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Allen T. Ward papers

Creator: Ward, Allen T. (Allen Tuck), 1805-1862

Date: 1828-1964

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 528

Unit ID: 40528

Biographical sketch:

Allen T. Ward, the son of Asahel and Mary Tuck Ward, was born in Ohio in 1806. His siblings included William, Sarah, David Mercer, Milton, and Elizabeth. In 1844 Allen Ward married Cordelia Laurimia (Wahponkequa), who died in 1857. Ward later remarried, to a Mary Elizabeth, who died in 1931.

Ward primarily made his way through life as a teacher, particularly to Native Americans; he also worked selling cloth, owned and managed mills, and held some local political offices. He spent some time in the communal colony at New Harmony, Indiana, as well as in Louisiana and Mexico. By 1840 Ward moved to western Missouri, and by 1843 he was involved in the work at the Shawnee Methodist Mission on land that would in the future be part of Kansas. In the 1850s, when Kansas was a territory, he lived in Paola, Lykins (later Miami) County.

Allen T. Ward died in Paola in 1862.

Abstract: The collection consists of typed transcript copies and handwritten originals of correspondence, wills and deeds, an abstract of proceedings from the Miami County District Court, and secondary materials relating to the Ward family. The correspondence includes letters from Ward to various family members while he was in Louisiana, Missouri, and at the Indiana Manual Labor School and Shawnee Methodist Mission in Kansas, as well as while he lived in Paola, Kan.; it also includes some correspondence to and from other Ward family members. The secondary materials includes biographical information about many Ward family members and information regarding the collection.

Space Required/Quantity: 0.2 ft. (1 box); 2 partial microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

Title (Main title): Allen T. Ward papers

Titles (Other):

  • Family correspondence (1828-1928)
  • Papers [Portion of title]

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Locator Contents


  • MS 206 no. 2: Ward family papers 1828-1926
  • MS 1183 no. 3: Family correspondence 1828-1928


Finding Aid Bibliography: "Allen Tuck Ward," Ancestry.com website, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/30701165/person/12532706050 (viewed 11 Mar. 2015).

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