Ancestral Family Topic 3536

 3536   Richard Ward I (-1682)
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Richard Ward I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Richard Ward I might describe his life as follows.

Because I named a son Seth, I very likely descend from Seth Ward of Abbington, Cambridgeshire, whose 1598 will names grandsons, John and Seth Ward. Although another Seth Ward was in the Colony earlier, I may not have been his son.
On 29 March 1665 the governor granted me 1,337 acres on the south side of the James.  “Sheffield,” as I called my plantation, spanned present-day Interstate 95, just south of Richmond at Drewrys Bluff.
I was a county magistrate in 1657 and 1666.  Other than that I can tell you nothing about me before that time, not even the name of my wife, because most records of Henrico County before 1677 are missing.
My family was very well off—we all had four-poster beds with curtains. Our house was well-furnished with several leather chairs, and the kitchen had all kinds of iron and pewter cooking utensils and nearly 40 silver spoons. Yards of a half-dozen different fabrics were available to make clothing and, of course, we owned a Bible.
I was dying when I prepared an extensive will 18 April 1682 leaving careful instructions for providing for my four children who were then living: Seth, Richard, Edward, and Elizabeth Ward.  For example, I directed Seth to build Edward a 600-square foot home with 2 chimneys.
I was dead by 1 August 1682 when they proved my will in open court.

Richard’s will
Richard’s will described many of his personal possessions.

Will of Richard Ward
18 April 1682
Richard Ward of parish and County of Henrico, to son Richard Ward 300 acres in 2 parcells, one lying & being upon Mr. Abell Gower, and other lying & being on Mr. John Knowles: to youngest son, Edward Ward, 250 acres; to daughter Elizabeth Ward 150 acres; to eldest son Seth Ward plantation I now live on and all the lands that shall be left in what I expressed in my will above said.
To eldest son, Seth Ward, one bed, bedstead, with curtains and vallainces, 2 flock beds with covering, one large table, and forme, one old chest, one pr doggirons, 7 pewter dishes, one gallon flagon, 6 plates and leather chair, one jointe stoole, one chest, pr pott racks, one copper kettle, one brass kettle, one smoothing iron, a spit and frying pan, one couch, pr pot hooks, one powdering tub, 3 napkins, 3 pr sheets, 8 head cattle, one great iron pestle, one well bucket & chain, one ladle, one copper pot, 9 silver spoons, one seal gold ring, one silver bowl, and salt cellars, one silver dram cup.
To second son Richard Ward 2 feather beds, one with curtains and vallaines and bedstead, the with covering thereto belonging, one iron bound case, one leather chair, one round table, 2 potts and one pr pot hooks, one pr pot racks, 6 plates, 7 pewter dishes, one cullender, 2 chests, one pr andirons, one spit, one frying pan, one great iron pot, one smoothing iron, one Bible, one couch, 3 diapr napkins, 3 pr sheets, 8 head cattle, one iron pestle, one gridiron, 9 silver spoons, 2 silver cups, one silver seale.
To youngest son Edward, one bed & bedstead, with curtains and vallaines, and all necessarys thereto, 2 great chests, one stoole, one leather chair, one table, 6 new pewter dishes, one iron pott, of 4 gall., one little iron kettle, one iron bound case, one warming pan, 6 plates, one little iron pot, one looking glass, one pr pot racks, 3 diapr napkins, 3 pr sheets, 7 head cattle, 3 of them to be cows, one iron pestle and morter, one pr of fire tongs, 9 silver spoons, one silver cup and one silver tobacco stopper.
To daughter Elizabeth Ward, 2 feather beds and one with curtains & vallaines, & bedstead, the other with covering belonging thereto, one new ticking, one great chest, 6 plates, 8 pewter dishes, 2 chests, one box iron & heaters, one wooden chair, one joint stool, one great iron kettle, one pr pot racks, one skillet, one small iron pot & pot hooks, one chafing dish, 3 diapr napkins & table cloth, 3 pr sheets, one saddle & bridle & one saddle cloth, 7 head cattle, three of them cows, one Bible, one driping pan, one pewter candlestick, one silver cup, one silver tankard, and 9 silver spoons.
One half ensuing crop by my 3 hands, Simon Lygon, Ross & Jack, either of Indian Corne or tobacco, one half to daughter Elizabeth and (son) Richard to be equally divided to buy each a servant, and Natt and Button, 2 of my horses and the other half to my son Seith.
To son Seith Ward, Jack my Indian Boy, and the keeping of my youngest son Edward Ward until he is 19 years of age and to have benefit of his labor at his dispposing, and likewise benefit of Rosse, the Indian’s labor the term and time abovesaid & then son Edward to take him into his custody; in case sons Seith & Edward cannot agree till term abovesaid then Edward to choose his own guardian.
Son Seith to build Edward a dwelling house 20 ft wide & 30 feet long, with 2 outside chimneys on the land given in my will.
Son Richard full produce of 1000 lbs. of 3758 lbs. tobacco shipped for England by Capt John Rude’s, Commander of the Hopewell, of London as pr bill of lading; & 1000 to daughter Elizabeth Ward & 757 lbs. to son Edward.
Of two years remaining time of servant Lygon, the first year to son Seith, the last year equally divided between my son Richard and my daughter Elizabeth.
Should tobacco shipped home as above said bring my sons in debt then they each to bear equal share according to proportion.
Horses & mares to sons Seith and Richard and daughter Elizabeth (a horse mentioned running at the World’s end).
Remaining cattle to be equally divided among my four children, Seith, Richard, Edward & Elizabeth, stocks of hogs divided among said 4 children, “and for the linnen and woollen and shoes & stockings to be equally divided, viz.: 32 ells of Dowlas, 9 ells of Lockram, 30 ells of fine canviss, 8½ ells of course canviss, 27 yds blew linnen, 7½ yds broadcloth, 3 yds cotton, 3 pr worsted stockings, 1 pr. of yarns, 7 pr. french falls, one new hatt.”
Yokes, chaines, saws, wedges, carpenters tools to remain amongst children for each of their proper uses & all other tools belonging to the house.

A valance was a short ornamental curtain around the 4 posts of a bed. Ells was a measure of fabric—the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, now about 45 inches.
A flagon was a vessel with a long handle and spout for holding wine. Ticking probably meant a lightweight mattress or its covering of cotton or linen and diaper napkins were decorative cotton or linen napkins with small diamond shaped patterns.
Some think Simon Lygon who was brought to Virginia by Seth Ward,  may have been a brother of Thomas Ligon.

Henrico County charged Mr. Richard Ward Sr. on 5 tithables in 1679. 

Who was Richard Ward’s father?
Seth, John, and Richard Ward all lived contemporaneously in Varina Parish, Henrico County. We have been unable to figure out which is Richard’s father.
On 30 May 1634 the governor issued to Seth Ward a patent for a 21-year lease on 60 acres.  The following certificate reveals the official justification and suggests that Seth was born in Virginia.

Henrico County Court
By order of Court 11 Feby. 1632 that all such planters or persons whatsoever who shall have no land due unto them by adventure or otherwise should have certain quantity granted unto them by lease for 21 years, therefore under this provision, to Seath Ward, of Varina, in the upper parts, planter, three score acres of land in the upper parts in corporation of Henrico; adjoining Daniel Sherley, Powhatan’s Tree, Three mile swamp.

Seth received 350 acres for the importation of 7 individuals into the colony 22 Nov. 1643,  and sold 200 acres near Swift Creek to William Worsham and 100 acres to Morgan Pierce. 
Seth died between 1668 when his name last appeared on the Land Office records,  and 1677 when Henrico County records are available. The name, Seth, was unusual in the 18th Century as a list of the 50 most popular boys’ names in 1700 excludes it.
Another early Ward immigrant was John Ward, an ancient planter who was thus in Virginia by 1616.  Like Seth, John too received a 21-year lease in Varina near the land of Thomas Packer or Parker 20 March 1633/4—only two months before Seth. 
After John Ward’s wife, Grace, also an immigrant, died, John married Elizabeth Boates, the widow of George Boates.
When William Hatcher secured a patent for land in Henrico County on 1 June 1636 they described the property as “neare land of Elizabeth Ward, Widdowe.”  Elizabeth remained a widow only briefly because when James Place patented land the same day she was Mrs. James Place. 
Seth Ward’s patent of 1643 included 50 acres purchased from John Baker and a Richard Ward patent of 1637 adjoined John Baker.  The proximity of John and Seth Ward in Varina within two months suggests they could be brothers. Indeed the will in Abbington, Cambridgeshire, made by one Seth Ward in 1598 gives “unto John Ward the sonne of my saide sonne John Ward tenn poundes of lawfull English monie to be paid unto him at the age of one and twentie yeares; Also I give unto Seth Ward, his brother, the somme of tenn pounds of like lawfull English monie to be paide unto him at the age of one and twentie years.” 
On 14 July 1637 Richard Ward was granted 100 acres in Varina Parish, Henrico County, including 50 acres “for his own personale adventure”—a benefit typically available only for immigrants,  and perhaps he is the father of Richard Ward.

Descendants of Richard Ward I
Information about the children of Richard Ward I, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Richard Ward II (c.1659-1724),  
Martha Branch,   
Elizabeth Blackman,   Mary (—) Jones,  Robert Jones,   
Elizabeth Salisbury,  John Salisbury,  Morgan Williams,  
Thomas Jefferson,   John Stewart,   Robert Thompson Jr.,  
Christopher Branch,   Thomas Branch,   James Branch,   
Edward Deely,  
Richard Ward III,  Richard Ward,   Thomas Branch,   
John Ward,  
Benjamin Ward,   Hannah (—) Ward,  
Richard Ward,  Anna Ford,  
George Vaughan,   Benjamin Vaughan,   Samuel Vaughan,   Robert Easley Beasley,  
Richard Ward,   
Alberry Blackman Ward,  John Robertson,   
Frances (—) Ward,  
Wylie Ward,  Martha W. Jones,  
Henry C. Ward,  
Martha A. Ward,  
Elizabeth B. Ward,  
Susanna B. Ward,  Burnell Weatherford,  
Leonard Ward,  
Nancy Ward,  
John Ward,  Theodosia Anderson,   James Jennings,   Henry Jennings,   Daniel Beasley,  
William Beasley Ward,  
Robert Ward,  
Martha Branch Ward,  
Elizabeth Ward,  Gilbert Elam,   
Mary Ward,  Peter Hudson,  
Polly Ward Hudson,  Ann Hudson,  Richard Ward,   
Richard Ward Hudson,  
Daniel Hudson,  
Benjamin Hudson,  
Rebecca Hudson,  George Snellings,  
Hannah Snellings,  
Mary Hudson,  
Blackman Ward,  
Amos Hatcher,   Obadiah Hatcher,   Thomas Clayton,  James Ferguson,  Christopher Branch,   Branch Tanner,   Benjamin Chaulkley,  
Obadiah Cheatham,   Blanks Moody,   Thomas Clayton,  David Chalkley,  
 Capt. Seth Ward I (c.1661-c.1707),  
 Edward Ward (c.1665-),  
Gilbert Elam,   Gilbert Elam,   Mary Hatcher,   
Enoch Ward,  Edward Ward,  
Sarah Ward,  Henry Farmer,  
Elam Farmer,  Lucy Nunnally,  John Nunnally,  Peter Forkran,  Jeffrey Robertson,   
Phoebe Cheatham,   
Elam Farmer,  
Polly Harding,  
Anna Farmer,  
George Farmer,  
Mary Farmer,  Blankenship,  
William Blankenship,  
George Blankenship,  
Tabitha Farmer,  Thomas Bowles,  
Pagy Bowles,  Pleasant Bowles,  
Darcus Bowles,  
Martha Farmer,  Lewis,  
Lodowick Farmer,  Frances Brooks,  
Henry Farmer,  Hezekiah Farmer,   Haley Farmer,  Phoebe Sims,  
Ann Farmer,  Claiborne Condrey,  
Benjamin Farmer,  Susanna Goode,   
Mary Farmer,  Russell,  
Judith Farmer,  Russell,  
Rhoda Farmer,  James Bowles,  Thomas Bowles,  
John Gates,  William Gates,  
Lurainey Bowles,  
Seth Bowles,  
Jemima Bowles,  
Sally Farmer,  
Phoebe Farmer,  
Hezekiah Farmer,  Elizabeth Cheatham,   
Elam Farmer,  Mary Stratton,   
Phoebe Farmer,  Edward Moore,  
Benjamin Farmer,  
Polly Farmer,  Powell Williams,  
Elizabeth Farmer,  Richard Bass,  
Hipaga Bass,  
Phoebe Bass,  
Phoebe Farmer,  Elias Brooks,  
Peggy Farmer,  Page Farmer,  Richard C. Hudson,   
Seth Farmer,  Sarah —,  Thomas Robertson,   Richard Moore,  
John Labarreaire,  Thomas Sadler Jr.,  
William Farmer,  
Forrest Farmer,  Ruth Sudbury,   
Littleberry Farmer,  Peggy Thaxton,  
Martha Farmer,  Charles Silby,  
Elizabeth Farmer,  Thomas Wilkerson,  
Lodowick Farmer,  Sarah Cheatham,   
Joel Farmer,  
Ann Farmer,  
Henry Farmer,  Morris Roberts,   
William Basham,  
Catherine (—) Farmer,  Martha Elson,  Mary Elson,  Mary Ann Elson,  
 Elizabeth Ward,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
John Ward - Revolutionary War Elam Farmer - War of 1812
Benjamin Farmer - War of 1812 Richard Bass - War of 1812
Elias Brooks - War of 1812 Richard C. Hudson - War of 1812

Selected sources
Bell, Landon C. “Farmer.” Cumberland Parish Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1746-1816, Vestry Book, 1746-1816. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1994:207-212. • The family of Sarah Cheatham and Lodowick Farmer.

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