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 WARD Family

Contributed by  Tracy CARNER

Updated 23 Mar 2011


The following WARD Family information contributed by Tracy CARNER on 19 Mar 2011 via e-mail. Her ancestor, Samuel B. WARD moved with his family to Baileys Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin by 1853.  Tracy would love to hear from other WARD Family members.


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Tracy's E-mail to the PGS:


 "Hello, I would like to add a family to your surname list to be viewed by others and may find other family or history. The family was Samuel B. Ward, Miami S. Ward, there adopted son William Ward and Mother in law of Samuel - Jeanette Jones. This is the information that I have. I would like to find the descendants of William Ward..Thank you Tracy Carner"

"Miami S. Jones was born the 15 of March 1819 in Dansville, Livingston County, New York. She died at 61 years of age on the 15th of December 1880 in Bartlett Village in the town of Hanover, Cook County, Illinois. The following Friday on December 17th she was buried at the Wayne Center Cemetery, DuPage County, Illinois eight miles south of her home. The cause of death was Consumption of the lungs that persisted for two years. Today it would be called Tuberculous. She also was of Welsh heritage. Her mother was Mrs. Jeanette Jones born in 1812 in the state of Pennsylvania. Her father is unknown at this point. Miami also had two siblings, Horace Jones born in 1814 in New York and Celestia Jones born in 1812 in New York and died in Illinois living with her brother Horace after 1880.
Edgar M. Carner married Miami S. Jones in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on the 15th November 1838 by Justice of Peace A. D Smith. At some point in early 1840's the couple moves to Franklin Township which is the part Kent, Ohio, Portage County. The area was formally known as Franklin Mills now Kent, Portage County, Ohio and is six miles East of Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio.
Edgar and Miami Carner had three children while living in this area. George Carner was born in 1843, death and whereabout’s unknown, in 1844 Orlando M. Carner was born in Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio and then Nettie Ann Carner born 1846, death unknown. Edgar died on 18th July 1848 at 32 years of age. His death was reported in the Ohio Star Journal of Ravenna, Ohio obituaries as sudden. Miami was a widow at 26 years old. The children were five, four, and two year’s old. After the death of Edgar his wife Miami relocated 35 miles North to the city of Cleveland, Ohio. She lived with her mother Jeanette Jones who also was widowed, on Huntington St., in the first ward of the city. The young children George and Nettie Ann Carner also were living here. Orlando was sent to live with his aunt Celestia Hildreth and her husband Daniel R. Hildreth of Doans Corner’s. This is the area now known as East Cleveland. Daniel and his wife Celestia (nee Jones) operated Hildreth’s General Store on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Doan Street (now 105th Street). This was also the location of the post office and town meeting’s in the area know as the commons. The family home was on the opposite corner. Mrs. Carner then remarried to Samuel B. Ward sometimes between 1851 and 1853. She was 22 years younger then him. He was born in the year 1800 in the state of New York. The Ward family then moved 610 miles West to Bailey’s Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin by 1853. Her children did not move there with her. It is unknown where George Carner went at 11 years old by 1860 he was 17 years old and most likely living with family or on his own. Nettie Ann was living with the Hildreth family by 1860 in Doans Corners. Samuel and Miami Ward did have a child named William Ward born in 1865 from Ohio, but he was adopted by Samuel after their marriage and taken to Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin also. It is unclear who his parents were at this time or his given surname. There are no other records of him after 1870. Samuel B. Ward was the first storekeeper of the peninsula of Door County, Wisconsin off the western shores of Lake Michigan. Baileys Harbor was established 1849. Door County was established in 1851 from Brown County, Wisconsin. In 1853 Samuel brought with him a small stock of provision and notions. Samuel then bought the home of W.L. Brooks and built the Baileys Harbor House. On the 4th of August 1870 Samuel B. Ward died suddenly. The following is his obituary placed in The Door County Advocate later that week. "Sudden Death, The duties of the journalist are not always pleasant. Death makes sad havoc sometimes and recording his ravages among one’s friends is a sad duty. We were shocked too here of the sudden and unlooked for death of our friend and correspondent, Mr. S. B. Ward, of Baileys Harbor. It appears that on the day of his death, (Friday) he had been busy out of doors attending to business matters and about 11 o’clock in the morning went home. He was apparently well but spoke of being tired and while passing from one room to another dropped to the floor and died almost instantly. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause. Mr. W. was over 70 years of age, hale, hearty and with promise of many years and possessed of qualities that made him respected wherever known. He was one of the old residents of Baileys Harbor and well liked by its citizens. He leaves behind a widow and one adopted son. His burial took place on Saturday and was largely attended." At this time his burial location is unknown but very likely the Baileys Harbor Cemetery. Also, at this time Miami’s mother Jeanette Jones is living with the family. In 1871 Adam Hendrick bought the Baileys Harbor House from Miami Ward. The property was valued at $ 4400.00 dollars in the 1870 Census. In about 1876 Miami Ward sells the rest of the families interests in Baileys Harbor and moves 260 miles South to Bartlett, Cook County, Illinois established in 1873. Miami bought two lots off of the town founder Luther Bartlett and built a home. In the 1880 Census she is living with a domestic servant named Christine Busch who was 21 years of age." - Tracy CARNER - 19 Mar 2011.



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