She met and married this handsome fella, William Cleveland Ward, born February 23, 1834.
Together they established a home in Lincolnton, Georgia (on the east side of the state, near Augusta) and had eleven children, mostly boys! They were so excited when they had their first girl that she was given four first names!
This is a copy of a copy of a copy of a photo of them in later years. It may be difficult to see but I think her profile is lovely and his eyes piercing and clear. He died in 1906, she died in 1921. I love them both without ever having met them.
At any rate... they married, she left her rural home for the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, and together they had three daughters, Jane, Leta and Bertha Rose (Bette). Their first home was 916 North Avenue in Atlanta (which I believe was torn down some years later to make room for "progress" - typical of Atlanta history). Six weeks after my grandmother was born, they moved to 1001 Oakdale Rd, Atlanta. That home is still standing. Dr. Ward delivered all of his children. He died in 1939, when the Steel Magnolias were still in their teens.