By the provisions of an act of
the State Legislature approved February
3, 1845, entitled "An act to erect the new county of Wyandott,
and alter the boundaries of the county
of Crawford," Wyandot was formed
from parts of Crawford, Marion, Hardin and HancockCounties.”
Settlers began locating in what
was to become RichlandTownship, WyandotCounty as early as 1830 with the
arrival of Samuel and Charity Pickett, natives of Maryland
respectively.In 1833, Philip Cole
settled on Section 17, Joshua Cole oil Section 2, and Charles Smith on Section
17. William M. Benjamin came to Wyandot County in 1834 and settled in Richland
Township, Conrad Wickiser, a native of Germany, came to Ohio with his family in
1810, settling in Perry County; from there removed to Delaware County, and in
1834 to Richland Township.
About the same period came John
WARD who settled on Section 1; along with others. John was Margaret’s
Among approximately 142 heads of
households listed as owners of real estate in Richland township in 1845 were John KRIDER,
Alexander KRIDER, James WARD, Benjamin WARD and J. P. WARD.
Among approximately 61
individuals listed as owners of personal property in Richland township in 1845 were Alexander
KRIDER, John KRIDER, Benjamin WARD, Benjamin W. WARD, James P. WARD, Jesse A.
WARD, and John WARD.
The Kriders, we have spoken of
earlier in this Book.The Ward family is
ours, as well.We are descended from
Jesse Ward and we feel strongly that Jesse is the son of John and Nancy Ward.
The 1850 census for Richland township, WyandotCounty, lists: John Ward, 64, farmer, born Maryland;
Nancy Ward, wife, 63, born about
Living next door is son: James F.
Ward, 25, born Ohio
(about 1825); Elizabeth, wife, 24; Calista E. 5, daughter; John, one, son; Rachel
James, 12 (James family listed at top of page); and James Lang, 16, laborer.
1850 federal census for Findlay, HancockCounty, lists: Jesse Ward, 32, farmer, born in Ohio; Sylvania, 28, wife,
John, 8, son; Nancy J., 6, daughter; Margaret,
5, daughter; Mary, 4, daughter; and Franklin, 1, son.
Jesse names his first son John
and his first daughter Nancy, leading one to believe that Jesse is probably the
son of John and Nancy Ward, above. WyandotCounty had been carved from HancockCounty five years earlier. Jesse’s farm,
no doubt, was close to that of his father and his brother.
We meet this family again – at
the cemetery.Buried at WentzCemetery,
Richland township, WyandotCounty,
John WARD, died 10 MAR 1866, age 79 years,
Nancy WARD, died 14 NOV 1851, 64 years, one
month, 24 days (wife of John)
Elizabeth WARD, 8, died 15 JAN 1865
James E. WARD, 41, died 12 SEP 1865
Stephen A.D. WARD, 15, died 29 NOV 1877
We are interested in Jesse Ward
and will take a moment to follow him and his family through thirty years of
1860 federal census for Findlay,
Hancock County, OH: Jesse Ward, 42, farmer; Sylvina, 40; John, 18;Nancy J., 16;Margaret, 15;Mary, 14;Benjamin F., 11;William, 10;Norman, 6; and Clorinda, 3.
1870 federal census for Findlay, Hancock
County, OH: Sylvina,
49, keeping house, born PA; William, 20; Norman, 16; Clorinda, 13; and Eva, 9.
1880 federal census for Findlay, Hancock
County, OH: Lavina
Ward, 59, keeping house; William Ward, 30, son, farmer; Norman Ward, 26, son,
farmer;Eva Ward, 19, daughter, keeping
What happened to Jesse after the
1860 census?The answer may come from
the events of the times.
There is a Jesse Ward who enlisted
in the Union Army from Ohio11 SEP 1862 at
the age of 44.He enlisted in Company A,
21st Infantry Regiment Ohio.He died April 21, 1864 in Louisville, KY.DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, the form says.
Sylvina/Lovina was left to raise
nine children, which she apparently accomplished.She herself died October 2, 1894, according to the Findlay
Weekly Jeffersonian, and is buried at Maple GroveCemetery, Findlay.
“Mrs. Sylvina Ward died at her home on Hobart Avenue last night from
the effects of an abscess, aged 74 years.Funeral at the family residence Thursday afternoon at ,” the notice said.
Jesse’s Daughter Margaret
Margaret Lovina Ward, as we know,
married William Henry O'Harra 13
NOV 1866 at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Findlay.It would seem that the young man had just returned from war.He later died at the age of 36 years and is
buried at Maple Grove cemetery, Findlay. William H. is – like his deceased
father-in-law – is a veteran of the Civil War, Co. I, 180th Ohio infantry.
Margaret and her two sons are
also buried at Maple Grove.
According to cemetery records, Edward
died of anemia and his wife Emily of tuberculosis.Emily died August 25, 1911.Margaret L. O'Harra is buried on the same lot
(pulmonary edema), as is Edward’s brother William Frederick (pneumonia).
Which leads us to wonder about
the Civil War and the rest of this Branch of the Family.