When Marion Francis Ward was born on 8 April 1863, in Bancroft, Daviess, Missouri, United States, his father, James Francis Ward, was 32 and his mother, Rebecca Staley, was 30. He married Marguerite "Maggie" Ann Tourney in 1886, in Daviess, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Lincoln Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States for about 50 years and Sugar Creek Township, Harrison, Missouri, United States in 1930. He died on 23 April 1955, in Gilman City, Harrison, Missouri, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Gilman City Masonic Cemetery, Gilman City, Harrison, Missouri, United States.
English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Middle English ward ‘watchman, guard’ (Old English weard, used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).
English: occupational name from Middle English warde ‘armed guard’ (Old English weard ‘watching, guarding’), with the same meaning as 1 above.
Irish: shortened form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.
I can remember my Grandfather Ward riding his horse out to the farm and looking at the crops. He wasn't a large man - kind of like my dad. He had lost his right index finger when he was younger. Some …