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James Madison Ward 

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James B. (Bear) Ward
1796 - 1861

Elizabeth English
1798 - 12/25/1888
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James Madison Ward
6/30/1823 - 2/3/1891
James Madison Ward was born on June 30, 1823 in Dale County, Alabama and died on February 3, 1891 in Bruce, Florida. He lived to be 67 years old.

He served in the 33rd Alabama Infantry CSA which was organized in Pensacola, FL in April 1862. They fought battles in AL, TN, GA and the Carolinas. The 33rd disbanded before the official surrender and was not present with General Johnston surrendered to General Sherman.

Married Mary (1834). It may have been Mary Jane Purvis (born around 1825 in GA), the daughter of Chelsey Purvis (1800, Dooley GA) and Lydia Wright (1800, SC). It is believed that they had three children:
  1. Eliza (1859)
  2. John A. (1860)
  3. Sarah (1867)
Census12/1/1830 AL (Dale County) 7 yrs old 
James Warde's family is described as one son under 5, 3 sons between 5-9, and one male between 30-40. The house has two females: one under 5 and the other between 30-40 years old. 
Additional information about Dale County, AL around 1830: Dale County was established on December 22, 1824, from lands now found in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties. The first non-Indian settlers arrived in this area around 1820 -- shortly after the Creek Indian Wars ended and the Treaty of Fort Jackson was signed. Daleville became the first county seat. However, the town is simply called "Dale's Court House" around this time. 
Census6/1/1840 AL (Dale County) 16 yrs old 
page 31 -Line 17: The family of James Ward is described as consisting of one male under five-year-old, two between 5-9 yrs old, one between 10-14, two males between 15-19, and one male between 40-50 yrs old. Two females under 5 years old, one between 10-14, and one between 30-40 years old.

(possibly the brother of Tersey)Line 18: The family of J.L.B McCrone is recorded with two males under five-year-old, and one male between 20-30 yrs old, one female under five, one female between 20-30 years old..

Line 20: The family of Hugh Davis is recorded with one male under five-year-old, two between 5-9 yrs old, one between 10-14, two males between 15-19, and one male between 30-40 yrs old. one female between 10-14, one female between 15-20 and one between 30-40 years old. Hugh is the brother of Thomas Allen Davis.  
Land Deed1/9/1858 AL (Coffee County) 34 yrs old 
T3N, R19E, SE/SE, 11, 3N, 19E - James M. Ward - 16322, C, Jan. 9,1858 
Census8/30/1860 AL (Dale County) 37 yrs old 
Family #1208 James M. Ward (37) born in AL, wife Mary J. (35)born in GA, Eliza (1)born in AL female. James is a farmer, value of personal property $435.  
Military1/1/1861 AL  37 yrs old 
James M. Ward is mustered in to Company A of the 33rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry (Confederate). He is a Private throughout his military career. FILM NUMBER: M374 roll 46. [date is unknown] 
Census1/1/1870  FL (Walton County) 46 yrs old 
on page 62, Family #407: James M. (age 45) born in AL, Mary J. (43) GA, Eliza(10) AL, John(7) AL & Sarah(3) FL; James is a farmer, personal property $100.  
Census1/1/1873 GA (Decatur County) 49 yrs old 
FRIENDLY CREEKS of DECATUR GEORGIA: Copy of hand-written census of Friendly Indians living in Decatur County, GA. Elizabeth Ward, James Ward and Joe Ward are listed near the bottom and William Ward is the first person listed. A copy of this was given to us but the date was not provided. We are in the process of obtaining date, etc. info. (NOTE: We have located references saying it was dated 1873, but these are 3rd hand. Actual date of this document still needs to be confirmed.) 
Census6/18/1880 precinct 10, district 156 FL (Walton County) 57 yrs old 
James M. Ward (age 57), wife Mary J. (age 53),John A. (age 20) & Sarah (age13) James states he was born in AL , his parents GA & SC. Mary born in GA, her parents SC. Children in AL. James & John are laborers. Mary keeps house. 
Additional information about Walton County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Graveyard/Tombstone2/3/1891 Bruce FL (Walton County) 67 yrs old 
Antioch Cemetery: James Madison Ward, born 6/30/1823 and died 2/3/1891. It says PVT Co. A33 Alabama Inf. CSA on his tombstone. Others in the same plot are James Monroe Ward and Thomas Jefferson Ward.   Source:

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12 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
14 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
17 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
27 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
1 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
12 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
14 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
19 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
19 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
22 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
27 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
32 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
38 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
41 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
42 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
42 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
47 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
59 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
60 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
61 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
7 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
16 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
21 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
30 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
33 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
36 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
42 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
46 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
54 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
56 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
66 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
5 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
11 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
38 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
39 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
59 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
62 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
7 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
12 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
14 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
17 1840 Oregon Trail is established
19 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
32 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
37 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
39 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
40 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
42 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
45 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
52 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
53 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
10 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
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Mary Purvis
Born on August 30, 1827 and died about 1890
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The Children of James Madison Ward

46 years old
Eliza Jane Ward
Born somewhere in Alabama on May 24, 1859 and died in Ponce de Leon, Holmes County, Florida on March 28, 1924. She was 64 years old.

She married William H. Bond (8/19/1845 -11/22/1932). He served as a private in Co. E of the 1st INF CSA.
Their children were:
  • Indianna "Anna" E. Bonds (1878 -1963) married Jodie Davis ...
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John A. Ward
Born in Dale County, Alabama on December 4, 1860 and died in Bruce, Walton County, Florida on March 28, 1928. He was 67 years old.

He married Theodocia E. "Docia" Courtney (1866 -1944)
William J.
James Madison
John H.
Mary E.
Thomas F.
Charlie M.
Ollie V.
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