Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ward Adams Cemetery
Elizabeth Mumford Adams was the daughter of Major John Lynch Adams and Martha Walden Adams. She married William Ward on November 9, 1836. According to the book Richmond, William and Timothy Terrell Colonial Virginians by Celeste Jane Terrell Barnhill, they were married on November 9, 1836, and I have an excerpt from the newspaper the Lynchburg Virginian stating the same. She was widowed after only eight years of marriage. Some say that he was killed while cutting down trees on the farm and others credit that death to William Ward's father, John Ward, see Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches, by Ruth Hairston Early. But in any case, she was left a widow at the age of 37 with four children,(Cornelia, Henry Chiles, Robert Adams and William Ellen Walker, one of which was only a year and a half. She outlived her husband and all of her children except for Henry Chiles Ward. I believe that her life was a difficult one to say the least. Widowed at 37, her son William Ellen Walker Ward dies at the age of 12 on December 26, 1855. Her daughter Cornelia married Littleton Tazewell Walden and he died in a riding accident. Then her daughter marries George Dove and he was not a prize. Her son Robert Adams Ward dies at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Henry Chiles Ward is a soldier in the civil war and then is involved in a murder. He never marries. The only Grandchildren that she has are the children of Cornelia and George Dove. And as I understand by the stories told about him, it was a nightmare. But more about that later.
For someone with so much tragedy in their life, it is exceptional that she lived as long as she did. I can only hope that there was some joy in her life.
Any information that anyone has about her life would be much appreciated. Also I am looking for the gravesite of Littleton Tazewell Walden.