THOMAS L. WARD, a well known merchant of Empire, Jefferson county, is a native of Hancock county, W. Va., and a son of Philip and Sarah Ward, who were natives of Pennsylvania. The father came to Freeman's Landing W. Va., in about 1843 and there found employment in the brickyards which however he soon abandoned, and engaged in farming. The latter vocation he followed until the past year, when he retired from the farm and made his home at New Cumberland. He was married in 1841 to Sarah, daughter of Anthony Trimmer, a descendant of Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne. To this union were born nine children: Eliza J., Thomas L., Martha M., Joanna, Nancy, James E., Frank M., Jemima and Charles F. Thomas L. Ward, the second child was born August 31, 1845. He was reared as a farmer, and that was his calling until 1879 when he removed to Empire and opened a general store w3hich he still conducts, having built up a valuable and extensive trade. Mr. Ward was married in March 1871 to Martha, daughter of Thomas McFerren, whose sketch appears elsewhere. To them have been born two children: Lena M. and Leslie M. Mr. Ward and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias and the Heptasophs. In politics he is a republican.
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