My father was born in Brandon, Mississippi, and grew up in Jackson. I have traced his family back to Harford County, Maryland. Prior to that I believe the family originated in Ireland, but I've not found any verification of that yet. The Kidd family, also of Harford County, may have originated in Scotland, but that's not verified either.

James Ward (c. 1772 - 11 Jul 1833)

Rachel Kidd Ward (14 Feb 1783 - 20 Nov 1857)