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Thomas H. Ward

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 797

    who resides on his well cultivated farm of eighty-nine acres, which is situated in Perry township, Shelby county, O., was born on this place December 21, 1856, and is a son of Thompson and Lucinda (Cargill) Ward. Thompson Ward was born in Ohio and during his active years was both blacksmith and farmer. He was an excellent citizen, interested in all that concerned the general welfare, voted with the republican party and liberally supported the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member. He married Lucinda Cargill, who was born in Zanesville, O., and a large family was bom to them, the most of the children still living and the majority being well settled in life. The eldest, Mary, married Charles Gearhart: Ellen is the wife of James Monroe; Martha married Samuel Kiser; Addie married Joseph Kerns; John; Lucy is the wife of Samuel S. Crumbaugh; Charles is deceased; Thomas H.; Alice is the wife of Elmer Maxwell; Belle is the wife of Jacob H. Baker; and David.
    Thomas H. Ward has always lived on his present farm and has practically had charge of it since his school days, carrying on a general line of agriculture. He has made many improvements here in the way of tiling and fencing and erected the present comfortable and attractive residence. He is a man of enterprise and owns stock in the Farmers Telephone Company. Mr. Ward was married November 11, 1880, to Miss Ida Forsythe Smith. Her father, Pearson Forsythe, gave her when a babe of ten weeks, on the death of her mother, to her aunt, Mrs. Maria Smith, whose name became practically hers although she was never adopted. She had four brothers and one sister: William, Ethan, George, Edward, and Maria, the last named being the wife of John
Ogden. Mr. and Mrs. Ward have four children: Edna, who is the wife of James Woolley; and Cora, Lola and Donald. Mr. Ward has served several times as road supervisor, elected on the republican ticket, and is much interested in that subject, realizing that good roads are a necessity to an agricultural community. With his family he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. He is identified with the local organization known as the Protective Association.

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