Image via WikipediaI began this blog with John Ward on March 8, 2010. On March 8, I listed tithables that I had found for John Ward. On March 9, I attached the will for John Ward which was recorded in Campbell County in Will Book 3 page 462. In the will, he bequeaths property to sons, John, William and Henry, daughters Anne and Agatha.
Bequeaths property to William's children (Robert, John and Milly) Anne Dillard's children (Lynch, Lucinda and John) and Agatha Calloway's children (David, Henry and Margaret). In later stories, I found that there were two more sons Jeremiah and Thomas. During the colonial era children were named after family members. So as you can see, John after the father, Henry after the Anne Chiles' father, Jeremiah for John's brother, Anne for Anne. As for Agatha and Thomas, I don't know. Also, Thomas and Jeremiah were not mentioned in the will. I do not know if they had died or they were the oldest and had moved on. If you remember John Ward lived to a very old age and very likely could have outlived some of his children. Also on March 22, we noted that he was a member of the Church of England and was appointed a major in the militia.
In the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy William Wade Hinshaw Author and Publisher Volume VI
page 330 South River marriage bonds of Bedford County, Virginia John Ward, widower, m Sarah Lynch, widow, December 27, 1766. Isham Talbot, surety. Consent of Sarah herself.
Other Documents Found
Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts
January 1, 1785 to July 2, 1789
Volume IV page 18
Col. John Calloway to Major John Ward
March 22, 1785 Meadow Hill
Enclosing his recommendation as sheriff by the Co. Court of Campbell; and adding, "Mr. Steptoe tells me that Temperate living is by no means best for you at this time, but that to make pretty free with the best of liquors will certainly be an advantage." He wants to borrow "20 dollars or less."
Calendar of Virginia State Papers Volume 5
page 1 and 38
July 2, 1789
Col. Wm. Henderson encloses to the Governor his recommendation as Sheriff, by the Court of Campbell County and requests that his commission may be sent to him. Accompanying this communication is a protest from Charles Lynch and John Ward, and a note from Richard Stith on the subject of Col. Henderson's Commission.
October 15, 1789
Wm Henderson to Gov. Beverly Randolph
Upon reflecton since I saw you of what was represented to the Executive by James Adams &c., in order to justify Mr. Richard Stith's claim to the Sheriffalty of this County, contrary to the Recommendations of the Court of Campbell, I think it reflects upon my Character, and in order to justify myself I shall take it as a singular instance of your kindness, if you will furnish Col John Trigg, who will deliver this to you, a copy of Charles Lynch and John Ward's letter, also any other papers or proof made use of by the said Adams, as Maj. Ward informs me he never signed any such letter. I am sir, respectfully, your Mo. Obt.