Did you ever determine the parents of your Nancy Elizabeth Ward Nelson ???
The Jesse Ward mentioned is my wife Linda's gr-gr-gr-grandfather. We suspect the John R. Ward and Jesse Ward are brothers of your Nancy Elizabeth Ward, but so far, we cannot verify this.
John R. Ward was born in Tennessee, and moved to Panola County, MS, and then to Arkansas. Jesse Ward was also born in Tennessee, and moved to Panola County, MS, and then to Arkansas close to John R. Ward. In 1882 Jesse Ward sold his previous property in Panola County to two sons of your Nancy Elizabeth Nelson for a price of $1.
John R. Ward's first son was named William A. Ward. Jesse Ward's first son was William A. Ward, and your Nancy Elizabeth had an early child named William Nelson. SO --- Linda and I believe these three Ward's father was William A. Ward - probably William Alford ward, but we cannoy verify this. Any ideas ??
Thanks for any ideas,