Formation and Organization

Of Wyandot County, Ohio

And the Jesse Ward Family

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 Hancock Counties.”

Settlers began locating in what was to become Richland Township, Wyandot County as early as 1830 with the arrival of Samuel and Charity Pickett, natives of Maryland and Virginia 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 grandfather.

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, Wyandot County, lists: John Ward, 64, farmer, born Maryland; Nancy Ward, wife, 63, born about 1787 Maryland.

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, Hancock County, lists: Jesse Ward, 32, farmer, born in Ohio; Sylvania, 28, wife, born Pennsylvania; 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. Wyandot County had been carved from Hancock County 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 Wentz Cemetery, Richland township, Wyandot County, are:

John WARD, died 10 MAR 1866, age 79 years, nine days

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

Jesse Ward

We are interested in Jesse Ward and will take a moment to follow him and his family through thirty years of censuses.

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 house.

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 Ohio 11 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 Grove Cemetery, 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 two o'clock,” 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.

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