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Joyce Ward (Trafford)

Nicknames: "Widow Ward of Wethersfield"
Birthplace: Leicestershire , England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford , Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Trafford and Elizabeth Stafford
Wife of Stephen Ward, of Stretton
Mother of John "Dish Turner" Ward; Mary Clark; Joanna Swaine; Mary Ward Farrand; William Ward and 6 others

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About Joyce Ward (Trafford)


Their son, Stephen Ward, who was born about 1585, married Joyce Trafford of Lucestershire, England (sic: Leicestershire?)about 1607. After Stephen's death, his widow Joyce Ward moved to New England with her sons Anthony, John, William, and Robert in 1630. They settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1635, where Joyce Ward died in 1640.

Children of Stephen Ward and Joyce Trafford

  1. Edward Ward (bef. 1630-1662/63) m. Isabel
  2. Mary Ward (bef. 1630-abt. 1677/78) m. 1) John Fletcher (?-1662); 2) John Clarke (the immigrant) (1608-1673) (went to Newtown, Norwich and then to Milford, where he died)
  3. Sgt. John Ward (bef. 1630-1694) m. 1) Sarah Lyman or Hill? (1620-bef. 1685); 2) Hannah Crane Huntington (1638-1695), d/o Jaspar (?-1712) and Alice Crane (?-1720), widow of Thomas Huntington (?-1684)
  4. Anthony Ward (bef. 1630- aft. 1640)
  5. William Ward (bef. 1630-1688) m. 1) Sarah (?-1659); 2) Phoebe (?-1691)
  6. Robert Ward (bef. 1630- aft. 1640) (living in England in 1640)

will of the widow Ward of Wethersfield

Joyce Ward Location: Wethersfield, CT Invt. 52-15-06. Taken 24th February, 1640-1, by George Hubbard & Leonard Chester. Will dated 15th November, 1640: I, Joyce Ward, of Wethersfield, being sicke in body but whole in mynd, doe make my last will & Testament this 15th day of November, in this prsent yeare of the Lord Christ 1640, in manner and forme as followeth:

Imprs. I give to foure of my sonnes. that is to say, ANTHONY WARD to WILLIE WARD, ROBERT WARD, & JOHN WARD, cch of the a pare of sheets, and to my eldest sonne EDWARD, I give unto him twelve pence of mony; furthermore, I make my sonne in law JOHN FLETCHER my whole and sole Executor, to pay and discharge all those debts, legaces wch I am bownd to prforme, and for to see my body brought to the ground in a decent manner.

Memorand: that I, JOYCE WARD, have left my sonne ROBERTS portion wch his father gave him, wch is (œ20) twenty pound, in England, in the hands of my sonne EDWARD WARD; I have made Mr. Wollersloue, of Clipsum, in England, in the County of Rutland, my Atturny, for to receave yt for my vse; if he have gott yt there, my son ROBERT shall have the whole twenty pound; but if yt be not gotten, then the six pound wch I paid for the putting out of the said ROBERT WARD to Apprentice, shall be prte of that twenty pound. JOYCE WARD ( her mark) Witness: Nathaniel Dickinson Roger Prichat

An Inventory of all and singular the goods, Chattells, cattle, belonging to JOYCE WARD, wydow, late of Wethersfield, made, taken and found the 24th of February, by GEORGE HUBBARD and LEONARD CHESTER: Imprs 7 yards of Hemppen cloath at 2s pr yard, 0-14-00

  • It. four prrs of Hemppen Sheets, 2-00-00
  • It. one prre of flaxen sheets, 1-00-00
  • It. her apparell, vist, 2 gowns, one hatt, one pre of bodyes, wth other, 5-00-00
  • It. one bedd, two boulsters, two pillows, two Coverings, two Curtains, 10-00-00
  • It. one boxe, wth a little hand Trunke. 0-03-06
  • one brasse pott, 16s; one brasse panne, œ1, 1-16-00
  • one iron potte, one chamber pott, 2s, 0-04-00
  • one brasse coal dish, 0-02-00
  • one sowe wth three piggs, 1-00-00
  • two table cloathes, wth 4 napkins, 0-16-00
  • one Bond or Specialty 30-00-00
  • Pr Leonard Chester, George Hubbard.
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Joyce Ward's Timeline

Leicestershire , England
Age 21
Braffield, Lancestershire, England
Age 21
Age 22
Age 24
Age 27
Age 32
Age 32
Age 34
November 1, 1625
Age 39
Stretton, County Rutland, England