William Ward was born in Clinton county, Missouri, December 8, 1844. He is a son of Rev. A. J. Ward, a minister in the Baptist Church and now laboring in this and adjoining counties. His father was a native of Kentucky, and his mother whose maiden name was Nancy. Sharp, was a native of Tennessee; she died when he was about ten years of age. At about the age of seventeen years he enlisted as a member of Company C, Eleventh Missouri Cavalry, and served about three years and was with the regiment in its many scouts and marches and always able and ready for duty; was never wounded, taken prisoner, nor in the hospital; and all of this service was rendered in defense of his country while yet a minor. At the close of the war he engaged in farming till February, 1881, when he began his present drug business.

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He was married March 5, 1870, to Miss Delilah Williams. She was born in December, 1853, in Daviess county; her father, William Williams, was born in Kentucky, and her mother, Amanda Williams, nee Webb, was a native of Ohio; they are still residents of this county. Mr. Ward has always had to depend upon his own resources and as a result now owns sixty acres of land, a town residence, and an interest in the drug store. He has served his township as constable for two years, and being a fine business man and of an upright character, he stands highly esteemed by his many acquaintances.