William H. “Buddy” Ward was my third great-grandfather. His is the penultimate name I have in the Ward line, so while he is not a brick-wall ancestor, both of his parents are. His death certificate has been a valuable document, confirming some data, providing new information and leading to new documents.
- He was a farmer.
- His father’s name was Harvey Ward.
- He was born September 1864 (based on an age of 68 years, 7 months).
- He died in Newport. I knew he died in Fannin County, but now I have a city.
- His middle name was Harvey.
- He was born in Roy, Georgia. I’m not aware of a town called “Roy,” but there is a Roy Road in Fannin County. All I had before was Georgia, so this is a huge find.
- His mother’s name was Mary Tucker. I had previous, unsourced information that her name was Ann or Jane Tucker.
- William’s wife, Mary, was the informant on the death certificate and her residence was Newport.
- I had previous information from a couple of census records that Mary could read and write; however, she made her mark on the death certificate.
- William was buried in Dial. I still don’t know the cemetery, but this is very helpful. Mary’s parents are buried at Dial Church of Christ Cemetery and I know there are some Wards there as well, so that is a possibility.
- He died of chronic myocarditis and intestinal nephritis, complicated by high blood pressure.
- Learning that Williams’ mother’s name was Mary quickly led me to the 1870 census record for this family. This is the first census record I have for Harvey and Mary; it provided two siblings for William as well as approximate birth years and states for Harvey and Mary. I can feel the brick wall crumbling!
- Look up William on Find-a-Grave to try to locate the cemetery where he is buried.
- Follow-up on new census record and go from there.