Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace

Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace
This house and property belonged to John Ward, Jr At his death he willed the property to his nephew William Ward

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cornelia Victoria Ward Walden Dove September 28, 2010

Cornelia Victoria Ward  Only daughter of William Walker Ward and Elizabeth Mumford Adams
Cornelia Victoria Ward was born on September 6, 1837. 
I did not find the 13 year old Cornelia listed in the 1850 Census with her mother and brothers, but I did find Cornelia in the 1850 Northern Division of Bedford County, Virginia.  She was living with George W. Leftwich, a Baptist Clergyman and his wife Caroline M. Leftwich and children in Bedford County.   William Ward, Cornelia’s father, had a sister by the name of Mildred.  Mildred married Augustine Leftwich.   She may have been staying with the Leftwichs’ because of their relationship, but I believe that she may have been attending school.  Reverend George Leftwich was a teacher at the Botetourt Springs Male and Female Institute which is now called Hollins College.  It is my belief that she was staying with them while attending school. Also in the 1850 census, she is marked as attending school.
She married Littleton Tazewell Walden on February 27, 1855.  The marriage took place at her mother  Elizabeth Mumford Adams Ward’s house in Pittsylvania County.  The Reverend was M. Andrews.
The couple had two children:
William W.Walden           born 1856 died 1927
Malcum                                born: 1858    Died November 13, 1862. 
Littleton T. Walden was killed in a horse riding accident near the Smith Plantation on the Pocket on March 6, 1858.
In the 1860 census, Cornelia Walden is the head of the household in the North District of Pittsylvania County.  Census was taken on September 6, 1860 by Zach S. Finney.  She has her occupation as a Farmer.  There are two children living with her.  William W. Walden age 4 male and Malcium age 2 female.  Some of the family trees that I have looked up says that Malcium is really Malcum and that it’s a male not female.   In the 1860 slave schedule, there are four slaves listed under Cornelia Dove’s name. Ages, 55,30,13,7.
It was fourteen years until she married again.  Cornelia married George W. Dove son of James and Almira Dove on September 19, 1872.  They were married at Cornelia’s house by the Reverend Isaiah Ramsey.
She had four children by George Dove:
Charles Millard Dove  Born April 4, 1878                 Died May 6, 1951
Sallie Dove                    Born 1876
Lucy Dove                      Born  October 5, 1873
Rosa Dove                      Born   October 5, 1873         Died February 16, 1913

She died at the early age of 41 in December, 1878.

From 1858 until 1872, Cornelia ran the farm and took care of her children.  During the Civil War years, all three Ward women were alone on the farm.  Her grandmother Tabitha’s husband died in the year 1858 and her mother’s husband died in 1844.   They survived the war years and I am sure suffered together the pain of loss and reduced circumstances during this hard period.  But the thing is that they survived and kept the family farms running.

She married George Dove in 1872 and in less than seven years she dies.   She has  twins in 1873, in 1876 Sally is born and then 1878, Charles is born.  I can’t say what caused her death, but the stress of having children at a slightly older age could probably have been a factor.  In the 1880 census, George Dove is married again to a Lelia Forloines 16 years of age.  The children listed are Charles Millard Dove and Sally Dove.   There is also an Eliza Walker listed as a nurse.  She is 45 years old.   Rosa and Lucy are not listed as living with them.  They would have been about seven years old at the time.   Rosa married my great grandfather so I know she hasn’t died.  

I actually know a part of this story about what happened, but I need more concrete evidence before I write the true story. 

So Cornelia Victoria is my last Ward family member.   She began life with the greatest expectations as the only daughter of a large plantation owner and leader of the community.  I looked through the records and could find no other family member with the name of Victoria.  It may be just my musings, but Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in June of 1837 at the age of 18.  By the date of Cornelia’s birth, September 1837 this would have been well known.  They would have wanted to name her something grand and what better way than to name her after the Queen of England.  But even with the grand name, tragedy was a major part of Cornelia’s life.
It began with the early death of her father in 1844 when Cornelia was only seven years old.  Then in the year 1855, her youngest brother dies on the day after Christmas. This is only seven months after Cornelia’s teenage marriage to a neighboring plantation owner’s son.  On March 6, 1858, the marriage ends tragically when her husband Littleton is killed in a horse riding accident and less than six months later her grandfather dies in an accident on August 2, 1858.  And all during this time, she has a small baby and is pregnant with another child which is born at the end of 1858.

Most women of that time marry within a couple of years when they lose their spouse.  But this is not a good time for husband hunting.  It is a lonely, hard time for Cornelia. Her youngest child dies on November 13, 1862.  Both of her brothers, many cousins, uncles and relatives and eligible young men have joined the Confederacy beginning in 1861.  Her brother Robert dies at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Some of her uncles and cousins are bankrupted by the war and lose their homes.  Some return home changed forever by the war.

And finally her grandmother Tabitha dies in 1866.   Can we say that the last tragedy of her life was the marriage to George Dove? Descendants of this marriage, which includes me, would like to think otherwise.  What made her marry George Dove after so many years of widowhood?  Was he charming or just convenient?   And what happened in that house  during the time before her death and 1880? 

So was Cornelia a victim of the time in which she lived or was she a survivor, a heroine?  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Henry Chiles Ward Son of William and Elizabeth Ward September 22, 2010

The Angle, Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, PAImage by Patrick Henson via Flickr

Henry Chiles Ward, born December 16, 1838  Died December 4, 1910.
Henry was the only son to survive to a relatively old age.  His tombstone has that he was a private in the 13th Va. Light Artillery (Danville Ringgold Artillery) formed in late 1863.  The officers were Captain Timothy H. Stamps, Crispen Dickenson and Clack Stone.   Records have him enlisting on July 2, 1861 at Jamestown Island, Virginia with Company B 14th infantry. Then transferring to Company B  13th Light Artillery Regiment on October 25, 1864.
Engagements while serving in Company B 14th infantry,  The Bedford Rifle Grays
Seven Pines May 31-June 1, 1862
Seven Days Battle June 25-July 1, 1862
Malvern Hill July 1, 1862
2nd Bull Run August 28-30, 1862
South Mountains September 14, 1862
Antietam September 17, 1862
Shepherdstown Ford September 20, 1862
Fredericksburg December 13, 1862
Suffolk Campaign April-May, 1863
Edenton Road April 24, 1863
Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863
Chester Station May 10, 1864
Drewry’s Bluff May 16, 1864
North Anna May 23-26, 1864
Cold Harbor June 1-3, 1864
Petersburg Siege June 1864-April, 1865
In October of 1864, he transferred to Company B 13th Light Artillery.
They were also at Petersburg.
Appomattox April 9, 1865

The 14th Regiment was also under Pickett.  He survived that day on July 3 and went on to the siege of Petersburg and the Surrender of Appomattox.

Sometime after the Civil War, he was involved in an altercation with a William Tardy.  In this altercation, Henry killed William Tardy.  I have been told that Elizabeth had to sell off quite a bit of the family land to keep him out of jail.    This may be written up in some Lynchburg papers and the story can probably be found in the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, Virginia.  So it seems that he may have had a slightly checkered past.
Henry Ward was the only son to have children.  The only name that I know for certain is William Tazewell Ward born 1893
In the 1900 census he has quite a few people living with him, but no spouse or children.  He did not marry Sarah or Susan Henrietta Adams until just before his death.  In the 1910 census he now has a wife listed living with him and a son William Tazewell Ward.
In the 1900 census, the people living with him were designated hired.  I suppose hired hands.  It was John H. C. Adams age 17, Susan E. Adams 16, Seth M. Adams 12 and Baby Adams 9 and William 8.
Tips for the Genealogist:
If you are in and you are looking in the census records, don’t just look for your person.  It is amazing what information you can glean from looking at everyone that is living in that district.  For instance, in the 1910 census, I found where a John H. Ward 27 and Robert Ward age 19 were living just a little ways from Henry Ward.  They were probably his sons and they had a batchelor pad of their own near their mother and father.
If you are careful, you can trace family back to at least 1860.  Also, the census between 1860 and the present provides so much information about a family.  Where he/she was born, age, race, job, literacy, wife, children.  If they are property owners or for instance, a blacksmith, teacher.   In some of the census reports before 1860, there is a detailed list of what kind of crops they grow.
So if you have a little extra money, log on to
Website References

53rd regiment Company G
53rd regiment Company H
List of Virginia companies and the counties and their companies
Regimental history links
This has stories from veterans of the civil war. 
Ordinance and Officers of the Danville Artillery
civil ward and sailors’s system
National Parks Civil War Site
53rd Virginia Infantry Site

Some References:
Extra Comments:
Book:  Richmond, William and Timothy Terrell  Compiled by Celeste Jane Terrell Barnhill
The Mitchell Co.  Greenfield, Indiana
page 185
Children of Elizabeth and William Ward
"Henry Chiles Ward, born December 16, 1838, he killed William Tardy in a dispute, never married.

United States Federal Census  (all in Pittsylvania County)
1850 census Henry Ward as a young boy living with his mother Elizabeth Ward and his brothers Robert and William.
1860 census Henry Ward as a young man living with his mother Elizabeth Ward and his brother Robert.
1870 census Henry Ward living alone in household No. 3720 in the census.  Next neighbor is his mother Elizabeth Ward living alone in household 3721.
1880 census Henry Ward living alone in household 110.  Susan Adams living in household 111 with her son Joseph and daughter Texanna.
1890 not found.
1900 Henry Ward head of house hold with several people.  No relationship recorded except hired.
1910 Henry Ward head of household with Susie, wife and William son.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Robert A Ward son William W. Ward and Elizabeth M. Adams September 20, 2010

High Water MarkImage by Soaptree via Flickr
A narrative I found on the internet by the 53rd Mattoponi Guards. They are an reenactment group.  I will be attaching that site on my index at the end of Henry Ward story.
A few miles to the east, on July 1, The Battle of Gettysburg began.  All units were called to concentrate on that point.  Pickett’s division, still being stationed near Chambersburg, began moving according to orders.  They began their 28 mile march about 2 a.m. on the 2nd, and arrived near Gettysburg around 5p.m. They halted about three miles short of the town, near Marsh Creek, being very worn down from the forced march.  Meanwhile, close by, the second day of fighting was still raging.  Places such as Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, and Devil’s Den were becoming infamous sites of destruction and death.  After what would the final night of many men’s lives, Pickett’s division was ordered early on the 3rd to the center of the Confederate line, located on Seminary Ridge   The 53rd was posted along a tree line, part of Spangler’s Woods, somewhat protected from the rising temperature of the day.  A little over a mile from there was the Union line, located along Cemetery Ridge.
General Lee had chosen Pickett’s division, the freshest available, along with the divisions of Pettigrew and Trimble, to assault the center of the Federal line.  Those divisions, numbering between 10-12 thousand men, were to break the Union line, concentrating on the now-famous copse of trees as the target point.
Preceding the attack, Lee had Colonel Porter Alexander unleash a huge bombardment by more than 120 cannons against the Union center.  This began at 1 p.m. Union artillery responded as best as possible.  During this barrage, Colonel Aylett was wounded and taken from the field.  He would take part in the coming attack, but he would fight  another day.  Lot Colonel Rawley Martin would lead the 53rd in the coming attack.
About 2:30 p.m., Alexander observed Union artillery pulling back, falsely believing the Union batteries were being driven off.  After Pickett received Longstreet’s infamous half-hearted, wordless approval, the order was given to move forward.  Pickett’s division stepped off about 3p.m. The two brigades of Garnett to the left and Kemper to the right led the way.  Armistead’s brigade, the largest of the three, followed behind Garnett and the left of Kemper.  The 53rd was posted in the middle of the five regiments with the colors.
A terrible storm of artillery fire fell on the advancing Confederates.  Pickett’s division, while being under this heavy fire, had to perform a series of left obliques to align themselves with Pettigrew’s division.  By the time Garnett and Kemper reached the Emmitsburg Road, musket fire from the Federals also started to claim casualties.  The rail fences along the road slowed the confederate advance and also caused more organizational disintegration.  As the first line moved beyond the road, Union troops to the north and south began pouring fire on the flanks, narrowing the Confederate advance.  Garnett was soon dead and Kemper seriously injured.  Armistead’s brigade had managed to keep its formation, being the second line.  As the two brigades began to disintegrate in front of him, and his own brigade beginning to receive heavier fire, Armistead decided to push forward and attempt to go over the Federal line.  With his black hat on the end of his sword and Lt. Colonel Martin next to him, Armistead lead an inspired advance.
It was about 3:30 p.m.  The Confederates had advanced a mile in open ground, under heavy fire nearly the whole time.  With Armistead a few steps ahead, between 150-500 Confederates managed to go over the stone wall which marked the Union line, near the copse of trees.  Although the initial line of federals were routed, other units quickly poured in.  Desperate hand to hand fighting took place.  Both Armistead and Martin were wounded, the former mortally.  He fell next to one of the temporarily captured guns of Cushings Battery.  Fighting continued for a few minutes more, but union forces gained the upper hand.  The remains of the divisions of Pickett, Pettigrew and Trimble began the retreat, under fire the whole way once again.  This attack marked the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy”  The flag of the 53rd made it the farthest, being captured near Armistead.  The other regiment colors of the 9th, 14th, 57th and 38th Va, were also captured.  Pickett lost half of his 6,500 men that day, and never forgave General  Lee.  Out of 466 effectives, the 53rd had 213 killed, wounded and captured.
Robert Adams Ward was serving with the 53rd under Captain Tredway and Colonel Martin.  One of the many Pittsylvania County men that fought their way to the stone wall during that bloody hour.  It must have been between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00p.m. when he lost his life in battle.  Did he make it over the stone wall?  I do not know.  But I do know this that several newspaper articles were written during the anniversary of Gettysburg while there were still veterans to tell the tale.  And from both the Union and the Confederacy the same story was always true about the bravery of the regiment as they marched across the battlefield and into history. 
Other engagements of the 53rd during the time Robert Adams Ward served:
Yorktown Siege                April-May 1862
Williamsburg                      May 5, 1862
Seven Pines                       May 31-June 1, 1862
Kings School House         June 25, 1862
Malvern Hill                      July 1, 1862
2nd Bull Run                     August 28-30, 1862
South Mountains             September 14, 1862
Antietam September 17, 1862
Shepherdstown Ford     September 20, 1862
Fredericksburg                  December 13, 1862
Suffolk Campaign             April-May, 1863
Gettysburg                         July 1-3, 1863

Tips for the researcher:
After my article on both brothers that served in the Civil War, I will include the websites I found on the internet which were very helpful. 
If you think that you may have an ancestor that served in the civil war, there are many websites which can be very helpful.  Especially those that I am including with the Henry Ward article. 
Other avenues which are very helpful:
The library – Most libraries have a genealogy section.  This can get you started.  There are always numerous books about different battles and generals.  I have just ordered from the library a book that I found while researching.  The name of the book is Brigades of Gettysburg:  The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg by Bradley Gottfried.  Apparently this gives a detailed description of each brigade.  If you have been doing research and you know what regiment your ancestor served then you can follow your ancestor through battle. 
Graveyards – If you still live in the area of your family’s origins, then ask older family members about locations of family burial grounds.  Some of the gravestones will have the regiment or what war in which they served and birth and death dates. 
Keeping in mind your family member’s birthdates will help you resolve confusion on who is who.   If you are a beginner in family research, you are probably noticing that everyone seems to have the same name.  It was common practice before the twentieth century to have the middle name of your mother’s family and there is always a son with the father’s name.   Also, infant mortality was very high.  So  one child with a name may die and later another child will be named the same name.  Remember there are no movie stars names for children back then.   After the revolutionary war, quite a few family members will have the name of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.  They were the rock stars of their generation. 

The sons of William Walker Ward and Elizabeth Mumford Adams
Robert Adams Ward, born January 6, 1840; was killed at Gettsyburg  on July 3, 1863. 
Pvt. Robert Ward enlisted on November 1, 1861 at Deep Creek, Virginia in the 53rd Va. Infantry, Chatham Greys. 
I have a copy of a letter from the Office of Pay Master General of Virginia dated March 17th, 1865 to Mrs. Eliza M. Ward:
Yours of the 27th came to hand this morning and in reply I will state that the only evidence I have of the death of your son R. A. Ward is contained in an official final statement from his Captain W. M. Tredway Jr. commanding Company I  53rd Va. Infantry.  Some time since I wrote to Capt Tredway to send me this final statements (or accounts) of all deceased soldiers belonging to his company he did so and that is how I came by the final statement of your son. On each final statement is given the name of the claimant so that I can write to the representatives for the necessary papers to be executed by them for the settlement  of said claims.  It will be necessary for you to execute the paper I sent you on the 14th.  No other papers are needed unless it be a power of attorney which I may have neglected to send you before.  I enclose herewith a __.  The official report of the Captain shows that your son was killed in action on July 3, 1863.
Very respectfully  Your Obedient Servant  Henry Hill Paymaster General.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

William Walker Ward and Elizabeth Mumford Adams

Posted by PicasaWilliam Walker Ward was the son of John Ward and Tabitha Hubbard Walden Ward of Edgehill Plantation, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

William Walker Ward was born on July 10, 1810 probably at Edgehill. At the age of 26, he married Elizabeth Mumford Adams born November 9, 1807 daughter of Major John Lynch Adams and Martha Walden. Martha Walden was the sister of Tabitha Hubbard Walden Ward making Elizabeth (Eliza) and William first cousins and Elizabeth (Eliza) and William were second cousins by the Adams connection. William Walker Ward’s grandmother was Mildred Adams. Mildred Adams was the daughter of Penelope Lynch Adams and Robert Adams. Elizabeth Mumford Adams’ grandfather was Robert Adams. He was the son of Penelope Lynch Adams and Robert Adams. They had the same great grandfather Charles Lynch and great grandmother Sarah Clark. According to the Lynchburg Virginia newspaper they were married on November 9, 1836 by the Reverend Mr. Burns.

A few other tidbits. John Lynch the founder of Lynchburg was their great great uncle. William Walker Ward’s grandfather John Ward was married to Anne Chiles. After Ann Chiles died, John married Sarah Clark Lynch who as we already know was married to Charles Lynch who was the father of Penelope Lynch Adams. Confusing isn’t it.

There were four children born to William and Elizabeth Ward:

1. Cornelia Victoria Ward, born September 6, 1837, died December 1878; married first in February 1855, Littleton Tazewell Walden; married second George W. Dove

2. Henry Chiles Ward, born December 16, 1838; Married Susan Henrietta Adams not too long before his date of death. Died December 4, 1910.

3. Robert Adams Ward, born January 6, 1840; was killed at Gettsyburg on July 3, 1863. He never married.

4. William Ellen Walker Ward, born January 24, 1843; died December 26, 1855.

Not long after the birth of his last son William Walker Ward died. He died on January 25, 1844. I have a picture of his tombstone which states the date of his birth and death. I cannot find any information as to the cause of his death.

In the 1850 Federal Census, I found Elizabeth Ward residing in the Northern District of Pittsylvania County, Virginia along with her three sons, Henry age 11, Robert age 10 and William age 7. One of their closest neighbors was David Bobbitt and Matilda, his wife. David Bobbitt listed his occupation as overseer. It is probably and most possible that he was an overseer for the Ward family.

In the 1860 Federal Census, Eliza M. Ward is still living in the Northern District Bergers Store. Her two sons Henry C. Ward – 21 and Robert A. Ward-20 are still there with her.  Her youngest son William passed away on December 26, 1855. The value of her land is $12,000.00 and personal property is $8,000.00

In the 1870 Federal Census, Eliza M. Ward is living in the Subdivision North of Dan River on land valued at $7,000.00

It is difficult for me to say where Elizabeth Mumford Adams was living and she was not living with her mother-in-law Tabitha Hubbard Walden. The census has Tabitha either alone or with her son Addison and Addison’s son Edwin. Also Elizabeth is listed as the head of her household. I believe that she may have been living in the house that sits on the banks of Old Woman’s Creek and was an originally part of a 669 acre tract which was conveyed to John Ward, jr. a minor, from Nathan Thurman  by deed dated October 1, 1807 in Pittsylvania Deed Book 17 page 87 and 89. The tract was conveyed to Nathan Thurman in 1782 by grant. It is possible that Nathan Thurman built this old farmhouse and it is still standing today.

Marriages of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1806-1830Search for pittsylvania county virginia
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14, 2010

Map of Virginia highlighting Pittsylvania CountyImage via Wikipedia

Tabitha Hubbard Walden
Wife of John Ward of Edgehill in Pittsylvania County.
Tabitha Hubbard Walden was widowed in 1838 when a tree fell on her husband John while he was clearing land.   I have not found proof of Tabitha’s death date, but I have found sites that say she died on May 15, 1866.
As I stated in a previous blog, most of her family were buried or a plaque was placed in their memory in the Ward Family Cemetery at Brights, Virginia.  The last time I visited I did not find any marker for Tabitha Ward which I find peculiar.  I will keep looking.
According to 1840 Pittsylvania/US census Tabitha was living in Pittsylvania County, Regiment 107 with six white people and 24 slaves.
In 1850 Tabitha was still living in Pittsylvania County.  She was 60 years old.  Her son Alexander Tazewell age 21 and his son Edwin age 5 were living with her.   The next people in the census were Ferderic Landrum, an overseer, and his family and John Stone and his family.
Tabitha owned land in Campbell in 1850.  The Uninhabited Campbell County Schedule had Tabitha  owning $6000.00 of real estate, four horses, milk cows, oxen, pigs.  She was raising crops of corn, oats and Tobacco.
In 1860 Tabitha was still living and still the head of the household according to the U.S. Census. At this time no one was living with her and she was seventy years old.  She is listed in the North District Pittsylvania County,Post Office Bergers Store.  Her Pittsylvania County real estate was worth 25,000.00 and personal estate of 15,000.00.  Some of her neighbors were David Bobbitt and family, Richard Smith, Blacksmith and Henry A. Woodford and family. 
The 1870 census no longer has her listed.  So even though I do not have formal proof of her death, I must conclude that she died between 1860 and 1870.  I cannot believe that she was living all alone at the time of her death, but these were difficult times. 

Edge Hill Plantation no longer exists.  I do not know about the exact location of Edgehill, but it must have been close to the family graveyard.  I know that the Walden family home was covered by the waters of Leesville lake when Leesville Dam was built in the 1960s.  So Edgehill could have suffered the same fate.

We will now move on to William Ward and his wife Elizabeth Mumford Adams.  She was a large land owner in her own part and her family were revolutionary patriots as were other family members.   

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

John Ward son of William Ward and Mildred Adams Ward
Born: November 3, 1775
Death: August 9, 1838 According to Virginia Vital records (killed by a tree)
Married Tabitha Hubbard Walden on November 18, 1805. Married by Reverend Griffith Dickinson in Pittsylvania County.
Their home on the Stauntion River was called Edgehill.
Children of John Ward and Tabitha Walden
Mildred Adams Ward, born September 21, 1806; married on June 17, 1825, to Augustine Leftwich. She died May 21, 1989.
Henry Chiles Ward, born January 3, 1808, married March 17, 1831 to Sallie W. Cabell; died February 20, 1836
William Walker Ward, born July 10, 1810, married November 9, 1836 to his cousin Elizabeth Munford Adams; died July 25, 1844.
Charles W. Ward, born February 29, 1812, married October 6, 1835 to his cousin, Martha Ann Dillard. He fought in the Mexican War. Charles never returned home and made his home in Texas.
John Ward, Jr. born March 28, 1814; was a tobacconist in Louisville, Ky, where he died unmarried.
Robert Adams Ward, born March 1, 1816; died February 16, 1834.
George Edward Ward, born March 16, 1818, died February 16, 1834.
Dr. David Chiles Ward, born March 16, 1820; died June 2, 1906, unmarried
Addison Whitfield Ward, born September 16, 1822; married December 24, 1841, to his cousin, Wilmuth Walden Adams; married second Mary Anthony; married third Fanny Steptoe Terry.
Sally Wilmouth Ward, born September 4, 1824; married on September 17, 1844, to Samuel C. Tardy, and moved to Richmond, Va; died August, 1896
Lucy Elizabeth Ward, born January 5, 1827; married October 6, 1846, to James Mortimer Spindle; died September 4, 1847.
Alexander Tazwell Ward, born April 18, 1827; married October 2, 1851, to Ann Elizabeth Lee; died near Leesville, Va May 18, 1897.

Marriages of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767 to 1805 Page 93 compiled and published by Catherine Lindsay Knor.
Virginia Vital Records Page 534 from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biograhphy, William and Mary Quarterly,Tylers Quarterly indexed by Judith McGhan
Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches by R. H. Early
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September 7, 2010

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William Ward
Son of John Ward and Anne Chiles.  Born on or around 1745 in Virginia.  Possibly Albemarle County. Married Mildred Adams daughter of Robert Adams and Penelope Lynch Adams.  Was living in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in 1808
Children were:
 Robert Adams Ward  born around 1773 m. Elizabeth “Betsy” Terrell daughter of Captain Charles Lynch and Sally Lynch Terrell.    Moved to North Carolina
John Ward born November 5, 1775 m. Tabitha Hubbard Walden on November 20, 1805 daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Hubbard Walden and granddaughter of Richard and Candance Hubbard Walden. She was bron on December 24, 1780.  Died May 15, 1866.  John Ward died August 2, 1858.
Sally Ward m. Samuel Smith of the pocket on May 21, 1792.  Samuel was the son of John and Elizabeth Hopkins Smith.  Samuel died at “Clifton” Bedford County, Virginia on February 19, 1845.
Mildred Ward  b. August 20, 1789 m. Dr. Lynch Dillard, son of Benjamin and Ann Ward Dillard.  She died on Jamuary 5, 1824.  Dr. Lynch Dillard’s mother was Ann Ward.  She was Mildred Ward’s aunt.  Ann and William Ward were brother and sister.
Below is where I found reference to William Ward:
1.Nominated Lieutenant  for the Pittsylvania County Militia 1775.  The Virginia Magazine of  History and Biography  Volume XIX  page 307.Also references From copy in deed book 4.  Contributed by Mrs. N.E. Clement, Chatham, Va. Military records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia  1767-1783  Taken from judgment Books 1,2, and and Deed Book 4.  Page 4
2. June 15, 1789  Pittsylvania County, Virginia    At a court Held for Pittsylvania County.  The 15th day of June, 1789, Beverley Shelton, Gent., is recommended as a fit person to execute the office of a Captain in the militia in the County aforesaid, in the room of Gabriel Shelton, who has resigned; Vincent Shelton, Lieutenant, and Charles Linns, Ensign, William Ward as Captain, Henry Ward, Ensign, Samuel Calland, Lieutenant in Captain Lodowick Tuggles’ Company.    Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts  Volume IV page 646.
3. Son of John Ward and Ann Chiles Ward.  Married Mildred Adams daughter of Robert Adams and Penelope Lynch Adams.  From Tithables of Pittsylvania County, 1767, Contributed by Mrs. N.E. Clement, Chatham, Va.  Page 304;   The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol XXIV  page 180.
4. Ordered that justices of peace should administer the oaths of allegiance to the several companies of militia and others in Pittsylvania County.  William Ward appointed .  Military Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767-1783.  Taken from judgment books 1,2 and Deed Book 4.  Page 5
5. 1777 Oaths of Allegiance of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Listed as taking oath and was a list taker.  The Magazine of Va Genealogy, V 23 transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito.
6.  On November 16, 1779, William Ward, Gent., was appointed to furnish Mrs. Atkins with such necessaries as she might be in immediate want of (page 281).  William Ward , Gent., was allowed 55pounds 14 pence for provisions founds for Mrs. Atkinson (page 322).  September 18, 1781,William Ward, Gent., was appointed Captain of the Militia in the room of Joshua Abston, who had resigned (page 381) February 19, 1782 William Ward, Gent., is appointed to take a list of the enumerated articles liable to tax agreeable to an Act of Assembly in his own company of Militia (page 393). July 16, 1782, William Ward, Gent., produced a commission and took the oath as Captain of County Militia (page 410). Military Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767-1783.  Taken from judgment books 1,2 and Deed Book 4.  Page 5, 13, 16, 21,22, 23
7. Executor of Robert Adams estate.  1794  served papers on William Ward for debts due to the Commonwealth due from Robert Adams Campell County Sheriff.  Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts  Volume VII  page 147
8.  Commissioners of the Peace for Pittsylvania County  June 15, 1795.  William Ward.  Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts  Volume VIII  page 278.
9.  Sheriff of Pittsylvania County during the Trial of Watt, a slave, the property of Isaac Coles, of Halifax County, for murder.  August 30, 1792.   Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts  Volume VI  page 47.
10. William Ward.  Officer, County Militia; Committee of Safety; Patriot.  From page 163 An Intimate History of The American Revolution in Pittsylvania County, Virginia by Frances Hallam Hurt.
11.   November 6, 1788 William Ward was named as a trustee along with others in Pittsylvania County to establish a town called Cooksburg on land owned by Harmon Cook.  The town never materialized.  Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia by William Waller Hening  Volume XII page  659.
12.  Early Sheriffs of Pittsylvania County.  William Ward Sheriff 1792.  The History of Pittsylvania County,Virginia by Maude Carter Clement  page 286.

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