The following information if from "History of Coles County 1876-1976", page 908.
One branch of the Ward family in Coles County had its beginnings when Adney Ward and wife, Arma Davis Ward, left College Corners, Ohio, about 1880. With possessions and earliest children packed into a horse-pulled covered wagon, they journeyed to Arkansas. Disappointed by what they found there and hearing need for coal miners in Morgan County, Ill., they traveled on northward to Jacksonville. They moved to Mattoon about 1882 to work in a coal mine.
The eldest child and only son, Charles Monroe Ward, married Sarah Hughart of Mattoon. He worked in the mine until it closed down, became a railroader and evenutally started C.M. Ward Transfer and Storage business. Charles and Sarah had eight children. They were Ada Chaney, Charles, William, Zarley, Leroy, Erma Hacker, Elcia Moyer and Earl.
A legend has been handed down in the Ward family of descendency from General Artemas Ward, second in command of our armed forces during the Revolutionary War. Some facts indicate this to be true but, so far as known at this time, no lineage has been traced all the way back.
On the Hughart side, the facts are more clear. Elizabeth Sidenstricker Hughart, mother of Sarah Ward, is buried in Mound Cemetery in Charleston and was a sister to the father of Pearl Sidenstricker Buck. Pearl S. Buck was a world famous novelist, the only American woman to ever receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and founder of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation."
Edward, the copywrite for the book in 1976.
There is information about each of Charles Monroe and Sarah Hughart Ward's children in this Ward family history which was submitted by Earl Ward. Let me know if you would like that information. Hope this helps.
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