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John C. Ward

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 479

JOHN C. WARD 
    whose finely improved farm of eighty acres is situated in Perry township, is a well-known and representative man of this section. He was born in Muskingum county, O., May 12, 1850, and is a son of Thompson and Lucinda (Cargill) Ward. They also were natives of Muskingum county and came to Shelby county in 1853, where their subsequent lives were spent, the father being a farmer. His death occurred on the home place in Perry township, on March 29, 1869, on which his widow still resides. John C. Ward attended the district schools. When his father died he was eighteen years of age and he assumed charge of the property and carried on the usual farm industries there until 1884, when he moved to his present farm, which he purchased from Joel Drake. Here he erected a commodious residence, new barns and other farm structures and has been equally careful in enriching and cultivating his land. A general farming line is successfully carried on. On September 30, 1876, Mr. Ward was married to Miss Susan D. Staley, who belongs to one of the old pioneer families of Shelby county. Both of her parents, Nicholas and Mary (Baker) Staley, are now deceased, their burial being at Port Jefferson, O. They had the following children; Margaret, who is the wife of John Bruner; Henry; Mary, who is deceased; John T.; Jennie, who is the wife of Port Blue; Susan D., who is the wife of John C. Ward; David C., who is deceased; and Squire Nicholas. Mr. and Mrs. Ward have four children and one grandchild: Roland G., who married Clara Abbott; Edith, who married Samuel Rolfe; Verne, who married Chloe Apple and they have one son, Virgil; and Pearl, who married Oscar Key. The Ward family belongs and gives generous support to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Ward is one of the trustees. In politics he is a republican.

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