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Elizabeth (Williamson) Ward (1798 - 1880)

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Elizabeth Ward formerly Williamson
Born in Mingo County, West Virginia,map
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Wife of — married 9 Oct 1810 in Tug River, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified 4 May 2019 | Created 7 Oct 2010
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Elizabeth Williamson, daughter of Alden Williamson, was married to "Pioneer" James Ward on the banks of the Tug River in 1810.

In the March 1998 issue of the Martin County Heritage there is a story of the James and Elizabeth WARD Family. The first part reads as follows:

James "Pioneer" Ward was a descendant of James Ward, born 1672 in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland (Northern Ireland). He died in Augusta County, Virginia in 1760. Hugh Williamson, ancestor of Elizabeth, came to Virginia from Wales.[1]

James "Pioneer" Ward, (born March 25, 1758, Fincastle Co., Virginia. Died July 15, 1848), married Oct. 9, 1810, Elizabeth Williamson, (born 1794 in Virginia, died after 1880), daughter of Mary Elizabeth Jackson and Alden Williamson.

The couple settled on Rockcastle Creek (Saltwell), and raised a large family. James, the first settler of Martin County, lived to be 90 years old: Elizabeth probably died in her late eighties. In the 1870 census of Johnson County, she is listed as a widow age 82, and her occupation is "knotting." She lived with her daughter Alafair Ward Crum, also a widow, on Rockcastle Creek.


  1. Sarah Ward, (b. 1811), married 1832 to Freeman Copley (b. 1811, VA.
  2. Alafair Ward (b. 1813), married 1834 to Ruben Crum (b. 1810 in Ky., died between 1850-60). Both buried at Crum Cemetery at Rockcastle.
  3. Elizabeth "Betsy" Ward, (b. May 20, 1815,-d. after 1880), married June 1, 1834 to James Delong (b. March 20, 1814, Zanesville Ohio), son of Mary Barbara Auxier and George Delong, Jr. Probably buried in Delong Cemetery at Johns Creek.
  4. James Ward Jr., (b. 1817) married January 8, 1840, to Cynthia Young, (b. 1820) daughter of Absolom Young. Buried at cemetery at Rockcastle Creek (possibly Saltwell Cemetery near Inez)
  5. Wells Ward Sr., (1818-1890), married August 13, 1843, to Sarah (Senna or Cena) Preston, (1823-1903), daughter of Elizabeth Caines and Henry Preston, grandaughter of Fanny Arthur and Moses Preston of Lawrence Co. Buried at Saltwell Cemetery.
  6. Margaret "Peggy" Ward, (b. 1821-d. after 1880 in West Va.), married John Conley, (b. 1814).
  7. Solomon Ward, (b.March 31, 1823 -died between 1843-47), married April 3, 1843, to Lucretia Porter (b. 1828). No children. Solomon may be buried at Saltwell Cemetery. Lucretia married Alexander Cassady in 1847.
  8. Nathan Ward, (1824-Aug. 12, 1864), married Aug. 10, 1848, to Arminta Preston (Dec. 1832-April 11, 1914), daughter of Elizabeth Caines and Henry Preston, and sister to Senna Preston Ward. Nathan died of typhoid fever as a Union soldier camped at Peach Orchard in Lawrence County. Arminta Ward's log house was site of Eden's (Inez) first court sessions.
  9. George Washington Ward (b. April 1827) married 1850 to Nancy Clay (b. June 1832), daughter of Nancy and Peter Clay, who was a well-known educator.
  10. Margarry or Morgania Ward (1831-1853), married July 6, 1846, to George W. Murray (b. 1821), son of Samuel Murry. She is believedd to have died in a house fire. In 1850 census of Johnson County, she had a ten month old son, Marion.
  11. Emanuel Ward (1838-June 23, 1864), a Union soldier, died of wounds received at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; married to Matilda Mosley (b. 1838). They had two children: James Jefferson Ward, Susannah Mitilda Ward. Matilda later married Jesse Crum.

James and Elizabeth Williamson might have had three other children: Hiram, Angeline, and Sophia, records unknown.[2]

Other Family Members

- daughter of Alden Williamson, Senior and Mary Elizabeth Jackson Williamson

- sister of Benjamin Williamson, Hammond Williamson, Ann Williamson, Richard Williamson, Alden Williamson Jr., Hiram Williamson, Nancy (Williamson) Copley, Solomon Williamson, William Williamson, Elijah Williamson, Elias Williamson and James Williamson

- wife of James Ward (married October 9, 1810 in Tug River, Virginia)

- mother of Sarah Ward Copley, Alifair Ward Crum, Elizabeth Ward DeLong, James Ward Jr., Wells Ward Sr, Margaret Ward Conley, Solomon Ward, Nathaniel Ward, George Washington Ward, Margania Ward Murray and Emanuel Ward

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  1. March 1998 issue of the Martin County Heritage.
  2. Ward Genealogy, by Billie Edyth Ward, Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1987, pp. 19-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Profile created by Keith Paschal through the import of Paschal_Turner_Stuart_Whitmore.ged on Apr 25, 2019. This comment and citation should be deleted after a short biography has been added and primary sources have been cited.

Inline Citations

  • profile: Elizabeth Williamson; free-use site, login required to view profile and source documents; date accessed: 15 Feb 2018
  1. "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 February 2018), Elisabeth Williamson, Floyd, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 41, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 22; FHL microfilm 186,182.
  2. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 December 2017), Elizabeth Ward in entry for Reuben Crim, 1860.
  3. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Elizabeth Ward in household of Alaphare Crum, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 12, family 71, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,976.
  4. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 September 2017), Elizabeth in household of Arminta, Precinct 3 Eden, Martin, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district ED 66, sheet 289A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0432; FHL microfilm 1,254,432.

Other Resources

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 15 February 2018), memorial page for Mrs Elizabeth Williamson Ward (16 Jul 1798–1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 168594061, ; Maintained by Travis Collins (contributor 49002561) Unknown. Find A Grave: Memorial #168594061


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On 26 Jan 2018 at 21:06 GMT Jessica (Collett) Hilliard wrote:

Williamson-8930 and Williamson-169 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate!

On 10 Jan 2018 at 08:14 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Williamson-8930 and Williamson-169 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and child

Elizabeth is 12 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 27 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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