Larry Ingram writes: This home was the home of a son of Abner Ward. The home was constructed around 1880. The son’s wife, Nettie Keese, was the daughter of Elijah and Henrietta Keese, who settled in the area in the 1840’s. Mr. Ward was one of the most prosperous citizens of Benevolence, and owned, among other things, a gristmill with an overshot water wheel, which was highly unusual for the area. My great-grandmother, Robert Ellen Keese Crozier, and Nettie Keese Ward, were sisters.