My 4th Great Grandmother was Katherine Ard. She married on 05 August 1821, Wesley H. Monical, son of Rev. Peter Monical and Hannah Yates. They removed along with Rev. Peter Monical, north to Morgan County, Indiana. Wesley died 1 Oct. 1830, Katherine died in 1831. They are buried at the MONICAL cemetery, 1/4 mile north of Brooklyn, Morgan County, Indiana. Could this Katherine be a sister of your Thomas Ard? The 1820 Census of Washington County, Indiana shows no Ard name. However, a Jacob Ard appears on the 1820 census from Wayne County, Kentucky. The household shows: MALES-1 under 10;1 10-16; 1 16-18; 2 16-26; 1 26-45; 1 45 and over. FEMALES: 2 Under 10;2 10-16; 4 16-26; 1 26-45. A Jacob Ard appears in Washington County, Indiana on the 1830 Census. It shows in the household: MALES: 1 5-10; 1 20-30; 1 50-60. FEMALES: 1 under 5, 2 10-15, 1 30-40. Thomas Ard appears on the 1830 Washington County Census: MALES: 1 under 5; 1 5-10;1 20-30; FEMALES: 1 under 5; 1 20-30. Also there is a John Ard in Washington County: MALES: 1 under 5; 2 5-10; 2 10-15; 1 20-30. FEMALES: 1 under 5; 1 5-10; 1 15-20; and 1 30-40.
The 1840 Census shows a Jacob Ard, Vernon Township, Washington Cty, Indiana: MALES: 1 10-15; 1 20-30; 1 60-70. FEMALES: 1 20-30; 1 50-60. A Thomas appears in Morgan County, Indiana : 1 Male 20-30; 1 Female 20-30. This Thomas Ard does not appear to be the same Thomas Ard on the 1830 Washington County census.
The 1850 Census for Vernon township, Washington County, Indiana indicates Jacob Ard, age 77, b. North Carolina; Sarah, age 67(69?), b. Virginia. and a son, George, age 25.
There was no Thomas Ard that appears in the 1850 census for either Washington or Morgan Counties. However, their is a Thomas Ard who appears in Lawrence County, Shawswick township, Indiana: Thomas, age 48, Farmer, b.p. Kentucky; Deborah, age 31, b.p. Kentucky. Children: Jacob,9; Thomas,8; Martha A., 6; Peggy, 5, and Eliza J. 3-all born in
Indiana. The fact that one child was named Jacob and one named Peggy, lends me to believe that this may be your Thomas Ard and that he may have remarried. It is a mystery that this Thomas does not appear on the 1840 census, unless the census taker for Morgan county got the ages wrong and the Thomas of Morgan county is the Thomas of Lawrence County in 1850. The oldest child, Jacob, would have been born late 1840 or 1841.
I do believe that their is a strong possibility that the Jacob of Washington County is the progenitor of this family, and that somehow I stumbled onto a connection here. In a book I own, "The Monical Family Tree" one of the grandchildren of Wesley and Katherine was named Ard. A narrative by one of the Monical descendants indicates "My mother said there was a family named ARD who came every year from some place in the South to visit the Monicals." She was not specific. I am continuing to research this line. If I find anything I will certainly let you know. Please feel free to contact me with any new information you may have.
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