Private Rufus A. Ward
I Company

 

He enlisted on the 20 May 1861 at Camp Harris.

 

He was discharged 22 February 1862, states he suffered loss of eyesight and hearing from exposure during the Virginia campaign.

 

Pension #453 filed 7 August 1891 when living at Cane Ridge, Van Buren Co, TN, accepted. Letters complaining about him getting a pension stating that his case was an imposition upon the state, they stated that Ward was born "squint eyed" and could deceive examiners. Apparently his pension was stopped some time in 1898. Ward wrote for reinstatement saying that his wife and children had abandoned him and he was destitute. Many letters were sent in on his behalf.

 

He was born in Van Buren Co, TN, 4 March 1835. The son of William and Nancy (Cummins) Ward.

 

He married Tabitha “Birdie” Odell, born about 1841, on the 6 March 1867 in White Co, TN. They had 4 children: Fannie, Mary, Nancy and David Crockett Ward. She was the daughter of John Franklin and ……(Mayo) Odell.

 

His second marriage was to America Welsh in April 1880 in Van Buren Co. She was born in Dayton, Rhea Co, TN, on the16 October 1856.  They had 5 children the known names are: Samuel W., John J., Orlena and Bettie Ward, the other had died young.

 

A widows pension #5391 was filed in Warren Co, TN.

 

He died in 1905 in White Co, TN.

 


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