The name "Ward" is Irish in origin. But the surname was first county Galway where they held a family seat from ancient times. The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name was "Mac an Bhaird," which means "son of the bard." The Coat of Arms features a blue shield with three gold crowns.
   Our branch of the family begins with JAMES WARD, born in 1672 in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. He married SARAH RODGERS (b: Abt. 1685 in Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland) before 1700 in Donegal, then emigrated in about 1730, from Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the American Colonies. James left behind several other sons and at least one daughter in Ireland, and they may have come over later and settled in Pennsylvania or Eastern Virginia. The only information that we have of James after that is he probably died between 1758 - 1759 in Greenville, Augusta County (now Botetourte County), Virginia. In the book, CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT OF VA; Volume 2, by Lyman Chalkley, on page 232, there is a petition by James Ward, 86 years old, almost blind, and unable to provide for himself, for support. James had three more sons: John, Isaac & Benjamin. Most all of his sons & daughters were pioneers in Kentucky.


  • JAMES WARD II was born in 1700, in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. He married ANN CHILIES in Augusta Co., VA, and had the following children: Joseph b: 1723 in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland; William b: 1725 in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland; and (Captain) James, III b: 1727 in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland (His Military Service occurred in 1758 during the French & Indian War, with the Augusta Co., VA Militia). James II married once more, to Sarah Clark Lynch. They had the following children: John b: 1722; Isaac b: AFT 1730; Benjamin b: AFT 1730; Rebecca b: AFT 1730; Susan b: 1731 in Ulster, Ireland; Polly b: 1733; and Elizabeth b: 1735. Residence: 1730 Philadelphia, PA; Residence: 1749 Staunton, VA Area. James II died bef. 1763 in Staunton, Augusta County, VA.
  • WILLIAM WARD was born in 1702, in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. He married JANE SWAIM in 1737 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had the following children: Rachel b: Bef. 1740; David b: Bef. 1740 in Greenville, Augusta County, VA; James, Dr. b: Abt. 1740 in Augusta County, VA; John b: Bef. 1743; and William b: 1753. (Source: "Virginia Connections - A Genealogical History of the Thompson-Ward Family Originating In Southwest Virginia" by Anderson.) Death: Aft. 1765 in Staunton, Augusta County, VA.
  • JOHN WARD was born @ 1704 in Inishowen Penninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. He married MARY CAMPBELL (b: Aft. 1705 in Ireland/Scotland) and they had one daughter: Elizabeth Jane Ward. Residence: 1758 Calfpasture, Augusta County, VA. Death: Aft. 1760 in Augusta County, VA.
  • ISSAC WARD was born @ 1708 in Ireland
  • (FEMALE) WARD was born @ 1710
  •    James had three more sons: John, Isaac & Benjamin. Most all of his sons & daughters were pioneers in Kentucky. JAMES WARD II, was born in 1700, in County Donegal, Ireland. In 1730 he immigrated to Philadelphia with his father, wife, three sons, and brothers William, & John. He then moved to Augusta Co., Virginia, near Staunton. He died between 1782 and 1793 in Augusta County, Virginia.
       James married SARAH CLARK LYNCH, also from Ireland, and they had the following children:


  • JEREMIAH WARD was born after 1700. No further information.
  • JOHN WARD was born between 1716 - 1722 in Augusta County, Virginia. No further information.
  • JAMES WARD, Captain, was born in 1727 in Inishowen Pennsylvaniainsula, County Donegal, Ireland. He married Phoebe Lockheart in 1749, in Virginia. Children: Hannah (b: Abt 1750); Col. Wiiliam (b: 14 Dec 1752 in Agusta, Virginia); John "White Wolf" (b: 1755 in Greenbriar, Virginia); Elizabeth " Betsey" (b: Abt 1757 in Greenbriar, Virginia); Phoebe (b: Abt 1761); Cpt. James (b: 19 Sep 1763 in Staunton, Agusta, Virginia); Charles (b: 30 Jan 1769 in Mason, Kentucky); Jane (b: 10 Dec 1771 in Agusta, Virginia). Death: 10 Oct 1774 in Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia.
  • WILLIAM WARD b: 1725 in Inishowen Peninsula, County Dunegal, Ireland. Residence: Mar 1812 File 1865 Fleming Circuit court Suits. James, William, Geo. W., Samuel blair Rice and wife Mary, James h. Rice and wife. He married ELIZABETH THOMPSON (b: Abt 1730) in Augusta, Virginia; Children: William; George W. (b: Abt 1751); David (b: 1751 in Agusta, Virginia); Jane (b: Abt 1755); James Lemill (b: 25 Mar 1755); Melinda (b: Abt 1757 in Virginia); John (b: 1769 in Agusta, Virginia). William died on 15 Aug 1795 in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky.
  • JOSEPH WARD was born between 1723 and 1727 in Inishowen Pennsylvaniainsula, County Donegal, Ireland. AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - CHALKLEY'S CHRONICLES; V ol 3, Page 126.--10th February, 1763. Andrew () Brown and Jane ( ) to Joseph W ard, £55.10, 220 acres conveyed to George Stevenson by James Patton, 8th Decem ber, 1752, on Poage's Draft of James River, line of Burden's patent. Teste: W. Ward, Adam ( ) Reed, Jno. Parks. Joseph married Janet McMills (b: Abt 1725 in Agusta, Virginia) in about 1742 in Augusta County Area, Virginia. Children: Benjamin (b: Abt 1741); Issac (b: Abt 1742 in Agusta, Virginia); William (b: Abt 1743 in Pennsylvania); Polly (b: Abt 1744); Elizabeth (b: Abt 1745); John (b: Abt 1746 in Pennsylvania); Susan (b: Abt 1747); Rebecca (b: Abt 1748); Joseph Jr. (b: Abt 1750 in Agusta, Virginia); James (b: 1750 in Agusta, Virginia). Joseph died after 1795 in Woodford, Kentucky.
  • ISAAC WARD b: AFT 1730 in Ulster, Ireland.
  • BENJAMIN WARD b: AFT 1730 in (Virginia)
  • REBECCA WARD b: AFT 1730. She married Samuel Johnson.
  • SUSAN WARD, b. 1731. She married John Cartmel.
  • POLLY WARD b. 1733. She married William Thompson.
  • ELIZABETH WARD b. 1735. She married John Jameson.
  •    WILLIAM WARD was born in 1725, in Inishowen Peninsula, County Dunegal, Ireland. He immigrated to the American colonies in 1730, arriving in Philadelphia at the age of five, with parents, siblings, his grandfather, and uncle. In 1758, he was in the Augusta County, Virginia, militia, with brothers Joseph and James Jr., as well as his father and uncle. He also lived in South Carolina for a time, according to land warrants. Between 1756 and 1757, he was a Sgt. in Ranger Company 4. In 1779, he participated in the Committee of Peace, in Botetourt Co, VA.
       He married ELIZABETH THOMPSON (born about 1731 in Ireland) and they had the following children:


  • DAVID WARD b: 1751 in Virginia; Birth: 1751 in , Agusta, Virginia Death: Jun 1827 in , Agusta, Virginia; Signed the original petition to form Russell County , VA. Was the first appointed Sheriff of Russell County, VA.
  • JAMES LEMILL WARD b: 25 Mar 1758 in Augusta or Giles Co., VA. Family listed below.
  • JOHN WARD was born in 1769 in Augusta Co. VA. He married a woman named Nancy. Death: 1846 in Floyd, Kentucky.
  • GEORGE W. WARD b: ABT 1751
  • JANE WARD was born about 1755. She married Garrett Darland.
  • MALINDA WARD was born about 1757 in Virginia. She married James Harvey Rice (b: 1763) in Bedford, Virginia.
  •    That's what was generally accepted by genealogists, and all of the information I've ever read... until this: William died on 15 Aug 1795 in Lexington, Fayette Co. (Harrison), Kentucky, and this petition was filed a few decades later:


    12 March 1830 Petition for sale of land of WILLIAM WARD: In a petition for the sale of lands belong to WILLIAM WARD who died in Harrison Co, KY intestate leaving neither wife, nor child, nor children. William Ward came from Greenbrier County, Virginia and left the following brothers and sisters: JOHN, JOSEPH, ISAAC, JAMES,and BENJAMIN, SUSAN who married JOHN CARTMEL, POLLY who married WILLIAM THOMPSON, ELIZABETH who married JOHN JAMESON, and REBECCA who married SAMUEL JAMESON. All of the brothers and sisters except SUSAN CARTMEL were dead as was her husband. JOSEPH WARD, brother of the said WILLIAN WARD, left the following children to wit: JOHN, GEORGE, WILLIAM, ANDREW, JOSEPH, JAMES, the petitioner CHARLES, BENJAMIN WARD, NANCY & REBECCA WARD. (Harrison County, Kentucky Box 38, 383 NO 11746.)

        So was William Ward not our ancestor? Hopefully more information will follow. Anyway, our next ancestor, JAMES LEMILL WARD (nicknamed "Jeems") was born on 25 Mar 1758 in Agusta or Giles Co., Virginia. (His daughter Sarah's death record list her parents as being born in Giles, Virginia.)
       Excerpt from EARLY FAMILIES OF EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY by Kozee: "Ward of Johnson County" This branch of the family came to valley soon after the first settlement on Sandy. James Ward was the pioneer of the family. He settled on Rockhouse Creek, then Floyd, Martin and Johnson Counties. The family is one of the most numerous in Eastern Kentucky. They have all along been noted for quiet dispositions and good citizenship. The pioneers were noted hunters, having all along been trained in Indian warfare. Among them have been preachers, professional men and public officials. In religion, they were generally Baptists; in politics Democrats. Anotable characteristic was the naming of their children after ancestors. Of "Jim" (James) Wards there have been a large number and in order to distinguish them they were given nicknames. Hence, there were "Bigfoot," "Nine Toes," "White Head," "Bit Nose," "Jimper," "Little Jim," "Jim's Jim," Etc.
       James Lemill Ward founded the town of Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, then moved into Floyd County in about 1803, finally settling in Rockhouse Creek with his wife SARAH "SALLY" OSBURN (OSBOURNE) of Giles County, Virginia. They had the following children:


  • SOLOMON WARD was born in 1775 in Russell Co., VA. Listed as a Pioneer of Floyd, Kentucky in Pioneer Families of Eastern and Southeastern Ky by William Kozee. He married Susannah Oney (b: Abt 1780 in Russell, Virginia) on 7 Feb 1792 in Abingdon, Washington, Virginia. They had the following children: James " Whitehead" (b: 1796); Mary (b: 1796); William Brenton (b: 1799); Hezekiah (b: 1803); Jonathan (b: 1805); Solomon (b: 1807); Hiram "Highty" (b: 1810); Shadrack (b: 1813); Nancy (b: 1815); Sarah Ann (b: 17 Apr 1820). Solomon died on 3 Sep 1859 in Cherokee, Lawrence, Kentucky.
  • ABIGAIL "ABBY" WARD was born between 1775 and 1777. No further information.
  • JAMES WARD, Jr. was born in 1785 in Russell Co., VA. He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Williamson (b: 16 Jul 1794 in Mingo, Virginia) on 9 Oct 1810 in Prestonsburg, Floyd, Kentucky. They had the following children: Sarah (b: 1811); Alafair (b: Aft 1813); Elizabeth "Betsey" (b: 20 May 1815); James (b: 1817); Wells Sr. (b: 1818); Margaret "Peggy" (b: 1821); Solomon (b: 31 Mar 1823); Nathaniel (b: 1824); George Washington (b: Apr 1827); Margania (b: 1831); Emanuel (b: 1838). James died on 15 Jul 1848 in Louisa, Lawrence, Kentucky.
  • SHADRACH WARD b: 1786 in Russell Co., Virginia. He married Levina Hylton (b: 1792 in , Madison, Kentucky) on 11 Nov 1810 in Floyd, Kentucky. Children Sarah Sally (b: 1812), Judah (b: 25 Feb 1816 ), James Apperson (b: 29 Mar 1817), Jesse (b: 1820), John H. (b: 1824), Exer (b: 16 Nov 1825), William Jefferson (b: Feb 1828), Lavinia (b: 1836). Shadrach died on 1 Aug 1853 in Johnson County, Kentucky.
  • SARAH WARD b: 1790 in Russell Co., VA. She married John Chapman (b: Abt 1770) in @ 1810. They had the following children: William, Sallie, Nancy, John Jr., Fanny, James, George, Thedrick, Lurena, and Lydia Chapman. Sarah died on 5 Aug 1876 in Martin, Kentucky.
  • MARY POLLY WARD was born about 1792 in Kentucky; She married Alden Williamson (b: 1785 in Russell, Virginia) on 29 Oct 1812 in Floyd, Kentucky. Children: James, Sarah, William, Asa, Jackson, Konez, Elizabeth, John, Stephen (b: 1829 in Lawrence, Kentucky).
  • WILLIAM WARD b: 1792 in Floyd Co., or Russell, Virginia. he married Elizabrth Meek (b: 1803 in Floyd, Kentucky) on 11 Jan 1816 in Floyd, Kentucky. Death: 1855 in Johnson, Kentucky. Family listed below.
  • Personal Information
    1850 Census Image
    Name: William Ward
    Age: 58
    Birthplace: Virginia
    Home in 1850:

    Not Stated, Johnson, Kentucky

    Estimated Birth Year: 1792
    Read/Write No
    Occupation: Farmer
    Property Value: $700
    Roll: M432_208
    Page: 89
    Image: 179
    Year: 1850
    View image
    View blank 1850 census form
    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1850 United States Federal Census. M432, 1009 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.
       WILLIAM WARD was the youngest son of "Jeems" (who died sometime around June of 1808 in Floyd County, and is buried in Old Ward Cemetery in Ward City, Johnson, Kentucky) and "Sally" Osborn Ward. He was only about 13 years of age when the migration from Russell County, Virginia took place. The first direct record of William in Kentucky is his marriage bond, recorded in the Floyd County Court Clerk's office to marry ELIZABETH MEEK (b: 1804 in Kentucky), daughter of JAMES MEEK and JUDITH HYLTON. The marriage was performed 11 January 1816, by Samuel Hanna who indicated "mg" for minister of the gospel, but indicated no denomination. William and Elizabeth Meek Ward made their home some where on the river in a location near the present community of River or Offutt, Kentucky. Using census figures to calculate their dates of birth, William Ward was born in virginia ca 1792 and died in Johnson County before 1860, as Elizabeth appears as a widow on the census for that year. Elizabeth was born ca 1804 in Kentucky and appears last on the 1870 census.
       William and Elizabeth had the following children:


  • JAMES "BIGFOOT" WARD was born in Jan 1818 in Kentucky. He married SUSAN IRENA LYON (b: 1817 in North Carolina to JESSE LYON and ANNE FRANCES HOLBROOK). Death: Bef 1900 in Kentucky. Family listed below.
  • WILLIAM WARD was born in Jan 1820 in Kentucky. He married Lucinda Lyons (b: Abt 1821 in Kentucky) on 25 Sep 1841. Children: Sarah (b: Dec 1844 in Johnson, Kentucky); Celina (b: Abt 1847 in Johnson, Kentucky); Levina (b: Abt 1847 in Johnson, Kentucky); John (b: 27 Mar 1852 in Johnson, Kentucky); Frances "Fanny" (b: 1853 in Johnson, Kentucky); Jesse Corbin (b: Jul 1854 in Johnson, Kentucky); Colby (b: 19 Mar 1858 in Johnson, Kentucky); Marshall (b: Abt 1862 in Kentucky); and William (b: Abt 1866). William died before 1920 in Johnson, Kentucky.
  • SUSAN WARD was born in 1824 in Kentucky; She married Thomas Jefferson Price in 1845. Children: Christopher C. (b: 23 Dec 1855 in Johnson, Kentucky); Thomas (b: 1856 in Johnson, Kentucky); Angeline (b: 3 Sep 1858); and Benjamin Franklin (b: 3 Sep 1858). Susan dieb abt 1869 in Kentucky.
  • STEPHEN WARD was born in 1825 in Kentucky. He married Mary Polly Lyon (b: Abt 1826) on 7 Oct 1846 in Lawrence, Kentucky. Children: Jannora, James , Francis Marion, Jenkins, Jesse (b: May 1847 in Kentucky), William (b: Abt 1848 in Kentucky), John (b: May 1850 in Johnson, Kentucky), and Exer (b: Aft 1868). Death: Bef 1920.
  • ALI WARD b: 1827 in Kentucky. No further information.
  • SHADRACK WARD was born in 1829 in Kentucky. He married Nancy "Hettie" Daniel (b: Abt 1830 in Kentucky). Children: Lulu (b: Abt 1850 in Johnson, Kentucky); Milton (b: 1854 in Johnson, Kentucky); Elizabeth (b: 5 Jan 1856 in Johnson, Kentucky); Polly (b: 5 Jul 1856 in Johnson, Kentucky); Asbury (b: 3 Mar 1859 in Johnson, Kentucky); L. Beauregard (b: 1862 in Johnson, Kentucky); General T. (b: Abt 1863); Sarah Frances (b: 1866 in Johnson, Kentucky); Greenville (b: May 1868 in Johnson, Kentucky); Alvena (b: Apr 1873 in Johnson, Kentucky); and Talitha (b: 8 Apr 1874 in Johnson, Kentucky). Shadrack died before 1899 in Kentucky.
  • SOLOMON WARD was born in 1831 in Inez, Martin, Kentucky. He married Lucretia Porter (b: Abt 1828 in Floyd, Kentucky); Marriage 2: Mahala Jane Porter (b: 1835 in Kentucky) on 18 Dec 1849 in Johnson, Kentucky. Children: Benjamin b: 23 Jan 1854 in Johnson, Kentucky; Ali b: 19 Mar 1857 in Inez, Martin, Kentucky; Malissa b: 14 Sep 1859 in Johnson, Kentucky; Stonewall Jackson b: 1862 in Paintsville, Johnson, Kentucky; Twinan T. b: 1865; and Harmon b: 1867. Death: 22 Sep 1878 in Floyd, Kentucky.
  • ANDREW JACKSON WARD was born on 10 Apr 1836. He died on 31 Mar 1928 in Oil Springs, Johnson, Kentucky, USA.
  • JOHN M. WARD was born in 1832 in River, Floyd, Kentucky. He married Pauline Perlina Meek (b: Abt 1835 in Ward City, Floyd, Kentucky). Children: William Anderson (b: 1 Oct 1863 in Johnson, Kentucky); Trinvilla (b: Abt 1864); and Sallie (b: Abt 1866). Death: 1912 in Johnson, Kentucky.
  • MARTELIA "DICY" WARD was born in 1833 in Floyd, Kentucky. She married Ransom Lyons (b: Abt 1818) on 14 Oct 1852 in Lawrence, Kentucky. They had the following children: Angelina (b: 2 Oct 1853 in Lawrence, Kentucky); Martelda b: Abt 1854; Aradila (b: 19 Jan 1855 in Blaine, Lawrence, Kentucky); Melissa (b: 1857 in Lawrence, Kentucky); William J. (b: 1860 in Lawrence, Kentucky); and Elizabeth (b: 3 Nov 1860 in Big Blaine, Lawrence, Kentucky, d. 1949). She died in 1862 in Lawrence Co., Kentucky.
  • JONATHAN WARD was born in 1836 in Floyd, Kentucky. He married Pricey Williamson (b: Abt 1834 in Lawrence, Kentucky) on 26 Dec 1860 in Lawrence, Kentucky. Children: John B.; Mary Elizabeth; Paulene; Moses Clay; Minnie Mae; Adolphus; Elbert; Louvina; Florence Belle (b: 9 Oct 1861 in Kentucky); Thomas B. (b: 9 Nov 1861 in Johnson, Kentucky); and James Paris (b: 16 Apr 1863 in Kentucky). Death: 3 Jan 1920.
  • ELIZABETH WARD b: 1839 in Kentucky; Married Ace "Long Acre" Williamson (b: Abt 1839 in Kentucky) in Jul 1865. Children: John Williamson.
  • ANGELINE "ANGIE" WARD was born in 1841. She married Harman Harris (b: 1833). Children: Ida Harris (b: 1869).
  • Personal Information
    1870 Census Image
    Name:   James Ward
    Age in 1870:   53
    Birth Year:   1817
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1870:   Toms Creek, Johnson, Kentucky
    Land/Personal property:   $2000/400
    Post Office:   Paintsville
    Occupation:   Farmer
    Read:   No
    Write:   No
    View image
    View blank 1870 census form
    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1870 United States Federal Census. M593, 1,761 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.
       JAMES "BIGFOOT" WARD was born sometime in January of 1818, in Kentucky. According to the 1870 census, he never learned to read or write, but he lived on a prosperous farm in Toms Creek, Johnson County (the same census shows its value at $2000, with $400 in personal property, as well), until his death, sometime before 1900, in Kentucky. In that census, his mother, Elizabeth, lives next door to the farm at age 70, "keeping house," while his brother Stephen lives on the other side of the property, in a $600 farm. Obviously, this was a tightly-knit family which kept strong alliances and watched out for its own. In 1880, he had moved the family to Greasy, Johnson County, Kentucky, and it covers two census pages, as his farm sits next to the farm of his son Ransom.
       Bigfoot married SUSAN IRENA LYONS (b: 1817 in North Carolina) and they had the following children:

    The Ward Family in the early 1900's: Standing in back is James "Bigfoot" Ward; in front of Bigfoot, left to right: Mary Harris Ward, her husband Elliott, Henry B., Ransom, Elizabeth Meade Ward, Joseph C., Cora and Paris. The baby on the lap of Elizabeth is Grace Ward (photo courtesy of Anna Lyons Bower).


  • ALAFAIR WARD was born in 1843 in Johnson, Kentucky. She married William H. Gambill (24 Oct 1840 - 01 Jul 1885) on 1 Sep 1866 in Johnson, Kentucky. Children: Nathan b: 1868 in Johnson, Kentucky; Mary E. b: Abt 1871 in Johnson, Kentucky; Marinda b: Abt 1873; John C. b: 1875 in Johnson, Kentucky; James M. b: 30 Apr 1877 in Johnson, Kentucky; and Sally b: Feb 1881 in Johnson, Kentucky.Death: 1938 in Johnson, Kentucky. She is buried at Ward Cemetary, along the Banjo Branch stream in River, Johnson, Kentucky.
  • MARY POLLY WARD was born in Apr 1846 in Johnson County, Kentucky. She married a man named Porter, but in the 1900 census she was living with sister Elizabeth Ward Welch and her husband John Welch in Magisterial District 2, Johnson, Kentucky. Mary died in 1940. She is buried in Ward Cemetary, along the Banjo Branch stream in River, Johnson, Kentucky.
  • ELIZABETH WARD was born in Feb 1847 in Johnson, Kentucky; She married John C. "Cap" Welch (b: Apr 1847 in Kentucky) on 22 Sep 1870 in Johnson, Kentucky. He was a riverboat captain. They had a daughter named Iuka Welch (8 July 1879 - 1981 in New York). Elizabeth died in 1947, in Huntington West Virginia. She is buried in Ward Cemetary, along the Banjo Branch in River, Johnson, Kentucky.
  • RANSOM WARD was born on 5 May 1848 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married ELIZABETH JANE MEADE (b: Jul 1859 in Johnson, Kentucky) in 1877, in Johnson, Kentucky. Death: 1920 in Johnson, Kentucky (Burial: Ward Cemetary, Banjo Branch, River, Johnson, Kentucky). Family listed below.
  • See a photo of Ransom Ward, Alifair (Ward) Gambill, Mary (Polly) Ward Porter, Seated: Elizabeth (Ward) Welch and husband Capt. John C. Welch here.
  • ELLIOT WARD was born on 25 Feb 1852 in , Johnson, Kentucky; Death: Aft 1886. Married Julia VanHoose (b: Oct 1851 in Johnson, Kentucky) on 9 Dec 1882 in Johnson, Kentucky. Children: Forrest b: Mar 1881; Buna b: Abt 1888 in Johnson, Kentucky. Marriage 2: Rosilla Meek.
  • MARINDA WARD was born on 21 May 1854 in Johnson, Kentucky; Married James Spears (b: Abt 1856 in Johnson, Kentucky) on 3 May 1876 in Johnson, Kentucky. Children: Stella b: Abt 1876; Samuel b: 2 Dec 1878; Myrtle b: 17 Nov 1880 in Johnson, Kentucky; Nora b: Nov 1882 in Johnson, Kentucky; and Grover b: Oct 1887.
  • SARAH "SALLY" WARD was born on 25 Oct 1856 in Johnson, Kentucky; Married Cornelius Wilson (b: 9 Aug 1853 in Johnson, Kentucky) on 13 Jan 1885 in Johnson, Kentucky. Children: Kentucky Cornelius b: 1888 in Martin, Kentucky. Death: 1897 in Johnson, Kentucky.
  • Personal Information
    Census Image
    Name: Ransome Ward
    Age in 1900: 51
    Birthplace: Kentucky
    Home in 1900: Magisterial District 2, Johnson, Kentucky
    Occupation: Farmer
    View image
    Blank 1900 census form
    Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Magisterial District 2, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: T623 534; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 39.
       RANSOM WARD was born on 5 May 1848 in Johnson, Kentucky. He lived and worked on his father Bigfoot's $2000 farm in Toms Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky (according to the 1870 census; Census Place: Toms Creek, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: M593_477; Page: 199; Image: 399) until his mid-to-late twenties, then married ELIZABETH JANE MEADE (b: Jul 1859 in Johnson, Kentucky to HENRY P. and ELIZABETH MEADE; d. 3 Feb 1933) in 1877, in Johnson County, Kentucky. They lived in Johnson County until Ransom died in 1920 (Burial: Ward Cemetary, Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky).
       Ransom and Elizabeth had the following children:


  • ELLIOTT B. WARD was born on 8 Jul 1878 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married Mary Harris (1876 - 1956) on 13 Jul 1899 in Floyd, Kentucky. They had the following children: Lula (1901 - 1949); Forest (1903 - 1961); Ernest (1906 - 1978); Curtis (b: 1910); Georgia Mae (1913 - 1986); and Virginia Marie (1915 - 1996) in Johnson, Kentucky. Elliot died on 10 Jul 1918 in Johnson, Kentucky.
  • CARL WARD was born on 14 Mar 1880 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married Wilda Machabee in Cincinnatti, Ohio. Death: 25 Oct 1942 in Johnson, Kentucky (Burial: Oct 1942 Ward Cemetary, Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky).
  • Carl and Wilda with family: 1st row: Carl Ward, Elizabeth Meade Ward, Grace Dexter Ward Hanks. 2nd row: Bess McCarty Ward wife of Henry B. Ward, Henry Ward, Wilda Machabee.
  • PARIS WARD was born on 21 Nov 1881 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married HATTIE PRESTON, and they had a son, Walter, in 1903. But Hattie died from consumption in 1906. Paris then married MAUDIE PRESTON (b: 5 May 1887) on 29 May 1907 in River, Johnson, Kentucky. Paris died on 3 Sep 1952 in Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky (Burial: Ward Cemetary, Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky). Family listed below.
  • See Paris and Maudie here.
  • CORA WARD was born on 5 Jan 1887 in Johnson, Kentucky. She married Ulysses Compton (1876 - 1932) in Johnson County in 1915. They had the following children: Vivian Garnett (b. 1917); and Russell Edward (b. 1919). Cora was the postmistress at Offutt Kentucky. (See her in 1914, carrying a bag of mail to put on the train here.) She died on 21 Jul 1985 in Catlettsburg, Boyd, Kentucky. She's buried in the River Church Cemetery in Johnson County.
  • See Cora (Ward) Compton and her cousin Sally (Gambill) Perry here.
  • HENRY B. WARD was born on Aug 1888 in Johnson, Kentucky. Married Bess McCarty @ 1911. Occupation: Railroad Employee (Railroad symbol on headstone). Death: 5 March 1927 in Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky (Burial: Ward Cemetary, Banjo Branch, Johnson, Kentucky).
  • JOSEPH C. WARD was born in Aug 1891 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married Gynelle Thompson (b. 1903) and they moved to Ashland, Boyd, Kentucky, where they had Claude Prichard (b. 1919) and Pauline Dexter Ward (b. 1922). Joseph died on 10 Feb. 1962 in Boyd Co., Kentucky.
  • GRACE DEXTER WARD was born on 27 Oct 1900 in Johnson, Kentucky. She married Henry Zergler (b. 1891), and in the 1920 census they live in Ashland Ward 1, Boyd, Kentucky. She then married Seldon Hanks (9 Mar 1887 - 5 Jan 1950) on 19 Sep 1936. Grace died on 30 Sep 1956 in Boyd County, Kentucky.
  • See a very faded portrait here.
  • Personal Information
    Census Image
    Name:   Paris Ward
    Age:   35
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1920:   Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky
    Occupation:   --
    View image
    View blank 1920 form
    Personal Information
    Census Image
    Name:   Paris Ward
    Age:   48
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1930:   District 6 Johnson, Kentucky
    Occupation:   Coal mine engineer
    View image
    View blank 1930 census form
    SOURCE INFORMATION: US Census Records. Index created from United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1920;Census Place: Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: T625_583; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 33; Image: 163. 1930; Census Place: District 6, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: 761; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 439.0.

    Personal Information
    WWI Draft Card
    Name: Paris Ward
    Status: Natural born citizen
    Occupation: Miner
    View file
    SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 20,243 rolls. Washington, D.C.
       PARIS WARD was born on 21 Nov 1881 in Johnson, Kentucky. He had black hair, blue eyes, and his World War One registration card says he was missing a leg.
       With his mobility obviously limited, Paris became a cole mining engineer for the Royal Collieries Company of Offutt, five miles below Paintsville, and also farmed his own land to make ends meet.
       On December 18, 1901, 20 year-old Paris was married to HATTIE PRESTON (b. October 13, 1883 in Lawrence Co., Kentucky) in Johnson County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of ATCHISON PRESTON and CHARLOTTE PACK. But Hattie died on July 31, 1906. Paris' daughter, Alma Ward Price, later recalled that Paris said she died of "consumption" (tuberculosis). Hattie's buried in the Ward-Gambill Cemetery, located Across Big Sandy River from River Church House in River, Johnson County, Kentucky (as is Paris and his father, Ransom).
       Paris must have liked the surname "Preston," because he then married MAUDIE PRESTON on May 28, 1907 in River, Johnson County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of FRANCIS PRESTON and LAVINA STAMBAUGH, born May 05, 1887. They had the following children:


  • THELMA WARD was born on 11 Jul 1908 in Offutt, Kentucky. She married JOHN BALDRIDGE. Family listed below. PORTLAND, NY -- Thelma Baldridge, 73, of Pecor Street, Portland, died unexpectedly Thursday at Westfield Memorial hospital. Mrs. Baldridge was born in Offutt, Ky. on July 11, 1908, the daughter of the late Paris and Maudy (Preston) Ward. She had been a resident of Portland since 1946 and was a member of the Ark of the Safety Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name of mill Street, Brocton. (JAMESTOWN POST JOURNAL 4/29/1982)
  • See her with great granddaughter Lori Ann Ditson here.
  • ALMA WARD b: 19 May 1910. She married Clark Price (28 Feb 1904 - 8 Sep 1983). FLOYD COUNTY — Alma Price, 92, of Offutt, died Saturday, March 8, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 19, 1910, in Offutt, she was a daughter of the late Paris and Maude Preston Ward. She was a member of River United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Price. Survivors include five sons, Frank Hamilton Price of Parkersburg, W.Va., Henry Harold Price and Eddie Ray Price, both of Offutt, Claude Darrell Price of Collins, Ohio, and William Russell Price of Boons Camp; two daughters, Joan Bostic of South Lyon, Mich., and Edyth Faye Craddlock of Offutt; a brother, Roy Ward of Offutt; and two sisters, Joann Fannin of Ashland and Lizzie Dotson of Phelps. Funeral services were Monday, March 10, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. J. M. Scott officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. (Big Sandy News, Friday, 3-21-2003).
  • RALPH WARD was born on 1 Sep 1911 in Johnson, Kentucky. He married Opal Daniel (1913 - 2004) and they had the following children: Jack Wendal Ward (1931 - 1931); Doris (b. 1931); Lewis (b. 1935); Ronald (b. 1937); Philip Randol (1939 - 1984); Catl Henry (b. 1941); Roger Lee (1943 - 1992); Ernestine (b. 1945); Troy Marion (1947 - 1983); Sarah (b. 1949); Janice (b. 1950); Ralph Edward (b. 1952) and Jeffrey (b. 1957). Ralph died on 12 Nov 1981, in River, Johnson, Kentucky, and he's buried in the Ward Cemetery.
  • FRED E. WARD was born on 13 Jul 1913 in Johnson County, KY; He married Mable Walters (1914 - 1987) on 22 Jul 1935 and they had Freddie (1937 - 1956); Johnny (1939 - 2007); Betty Ann (b. 1944); Ronnie Jay (1946 - 1991); Thomas (b. 1947); James Allen (b. 1949); Nancy Louise (b. 1952); and Virginia Sue (b. 1955). Fred died on 20 Jul 1991 in Johnson, KY.
  • ROY WARD was born on 14 Dec 1914 in Johnson County, Kentucky. He married Myrtle Mae Vance (01 May - 11 May 2004) in Johnson County on 8 Jul 1950 and they had the following children: Don Carlos (b. 29 Apr 1952); Ruth Ann (b. 28 Dec 1954); and Jerry Lee (b. 14 Mar 1958). Myrtle died on 11 May 2004 in Paintsville, Johnson County, and is buried in River, KY.
  • MARGIE WARD was born on 20 Jun 1915 She married Bert Lyons on October 18, 1934. They had a daughter, Anna Lyons Bower, who donated many of the photographs on this page. River resident Margie Lyons, 83, died Sunday, August 30, 1998 at Paul B. Hall Regional Mediacl Center. Mrs. Lyons was born on June 20, 1915, in Johnsons County, to the late Paris and Maudie Preston Ward. She was a member of United Baptist Church at River. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bert Lyons, in 1993; and one son Roy Mitchell Lyons in 1956. Surviving are four sons, James Robert Lyons of Paintsville and Dennis Ray, Charles Arthur and Lanny Keith Lyons, all of River; two daughters, Alberta Buckley of Toledo, Ohio and Anna Bower of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother Roy Ward of River; three sisters, Alma Price of River, Elizabeth Dotson of Phelps and Joann Fannin of Ashland; and 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 1, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with John Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Ward Family Cemetery at River.
  • ELIZABETH WARD was born on 08 Nov 1916. She married Warren Dotson (1921 - 1975) on 31 May 1940, and they had the following children: Charles (b. 1901); Sara Kaye (b. 1843); Stanley (1845 - 1945); Warren Randolph (b. 1946); Jerry (b. 1948); Norma Jean (b. 1950); and Terry Neil (b. 1955). Elizabeth died on 19 Aug 2003 in Phelps, Kentucky.
  • See Margie and Elizabeth Ward here.
  • See a childhood photo of Elizabeth, Roy and Margie Ward here.
  • CARL WARD was born on 21 Nov 1921 in Johnson County, Kentucky; He married Sarah Jane Preston (1923 - 21 Apr 1996) and they had Larry Gene (1943 - 1995); Linda Lee (b. 1945); Garry Dean (b. 1947); Gordon (b. 1950); Carl David (1958 - 1985); and Jeanene Ward (b. 1959). Carl died on 29 Mar 1985 in River, Johnson, Kentucky, and is buried at the River Church Cemetery.
  • See Bert Lyons, Carl Ward and wife Sarah Jane Preston Ward at the Ward family reunion in River, KY in 1975.
  • LAVINA WARD was born on 27 Jun 1924; She married George Ward (19 Jul 1922 - 27 Sep 2004), son of George Ward (Nov 1887 - 25 Jun 1984) and his wife, Ann. Lavina and George had a daughter, Lois (b. 1949). Lavina died on 09 Jul 1997.
  • LOURITTA "JOANN" WARD was born on 14 Dec 1926. She married Earnest Fannin (b. 1927)on 27 Oct 1945, and they had Kenneth (b. 1946) and Faye (b. 1947). She died on 11 May 2007 in Boyd County, Kentucky.
  • ALICE VIVIAN WARD was born on 25 Oct. 1929 in Johnson, KY. She married MARION LYLE CLICK (25 Nov 1928 - 01 Nov 1990) and they had Debra (b. 24 Mar 1957) , Robert Lee (b. 06 Dec 1954) and Stephen Lyle Click (b. 03 Jul 1951) . She died on 20 May 1981 in Boyd County, Kentucky, and is buried at Golden Oak's Cemetery.

  • Paris and Maudie Preston Ward and six of their children. Carl, Lavinia, Elizabeth, Roy, Joann and Alice Vivian.
    Paris Ward, 70, passed away suddenly, September 3, 1952, at his home at River, the victim of a heart attack. He had been a resident of River his entire life and was well-known throughout this section. Mr. Ward was born November 21, 1881, a son of the late Ransom Ward. On May 28, 1907, he was married to Miss Maudie Preston who survives him. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are five sons and seven daughters, Walter Ward, Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Ralph Ward, Goldia, Ky., Fred E. Ward, Maitland, W.Va., Roy Ward, Evanston, KY., Carl Ward, River, KY., Mrs. Thelma Baldridge, Portland, New York; Mrs. Alma Price, McVeight, KY., Mrs. Margie Lyons, River, KY., Mrs. Elizabeth Dotson, Phelps, Ky., Mrs. Louvinia Ward, Mrs. JoAnn Fannin and Mrs. Alice Vivian Click, all of Ashland, KY. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Cora Compton, Catlettsburg, and Mr. Joe C. Ward, Ashland. Funeral services were held Friday, September 5, at two o’clock at the Ward home by Reverend C.J. Sparks and Reverend German Walters. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsvile Herald, Thursday September 11, 1952. (Maudie died on November 17, 1968 in Fayette Co., Kentucky.)

    LEFT TO RIGHT: Elizabeth Ward and descendants in 1920's, at the home of Carl and Wilda Machabee Ward in Huntington West Virginia (L-R: Carl, Elizabeth, Grace, Wilda, Bess McCarty Ward, Henry Ward); Paris and Maudie Preston Ward; Elizabeth (Ward) Dotson, Margie (Ward) Lyons, cousin Virginia (Ward) Kendrick, Aunt Cora (Ward) Compton and Vivian (Compton) Workman with guitar.


    Thelma Ward
       Their daughter THELMA WARD was the eldest of the twelve children, and often told stories of living through the Depression. Grandson Terry Dotson remembers: “Granny told me a story of how one Christmas, their ‘pa’ loaded them up  and took them all into town to the company store—a rare outing! They were told they would be getting a big Christmas present when they all got home. Granny said she was awfully disappointed to find out that the present waiting at home was that ‘ma’ had had another young'un—since granny, being the oldest, had to tend to the younger ones. She added, though, that her little sister was a real joy—and probably better than any old toy would have been...” Eventually Thelma got old enough to marry JOHN BALDRIDGE (22 Jun 1902 - Jan 1970) in Offutt, Kentucky, and had some young'uns of their own. They worked as farm hands and traveled, finally ending up in Portland, New York in 1946, where they raised the following children:


  • JACQUELINE BALDRIDGE was born 13 Mar 1926 in Offutt, Kentucky. She married GREEN JR. DOTSON. Jacqulene Dotson, 77, of Pecor St., formerly of Phelps, Ky., died Tuesday in Westfield Memorial Hospital. She was born March 13, 1926, in Offuct, Ky., the daughter of John and Thelma Ward Baldbridge Sr. She is survived by four sons: Ronnie Dotson of Portland, Green Jr. and Michael Dotson, both of Westfield, and Terry Dotson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; three daughters: Sandra Bentley of Phelps, Nancy Reamy of Zephryhills, Fla., and Gracie Bane of Fredonia; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Green Dotson Sr., whom she married in 1943, and who died in 1957; a great-granddaughter; a brother, John Baldridge; and a sister, Garnet Honaker. She died 09 Dec 2003 at Westfield Memorial Hospital in New York.
  • GARNET BALDRIDGE was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Offutt, Ky., the daughter of John and Thelma Ward Baldridge. She married ROBERT HONAKER and they had six daughters: Mary Louise Kennedy of West Palm Beach, Fla., Kay Gnadzinski of Fredonia, Brenda Johnson of Jamestown, Patricia Lynch of Texas, Carol Sue Meyers of Utica, N.Y., and Elizabeth ''Libby'' Jessie of Dunkirk; a son, Robert Honaker of Dunkirk; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. She lived on West Main Street, formerly of Pecor Street, Portland. Robert Honaker died in 1981 (1983 here), and she followed him on Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) in Westfield Memorial Hospital. She is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, New York, ae 73 lot D 26.
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE, JR. was born March 9, 1947 in Dunkirk. He attended Brocton schools and graduated from Cassadaga Valley Central School. He was self-employed and owned and operated John Baldridge contracting for 20 years. He married Cindy Briggs Baldridge on June 9, 1985, and they had the following children: John Baldridge III of West Palm, Fla.; three daughters: Dawn Greenlee and Andrea Carlson, both of Jamestown, and Amy Smith of Bensalem, Pa.; four grandchildren: Andrew and Luke Greenlee and Adrianna Carlson, all of Jamestown and Ryanne Smith of Bensalem. He lived on Hall Road, Cassadaga, and died May 14, 2000 at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was buried in Charlotte Center Cemetery.
  • PARIS BALDRIDGE lives in Portland, New York.
  • GRACIE BALDRIDGE married BUSTER FIELDS and lived in Phelps, Kentucky.
  • MARGARET A. BALDRIDGE married DONALD R. YARBER and lives in Brocton, NY.

    JAMES WARD (b. 1672) married SARAH RODGERS (b: Abt. 1685) and begat...

    JAMES WARD II (b. Bef. 1700), who married SARAH CLARK LYNCH and begat...

    WILLIAM WARD (b. 1725), who married ELIZABETH THOMPSON (b: ABT 1731) and begat...

    JAMES LEMILL WARD (b. 25 Mar 1758), who married SARAH "SALLY" OSBURN (OSBOURNE) and begat...

    WILLIAM WARD (b. 1792), who married ELIZABETH MEEK (b. 1804) and begat...

    JAMES "BIGFOOT" WARD (b. Jan 1818) who married SUSAN IRENA LYONS (b: 1817) and begat...

    RANSOM WARD (b. 5 May 1848), who married ELIZABETH JANE MEADE (b: Jul 1859) and begat...

    PARIS WARD (b. 21 Nov 1881), who married MAUDIE PRESTON (b: 5 May 1887) and begat...

    THELMA WARD (b. 11 Jul 1908), who married JOHN BALDRIDGE and begat...

    JACQULENE BALDRIDGE (1926-2003), who married GREEN JR. DOTSON (1921-1957) and begat...

    TERRY LEE DOTSON (b. 12 May 1950), who married CYNTHIA ANN PALMER (b. 03 Jan 1951) and begat...

    LORI ANN DOTSON (b. 07 Oct 1973), who married JEFFREY HAUSE (b. 07 Jun 1961).


    • Photo collection of Anna Lyons Bower (that's her photo, above, of Bigfoot's house, as it looks today at River, Johnson Co. Ky).
    • Early Wills of Augusta County, VA.
    • William C. Kozee, Decendants of families that settled Kentucky (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1973, 1979, 1994)
    • Billie Edyth Ward, Ward; A Genealogical Record of the Wards of the Big Sandy, revised edition; HCR 87, Box 3269; Boons Camp, KY 41204 (Gateway Press 1999)
    • Virgnina Connections- A Genealogical History of the Thompson-Ward Family Originating In Southwest Viginia, by Anderson.
    • Top Photo: Giles, VA.