Notes on the information of Wards/Adams Cemetery
Robert A. Ward and George Edward Ward were the sixth and seventh children of John and Tabitha Ward. I attached their grave markers in the previous blogs. In the book Richmond, William and Timothy Terrell, Colonial Virginians, the date of their death is the same “February 16, 1834”. I read the marker for Robert Ward to say May 5, 1831. But it could have easily been 1834. If they both died in the year of 1834, could there have been an epidemic of cholera at that time.
If anyone has any information on this, I would appreciate a comment.
Tabitha Hubbard Walden Ward
I found eight grave markers for her children. There was a grave marker for her husband, John Ward.
Her daughter- in-law Elizabeth M. Adams was buried there as was her father John Lynch Adams. At this time I do not know why John Lynch Adams was buried in the Ward/Adams cemetery. It may be that he wanted to be buried near Captain Robert Adams.
We know that Captain Robert Adams fell ill while visiting his sister Mildred Adams Ward and was buried there.
Tabitha’s granddaughter Laura Ward Stone was buried their along with her mother and father (Addison and Wilmouth Ward)
But noticeably absent is Tabitha, herself. I know that she lived until May 15, 1866. She was 76 years old. In the 1850 census, she was still running the home and she had two others living with her. The census listed a Tazewell Ward son of 21 years living with her. Alexander Tazewell Ward, her last child, didn’t marry until 1851 so that is probably him, but he would have been 23. The other person living with her at that time was Edwin at the age of 5. He was the son of Addison Whitfield Ward and Wilmouth Walden Adams. The age and name fit. Further note, he was killed in the Civil War at the age of eighteen. In the 1860 census, she is living alone, but is still running the plantation.
Tabitha was born in 1789 Virginia at the end of the revolutionary war. She married as a young woman and was widowed at the age of 49. She survived and lived through the War of 1812 and the Civil War. At least one of her children moved to Texas and probably fought in the Mexican War. Of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, there were doctors, lawyers, soldiers, judges and pioneers of the American West. She was the matriarch of the family for over fifty years. How could she not be buried beside her husband? Either I missed her grave when we were photographing or maybe like Robert Adams, she was at someone’s home visiting and passed away. It would be sad to think that after all those years of surviving life, that she would be lost in death.