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The Ward Family Record II

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A "Ward Family Record" was passed down from DANIEL WARD, oldest son of BENJAMIN WARD and Missy, his first wife, to Daniel's daughter ELIZABETH WARD MARCUM.

Elizabeth then passed the document to her granddaughter, MARY ANN HANSARD, the grandmother of MARY LORENA HANSARD WILSON of Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Mrs. Wilson had the document until the last period of her life when it fell into the hands of another relative unknown to this researcher.

Virginia Smith, who visited with Lorena Wilson c 1980, generously provided a copy of the document to this researcher (Brenda Reed). Mrs. Smith visited with Mrs. Wilson at her home. Mrs. Wilson generously allowed Mrs. Smith to take the Ward Family Record, copy it, and return it to her on the day of the visit. Mrs. Smith stated: "I was on pins and needles as you can imagine!" Mrs. Wilson had recently published her grandmother's writings as a book entitled "Old Time Tazewell"; she mentioned that she wanted to place the originals with a Tennessee library along with the family record and other papers.

Whether she carried out that wish before her death, Mrs. Smith did not know but assumed her children followed her wishes. Mrs. Smith stated that the Ward Family Record consisted of only one page that was almost certainly removed from a Bible, originally belonging to RICHARD WARD (1692-1762) of Lunenburg County, Virginia, then inherited by his grandson, Daniel Ward (1739-1826) of Franklin County, Virginia; passing then to his daughter, Elizabeth Ward Markham, and subsequently to her granddaughter, Mary Ann Hansard, grandmother of Mary Lorena Wilson.

The entries appeared to all be in the same hand and ink except for the last, recording the death of Daniel Ward. The death entry of Daniel Ward appears in a different hand and ink and would have been recorded shortly after his death. The other entries appear to have been recorded in the mid-1700s (after 1739).

Of further interest is an entry allegedly taken from the Journal of DR. WILLIAM WARD, son of BENJAMIN WARD & MARY DUKE, which was inherited by Peter Marcum, nephew of Dr. William Ward, after the death of his wife, Mary Robertson Ward, as follows:

"MARY WARD Relict of BENJAMIN WARD and Daughter of JAMES & MARY DUKE of Virginia Departed this Life October 8th 1805 Aged 80 years." Bill Jones posted the record from Dr. Ward's journal on Genforum (10/21/2002). The entry was copied from Dr. Ward's Journal, once owned by WILLIAM MARKHAM (son of Peter Marcum & Abigail Sutton, who got the Journal from his father, who in turn got it from DR. WILLIAM WARD'S widow, MARY POLLY ROBERTSON WARD of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Dr. Ward's Journal contained information he recorded over many years about his family, medical remedies, patients, and slaves he owned. Mr. Jones added that MARY DUKE WARD was a niece of WILLIAM BYRD, II of Westover and that her sentiments were with the British during the American Revolution. She was a haughty lady, proud of her kin." (Note, Mr. Jones has not further communicated about this document.) It appears that the reference to William Byrd, II of Westover, was made as an induction of his own.

On April 19, 2005 Mr. STEVE JENNINGS provided this researcher with the following information relative to BENJAMIN WARD and his wife, MARY DUKE, as to the death of their son, Dr. William Ward. He stated that the following entries "were taken from a Holy Bible published by Matthew Carey, Philadelphia, 1803. Poor condition, pages missing. This Bible was given to Peter Markham by Mary Ward, the widow of Doctor William Ward, along with Doctor Ward’s journal and other personal belongings. Owned by Mr. William Markham." According to Mr. Jennings the Bible record states the following: "Mary Ward Relict of Benjamin Ward Departed this life October 8th 1805 Aged 80 years and "To the Memory of Doct. William Ward the husband of Mrs. Mary Ward born the 14th of April 1752 in Cumberland County in Virginia the son of Benjamin Ward and Mary Ward His Wife Daughter of James and Mary Duke of Charles City County in Virginia. In early life he came to Tennessee and after sustaining an irreproachable reputation and a life of dutiful service to his fellow man he died in the full hope of a joyful resurrection on the 23d of July 1835 in the 84th year of his age. His memory will long be cherished by all who knew him."

The Ward Family record and the Holy Bible of Dr. William Ward establish the following: RICHARD WARD, son of SETH WARD, was born October 29th 1692. FRANCES, his wife, was born September 14th 1700. BENJAMIN WARD, son of RICHARD WARD, was born September 18th 1717. TAHPANES WARD, daughter of RICHARD WARD, was born March 29, 1729. DANIEL WARD, son of BENJAMIN WARD, was born May 4th 1739 and died January 29th 1826. BENJAMIN WARD, son of Richard & Frances Ward, married Mary Duke, daughter of James Duke & Mary Byrd of Charles City County, Virginia. DR. WILLIAM WARD, son of Benjamin & Mary Duke Ward, was born 14 April 1752 at Cumberland Co., VA and died 23 July 1835 at Rutherford County, TN.

1712, June 11: WILLIAM BYRD, II (uncle of MARY DUKE, wife of BENJAMIN WARD] wrote in his Secret Diary: "SETH WARD brought his patent there [Falling Creek] to show me that John Giles could not claim the mill because it was out of bounds." [Reference is to Seth Ward, brother of Richard Ward & uncle of Benjamin Ward of this record. Reference is to Wm. Byrd,II, brother of Mary Duke's ]

On 14 April 1752 Benjamin & Frances Ward's son, Dr. William Ward, was born at Cumberland County, Virginia.

1754, September 5: Lunenburg County, Deed Book 4: 288, duplicated Deed Book 5:197 RICHARD WARD of Southam Parish, Cumberland County, for L500 currency, conveys to BENJAMIN WARD of Granville County, NC, 13 Negroes, all stock of horses, cattle, hogs, household furniture belonging to my plantation in Lunenburg County. [ Reference may be to Benjamin Ward, Esquire -- nephew of Richard Ward and cousin of Benjamin Ward of this record.]

1755, June 30: Lunenburg County, VA Deed Book 4:150 RICHARD WARD of Cumberland County, Virginia to BENJAMIN WARD of Granville County, NC, for 1500 pounds currency, conveying all said Richard's lands in Lunenburg County, being on Ward's Ford (Wards Fork now in Charlotte County) a branch of Little Roanoke, and all buildings & appurtenances. (Reference may be to Benjamin Ward, Esquire, nephew of Richard Ward.]

1755, July 21: Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 1754-55, pages not numbered: Trial of RICHARD WARD for a felony (nature not given); not guilty and instantly discharged. NATHANIEL BASSETT came into court and made oath that he believed himself in danger of his life from RICHARD WARD and said WARD is bound over to keep the peace, etc, his bondsmen being JAMES CARY, JR., BEN HARRIS, JEREMIAH HATCHER & BENJAMIN WARD.

On August 29, 1765 THOMAS JONES of Charlotte County deeded to WILLIAM HEDSPETH of Mecklenburg County for 150 pounds, 600 acres in Charlotte, part of a greater tract patented to BENJAMIN WARD bearing date of 3 March 1760, beginning at patent line and along PHILIP GOODE's line, all appurtenances: Signed THOMAS JONES; Witnessed by MAT MARABLE, GEORGE FOWLER, & ROBERT BURTON. Recorded 2 September 1765. Right of dower: Relinguished by LEANAH, wife of THOMAS JONES. (Charlotte County Deed Book 1:052

On April 8th, 1766 THOMAS JONES of Charlotte County, VA deeded to MATHEW MARABLE of same for 50 pounds, 325 acres in Charlotte, bounded by patent line, WILLIAM HIDSPATH corner and WILLIAM MAY's corner -- part of 1313 acres patented by BENJAMIN WARD, bearing the date of 3 March 1760. Recorded Charlotte County Deed Book 1:011. [Reference may or may not be to Benjamin Ward of this record.]

In the Will of RICHARD WARD, dated 17 November 1759 and proved 2 February 1762 Cornwall Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia, said RICHARD WARD devised to his son, BENJAMIN WARD, 120 acres in Cumberland Parish [then Bedford County] adjacent to James Brown, Jonas Renuls, and Valentine Coffey. Richard Ward devised to his daughter, TAHPENES WARD, one shilling. He loaned six Negroes to his present wife, MARY (JOHNS) WARD and left 150 acres to their unborn child, the land being in Chesterfield County, lying between ELIZA GAY and SEATH WARD, between the road and the river and also 101 acres in Cumberland County between Angolea Creek and Appomattox River and also the land he then enjoyed in Lunenburg County and all the Negroes and everything he was possessed with in Cumberland County and also in Lunenburg County and the six Negroes he lent his wife, Mary. Friend, SEATH WARD and PERRIN ALDAY served as his executors. The will was witnessed by ABRA MARTIN, NEAL FRANK, & JOSHUA WHARTON. [This reference proves that Richard Ward had three children: BENJAMIN WARD, TAHPANES WARD, and a third child as issue of Richard & Mary Ward, who was named RICHARD WARD as proven by administration of Richard Ward, Sr. estate in Lunenburg County.]

It is unknown if the Benjamin Ward of this record is the one mentioned in this deed: April 8 1766, Charlotte Co., VA Deed Book 1, page 11: THOMAS JONES of Charlotte County to MATHEW MARABLE of same for 50 pounds, 325 acres in Charlotte. Bounded by patent line, Wm. Hidspath's corner & Wm. May's corner. Part of a 1313 acre patent by BENJAMIN WARD bearing date of 3 Mar 1760. On 29 Aug 1765 THOMAS JONES of Charlotte deeded to WM. HEDSPETH of Mecklenburg for 150 pounds, 600 acres in Charlotte part of a greater trace patented to BENJAMIN WARD 3 Mar 1760 beginning at patent line & along Phillip Goode's line. (DB 1:52, Charlotte Co.)

See Also Ward Family Record





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