J WARD 1
- Born: Abt 1790, , Cabell, West Virginia, USA
- Christened: , Virginia, USA
User ID: 78.
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Virginia County Records
Ward. Meade's Old Fam. and Churches. Robertson's Pocahontas' Descendants. Va. Hist. Mag., II. Va. Co. Records, I, II, VI. Lower Norfolk Co. Antiquary.
6 Nov 2001
Kirk, Here is what I have. I obtained this info from a distant cousin, Ruth McComas, who also has a Ward connection through this very line. I assume that she got the info from Wayne Jackson's book, "Our Ward Family" (she has a copy).
Thomas (Col.) Ward was born about 1764 in Bedford Co., VA, and died after 1832 in Mississippi. He married Mildred Walden March 01, 1791 in Pittsylvania Co., VA. She was the daughter of John (Lord) Walden. She was born in Bedford Co., VA, and died about 1832 in Cabell Co., WV.
Thomas Ward and his uncle, Jeremiah Ward, Sr. were the oldest permanent settlers in Kanawha Co., VA (now Cabell Co., WV). They came to the area shortly following the Rev. War, about 1795, according to the Ward Book. They first lived in a cave to avoid Indians in the area. They purchased many tracts of land, including parts of the original "Savage Grant," and developed salt works (mines?). At one time, Thomas Ward owned practically all the land from Salt Rock to three miles below Barboursville. He was the oldest salt maker in Cabell County.
It seems as though Thomas Ward was in possession of considerable amounts of land when he and Jeremiah Ward, Sr. came to the Guyandotte River area. This was most likely a result of his service in the Rev. War. While there (in current-day WV) he bought and sold many parcels of land in both Cabell and Wayne Counties, WV.
Thomas Ward was appointed Colonel of the Virginia Militia and carried the title "Col. Thomas Ward" until he left the state. He was appointed Sheriff of Cabell County by Virginia Governor John Tyler on February 14, 1809. He gave the bonds required along with Jeremiah Ward, Nathaniel Seales, and Manoah Bostic as sureties. Samuel Short was appointed Sheriff by Governor James Barbour on July 3, 1812, giving bonds required with Col. Thomas Ward, Elisha McComas, and John Wellman as sureties. Prior to his death, Col. Thomas Ward transferred his property to his son John Ward, Jr. and his son-in-law William McComas.
Children of Thomas Ward and Mildred Walden:
1. Mildred Ward, b. 1797, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. August 3, 1853, Mulberry Grove, Cabell Co., WV.
2. Anne "Anny" Ward, m. (1) ? Scales; m. (2) ? Morrison.
3. John F. Ward, Jr.
4. Risky Ward, m. ? Riggs.
5. Sarah "Sally" Ward, m. ? Elliott.
Like I said (and Ruth references in her notes) I believe this data comes from Wayne Jackson's book, "Our Ward Family" and I want to be sure and attribute all credit to the author. Bobby Thomas
I checked my notes and indeed have a fair amount of deed information about Jeremiah Ward in Kanawha County and a few references to Thomas Ward, John Ward and Susana Ward. However, I have no absolute confirmation about their parentage.
Thomas Ward, son of Major John Ward and Anne Chiles, appears to have had a brother named Jeremiah, and I assumed that the Kanawha Wards were brothers, not uncle and nephew.
I would certainly like to obtain a copy of this book "Our Ward Family" by Wayne Jackson. Kirk LeCompte
Here is the contact information for the "Our Ward Family" Book by
N. Wayne Jackson
10273 St. Rt. 776
Scottown, OH 45678-9072
Phone # - (740) 643-0106
Jeremiah Ward Sr removed to Kanawah/Cabell Co W VA about 1806. Just found a record ca 1815, "Jeremiah Ward, Dec'd". Contact me at BoxerB@aol.com
About Cabell County
On the 2nd day of January 1809, a bill was reported and passed. It was entitled, 'An act for dividing the county of Kanawha and the formation of a new county.' "Be it enacted by the General Assembly: That all that part of the county of Kanawha contained within the following bounds, to wit: Beginning at the corner of Mason county in Teays Valley, thence a direct line to the mouth of Spruce fork of Cole river, thence up said fork to where the line of Giles county encrosses it, thence with the said line to the Tazewell county line, and with said line to the Tug fork of Sandy, and down the same to its conflux with the Ohio river, thence up the same to the mouth of Little Guyandotte in the county of Mason, and with Mason line to the beginning - shall form one distinct county and be called and known by the name of Cabell County."
The original territory called Cabell County was much of the area south the Kanawha River and included the present - day counties of: Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan, parts of Boone and Putnam, plus a tiny triangle of Wyoming. The county was established in 1809 at the home of William Merritt at junction of Mud River and the Guyandotte River. The first county seat was in Guyandotte on the Ohio River. In 1814, it was moved to Barboursville, where it remained until the later part of 1887 when it moved to its present site at Huntington (Except for a period of some eighteen months during the Civil War when Confederate raiders made it necessary to return to the town of Guyandotte)
Hardesty identified the following as early patentees
William Walker - William Dengis - David French - John Dengis - Jesse Spurlock - William Fullerton - George Hambleman - Thomas Vaughan - Charles Brown - William Smith - George Spurlock - Reuben Booton - Jeremiah Ward - Thomas Ward - Jacob Adkins - Berry Adkins - Nathaniel Scales - John Miller - William Buffington - Robert Rutherford - Manoah Bostick - Samuel Smiley - James Holderby - Frances Cyrus - Major Dowell - Joseph Garrett - Jacob Atkinson - John Sansom - Thomas Buffington - Zachariah Elkins - William Elkins - Lewis Hanor - Joseph Workman - Jacob Stollins - Philip Ballard - William Clark - Edmund McGinnis - Daniel Dawson - Edward McGinnis.
Early county history & Edmund McGinnis family
Posted by Candie Freeman on Wed, 30 Sep 1998
Surname: MCGINNIS, DROWN, DUVALL, HUTCHINSON, HOLDERBY, AMOSS, FERGUSON, CARDWELL, BRYAN, WARD
Family Trees Out Of History's Forest
by Eunice Proctor Perkins
BY CONSULTING the records of the various land titles in the county, it will be seen that many mention corn titles, military titles and such that date back to days before the settlement as we know it, of the county. As the first cabins were built immediately after the surveys of 1772, it is very likely that some of the occupants came and went from them variously until the time that they could remain in peace. This condition makes a decision as to the first settler very indefinite indeed, not only in Cabell, but in all the counties of the Ohio valley.
In 1790-1, when Mrs. Wiley crossed the Sandy in her escape from the Indians, she was rescued by men who were erecting cabins on the north side of that river. These cabins were probably erected back of the Ohio, as the danger from Indian attacks was much less there. Without doubt, some of these woodsmen drifted in to remain permanently. It is most likely that settlers were in Wayne county, and the valleys of the Twelve Pole as early as 1792.
IN 1793 the road to the Sandy river was ordered opened, and by 1797 a military body was policing this section, officered by James Van Bibber, captain; Daniel Spurlock, lieutenant; and Hanson Catlett, ensign. To be sure, the county organization was under Kanawha county from 1789 until the formation of Cabell in 1809.
The "public buildings at the mouth of Guyandotte upper side of the reef and about the middle of the field at present occupied by William Holderby" were ordered built in that year. The spot has been marked by a granite shaft erected through the efforts of the Buford chapter DAR.
The records were all kept in the deed book and the minutes of the county court, for the first few years. The first deed is from Nancy Drown to Isom Garrett. The land is a part of the inheritance of Nancy Duvall, from her father Col. John P. Duvall. Witness, Chester Howe, Matthew Spurlock, Reuben Bootin and George Spurlock. Date of the deed, September 12 1808. Signed on the record book, Edmund Morris, clerk of the court.
THE first sheriff was Thomas Ward, appointed February 14, 1809; bondsmen Jeremiah Ward, Nathanial Scales and Manoah Bostic.
The early will were also recorded in the deed book. The first was that of Samuel Hutchinson, date of will, 1808, probated 1809, witnessed by Henry Hatcher and Michael Holland. all property to "Hannah Chedle, my beloved wife." See deed book 1, page 57.
The index of this record shows deeds as follows: Charles Alsbury from John Morris; Berry Atkins from Thomas Ward; John Amoss from Edmund McGinniss; Hezekiah Atkins from Thomas Ward; Samuel Amoss from Reuben Bootin; Martin Amoss from Jesse Spurlock; Robert Adams from James Gentry, and others.
You will see the name of Edmund McGinniss in the above. Tradition has is that the first of the name in America was Edmund, who settled in the vicinity of Philadelphia. Tradition is not always correct, but it serves as a guide in most instances...
The Herald Advertiser, Sunday Morning, October 27, 1935
Cabell County WV Death Certificate, 20 Jan 1872: "Adeline Seamands, Died 20 Jan 1872, Cabell County West Virginia, Cause Pneumonia,Age 57 Years 1 month 9 Days, Parents J and N Ward (Occupation Farmer), Born Cabell County WV, Occupation Farmer, Person supplying information John Ward."
J married Mrs Ward N. (Mrs Ward N was born about 1790 in , Cabell, West Virginia, USA and was christened in , Virginia, USA.)