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Monroe James Ward 

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James B. (Bear) Ward
1796 - 1861

Elizabeth English
1798 - 12/25/1888
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Monroe James Ward
4/7/1845 - 6/7/1907
Monroe James Ward was born on April 7, 1845 in Dale County, Alabama and died on June 7, 1907 in Walton County, Florida. He lived to be 62 years old.

Military service: Pvt Co. D 53 Ala Inf CSA. He married Mary Elizabeth 'Polly' Russell (3/15/1844 AL - 4/23/1912 FL).

  1. William D. (1870),
  2. Benjamin F.,
  3. Mary Emma (1883-1945),
  4. Monroe,
  5. Nancy Ann (1875-1963),
  6. Eilliott,
  7. Elizabeth, and
  8. Joe E. Ward
Census10/24/1850 AL (Dale County) 5 yrs old 
family#145: James B. Ward (age 54, farmer, born in SC), Elizabeth (age 52, born in GA), William J. (20, farmer, born in AL), Benjamin F. (16, farmer, AL), Elizabeth (14, AL), Mary (12, AL), Monroe (5, AL), Ann Elliott (12, race is recorded as "b" [choices were white, black or Indian], born in AL). 
Census8/31/1860 AL (Dale County) 15 yrs old 
Family #1227: James B. Ward (age 65), Elizabeth (age 60), Monroe (male, age 15), Ann Ellis (black female, age 21), Wesly (mulatto male, age 6), Henry (black male, age 3), Amos (black male, 8 months old). James B. is a farmer and Monroe is a student. James estimates the value of his real estate to be 2,000 and his personal estate to be $4,973. James B. was born in SC, Elizabeth in GA and Monroe in AL.  
Military1/1/1861 AL  15 yrs old 
Monroe Ward is mustered into Company D of the 53rd Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers (Confederate). He is a Private throughout his military career. FILM NUMBER: M374 roll 46. [date is unknown] 
Other8/28/1861 AL (Dale County) 16 yrs old 
Alabama, Dale County, August the 28th AD 1861: A deed of gift by James B. Ward to his wife Elizabeth Ward. Know all men by these presents that I James B. Ward of the County of Dale and State of Alabama considering the uncertainity of this life and being of sound mind and memory do give and bequeath unto my beloved Elizabeth the following property to wit. The south half of the South West quarter of Section 9 Township 2 and Range 25 and the South East quarter of the North West quarter of the same section township and range and the South East quarter of the North East quarter of Section 8 the same Township and Range. Also one negro boy named Sam. Also all my household and kitchen furniture together with the present crop. Also forty head of cattle and forty head of sheep and forty head of hogs all of her own selection from my stock of cattle, sheep, and hogs. Also one sorrel horse with a blaze face and one mule together with one yoke of black sided oxen and waggon. Also all my plantation Tools together with my Buggy and harness and five hundred dollars in cash all the above property do I give my beloved wife Elizabeth during her life and at her death to belong to my son Monroe in witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal the day and date first above written. James B. Ward (L.S.)  Source:  From Geneva County Deed Book Z, page 84
Census8/25/1870 AL (Geneva County) 25 yrs old 
First recorded as house #3 and then renumbered to #385, family #5, then 390: Monroe Ward (age 25), Mary (age 24), Elizabeth (age 3), Joe E. (age 2), Elizabeth Ward (age 71) and Russell Jane Ward (age 68). Monroe says his occupation as farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $320 and his personal estate to be $591. All were born in AL except Russell Jane who was born in GA. Mary, Elizabeth and Russel Jane cannot read or write. 
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1870: Geneva County was created two years prior to this census on December 26, 1868 from Coffee, Dale, and Henry Counties. It is located near the Choctawhatchee River.. The Freedmen's Bureau, formed after the Civil War, managed this land until they were abolished in 1868 by the US Congress. They were committed to the supervision and management of all abandoned lands and the control of all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen. Members of this group harassed settlers by taking bribes and acquired lands they were to protect during the time leading up to their disbandment. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/20/1900 Wrights Creek AL (Geneva County) 55 yrs old 
Household #56 change to 277, family #56 change to 277: Monroe Ward (age 55, born in GA), Polly (age 56, born in GA), Elizabeth (34, GA), Nancy A. (32, AL), Ely (23, AL), Marvin J. (22, AL), Emma (17, AL) & Joshua Palmore (22, AL). Joshua is a hireling. Monroe & Polly have been married 34 years and they have 7 children which are still living. Monroe is a farmer, his father & mother were born in GA. Polly's father & mother were born in GA. All can read & write. Elizabeth, Nancy & Emma are farm laborers, Ely & Marvin are Turpentine laborers.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Graveyard/Tombstone6/7/1907 Bruce FL (Walton County) 62 yrs old 
Antioch Cemetery: Monroe James Ward, born 4/7/1845 and died 6/7/1907. It says PVT Co. D53 Alabama Inf. CSA on his tombstone. Others in the same plot are Thomas Jefferson Ward and James Madison Ward.  
Other1/9/1956 FL (Walton County) 49 yrs after death 
Elizabeth Rebecca Ward says under oath that she knew Elizabeth English, her grandmother, to be a Creek Indian. She also remembers her family bringing Elizabeth from AL in an oxcart for a long visit and her Uncle Monroe coming to take her back to AL.  Source:  A copy is also on file at Muscogee Nation of Florida, in folder titled CAMPESI Draft Federal Petition with Areas Marked Needing Further Documentation.
Other12/28/1956 AL  49 yrs after death 
Thomas Henry Peel, of Geneva County, Slocomb, Alabama, says he is 86 years old. He knew Elizabeth English Ward, widow of James B. Ward, and her two sons, John Jackson and Monroe Ward and her daughter, Mary Ward, who married James W. Davis. Elizabeth English Ward lived with her daughter, Mary Ward Davis in her later years and died there. He knew Elizabeth English Ward for several years and she was known by all to be a full blooded Creek Indian. James W. Davis was my nearest neighbor, lived only two miles away. He is not related by blood or marriage to Elizabeth English Ward or any of her descendants. Nor is he related by blood or marriage to any of the Davis family. 

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5 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.
5 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.
10 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.
16 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.
19 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
20 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.
20 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
25 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
37 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
38 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.
39 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.
61 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
8 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
11 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
14 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
20 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
24 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
32 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
34 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
44 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
50 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
52 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
55 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
55 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
56 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
57 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
58 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
59 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
61 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
61 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
61 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
16 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
17 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
37 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
40 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
10 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
15 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
17 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
18 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
20 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
23 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
30 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
31 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
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William Dennis Ward
Born somewhere in Alabama about 1870 and died somewhere in Florida about 1935. He was about 65 years old.

Married Miley Ellie Bruner. Children: Buelah Ward (1895-?), Ellon Ward (1898-?), Henry C. Ward (1902-1985), Minnie Ward (1903-?), Jessie Bell Ward (1905-?), Frank R. Ward (1907-?), Willia...
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