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[Identification of item] Ward Collection, MSS 59, Library SpecialCollections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
1/2 box, 5 folders, 141 items.
Hezekiah Ward (1802-1874) was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, and married Eleanor Owen (1801-1878) in 1827. Hezekiah and Eleanor had four children: William E. (1832-1917), John B. (b. 1834), Richard Admiral (1841-1890), and James. Ward purchased a farm in the No Creek area of Ohio County from Joseph Barnett, and a small settlement called Wardtown developed.
Following the death of Hezekiah, his farm was divided among his children. Five male generations of the Ward family resided in the house which was supposedly built shortly after Hezekiah bought the farm. The generations were Hezekiah, Richard A., Fleetwood (1870-1930), Lloyd E., and his sons, Gene, Donald, and Dale. The house was last occupied in 1944.
The legal papers of the Ward family relate chiefly to Hezekiah, John A., Fleetwood and wife Annie, dating from 1873 to 1939, but receipts and promissory notes comprise the major portion of the collection. Included are Hartford toll bridge receipts, 1857-1868; Ohio County tax receipts, 1864-1884; a school tuition receipt, 1878; a school tax receipt, 1908; and telephone receipts, 1913-1934.
Additionally, there are an essay and a play, both written on stationery that has printed on it "No Creek School" and "Lydia Ward, Assistant Principal, 189?".
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