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  • ID: I1561
  • Name: BENJAMIN WARD 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1750 in Virginia (of Cumberland & Pittsylvania Counties) 4 5
  • Burial: St. John's Church, Valle Crucis, Watauga County, North Carolina 6
  • Military Service: Patriot: Sgt. North Carolina line; American Revolution 7
  • Probate: 1820 Will proven in Ashe County, North Carolina. 8
  • Reference Number: 1572
  • Event: Fact Pioneer, Farmer, Herbalist, Distiller 9 10
  • Event: YDNA Descendant Brian Gregory Ward submitted to 67 Marker YDNA test.
  • Death: BET 20 APR AND AUG 1820 in Cove Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina 11 12
  • Name: Benjamin WARD II
  • Birth: BET 1740 AND 1752 in Henrico County, Virginia 13
  • Birth: BEF 1765 in (Virginia) 14
  • Event: Fact Fathered 10 known children who produced 66 known grandchildren.
  • Event: Fact 1749 Cumberland Co., VA formed from Goochland County.
  • Event: Fact 14 APR 1752 Brother, Dr. William Ward, born Cumberland Co., VA
  • Event: Fact 17 NOV 1759 Grandfather, Richard Ward, made his will at Lunenburg County.
  • Event: Fact BEF 23 NOV 1761 Grandfather, Richard Ward, died testate at Lunenburg Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 04 MAY 1764 Will of Richard Ward probated at Lunenburg Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1767 Not listed in Tithables, Pittsylvania County.
  • Event: Fact 1769 First permanent settlement on Boone Creek, Washington Co., TN by Capt. Wm. Bean who came that year from Pittsylvania Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1772 Watauga Association formed by settlers as NC government was ignorning the settlers.
  • Event: Fact 1774 Pittsylvania Co., VA Tithable, Benjamin Ward appeared on the tithe list for Pittsylvania Co., VA (Hugh Jones District) listed half-brother, Daniel Ward and next to John Stewart. 15
  • Event: Fact 1774 Resided at Pittsylvania Co. VA with brother Daniel Ward.
  • Event: Fact 16 APR 1774 Married Celia Stewart at Pittsylvania Co., VA. 16 17
  • Event: Fact 06 MAY 1774 Ben & Selah were living at Pittsylvania Co., VA at the home of 1/2 brother Daniel Ward.
  • Event: Fact 26 AUG 1774 Grand-uncle, William Byrd II, died at Westover Plantation in Charles City County. He formed the Dividing Line between VA & NC.
  • Event: Fact AFT MAY 1774 Removed from Virginia to western North Carolina.
  • Event: Fact ABT 1775 Son, Duke, born allegedly in NC; more likely in Pittsylvania Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1776 Brother, Dr. Wm. Ward, on List of Tithables at Pittsylvania Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 22 APR 1776 Cumberland Co. led call for Independence from Great Britain.
  • Event: Fact 17 JUL 1776 Son, Daniel, born at Ashe Co., NC. 18 19
  • Event: Fact AFT 1776 Son, Benjamin (3), born in North Carolina.
  • Event: Fact BET 1776 AND 1783 Half-brother, Daniel, at Henry Co., VA during the Revolution.
  • Event: Fact BET 1776 AND 1783 May have been "red English" & against the American Revolution according to Simon Ward, his grandson. 20
  • Event: Fact 1777 Powhatan Co.,VA formed from Cumberland Co.
  • Event: Fact 1777 Washington District was formed (incorporated area west of NC)
  • Event: Fact 1777 Wilkes Co., NC formed from Washington District & Surry County.
  • Event: Fact 08 MAY 1777 His brother, Dr. William Ward, married Selah's sister, Mary Bowman Stewart, at Pittsylvania Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1778 Washington Co., TN Taxable; estate of 356 L 10 S. 21 22
  • Event: Fact 15 FEB 1778 Wilkes Co., NC -- the act to form the county became effective.
  • Event: Fact 1779 Washington Co., TN formed; seated at Jonesborough.
  • Event: Fact 02 JAN 1779 Land Grant # 803, Book 64, Page 53; NC Archives. Date entered 8 April 1787. 23
  • Event: May have hosted Bishop Asbury when he stopped at Cove Creek. Fact 1780 24 25
  • Event: Fact 1782 Not on 1782 Census, Pittsylvania County.
  • Event: Fact 03 DEC 1782 Half-aunt, Catherine Ward, married William Brown at Charlotte County, VA; she later removed to Person Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 08 APR 1784 Land Grant # 803 Recorded.
  • Event: Fact 1785 Twin sons, Kelly & Wm. Avery Ward, were born at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 1787 NC Land Grant #807, 300 acres South Side of Watauga opposite Cove Creek, filed in Washington County, TN. 26
  • Event: Fact 16 AUG 1787 NC Land Grant #803 issued; 300 acres southside of Watauga opposite Cove Creek 27 28
  • Event: Fact 08 AUG 1788 Daughter, Elizabeth, born at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 1789 Named Executor of Estate of David Hix at Ashe Co., NC 29
  • Event: Fact 1789 NC Land Grant # 861, in Tennessee, 300 acres on southside of Watauga. 30
  • Event: Fact 1790 Ashe Co., NC; Benjamin Ward was enumerated with 2 free white males under 16; 4 over 16; 3 with families of their own; one slave 31
  • Event: Fact 1790 Wilkes Co., NC (8th District that became Ashe County, NC) Ben Ward & Josh Ward were enumerated as heads of families.
  • Event: Fact 1797 On a True List of Tax Payers, Wilkes Co., NC: Benjamin Ward, 1 poll, 333 acres 32
  • Event: Son, James Ward, born at Ashe Co., NC. Fact 1798
  • Event: Fact 1799 Ashe County, NC formed from Wilkes Co., NC. 33
  • Event: Fact BEF 1800 Son, Duke Ward, married Elizabeth Harmon, daughter of Cutliff Harmon.
  • Event: Fact ABT 1800 Daughter, Susan Ward, born at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact ABT 1800 Son, Daniel Ward, married Anna Curtis, daughter of Joshua Curtis.
  • Event: Fact 1800 Ashe County, NC: Benjamine Ward, Duke Ward, Thomas Ward 34
  • Event: Fact 1800 Ashe County, NC; 4-0-1-1-1 --- 0-2-0-0-1--0-0 35
  • Event: Fact 1800 Son, Jesse Ward, born at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 08 FEB 1802 Land Entry # 250: Benjamin Ward, 50 acres, Ashe Co., NC; on Cove Creek, beg. on west line of his old survey. 36
  • Event: Fact 08 FEB 1802 Land Entry # 577: Benjamin Ward entered 50 acres at Ashe Co., NC on Wattauger River. 37
  • Event: Fact 08 FEB 1802 Land Entry # 580: Benj. Ward entered 50 acres, Ashe Co., on Wattauger River; Border: begins on the river bank at a pine marked "B W" and runs down said river; includes my "shuger" camp and cvacan t land "their abouts." 38
  • Event: Fact 08 MAY 1802 Land Entry # 667: Benj. Ward entered 25 acres in Ashe County on south side of Wattauger River 39
  • Event: Fact 07 AUG 1802 Land Entry # 740: Benj. Ward entered 50 acres on south side of Watauger River, includes good vacant land their abouts. 40
  • Event: Fact 07 AUG 1802 Land Entry # 741: Benj. Ward enters 50 acres, Ashe Co, S side of Watauger R; border: begins on bank of said river above mouth of Lorrel Cr., runs down said river, & up both sides of said creek; incl udes said Ward's mill seat on said creek. 41
  • Event: Fact 07 AUG 1802 NC State Land Grant # 425: Benj. Ward, 50 acres, Ashe Co., on Laurel Fork of Watauga River. 42
  • Event: Fact 07 AUG 1802 NC State Land Grant # 427: Benjamin Ward, 50 acres, Ashe Co.; on Watauga River. 43
  • Event: Fact 27 NOV 1802 Land Entry #250: registered in Secretary's Office at Raleigh, NC and recorded. 44
  • Event: Fact 06 DEC 1802 NC State Land Grant #425: registered in the Secretary's Office at Raleigh, NC. 45
  • Event: Fact 06 DEC 1803 NC State Land Grant # 427: Benjamin Ward, registered in Secretary's Office, Raleigh, NC. 46
  • Event: Daughter, Selah Fact 1804 Celia, born at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 08 OCT 1805 Mother, Mary Duke Ward, died (place unknown).
  • Event: Fact 11 AUG 1806 Benjamin Ward empanneled and sworn in as a member of the Ashe County NC Grand Jury for the August Session. 47
  • Event: Fact 04 SEP 1806 Daughter, Elizabeth, md. John Webb.
  • Event: Fact 1810 Ashe Co. NC Census: B. Ward; 1 male 45+; 2 males 10-16; 1 male 0-10; 2 female 45+; 1 female 16-26. 48
  • Event: Fact 1810 Benjamin Ward, Benj. Ward (#2) at Ashe Co., NC. 49
  • Event: Fact 1810 Owned four slaves, Ashe Co.,NC.; brother James Ward owned 1 slave at Ashe Co., NC. 50
  • Event: Fact 06 JUL 1810 Son, William Avery Ward, age 25, died at Rutherford Co., TN at home of his uncle, Dr. William Ward.
  • Event: Fact 15 APR 1818 Son, James, married Sarah Shull at Ashe Co., NC.
  • Event: Fact 1819 Carter Co., TN Court ordered that a deposition be taken of Benjamin Ward at Ashe Co., NC in the case Robert McHenry vs Adam Rambolt. 51
  • Event: Fact 1820 Will proven at Ashe County, North Carolina
  • Event: Fact 17 MAR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son Duke Ward, 50 acres; Ashe Co., NC; for $190; 50 acres, bank of Cove Creek. 52
  • Event: Fact 17 MAR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son James Ward; 240 acres for $1200, east side of Cove Creek, Ashe Co., NC; recorded July term 1828. 53 54
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son Benjamin Ward Jr.; for $190; 190 acres, mouth of Cove Creek; Ashe Co., NC. 55
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son James Ward; $190, 130 acres on branch of Watauga River alond old grant line; recorded May term 1820. 56
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son Jesse Ward both of Ashe, $190, 50 acres on Cove Creek 57
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward to son Nicodemus Ward, 50 acres, $190 paid, bank of Cove Creek, Ashe Co., NC. 58
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Five slaves: Jack, Efgine, Esther, Emelia, & Nancy) whom he gave to his wife Selah, then to his son, Nicodemus Ward -- named in will of Benjamin Ward. 59
  • Event: Fact 18 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward made his will at Ashe co., NC; recorded August term 1820. 60
  • Event: Fact 06 FEB 1826 Half-brother, Daniel Ward, died at Franklin Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1827 Brother, Joshua Ward, died at Washington Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 1830 Son, Duke Ward, killed in a wrestling match at Clinton Co., IL.
  • Event: Fact 07 JAN 1830 Daughter, Elizabeth Ward Webb, died at Overton Co., TN.
  • Event: Fact 23 JUL 1835 Brother, Dr. Wm. Ward died at Rutherford Co., TN.
  • Event: Fact BET 1835 AND 1849 Benjamin Ward's heirs inherited property from his brother, Dr. William Ward of Rutherford Co., TN; probate 1833-1855. 61
  • Event: Fact 1837 Son, Benjamin Ward, Jr., died at Caryville, Anderson Co., TN.
  • Event: Fact 1848 Son, Nicodemus Ward, died at Meigs Co., TN.
  • Event: Sister, Mary Obedience Ward Cannady/Kennedy, at Hart Co., VA. Fact 1849
  • Event: Fact 1849 Watauga Co., NC formed from Ashe, Wilkes, & Yancy County. 33 62
  • Event: Fact 18 OCT 1849 Brother, Dr. Wm. Ward's estate was settled at Rutherford Co., TN.
  • Event: Fact 29 APR 1852 Entitled to 1/7th share in Dr. Wm. Ward Estate in Rutherford Co., TN was distributed to Benj's heirs.
  • Event: YDNA Haplogroup R1b1c (Brian Gregory Ward)
  • Note:
    BENJAMIN WARD (c1750 - 1820) is the proven son of BENJAMIN WARD and MARY DUKE, who probably resided in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. These Wards descend from SETH WARD of Henrico County, VA, Henry Duke of James City Co., VA and William Byrd, I of Charles City Co., VA. On 16 April 1774 he married SELAH STEWART, daughter of JOHN STEWART & SUSANNAH TANNER, at Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where the Stewarts resided and where Benjamin was living with half-brother DANIEL WARD.

    The Ward Family Record of MARY LORENA HANSARD WILSON establishes that BENJAMIN WARD, son of RICHARD & FRANCES WARD, was the father of DANIEL WARD, the half-brother of BENJAMIN WARD of Ashe County, NC. Dr. WILLIAM WARD's probate records in Rutherford County establish that BENJAMIN WARD fathered BENJAMIN WARD of this record. The Ward Family Record was passed down from DANIEL WARD, half-brother of Benjamin Ward, to his daughter ELIZABETH WARD MARCUM, to her granddaughter, MARY ANN HANSARD, grandmother of MARY LORENA HANSARD WILSON of Sweetwater, Tennessee. The document was in Lorena Wilson's hands until the last period of her life. This researcher obtained this information from Virginia Smith, who" visited with Lorena Wilson in about 1980" and who "was allowed to photocopy the document." Mrs. Smith kindly provided a copy to me.

    In 1777 BENJAMIN WARD first appears on the Washington Co.,TN Lists of Taxables documented by tax collector, Valentine Sevier, Sheriff, Dr. to the County Court of Washington Co., NC.. His property valuation was L356.10.0; he paid L3.12.0 in taxes. His brother, WILLIAM WARD, was listed on page 4, assessed by Henry Lyle, Samuel Henry & William McNabb and returned to Jno. McNabb, Esq. WILLIAM WARD paid taxes of 1.16.10 1/2]. He had an Estate of 154.12.0 paid taxes of 1.12.9 [Washington Co., TN List of Taxables 1778-1801; Compiled by Mary Hardin McCown, Nancy E. Jones Stickley, and Inez E. Burns.] Additionally JOSHUA CURTIS , father-in-law of Benjamin's son, Daniel, appeared on this list.

    The 1778 tax records for Washington Co., NC Taxables indicate BENJAMIN WARD was the neighbor of DAVID HIX (Hicks) Sr. owner of 153 pounds worth of property evaluation and the Asher Family (Charles, Thomas, and William) on the upper portions of the Watauga River around the area later known as Shull's Mill. (On page 7 of the assessments of Benjamin Cobb, Solomon Smith, William Asher and returned to John Chisolm, Esq. appears Demsey Ward, Estate of 171.10.3 and Taxes paid of 1.15.3. No proof to date that Demsey Ward is related to Benjamin Ward.)

    In 1779 Benjamin Ward did not appear on the 1779 List of Taxables, Return made by Thomas Houghton, Esquire for 1779 of Washington County, NC to receive the same with proprietors names delivering the same on oath, as also, the Assessment thereon for the year of 1779. The assessors were Matthew Talbot, Sr,. Andrew Taylor, and Clevias Barksdill. WILLIAM WARD was assessed for one site of 250 acres valued at 250. Property included 3 horses valued at 350; 7 cattle valued at 70; ready money of 21.2.8; total value, 691.2.8 current money.

    North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee 1778-1791 stipulate: BENJAMIN WARD filed land grant # 807 for 300 acres on South side of Watauga opposite Cove Creek in Washington Co., TN (later part of Watauga Co., NC). Again in 1789 BENJAMIN WARD filed 300 acre land grant # 861 for land on the South side Watauga opposite the mouth of Cove Creek in Washington Co., NC. (TN State Library, Carter Co. Grants Roll # 15, Book 4, page 468 and Roll # 17, Book 6, page 272, Carter Co. Grants)

    BENJAMIN WARD was named a commissioner, along with Robert White, Edward Williams, William Moore, John Hammer, Robert Love, and William Priestly -- merely to select a site for the seat of justice of Washington County, NC in the lost state of Franklin. North Carolina Senator Tipton sought to punish the town of Jonesborough for the attitude of its citizens in the August election by introducing a bill to remove the seat of justice of Washington County. (NC State Records, X VIII, 112.) Excerpt from HISTORY OF THE LOST STATE OF FRANKLIN (Samuel Cole Williams, 1924, The Watauga Press, Johnson City, TN; PP 114-115).

    In 1790 BEN WARD and JOSH WARD appear as Heads of Families in the First Federal Census, for Companies 8, 10, & 16, later taken from Wilkes Co. to make Ashe Co. NC in 1799. In the 8th Company BEN WARD had 2 free while males over age 16 (born bef. 1774), 4 white males under age 16 (born 1774-1790), 3 free white females, and 1 slave. JOSH WARD lists 1 free white male over 16 (born bef 1774), 2 free white males under 16 (born 1774-1790), 2 free white females, and no slaves. In 1790 and 1799 JOSH WARD appeared in the Wilkes Co., NC Census records. Ashe was formed from Wilkes County. In 1799 he appeared in the 8th company with 1-2-2-0 persons and possessions. Rutherford County Court Records state that Dr. William Ward had a brother named JOSHUA WARD, thereby proving Josh Ward to be brother to Benjamin Ward of Ashe County, NC.

    On 23 October 1792 BENJAMIN WARD and EZEKIEL BAIRD were named executors of the will of DAVID HIX, probated 23 April 1793. David Hix was of Washington County, NC. [Wilkes County, North Carolina Will Abstracts for 1777-1910, number 347]

    On 6 May 1795 at the Wilkes Co. NC, Court (Court Minutes Vol. 14, 19) BENJAMIN WARD, William Whittenton, Thomas Linville, Jr., Joseph Moss, Samuel Hicks, George Davis, Shadrick Estop, Lewis Stephens, Ezekial Baird, David Curtis, James Holesclaw, Federick Shull, Simon Shull, Joseph White, George Smith, Baker King, Chesley Coffey were ordered to view whether lands entered by (blank) Cunningham to be fit or not for cultivation.

    In 1800 BENJAMIN WARD, DUKE WARD [son of Benjamin], and THOMAS WARD [relationship unknown] appeared in the census for Ashe Co., NC as follows:
    BENJAMIN WARD: 4 males to 10 years [4 sons born between 1790-1800]
    1 male 16 to 26 years [son born between 1774-1784]
    1 male 26 to 45 years [son born between 1755-1784, probably Daniel)] (Ben married in 1774)
    1 male 45 or over [Benjamin born before 1755]
    2 females 10 - 16 years [daughters Selah & Elizabeth 1784-1790]
    1 female 45 or over [Selah born before 1755]
    1 slave
    DUKE WARD: 1 male 16 to 26 years [born between 1774-1784]
    1 female 16 to 26 years [born between 1774-1784]
    THOMAS WARD: 1 male 10 to 16 years [born 1784-1790]
    1 male 26 to 45 years [[Thomas, born 1755-1784]
    1 female to 10 years [daughter born 1790-1800]
    1 female 10 to 16 years [daughter born 1784-1790]
    1 female 16 - 26 years [daughter born 1774-1784]
    1 female 45 or over [woman born before 1755]
    (Thomas Ward is probably THOMPSON WARD, nephew of BENJAMIN WARD, & son of JAMES & ELIZABETH WARD who removed to Kentucky.)

    LAND ENTRIES IN ASHE COUNTY, NC: February 1800 - June 1809 LISTING BENJAMIN WARD:

    1801 Tax List, Washington Co., TN Records: BENJAMIN WARD, listed by assessor James Maulding.
    (David Curtis appears on the on same list.)

    November 11, 1801, Page 127, # 503: DUKE WARDE enters 25 acres in Ashe County; border: begins on BENJAMIN WARD's North line on Wattauger River; includes the vacant land.

    February 8, 1802, Page 145, # 577: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on Wattauger River border: begins on my own line: includes the "good" vacant land "their abouts".

    February 8, 1802, Page 146, # 580: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on Wattauger River; border: begins on "the" river bank at a pine marked "B W" and runs down said river; includes my "shuger" camp and vacant land "their abouts".

    May 8, 1802. Page 168, # 667: BENJAMIN WARD enters 25 acres in Ashe County on South side of Wattauger River; border: begins at a "swomp: dogwood "saplen" marked " B W" on "the" bank of said river, runs down the river to said Ward's "old" grant land & South on said Ward's line; includes the "good" vacant land "their abouts."

    August 7, 1802, Page 186, # 740: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on South side of Watauger River; border: begins at a "swamp" dogwood "saplen" branded "B W" on "the" bank of said river, runs down said river to said Ward's old grant line, & runs South with said Ward's line; includes the "good" vacant land "their abouts."

    August 7, 1802, Page 186, # 741: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on South side of Watauger River; border: begins on bank of said river above mouth of Lorrel Creek, runs down said river, & up both sides of said creek; includes said Ward's mill seat on said creek.

    August 7, 1802, Page 186, # 742: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on North side of Watauger River; border: begins at Ward's old grant linebelow mouth of Cove Creek & runs "various courses"; includes the "good" land and runs on said old grant land to said Ward's new survey line.

    August 7, 1802, Page 187, # 743: DANIEL WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on North side of Watauger River; border: begins on a sycamore [or syckamore] branded "D W", runs North on BEN WARD's old grant line, West, & joins BEN WARD's new survey; includes the "good" vacant land.

    November 11, 1802, Page 127, # 505: DUKE WARDE enters 25 acres in Ashe County on "the" bank of Wattauger River: border: begins near BENJAMIN WARD's North line.

    February 7, 1803, Page 233, # 884: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County on a branch of Cove Creek; border: begins at North corner of a conditional line made between said WARD & CUTLER HARMON and runs "various courses"; includes the vacant land "their abouts".

    6 DECEMBER 1803, Ashe Co., NC Court Records, Book B, page 133: North Carolina State Land Grant of 50 Acres to BENJAMIN WARD: "The State of North Carolina No. 426. To all whoseoever these presents shall come greeting known we that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our treasury by BENJAMIN WARD herein given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said BENJAMIN WARD a tract of land containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Ashe on the South side of the Watauger River on a Swamp Dogwood and a Locust in SAMUEL BAKER's line and runs down the river as it meanders to a Buckeye and a Hickory near the old crossing thence South with his old grant line twenty two polls to a stake then East with said line forty polls to a hicary then south one hundred polls to a stake then East fifty polls to a stake thence North with Samuel Baker's line to the Beginning. Entered the 7th of August 1802 as the plat hereunto assessed doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals here accoutrements and appurtenances to the said lease belonging or appertaining to hold to the said BENJAMIN WARD, his heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general assembly from time to time may direct provided always that the said grantee shall cause the grant to be registered in the Register office of our said County of Ashe within twelve months from the date thereof otherwise the same shall be void on testimony whereof we have caused these our letters to be made Patent and our great seal to be hereunto affixed, witnesses JAMES TURNER Esq. our governor captain general and commander in Chief at Raleigh the 6th day of December in the 28th year of our independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three. By command J. Turner, received in the secretary's office. Wm. White, Sec. D. Caswell, J. Sec.

    June 17, 1807, Page 32, # 1757: ELIJAH KILBOURN enters 100 acres in Ashe County on head of Rock House Bridge, on Beaver dam Ridge, & on waters of Rush Branch; includes the dead timber that the old road "goes through" that goes "up" from BEN WARD's to Ben Web's.

    November 4, 1813, Page 11, # 2623: BENJAMIN WARD enters 50 acres in Ashe County; border: begins at a white oak near "between" BEN WARD & Richard White's old line on North side of Cove Creek and runs down the creek with his old line; includes the vacant land down "as far as" DAVID WARD's (sic DANIEL WARD) line and runs "various courses."
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    August, 1806 BENJAMIN WARD served on a grand jury in the court in Ashe County; others were Thomas Calloway (foreman); David Birely, Henry Graybeal, Andrew Sheets, John Estep, William May, Willie Pennington, J. L. Weaver, William Snow, Daniel Hopper, Carter Whittenton, Samuel Phipps, & James Lewis. [Source: Ashe County: A History; Arthur L. Fletcher; Ashe Co Research Assn. NC; Jefferson, NC; p 80.0]

    In 1810 BENJAMIN WARD lived in Ashe Co., NC and also in 1820. In 1820 he Ashe County, North Carolina Census records showed the following:
    BENJAMINE WARD: 3-1-1-1-1-0 4-2-0-1-0 (14 in household]
    DUKE WARD: 5-4-0-0-0-1 2-2-0-0-1 [15 in household]
    JAMES WARD: 1-0-0-1-0-0 1-0-1-0-0 [4 in household]
    LELAH WARD (Prob. Selah): 0-0-1-1-0-0 0-0-0-0-1 [3 in household]

    April 17, 1820: Land Records, Book F, page 30, Register, Court, Ashe Co., NC
    "BENJAMIN WARD Deed to JAMES WARD, 130 acres. This Indenture made this 17th day of April 1820 between BENJAMIN WARD, SR.. of the one part, and JAMES WARD of the other part, both of the County of Ashe and State of North Carolina witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and ninety dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing to these presents, the receipt whereof he doth acknowledge, hat granted, bargained, and sold, and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell unto him the said JAMES WARD a tract of land containing one hundred and thirty acres to the same more or less, Beginning at a Service tree at the mouth of a small branch on the Bank of Wattauger River running south along a marked line to the old grant line, thence East along said line until it intersects a line of fifty acres the state granted to the said BENJAMIN WARD by this State, thence along round the fifty acre tract the various courses to a swamp dogwood and locust tree on the Bank of the River, thence down the Bank of the River to the Beginning with every right, title, privilege, and emolument thereunto belonging or appertaining unto him the said JAMES WARD his heirs, executors or administrators forever against all lawful claim or demand In witness whereof he had hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date first above written. BENJAMIN WARD, Seal
    Witnesses: Bedent Baird Jr; Martin Wilbourn, Thomas Curtis
    North Carolina, May Term 1820 within deed was produced in Ashe Co. Open Court by Bedent Baird in order to be registered.

    Ashe Count, NC Deed Book 4:386 17th day of April 1820.
    BENJAMIN WARD SR, of Ashe to BENJAMIN WARD JR. . . for one hundred and ninety dollars ($190) in hand paid by Ben. Ward J

    April 17, 1820: Land Records, Book F, Page 395, Register, Ashe Co,, NC
    BENJAMIN WARD Deed to JESSEE WARD, 50 acres. This Indenture made the Seventeenth day of April 1820 between Benjamin Ward of the one part and Jessee Ward of the other, both of the County of Ashe and State of North Carolina Witnesseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and ninety dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing of these presents, the receipt whereof he doeth acknowledge, hath granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain, * sail and confirm unto him the said Jessee a tract of land, containing by supposition fifty acres be the same more or less. Beginning at a marked Hickory tree on the Bank of Cove Creek near the mouth of a small branch below the old house, running up the meanders of the branch to the old grant line, thence along said old granted line to where Duke Ward's line intersects & thence west along said line to the Bank of Cove Creek, thence down the Bank of said creek to the beginning with every right, title, privilege, and emolument thereunto belonging or appertaining unto him the said JESSE WARD his heirs, executors, and administrators, well and truly to warrant and forever defend the aforesaid dismisses from all just claims or claims of any person or persons whatsoever in witness he hatch hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date first above written. BENJAMIN WARD (his mark & seal). Witnesses: Bedant Beard, Martin Wilberin, THOMAS CURTIS.

    April 18, 1820: LAST WILL & TESTAMENT of BENJAMIN WARD
    Dated 18 April 1820; Proved in Open Court, August Court, 1820, Ashe County, NC; recorded in Will Book , page 20, 1820, Ashe County, NC (filed in North Carolina State Archives).
    "In the name of god Amen. I BENJAMIN WARD of the County of Ashe & State of North Carolina being infirm in body but at the same time in my senses & of Sound mind & memory (Blessed be-god) I do hereby ordain & publish this my last will & testament in manner & form following. To wit. First, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife SELAH WARD forty nine dollars of my money & all my standing & gathered bread grain unto her own proper use & behoof forever. Then I give unto my said wife SELAH, all my Negroes during her natural life time & also all my household furniture & Cloathing & Bedening, with every other article & implement of husbandry & farming utentials, after which then it is my desire that all my Negroes above mentioned named JACK, EFGINE, ESTHER, EMELIA & NANCY go to & I do hereby give & bequeath the said Negroes unto my Son NICODEMUS WARD & his heirs forever all & singular the aforesaid Negroes provided that the said NICODEMUS WARD Shall pay to my son KELLY WARD & DANIEL WARD & my two daughters SELAH WARD & ELIZABETH (Ward scratched through) WEBB four hundred dollars Each. Furthermore it is my desire that I do hereby give & bequeath unto my said wife SELAH all my live Stock, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs & poultry of every description, & also my Still with all my distilling utentials belong there to with all my Books & other moveable & personal property of every description whatever, during her lifetime after which it is my desire that also go to my son NICODEMUS provided that he pay as above mentioned the aforesaid sixteen hundred dollars & lastly I appoint my worthy Son BENJAMIN WARD & Bedent Baird (illegible) the Executors of this my last will & testament. -- In witness where of I BENJAMIN WARD the Testator have herewith set my hand Seal this Eighteenth day of April & year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & twenty. -- signed, sealed, published, & declared in the presence of Bedent Baird. Signed BENJAMIN WARD (mark)
    Witness: Cutliff Harman [his mark] [Hurt written after it]. John Holsclaw {mark} [Jurat written after it]" "State of No. Carolina, Ashe County, August 1820 Proven in open Court by the oath of BEDANT BAIRD & JOHN HOLSCLAW and ordered to be Registered." Signed by: Thomas Callaughy, Esq.
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    A HISTORY OF WATAUGA COUNTY (page 103) discusses Bishop Asbury's Journal and states: "It is generally supposed that this good man (Bishop Asbury) did not travel through Watauga in his trips through these mountains, but the following excerpts show the contrary: 'Monday, April 28, 1788 (after preaching the day before at the Globe on John's River, after getting our horses shod we . . . entered upon the mountains, the first of which I called Steel, the second Stone, and the third Iron Mountain; they are tough and difficult to climb. We were spoken to on our way by most awful thunder and lightning, accompanied by heavy rain. We crept for shelter into a little dirty house, where the filth might have been taken from the floor with a spade. We felt the want of fire, but could get little wood to make it, and what we gathered was wet. At the head of Watauga we fed and reached Ward's that night. [This was probably BEN WARD, whose descendants are among Watauga's best citizens. There is a tradition that while at Ward's the Bishop needed a better light that that afforded by the open fire, and that Ward supplied it by throwing deer bones on the live coals from a heap of all sorts of bones kept in the chimney jamb for that purpose. It is not mentioned in the Journal however.]"

    This researcher has found no evidence to date that Benjamin Ward's family was associated with Henderson's Transylvania Company, however his sons began to explore along the Tennessee River at an early date and were involved in Indian trade around Roan, McMinn, and Rhea Counties, Tennessee before the Cherokee Removal of the 1830's. In 1837 some claimed land in Rhea, Meigs, and Roan County, Tennessee. His sons Nicodemus, Kelly, Jesse, and Duke were found living in counties in that region. Dr. William Ward, Benjamin's brother, removed to Rutherford County, Tennessee probably about 1798.

    On 21 September 1832 DR. WILLIAM WARD, brother of BENJAMIN WARD of Ashe County, made his will at Rutherford County, Tennessee as follows:
    "I WILLIAM WARD of the County of Rutherford and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in this manner and form following: First, it is my will and desire after my death all my estate of every description whatever except the property hereafter given to my nephew THOMPSON WARD should be kept together in the possession of my beloved wife MARY WARD for her use and benefit during her life and at her death to be equally divided and the 1/2 of my said estate when divided I give and bequeath to my said wife MARY WARD to dispose of in any way she may wish at her death. I do also give and bequeath to my nephew THOMPSON WARD son of my brother JAMES WARD seven Negroes as follows. BEN a Negro man I bought of ____, POLLY his wife and her five children namely, COLEMAN, PAUL, MARTHA, ELIZA, and SARAH and all of his future increase to him and his heirs forever. I do also give and bequeath the 1/2 of my property above given to my said wife MARY WARD during her life to be equally divided at her death between my brother JOSHUA WARD'S three daughters, RACHEL, RODY, and SEALY and THOMPSON son of my brother JAMES WARD to them and their heirs forever. I do appoint my beloved wife MARY WARD sole executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made, It is my will and desire that my said wife shall not give any security as executrix. ___ ___ of ___ hereunto set my hand this 21 day of September in the year of our Lord, 1832."

    The Listing of Heirs of DR. WILLIAM WARD appeared in the Rutherford County Chancery Court Minutes Book A page 402 (Books mislabeled Book B is Book A), 10 October 1849, Rutherford Co, TN. Decree relative to the Estate of Dr. William Ward, as follows:
    "John Jones Administrator de bonis with the will annexed of WILLIAM WARD, dec'd VS WILLIAM MAJOR, Administrator & Isaiah Robertson & others. Be it remembered that this cause came on for further hearing on the 16th day of October 1849 before Chancellor RIDLEY, upon the report of the Clerk & Master made in pursuance of an Inter___ decree heretofore pronounced in this court directing to take proof & report who are the next of kin to WILLIAM WARD deceased. And it appeared from said report that WILLIAM WARD deceased has 4 brothers of the whole blood namely JAMES WARD, JOSHUA WARD, BENJAMIN WARD, and MICHAEL WARD; that he had one brother of half-blood namely DANIEL WARD; and that he had one sister of the whole blood, namely MARY KENNEDY. It also appears that JAMES WARD died before WILLIAM WARD, that he left children THOMPSON WARD, WILLIAM WARD, AND MARY BAGLEY who were living at the death of WILLIAM WARD; that he left a daughter ELIZABETH LOGAN who died before WILLIAM WARD, leaving six children, namely WILLIAM, JAMES, THOMPSON, CAMPBELL, POLLY ANN and ELIZABETH LOGAN. It appears that JOSHUA WARD died before WILLIAM WARD, leaving a daughter named RACHEL afterwards RACHEL DUNCAN who was living at the death of WILLIAM WARD, and that she is the only child of JOSHUA WARD who is proved to having been living at the death of WILLIAM WARD. It does not appear whether BENJAMIN WARD is living or dead or whether he had children or not. It appears that MICHAEL WARD died many years since, that he left a Son JOSHUA WARD who is now living; and he is proven to have had one or two other children whose names do not appear or whether they are living at the death of WILLIAM WARD, namely WILLIAM WARD, JESSEE WARD, DANIEL WARD, BENJAMIN WARD, JONATHAN WARD, ASA WARD, SAMUEL WARD, ELIZABETH afterwards ELIZABETH MARCUM, SEALY WARD, HAPPY WARD afterwards HAPPY PERDUE and PRUDENCE WARD afterwards PRUDENCE PERDUE, eleven in number. It appears that MARY KENNEDY was living at the death of WILLIAM WARD. And said report being unexcepted to is in all things confirmed. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the Court. 1st that THOMPSON WARD, WILLIAM WARD & MARY BAGLEY children of JAMES WARD are entitled to one sixth of the lapsed legacies and as to which the said WILLIAM WARD died intestate to be equally divided between them in right of their Father JAMES WARD deceased. 2nd That the children of ELIZABETH LOGAN not being children of a brother or sister of WILLIAM WARD deceased are too remote in blood and take no interest whatever in his estate. 3rd That RACHEL DUNCAN is entitled to one sixth of the lapsed Legacy in right of her father JOSHUA WARD which is in addition to her legacy to which it has been heretofore decided she was entitled under the Will of WILLIAM WARD the legacy under the WILL being one fourth of one half of the entire estate. 4th That BENJAMIN WARD is entitled, if living to one sixth of the lapsed legacies and if dead, leaving children , they are entitled in his room & stead. 5th That JOSHUA WARD is entitled to one sixth of the lapsed legacies in his right of his father MICHAEL WARD deceased. 6th That the aforesaid children and heirs of DANIEL WARD are entitled to one sixth of said lapsed legacies in right of their said father DANIEL WARD deceased, to be equally divided between them. 7th That MARY KENNEDY is entitled to one sixth of the lapsed legacies. 8th It appearing to the Court that MARY KENNEDY sold and conveyed her interest in the estate of said WILLIAM WARD deceased to CHARLES DEMENT, it is ordered adjudged and decreed that the Clerk & Master pay over her distributive share to the legal representatives or attorney of the said Charles Dement. 9th It is ordered adjudged & decreed that the Clerk & Master pay over the distributive shares to the other persons entitled as herein declared and in the proportions to which they are respectfully entitled or to their legal representatives. 10th It is further ordered adjudged & decreed that the Clerk & Master proceed to collect the funds belong to said estate and which are to be distributed as aforesaid as fast as practicable and pay over the same to the persons entitled as herein declared; and that he make report of his progress therein to the next term of the Court. (10 October 1849, Rutherford Co, TN)

    On 29 April 1852 the Rutherford County, Tennessee Court distributed the estate of Dr. William Ward as follows: "Be it remembered that this cause came on for hearing before the Hon. R. L. Ridley on this 29th day of April 1852 upon petition filed at the last term of this court & upon the report of the Clerk & Master made at the present term which report is in the words and figures following to wit: KELLY WARD & Others ,Ex-Partee. In this cause, the undersigned reports that the children of BENJAMIN WARD are entitled to $1050 - less the costs -- that said BENJAMIN WARD died in 1820 and before the death of WILLIAM WARD which took place in 1833 and that the said BENJAMIN left 10 children, three of whom died before the said WILLIAM WARD, to-wit, MRS. WEBB, MRS. MARLOW, and DUKE WARD, and that DANIEL WARD, JESSE WARD, KELLY WARD, & JAMES WARD are still living, that NICODEMUS WARD died 3 or 4 years ago, that BENJAMIN WARD {JR} died 14, 15, or 16 years ago and that WILLIAM WARD died without ever having been married but the time of his death is not known. -- James F. Fletcher, C & M. The court being satisfied that said report is in all things correct doth order adjudge and decree that the Clerk & Master after paying the cost of this proceeding out of the fund reported as in his hands, he shall pay the balance over and as follows, to-wit, to DANIEL WARD, JESSEE WARD, KELLY WARD & JAMES WARD each one seventh (1/7) of the amount in his hands, to the heirs of NICODEMUS WARD, one seventh to the heirs of BENJAMIN WARD (son of BENJAMIN WARD Senior) one seventh. The Clerk & Master will also pay over to DANIEL, JESSE, KELLY & JAMES WARD each one ninth (1/9) of the amount to which WILLIAM WARD would be entitled if he were alive, to the heirs of NICODEMUS WARD one ninth (1/9), one ninth (1/9) to the heirs of BENJAMIN WARD, one ninth (1/9) and that he retain in his hands the remaining three ninths to be paid to the heirs of DUKE WARD, MRS. SUSAN WEBB, & MRS. CELIA MARLOW in the event it shall appear hereafter that they are entitled to receive it."

    The Rutherford Co., TN Court Records prove that Benjamin Ward's siblings were: (1) MICHAEL WARD who had a son JOSHUA; (2) JAMES WARD who had children THOMPSON WARD, WILLIAM WARD, MARY WARD, ELIZABETH WARD; (3) OBEDIENCE WARD who married MR. CANADAY or KENNEDY; JOSHUA WARD who had daughters RHODA, RACHEL, and CELIA; (4) DR. WM. WARD of Rutherford Co., TN; (5) DANIEL WARD (half-brother of Franklin County, V\a circa 1765-1826) had 13 children. No record search has been done to determine if the remaining three ninths share was ever paid to the heirs of Duke Ward, Mrs. Susan Webb, and Mrs. Celia Marlow or to the living heirs of Benjamin Ward.

    SEE YDNA TESTS FOR BRIAN GREGORY WARD. TEST RESULTS CAN BE FOUND UNDER WORLEY BRYAN WARD.




    Father: BENJAMIN WARD b: 18 SEP 1717 in Henrico County, Virginia
    Mother: MARY DUKE b: ABT 1725 in Charles City County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 CELIA (SELAH) STEWART b: ABT 1755 in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County, Virginia
    • Married: 16 APR 1774 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia 63 64 65
    • Note:
      STEWART FAMILY LETTER-Pittsylvania County
      Mr. John Stewart
      Nottoway Parish Amelia County Virginia
      6th May 1774
      Dear Father John Davis brought your letter today and I write to tell you how pleased I am to hear from you as well as to share a few lines about your family here in Pittsylvania. Susanah as you know from brother John Kelly was very sickly and has been slow to mend. She is a good and dutyful wife and I must confess my fear was that she might never be any better. As for the children our Cely has taken to herself a husband since I wrote you Mr. Benjamin Ward. They stay with his brother Daniel Ward but talk much of going to Carolina. Jack tends to run wild much to the worry of his Mother and this does not help to better her poor state of health. Dan now stands as tall as brother Berry and is a favorite with the ladys. He is a fine son and in his conduct is much like brother Charles. Our Mary is a great comfort. Never was a girl more properly named for Mother being a most sensable girl and since Susanahs illness has taken charge of her Mothers dutys. It has been near five years since our Jesse left us and never is the day we do not think of our dear boy lost at such a tender age. As for myself I am in perfect health. I close with our respects to you and Mother and all the family. May God keep and bless you
      all.
      Your son
      John Stewart
      Pittsylvania County Virginia
      (The above was copied from a letter owned by Mr. Joseph Ward of Watauga County, North Carolina (now deceased). Contributed by Betty Brown bettembrown@yahoo.com)
    Children
    1. Has Children Duke WARD b: 1775 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia or North Carolina
    2. Has Children DANIEL WARD b: 17 JUL 1776 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Benjamin WARD b: AFT 1777 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    4. Has Children Kelly WARD b: 1785 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    5. Has No Children William Avery WARD b: 1785 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Elizabeth WARD b: 08 AUG 1788 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Jesse WARD b: ABT 1795 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    8. Has Children James WARD b: 1798 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    9. Has Children Nicodemus WARD b: ABT 1800 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    10. Has Children Celia WARD b: 1804 in Cove Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina

    Sources:
    1. Title: Will, Dr. William Ward, Rutherford Co, TN 21 Sept 1832 recorded Rutherford Co. Chancer Court Minutes A:402
      Publication: Location: Rutherford Co., Court House; Murfreesboro, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Official Document

      Page: 26 October 1849
      Text: See Rutherford County Chancery Court Minutes Book A, p 402 (Books mislabeled Book B is Book A) "that William Ward dead had four brothers of teh whole blood namely, James Ward, Joshua Ward, Benjamin W ard, and Michael Ward. That he had one brother of the half blood namely, Daniel Ward, and that he had one sister of the whole blood namely, Mary Kennedy. .. It does not appear that Benjamin Ward is l iving or dead or whither he had children or not...That BEnjamin Ward is entitled if living to one sixth of the lapsed legacies, and if dead leaving children, they are entitled in his room and stead."

      (One Descendancy Record from the LDS Library shows that Benjamin and his siblings (not Daniel or Michael) were born in North Carolina.
    2. Title: Rutherford Co., TN Chancery Court Records
      Publication: Location: Rutherford County Court; Murfreesboro, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Official Document

      Page: 29 April 1852, Estate of Dr. Wm. Ward and wife Mary, Deceased
      Text: "In this cause the undersigned reports that the children of Benjamin Ward are entitled to 1050.00 less the costgs that said Benjamin Ward died in 1820, and before the death of William Ward which too k place in 1835 and that the said BEnjamin left ten children, three of whom died before the said William Ward, to wit: Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Marlow and Duke Ward, and that Daniel Ward, Jessie Ward, Kelly W ard, and James Ward are still living. That Nicodemus Ward died 3 or 4 years ago. That Benjamin Ward died 14, 15, or 16 years ago and that Wm. Ward died without ever having married but the time of hi s death is not known."
    3. Author: Ward Family (Records of Mary Ann Hansard)
      Title: Ward Family Bible Record
      Note:
      Source Medium: Other

      I obtained the Ward Family Record from Virginia Smith who obtained it from Mary Lorena Hansard Wilson of Sweetwater, TN., who died in 1992 in her nineties. The Ward family record was probably from th e Ward Family Bible. All the entries except for the last one appear to be in the same hand and ink and appear to have been recorded in the middle 1700s. The last entry, the death of Daniel Ward of F ranklin Co., VA, appears in a different hand & ink & would have been recorded shortly after his death. The Ward family record was originally owned by Richard Ward (1769-1762) and passed to his grands on, Daniel Ward (1739-1826) (son of Benjamin Ward and his first wife) of Franklin County, VA. It then passed down to Daniel Ward's daughter, Elizabeth Markham (Marcum) and then to her granddaughter , Mary Ann Hansard, who was the grandmother of Lorena Wilson of Sweetwater, TN.

      Text: The Ward Family record stipulates that Daniel Ward, born May 4th 1739 and died January 29, 1826, was the son of Benjamin Ward, born 18 September 1717, and was grandson of Richard & Frances Ward. Thi s establishes that Benjamin Ward of Ashe County, NC was the son of Benjamin Ward (son of Richard Ward, son of Seth Ward).
    4. Title: Ashe Co., NC Census Records 1800
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census
    5. Author: Provided by Mr. Steve Jennings MrSteveJennings@yahoo.com
      Title: Ward Family Bible Record of Dr. William Ward
      Publication: Name: Holy Bible; 1803; published by Matthew Carey, Philadelphia, PA; Location: Bible owned by William Markham. Transcrips found at E. G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN in papers of Reba Bayless Boyer, local historian who died c2003 at over 100 yrs of age. .;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Letter

      Bible in poor condition, pages missing. Provided by Steve Jennings MrSteveJennings@yahoo.com. Also provided by Tom Marcum of Knoxville, TN.

      The William Ward Bible transcript was given to Reba Bayless Boyer by Jack Ward in an attempt to learn more about his family. Jack Ward, grandson of Martin Nicodemus Ward & great-grandson of John Ste wart Ward & great-great grandson of Nicodemus Ward who was son of Benjamin Ward & Celia Stewart) taught biology at Illinois State University and died 1982. In a latter written 12 July 1981 Jack War d to Reba Baylless Boyer, he states that he received the transcript from Lorena Hansard Wilson of Sweetwater, TN. He was hoping to connect Nicodemus Ward to the Ward family mentioned in the transcrip t. The 1981 letter indicates that Mrs. Wilson felt Jack Ward was related but did not know how.

      Text: States brother of Benjamin Ward, Dr. William Ward was born in Cumberland County, Virginia.
    6. Title: Ward, Henry
      Publication: Name: contact at hward7@bellsouth.net;; Location: Caryville, TN hward7bellsouth.net;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Letter
    7. Title: The American Genealogical Research Institute of Washington, DC
      Publication: Name: c1972, 20 E street NW, Washington DC 20001;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: NOTE: The NSDAR genealogist in 2005 informed Brenda Reed that in order to reinstate Benjamin Ward as a Patriot that his residence during the Revolution & proof of service would have to be restablishe d & proven as there is confusion about the different Benj. Ward's of NC's service in the Revolution.
    8. Title: Ashe Co., NC Wills
      Publication: Location: Ashe Co., NC Court House;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Official Document

      Page: August Court 1820
    9. Details: Will of Benjamin Ward, dated 18 April 1820 and proved in August Session, 1820, Open Court, Ashe County, NC. Copy by North Carolina State Archives dated 19 April 1996 & provided by US Mail to Brend a H. K. Reed.
    10. Author: Lennis D. Isaacs
      Title: These, My People, 1978, Wards of Watauga Co., NC
      Publication: Name: Rt. @, Box 159, Vilas, NC 28692; Location: Watauga NC Library at Boone, NC.;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book
    11. Title: Ashe County, NC Will Book 1799-1910
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: Book A, Page 20, Court Minutes, page 306. August 1820..
      Text: "In the name of God Amen. I Benjamin Ward of the County of Ashe and State of North Carolina being infirm in body but at the same time in my senses and of sound mind and memory (Blessed be God) I do h ereby ordain & publish this my last will & testament in manner & form following. To wit. First, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Selah Ward forty nine dollars of my money & all my standing & g athered bread grain; unto her own proper use & behoof forever. Then I give unto my said wife Selah, all my negroes during her natural lifetime & also all my household furnature & Cloathing & Bedening , with every other article & implement of husbandry & farming utentials. After which then it is my desire that all my Negroes above mentioned named Jack, Efgine, Esther, Emelia, & Nancy to to & I d o hereby give & bequeath the said negroes unto my Son Nicodemus Ward & his heirs forever all & singular the aforsaid Negroes provided that the said Nicodemus Ward shall pay to my son Kelly Ward & Dani el Ward & my two daughters Selah Ward & Elizabeth (Ward scratched through) Webb four hundred dollars each. Furthermore it is my desire that I do hereby give & bequeath unto my said wife Selah all m y live Stock, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs & poultry of every description & also my Still with all my distilling utentials belong there to with all my books and other moveable & personal property of ev ery description whatever, during her lifetime after which it is my desire that also go to my son Nicodemus provided that he pay as above mentioned the aforsaid sixteen hundred dollars & lastly I appoi nt my worthy Son Benjamin Ward & Bedent Baird the Executors of this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I Benjamin Ward the Testator have herewith set my hand Seal this Eighteenth day of Apr il & year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty. -- signed, sealed, published, & declared in the presence of Bedent Baird. Signed Benjamin Ward (mark). Witness: Cutliff Harman (his mark) .
    12. Title: Ashe County, NC Census
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census

      Text: Fourteen individuals lived in the household of Benjamine Ward. The census recorded the residents as 3-1-1-1-1-0 males and 2-2-0-0-1 females. His son Duke Ward lived nearby with five in his househol d 1-0-0-1-0-0 males and 1-0-1-0-0 females. His son, James Ward, also lived nearby with four in his household 1-0-0-1-0-0 males and 1-0-1-0-0 females. Lelah Ward (probably Selah) was listed as 0-0-1- 1-0-0 males and 0-0-0-0-1 females in the household.
    13. Details: (Proof is needed of parents, date, & place of birth.
    14. Title: 1810 Ashe County, NC Census
      Text: male 45 years or over
    15. Title: Pittsylvania Co., VA Tithe List
      Page: Hugh Jones District 1774
      Text: Benjamin Ward & Daniel Ward were listed as were John Stewarts and his son. A letter from John Stewart makes it clear that the Benjamin & Daniel Ward of this record were brothers, not father & son.
    16. Title: Bible Records of Dr. William Ward
    17. Title: Letter of John Stewart Jr. to his father John Stewart
    18. Title: 1850 US Census, Lee Co., VA
    19. Title: 1860 US Census, Lee Co., VA
    20. Title: Steve Snyder, Researcher, hollisterrps@yahoo.com
    21. Title: Washington Co, TN Court Minutes
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm
    22. Author: Creekmore, Polly
      Title: Early Tennessee Taxpayers
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: Old Washington County, NC, 1778, Benjamin Ward (on Watauga River)
    23. Title: File #540, Benjamin Ward, Warrant #966; Secretary of State Record Group, Land Office: Land Warrants, Plats of Survey, and Related Records, Tennessee
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives, Dept. of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives & History, Archives & Records Sect., 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 47699-4614;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Official Document

      Page: Washington County 1779 and 1787; s.108.392, Frames: 15-19; Grant Book 64, page 153
      Text: Location: "Beg. at a marked chesnut tree standing on the south side of Wattagah river".
      "State of North Carolina Washington County January 1nd 1779. No. 966: To the Surveyor of Said County greeting you are hereby Reaqd. to admeasure and Lay off according to sid Three Acres of Land for B enjamin Ward at the Mouth o Cove Creek running into Wataugah Land being on both sides of Said Creek and up the River for some time. Said Land Entered for Philllip Shilley and transferred by said War d per Order of Said Shill (A duplicate) given at Office this 14th of May 1788. J. Carter, E. T.
      Certificate Benjamin Ward No. 966
    24. Author: Ashe Coounty Heritage Book Committee
      Title: The Heritage of Ashe Co., NC 1799-1984
      Publication: Name: Hunter Publishing Company, Winston Salem, NC; Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 77
      Text: "April 28 1788, April 5, 1790, April 6, 1790, March 26, 1793, March 28, 1793 -- Dates recorded in Bishop Francis Ashbury's Journal in which he indicates he journed through or stopped in Watauga County . Cove's Creek is mentioned 1788 -- Thomas Mann, Camp Meeting at Valle Crucis."
    25. Author: Ashe Coounty Heritage Book Committee
      Title: The Heritage of Ashe Co., NC 1799-1984
      Publication: Name: Hunter Publishing Company, Winston Salem, NC; Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 78
      Text: Excerpt from Bishop Asbury's Journal: " Monday, April 28, 1788 (after preaching the day before at the Globe on John's River -- After getting our horses shod, we made a move for Holston and entered up on teh mountains; the first of which I called steel, the second stone, and the third iron mountain; they are rough and difficult to climb. We were spoken to on our way by most awful thunder and light ning, accompanied byheavy rain. We crept for shelter into a little dirty house where filth might have been taken from the floor with a spade. We felt the want of fire, but could get little wood to m ake it and what we gathered was wet. At the head of Watauga we fed and reached Ward's that night. Coming to the river the next day, we hired a young man to swim over for the canoe in which we corsse d, while our horses swam to the other shore. The waters being up we were compelled to travel an old road over the mountains. Night came on - I was ready to fait with a violent headache - the mountai n was steep on both sides. I prayed to the Lord for help. Presently a profuse sweat broke out upon me, and my fever entirely subsdided."
    26. Title: Carter County Grants Roll # 15, Book 4
      Publication: Location: Tennessee State Library.;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: 468
      Text: A recording can also be found on Roll # 17, Book 6, page 272 for Carter County Grants.
    27. Author: Goldene Fillers Burgner
      Title: North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 31, Grant # 807
      Text: Survey March 22, 1784: "Surveyed a Tract of land for Benjamin Ward by virtue of a Warrant No. 966 beginning at a large Chesnut Tree standing on the south side of the Watagah River partly opposite t o the Mouth of Cove Creek in Washington County North Carolina and Turning thence South Sixty seven poles to a Stake Easte on hundred and eightyfive poles to a stake North Eighty poles to Watagah Rive r west twenty nine poles with sd. River North Two Hundred and eight poles to a Stake West one Hundred and fifty five Crossing sd. creek to a stake South Two Hundred and Twentyone Poles crossing sd. Ri ver to the beginning containing three hundred acres. John Shuls, DFS by a scalel of a 100 poles to ____."
    28. Author: Loraine Rae
      Title: Washington Co., TN Deeds 1775-1800
      Publication: Name: Southern Historical Press Inc, c 1991.; Location: Johnson City Public Library, Johnson City, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: p 69
      Text: Deed Book 3:21-22, copied from Old Book A starting with page 311. NC #803 to Benjamin Ward, 300 acres on the south bank of the Watoga River opposite the mouth of Cave Creek. Cons. 6 lbs per 100 acre s. Sig. Rd. Caswell by J. Glasgow.
    29. Author: Heritage of Watauga County Book Committee
      Title: Heritage of Watauga County, NC 1840-1984
      Publication: Name: Hunter Publishing Company, Winston Salem, NC; Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: page 247 (David Hix)
    30. Author: Goldene Fillers Burgner
      Title: North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: Grant # 861, page 32.
      Text: This is probably a second recording of his 1787 land grant of 300 acres.
    31. Author: Lennis Isaacs
      Title: These My People
      Publication: Name: 1978; Location: Boone, NC Public Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: p 2
    32. Title: New River Notes
      Text: A True List of Tax Payers i, 1797, Wilkes County, NC by Ezekiel Baird
    33. Author: John Preston Arthur
      Title: A History of Watauga County, NC
      Publication: Name: Everett Waddey Company; 1915; Location: Boone, NC Public Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book
    34. Title: Ashe County, NC Census 1800
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census
    35. Title: Ashe County, NC Census 1800
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census

      Text: (North Carolina 1800 Census Index, page 236)
    36. Title: Ashe County NC Deed Book
      Page: Book A, page 424, 8 February1802
      Text: "State of North Carolina No. 250. To all whom this presents shall come greeting know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for ____ ____ hereby granterec'd into our treasu ry by Benjamin Ward have given and granted said Benjamin Ward a tract of Land containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Ashe on Cove Creek of Wataugaua Beginning in the west line of hi s old Survey on a whole walnut and runs North with sd line fifty____rolls to a Stake then west Eleven polls to a Stake then North Sixty eight polls to a large Sycamore thenwest sexty more ools to a ch estnut then South twenty nine polls to a large white oak then west twenty three polls to a Dogwood then South fifty two polls to a beech then East thirty three polls to a Hicory tree South Seventy nin e polls to a poplar then East to the Beginning. Enter the 8th February 1802. ....
      Received in the Executive Office; recorded at Raleigh the 26th day of November in the 27th year of our Nations Independence and in the year of our Lond one thousand Eight Hundred and two.
    37. Title: Ashe County North Carolina Land Entries Feb 1800 - June 1809
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: p 245, # 577, 8 feb 1802
      Text: "Benjamin Ward enters 50 acres in Ashe County on Wattauger River; border: begins on my line, includes the "good" vacant land their abouts." "Begins on the river bank at a pine marked BW and runs dow n said river and includes my shuger camp & vacant land.
    38. Author: Dr. A. B. Pruitt
      Title: Abstracts of Land Entries: Ashe County, NC Feb. 1800-Sept. 1823
      Publication: Name: (c) 1994 A. B. Pruitt; ISBN # 0=044002=54-4;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: pp 41 - 42
    39. Title: Ashe County North Carolina Land Entries Feb 1800 - June 1809
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: P 168, # 667, 8 May 1802
      Text: Benjamin Ward enters 25 acres in Ashe County beginning at a "swoomp dogwod saplen marked BW on the bank of said river, runs down the river to Ward's old grant land and south on Ward's line, includes g ood vacant land."
    40. Title: Ashe County North Carolina Land Entries Feb 1800 - June 1809
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: 7 Aug 1802; Entry # 740
      Text: B. Ward enters 50 acres beginning at swamp dogwood saplen branded BW on bank of river and runs down river to Ward's old grant line and west with Ward's line; includes good vacant land their abouts.
    41. Author: Dr. A. B. Pruitt
      Title: Abstracts of Land Entries: Ashe County, NC Feb. 1800-Sept. 1823
      Publication: Name: (c) 1994 A. B. Pruitt; ISBN # 0=044002=54-4;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: page 53; Entry 741; 7 August 1802
    42. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book B, page 125 (:); 50 acres, State Grant for Benjamin Ward
      Text: "State of North Carolina No. 425. To all to whom these presents shall come gneeling, know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Shillings for every Hundred acres hereby grant said g ranteee and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Benjamin Ward a tract of Land containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Ashe on the Laurel fork of Watauger Begiinning on th e river Bank on the South side on a Pine and runs soouth sixty three polls to a Pine then West one hundred and twenty six polls to a Hicory then North sixty three polls to a Stake then East to the Beg ninning. Entered the 7th of August 1802 __ by the plat hereunto ___ doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals accooutrements and appertainmences to the said Land Belonging or appertai ning to hold to the said Benjamin Ward his Heirs and assigns forever >>>> and ___ to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general assembly from time to time may Direct propvided allways th at the said grantee shall cause this grant to be Registered in the Registers office of our said County of Ashe within twelve months from the date herof otherwise the same shall be void. Intesticanc y whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made pattent and our great seal to be hereunto affirmed. Witness James Turner Esqr. our governor captain general and commissioner in Cheif at Ralieigh t the 6th Day of December in the 28th year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and Three. J. Turner by Commisancy William White, Registered in the secretarie s office. R. W. Goodman, S. SEc.
    43. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Register Book B, page 136, #427.
      Text: "State of North Carolina No. 427. To all to whom these presents shall come greeting, know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Shillings for every Hundred acres hereby grantee pai d into our treasury by Benjamin Ward have given and granted by these presents do give and grant unto the said Benjamin Ward a tract of Land containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Ash e on Watauga River BEginning on his own line on a white Walnut and runs West with his new grant line sixty polls to a Poler then North twenty Eight polls to a Hicory then west thirty four polls to a B eech then South one Hunderd and thirteen polls to a State on Bank of River then East Twenty four polls to his old grant line then North with said line to the begininng. Entered 7th August 1802. As b y the plat hereunto examined doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals accoutrements and appertenances t the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said Benjamin Ward his h eirs and assigns forever pertaining and paying to us such sums of money yearly or therewise as our general assembly from time to time may direct provided allways that the said grantee shall cause thi s grant to be Registered in the Registers office of our said County of Ashe within twelve months from the Date herof otherwise the same shall be void. In testimony whereof we have caused these our le tters to be made pattent and our great seal to be hereunto affixed. Witness James Turner Esq. our Governor Captain General and Commissioner in chief at Raleigh this 6th day of December in the 28th ye ar of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three by Command.
      J. Turner. Recorded in the Secretairies Office. Wm. White, SEc. R. W. Goodman, P. SEc."
    44. Title: Ashe County NC Deed Book
      Page: Book A, page 414
    45. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book B
    46. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book B, page 136
    47. Author: John Arthur Preston
      Title: History of Western North Carolina
      Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book
    48. Title: 1810 Ashe County, NC Census
      Text: B. Ward 1-2-2-0-1 0-0-1-0-1 4
      (four slaves)
    49. Author: Ronald Vern Jackson
      Title: North Carolina 1810 Census Index
      Publication: Name: Accelerated Indexing Systems; Bountiful, Utah; Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 141
    50. Title: Ashe County, NC Slave Schedule 1810
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census
    51. Title: Carter County, TN Court Minutes
      Publication: Location: LDS Library, Oakland, CA;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: 1819, page 20
      Text: Robert McHenry vs Adam Rainbolt: for reasons appearring to the Court it is therefore ordered that a (illegible) Peter Catern due to same Justice of the Peace for Ashe County North Carolina to take t he deposition of Benjamin Ward and that ten days notice of this time and place of taking the same be given the service party."
    52. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Deed Book F, page 389, 17 March 1820, Recorded May Court 1820
      Text: Benjamin Warad Senr. to Luke (sic Duke) Ward, both of Ashe County, for one hundred and ninety dollars, a tract containing fifty acres more or less, beginning at a stake on the Bank of Cove Creak stand ing between two marked white Walnut trees, running a direct course to marked Hickory tree at the foot of the Hill thence East to the old grant line, thence North along the said line to the Bank of Co ve Creek, thence down the Creek as It meanders to the Beginning . . . Signed Benjamin ( X his mark ) Ward. Witnesses: Bedent Baird, Martin Hilbourn. Proved on oath of Bedent Baird at May Court 1820 .
    53. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book C, page 160, recorded July 1828.
    54. Title: Ashe County North Carolina Deeds
      Page: Deed Book F, page 390, 17 March 1820
      Text: Benjamin Ward Senr. to James Ward, both of Ashe County . . . for one hundred and ninety dollars . . . a tract of land containing one hundred and thirty acres moreor less Beginning [at] a Service Tre e at the mouth of a small Branch on the Bank of Wattaguer River runing South along a marked line to theold grant line thence East along said line until it intersects a line of a fifty acres state gran ted to the said Benjamin Ward by this State thence along round the fifty acre tract the various courses to a Swamp Dogwood & Locust tree on the Bank of the River thence down the Bank of the River to t he Beginning . . . Signed. Benjamin [ X his mark ] Ward. Witness: Bedent Baird, Martin Hilbourn, Thomas Curtis. Proved on oath of Bedent Baird at May Court 1820
    55. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book F, page 386, 17 April 1820
      Text: Recorded May Term 1820. Benjamin Ward Sr. of Ashe to Benjamin Ward Jr. for one hundred and ninety dollars in hand paid by said Benjamin Jr., a tract of land containing by supposition one hundred an d ninety acres more or leess beginning at the mouth of Cove Creek . . . in a conditional line between Cutliff Harmon and Benjamin Ward . . . Signed: Benjamin [ X his mark ] Ward; Witness: Martin Will iams, Thomas Curtis. Proved on oath of M. Williams at May Court 1820.
    56. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book F, page 390, recorded May session 1820
    57. Title: Ashe County North Carolina Deeds
      Page: Deed Book F, page 395, 17 April 1820,
      Text: Benjamin Ward to Jesse Ward both of Ashe for one hundred and ninety dollars, a tract containing by supposition fifty acres more or less beginning qat a marked Hickory tree on the Bank of Cove Creek ne ar the mouth of a small Branch below the oldhouse, running up the meanders of the Branch to the old grant line, thence along said old grant line to where Duke Wards line intersects it, thence West alo ng said line to the Bank of Cove Creek, thence down the Bank of said Creek to the Beginning . . . Signed Benjamin [ X his mark ] Ward. Witness: Bedent Baird, Martin Hilbern, Thomas Curtis. Proved o n oath of Bedent Baird at May Court 1820.
    58. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book F, page 380, 17 April 1820; recorded May Session 1820
      Text: Benjamin Ward, Senr. to Nichodemus Ward both of Ashe, for one hundred and ninety dollars . . a tract of land containing fifty acres more or less beginning at a marked Hickory tree on the Bank of Cov e Creek near a small Branch below the old house, runing up the meanders of the branch to the old grant line . . . Signed: Benjamin [ X his mark ] Ward. Witness: B. Baird, Martin Hilbourn, Thomas Cu rtis. Proved on oath of B. Baird at May Court 1820.
    59. Title: Ashe County, NC Will Book
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: Will of Benjamin Ward, 1820
    60. Title: Will of Benjamin Ward
      Page: Ashe Co.,NC; recorded August Session 1820
    61. Title: Rutherford Co, TN Court Records
      Publication: Location: Rutherford County Court; Murfreesboro, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Official Document
    62. Author: Provided by Mr. Steve Jennings MrSteveJennings@yahoo.com
      Title: Ward Family Bible Record of Dr. William Ward
      Publication: Name: Holy Bible; 1803; published by Matthew Carey, Philadelphia, PA; Location: Bible owned by William Markham. Transcrips found at E. G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN in papers of Reba Bayless Boyer, local historian who died c2003 at over 100 yrs of age. .;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Letter

      Bible in poor condition, pages missing. Provided by Steve Jennings MrSteveJennings@yahoo.com. Also provided by Tom Marcum of Knoxville, TN.

      The William Ward Bible transcript was given to Reba Bayless Boyer by Jack Ward in an attempt to learn more about his family. Jack Ward, grandson of Martin Nicodemus Ward & great-grandson of John Ste wart Ward & great-great grandson of Nicodemus Ward who was son of Benjamin Ward & Celia Stewart) taught biology at Illinois State University and died 1982. In a latter written 12 July 1981 Jack War d to Reba Baylless Boyer, he states that he received the transcript from Lorena Hansard Wilson of Sweetwater, TN. He was hoping to connect Nicodemus Ward to the Ward family mentioned in the transcrip t. The 1981 letter indicates that Mrs. Wilson felt Jack Ward was related but did not know how.

      Text: "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 his wife Mary Ward Daughter of James and Ma ry Duke of Charles City County in Virginia."
    63. Title: 1774 Hugh Innes Tithe List, Pittsylvania Co., VA
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: Indicates that Benjamin Ward and John Stewart were close to one another.
    64. Title: Letter from John Stewart to his son John Stewart
      Text: In a letter John Stewart of Pittsylvania Co., VA wrote that his daughter Cely had married Benjamin Ward, who was living next to the Stewarts with his brother in Pittsylvania County. It is posited tha t Cely and Benjamin were married in 1774 shortly before the letter was written.
    65. Author: Matthew Carey
      Title: William Ward Bible
      Publication: Name: November 7, 1803, No. 122 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.; Location: Copy provided to Brenda Reed by Charles Ward of Sweetwater, TN. "This is to attest and affirm that I, John B. Hansard, have personally copied the above Bible record from the Bible of William Ward an d I do herby affirm that the recorded in said Bible.";
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      This Bible record ame from the Bible of William Ward, nephew of Dr. William Ward. Dr. Ward was a rich man and didn't have any children. His first wife was Mary Bowman Stewart. She died and the doct or took his nephew into his house to make him his heair. The nephew was William ward, son of Dr. Ward's brother, Benjamin Ward and wife Selah/Celia Stewart, sister of Dr. Ward's first wife, Mary Bowm an Stewart." Near the front of th Bible is written: "William Ward His Book Given Him by his Uncle William Ward May 19th 1806. The earliest entries were recorded by William Ward, nephew of Doctor Wi lliam Ward, copied from an older Bible in Doctor William Ward's possession. The newphew made his home with his uncle and the Bible reverted to the uncle upon the nephew's death. The entries dating f rom the newphew's death are in the hand of Doctor William Ward, except for the entry recording his death, which is in the hand of another nephew, Peter Marcum, who was given the Bible by Doctor Ward' s widow. The Bible is in poor condition and has pages missing. "

      Page: page 677
      Text: Benjamin Ward and Celia Stewart were married April 16th 1774.

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