|Posted By:||Corra Ward|
|Subject:||Re: Rawley Watt Ward's Father - Dr. Willliam Levi Ward Sr.|
|Post Date:||November 19, 2011 at 22:52:12|
|Forum:||Victoria County, TX Genealogy Forum|
1900 United States Federal Census
about William Ward
Name: William Ward
[William C Ward]
Home in 1900: Victoria Ward 3, Victoria, Texas
Birth Date: Jul 1853
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Alabama
Mother's Birthplace: Alabama
Spouse's name: Cora J
Marriage Year: 1888
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 12
Residence : Victoria City, Victoria, Texas
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
William Ward 46
Cora J Ward 31
Ada M Ward 10
Rawley W Ward 7
Margaret Ward 6/12
Burial Evergreen Cemetery Victoria, TX
Information from Elizabeth Ramagos. She got this information in 1971 from Rawley Ward, Addie's brother and my uncle. He was a doctor in Victoria, Texas.
Story told by Corra Marie Ward Grand Daughter: May 2007 As the story goes from stories my father told me as a child......, I was told by my father that he farmed a year, went to school, then farmed and went to school to become a teacher. After he was a teacher for a while and saved enough money he went to medical school to become a doctor. I heard stories of how in the middle of the night when he had a hurry up call he would take his wire cutters and ride straight to the main house on people's farms. He would cut the wire to be able to ride straight to their house to save time. I heard stories of alligators so thick when they were fishing in the bayou areas that once alligators were trying to get into the boat and they used a hatchet to cut off their feet. My father told me he cured the Spanish Flu of 1918 by putting people into hot water and raising their body temperature about two or three degrees and then covered them up and keeping an elevated body temperature for six hours. This created an environment that the virus couldn't live in and it died. I heard that his wife never nursed any of ther children, that was done by wet nurses who would come to the house. He died as the result of a fall. His son, Rawley, who was also a doctor had left the office before his father left that day on a Friday. When his son returned to the office the following Monday he found his father at the bottom of the stairs. He had fallen down the stairs and had been there for three days when he was found. He never recovered from the fall and died as a result of it.
William Levi Ward Sr Biographical Sketch written by childhood friend W.E. Magnum in 1920.
Source: Given to Corra Ward, daughter of William L. Ward Jr. son of William L. Ward Sr. a document about William L. Ward Sr. --- written and signed by W.E. Magnum
In 1864 I was discharged from the Confederate Army. Mr father having refuged to Texas, from La, the year before I made my way in my weak condition to find my father and family located in the Northwest part of Hopkins County near Mount Zion, the only church in that part of the county, except a small log house used for school and church purposes some five miles East in the Prim Hill Community.
It was my good fortune to meet in the community in which my father located, the family of Judge Matthias Ward. He had quite a large family, six sons, and two daughters. The eldest of the daughters and I were married in 4th day of October 1865. I allude to this, in order to qualify myself and establish my opportunity to know the character of the gentleman of whom I desire to write. He and I have been very warm friends from our first acquaintance.
Dr. William L. Ward, the gentleman of whom I desire to write a biographical sketch:
Was born near Blount Springs, Blount County, Ala. June the 9th, 1852. When about two and a half years old his father with his family came to Texas staying at Pine Tree, Upshire Co. where he taught school for a short time. From there he moved into the eastern part of Hopkins County near Lawles? Stone, ten miles East of Sulphur Springs, Texas, where he again taught school for some time.
At this place it first dawned up the young man W.L. Ward that he was a living being for he remembers spending a few happy days in a log cabin in which they lived. From there his father moved to the Northwest corner of Hopkins County of opened up a farm some seven miles Northeast from Black Jack Grove (now Cuuuby??) where he farmed and taught school up to the war between the states. Here W. L. had his first opportunity to attend school, his father being a teacher, in a small log cabin down on a branch on the broad prairies, then covered with horses, cattle and sheep. His next and all in fact up to 18 or 19 years old he received at Old Mount Zion. While not in school he worked on the farm. He plowed oxen and did all kind of farm work without mumur or complaint.
On account of his father?s limited means to educate him and other younger brothers, he suggested to W.L. that he make a crop and spend all the proceeds in going to school. He furnished everything necessary to make the crop. William willingly and gladly accepted the proposition, yoked up the oxen and went off to the field, singing ?Saddle old Spike I tell you, O Saddle old Spike I tell you? with a merry heart and willing hands.
His labors were most wonderfully blessed by Divine Providence, which enabled him to spend all the next year in school at Oakland under the tutelage of Miss Lizzie Longino, at the time recognized as one of the most proficient teachers in North Texas, under whose instruction he accomplished a wonderful year?s work. That gave him an inspiration of his life?s work, and a higher ideal of life. After this he attended Trinity University and the Morgan H Lowery? And J.H. Dinamore? Academy, at Sulphur springs, Texas. These advantages enabled him to then teach school. He taught in Hopkins, Delta and Lamar Counties, gathering finances for his medical education, studied medicine under Dr. E. P Bertron? Of Sulphur Springs, then attended the old university of Louisville, Ky., received his degree. From that institution in March 1880, returned home and in May following began the practice of Medicine in Lone Oak, Texas, where he practiced Medicine in Lone Oak, Texas, where he practiced medicine ten years successively. He was very successful and grew in the profession to where he stood among the leading physicians of the county. He then married Miss Corra Rawley at McGregor, Texas. Then went to New York and spent three months in Medical classes there, after which he returned and spent one more year in practice of medicine at Lone Oak, after which he moved to Abilene, Texas, where he practiced about one year, then moved to McGregor where he stayed only a short time, from there he moved to Victoria, Texas, where he has been engaged in his professional pursuits nearly thirty years, where his success is well known among the people there who have reaped the benefits of his skill and ability as a successful practitioner.
At this place they have reared three children to man and womanhood and a fourth to the age of fifteen years old, two girls and two boys. The education of the three oldest has been completed, their oldest daughter happily married and living only a few miles away. The oldest son is married and successfully practicing medicine in Victoria. The second daughter highly educated and teaching school and the youngest son in school. These children have been very fortunate in having parents who had the will and ability to give them first class advantages and should appreciate the effort put forth by their father under very meager circumstances to secure an education which has enabled him to make good in all his undertakings.
I am not unmindful that I have wondered somewhat from the path. I have undertaken to write of the character of one whom I have known from about eight years old ? being very closely associated with him. I assume this privilege to write of a friend of 57 years standing. I knew him well in his early boyhood days, knew his character, knew his habits of thoroughness and painstaking care of everything he undertook. He never half did anything he undertook.
No breath of suspicion of wrong or dishonesty ever rested on him. He was really a model of superior young manhood, physically, mentally and morally. These compliments are genuine and sincere, without any intention of being complimentary.
Far different from the surrounding influences ? so much so he attracted my attention when on eight years old. His manly manners and gentlemanly daily walk drew him to me. As the days passed and the years came on and association increased, he grew more and more in favor with me until a cement of friendly ties and brotherly love have bound us together like that of David and Johnathan, like Damon and Pythias. In all our long and close association there never was a wave of bitterness, or anger, ever disturbed our long ties of friendship and peaceful association.
While we have been separated for many years we have never lost sight of each other. We have kept up a most pleasing correspondence.
Therefore I feel that I ought know the man of whom I write.
From my earliest knowledge of him he would not associate with rough, uncouth rabble, Sabbath desecrating boys of the community, always conducted himself manly, always cheerful, with a pleasing smile on his face, very cleanly in person and tidy in dress, a real little man in his boyhood days. Never knew of him doing anything disgraceful, or dishonest, never hear of him ever accused of misrepresentation, lying was foreign to his conduct and mod of life. He so conducted himself that he reflected a noble character that will remain long in the memory of a host of friends. He kept himself young by the divine passion of love, fun and loyalty to his fellow men, for he felt that these virtues made the perpetual melody of humanity. He was an example of how these same qualities elevates the aspiration, expands the soul, and stimulates the mental as well as the spiritual powers.
His words of comfort for those in sorrow, his words of courage for those in distress, or discouraged, words of charity for the meek, words of praise for the struggling were always in place but had no evil words for use.
I realize a loss, a link of life left out on account of our social separation, which we can only accept unselfishly, knowing that he is enjoying the reward of his change of location for pursuit of his chosen profession, and reaping the reward of his well-earned labor and well-done life.
He bore his part most gallantly in all the actions and services of social life, made himself, unintentionally, conspicuous as a gallant, pleasant social companion, always loyal to the principles for which he believed to be right.
In his early manhood he was a man of pure natural ability and gifted with a most genial and attractive personality, which made him many warm friends in his wide circle of acquaintances, always ready to declare himself upon all moral questions for the right as he saw it. The life of such a man deserves more praise than I can find language to carry?. He never lacked for energy or determination. Energy, invincible determination, with a motive are the levers with which the world is moved. He never tired in performance of duty was my observation of W.L. Ward. He like myself has grown old and reached the forgetful age. Therefore the then is not the now.
If I can put sunshine into the life of any man, or woman, I shall feel that I have wrought a good work for God and man, and surely it is better to live to do such things than it is to pas one?s days in the rounds of modern, fashious living an empty selfish life and leaving no blessings to the world. Life is a very responsible thing. Everything that it comes in contact with indicated that it is for some purpose, and winds up at last very much after our own making.
Therefore the great responsibility of an early application of this responsibility is every-individual being responsible for their own acts. Really the lives of those that stear up stream amidst the breakers in the stream of life and come in contact with the breakers thereof, are those who develop into strong convictions of useful manhood, and noble lives. This surely applies to the life of him I am writing of. It is through the mercies of a merciful God he has been spared to live a long useful wonderful life, and now standing upon the margin of time, whose boundary knows no end, ready to be offered up, and I trust and pray that he like Paul of old can say, ?I have fought a good fight, have won the prize, and now ready to be offered up?. He has lived a long and useful life of service. His life has been an inspiration to many. His words of blessing and gratitude will ever linger in the mind of those who have bee the beneficiaries of his kind acts.
Time will ultimately efface what is cut in marble, worked in brass or molded in bronze, but that which is implanted in hearts of thankfulness is proof against the elements of decay, and remains throughout the vast forever. He whose epitaph shall be ? He was humanity?s friend ? his eulogy but one sentence ?The world is better for his having lived in it?. A view of life is necessary to reconcile us to all endurance of life?s ills. It teaches us to take things as we find them, and not to mourn, or complain over things we cannot prevent. For what we can?t present we must endure. Life is full of disappointments and its horizons narrow with the advancing years.
His life has not been without clouds or disappointments. He like all mankind have made mistakes some of which require manhood to overcome, which he had, for he had cultivated a self-controlling disposition and a very cheerful disposition.
While he inherited temper and irritableness he cultivated a strong power to overcome and control them, and in his young days succeeded well in overcoming the inclination of these powers to dominate his life. Perhaps as years have advanced and many problems of life to contend with, nature may have increased and grown amore dictative, and cultivated power of self-control have weakened, he may have become more irritable, which is in keeping in most instances of humanity.
I was talking to my wife a few days ago and said to her. I believed Will Ward was as forgetful as I while he was 8 years younger than I. She said, ?Why look what he has gone through with, been practicing medicine for more that forty years, going through all sorts of weather, night and day losing sleep, and gone through two severe surgical operations. The last in his advanced age is enough to run an ordinary man crazy. Say nothing about his forgetfulness? I took no issue and accepted it without questioning her correctness.
In his boyhood days, was on of the most obedient and respectful boys I ever knew to his parents, never questioned their right to control or direct him. Possessed a very high sense of honor and respect for his parents (who have long ago gone on to their great reward and their bodies with their oldest daughter and youngest son sleep in the old Mount Zion Cemetery) as well as all others with whom he met. Show me a man or woman, young or old, who honors their parents and I?ll show you the highest type of character and true manhood. I do not believe a person can be a true gentleman, or lady, who does not honor mother and father and is not dutiful to them.
The strongest and most lovable characters that ever graced Mother Earth are those that show real filial devotion to their parentage, love for home and parentage and humanity is the highest inspiration of life, and no great achievement was ever accomplished without love. It is the great embryo and end of life, all else is mere existence, with it the Christian?s hope is anchored. This hope you have long possessed, has guided you through life?s rugged ways and I pray will enable you to enter into the joy of our Lord.
For the hopes that look for fulfillment within these mortal years often fail. But the great hope is beyond the vicissitude and perils, and while we are learning with sorrow the limits of our mortal strength let u exult in the ages, which are to bring a perpetual _expression_ to all our powers, and to all our joy.
It was my good fortune to spend a few days last fall in the home of my long and loved friend of whom I?m writing and found an open hand and hearty reception, found them happily domiciled, so far as I could see with all the surroundings to make life happy, and content, with that queenly, intellectual, highly-cultured help meeting, who left nothing undone that could be done to make one happy and visit pleasant. There I met their oldest son who lives but a few blocks away with most pleasing happy companion and their youngest son very much after the type of the father. They both appealed to me as worthy sons of a noble sire. This certainly has been a happy home before their offspring began to launch out into the activities of personal life so different to many modern home where they are without hospitality, and also without children. The one is as essential as the other to a true conception of home and life. The absence of both is very often the result of selfishness such homes cannot be intender sympathy with the distressed and needy. I have written much that may not appeal to you as in keeping with an ordinary biographical unordinary life. But I hope you will not take it as an imposition on our intelligence, and let us look forward to the future when ?Somewhere dear hands shall clasp our own once more and hearts that touched our hears long years ago shall come to meet us in that morning land and then at last our louls shall understand that though he hid his meaning from our sight, yet god always true and always right.?
When you shall reach the goal of life may you like Simeon of old be able to say ?Now Lord Lettest Thou Thy Servant depart in Peace?
This is the honest view of the life you have spent. Accept of it in the same spirit in which it is written.
Truly as ever your friend,
Signed W.E. Mangum