My 3rd Great-Grandmother was Martha Ann Ward Putman. She was born July 24th, 1850  in Arkansas and died 10 Jan 1924 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. She married Thomas Adolphus Putman on January 20th, 1869 in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Thomas and Martha Putman lived in a house at 3720 Park Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas until they died in the 1920s. Their daughter Rosalie Putman and her husband James Lasiter lived in the house as well. Rosalie and James Putman's son James Putman Lasiter Sr and his wife, Louise Benson Lasiter (my great-grandmother) lived in the house as well. After Louise's death, the house was sold. Louise's brother Jimmie Putman Lasiter Jr lived next door around the corner until he died a few years ago. His house burned down in a fire.
Martha was the daughter of Castleton Ward and Mary Malinda McGrada. I was unaware of Mary's maiden name and Castleton's parents' names until the FAG contributor emailed me. Castleton Ward was born October 1st, 1820 (or 1821) in Tennessee to William Ward and Letha Leah Ake. He died September 18th, 1899 in Lavaca, Arkansas and is thought to be buried in the Ward Family Cemetery at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Castleton's wife Mary McGrada was the daughter of Robert and Sally McGrada.
So this is what my pre-Research chart looks like:
|Ancestors of Martha Ann Ward (pre-Research) with new Surnames|
- Asberry Alexander Ward (1842-1852)
- William Franklin Ward (1844-1897)
- John Robert Ward (1845-1895)
- James Madison Ward (1847-1889)
- Martha Ann Ward (1850-1924)
Another surname I learned about is JOY. Castleton Ward's brother, Joseph S Ward, married Amanda Joy and his sister Nancy Ward married Amanda Joy's brother, John William Joy. With regards to autosomal DNA, any children that Castleton's brothers and sisters had, regardless of surname, would be genetically linked to me and could possibly show up as genetic matches to me through ftDNA's Family Finder DNA test. This is why building up my collateral lines has become a priority for 2012.
 Headstone for Martha Ward Putman, Forest Park Cemetery, 5001 Midland Blvd, Fort Smith, AR: "Martha Ward-Putman, July 24, 1850, Jan 11, 1924"
 See Note 1 above; Fowler, Robyn and Karrant, Wanda, Fowler's Index to Interments in Forest Park Cemetery, 5001 Midland Blvd, Fort Smith, AR: 1910-1988, "Martha H Putman died 10 Jan 1924, Interred by Putman Mortuary."