History of Huntington County, Indiana. Brant & Fuller:Chicago. 1887 pages 556 and 557
James O. Ward, dealer in agricultural implements, of Huntington is a native of Onondaga County, NY, where he was born May 8, 1840. He was the seventh in a family of eight children born to John A. and Eliza (Bond) Ward, both of whom were also natives of Onondaga County, NY, of English descent. When James was a lad of ten years old, his parents removed to Massillon, Stark Co., OH, and a year later at the tender age of eleven years James left home and placed himself at the mercy of an unfriendly world. He made his way to the Atlantic coast, and for a year was employed upon the ocean. He then returned to OH, and for some two or three years was employed as a teamster in Akron. At the age of fifteen he took a position as a fireman upon the Michigan Southern Railroad. Two years later while he was but seventten years of age, he was made a locomotive engineer on that road, and was the youngest engineer on the road. In the fall of 1858, he went into the employ of the Wabash Railroad, and at the end of one year became an engineer on a freight train. In the spring of 1860, he was transferred to the Logansport & Peoria Railroad as a freight engineer. In the spring of 1861, he went to NY City, and took a position as fourth engineer on the vessel Great Eastern, and made one trip to Liverpool and return. In the following fall he became an engineer on the I.P. & C. Railroad. October 26, 1862, he enlisted in Co. K, Sixteenth Indiana Infantry, and was mustered out Oct 26, 1865. He first entered the service as a private, but was afterward promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then to Lieutenant. For one year thereafter he was an engineer on the Wabash Railroad. In 1867 he opened up a grocery at Roanoke,this county. He continued there in the grocery and dry goods business until 1884, when he came to Huntington. Since that time he has peen[sic] engaged in selling coal and agricultural implements. December 25, 1866, he was married to Annie E. Hagans, daughter of William and Catharine (Johnson) Hagans, both natives of Huntington Co., PA. Mr Ward is the father of seven children, Fannie F., Mertie A., John W., Darris P., James O., Annie L and Lulu, all living. Mr. Ward is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the G. A. R., F & A. M. Lodges, and a Republican in politics.