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Zebediah Ward

Revolutionary War Patriot
1755-1837

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Zebediah WARD II was born Dec 1755 in Essex County, New Jersey. It is believed that his parents are Zebediah and Selvester ZANDERSON WARD. According to DAR records, Zebediah was a patriot during the Revolutionary War, serving as a sergeant with New Jersey forces.

He was first married about 1776 to Sarah ZELUFF, who was born ca. 1759 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. Zebediah's children by Sarah ZELUFF were: Hannah, David, Zebediah III, Phoebe and Peter Z.

By 1820 Zebediah had moved his family to Lawrenceberg, Dearborn County, Indiana. Zebediah filed a Land Patent for a 40-acre tract in Ripley County, Indiana on 1 August 1833 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

On 16 July 1828 in Harrison County, Indiana he married Harriet JONES, born ca 1804 in Ohio to Stephen JONES. Zebediah, his son, Peter, with their families relocated to Clark County, Indiana. Harriet WARD filed a Land Patent at Jeffersonville on 8 October 1834 for a section of land in Clark County, Indiana.

Zebediah's children by Harriet JONES were: Sylvester, Mary Jane and Stephen Benjamin, all born after Zebediah was past the age of 70.

Zebediah's will was proved on 14 Nov 1836. In addition to naming Zebediah's grown children by Sarah Zeluff and bequeathing them each one dollar, it provided land for his son, Sylvester, and a cow and feather bed for his daughter, Mary Jane. His wife, Harriet, was Executor of the will. It is not known if a subsequent will was written, voiding this one, and providing for his son Stephen, born in 1835. (Will located by J. Anderson.) Click on graphic to view original will.

DAR records give Zebediah's death date as 10 Jan 1837 in Clark County, Indiana. Acknowledged as one of the Revolutionary War Soldiers of Clark County, Indiana, he is reported to be buried in that county, but the location of his grave is not known.

A widow at age 30, Harriet remarried on 18 April 1838 in Clark County to Louis FRANCONI, a Swiss immigrant. Harriet JONES children by Lewis FRANCONI were: Alonzo, Emeline, and Charles.

In 1838 and 1839 Lewis FRANCONI filed 3 separate land patents in Clark County at Jeffersonville under the name of Lewis FRANCONY. Two were for tracts in Clark County, and one in Floyd County.

The FRANCONYs lived in Clark County as late as 1845, when Charles was born, but by 1850 Lewis was living in Lafayette, Floyd County, where he is enumerated in the 1850 census with Harriet and his three children. Harriet is enumerated a second time in Wood Township, Clark County with her six children, but not Lewis. This seems to support the family oral tradition that Lewis left Harriet about 1850. It is believed that Louis made his way to New Orleans, where he gambled away his family's assets, causing Harriet to seek sworn affidavits proving her marriage to Zebediah and inheritance from him.

Family of Zebediah WARD and Sarah ZELUFF

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First Generation

Zebediah WARD II. (Zebediah I) Born in Dec 1755 in Essex County, New Jersey, Zebediah died in Clark County, Indiana on 10 Jan 1837; he was 81. About 1776 Zebediah first married Sarah ZELUFF, daughter of Daniel ZELUFF & Hannah CLARK, in Essex County, New Jersey. Born ca 1759 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, Sarah died probably in Dearborn County, Indiana ca 1825. They had the following children:

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Hannah WARD (ca 1777- )
David WARD (ca 1781- )
Zebediah WARD III (1784- )
Phoebe WARD (ca 1787- )
Peter Z. WARD Sr. (ca 1792-1873)

Second Generation

Peter Z. WARD Sr.. (Zebediah II) Born ca 1792 in Essex County, New Jersey, Peter died in near Bennetsville, Clark County, Indiana on 1 Apr 1873; he was 81. Buried in Merrill-Ward Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana. He was a farmer. About 1821 Peter first married Rhoda PATE, daughter of Jeremiah PATE, in Dearborn County, Indiana. Born ca 1802 in Virginia, Rhoda died before 1863. They had the following children:

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William Simpson WARD. (ca 1821-ca 1878)
Peter Z. WARD Jr.. (ca 1825-<1870)
Commodore P. WARD. (ca 1829-1878)
Phebe WARD. (ca 1831- )
Hannah WARD. (ca 1832- )
Rhoda Catherine WARD. (ca 1835- )
Diadima WARD. (ca 1836- )
Samuel C. WARD. (ca 1839- )
Henry H. WARD. (ca 1843- )
Zachary F. WARD. (ca 1847- )

On 18 Apr 1863 Peter second married Elizabeth STOREY, in Floyd County, Indiana.

On 17 Jun 1865 Peter third married Elizabeth SINEX, in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. She was born ca 1796 in New Jersey.

Peter Z. Ward served during the War of 1812, enlisting in the New York Militia on 10 Jun 1814. He was assigned to Captain John Stewart's company in Colonel Wadsworth's Regiment, Captain Sterretts & Freeman Co, NY Militia. Peter was discharged 20 Sep 1814.

Third Generation

William Simpson WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1821 in Dearborn County, Indiana, William died in Grayson County, Texas ca 1878. He was a farmer in Clark County, Indiana until after 1870. On 27 Apr 1845 when William Simpson was 24, he married Lovisa Mariah COOLEY, daughter of Hiram COOLEY & Olivia LANGDON, in Clark County, Indiana. Born in 1827 in Indiana, Lovisa near Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas on 4 Feb 1901; she was 74. They had the following children:

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William S. WARD (1850-1850)
Olivia Jane WARD (1852-1948)
Rhoda A. WARD (ca 1853-1863)
James Franklin WARD (1857-1890)
Mary Ellen WARD (1859-1948)
Dorcas Sirena "Dorie" WARD (1862-1945)


Peter Z. WARD Jr. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1825 in Kentucky, Peter Jr. died before 1870.He was a farmer. On 29 Jul 1847 when Peter Jr. was 22, he married Sarah GARRETSON, in Floyd County, Indiana. She was born ca 1828 in Kentucky. They had the following children:

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Jane E.. WARD (ca 1848 - )
Emily A. WARD (ca 1849 - )
Sarah Matilda "Tillie" WARD (ca 1853 - 1919)
Ardelia T. WARD (1856 - 1935)
Oliver K. WARD (ca 1859- )
Henry H. WARD (ca 1862- )
Mary E. WARD (ca 1864- )
Catherine "Kate" WARD (ca 1869- )


Commodore P. WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1829 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana, Commodore died in Borden, Clark County, Indiana on 18 Jan 1878; he was 49. Buried in Miller Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana. He was a farmer. On 8 Jan 1855 Commodore married Jane PEYTON, daughter of John PEYTON & Abigail McCORY, in Borden, Clark County, Indiana. She was born on 30 Sep 1834 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana. They had the following children:

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Charles E. WARD. (ca 1856-<1870)
James A. WARD. (ca 1860-1884)
Mary Etta WARD. (1871-1953)
Clara Lee WARD. (1876-1894)


Phebe WARD. (Peter Z. Sr. , Zebediah II) Born ca 1831 in Clark County, Indiana, on 18 May 1852 Phebe married Miles A. HARDIN in Clark County, Indiana. He was born ca 1825 in North Carolina. They had the following children:

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Theodore M. HARDIN. (ca 1854- )
Caroline HARDIN. (ca 1860- )
Amanda A. HARDIN. (ca 1865- )


Hannah WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1832 in Indiana. On 18 May Hannah married Joseph M. DAMRON, in Clark County, Indiana. He was born ca 1834 in Indiana.

Rhoda Catherine WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1835 in Clark County, Indiana, on 14 Feb 1855 Rhoda married James A. BARKER in Clark County, Indiana. He was born ca 1826 in Ohio. They had one child:

i. William H. BARKER. (ca 1861- )


Diadima WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1836 in Indiana, on 1 Jun 1854 Diadima married Robert WILSON in Clark County, Indiana. He was born ca 1838 in Indiana. By 1880 this family had moved to Kansas. They had the following children:

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Alfred P. WILSON. (ca 1855, Indiana)
Samuel C. WILSON. (ca 1856, Indiana)
Zelia J. WILSON. (May 1860, Indiana)
Bell WILSON. (ca 1862, Indiana)
Ruth A. WILSON. (ca 1864, Indiana)
Didema C. WILSON. (ca 1866, Indiana)
Robert A. WILSON. (ca 1868, Indiana)
Sarah R. WILSON. (ca 1870, Missouri)


Samuel C. WARD. (Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born 1838 (birthdate reported in the 1900 census as Aug 1840) in Clark County, Indiana, Samuel died 15 Feb 1911 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana; he was 72. Samuel was a farmer. On 18 Sep 1862 he first married Nancy DAMRON in Clark County, Indiana. Born ca 1842 in Indiana, Nancy died before April 1900. They had one child:

i. Eveline WARD. (ca 1874- )

In 1900 Samuel is listed as father-in-law in the home of Marcellus F. and Mary E. Rossicoe of Knox County, Indiana. Whether Mary is his daughter, Eveline, is not positively known. A marriage record for Marcellus Rossicoe to a Mary E. Blades is found in the Indiana Marriage Index 1845-1920. In 1910 Samuel reports marrying 3 or 5 times. After April 1900 Samuel C. married Roda [--?--]. She was born circa 1844 in Indiana.

Fourth Generation

Olivia Jane WARD. (William Simpson, Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 29 Oct 1852 in Clark County, Indiana. Olivia Jane died on 19 Oct 1948, she was 95. On 25 Dec 1870, when Olivia was 18, she married Andrew Jackson "A.J." ADKINS in Clark County, Indiana. He was born ca 1850 in Indiana. By 1877 they had moved to Texas. They had three children.

James Franklin WARD. (William Simpson, Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 24 Oct 1857 in Clark County, Indiana, James died on 30 Aug 1890; he was 32. On 23 Oct 1884, when James Franklin was 26, he married Linnie Addie DEMORY in Grayson County, Texas.

Mary Ellen WARD. (William Simpson, Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 1 Dec 1859 in Clark County, Indiana, Mary Ellen died on 30 Dec 1948, she was 89. On 10 Nov 1881 when Mary Ellen was 21, she married John Locke PYLES, in Grayson County, Texas. Born on 28 Dec 1840 in North Carolina. John Locke died in Grayson County,Texas on 26 Aug 1913, he was 72. They had five children.

Dorcas Sirena "Dorie" WARD. (William Simpson, Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 3 Apr 1862 in Clark County, Indiana, Dorie died on 4 Oct 1945; she was 83. On 2 Jan 1881, when Dorie was 18, she first married Columbus HIBLER in Grayson County, Texas. On 5 Jul 1888, when Dorie was 26, she second married W. Frank GRIMES in Grayson County, Texas. W. Frank died before Apr 1930.

Sarah Matilda WARD. (Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born ca 1853 in Indiana, Tillie died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 25 Jan 1919; she was 66. Buried in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. On 9 Apr 1879 when Tillie was 26, she married Edward PACE, in Vigo County, Indiana. Born in Oct 1854 in Kentucky, Edward died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 18 Dec 1910; he was 56. They were divorced before Jun 1900. In 1910 Tillie was employed as a mechanic. They had one child:

i. Clova Ann PACE. (ca 1892- )

Ardelia T. WARD (Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born in Jun 1856 in Indiana, Ardelia died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 20 Dec 1935; she was 79. Buried in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. In 1930 she worked as a seamstress in an overall factory. On 2 Dec 1875 when Ardelia was 19, she married Andrew CARSON, son of Thomas CARSON & Jane POWER, in Sullivan County, Indiana. Born in May 1846 in Marion County; Indiana, Andrew died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 21 Oct 1906; he was 60. They had the following children:

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James Henry "Harry" CARSON (1876-1943)
Noah Frederick "Fred" CARSON (ca1877-1918)
Katie CARSON (1887-1900)
Lillie CARSON (died in infancy) [twin]
Willie CARSON (died in infancy) [twin]


Mary E. WARD (Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born circa 1864 in Indiana. On 6 Feb 1889 when Mary E. was 25, she married George G. THOMAS, son of Alexander THOMAS & Anna S. [--?--], in Vigo County, Indiana. Born circa 1862 in Indiana, George G. died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. They had no children.

Catherine "Kate" WARD (Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born circa 1869 in Indiana, Kate married John R. HARRIS, who was born in Missouri. By 1919 she had moved to Fort Scott, Kansas. No known children.

Mary Etta WARD. (Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 22 May 1871 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana, Mary Etta died in Borden, Clark County, Indiana on 23 Jul 1953; she was 82. Buried in Forest Grove Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana. On 30 Jan 1897 when Mary Etta was 25, she married George Washington THOMAS, in Borden, Clark County, Indiana. He was born on 19 Nov 1869 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana. They had the following children:

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Harry Everett THOMAS (1897- )
Grace E. THOMAS (1901-1954)
Mary Jane "Molly" THOMAS (1904-1992)
Ella THOMAS (1907-1991) [twin]
Lula THOMAS (1907-1991) [twin]
George Ray THOMAS (1909-1991)


Clara Lee WARD. (Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 6 May 1876 in Clark County, Indiana, Clara Lee died in Clark County, Indiana on 19 Nov 1894; she was 18. On 14 Sep 1892 when Clara Lee was 16, she married Charles F. SLOAN, in Clark County, Indiana. They had one child:

i. Carl SLOAN. (ca 1892- )

Theodore M. HARDIN. (Phebe, Peter Z., Zebediah II) Born in Mar 1854 in Indiana, Theodore worked as a farmer and a carpenter. Theodore married Eliza Arneda MILLS. Born ca 1853 in Illinois, Eliza died before 1900. They had the following children:

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Charles HARDIN. (1891- )

Caroline HARDIN. (Phebe, Peter Z., Zebediah II) Born ca 1860 in Indiana. On 11 Nov 1884 when Caroline was 24, she married Simpson B. ERWIN, in Lawrence County, Illinois.

Amanda A. HARDIN. (Phebe, Peter Z., Zebediah II) Born ca 1865 in Indiana. On 16 Sep 1884 Amanda married William H. BARCROFT, in Lawrence County, Illinois.

Fifth Generation

Clova Ann PACE. (Sarah Matilda, Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 19 Aug 1884 in Vigo County, Indiana, Clova died in Los Angeles County, California on 2 Feb 1955; she was 70. In 1910 she was employed as a seamstress in a pant factory. About 1910 when Clova Ann was 25, she married Wirt HUFF. Born on 20 Feb 1872 in Indiana, Wirt died in Los Angeles County, California on 8 May 1956, he was 84. No known children.

James Henry "Harry" CARSON. (Ardelia T., Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) . Born on 7 Sep 1876 in Indiana, Harry died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 2 Aug 1943; he was 66. Buried in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. About 1901 when Harry was 24, he married Nellie Frances JOHNSON, daughter of Francis JOHNSON & Lydia Eliza Rhoda Flora TOMKINS, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Born on 24 Sep 1876 in Chelsea, Washtenaw County, Michigan, Nellie died in Ohio on 24 Nov 1942; she was 66. They were divorced. They had three children.

Noah Frederick CARSON (Ardelia T., Peter Z. Jr., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) . Born circa 1877 in Indiana, Fred died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 21 Jul 1918; he was 41. Buried in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. On 27 Jul 1904 when Fred was 27, he married Eda C. HEISER, in Vigo County, Indiana. They had three children.

Harry Everett THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 20 Mar 1897 in Clark County, Indiana, in 1930 Harry worked for the State Forestry Service. On 3 Feb 1919, when Harry was 21, he married Blanche M. WALLRAVEN, in Clark County, Indiana. She was born on 23 Jan 1898 in Clark County, Indiana. They had one son.

Grace E. THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II)Grace E. THOMAS. Born on 3 Apr 1901 in Clark County, Indiana, Grace died in 1954; she was 52. Buried in Holy Trinity Cemetery, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. On 7 Feb 1920 when Grace E. was 18, she married Louis MURRAY, in Clark County, Indiana. He was born on 8 Feb 1898. They had one daughter.

Mary Jane "Molly" THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 4 Dec 1904 in Clark County, Indiana, Molly died in Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana on 26 Nov 1992; she was 87. Buried in Scottsburg Cemetery, Scott County, Indiana. Molly first married Oliver ELROD, who was born on 22 Oct 1905. Molly second married Roy William JACKSON, who was Born on 3 Feb 1904 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana.

Ella THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 29 Jan 1907 in Clark County, Indiana, Ella died in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana on 1 Jun 1991; she was 84. Buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana. About 1928 Ella married Charles O. BIERLY, son of Ott BIERLY & Lula M. JACKSON. Born on 10 Aug 1904 in Clark County, Indiana, Charles died in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana on 1 Apr 1990; he was 85. They had five children.

Lula THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 29 Jan 1907 in Bennetsville, Clark County, Indiana, Lula died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky on 6 Aug 1991; she was 84. Buried in Kraft Graceland Cemetery, Floyd County, Indiana. Lula married Glen MOORE.

George Ray THOMAS. (Mary Etta, Commodore P., Peter Z. Sr., Zebediah II) Born on 27 Jul 1909 in Borden, Clark County, Indiana, George died in Borden, Clark County, Indiana on 4 Nov 1991, he was 82.



Family of Zebediah WARD and Harriet JONES

First Generation

Sylvester WARD. (Zebediah II) Born on 19 Nov 1829 in Harrison County, Indiana, Sylvester died in Memphis, Union Township, Clark County, Indiana on 8 Jan 1916; he was 86. He was a farmer and a railroad laborer. On 3 Sep 1853 when Sylvester was 23, he first married Sarah HARMONSON, in Clark County, Indiana. Born in Clark County, Indiana, Sarah died before 1860. They had the following children:

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Andrew H. WARD. (ca1856- )
John W. WARD. (ca 1858- )
Albertine WARD. (ca 1859- )

On 25 Oct 1860 when Sylvester was 30, he second married Sarah C. "Sally" McDONALD, in Clark County, Indiana. Born ca 1843 in Clark County, Indiana, Sally died in Clark County, Indiana in 1887. They had the following children:

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Harriette "Hattie" WARD. (1864- )
Charles E. WARD. (1867- )
William Zebediah WARD. (1870-1927)
Margarett WARD. (1872- )
Benjamin Franklin WARD. (1875-1952)
Wilbur W. WARD. (1879- )
Alonzo WARD. (1879- )
Henry Jackson WARD. (1881-1965)


Mary Jane WARD. (Zebediah II) Born 22 Jan 1832 in Bennetsville, Monroe Township, Clark County, Indiana, Jane died 3 May 1916 in Wood Township, Clark County, Indiana; she was 84. On 1 Jan 1851, when Jane was 18, she married William Frederick CREAMER in Clark County, Indiana. They had 9 children.

Stephen Benhamin WARD. (Zebediah II) Born ca 1835 in Indiana, Stephen died in Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois on 12 Nov 1925. On 20 May 1858 Stephen married Susan ALDRIDGE in Floyd County, Indiana. Born ca 1835 in Indiana, Susan died before 1920. Stephen may have served as a private with the 66 Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. He had moved his family between Mississippi and Illinois, operating a house painting business with his sons. By 1910 the family had settled permanently in Cairo, Illinois. Stephen and Susan had four children.

Second Generation

Andrew H. WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born ca 1856 in Indiana. He was a farmer. About 1882 Andrew married Marguarete [--?--]. She was born ca 1857 in Ohio. They had one child:

i. Lewis Francis WARD. (1888- )

Harriette "Hattie" WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born ca 1864 in Clark County, Indiana. On 7 Aug 1882 Hattie married Napoleon GOUSHA, in Clark County, Indiana. Born on 4 Apr 1832, Napoleon died on 3 Aug 1908; he was 76.

Charles E. WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born ca 1867 in Indiana, Charles was a musician, and played with a band in Bloomington, Indiana.

William Zebediah WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born in Oct 1870 in Clark County, Indiana, William died on 25 Nov 1927; he was 57. About 1891 William married Sarah "Sallie" HOLMES. Born in Aug 1871 in Kentucky, Sallie died on 25 Nov 1921; she was 50. They had the following children:

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Leola WARD. (1892- )
James Frank WARD. (1894-1921)
Myrtle J. WARD. (1895- )
Delphena WARD. (1899- )
Wilbert Sylvester WARD. (1903- )


Benjamin Franklin WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born in Oct 1875 in Clark County, Indiana, Benjamin died on 2 Apr 1952; he was 76. He worked as a molder. On 29 Mar 1896 when Benjamin was 20, he married Carrie Ann WATERHOUSE or WATERHAUS, in Floyd County, Indiana. Born on 2 Jun 1874 in Indiana, Carrie died in Los Angeles County, California on 11 Apr 1948, she was 73. They had the following children:

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W. WARD. (1897- )
Hattie WARD. (1898- )
Vesta WARD. (ca 1903- )


Wilbur WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 3 Mar 1879 in Clark County, Indiana. He was a farmer and a driller at a cement plant. On 25 Jan 1913 when Wilbert was 33, he married Florence FRANCIS, daughter of William FRANCIS & Emma COMPTON, in Monroe County, Indiana. She was born on 29 Apr 1877 in England. By 1920 Wilbert had moved his family to Montana. Wilbert and Florence had one child:

i. Correne WARD. (ca 1905- )


Henry Jackson WARD. (Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 15 Apr 1881 in Clark County, Indiana, Henry died in Dyer, Lake County, Indiana on 8 Apr 1965; he was 83. He was a blacksmith. About 1908 Henry married Anna Nancy BROWN, daughter of Bailey F. BROWN & Lucy A. STAPP, in Lawrence County, Indiana. Born on 15 Aug 1889 in Casey County, Kentucky, Anna died in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana on 28 Jun 1951; she was 61. They had the following children:

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Beulah Ellen WARD. (1908-1987)
Benjamin Leroy WARD. (1910-1979)
Ethel Nettie WARD. (1912-1987)
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Fred Paul WARD. (1924-1989)

Third Generation

Lewis Francis WARD. (Andrew H., Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 23 Jun 1888 in Indiana, Lewis died on 15 Mar 1962; he was 73. Buried in Mar 1962 in Bowery Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana. He was employed as a laborer for a steel company. On 1 Mar 1920 when Lewis Francis was 31, he married Sarah A. DODD, in Shelby County, Indiana. Born on 16 Dec 1902 in Indiana, Sarah died on 1 Jun 1992; she was 89. They had three children.

Leola WARD. (William Zebediah, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 20 Oct 1892 in Floyd County, Indiana, Leola died in Apr 1974; she was 81. On 8 Mar 1913 when Leola was 20, she married Harrison COLLINS, in Marion County, Indiana. No known children.

Myrtle J. WARD. (William Zebediah, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 14 Dec 1895 in Floyd County, Indiana. On 6 Nov 1916 when Myrtle was 20, she married Forrest A. SWANK, in Marion County, Indiana. He was born on 14 Aug 1895 in Winchester, Indiana. They had one child.

Delphena WARD. (William Zebediah, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 8 May 1899 in Indiana, Delphena died in May 1990; she was 90. On 8 Dec 1917 when Delphena was 18, she married Clarence Luther DAFFRON, son of Elizabeth [--?--], in Marion County, Indiana. Born on 19 Jun 1896 in Vincennes, Indiana, Clarence died in Mar 1978; he was 81. They had two sons.

Wilbert Sylvester WARD. (William Zebediah, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 27 Dec 1903 in Floyd County, Indiana, Wilbert died in Oct 1963; he was 59. He was employed as a police officer in Elkhart, Indiana. About 1927 when Wilbert was 23, he married Bernice [--?--]. She was born circa 1905 in Indiana. They had one son.

Vesta WARD. (Benjamin Franklin, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born ca 1903 in Ohio. Vesta married [--?--] CHILTON. They were divorced. They had two daughters.

Beulah Ellen WARD. (Henry Jackson, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 8 Aug 1908 in Lawrence County, Indiana, Beulah died in Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina on 20 Sep 1987; she was 79. Beulah first married Raymond GRUBB. They were divorced before 1930. On 27 Feb 1932 when Beulah Ellen was 23, she second married Homer Arthur MARTIN, in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. Born on 23 Apr 1906 in Linton, Greene County, Indiana, Homer died in Palatka, Putnam County, Florida on 1 Jun 1982; he was 76. They had one daughter.

Benjamin Leroy WARD. (Henry Jackson, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 3 Aug 1910 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, Benjamin died in Lowell, Lake County, Indiana on 7 Mar 1979; he was 68. He was employed as a plasterer for a stone company. Benjamin married Wally BABCOCK, in Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana. No known children.

Ethel Nettie WARD. (Henry Jackson, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 10 Jun 1912 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, Ethel died in Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana on 22 Aug 1987; she was 75. On 18 Sep 1932 when Ethel Nettie was 20, she married Fred Francis CRON, in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. Born on 20 Sep 1907 in Rockfield, Warren County, Kentucky, Fred died in Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Kentucky on 20 Sep 1994; he was 87. They had one son.

Fred Paul WARD. (Henry Jackson, Sylvester, Zebediah II) Born on 16 Aug 1924 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, Fred died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennesse on 19 Oct 1989, he was 65. Fred first married Barbara HUDDLESTON. On 22 Aug 1953 when Fred was 29, he second married Lorraine Francis METZ, in Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana. Born on 17 Jul 1920 in Auburn Park Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Lorraine died in Edmonson County, Kentucky on 11 Sep 1989; she was 69. No known children.


Family of Harriet JONES Ward & Lewis FRANCONI

First Generation

Alonzo FRANCONI OR FRANCONY. (Harriet Jones) Born in Dec 1838 in Clark County, Indiana, Alonzo died in Miami County, Ohio on 15 Aug 1933; he was 94. Buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio. He was a railroad laborer and a carpenter. Alonzo served as a private in Company I, 23rd Indiana Infantry during the Civil War, enlisting 27 July 1861 and mustering out 28 July 1864. A pension application was filed by his widow, Sarah Francony in Ohio. Sometime before 1879 Alonzo moved his family to Miami County, Ohio. About 1877 Alonzo married Sarah MAXWELL. Born in Jul 1859 in Kentucky, Sarah died on 14 Nov, year unknown. They had the following children:

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Hattie G. FRANCONY. (1879 - )
Joseph A. FRANCONY. (1879 - 1955)
Charles FRANCONY. (1884 -1953)
Stella May FRANCONY. (1891-1980)
Mabel FRANCONY. (1893 - )
Edna J. FRANCONY. (1897-1980)


Emeline "Emma" FRANCONY. (Harriet Jones) Born ca 1844 in Indiana. There is a marriage index entry for an Emeline Francony to John W. Terry on 13 April 1868 in Clark County. No further record of this union has been found. On 9 Feb 1874 Emma married Henry CUNNINGHAM, in Clark County, Indiana. He was born in Mar 1848 in Illinois. They had the following children:

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Charles CUNNINGHAM. (1875- )
Dora B. CUNNINGHAM. (1879- )
Mary CUNNINGHAM. (1882- )
James V. CUNNINGHAM. (1888- )


Charles FRANCONY. (Harriet Jones) Born in Feb 1845 in Clark County, Indiana, Charles died in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana on 23 Jun 1910, he was 65. In 1880 he worked for a blacksmith. About 1868 Charles married Catherine R. MATHEWS, daughter of Patrick MATHEWS & Mary CASEY. Born on 4 Oct 1847 in Clark County, Indiana, Catherine died in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana on 2 Oct 1929; she was 81. They had the following children:

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James A. FRANCONY. (1870-1943)
Louis Francis FRANCONY. (1872-1950)
Mary Catherine FRANCONY. (1880-1969)
Charles FRANCONY. (1883-1883)


Second Generation

Joseph A. FRANCONY. (Alonzo, Harriet Jones) Born on 17 Dec 1879 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, Joseph died in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio on 28 Jan 1955; he was 75. Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. He drove a truck for a living. About 1902 Joseph married Laura [--?--]. Born ca 1878 in Ohio, Laura died in Miami County, Ohio on 12 Jun 1970.

Charles FRANCONY. (Alonzo, Harriet Jones) Born in Jul 1884 in Ohio, Charles died on 3 Jul 1953; he was 69. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio. He was a blacksmith for a handle manufacturing company. About 1915 Charles married Edith [--?--]. Born on 7 Nov 1895 in Ohio, Edith died in Mar 1987, she was 91. They had the following children:

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Kenneth William FRANCONY. (1916-1995) DWI
Lillian M. FRANCONY. (1920-1993). Married WARNER.
Bertha M. FRANCONY. (1925-1996). Married FOGT.


Stella May FRANCONY. (Alonzo, Harriet Jones) Born on 22 Jun 1891 in Piqua, Ohio, Stella died in Fletcher, Miami County, Ohio on 12 Sep 1980; she was 89. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, Stark County, Ohio. About 1909 Stella married Dorsey Louell BYRD, son of Andrew J. BYRD & Flora BUTLER. Born on 15 Jul 1888 in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, Dorsey died in Concord, Contra Costa County, Calfornia on 16 Feb 1991; he was 102. They had the following children:

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Living BYRD.
Living BYRD.
Earl Donald BYRD. (1920-1988)


Edna J. FRANCONY. (Alonzo, Harriet Jones) Born on 26 Apr 1897 in Ohio, Edna died in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio on 3 Nov 1980; she was 83. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. About 1916 Edna married Adrian E. MOUGEY, son of Francis Xavier MOUGEY & Mary Rachel GARITY. Born on 2 Feb 1897 in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, Adrian died in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio on 25 Mar 1964; he was 67. They had one child:

i. Ruth E. MOUGEY. (1920-<2002)


Dora B. CUNNINGHAM. (Emeline , Harriet Jones) Born on 9 Dec 1879 in Indiana. On 27 Jan 1909 when Dora B. was 29, she married Richard E. BURNS, in Delaware County, Indiana.

James A. FRANCONIA. (Charles, Harriet Jones) Born on 31 Dec 1870 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, James died in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana on 27 Apr 1943; he was 72. He worked as a grocer and a vegetable peddler. On 3 Feb 1898 when James was 27, he married Gertrude L. FOREMAN, in Holy Trinity Church Rectory, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. Born on 19 Dec 1879 in Indiana, Gertrude died in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana on 26 Dec 1966; she was 87. They had the following children:

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Marguerite M. FRANCONIA. (1899-1972)
James FRANCONIA. (1901-1901) died in infancy
Edith C. FRANCONIA. (1901-1990)
Mary L. FRANCONIA. (1909-1992)


Louis Francis FRANCONIA. (Charles, Harriet Jones) Born on 13 Nov 1872 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, Louis died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky on 18 Apr 1950; he was 77. He was a grocer, and later a realtor. On 7 Jun 1897 when Louis was 24, he married Mary F. "Mame" PURCELL, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Mame was born in Jan 1876 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. They had the following children:

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Mary C. FRANCONIA. (1899-1990)
Gertrude FRANCONIA. (ca 1902- )
Charles A. FRANCONIA. (1904-1981)
Living FRANCONIA.
John B. FRANCONIA. (1909-1981)
Living FRANCONIA.
Imelda C. FRANCONIA. (1913-1978)
Louis Edmund FRANCONIA. (1915-1984)
James T. FRANCONIA. (1917-1995)


Mary Catherine FRANCONY. (Charles, Harriet Jones) Born on 5 Sep 1880 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, Mary Catherine died on 7 Nov 1969; she was 89. Before 1909 Mary married John T. BOLIN. He was born ca 1881 in Missouri.



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