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Sarah Davis (Hills), of Hartford

Also Known As: "Ward", "Sarah Hill"
Birthplace: Probably, Hartford, Hartford Colony , Connecticut
Death: Died in Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Hills and Phyllis Hills
Wife of John "Dish Turner" Ward and Stephen Davis
Mother of Mary Harrison; Samuel Ward; Abigail Gardner; Elizabeth Lyon; Josiah Ward and 4 others
Sister of William Hills and John Hills
Half sister of Benjamin Hills; Susannah Kilbourn; Joseph Hills; Benoni Hills; Abraham Hills and 5 others

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About Sarah Davis, of Hartford

Sarah Hills

  • b.est 1638 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (probably)
  • d.aft 27 Mar 1691 Newark, Essex, New Jersey
  • Parents: William Hills, Phyllis Lyman

NOTE: there were TWO John Ward's having chlldren at Branford CT in the 1650's & early 1660's

Children born at Branford CT

  1. John Ward , Jr. ....(10 Apr 1650 ~ BEF 25 Aug 1690) Branford, Connecticut
  2. Sarah 22 March 1652
  3. Samuel Ward ....(1656 ~ 14 Oct 1686)
  4. Abagail Ward ....(4 Jun 1658 ~ ?)
  5. Elizabeth Ward ....(24 Jan 1659/60 ~ BEF 31 Mar 1729)
  6. Josiah Ward ....(1661 ~ BEF 16 Apr 1713)
  7. Dorcas Ward ....(1662 ~ 25 Jan 1737/38)
  8. Mary Ward ....(11 Jun 1654 ~ 16 Apr 1738) Brandford, Connecticut


notes & sources

William Hills, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 2:944. "Sarah (Hills), b. say 1638; m. (1) by an uncertain date John Ward; m. (2) after 1684 Stephen Davis."


! (1) "The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," by Robert Charle s Anderson (NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995) 2:944,945-946. Cites: (a) "Lineal Ancestors of Susan (Ki tchell) Mulford, Mother of Mrs. Susan (Mulford) Cory," by Charles H. Cory Jr. (np 1937) p.261 . (b) Hartford Probate District, Connecticut State Archives, Case #2724. (2) "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records," comp. by Charles William Manwaring , Vol. 1, Hartford District 1635-1700 (Hartford, 1904) p.321-322. Cites: (a) Vol. IV, p.143-1 45. "Birth: (1) "Say" 1638, d/o William HILLS/Phyllis LYMAN. Marriage to John WARD: (1) May have been his 2nd wife. Marriage to Stephen DAVIS: (1) After 1684. Death: (1a) Will dtd 27 Mar 1691." (1b) 1680/1, 25 Feb: (2a) 1680/1, 21 Feb: (1b,2a) William HILLS Sr. of Hocanum within the township of Hartford wrote his will. Bequeathed a parcel of sixscore acres near the end of the Three Mile lots abutting on Benjamin HILLS & Joseph HILLS on the west & on James CURTICE on the south & on my land on the north, to son William HILLS, to son John HILLS, to son Josep h HILLS, and to son Benjamin HILLS, to daughter Sarah WARD and to daughter Suzanah KILLBURN i n equal proportions. (1a) 1691, 27 Mar: Sarah DAVIS wrote her will. Bequeathed to son Josiah and his heirs 20 acres of land at Hockanum, which was given to me by my father's will. 16 Jul 1684, Will proved! (1) "The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," by Robert Charles Anderson (NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995) 2:945.

  • 'Full text of "The Hills family in America; the ancestry and descendants of William Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1632; of Joseph Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1638, and of the great-grandsons of Robert Hills, of the parish of Wye, county of Kent, England, emigrants to New England 1794-1806"
  • It has been generally accepted as a fact that Mary, the widow of the emigrant of 1632, was his second wife, but it appears by probate records that she had two predecessors. The distribution of the estate of Thomas Bunce shows that one parcel of real estate, about four acres on the east side of the great river, had been bought by the decedent of William Hills, and that the lot was " formerly Richard Risley's, and came to said Hills by right of his wife relict of said Risley, as appears by a writing under said Hills hand, dated Feb. 26, 1680," witnessed by James Steele and Thomas Watts. The inventory of the Risley estate was filed October 17, 1648. The court records show there were three children, the eldest less than eight years old, "William Hill bringing them up and giving security to the court " for their several portions of their father's estate.
  • The wife who probably survived William Hills was, before her last marriage, Mary, the widow of John Steele, Junior, who died about 1653 leaving two sons, John and Samuel. The inventory of his estate was taken March 11, 1654. The Warner genealogy states that Mary, daughter of Andrew Warner, of Hadley, Mass., married John Steele, January 22, 1646, and that her second husband was William Hill, of Hartford. When the widow Steele again became a wife is unknown. It was before the 25th of January, 1669, for at that date the Steele estate was settled, and in the instrument of distribution she is referred to as Mary Hill, and William Hill, her husband, " having taken upon himself to administer the estate, is to make good to the children as they come of age." That her second husband was William Hills, of Hartford, and that she was living some twelve years later, appear from the will of the emigrant of 1632, which is dated February 21, 1681, in which he refers to the revenues of the lands in Farmington as those he has " right unto by and in right of my wife," and provides that they be " demanded and received " for her. She probably was the mother of Jonathan ( born about 1664 ), youngest son of the emigrant. ...........................
  • 1. William1, born in England came in ship " Lyon," arrived in Boston, September, 1632; probably died at Hartford, 1683, where his will was probated, December 6 of that year. Married 1st, Phillis Lyman, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Osborne) Lyman who emigrated from High Onger, Essex County, England, in 1631. He married, 2d, the widow of Richard Risley, who died prior to October 17, 1648, the date of the inventory of his estate. The date of her death is unknown. He married, 3d, Mary, widow of John Steele, Jr., of Farmington, who died there, 1653-4, daughter of Andrew Warner of Hadley, Hampshire Co., Mass., who was living in 1681.
  • Children of William Hills, the emigrant of whom record has been found :
    • 2. William, b. Hartford, about 1646; d. (Savage says buried at Hartford, Aug. 15, 1693).
    • 3. John, b. Hartford, about 1648; d. (buried April 5, 1692).
    • 4. Joseph, bapt. March 17, 1650; d. Glastonbury, Conn., Nov. 8, 1713.
    • 5. Benjamin, b. Hartford, — ; d. Hartford (not before 1726, not after 1728).
    • 6. Susannah, b. " 1651; d. — Oct., 1701.
    • 7. Mary, b. Hartford (Porter Gen. says 1654); d. — .
    • 8. Lt. Jonathan, b. Hartford, about 1665; d. Hartford, Sept. 29, 1727.
    • 9. Hannah, b. Hartford, — ; d. before Oct., 1712.
    • 10. 'Sarah, b. " — ; d. Newark, N. J., 1691.
    • 10. 'Sarah2 (William1), b. Hartford, Conn. Married John Ward, of Middletown, Conn. A compiler of a Davis Genealogy wlio resides in Newark, N. J., says in a query published about August, 1902, in the genealogical department of the Hartford Times, that " Sarah Hills daughter of William and Phillis (Lyman) Hills .... Married first John Ward; second Stephen Davis, and died at Newark, N. J., in April or May, 1691." A bequest in her father's will, dated February, 1681, is to his " daughter Sarah Warde."
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Family of William HILLS and Phyllis LYMAN Husband: William HILLS (1608-1683) Wife: Phyllis LYMAN (1611-1648?) Children: Sarah HILLS (1633?-1691) William HILLS (1640?- ) Marriage 1632 (app) Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Husband: William HILLS Name: William HILLS 1 Sex: Male Father: - Mother: - Birth Dec 1608 Upminister, Essex, England, UK Death Jul 1683 (age 74) Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Wife: Phyllis LYMAN Name: Phyllis LYMAN 1 Sex: Female Father: Richard LYMAN (1580?-1640?) Mother: Sarah OSBORN ( - ) Birth Sep 1611 High Ongar, Essex, England, UK Death 1648 (app) (age 36-37) Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Child 1: Sarah HILLS Name: Sarah HILLS 1 Sex: Female Spouse 1: John WARD (1619-1684?) Spouse 2: Stephen DAVIS (1630-1691?) Birth 1633 (app) Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA 2 Death 27 Mar 1691 (age 57-58) Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA 2

Child 2: William HILLS Name: William HILLS 1 Sex: Male Birth 1640 (app)

Sources 1 "Gedcom - Descendants of Edward Ball" ( 2 Ref#52


Sarah Hills Ward Davis


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Family links:

 John Ward (1625 - 1694)*
 Stephen Davis (1630 - 1691)*


JOHN WARDE, Senr., supposedly son of Richard WARD and Joyce WARD “widow of Wethersfield,” born in England, died November 1694 in Newark, married first Sarah —-.

Children (birth records per Branford Vital Records–Amer. Gene., vol. XII)

  1. 2. poss. Jonathan, b. ca. 1647, d. young.
  2. +3. John, b. Apr. 10, 1650, d. May 5, 1695
  3. 4. Sarah, b. ca. 1652, m. by license dated 23 of 1, 1674 to Jabez ROGERS (GMNJ 43:51). On May 1, 1697 Jebez ROGERS of Newark received a patent for 250 acres, including a home lot of 6 acres (NJA 21:263).
  4. 5. Mary, b. June 11, 1654, d. Apr. 16, 1738, aged 85 yrs., buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd., m. Samuel HARRISON, son of the younger Richard HARRISON & Sarah HUBBARD, b. prob. ca.1648, d. 1724.
  5. 6. Nathaniel, b. Nov. 3, 1656, d. Jan. 1731/2, m. Christian SWAINE, dau. of Samuel & Johanna SWAINE, b. Apr. 25, 1659. Nathaniel WARD, Sr., of Newark, Essex Co., in his will dated Dec. 27, 1731 and proved Jan. 11, 1732, names his eldest son Joseph, dec’d, and his children James, Elizabeth, Christian, and Deborah, the last three under age, son Nathaniel, dau. Phebe CRANE, dau. Joanah, dec’d, and her children Nathaniel, Rebeckah, and Joanah PIERSON, and dau. Sarah, dec’d, and her daughters Mary and Phebe DALGLISH, and Rachel CANFIELD (NJA 30:514).
  6. 7. Hannah, b. Nov. 20, 1658, d. June 9, 1693 at Milford, Conn., m. Jonathan BALDWIN b. Feb. 15, 1648/9 at Milford, d. Dec. 13, 1739 at Milford, Conn.
  7. 8. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 24, 1660.
  8. 9. Dorcas, b. Mar. 10, 1662, d. Jan. 25, 1738/9 in 76th yr., buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd., m. Joseph HARRISON, son of the younger Richard HARRISON & Sarah HUBBARD, b. prob. ca. 1651.
  9. 10. Abigail, b. Apr. 20, 1665.
  10. 11. Deborah, b. prob. ca. 1667, d. after 1698, m. Eliphlet JOHNSON, son of Thomas JOHNSON, b. 1658, d. Apr. 20, 1718. On Dec. 6, 1698 Eliphlet JOHNSON of Newark nd wife Deborah deeded some land (NJA 21:306). Eliphlet JOHNSON, yeoman, in his will dated Jan. 1, 1712/3 and proved Aug. 13, 1718 names his wife Abigail, children Eliphlet, Nathaniel, John, Samuel, Deborah, and Phebie (NJA 23:261).
  11. 12. Phebe, b. 1669, d. Feb. 16, 1720 in 51st yr., m. John COOPER, b. 1669, d. Feb. 27, 1736/7 in 68th yr., both buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd. Col. John COOPER married second the widow Hannah SERGEANT. She died ca. 1758, see abstract of her will dated Dec. 6, 1756 in NJA 32:69. She was prob. first married to Jonathan SERGEANT. John COOPER of Newark, Essex County, in his will dated Nov. 16, 1732 names his son-in-law John SERGEANT who is under age, brother Samuel COOPER, children of sister Sarah WOODRUFF, dec’d., children of sister Mary WARD, eldest daughter of sister Elizabeth FRAYLEY, dec’d., sons-in-law Thomas & Daniel SERGEANT. Executors were his wife Hannah and son-in-law Jonathan SERGEANT (NJA 30:109).


"John Ward married first Sarah —-, perhaps daughter of John and Frances HILL of Guilford. second Hannah, daughter of Jasper CRANE and Alice —-, and widow of Thomas HUNTINGTON, born ca.1639, died after October 1694. All children by 1st wife."


August 2014

Cannot have been the daughter of John & Frances Hill of Guilford; that Sarah married Henry Allen. Her Allen children were mentioned in John Hill's will.


  • birth records per Branford Vital Records–Amer. Gene., vol. XII
  • [Richard W. Cook, “John Warde and John Ward of Newark,” Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 57[1982]. [page 59]


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Hartford, Hartford Colony , Connecticut