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  • ID: I698
  • Name: John "Jack" WARD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1769 in England
  • Death: 25 MAR 1811 in Logan County, Kentucky
  • Note:

    1790 census: Pendleton District, South Carolina
    1800 census: not found
    1810 census: Logan County, Kentucky


    Special thanks to Jean Landers and Jim Oldfield for longstanding and continuing research efforts concerning the Ward family.


    The following deed was found by Jean Landers:

    Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deed Records Volume 1, 1804-1808.
    Deed Book A, page 380

    Deed from John Ward to William Griffin, indenture made this 19th day of January 1807, between John Ward of Rutherford County, and William Griffin of same county, for and in consideration of the sum of $260 to him in hand paid; for a tract of land lyiing on the West Fork of Stones River, then down the bank of the river to the mouth of Porches Spring
    Test: Joseph Burnett and Jeremiah Ward
    Signed, John Ward

    (This deed shows that the Wards lived in Rutherford County, Tennessee, before moving on to Logan County, Kentucky. The Wards and Griffins had been neighbors in South Carolina; perhaps they were related.)


    The birthdate and birthplace appear in a history of Macon County, Illinois. Nevertheless, many researchers on this family have questioned the accuracy of this information.

    John ward was called ?Jack."

    Some of his descendants attempted to claim Cherokee Indian monies about 1905 in Texas, but their claims were rejected. I have researched the Ward family in detail, and, after much labor, can neither prove nor disprove this connection. It may be that John ?Jack" Ward was related in some way to the famous Cherokee Indian woman, Nancy Ward, who may have been herself of mixed blood. Names to be checked are Francis, Edmund, and Bryan/Bryant Ward in early North and South Carolina records.

    The possible links are as follows:

    John ?Jack" Ward, born 1741 or 1747 in Ireland; married 1784 to Catherine McDaniel; died 15 August 1815. She was the daughter of James McDaniel and Granny Hopper (Granny Hopper in turn the daughter of Old Hop Connecorte (probably Cotocanahut, a village on the Valley River, a tributary of the Hiawasee)). They had eight children: James from 1785 to 1799. Possibly this John ?Jack" Ward had a first wife - unknown - who was the mother of the John ?Jack" Ward of this genealogy, allegedly born 1769 in England, and apparent brothers Jeremiah Ward and James Ward, who were listed in the 1790 census of Laurens County, South Carolina, near to Sarah Ward, probably their mother (or, less likely, their sister-in-law).

    John ?Jack" Ward born 1741 or 1747 in Ireland is supposedly the son of Bryan or Bryant Ward by his first wife, Ann, supposedly born about 1724 in Ireland. Bryan and Ann had two sons, John ?Jack" Ward and Samuel Ward (born about 1743). Bryan Ward was supposedly born 1720 - 1734 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; married, second, in South Carolina to Nancy Na-Ni, alias Nanye-He Kingfisher, alias Nancy Ward, the famous ?Beloved Woman" of the Cherokee. By Nancy, he had a daughter, Elizabeth Ward, born about 1763 in Tennessee, who later married Joseph B Martin, and second, - - - Hughes. Nancy had married first to Kingfisher, by whom she had Catherind Ward, born about 1755 in Tennessee, and Littlefellow or Fivekiller (second) Ward, born about 1759 in Tennessee. Nancy Ward was born about 1731-1738 in Chota, Cherokee Nation, and died in 1822/24 in Polk County, Tennessee.

    Nancy Ward was supposedly the daughter of Francis Ward and Tame Doe (Tame Doe the daughter of Moytoy and Quatsy). Alternatively, Nancy Ward was the daughter of Fivekiller and Tame Doe (was ?Fivekiller" the Indian name for Francis Ward?). Francis Ward had another wife, by whom he had James Ward, born about 1755, who married Susannah Rich. Francis Ward was born about 1705 and died about 1795 in South Carolina. He was the son of Edmund Ward, born about 1679 in England.

    Edmund Ward had three children: Edmund Jr, Lucy, who supposedly married Oconostota, a Cherokee Indian, who visited London, England, and Francis. (See the 1790 census of Spartanburg County, South Carolina for the names Francis and Edmond Ward.)

    Bryan or Bryant Ward is supposed to be related in some way to Francis Ward (some say his father was Benjamin Ward, and his mother was an Atkins or Adkins).

    Since both Francis and Bryan Ward had both a European and an Indian wife, I suppose it may be that John ?Jack" Ward, born 1741 or 1747, may have also had two wives. It should be stressed that the connection of John ?Jack" Ward, born 1769, to these families remains speculative. Nevertheless, in time and place, such a connection seems possible, and would explain why some of John ?Jack" Ward?s (born 1769) descendants believed that they were part Cherokee (although they thought that the connection was via Mary ?Polly" Madole, the wife of John ?Jack" Ward). Many researchers have tried to find the parents of both John ?Jack" Ward and his wife Mary Madole, so far as I know, without success.
    Reproduced here is the deposition of Elizabeth Yates, granddaughter of John ?Jack" Ward and his wife Mary Madole:

    Application for Cherokee Rights ... 1909...#7803...rejected.

    Elizabeth Yates being duly sworn according to law deposes and state: My name is Elizabeth Yates. I am 85 year old and my post office is Honeygrove, Tx. I have been living at Honeygrove since 1842. I am an Eastern Cherokee Indian by blood. I knew her and two of her sisters in Tennessee and Illinois. My father and mother, Wm.
    Gambill and Sallie Gambill, lived with my grandmother one year after they were married, that is when I was about 4 or 5 years old. My grandmothers relatives visited her while we lived there; they were black Indians, had strait black hair and cheek bones like Cherokee Indians. they were known by the neighbors as Indians and acknowledged by the people there as Indians, I remember them well, remember how they looked.
    About 1836 my father moved to Missouri. My mothers brothers: Jerry Ward, James Ward and Thomas Ward were already living there. The people there recognized them as Indians. they and we lived close to the line of the Cherokee Nation. They and my father visited in the Cherokee Nation and talked about going there and claiming their rights. The only reason I ever heard that they did not go was on account of the trouble among the Indians. There was some kind of war going on among them and they did not care to get mixed up with it. They heard good reports from Texas and finally moved into Texas. My mother and Jerry Ward were brother/sister; they were children of Polly E Ward.

    State of Okla
    Pittsburg Co.
    Elizabeth Yates
    subscribed and sworn to before me this 31st day of August 1909
    N. B. Milnec, notary public

    These Madole?s were Indians and my grandmother was one of the Madoles

    They lived in Ky and Tn. They visited my fathers house and I know and have seen them many times. He has often told us they were Indians and I claim a right by blood

    Elizabeth Yates

    Many years ago, I speculated that John ?Jack" Ward?s mother might be Sarah Banton (because John ?Jack" Ward?s youngest son was Lewis Banton Ward). Although Lewis Banton existed, and was apparently known to John "Jack" Ward (see 1790 census of South Carolina under these names), followup research on this possibility yielded nothing, not even any evidence to support the idea of the existence of a ?Sarah Banton." Unfortunately, this speculation was shared with others, some of whom have now listed Sarah Banton as the mother of John "Jack" Ward, and placed this information on various internet sites.

    From the 1876 History of Macon County, Illinois:
    John Ward, the father of the Wards who were among the early settlers of Macon county, was born in England, in 1769. He emigrated, when a young, man, to South Carolina, where he married Mary Ward, who was born in Ireland in 1768. They removed thence to Tennessee, near Nashville, and remained a few years, and removed to Logan county, Ky, where Mr W died in 1811. Mrs W and the family remained in Logan county, Ky, until 1819, and left in October of that year, and removed to within 11 miles of Vandalia, Fayette county, Illinois, where they arrived November 11. They remained in the latter county until 1824, and then removed to what is now Macon County, and settled on the south side of the Sangamon river, and constituted what was known in early days as the "Ward settlement."
  • _UID: A6156E299387459CBFF14937EFED727641C8
  • Change Date: 7 NOV 2011

    Father: John "Jack" WARD b: abt 1741 or 1747 in Ireland
    Mother: Sarah

    Marriage 1 Mary MADOLE b: 1758 or 1759 or 1768 in (probably Northern) Ireland
    • Married: ABT 1787 in Laurens or Anderson County, South Carolina
    1. Has Children Jeremiah WARD b: 27 JAN 1788 in South Carolina
    2. Has Children John WARD b: 1790 in South Carolina
    3. Has Children James WARD b: 1792 in South Carolina
    4. Has Children Sarah "Sally" WARD b: 7 AUG 1784 in South Carolina
    5. Has Children Margaret "Peggy" WARD b: 1796 in Pendleton County, South Carolina
    6. Has Children Mary "Polly" WARD b: 1798 in South Carolina
    7. Has Children Lucinda "Lucy" WARD b: 1798 or 1799 or 1800 in South Carolina
    8. Has Children William WARD b: 10 FEB 1802 in South Carolina
    9. Has Children Thomas WARD b: 1804
    10. Has Children Nancy WARD b: 1806
    11. Has Children Lewis Banton WARD b: 17 JAN 1809
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