Biography of N. H. Ward
Hancock County, OH Biographies

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 with theirs.

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

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