John Ward and wife Ellen Smitherman were my Mother-in-law's(born 1915) uncle and aunt. She said she remembers visiting them some. Children Lena, Lee, Arlene, and Claudia. Lena was her age. Uncle John was a Democrat and his brother-in-law Joseph Young Smitherman, Ellen's brother, was Republican. Uncle John taught school, but was asked to quit because of lack of religion, but he got some later on. He also owned a mill. The only other thing she said was she was bit on the leg by his hound dog when she played hide & seek with the kids at his house.I'll try to learn more.