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Captain Seth Ward

Birthplace: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: Henrico County vital records for before 1677 were lost; cause of death unknown.
Immediate Family:

Son of Father of Seth Ward and Mother of Seth Ward
Husband of Katherine Ward
Father of Mary Hatcher; Seth Ward; Edward Ward and Judge Richard Ward

Occupation: Captain and Planter, Imported people from England, Immigrated to Virginia in 1619 aboard the "Bona Fide"
Managed by: Christopher Ryan March
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About Captain Seth Ward

Seth Ward, planter, leased land in Henrico County, Virginia, May 30, 1634. (Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. 2, pages 312,313, Vol. 3, p. 428.


Summary of Generation One

  • Seth Ward (d. between Feb. 1, 1655, and 1677)
  • Spouse: Katherine Smith (1605-1656)


  • 1. Richard (1636-1682)
  • 2. Mary (1640-1711)
  • 3. Seth (1642-1707)
  • 4. Edward (1644-1682)


From Ward Family, in The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Jan., 1919), pp. 185-199

Seth Ward is the earliest ancestor to whom the Ward family of Henrico County has been traced; branches of which family lived at a later date in Amelia, Nottoway, Chesterfield, Prince Edward, Charlotte and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia, and in North Carolina.

The destruction of the Henrico Country Records prior to 1677, and the fragmentary condition of this county's records since that date creates a problem in genealogy quite difficult of solution; but, with a view to establishing certain heretofore circumstantially evident, though unproved, connections of Wards of post revolutionary date, with the original Wards of Henrico, an extensive search has been made (the research into the Ward family history was made at the request of Professor E. F. Humphrey of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, who very kindly rendered every assistance possible in the matter) in the remaining records in Henrico, the records of Chesterfield, Lunenburg, Cumberland, Amelia, Charlotte and Nottoway, and the land patents in Richmond, in order to obtain whatever data these records might afford by way of wills, deeds and court orders. (See QUARTERLY, Vol. XXIV, p. 27I, for a note on the place of the Ward family in the early history of Henrico County.)

The earliest recorded mention of Seth Ward is as follows: By order of Court 11 Feby. 1632 that all such planters or persons whatsoever who shall have no land due unto them by adventure or otherwise (this would seem to indicate that Seth Ward was not the immigrant ancestor of the family; for a note on Varina, and its location, see Tyler, Cradle of the Republic, p. 221) should have certain quantity granted unto them by lease for 21 years, therefore under this provision, to Seath Ward, of Varina, in the upper parts, planter, three score acres of land in the upper parts in corporation of Henrico; adjoining Daniel Sherley, Powhatan's Three, Three mile swamp. Dated 30 May 1634. (Register of the Land Office, Patent Book I, p. 148.)

On November (9br) 12th, 1643 a patent for 150 acres of land was issued to Seth Ward as follows: Seth Ward 350 acres Henrico Co., bounded N. N. W. by side of twoe myle creek: S. S. W. "over against Varina": E. S. E. upon three myle swamp taking in said swamp extending in breadth towards the foure mile creek, bounded at the end by a running brook called the roundabout: due as followeth 150 acres by virtue of a former patent dated 13 February 1635 and 50 acres by purchase from John Baker (July 17, 1637, John Baker, patent for 200 acres in Henrico County, near Varinas, adjoining land of Seth Ward and lands now in possession of John Baker and William Davis, and extending towards Captain Davis's bottoms - Va. Mag. VI, p. 405) of a patent dated last of May 1636, & 150 acres more by and for transportation of 3 persons viz: Jno. Wilkeson, Robt. Fleete, Jno. Miller, into the colony. Dated 9ber 12th, 1643. (Register of the Land Office, Patent Book I, P. 946.)

(July 17, 1637, John Baker, patent for 200 acres in Henrico County, near Varinas, adjoining land of Seth Ward and lands now in possession of John Baker and William Davis, and extending towards Captain Davis's bottoms. - Va. Mag. VI, p. 405.)

The only other reference to Seth Ward that has been found is of a "bill of sale of the aforementioned land" [i.e. 150 acres, between Four Mile Creek and Two Mile Creek, patent 13 February 1635 by West, as governor, and renewed by Berkeley, as governor, on November 17, 1643, to Seth Ward, with addition of 50 acres purchased of John Barbar, dated May 1, 1636, and 150 acres more added thereto] 350 acres from Seath Ward to Morgan Pierce, dated February 1, 1650 (Henrico Records, Vol. 1677-92, p. 239).

The subsequent history of Seth Ward is not known: it is not known whom he married, nor is the date of his death known other than that it took place between 1650 (the date of his last patent, as above) and 1677 when the records, as at present preserved in Henrico, begin.

The article is extensive. Rest can be found online at: Genealogies of Virginia Families: From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Volume 31

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Captain Seth Ward's Timeline

March 13, 1596
Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 22
Virginia, USA
Age 42
Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Age 43
Sheffield, Henrico County, VIrginia Colony
Age 43
Age 43
Virginia, USA
Age 43
Varina Parish, Henrico Shire, Virginia Colony