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Joyce Ward (unknown)

Also Known As: "Widow Ward of Wethersfield", "not Joyce Trafford", "not Joyce Stafford"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Leicestershire , England
Death: between November 15, 1640 and February 24, 1641 (54-55)
Wethersfield, Hartford , Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joyce Ward's father and Joyce Ward's mother
Wife of Richard Ward, of Stretton
Mother of Edward Ward; Anthony Ward; Robert Ward; Richard Ward; Sgt. John Ward and 1 other

Occupation: Colonist
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About Joyce Ward

Parents unknown. Married RICHARD Ward. Do not confuse with Joyce Ward who married Stephen Ward, of Northampton


Richard Ward, who was born about 1585, married first UNKNOWN, and Joyce UNKNOWN as his second wife. After Richard'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 Richard Ward and Joyce Ward:

  • 1.Edward Ward (bef. 1630-1662/63) m. Isabel
  • 2.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)
  • 3.Anthony Ward (bef. 1630- aft. 1640)
  • 4.William Ward (bef. 1630-1688) m. 1) Sarah (?-1659); 2) Phoebe (?-1691)
  • 5.Robert Ward (bef. 1630- aft. 1640) (living in England in 1640)
  • 6. Richard, 1st, died 1631
  • 7. Richard, 2nd, died 1633

The eldest children of RICHARD WARD - Thomas & Mary, are NOT mentioned in the will of JOYCE WARD, widow in 1640. It is assumed these are from the first wife, name unknown.

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

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Joyce Ward's Timeline

Leicestershire , England
Age 24
Age 27
Age 32
Age 34
Age 39
Stretton, Rutland , England
November 15, 1640
Age 54
Wethersfield, Hartford , Connecticut
Stretton, Rutland, England, United Kingdom