Biographical sketch of THOMAS WARD from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 328-329
This gentleman, now a respected farmer in Columbus township, St. Clair county, Michigan, has been a resident of Michigan since 1854.He was born in county Limerick, Ireland, March 20, 1829, a son of John and Margaret Ward, the former of whom lived to be quite an old man and died on his farm in Ireland, while his wife was called away when comparatively young.They were the parents of six children, namely: Myrtle, Thomas, Cornelius, John, deceased, Dennis, and Ann, the last named also deceased.
Thomas Ward came to America in 1851, worked as a farm hand in the state of New York until 1854, then came to Michigan.While living in New York state he married, in the month of February, 1852, Miss Margaret Neville, daughter of Mortimer and Mary (O’Neil) Neville, who were farming people in Ireland, but never came to the United States.The union of Thomas Ward and Margaret Neville has been blessed with eleven children, viz: Mortimer, John, Michael, Cornelius, Margaret, Mary, Alice, Thomas, Catherine, Ellen and Frank.When Thomas Ward first came to Michigan he located in Memphis, Macomb county, and for a year engaged in lumbering; he then came to St. Clair county and purchased his present farm of one hundred and fifty acres, which he has now occupied for forty-seven consecutive years.Mr. Thomas (sic) has done a vast amount of clearing for himself and neighbors, cutting off at least two hundred and fifty acres of timber; in the early days teaming was also one of his occupations.At that time the territory was one dense wilderness, teeming with game as well as beasts of prey and wild turkeys.The forest afforded a good living for the family, but it required an immense deal of labor to convert the place into a modern farm, which Mr. Ward eventually succeeded in doing.The farm is now one of the best cultivated in the township and is as productive and profitable as any place of its size in the county of St. Clair.Michael Ward, the third child of Thomas Ward and wife, is now living on this old homestead and is married to Margaret O’Connell.
Mr. Ward has been since his young days an admirer of fine live stock, and now devotes a great deal of his attention to the breeding of graded cattle and choice hogs.He is an expert in this branch of farming and consequently has met with unvarying success.He also raises such crops as are usually grown in his latitude and is as fortunate with them as he is with his live stock.He is emphatically a self-made man, as when he came to this country he had but one dollar in his pocket, but with this meager sum, supplemented by his natural good sense, energy and industry, he has raised himself to his present prominent position among the substantial farmers of Columbus township.
In religion Mr. Ward is a faithful Catholic and, like most believers in the faith, is very liberal in his contributions toward the support of the church.In politics he is a Democrat, but pays more attention to the cultivation of his fields than to the seeking of office, although he is very popular in a community in which all respect him for his honesty and fair dealing, and admire him for his genial good humor.Mr. Ward has done much toward redeeming the township of Columbus from the wild condition in which it existed when he settled here and may justly be credited with being one of St. Clair county’s pioneers, to whose endurance and true bravery the present generation is so greatly indebted.
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