Any time an ancestor had a dispute with his neighbor or his government, it left a paper trail. Many kinds of records are worth searching for evidence of such quarrels, most common being land records, civil court records, probate court records, government correspondence, and criminal records. With land records, you can find long, drawn-out struggles between neighbors over boundaries and ownership. Newspapers are a great source of information mentioning the grievance and who is involved.
In this situation, it was a neighbor with a grievance over a property. Why is this newspaper article important to me? I could not determine the origins of my 3rd great grandmother Catherine Ross (nee Burd). This newspaper article has tied Catherine Ross to the Burd family. She may be the daughter of George Burd and Mary Ann. This needs further investigation. Other wards, it is a great start!