Hi Bob, thanks for the response.
Newt was born 24 Oct 1890 in Fannin County, GA. I have this from both his death certificate and headstone, as well as the SSDI. I feel confident that that date is correct.
His parents were William H. Ward and Mary Lourania Forrester, both of whom are reported on his death certificate. I also trust my grandmother's memories of her grandparents' names.
As far as the children are concerned -you're right, Ellen is not correct - it should be Ellerie. There are two other children - one is my grandmother and the other is her next oldest sister who died a few months ago.