From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 393, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"PHILIP J. WARD was born in Kent County, Maryland, May 28, 1833, and is the eldest and only survivor of the five children born to HENRY and MARY (HURD) WARD, natives respectively of Maryland and Delaware. HENRY WARD was a farmer, married in Delaware, and in the spring of 1837 came to Tippecanoe County, this State (Indiana), and bought ten acres of land which is now part of the city of LaFayette. In 1851, he traded this for 255 acres in this township. On this he resided until 1865, when he retired to Reynolds, where he died in April, 1867, a member of the Christian Church and the I. O. G. T. Phillip J. WARD remained on the home farm until eighteen years old, and then hired out for several years in Tippecanoe County. In 1862, he returned to White County, and resided on his father-in-law's farm until the death of his own father, when he bought the interests of the other heirs and took up his residence on the home farm, which he has increased to 735 acres. MR. WARD was married, September 10, 1860, to CATHERINE G. BRADY, a native of this county and of Scotch and Irish descent. To this union have been born three children, two of whom are yet living. MR. WARD is a member of no church or organization, and is independent in politics."