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Benjamin Ward was born July 9, 1847 in Union County, Indiana

In 1880 Cass County Nebraska are Ben Ward 32, Gillie Ward 28, Dora 9, Emily B 7, Hannah 5, Gracie 3, and Hoover ten months.  Ben is an implement dealer

Benjamin Ward cash-claimed a quarter in 3N 47W - about three miles north of Yuma - in 1890.

Ben was a member of the Yuma G.A.R. post in 1895, for service in the Nebraska 2nd Cavalry.


RICHARD LEWIS is an old settler and prosperous farmer, owning and operating over 480 acres of land in Eight Mile Grove Precinct. His residence is located on section 32. He was born in Pennsylvania, Dec. 24, 1818. When he was five years old his parents migrated with their family to Monongalia County, W. Va., which was at that time a comparatively new country, and as a consequence the family encountered all the troubles and privations incident to the life of the pioneer. His opportunities for securing an education were limited to the subscription schools of the time, and having a natural inclination to study, he improved his opportunities to the fullest extent, and, since he hat attained to years of manhood, he has lost no opportunity of adding to his store of knowledge.
   Our subject is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth
Our subject was married April 7, 1846, to Margaret Wells, a native of West Virginia. she is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Wells. By this union there has been a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters, six of whom are living, namely: Simon, Sanford C., Gilly, Adeline, Gertrude and George. Those deceased are Rebecca and John. Simon resides in Lincoln; Sanford C. resides in Hayes County, this State; Gilly is now the wife of Benjamin Ward, and resides in Colorado; Adeline is the wife of M. L. Thomas, the editor of the Dundy County Pioneer, at Benkleman, Neb.; Gertrude is the wife of George Laverty, and resides in McCook, Neb.; George also resides in McCook.


BENJAMIN WARD, of Lafferty & Co.'s Livery Stable, Louisville, was born in Putnam County, Ind., July 9, 1847, and resided for some years with his parents in Missouri and Iowa. In 1859, he came with them to Nebraska, and assisted his father in farming in Plattsmouth Precinct, afterward in Eight-Mile Grove. In 1864, he enlisted in the Second Nebraska Cavalry, and served about eight months. He was for some two years engaged in teaming, freighting, etc., to Denver, and for a year lived in Montana, where he teamed six months, and then gave his attention to mining; subsequently was for a year in British Columbia, trading with the Indians. Returning to Nebraska, he farmed for four years near this place, and was afterward for two years in agricultural implement business at Louisville, in company with B. G. Hoover; was for six months engaged in hardware business, with his brothers; then again in Colorado for eight months, employed by the "Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company." He returned here in May, 1882, and joined George Lafferty in this business. Mr. Ward was married in Glendale, Cass County, Neb., October 24, 1869. They have four children--Dora, Emma R., Hannah E. and Grace B.


Gilley S. Ward July 11, 1852 – January 20, 1899 in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver
1900 Yuma – Benjamin said he was born July 1847 in Indiana, married one year.  No wife listed.    With him are George E. son June 1884 Nebraska, Sarah E. daughter May 1888 Colorado, Lewis O, May 1890 Colorado, Margaret H  September 1894 Colorado.  Also with him are Dora O. Woland, daughter November 1870 Nebraska, married 9 years, with sons Clair E November 1891 in Nebraska and Benjamin H September 1897 Colorado.


Ben 60, and Alice 45 are in Denver in 1910.  Ben does mining in a tunnel.  They’ve been married four years, and Alice has two children.  She was born in Missouri.  Lewis O. is 19, and Margaret M is 15.
In 1920 Denver Ben is a promoter for a mining company.  He and Alice M., age 54, have William 6, born in Colorado
In 1930 Denver Mary H. Ward, 65, said she’s divorced.  She has William H. Ward, 16 with her
In 1940 Mary A. said she’s widowed. William H. , a machinist, is still with her.
In 1910 Oakland, California Harry and Dora Wolland, with Clair and son Larue 12.
In 1920 Oakland Dora has  son Clair and Phyllis Woland, and brother ? LaRue 22
Lewis Oliver Ward registered for WWI in Denver, saying he was born May 29, 1890 in Yuma – salesman for a coffee roasting company, with a wife and child.
He and Emma are there in 1920  and in 1930 Lewis is widowed.  He has James 17 and Mary 8 with him.


1900 McCook Nebraska Charles P. and Emily Ball have Wanda, 3.
1910 Las Vegas, Nevada Charles P. Ball 40 and Emily R.  37 have Wanda Il 13, Lola M 9, and three month old Ellen M.
1935 Emily Ball arrived at San Pedro saying she was born November 4, 1872 at Louisville, Nebraska

Daughters of Benjamin Ward.  - Thanks to the Ward family

From left to right. Emily Ball, Marie, Ella Taylor, Grace Shaffer, Lila Marks.

One tree said Ben died October 17, 1932 in Denver.

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