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George Washington Ward (abt. 1833 - abt. 1910)

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George Washington Ward
Born about in Kentuckymap
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Husband of — married 1850 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died about in New Mexico, USAmap
Profile last modified 17 Jun 2019 | Created 23 Oct 2011
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George Washington Ward was born about 1827 in Kentucky. He was the son of James Ward and Betsey Williamson. [1]

George (called "Washington" on this census) can be located along with his mother, Elizabeth, and his younger brother, Manuel (Emanuel) on the 1850 US census for Johnson County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Ward, Female, age 55, White, b. about 1795 in Virginia
Washington Ward, Male, age 23, White, b. about 1827 in Kentucky
Manuel Ward, Male, 12, White, b. about 1838 in Kentucky [2]

George and his wife Nancy and quite a few children can be found on the 1870 US census for Rockcastle, Johnson County, Kentucky. The census can be viewed online at (The rest of the family, after William M. Ward, continues on the next image.)

George W Ward Male 43 White, b. about 1826-1827 in Kentucky 10
Nancy Ward Female 38 White, b. about 1831-1832 in Kentucky 10
Nancy D Ward Female 17 White, b. about 1852-1853 in Kentucky 10
William M Ward Male 15 White, b. about 1854-1855 in Kentucky 10
James M Ward Male 13 White, b. about 1856-1857 in Kentucky 11
George W Ward Male 11 White, b. about 1858-1859 in Kentucky 11
Thomas J Ward Male 7 White, b. about 1862-1863 in Kentucky 11
Buckner Ward Male 3 White, b. about 1866-1867 in Kentucky 11
Daniel Webster Ward Male 1 White, b. about 1868-1869 in Kentucky 11
Peter F Ward Male 1 White, b. about 1868-1869 in Kentucky 11
Henry C Ward Male 1 White, b. about 1868-1869 in Kentucky 11 [3]

Birth information from a Kentucky births database on for George's son James M. Ward, who was born on October 17, 1857 in Johnson County, Kentucky, gives his parents' names as George W. Ward and Nancy Clay. [4]

The death certificate of George Ward's son, Daniel Webster Ward, who died on April 5, 1954 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, USA at the age of 85, gives his father's name as George Washington Ward and his mother's name as Nancy Clay. [5]

The death certificate of George Ward's daughter Clare Haas, provides her parents' names as George Ward and Nancy. Clare was born in Hula Furnace, Ohio on November 29, 1882, so her parents must have lived in Ohio around that time. [6]


  1. Entered by Marie Mills, Oct 23, 2011
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 April 2016), Kentucky > Johnson > Johnson county, part of > image 74 of 94; citing NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Kentucky > Johnson > Rockcastle > image 10 of 18; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), George W. Ward in entry for James M. Ward, 17 Oct 1857; citing , , JOHNSON, KENTUCKY, reference ; FHL microfilm 216,829.
  5. "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1962," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 October 2016), George Washington Ward in entry for Daniel Webster Ward, 05 Apr 1954; citing Paintsville, Johnson, Kentucky, United States, Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort; FHL microfilm 2,251,615.
  6. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), 1942 > 23701-26800 > image 775 of 3358.


A Findagrave memorial page has been located for George Washington Ward, and much of the biography information shown there corroborates the above source information and biography. However, it gives Feb. 8, 1833 as the birthdate for George, which does not match census data for 1880 or for 1850 which both show George's age, and calculations based on both censuses make his birth year closer to 1827. Also, the Findagrave site biography lists "Cinda Meek" as the mother of George, which does not match the mother (Elizabeth Williamson) who has been linked here. The Findagrave memorial is Find A Grave Memorial# 173773979, but a link is not provided, since it will likely trigger an error, due to the birth date discrepancy.

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