Genealogy Trails

Jackson County, Illinois

Descendants of William Riley Ward

First Generation

1. William Riley Ward, son of Asa Ward and Charlotte Charity McCann was born on 22 March 1816 in Hickman County, Tennessee, died on 27 February 1864 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois at age 47, and was buried in Jones Dry Hill Cemetery, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois.   Known history: William Riley Ward was a farmer all of his life.  He lived about a mile and a half southwest of Ava, Jackson County , Illinois at the time of his death.  In the July 1860 census he was living in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois.  Berthilda was the administrator of his will, dated March 31 1864.  His personal estate amounted to about $500.  The only names mentioned: widow Berthilda, Sarah L. Ward and Benjamin A Ward.  In the October 1850 census, Jackson County, Northern District, Illinois, Berthilda's mother Sarah Cameron, age 63, was living with them.  He appeared on the census on 7 August 1820 in Hickman County, Tennessee. age 4, in household of parents.   He appeared on the census in 1830 in Montgomery County, Illinois, age 14, parents had settled prior to census.  He appeared on the census on 24 October 1850 in Jackson County, Illinois, listed as farmer.  Sarah Cameron, age 63 in household, mother-in-law.  He appeared on the US census on 7 July 1860 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois, listed as farmer, owns real estate, hard to read ( possibly $1500 personal, possibly $500) William, age 43, Berthilda, age 42, Sarah, age 18, Josiah, age 17, Benjamin, age 9, John, age 7, Francis, age 5, Berthilda, age 3.  He had an estate probated filed on 31 March 1864 in Jackson County, Illinois.

William Riley married Berthilda Cameron, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 17 August 1837 in Montgomery County, Illinois.  Berthilda was born on 27 March 1818 in TN and died in 1873 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois at age 55.  She appeared on the census in 1850 in Jackson County, Illinois.  She appeared on the census in 1860 in Jackson County, Illinois.  She appeared on the census on 15 July 1870 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois.  Berthilda listed as keeping house, age 52, value of real property $500, value of personal property $200, cannot read or write box is checked.  Benjamin age 19, William age 17, Frances (f) age 15, Berthilda age 12.

Children from this marriage were:

Charlotte Jane Ward was born on 9 August 1839 in Montgomery County, Illinois and died about 1850 about age 11. 

Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" Ward was born on 11 March 1841 in Jackson County, Illinois and died on 12 May 1874 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois at age 33.  Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" married William Riley Hall (d. September 1898) on 23 November 1868 in Cape Girardeau County, MO.  Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" next married Arthur Melvin Lee (d. 2 April 1908) on 28 May 1862 in Jackson County, Illinois.

Josiah Ward was born in 1822 in Hickman County, TN and died on 9 April 1864 in Randolph County, Illinois at age 42.  Josiah married Jane Caldwell (d. After September 1850) on 5 March 1846 in Randolph County, Illinois.

James J. Ward was born about 1843 in Jackson County, Illinois and died on 7 September 1863 in Bridgeport, Alabama about age 20.  James J. married Mary Jane Paregin (d. 23 July 1918) on 25 November 1858 in Jackson County, Illinois.

Mary E. Ward was born about 1847 in Illinois and died before 1864.

Benjamin A. Ward was born in 1850 in Jackson County, Illinois, died after 1887 in Jackson County, Illinois, and was buried in Jones Dry Hill Cemetery, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois.  Benjamin A. married Leonora Chandler (d. After 1887) on 15 May 1887 in Jackson County, Illinois.

William Acey Ward was born on 1 January 1852 in Jackson County, Illinois, died on 28 January 1942 in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 90, and was buried in Oklahoma.  William Acey married Martha Elizabeth Hiser (d. 30 December 1920) on 24 July 1872 in Jackson County, Illinois.

John James Ward was born in 1853 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois and died on 12 March 1905 in Rockwood, Randolph County, Illinois at age 52.  John James married Sarah Jane Fisher (d. 14 August 1904) on 13 February 1870 in Randolph County, Illinois.

Francis A. Ward was born about 1855 in Illinois and died in 1898 in Sivells Bend, Cooke County, TX about age 43.  Francis A. married Henry Clay Crow (d. 1898) on 1 October 1872 in Jackson County, Illinois.

Berthilda Ward was born on 18 December 1858 in Degonia, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 6 June 1944 in Seminole County, OK at age 85, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  Berthilda married Frederick Hunter Johnston (d. 4 September 1938) on 1 March 1880 in Jackson County, Illinois.

Second Generation (Children)

Charlotte Jane Ward was born on 9 August 1839 in Montgomery County, Illinois and died about 1850 about age 11; suspect dates listed could be incorrect, needs additional documentation; is this the correct Charlotte Ward ? b. 9 August, 1838 d. 6 November, 1900, bur. New Home Cemetery, Clubb, Wayne County, Missouri

Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" Ward was born on 11 March 1841 in Jackson County, Illinois and died on 12 May 1874 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois at age 33.  • Note: married twice, • Note: worldconnect posting / Shawcross GEDCOM file, 16 September 2006. exactly as posted:  LEE, ARTHUR M WARD, SARAH LUCETA JACKSON 05/28/1862, source:LLONGCALL@aol.com, Her name was Sarah "Lucity" at least that is what is on the official marriage certificate and on her first husbands pension record (Arthur Melvin Lee) in the family record that we do have.  You have given me the missing piece - my great grandmother "Vinnie" Lavinna J. Lee's mother Sarh L. Ward seemed to disappear.  I found her at Ancestry.com through your work.  I do have it in my greatgrandmother's handwriting that her mother died in 1874 on May 12 and was born on March 11, 1841.  I have their marriage certificate. The family never talked about her but rumored she ran off to Missouri - which apparently she did with Mr. Riley Hall.  You may want to add the date of her death so it might help someone else with research. Thanks for solving the mystery.  Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" married William Riley Hall on 23 November 1868 in Cape Giardeau County, MO.  William Riley was born in 1840 in Wayne County, MO and died in September 1898 in Madison County, MO at age 58.  He appeared on the census on 3 July 1870 in Degonia, Jackson County, Illinois.  He appeared on the US census in 1880 in German, Richland County, Illinois.  William R. Hall, age 41, Laborer, listed as widowed; Sarah B. Hal,l age 10, housekeeping;  researched by Clark Sinclair / Texas, 7 December 2002.  William Riley Ward was a baptist preacher, farmer, cobbler.  The child from this marriage was:  Sarah Berthilda Hall was born on 28 September 1869 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois and died on 17 March 1962 in Dalhart, Dallam County, TX at age 92, death September 9 1962 , Grimes, TX?  Sarah Berthilda married Elijah Lee Sinclair in 1885.  Elijah Lee was born on 2 February 1850 in Madison County, MO and died on 22 April 1909 in Quanah, TX at age 59.  He appeared on the United States census in 1860 in Twelve Mile Township, Madison, Missouri, age 10 years.  He appeared on the census on 19 June 1880 in Reynolds County, MO; conflicting census information, QUESTIONABLE, age 27, listed as single.  He appeared on the census on 15 June 1900 in Reynolds County, MO, owns home, no mortgage, listed as a farm, name listed as "Lige", supported by other records.  Sarah's birth shown as September 1863?, years married, 15, coincides with known marriage year, 1885; son, Robert L. Sinclair, in household, dates match. 

Sarah Lucretia "Lucity" next married Arthur Melvin Lee on 28 May 1862 in Jackson County, Illinois. Arthur Melvin was born on 12 May 1840 in Jackson County, Illinois, died on 2 April 1908 in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois at age 67, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois.  • .: state legislator, surgeon at Chester Prison.  The child from this marriage was: Lovinie Josephine Lee was born on 31 March 1863, died on 20 March 1957 in Illinois at age 93, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois.

Josiah Ward was born in 1822 in Hickman County, Tennessee and died on 9 April 1864 in Randolph County, Illinois at age 42.  He appeared on the census on 5 September 1850 in Randolph County, Illinois. wife, Jane, age 22; daughter, Eliza Ann, age 2; listed as a farmer.  He appeared on the census on 25 July 1860 in Randolph County, Illinois; listed as a farmer, real estate value $1200, personal property value $275.  Charlotte Ward, age 61 in household, grandmother.  April 1864.  Reuben Snodgrass, administor of Probate; Snodgrass married into a related Ward family I cannot identify.  Josiah married Jane Caldwell, daughter of William Caldwell and Harriet, on 5 March 1846 in Randolph County, Illinois.  Jane was born in 1828 in Illinois and died after September 1850.  Children from this marriage were:  Eliza Jane Ward was born in 1847 in Randolph County, Illinois and died on 14 April 1875 in Illinois at age 28. • .: biographical record of Randolph County clearly identified as daughter of Josiah and Jane (Caldwell) Ward.  Eliza Jane married William P. McLaughlin on 7 February 1873 in Jackson County, Illinois. William .P was born on 5 June 1850 in Randolph County, Illinois and died in Illinois.  • .: managed fathers home farm; inherited farm at fathers death; rent out farm 1888; went into grocery business.

Barbara C. Ward was born in 1851 in Randolph County, Illinois and died about 1876 about age 25.  Barbara C. married Samuel Wilson on 24 December 1868 in Randolph County, Illinois. Samuel was born on 19 August 1844 in Randolph County, Illinois and died on 18 April 1925 in Randolph County, Illinois at age 80.

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James J. Ward was born about 1843 in Jackson County, Illinois and died on 7 September 1863 in Bridgeport, Alabama about age 20.  He appeared on the census in 1860 in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois. wife Mary, age 18, daughter Sarah, 9 months.   Enlisted: Civil War, 13 August 1862, Walnut Hill, Illinois, Company H, 88th Infantry Regiment Illinois, Union.  He died on 7 September 1863 in Alabama.  This date based on military record; died, Company H, 88th Infantry Regiment Illinois.  I cannot find a record of battle in Alabama for this Regiment.  I suspect but cannot say with certainty that James died of illness, not the result of a battle.  Mary Jane Ward Ledbetter.  James J. married Mary Jane Paregin on 25 November 1858 in Jackson County, Illinois. Mary Jane was born on 24 January 1844 in Brownsville, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 23 July 1918 in Jackson County, Illinois at age 74, and was buried in Ledbetter Cemetery, Kincaid Township, Jackson County, Illinois.  Birthdate and marriage date documented; 14 years 10 month when married.  Paregon / Parigeon / Paragen surname spelling varies in different records, believe father to be Jacob M. Paragen, b. abt 1816, Kentucky.  17 November 1876.  Mary J. Ward, listed as husband of James Ward, widow; Civil War Pension index.  Children from this marriage were:  Sarah Ann Ward was born in October 1859 in Illinois and died in 1880 at age 21.  Sarah Ann married Richard Lee Scott on 10 February 1875 in Jackson County, Illinois.  Richard Lee was born in November 1853 in Illinois and died after 1900.  QUESTIONABLE, only have marriage record.   John Thomas Ward was born on 2 February 1862 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 22 July 1951 in Poplar Bluff,  Dexter County, Missouri at age 89, and was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Puxico, Stoddard, Missouri.  He appeared on the census on 25 June 1900 in Kincaid, Jackson County, Illinois; owns home, has mortgage, listed as a farm.  He appeared on the census on 18 May 1910 in Duck Creek, Stoddard County, Missouri; renting home, listed as a farm, census says 11 children, 8 living.  He appeared on the census on 14 April 1930 in Richland, Stoddard County, Missouri; renting home, listed as a farmer,general farming.   He appeared on the census in 1940 in Richland, Stoddard County, Missouri.  John Thomas married Ida Mae Crain on 4 February 1884 in Jackson County, Illinois.  Ida Mae was born on 29 April 1864 in Kinkaid Township, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 13 January 1943 in Stoddard County, Missouri at age 78, and was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Puxico, Stoddard, Missouri.

Mary Catherine Ward was born in February 1863 in Illinois and died on 6 April 1951 at age 88.  Mary Catherine married William Lafayette Sams on 18 February 1882.  William Lafayette was born in July 1860 in Jonesboro, Illinois, died on 30 August 1930 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois at age 70, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois.  Multiple census records, similar names, all same proximity; this 1900 census appears correct, but is still questionable.  He appeared on the census on 8 April 1900 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois. owns home, no mortgage, listed as a farmer, age, 39, Mary, age 37, Delila, Maggie and William in household.   He appeared on the census on 9 April 1930 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois. age 71, owns home, value $800, retired, wife Catherine, age 63.

 Mary E. Ward was born about 1847 in Illinois and died before 1864; married Snodgrass ?

Benjamin A. Ward was born in 1850 in Jackson County, Illinois, died after 1887 in Jackson County, Illinois, and was buried in Jones Dry Hill Cemetery, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois.  This record full of conflicting dates.   I have left death date, seems to be somewhat documented, death after 1887.  He appeared on the United States census in October 1850 in Northern District, Jackson County, Illinois. listed as 4 months old.  He appeared on the United States census in 1860 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois. age 9.  He appeared on the United States census on 15 July 1870 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois, age 19, at home with parents.  Benjamin A. married Leonora Chandler on 15 May 1887 in Jackson County, Illinois.  Leonora was born in 1852 in Mississippi and died after 1887.

William Acey Ward1 was born on 1 January 1852 in Jackson County, Illinois, died on 28 January 1942 in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 90, and was buried in Oklahoma.  There is a W. A. Ward buried in the Fisher Cemetery, Yonkers, Wagoner County, Oklahoma ( only date is 18?? ) about 165 miles from Tecumseh, Oklahoma.  Born in 1852, his father would die ten years later in 1862.  A sister had died in 1850, who he never knew, a brother in 1863 and another brother and sister in 1864. An older sister, Sarah, had married in 1868 and died in 1874.  His mother Berthilda would die in 1873, shortly after his twenty first birthday.  The 1870 census finds him on his mothers farm, with older brother Benjamin and sisters Frances and Berthilda.  Given all he had experienced those first years, it doesn't appear to have broken his stride. In Oklahoma, he would be quite successful in business and farming. What few documents I have found, he was also very outspoken and active in his political views.  There were many technological advances being made after the Civil War, and some didn't please him, railroads and banks being among them.  In the 1890's there was considerable "wrangling" for political power in the area.  Several railroads were trying to position themselves to control freight, and banks were bending to almost every move in favor of the railroads.  I suspect William Acey Ward's property or assets were caught somewhere in the middle and the end result did not go in his best interests.  William Acey Ward apparently died without family present in 1942.  His only son Jacob Benjamin Ward had died in 1927. His grandson, Benjamin Acey Ward, was living in the area in 1940, but settled in Planada, California by 1942.  I don't recall my parents or grandparents ever speaking of William Acey Ward.  Of the other two grandsons, one disappeared and the other had great difficulty speaking of any of his Ward family, primarily because his father had abandoned their mother. I am sure there is much more to the events that happened in the early 1900's than we will ever know.  He appeared on the United States census in July 1860 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois.  He appeared on the census on 15 July 1870 in Bradley, Jackson County, Illinois. age 17 in household of mother, Berthilda, age 52, widowed.  He appeared on the census on 3 June 1880 in Clay County, Texas. listed as farmer; son, J. B. Ward, age 7, in household.  There is also a M. V. Hiser, age 10, listed as a sister.  This would have to be Malvina Hiser, born 1870.  Parents both died in 1873, she would later marry Francis Marion Crow.  The Crow family were living next door on this census, Francis, age 17.  He had a residence in 1884 in Texas. birth of daughter, Nora. 

The Tecumseh Leader Vol. 1, NO. 26, 21 September 1894, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  The Populists of municipal township No. 2 met in convention in Tecumseh, Saturday, September 1, 1894, and nominated a ticket for township offices as follows; For trustee, J. T. Wooten; for clerk, J .G. Boyd; for treasurer, W. A. Ward; for justices of the peace, D. D. Dunagan and J. S. Lovelady; for constables, G. B. Burnette and James Hale; for road supervisors, district No. 2;  F. J. Falwell, district No. 4,  F. J. HarrisW. J. Carson was elected central committeeman.

1895.  Member of Populists Party 1891-1896.  Primarily farmers who had a strong dislike for banks and railroads, who for the most part were running the country at the time.

The Tecumseh Leader local news section, Vol.2, No. 14, Ed. 1, 28 June 1895, Tecumseh Cemetery, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma. it was common for the local newspaper to write of marriages, dinners and other "happenings" concerning it's citizens lives.  W. A. Ward, a thrifty farmer residing east of town, favored populist headquarters with a call Wednesday.  Mr. Ward says the rains came just in the niche of time to make his crop of early corn.

The Tecumseh Leader, Vol. 2, No. 20, Ed. 1, 9 August 1895, Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. W. A. Ward, residing about fives miles south east of town, sent us by A. M. Kendall, monday morning, a couple of bean pods that are 23 and 25 inches long respectively.  They are on exhibition at this office and the fellow who entertains the opinion that the foregoing is a bean story can undeceive himself by calling.

He appeared on the United States census on 16 June 1900 in Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. William A. Ward, Elizabeth Ward, Nora; owns home, no mortgage, listed as a farm.  City directory, 1909, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as a grocer, on Broadway street.  He resided at city directory in 1910 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as a grocer.  He appeared on the census on 20 April 1910 in Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. owns merchant grocery, on Broadway; residential area, neighbors include deputy county clerk, surgeon, school teachers, sewing machine agent.

The Shawnee Herald, 31 October 1910, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  MORE THAN SIX SEVENTHS OF THE BUSINESS MEN OF TECUMSEH AGAINST SALOONS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

We, the undersigned businessmen of the City of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, wish to announce to the public that we are in favor of prohibition.  Our city is much better off, both morally and financially, without saloons. Those who love their homes better than they love the liquor dealers are respectfully requested to vote "NO" on the proposed Constitutional Amendment permitting the licensing of saloons.  W.A. WARD is listed. 

He resided at city directory in 1916 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. William A. and Martha E. listed as a grocer, residence is same N Broadway street.  He appeared on the census on 10 January 1920 in Forest Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. William, age 68, Martha, age 64, listed as merchant in groceries.  Newt Ramsey and Eva are living very close by ??  City directory, 1923, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as a retail grocer, on North Broadway.  He appeared on the United States census on 7 April 1930 in Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. age 78 , widowed, value of real property $1000, llisted as proprietor of retail grocery.  He appeared on the census on 8 April 1940 in Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.; owns home, no mortgage, value $500, age 88, widow, census says completed 3rd grade, in household is a W. H. Patten, listed as a lodger.  Patten is listed as a practical nurse, for private families.  Martha Hiser Ward.  William Acey married Martha Elizabeth Hiser, daughter of Henry M. Hiser and Louisa Mathison McBride, on 24 July 1872 in Jackson County, Illinois.  Martha Elizabeth was born on 20 February 1855 in Jackson County, Illinois, died on 30 December 1920 in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 65, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  Jacob Benjamin Ward.  Children from this marriage were:  Jacob Benjamin Ward was born on 16 April 1875 in Illinois, died on 15 November 1927 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 52, and was buried in Oklahoma.  Had a wall mount, wind up clock, that was in Bennie and Winnies home in Planada, California, that referenced a Ward store.  Possibly born Cook County, Illinois.  He appeared on the census on 4 June 1880 in Precinct 4, Clay County, Texas. age 7; M. V. Hiser, age 10, in household, mother's sister, whose parents had died in 1873.  He appeared on the census on 14 June 1900 in Burnett Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as farmer, Eva, Benjamin and William in household.  Census says Eva mother of four children, one living ?, listed as owner, free of mortgage, home listed as a farm.  He resided at city directory in 1907 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  Rosie E. Ward, wife, listed as owner "Ward and Son", grocers.  W. A. Ward and J. B. Ward, on Broadway street both appear to be living in the boarding house / hotel.  He resided at city directory in 1910 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. appears to be operating a boarding house.   He appeared on the census on 20 April 1910 in Tecumseh City, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Eva, Bennie, Willie and Charlie in household, listed as being an employee of a hotel, address on Park street; census says owns home, no mortgage, not a farm.  Newt Ramsey is listed as a boarder, widowed ??  Newt is listed as a janitor at the courthouse.  Jacob files for divorce one year later; later listed as a grocer, on Park street, 1923 the census also notes that Eva was the mother of seven children, 3 now living.  13 May 1911;  filed for divorce.  He appeared on the census on 30 January 1920 in Pottawatomie Township, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Jacob, age 47, Emma, age 37, daughter Lema age 15 (daughter of Emma's 1st marriage?), owns home, no mortgage, listed as a farmer.  This record QUESTIONABLE, cannot find another Jacob B. Ward in area that might fit.  City directory, 1923, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as a retail grocer, on West Park street not far from his fathers grocer store.  Rosa Evelyn Rutherford.  Jacob Benjamin married Rosa Evelyn Rutherford, daughter of John Wingfield Rutherford and Easter Isabell Culbertson, on 1 March 1896 in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  Rosa Evelyn was born about March 1880 in Texas, died on 14 February 1923 in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma about age 42, and was buried in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in the old Indian Mission Cemetery.  Records indicate a total of 13 children, 2 died very young with husband Newt Ramsey.  Age at marriage, 16 years; do not have day of birth, may have been a few days short of 16.  Jacob was 20 years and 10 months of age.   Bennie was born about 2 1/2 years later; other children before Bennie, as census says ?  She appeared on the census on 7 June 1880 in Breckenridge, Stephens, Texas. age 3 months, at home with parents, it is from this census that I base birthdate.  She appeared on the census on 10 January 1920 in Forest Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, age 38, 27 years younger than her husband Newt, in household of Newt Ramsey, 2nd husband, age 65; house is listed as owned, no mortgage.  Newt is listed as laborer, daughter Eva, 5 years 3 months; son, Newton, 3 years 2 months.  Jacob Benjamin next married Emma.  Emma was born about 1883 in Texas.  Nora Ward Whitson.  Nora Ward was born on 11 December 1884 in Texas, died on 26 January 1903 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 18, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  Other family records have Nora with different father, using 1900 census as a reference that Nora Ward clearly has a different birth month listed on census.  Nora married a few months short of her 17th birthday.   Her son was born 8 1/2 months later, she died a little over 6 months after his birth.  Her husband was almost 11 years older.  She appeared on the census on 11 June 1900 in Forest Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. age, 15 attending school.  William Whitson.  Nora married William Marshall "Bill" Whitson, son of William Whitson and Tempa Edwards, 16 0ct 1901 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  William Marshall "Bill" was born on 14 March 1874 in Crawford County, Arkansas, died in 1968 in Delaware County, Oklahoma at age 94, and was buried in Duffield Memorial Cemetery, Jay, Delaware County, Oklahoma. He appeared on the census on 15 June 1900 in Forest Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. at home with parents.  He appeared on the census on 15 April 1910 in Okfuskee, Oklahoma. listed as a farmer, widowed, renting home, listed as a farm; son, Frank, in household, age 7.  Draft registration: WW I, 12 September 1918, Washington County, Oklahoma. tall, medium build, red hair.  John James Ward was born in 1853 in Ava, Jackson County, Illinois and died on 12 March 1905 in Rockwood, Randolph County, Illinois at age 52.   He appeared on the census on 7 July 1880 in Ora, Jackson County, Illinois. listed as a carpenter.  John, age 30, Sarah age 29, daughter Ada age 5, daughter Lou Etta 10 months.  John James married Sarah Jane Fisher, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 13 February 1870 in Randolph County, Illinois. Sarah Jane was born about 1851 and died on 14 August 1904 about age 53.  Ada May Ward.  Children from this marriage were:  Ada May Ward was born on 12 June 1875 in Illinois and died on 26 February 1949 in Los Angeles, California at age 73.  Ada May married John Wesley Parker on 11 July 1894 in Rockwood, Randolph County, Illinois. John Wesley was born on 29 June 1867 in Creek, De Witt County, Illinois and died in 1943 in Chester, Logan County, Illinois at age 76.   He appeared on the census on 6 May 1910 in Ellis Grove, Randolph County, Illinois, renting home, not a farm, unemployed ? census note, number of children born is 9, number living 6.  He appeared on the census on 6 January 1920 in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois. listed as a section foreman, railroad, renting home; daughter Edna Innevarty, age 24, listed as a widow.   Louetta Ward was born in August 1879 in Illinois and died after June 1880 in Illinois.  Lottie Ward was born on 14 June 1882, died on 28 November 1962 in Illinois at age 80, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.  Adolphus Mifflin.  Lottie married Adolphus Mifflin.  Adolphus was born on 20 October 1875 in Kinkaid Township, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 25 July 1949 in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois at age 73, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.  Died while transporting horses, when one fell on him.  "Doc".  He appeared on the census in 1910 in Sugar Loaf, Saint Clair County, Illinois.  He appeared on the census in 1920 in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.  He appeared on the census in 1930 in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.  He appeared on the census on 23 April 1940 in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois; works for railroad.  Francis A. Ward was born about 1855 in Illinois and died in 1898 in Sivells Bend, Cooke County, Texas about age 43.  Francis A. married Henry Clay Crow on 1 October 1872 in Jackson County, Illinois.  Henry Clay was born in 1834 in Illinois and died in 1898 in Sivells Bend, Cooke County,  Texas at age 64.  First marriage Susan Modglin, died about 1870 ?  Children from this marriage were:  David Crow was born about 1875 and died after June 1880.  Rosetta Crow was born on 6 June 1879 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois and died on 1 October 1958 in Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma at age 79.  Rosetta married George W. Cross.  George W.  was born about 1882 in Missouri.  Henry Clay Crow was born on 10 July 1887 in Sivells Bend, Cooke County, Texas and died on 29 July 1959 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas at age 72.  Maude Della Crow was born on 31 July 1885 in Sivells Bend, Cooke County, Texas and died on 9 December 1949 in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas at age 64,  possibly married a Paul, was widowed at time of death.  William Acie Crow.  William Acie Crow was born on 8 November 1891 in Wise County, Texas, died on 5 May 1936 in Cooke County, Texas at age 44, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.  He appeared on the census on 2 April 1930 in Cooke County, Texas. renting home, listed as a farmer.  Draft registration: WWI, 5 June 1917, Cooke County, Texas. married, wife is contact, does not list name, lists self as farmer, signed "Bill Crow".  Bessie Crow.  William Acie married Bess Bridwell Ferrell.  Bess Bridwell was born on 1 January 1897 in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, died on 4 December 1965 in Cooke County, Texas at age 68, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.  Berthilda Ward was born on 18 December 1858 in Degonia, Jackson County, Illinois, died on 6 June 1944 in Seminole County, Oklahoma at age 85, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  • Note: see mother's file for census info.  MAJOR DISCREPANCY husband listed as a widow in 1920 census ? Berthilda's death record appears to be correct ?  She appeared on the census in 1910 in Earlsboro, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  She appeared on the census on 16 April 1940 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. renting home, $6 per month, age 81, widowed.  Frederick Hunter Johnston.  Berthilda married Frederick Hunter Johnston on 1 March 1880 in Jackson County, Illinois. Frederick Hunter was born on 21 April 1856 in Jackson County, Illinois, died on 4 September 1938 in Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma at age 82, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  He appeared on the census on 15 April 1910 in Earlsboro, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. listed as a farmer, Berthilda in household, age 53.  Children from this marriage were:  Albert R. Johnston was born on 6 March 1881 in Jackson County, Illinois and died on 27 November 1881.  Ameda Johnston Hodges.  Ameda Johnston was born on 4 October 1883 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, died on 3 September 1973 in Seminole County, Oklahoma at age 89, and was buried in Neal Cemetery, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Joseph Grant Hodges.  Ameda married Joseph Grant Hodges on 17 September 1899 in Cherokee, Benton County, Arkansas.  Joseph Grant was born on 4 October 1878 in Benton County, Arkansas, died on 17 May 1960 in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma at age 81, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  Ida Mae Johnston.  Ida Mae Johnston was born on 27 July 1884, died on 9 April 1978 in Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma at age 93, and was buried in Bethany Cemetery, Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.  James Jerry Pults.  Ida Mae married James Perry Pults 21 0ct 1900 in Mayesville, Benton County, Arkansas.  James Perry was born on 27 August 1877 in Carroll Township, Texas County, Missouri, died in 1944 in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma at age 67, and was buried in Bethany Cemetery, Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. He appeared on the census in 1910 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.   Draft registration: WWI, 1917, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.  Draft registration: WWII, 1942, Springdale, Arkansas.  Effie Johnston was born on 3 July 1886 in Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas and died in June 1981 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona at age 94.  Effie married William Harvey Gilles.  William Harvey was born in Texas and died in October 1963 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.  Oda Johnston.  Oda Johnston was born on 6 May 1888 in Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas and died on 8 April 1981 in West Palm Beach, Florida at age 92.  Oda married Constant Will Shives on 16 March 1907 in Mayesville, Benton County, Arkansas.  Oda next married John SheaferMargaret Etta Johnston was born on 8 July 1891 in Maysville, Benton County, Arkansas and died on 4 November 1970 in West Palm Beach, Florida at age 79.  Margaret Etta married Albert PaitEdna Johnston was born on 8 July 1891 in Maysville, Benton County, Arkansas and died on 30 March 1979 in West Palm Beach, Florida at age 87.  Edna married Burt Clark on 1 April 1906 in Mayesville, Benton County, Arkansas. Burt was born in 1882 in Texas.  Cora Johnston.  Cora Belle Johnston was born on 6 June 1893 in Maysville, Benton County, Arkansas, died on 16 July 1982 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma at age 89, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  Cora Belle married James Franklin Phillippi, son of Mahlon Phillippi and Anna Elizabeth Harlock, on 1 January 1911 in Benton County, Arkansas.  James Franklin was born on 2 September 1883 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, died on 8 June 1935 in Seminole County, Oklahoma at age 51, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Oklahoma.  He appeared on the census on 14 April 1920 in Econtuchka, Seminole County, Oklahoma. renting home listed as a farmer, general farming.  He appeared on the census on 17 April 1930 in Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma. renting home, $65 per month (about 10X average rental amount?), has radio in home, listed as a butcher, meat market, wife, Cora, listed as a dressmaker, working at home.  there is a lodger in the home listed as a grocery salesman.  James home may have been also a place of business, explaining the high rent ?

 

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