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William Ward

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Warrington, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts)
Place of Burial: Springhill Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Johannes Ward and Mary Ward (Hatton)
Husband of Elizabeth Ward (Phillipus) and Elizabeth Story Ward (Whale)
Father of John Ward, of Newton; Joanna Williams; Obadiah Ward; Richard Ward; Deborah Ward and 9 others
Brother of Thomas Ward; Maria Ward and Alexander Ward

Occupation: immigrated in 1639 from England and settled at Sudbury, Deacon, Selectman, Representative in General Court
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About Deacon William Ward

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Deacon William Ward was born on 15 May 1603 at Yorkshire, England.1,2 He was the son of Edward Ward.1,2 Deacon William Ward married Elizabeth Phillippus on 4 May 1626 at St. James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England.3 Deacon William Ward immigrated to Massachusetts arriving 1639.4 He married Elizabeth (?) after 1639 at Massachusetts; His 2nd.5,6 Deacon William Ward was admitted Freeman in 1643 at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4 He was a Representative in 1644 at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4 He was deacon at the first organization of the church at Massachusetts.4 He relocated to Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in 1660.4 He left a will on 6 April 1686 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.4 He died on 10 August 1687 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 84 years, 2 months and 26 days.1,4 Deacon William Ward was buried in Old Springhill Cemetary, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1

Family 1

  • Wife: Elizabeth Phillippus b. circa 1605

Children

  1. John Ward+ b. Feb 1626/27, d. 2 Jul 17087,1,8
  2. Joanna Ward b. 11 Sep 16274,9
  3. Obadiah Ward b. 9 May 16324,9
  4. Richard Ward b. c 16354
  5. Deborah Ward b. c 16374

Family 2

  • Wife: Elizabeth (?) b. circa 1614, d. 9 December 1700

Children

  1. Hannah Ward b. c 16394
  2. William Ward Jr. b. 22 Jan 16404
  3. Samuel Ward+ b. 24 Sep 16414
  4. Elizabeth Ward b. 14 Apr 1643, d. 16764
  5. Increase Ward b. 22 Feb 16454
  6. Hopestill Ward b. 24 Feb 16464
  7. Eleazer Ward b. c 16494
  8. Bethia Ward b. c 16584

Also see: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/familyward.htm Deacon William Ward was also known as William Warde. He was born about 1603 in Yorkshire or Derbyshire, England. He was the son of Edward Ward. About 1638 in England William married Elizabeth unknown. Elizabeth being his second wife. Deacon William Ward and Elizabeth unknown immigrated about 1638 to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, probably during the Spring. Deacon William Ward lived in 1639 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.6,7 He was granted land on 18 November 1640 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the grant was recorded as 18 (9) 1640. He became a freeman on 10 May 1643 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He served in 1644 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as Representative to the Massachusetts General Court. He served as chairman of the Board of Selectman from Sudbury for several years. He and Deacon Edmund Rice served in 1646 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as Commissioners to End Small Causes. Deacon William Ward in 1656; signed the petition to the General Court for the Town of Marlborough.12, He was granted land in 1657 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He and Elizabeth unknown lived in 1661 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Deacon William Ward deposed on 4 October 1664 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, giving his age as about 61 years. The deposition was dated 4 (8) 1664. He was one of the founders of the church and was made a Deacon at that time in 1666. He served in 1666 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as a Representative to the Massachusetts General Court. William's home was designated a garrison house, with his son Samuel's and his daughter, Hannah's families assigned to that garrison on 1 October 1675. He left a will on 6 April 1686 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died on Sunday, 10 August 1687 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Ward (1851) adds one more child, Mary. He derived this from the second wife of Daniel Stone, however "Ward" was her married name, not her maiden name.

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SEE ALSO: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/williamwardstory.htm

http://www3.telus.net/robertkline/wwbook.html

Some well known descendants of Deacon William Ward include Susan B. Anthony, the artists of the Wyeth family, Brigham Young, Ransom Eli Olds of Oldsmobile fame, and Emily Dickinson.

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His children:

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=7973904&frompage=99

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Emigrated in the spring of 1638 to the new colony of Mass. Bay, bringing second wife and 5 children. Freeman in 1643. Moved to Marlborough 1661. Elected township deputy or representative to Gen. Court. 1645-6 Commissioner. Chairman of Selectmen. Represented community on grand jury of the County Court at Charlestown and Cambridge. Great Grandparents of Gen. ARtemas Ward, frist C in C of Am. Revolution.

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Buried in Springhill Cemetery, Marlboro Mass. -tonybloom

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Emigrated in the spring of 1638 to Massachusetts Bay Colony with his second wife and five children.

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Cristened May 15, 1603 St. James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England, also known as William Warde, son of Edward Warde.

Married Elizabeth Phillipus, on March 4, 1626 (or May 4, 1626) at St. James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England. Elizabeth died from the birth of her third child, May 11, 1632 in London, England.

After her death, William married Elizabeth Hall, June 4, 1634 in England.

They immigrated into Boston and the new colony of Massachusetts Bay, probably during the spring 1638, bringing second wife and five children, from Yorkshire, England. Tradition, from his early descendants, says he came from Yorkshire or Derbyshire England.

WILLIAM WARD, (Pilgrim) is first mentioned as being in America in 1638, in the records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, which showed that he shared in the three divisions of that plantation. He was given permission to own land at Sudbury, Sept 6, 1638. He was granted land on 18 November 1640 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the grant was recorded as 18 (9) 1640.

Boston, only about 8 years old at the time of William's arrival, had a population of about 1000 immigrants. William and his family continued west to find there new home. About 15 miles west and north of Boston, on the edge of the frontier, William and others founded the "Plantation of Sudbury". William was granted just over 20 acres of land.

Became a freeman on 10 May 1643 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

1644 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, served as Representative to the Massachusetts General Court, Deputy to the General court.

He and Deacon Edmund Rice served in 1646 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as Commissioners to End Small Causes.

He served as Chairman of the Board of Selectman from Sudbury for several years, until 1660.

In 1656, he and twelve others belonging to Sudbury, petitioned the General Court for a new plantation of eight miles square, saying; "Whereas, your petitioners have lived divers years in Sudbury, and God hath been pleased to increase our children, which are now, divers of them, grown to man's estate, and wee many of us grown into years so as that wee should bee glad to see them settled before the Lord take us away from hence, as also God having given us some considerable quantity of cattle, so that wee are so straightened that wee cannot so comfortably subsist as could be desired; and some of us having taken some pains to view the country, wee have found a place which lieth Westward about eight miles from Sudbury which wee conceive might bee comfortable for our subsistence."

Sudbury then contained less than seventy-five families, and embraced in territory what is now Sudbury and Wayland. One would naturally think they were "straightened" for neighbors, more than for want of room; and so they found it, even twenty years later, when the town with an increased population was nearly destroyed by the Indians.

Their petition was granted to the extent of "six miles square, or otherwise, in some convenient form equivalent thereto in the place desired". The plantation was laid out not six miles square, yet, for an "equivalent thereto," it was, to say the least of it, a very liberal admeasurement; embracing in territory most of what is now comprised in the towns of Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough, and Southborough. He was granted, 50 acres of land, 1657 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Being a man of high "estate" standing, William and two others, were granted the largest house lots. William's two son were also granted house lots, Obadiah, 21 acres, and Richard, 18 acres. Richand never moved to Marlborough and his grant went to Samuel. Abraham Howe and wife Hannah Ward were granted 25 acres and John Johnson and wife Deborah Ward were granted 30 acres (a larger lot of poorer ground).

On 12 June 1660, the General Court confirmed the plantation grant and named it "Marlborow". In the spring 1661, William and Elizabeth removed to Marlborough Middlesex County, Massachusetts. William's house lot is now part of the High School Common.

The names of the three last mentioned towns are significant of their relative location to the towns from which they were set off, Westborough, including what is Northborough, was set off from Marlborough in 1717, Northborough from Westborough in 1766, and Southborough from Marlborough in 1727. The house lots ranged from fifteen to fifty acres each, and each was entitled to a proportionate share in the after divisions of the common lands. William's was a fifty acre lot, situated on the South side of the road and nearly opposite the site of the first Meeting house, which was not far from where the Gates Academy now stands. His lands finally extending westward to what is called Belcher's pond. Near which was erected the public house, long and wide known, as the Williams Tavern, and kept by Abraham Williams, who married the eldest daughter of William Ward, and afterwards by his grandson, Col. Abraham Williams, and subsequently by Silas Gates, who married into that family.

Deacon William Ward deposed on 4 October 1664 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, giving his age as about 61 years. The deposition was dated 4 (8) 1664. He was one of the founders of the church and was made a Deacon at that time in 1666. He served in 1666 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as a Representative to the Massachusetts General Court.

March 26, 1676, Indian uprising, the call went out, "the Indian are upon us". William's home was designated a garrison house, with his son Samuel's and his daughter, Hannah's families assigned to that garrison on 1 October 1675. William Ward, in common with others, endured great hardships and sustained great losses by Indian hostilities; more especially in the time of King Phillip's war in 1675-76, when his buildings were fired, his cattle destroyed, and one of his sons slain by the enemy. Abraham Williams and John Johnson's homes were also chosen as the 3 town garrson houses. The Indians did not attack the garrison houses, but burned the rest of the town in two main attacks over the next 3 weeks. The Ward's suffered about the most loss. The Indians then moved on to Sudbuy. The Ward's lost two family members, John Howe, killed in the Sudbury fighting and Eleazer, William's youngest son, shot down as he rode over a hill from Marlborough to Sudbury. The hill was then named "Mount Ward".

His Last Will bearing the date "the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand six hundred and eighty-six;" wherein he says, "enjoying through God's merey the entireness of my understanding; but by reason of my great age and the infirmaties thereof, being sensible of approaching death, do make this my last will." Appoints his "loving wife, Elizabeth, sole executrix;" gives liberally to her, and requests his "sons, John Ward, Increase Ward, and son-in-law, Abraham Williams, to be helpful to his wife, as occasion may require; gives "to all my own children, viz. all my sons and daughters, which I have by my former wife, and all that I have surviving by my present wife." He also gave legacies to his grand-children and to their mothers, children and widows of his "sons, Richard and Eleazer, deceased."

He died on Sunday, 10 August 1687 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He had fourteen children, by 2 wives.

William is buried, with his 2nd wife Elizabeth Hall, in Old Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

22 of William's descendants joined the armies of the Revolutionary War from Newton, Mass.

Sources: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown Including Waltham and Weston; The William Ward Genealogy by Charles Martyn, 1925; Genealogy of Some Descendants of Captain Matthew Fuller, John Fuller of Newton; Newton, Massachusetts, 1679 -- 1779, a Biographical Directory; A history of the Early Settlement of Newton; History of Cambridge, MA. Ward Family. By Andrew Henshaw Ward, Boston, 1851.)

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http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/williamwardstory.htm


http://www3.telus.net/robertkline/wwbook.html

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p450.htm

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/familyward.htm

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=7973904&frompage=99

Some well known descendants of William Ward include Gen. Artemas Ward, first Commander in Chief of the American Revolution, Susan B. Anthony, the artists of the Wyeth family, Brigham Young, Ransom Eli Olds of Oldsmobile fame, and Emily Dickinson.

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Emigrated in 1638

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From: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wager-sutherland&id=I1175

William Ward was one of six men who singed the contract for the construction of the First Meeting House of Sudbury, Mass. 1642/3 [p. 30-31].

May 10, 1643 Ward became a "freeman" of the town of Sudbury. Th Following Spring he was elected to as deputy to the General Court. In 1645 he became commissioner "to end small causes", which was repeated in 1646. He also sat as representative for Sudbiury on the grand jury of the county court at Charlestown adn Cambridge [p. 33].

By 1651, Ward, though not one of the wealthiest of original proprietors [by reason of small land allotmwents in original divisions], had acquired some 300 acres of land in Sudbury [p. 34].

In 1659, Ward became one of the three principal propietors of Marlborough, Mass. to which he removed by 1661 with most of his family [he had 13 children in the end]. he survived Kng Philip's war which caused a great deal of havoc in Marlborough as the farms were laid out apart form each other. He died in 1687. His wife outlived him by 13 years and died on 9 December 1700 in the 86th year of her life [pp. 54 ff.]

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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about William Ward

Name: William Ward

Year: 1638

Place: Massachusetts

Source Publication Code: 1862

Primary Immigrant: Ward, William

Source Bibliography: ENGLISH & WELSH EMIGRANT INDEX. In The English Genealogist, vol. 4:2 (1981), pp. 368-372.

Page: 371

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U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about William Ward

Name: William Ward

Gender: Male

Birth Year: 1603

Spouse Name: Elizabeth ???

Spouse Birth Year: 1613

Number Pages: 1

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•Note:

William probably emigrated in the spring of 1638 to the Bay Colony (Massachusetts) bringing with him his second wife and five children. His first wife had died. New wife, Elizabeth in America, now of seven sons and six daughters. William Ward and some of his family settled in Marlborough in 1660-1. William Ward was the immigrant ancestor of Edward Dickinson Ward, of Worcester, Mass., and of most of the branches of the Ward family in Worcester county. He was probably from York county, England. One of the captains under William the Conqueror was named Ward, of whom there is a record dated 1066. In 1173 William de la Ward resided in Chester. The family was numerous and well scattered over England at the time of the settlement of the American colonies. The ancient coat of arms of the family was: Az. a cross baton pr. Crest: Wolf's head erased. The first record of William Ward is found in Sudbury in 1639. He may have been there several years. He was admitted a freeman May 10, 1643, and for many years was one of the chief men of the town. He was a deputy to the general court from Sudbury in 1644 for many years a selectman and most of the time chairman of the board. He was the local magistrate-the commissioner to end small causes. He deposed Oct. 4, 1664 that he was sixty-one years old, fixing the year of his birth as 1603. He was one of the nine Sudbury men who petitioned for the grant subsequently known as Marlboro and including originally not only the present city of Marlboro, but the towns of Westboro, Northboro, and Southboro. In 1660, the year of incorporation, William settled in the new town where his descendants have been numerous and distinguished. He was chosen the first deacon of the Marlboro church. He drew fifty acres, the largest size of house lot granted by the proprietors. These house lots varied, according to the importance of the individual proprietor, from fifteen to fifty acres. His house was on the south side of the road nearly opposite the meeting house, and his land extended to what then called Belcher's pond, near the tavern of his son-in-law Abraham Williams was located. He suffered the usual hardships and losses of the pioneer and especially during King Phillip's war he lost heavily. His buildings were burned, his cattle destroyed and one son slain. He died at Marlboro, August 10, 1687 aged eighty-five years. His will was dated April 6, 1686. He bequeathed to his wife Elizabeth; children John and Increase; the children of sons Richard and Eleazer deceased; son-in-law Abraham Williams; to all his children by former wife and present wife.

Worcester County, Massachusetts Memoirs Volumes I-II (Vol.I)

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Middlesex County, Massachusetts Deponents, 1649-1700 about William Warde

Given Name: William

Surname: Warde

Age: 61

Year: 1664

From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6190756

Deacon William Ward was one of the founders of Sudbury, and was a veteran of King Philip's War. Many histories and genealogical biographies agree he immigrated in 1639 on the "Diligent" with his second wife and five children, including son Obadiah (by his first wife Elizabeth), but they are not mentioned on the ship's manifest.

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Deacon William Ward's Timeline

1603
May 15, 1603
Yorkshire, England
May 15, 1603
St. James Church, London, England
May 15, 1603
ENGL
May 15, 1603
St. James Church, London, England
May 15, 1603
St. James Church,London,England
1603
Warrington, Lancashire, England
1603
Of England
1603
Of England
1626
March 4, 1626
Age 23
Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
December 21, 1626
Age 23
Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England