Born 1840 in Shrewsbury, Elizabeth Ward (known as Bessie) became a caretaker of Ward family objects and history. She wrote the local history Old Times in Shrewsbury (1892). She never married, and died in1900 in Shrewsbury.
After receiving his degree at Harvard College, Artemas taught school for a time in Groton MA. He married Sarah Trowbridge and returned to Shrewsbury. The newlyweds started a family, ran a General Store in the center of town and became respected members of the community.