Ward, John Madison

Ward, John Madison

Male 1859 - 1900  (~ 40 years)

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  • Name Ward, John Madison 
    Nickname Matt 
    Born Oct 1859  Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1900  Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4450  Sackett
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2015 

    Father Ward, William Jesse,   b. Jul 1833, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1932  (Age ~ 98 years) 
    Mother Elliott, Martha,   b. Mar 1842, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Children 3 children 
    Family ID F1917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Johnson, Mary Jane,   b. Abt 1858, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1889, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married Bef 1878 
    Children 
     1. Ward, Martha E.,   b. Abt 1878, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     2. Ward, Mary Lou,   b. Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     3. Ward, James Franklin,   d. Unknown
     4. Ward, Samuel E.,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F10193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sackett, Ellen Rozillia,   b. 11 Sep 1876, Adams County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1892, Sevier County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1889  Little River County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944
      Groom's Name: J. M. Ward
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      Bride's Name: Ellen R. Sackett
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      Marriage Date: 24 Oct 1889
      Marriage Place: Little River,Arkansas
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      Bride's Father's Name: Samuel Sackett
      Bride's Mother's Name: Jemima
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      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M58634-2
      System Origin: Arkansas-ODM
      Source Film Number: 1007912
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    Children 
     1. Ward, John William,   b. 25 Feb 1892,   d. 16 Feb 1949  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F1916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Smith, Abbie Jane,   b. Abt 1871, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married 29 Oct 1893 
    Children 
     1. Ward, Thomas M.,   d. Unknown
     2. Ward, Jesse Bryant,   d. Unknown
     3. Ward, Lilla,   d. Unknown
     4. Ward, Raz,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F10192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Oct 1859 - Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ward, Martha E. - Abt 1878 - Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Oct 1889 - Little River County, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1900 - Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Street/Feature Town/Village/Neighborhood Township/Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region/Continent/Ocean Not Set

  • Photos
    Ward, John Madison 'Matt' (1859-1900)
    Ward, John Madison "Matt" (1859-1900)
    From a picture of Ellen Sackett and her husband, John Madison Ward. Picture in possession of Betty Neighbors Hamilton.

  • Notes 
    • 1880 Census; Little River, Little River, Arkansas
      FHL Film: 1254049; NA Film Number: T9-0049
      Page Number: 107D
      John M. WARD, Self, M, Male, W, 20, AR, Farmer, AR, AR
      Mary J. WARD, Wife, M, Female, W, 22, MS, Housekeeping, AL, AR
      Martha E. WARD, Dau, S, Female, W, 2, AR, , AR, AR
      Joe Ann ELLIOTT, Cousin, S, Female, W, 11, AR, , AR, NC
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      Wives: Mary Jane Johnson; Ellen Rozillia Sackett, and Abbey Jane Smith
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      There are conflicting stories about the death of John M. Ward. John was married to Abbie Smith, sister of my grandmother, William Ophelia Smith Sackett.

      According to my grand parents, it was Christmas 1900, or near Christmas and the men were drinking. An argument began and John started chasing his father-in-law, Benjamin F. Smith. When John caught Benjamin; Benjamin "gut stabbed" him. John died as a result of his wound. But it was believed that John would have survived had he followed the doctor's instructions and stayed in bed until the wound healed.

      According to the Ward family, John asked Benjamin to repay a loan and during the argument, Benjamin stabbed John.

      We will never know for certain what really occurred. But we do know that John was stabbed by his father-in-law causing his death. And it is said that Benjamin Smith told his family that he could never enjoy Christmas again. - [Thurmon King]


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