Biography of James P. Ward
Richland Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JAMES P. WARD (deceased) was born at Akron, Ohio, in 1808. His parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth (Beech) Ward, were natives of Virginia, and of English and Irish extraction, respectively. They settled at Akron soon after their marriage, Mr. Ward being engaged in the Iron Mills at that place. James P., our subject, obtained a good education, and engaged in teaching several terms. He also worked as molder in the foundry for some time, and later was employed as Captain of a canal boat plying between Cleveland and Cincinnati. He came to this county in 1840, and purchased forty acres, at the time of his death owning 160. Mr. Ward was married, March 19, 1843, to Olive J. Baker, daughter of Christopher and Rachel (Berry) Baker, who settled in this county in 1824. They were natives of Virginia, Mrs. Baker's father having been an English Colonel in the Revolutionary war, her husband a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Ward's father was a prominent farmer after and a miller before coming to this county. He was the father of eleven children, five of whom are now living. He died in 1848, aged sixty three; the mother in 1875, aged eightyone years. Nr. and Mrs. Ward were the parents of twelve children, eight living; Elizabeth E., wife of J. D. Wickiser; Alphonzo C., La Fayette B., Spencer O., Howard O., Carl B., Emma E. and Roscoe P. The deceased are Cleopatra B., Walter s.; Alice and an infant. Their mother was born May 4, 1826. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Ward came to his widow's present farm, which he subsequently developed to a remarkable extent, building line barn and brick residence in 1819. He was highly esteemed as a citizen; served as Trustee many years; began life poor, but left an estate of $20,000. He died November 25, 1880. Mrs. Ward still resides on the homestead with hei three youngest children.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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