Note: This branch of the family tree can be very confusing. The Ward-Greer- Bloodworth families appear to have known each other perhaps as far back as North Carolina and then traveled across to Tennessee and later to Illinois together. The families inter-married and named their children after other family members. This makes it difficult to know if you are putting the right person with the right family. So, please assume there are errors in my research. Maybe one day I will have it all sorted out correctly.
Burrell F Ward was born about 1847 in Tennessee to Elizabeth ( Greer?) and Thomas J Ward.
In the 1850 Census he is found with his family in Benton, Tennessee.
Ward, Thomas, 45, farmer, value of real estate owned:600, born North Carolina,
cannot read or write
, Elizabeth, 40, born Tennessee
, William, 20, farmer
, Sarah, 17
, Joseph, 15, farmer, attended school
, Thomas, 13, attended school
, Elizabeth, 11
, Rebecca, 9
, Lucinda, 7
, Burwell, 3
All the children were born in Tennessee.
Note: There is a Lavisa Ward (18 ) living with the family next door. There is a Greer family that lives down the road.
In the 1860 Census he is still with his family in Benton, Tennessee.
Ward, Thomas, 55, farmer, value of real estate 1500, value of personal estate 621
, Elizabeth, 51
, Elizabeth, 19
, Becky, 17
, Lucinda, 15
, Burwell, 13, attended school
, Andrew, 13, attended school
Burwell and Andrew are marked as twins on the census record.
I believe several of the children live on the farm, although the census is difficult to read.
There is a William Ward with a wife and 2 children. He is a farmer and the value of his personal estate is 357.
There is a JR (Joseph ?) Ward with wife Elizabeth and son John. He is a farmer and the value of his personal estate is 200.
There is a Sara with husband McGill and their son. He is a farmer and the value of his personal estate is 160.
There is a T.A. ( Thomas ?) Ward with wife Martha. They have been married within the year. He is a farmer and the value of his personal estate is 195.
There is another Ward ( Jasper??) that is living next door to T.A. Ward. He would have been born between Sara and Thomas, but not listed on the 1850 Census. He is living with his wife and 2 children. He is a farmer and the value of his personal estate is 170.
Burrell Ward married Parthenia Ward on December 26, 1866 in Benton County, Tennessee. Her parents might be Frances Cook and Robert Ward ( found the family in the 1850 Census in Benton, Tennessee). There is a possibility that Thomas ( Burrell's father ) and Robert ( Parthenia's father) could have been brothers. Parthenia was born about 1847 and died somewhere between 1870-1877. I am not sure if she is buried in Tennessee or was a live when the family moved to Illinois.
In the 1870 Census Burrell is living with his wife, 2 children and (assumed) widowed mother.
Ward, B.F. , 22,farmer, value of real estate is 400, value of personal estate is 250
, P. C., 23, keeping house
, T.J., 1, son
, John T, 3 months, son
, Elizabeth, 61
The census states that both children are "sons" however I think this is an error. I believe the oldest is son John and the youngest is daughter Sarah Jane.
Several of Burell's sibling are living in the same area. I am assuming that their father Thomas has died and divided his land among the children.
Ward, W. J., 39, farmer, value of real estate is 400, value of personal estate is 250, he is living with his wife and childen
Ward, Rebecca, 27, keeping house, value of real estate is 350, value of personal estate is 125, she is living with 4 children; I am assuming this is their sister Rebecca but it could be a sister-in-law ??
Ward, Visa, 38, keeping house, she is living with 5 children; I am assuming this is their sister Lasvisa but it could be a sister-in-law
Note: Within this 10 year span, it appears that Thomas the father has died, perhaps 2 of the sons/son-in-laws have died -- civil war or illness? Also there is a 10 year age span between William's 2 oldest children. His children's ages read 15, 5, 2 and 3 months -- again perhaps illness?
Burrell married Martha Bloodworth on August 8, 1877 in Williamson County, Illinois. She was born around 1854 in Tennessee. I believe her parents were Harriet and Rufus Bloodworth and that she had a brother Jim Bloodworth. She is found with her family in the 1860 and 1870 Census. After her husband's death she is found in the 1920 Census in Johnson County, Illinois.
In the 1880 Census the family is found in Saline, Williamson County, Illinois.
Ward, Burel, 33, farmer, cannot read or write, born TN
, Martha, 25, keeping house, cannot read or write,
, John, 10, son
, Jane, 8, daughter
, Ida, 2, daughter
Note: There is a George Greer and family living next door.
In the 1900 Census the family is in Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois.
Ward, Burl F. , 56, married 22 years, born in Aug 194?, farmer renting the land,
, Martha, 49, mother of 10 children, 7 still living,
, John, son, born February 1870, age 30, farm laborer
, Sarah J, daughter, born December 1871, age 28
, Ida, daughter, 22
, Parthenia, daughter, born December 1881, age 18
, Riley, son, born March 1886, age 14
, William, son, born March 1886, age 14
, Mary, daughter, born September 1899, age 10
, Becca, daughter, born 1898, age 7
, Effie, daughter, age 4
In the 1910 Census the family is living in Stokes, Union County, Illinois.
Ward, Burl, 65, 2nd marriage, 33 years married, farmer
, Martha, 58, 1st marriage, 33 years married, 10 children, 7 still living
, Ida, daughter, 31
, William, son, 24
, Becka, daughter, 18
, Effie, daughter, 13
Harlorn, Leah?, granddaughter, age 4
Just looking at ages the granddaughter has to be Sara, Ida or Parthenia's daughter.
There are 2 Bloodworth families living next door.
I believe that Burrell died between the 1910 and 1920 Cenus and is buried in Williamson County, Illinois. A family member thought that both Martha and Burrell might be buried at Crab Orchard Lake ( in a small cemetery in that area).
A little information that I have for his children:
John T might have married Ida B Russell on September 2, 1900 in Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois. In the 1910-1930 Census they can be found in Williamson County, Illinois. He might have died in this same county in February 1946.
Sarah Jane might have married Marshall Stout in August 1895 in Union County. I am not sure if this is her because in the 1900 Census she is with her parents and is marked "single." However, in the 1900 Census Sarah and Marshall are found living in Goreville, Illinois. She might have been counted twice in the census report. In the 1910 Census they are found in Rich, Union County, Illinois. In the 1920 Census they are found in West Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. She might have died November 14, 1946 in this same county.
Ida might have married her father's brother's son -- Thomas Riley Ward sometime after 1900. There may or may not have been a child have that union. She died in 1911 and is buried in the McGinnis Cemetery, Union County, Illinois. He remarried in 1919.
Parthenia might have married Wilford Weimer on April 18, 1906. In the 1910 Census they lived in Anna, Union County, Illinois. In the 1920 and 1930 Census they lived in Williamson County, Illinois. She might have died in this same county on November 6, 1960. I also have notes from Zora's granddaughter that Weimer was a miner and that their children were Bertie and Louie.
Riley might have married Nell Mann on July 22, 1908 in Johnson County, Illinois. The couple lived in the following places during the census:
1910 -- Stokes, Union County
1920 -- Carterville, Williamson County
1930 -- Cobden, Union County
1940 -- Caterville, Williamson County
According to Zora's granddaughter, Riley was an identical twin to William. He and Nell had 3 children - Velma, Wayne and Wanda. Wanda was born in Union County. She was living in South Bend, IN and had 2 kids. There was flooding and she was on the phone and then there was some type of explosion. She died in the house explosion. Riley moved to IN ( sometime after 1940?) and later died there. He was buried in Caterville. His wife later remarried and is buried in South Bend with her 2nd husband.
Rebecca might have married Will McCoy in Union/Johnson/Williamson County, some time after the 1910 Census. They are found in Johnson County in the 1920 Census. By the 1930 Census they are found in Caterville, Williamson County. She might have died on April 13, 1950 in that same county. According to Zora's granddaughter their children were Dallas and Annie, who married Claude Knight. Will's occupation was a carpenter and Dallas was a preacher.
Effie might have married Ezra Bloodworth ( her mother's brother's son ) around 1918. They lived in Williamson County, Illinois. According to Zora's granddaughter their children were Flossie, Luther ( who married Martha), Ezra Lee and Violet ( who died young and might have had a disability ). Ezra's parents might be Mary P and Ben Johnson. He is buried in McGinnis Cemetery. Effie remarried a "Sweet" and lived in Cario, Illinois. She died in 1977 and is buried in McGinnis Cemetery in Union County, Illinois.
Resources: census records, marriage records, gravestones, granddaughter L. Miller, email correspondence with Patricia Staley