1840 -
................  3  Hannah Ward 1842 -
................  3  Henry Ward 1844 - 1924
................  3  Jacob C. Ward 1847 - 1908
................  3  Alonzo Lon Ward 1849 -
................  3  Nancy Mary Ward 1852 -
.......  2  Ranzewed Ward 1809 -
.......  2  Sarah Ward 1811 -
.......  2  Ruth Ward 1813 -
.......  2  Hannah Ward 1817 -
What the Census Records Can Contribute
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850
Census Data: Who's Where When
In 1810, Abraham was in Jackson, Pickaway County, Ohio. The 1810 Ohio census was one of those burned in the burning of Washington in 1812. Some tax lists are available.
Abraham and a wife (both 26-44) have 8 children in the house. Two of the girls and one boy are older; there are four children under ten. I think Abraham's second marriage took place about 1805 or 1806. Children seem to have been born every two years to the couple. The 1820 household seems to include two daughters from Abraham's first marriage; five children from the second.

males two under 10; one 10-15; one 26-44
females two under 10; three 16-25; one 26-44
I am not sure that I have found JOHN and JOSEPH in 1820.

There is a JOHN recorded in Brown County, at the border with Kentucky, and we are told that John was travelling back and forth between Champaign county and Cincinnati and Kentucky. It is not clear what age group John and his wife are being put into; the census taker uses his own setup and does not label it. No children yet, and that does agree with what we know.

There is a JOSEPH living in Union in Champaign County. This fits what we know from the books. However, the ages are not quite right. On the other hand, the number of very small daughters IS right, according to the 1830 census data.
A comparison of the census data for 1820 and 1830 makes it clear that there were more children in Abraham's household than previously reported. Combining the age categories and sexes of the entries produces a list of 12 offspring. I have filled in names and dates from what other material exists, and indicated the census grouping where there is no name.
child 1: boy Joseph 1793
child 2: boy John 1795
child 3: girl 1797 [1795-1804]
child 4: girl 1799 [1795-1804]
child 5: girl 1801 [1795-1804]
-----------------------------------------second marriage:
child 6: boy William 1807/08 [1806-1810]
child 7: boy 1810 [1810-1820]--missing in 1830; died in infancy?
child 8: girl Sarah 1811 [1810-1815]
child 9: girl Ruth 1813 [1810-1815]
child 10: boy Ranzewed 1820/21 [1810-1820]
child 11: girl Hannah 1817 [1820-1825][clearly off a couple of years]
child 12: girl 1825-1830
Abraham and his wife have five children living with them, one son and four daughters.

males: 1 15-20 [Ranzewed]; 1 50-60; females: 1 under 5; 1 5-10; 2 15-20; 1 30-40

NEXT DOOR is Abraham's son William, who must just recently have married.
male 1 20-30; female 1 15-20
1830 OH Allen Bath
Joseph (total children: 6)
males: 2 under 5 [Thomas; unknown son]; 2 5-10 [Abraham; John]; 1 30-40
females: 2 10-15 [Mary Ann; unknown daughter, perhaps "Rebecca C."]; 1 30-40
John: (total children: 3)
males: 2 under 5 [Samuel; Joseph]; 1 30-40
females: 1 under 5 [Margaret or Rebecca]; 1 30-40
JOSEPH, Ohio, Allen County, Bath

Males: one under 5; one 10-15; two 15-20; one 40-50 [Joseph born about 1793, would be about 47]
Females: one 5-10; one 40-50 [Catharine, born 1797, would be about 43]
Males: one under 5 [George]; one 10-15 [Thomas]; two 15-20 [John; Abraham]
Females: one 5-10 --that will be Isabelle

There should be a second son in the 10-15 category; he was 0-5 in 1830. He seems to have died in infancy.

There is no older daugher in the household now. We know that Mary Ann married John Packard Fay in 1838. There is another Ward marriage recorded in Allen County, in 1834, between Rebecca C. Ward and James A. Hanson. James married MARY A. MUMAUGH in August, 1840. In 1850, James is living with Mary and a 15 year old son. In 1850, Catherine Ward, the wife of Joseph, is remarried to Benjamin Hanson, a relative of James Hanson. I think that Rebecca was actually Joseph and Catherine's oldest daughter, and that she died shortly after her marriage, perhaps in childbirth, and hence is not mentioned in the later books.
JOHN, Ohio, Allen County, Lima

males one 5-10 [Simeon]; 2 10-15 [Samuel, Joseph]; 1 20-30 [??]; 1 40-50
females: two 5-10 [Margaret or Rebecca, Elizabeth]; 2 10-15 [Margaret or Rebecca; ??]; 1 30-40
Comment: John has picked up two unexplained people, a male 20-30 and a female 10-15.
We know Abraham died; did John pick up two of Abraham's five kids? his son would be 20-30; one daughter 15-20; and three daughters 20-30 and probably either gone or married. That would fit perfectly.
MARY ANN and John P[ackard] Fay live just a few doors away.
By 1850, new households are being established, and we begin to follow the individual lines of Joseph, John, and William.

JOSEPH is gone, but Catherine survives him. She is living in Bath with her youngest children, Isabel and George. Catherine has remarried, a man by the name of Hanson, who has also died; and Catherine is again a widow. Living next door to her is her son Thomas and his wife.

Daughter Mary Ann is with John Packard Fay.

Son John A. and his family are living in Jackson Township in Allen County.

Son Abraham J. is missing, and there is apparently a long story connected with his disappearance.
JOHN is gone, but Rosamond survives him. She is living with son Samuel H. and his wife Effee. Also in their home are brothers Joseph and Simeon, and sister Elizabeth. Margaret died in 1849; it is not known where Rebecca is.
WILLIAM is now in Iowa, married to Nancy Cochran. Nancy's mother Mary is living with them and their ten children.
January 2003