Stephanie Ward
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Stephanie Ward

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Stephanie Ward aka Mandarino
Born 1950s.
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Sister of , and [private brother (1950s - 1980s)]
Mother of [private child (1990s - unknown)] and [private child (1990s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 18 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 3 May 2021
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Native Texan
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Stephanie Ward lived in Louisiana.
Stephanie Ward was a part of Georgia.

Stephanie "Steff" Ward Mandarino, daughter of Johnny Ward and Willa "Pete" Hanks, grew up in New Orleans, but was born in the Cajun part of Texas to a mother from Acadia Parish, Louisiana and a dad who was a Georgia peach.[1][2] Speaking of Johnny Ward , long story, but only recently, via DNA and WikiTree, it came to light that HIS father was NOT the mysterious and elusive, now strongly suspected to have been fictional, "Frank Ward" listed on his birth certificate. "Fictional" would explain why he's a total brick wall.

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Stephanie Ward is a descendant of an Acadian
As for Willa "Pete" Hanks, another long story, but her Acadian ancestors first arrived in Louisiana in 1765. A hundred years before, the patriarch of one line had left Lyon, France, to settle Port-Royal, Acadie (now-Nova Scotia), only to be dérangé-ed by the English in 1755. Others arrived from France in 1785 via the Amitie, which sailed from France to the New World then-Spanish colony of Louisiana.
Stephanie Ward has German Roots .
Stephanie Ward has French origins.
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Stephanie Ward has Spanish ancestors.
Stephanie Ward has Irish ancestors.
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Stephanie Ward has English ancestors.
They married into other Acadian, and already-established German and French families, as well as newly-arriving Spanish, Irish and American settlers in southwest Louisiana. Willa's first language was French, but in school she was required to speak only English. She grew up in the time before Cajun cooking was considered cuisine and our Acadian heritage was embraced and celebrated by American Louisiana. By the time her children came along, Willa had assimilated so well (thanks to her WW2 service in Washington D.C. with the Marine Corps) that she had no trace of an accent and claimed she couldn't speak it when asked for help with her child's high school French (to be fair, Cajun French is quite a leap from the modern standard now taught).

Met Joe Mandarino at Loyola Law School in New Orleans; married in 1991. Two children. Nothing before that matters.

Most Interesting Relatives

Stephanie Ward is related to US President Abraham Lincoln. Here is the trail.
  1. Abraham Lincoln - 1st cousin, 6x removed
  2. Joseph Broussard, dit Beausoleil - 1st cousin, 10x removed
  3. Edward Isaac Petty - secret grandfather and man behind the "Frank Ward" myth/brick wall
  4. Emily Carmelite Sarver - 3rd great-grandmother, said by gossips in the old neighborhood to this day! to have been a madame during the Civil War
  5. the Lafayette Eleven, 11 men ambushed and murdered by Confederate soldiers for their possible involvement in the Underground Railroad, including Theodule Simon -2nd great-grand-uncle, and ten other Abshire, Hanks and other relatives. Space page to be constructed.

WT Teamwork

PIP Guide, 11 March 2021
Profile Improvement Voyage Guide
USBH Connecting Challenge
Stephanie has participated in the USBH Connecting Challenge.

Participated in the USBH Connecting Challenge, adding 15 profiles, Feb 2021

Profile Improvement Voyager
Stephanie has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage

Completed the Profile Improvements Project's Profile Improvement Voyage 18 Feb 2021

Stephanie Ward participated with Tree Nuts during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.
Stephanie Ward participated with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding some sources to profiles.

Co-captain, Gulf Coast Hurricanes, 4th annual Source-a-Thon, Oct 4-7, 2019

Active Member, Categorization Project liason w/Acadian and Louisiana Projects, August, 2019, current

Stephanie Ward is participating with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon.

Co-captain, Gulf Coast Hurricanes, 1st annual Connect-a-Thon, Jul 12-14, 2019

Active Member, Rangers Project, May, 2019, current

Stephanie Ward is participating with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon.

Co-captain, new team Gulf Coast Hurricanes, 2nd Spring Clean-a-Thon, Mar 2019

Stephanie Ward participated with Team Acadia during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 46 items to profiles.

Captain, Team Acadia, 1st annual Scan-a-Thon, 11-14 Jan 2019

Louisiana Families Project Coordinator, Oct 2018. Most of my time spent improving Louisiana profiles: adding sources; cleaning gedcoms; formatting and outlining biographies; merging duplicates; monitoring the project watch list; working with new members; clearing Louisiana errors; handling some communication. current

Stephanie Ward participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 286 sources to profiles.

Co-leader, Team Acadia, 3rd annual Source-a-Thon, 2-4 Sep 2018

Active member, Profile Improvement Project, 20 Aug 2018

Stephanie Ward participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 513 suggestions.

Participant, 1st annual Spring Clean-a-Thon, 5 Apr 2018

Stephanie Ward participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding 53 sources to profiles.

Participant, 2nd annual Source-a-Thon, 15 Sep 2017

Active member of the Data Doctors Project, 28 Aug 2017

Stephanie Ward participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2016 Source-a-Thon, adding some sources to profiles.

Participant, 1st annual Source-a-Thon, 30 Aug 2016

Active member of the United States History Project, 23 May 2016

Active member of the Acadians Project, 13 May 2016

Active member of the Louisiana Families Project, 5 May 2016


  1. Both paternal and maternal DNA matches are confirmed by 23 and Me DNA test comparison with brother Chris Ward. Test concluded 48% matching DNA, accurately predicting a full sibling relationship.
  2. "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 January 2015), Willa Mae Hanks in entry for Stephanie Ward, 23 Sep 1955; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Thanks for all your hard work on Edna Lewis' profile! Emma
Hi Stephanie,

Congratulations to you. I look forward to working with you, and learning together with you, Todd and Barry, what being a Leader here is all about. Have a great rest of your day. Sharon

posted by S (Hill) Willson
Congratulations on that shiny new blue badge!!! Thanks for joining us and let me know if there's anything I can help with.
Mayflower & Scotland Projects
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I'm calling plagiarism Bobby!

Congrats S. on that shiny new blue badge!

best regards,


posted by SJ Baty
Horrors, SJ!! Did I plagiarize you, or did you plagiarize me?? Either way, we both warmly welcome you, Stephanie!


posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles!

You can add the participation sticker to your profile if you’d like. Connecting Challenge Stickers

We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge


Walter Robert Lawrence born in Gloucestershire father of my match sorry
posted by Dorothy Brooks
Bonsoir .. I need your help and collaboration of this significant ancestor ..

Marie Louise Rosette Rochon ... Ultimately, free persons of color from both the Barbeau dit Boisdore and Rochon families connected the families by placée and marriage during the Nouvelle France, France, Santa Domingo, La Louisiane, Nouvelle-France, Luisiana, Nueva España and United States transitions. C'est Bon Magnifique !

posted by Gerald Baraboo
edited by Gerald Baraboo
Thank you for your help with Cosse-37.
posted by Roy Breerwood Jr.
Hi there, Stephanie!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 100!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
The pdf links are from GLO, Texas General Land office including the Muster lists. I will look at both of them. One should be muster list under a Captain, ( The other I have to check them. Every person in Texas who had bounty, donations, or even School land or Railroad land in Texas or settled in Texas is in that GLO . It is the one which keeps changing the url. Texas is a little perverse. And each months they change the url and I have to update the bounties. To find anyone I have to enter the last name only in the blank for original grantee.

posted by Mary Richardson
Many thanks, Stephanie, for clarifying the James George profile. it looks good.


posted by Mary Richardson
Many thanks for your help and advice recently.
posted by Jean Evans
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty

Can I make you profile manager of Suzanne Plante?

Stephanie, can you help me add Renaud-1314 to the Acadians project or help find a matching profile?
posted by Mike Wells
Hi Stephanie!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 1800!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank-you Steph! BTW ... if you're fixing the old Visi- & Ostrogoth section, the dates are prob. based on fl. (check Cawley), unless the DOB/DOA is known. BUT ... there might be some caveats for certain profiles where placement in the tree is questionable (which doesn't mean 100% factual since the earliest writing took place well after... leaving us more questions:D).
posted by Bree Ogle
Stephanie has been a huge help in my Dirmann family tree Wikitree. All of her help is greatly appreciated , She is a real asset to this site, Thanks Paul
posted by Paul Dirmann JR
Stephanie - would you be interested in reviving it? (Space:Irish_in_Louisiana)

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thank you for your edits on John Armstrong Bross. Following the example of many Black editors and writers, I deliberately capitalize Black and not white. There is a good explanation here:

However, I appreciate the edit so I could add the explanation as to why on the profile.

Dear Stephanie, regarding my deletion of Margaret Blancet as wife of John Abshire,

I had found John's daughter Phoebe Abshire's death certificate record listing him as the father of the deceased and Martha B. Blancherd as her mother. This information was furnished to the county clerk by Calvin Aker, Phoebe's second child, so I thought that he was more likely to know his grandmother's proper name than some census taker as they regularly misspelled the common names of the time, some could hardly write legibly and I assumed this to be so, but I just ran down that marriage record listing her and John Abshiean (?) , 27 Dec 1812, citing Patrick, Va., Ref#562-82; FHL microfilm 33,351. So now I'm not sure either way or both after all. Sorry bout that ! The Abshire's ran Liberty Land and Abstract

posted by John Johnson

Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated. I am just getting started and plan to post some old family photos as well.

posted by Angela Williams