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Ward, J. Miller

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Ward, J. Miller
March 04, 2007 05:11PM
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes, Lewis
Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version,
Vol. III, pp. 1263. [Bourbon County]

J. MILLER WARD--An essentially progressive and public-spirited citizen
and one who has contributed in no small measure to the development and
upbuilding of this section of the fine old Blue Grass state, J. Miller
Ward is successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bourbon county,
Kentucky, and he has gained distinctive precedence as a raiser of
high-grade stock. He is a native Kentuckian, born in Harrison county on
the 19th of December, 1866. His parents were Judge John Q. Ward and Mary
Eliza Miller Ward, both now deceased, of whom more detailed information is
contained on other pages of this work devoted to the live and achievements
of Kentuckians.
Mr. Ward was reared to adult age on the old home farm and after
preliminary training in the common schools of his native county, he was
matriculated in Central University, at Richmond, Kentucky, in which he was
graduated as a member of the class of 1888, with the degrees of Bachelor of
Science. Soon after completing his education he engaged with his
grandfather in farming and the breeding of thoroughbred trotting horses,
on Sunny Side farm, two miles west of Paris, Kentucky, on the Paris and
Cynthiana pike. Mr. Ward is now the owner of this fine estate. Soon after
his marriage, in 1893, he settled on the Sunland Stock Farm, near Paris,
and later he removed to the city of Paris where he resided for three years,
though he continued in business as a farmer and stock-raiser. In 1909 he
inherited his present homestead, Sunny Side farm, on which he now resides.
He has extensive land holdings in different sections of the state and he
and his wife own over two thousand acres of fine, arable land. Mr. Ward
is a stanch Democrat in his political proclivities and both he and his
wife hold membership in the Presbyterian church, in whose faith they were
reared. He is a member of the Sigma Nu college fraternity and of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Both are popular and prominent
in the best social activities of their community and their spacious home
is widely renowned for its gracious Kentucky hospitality.
On the 15th of November, 1893, Mr. Ward was united in marriage to
Miss Belle Brent Clay, who was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, on the
30th of August, 1872, a daughter of James E. and Elizabeth (Alexander)
Clay, of whom mention is made on other pages of this work. Mr. and Mrs.
Ward became the parents of three children, namely, James Clay Ward, who
was born on the 30th of August, 1894; J. Miller Ward Jr., born May 20,
1899; and Sam Clay Ward, born February 12, 1900.
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