N. H. WARD, farmer, P. 0. Alvada, Seneca County, was born June 8, 1812, in Washington County, Penn., to James
and Elizabeth (Eaton) Ward, natives of Maryland and Pennsylvania, respectively; the family, then consisting of
the parents and three sons, David, Jonathan. and N. H., came to Ohio in 1815, settling in Columbiana County, where
they entered and improved land. Here, to James and Elizabeth Ward, were born six more children. Joshua, Seth, Mahala,
Edmond, Artemus and Sarah. Our subject received a meager education, attending a country school only, and about
three weeks in all, but by close application to books and periodicals in later days he has become a ready thinker,
and can master a difficult problem with but little exertion. He learned the trade of a tailor, and in 1834 came
to Findlay, where for five years he carried on a tailor's shop. It is a fact worthy of mention that during his
business career at Findlay he made Dr. William H. Baldwin's wedding suit. When N. H. Ward was thirteen years of
age he was afflicted with rheumatic white swelling in his right arm, which resulted in having a portion of the
bone removed, and, in 1844, the callous which formed was entirely taken out, to eradicate a second swelling. Mr.
Ward spent about five years tailoring in Palestine, Ohio, and in 1844 came to his present farm, and for ten years
united his trade with farming. He came by team to Findlay, traveling, seven of the eight days' time consumed in
the journey, through the rain. When entering business he had $97; now he is the owner of a beautiful farm. Mr.
Ward married, November 6, 1834, Casander Bayless, who was born in 1807, and died August 3, 1836. In 1837 our subject
was again married, this time to Casander Leonard, who was born in 1811, and a short time before her death she bore
him a son, Leonard C., born May 29, 1838, died May 17, 1862. The following resolutions were adopted by the Mt.
Union College, of which Leonard C. was a student:
WHEREAS, It has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove, on the 17th inst. (May, 1862), Leonard C. Ward, of West
Independence, Hancock Co., OhioĽ therefore,
Resolved, That we recognize with humble sorrow and submission this afflicting dispensation of Providence because
it is the work of Him "who doeth all things well," and that we feel more deeply and solemnly impressed
with the brevity and uncertainty of life, the certainty of death, and the imperative ecessity of a constant preparation
to meet the "Bing of Terrors," and the Great Judge of the quick and dead.
Resolved, That in the sudden death of our departed friend we have lost a worthy companion, society and the Christian
Church a promising member, and literature a zealous laborer.
Resolved, That we truly sympathize with his deeply bereaved parents and friends in their loss of him to whose future
life and usefulness they had reason to look with sanguine expectations, and that we beg leave to mingle our grief
Resolved, That a copy of the above resolutions be submitted for publication in the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate,
Cleveland Leader, the Buckeye State, of New Lisbon, and the Hancock Jefersonian; also one forwarded to his parents,
and one preserved in the archives of this institution.
In 1839 Mr. N. H. Ward married his present wife. Eliza McCaully, born July 24, 1814. and to them were born three
children, two of whom survived: A. J. (born January 12, 1844, served in Company G, One Hundred and Seventy Eighth
Ohio Volunteer Infantry; he married, in 1870, Coraline Hoyt, and they have two children. Bertha M and Waldo R)
and H. Kate (born February 17, 1849, married to R. Cole). Our subject identified himself with the Whig and Republican
parties. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1835. His wife has been a member of that
denomination since girlhood.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
Hancock County, Ohio Biographies
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