Oscar Zenella Ward

b. 1 January 1857, d. 29 March 1944

Oscar Zenella Ward, 1857-1944
  • Oscar Zenella Ward was born on 1 January 1857 in Alabama.
  • Benjamin W. Hays and Eliza (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Lineville, Randolph County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Oscar Zenella Ward, Thomas Marion Hays, Elizabeth P. Hays, Sarah L. Hays, Benjamin Franklin Hays and James Olander Ward.
  • Benjamin W. Hays and Eliza (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Fox Creek, Blakes Ferry, Randolph County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Oscar Zenella Ward, Benjamin Franklin Hays and James Olander Ward. Also in the household were Ben Waldrop (age 12), Delila Overton (age 16) and Henry Haze (age 14), probably all grandchildren.
  • He was working on the farm, according to the 1870 census.
  • He married Martha A. Moore, daughter of Francis Marion Moore and Mary Ann Hughey, circa 1875.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward and Martha A. Moore appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Freestone County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Lela Ward and Ola F. Ward.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1880 census.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward and Martha A. Moore appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Navarro County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Lela Ward, Ola F. Ward, Blake Zenella Ward, Will Jay Ward, Oscar Arthur Ward, Walter W. Ward, John Herbert Ward, Rex H. Ward, Ross S. Ward and Lois Irma Ward.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1900 census.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward and Martha A. Moore appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Hardeman County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Lela Ward, John Herbert Ward, Ross S. Ward, Rex H. Ward and Lois Irma Ward.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1910 census.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward appeared in the 1916 Fort Worth, Texas, City Directory at 2017 Lee Avenue listed as a watchman..
    2017 Lee Avenue, Fort Worth, photographed June 2016
  • Oscar Zenella Ward appeared in the 1918 Fort Worth, Texas, City Directory at 2100 Ross Avenue listed as a watchman..
  • Oscar Zenella Ward and Martha A. Moore appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 2110 Clinton Avenue. Other members of the household included John Herbert Ward, Rex H. Ward, Lois Irma Ward and Audrey Lois Ward.
  • He was a tank builder for an oil company, according to the 1920 census.
  • Oscar Ward appeared on the December 1928 Jury List in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward and Martha A. Moore appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Rusk County, Texas, at State Highway 43 enumerated next to their son Rex.. Other members of the household included Audrey Lois Ward.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward became a widower at the 7 February 1931 death of his wife Martha A. Moore.
  • Mary Lela Ward appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 223-1/2 West Exchange at the Hereford Hotel. Other members of the household included Oscar Zenella Ward, Blake Zenella Ward and John Herbert Ward. Also in the household were 37 lodgers, a housekeeper and one maid. Brother John Herbert is identified as Hubbard Ward, age 47.
  • The following appeared on 25 May 1940 in The Corsicana Daily Sun: Mrs. Carrie Nixson, aged 69 years, died at her home at Richand Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church at Richland Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Interment will be in the Richland cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. D. Clare and Rev. Van P. Morrison.
         Surviving are two sons, H. E. Nixson and F. D. Nixson, both of Longview; two daughters, Mrs. T. M. Beckham, Wickett, and Mrs. T. E. Orand, Richland; and a sister, Mrs. Lou A. Davis, brother Oscar Ward, Fort Worth, Denton.
         Pallbearers will be Vivian Beckham, James Beckham, Henry Nixson, Frank Nixson, Clifton Orand and S. G. Orand.
         Corley Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
  • At the time of his death Oscar Zenella Ward was living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 223-1/2 W. Exchange with his daughter Lela.
  • Oscar Zenella Ward died on 29 March 1944 at age 87 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at Pennsylvania Avenue Hospital . His death was officially witnessed by Mary Lela Ward.
  • He was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.
    Oscar Zenella Ward (1857-1944), Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth
    grave marker photo by Allen Wheatley, http://teafor2.com
  • Last Edited: 17 May 2017

Family: Martha A. Moore b. 2 June 1856, d. 7 February 1931