Cemetery Record Information
Full Name: Thomas Ward
Death: July 9, 1902
February 9, 1852 - Thomas WARD married Bridget FERGUSON in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, USA.
The following information taken from the biography of John M. Ward, a son of Thomas Ward.
The father came to America when a young man and in 1848 located in Fond du lac county, Wisconsin, among its pioneers. He entered eighty acres of heavily timbered land from the government, being compelled to pass by the prairie land and take a claim which would supply him material to build a house and also furnish him fuel, as he had only forty dollars in money. He built a log cabin, and while clearing his land also worked in a brick-yard to a limited extent in order to gain some ready money. At length he developed a good farm and is now worth twenty thousand dollars. He is living retired on the old homestead which is operated by his sons. His first wife died in 1864 and he afterward wedded Mary Reilly, a native of Ireland who died in the spring of 1897. There were seven children by the first marriage and two by the second.
THE DAILY COMMONWEALTH
Wednesday, July 9, 1902 Pg. 5
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Ward - Thomas Ward, aged 78 years, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of this county, died this morning at 5:30 o'clock, at the family home in the town of Ashford. The deceased had been ill but a week, and before that time was in the best of health. Mr. Ward was born in County Gallway, Ireland, emigrating to America at an early age and locating in Massachusetts. He remained there for a few years and came west in 1848, locating on a farm on which he died in the town of Ashford. The decedent owned a valuable farm of 200 acres in that town. He is survived by five sons, Michael of San Francisco ; John and Thomas, Fairmont, Nebraska; Matthew, of Iowa; James E, Ashford, and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Manion of this city. The funeral will be held Friday morning from the Byron church at 9 o'clock, with interment at the adjoining cemetery.
St. John’s Cemetery – Byron, WI