I was so excited when I ran across your query on the Ward Surname Board on Ancestry.com! I too have family that resided in Lead Hill, Arkansas Boone County. Mine is my Great Great Grandfather, James P. Ward, married to Sarah Manley, and their daughter Mary Ella Ward was my Great Grandmother who married James Monroe Smith. Please contact me if you think there is a connection. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll look forward to hearing from you soon.