Ancestral Family Topic 442

 442   Joseph Ward II (-c.1800)
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Joseph Ward II, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Joseph Ward II might describe his life as follows.

I was the eldest son of Joseph Ward whose 1741 will gave me 254 acres below Saylers Creek, which was on the tax rolls of Amelia County until Prince Edward County was created in 1754. 
My first wife was evidently a daughter of Robert Stewart in whose household I was living in 1747 and 1756. 
I married second Martha Burton in Amelia County 24 January (bond) 1748/9. 
In 1763 Henry Dawson sold me a neighboring 400 acres in Prince Edward County,  giving me about 650 upon which I was taxed in 1767,  and likewise about 640 in 1784. I was head of a household of six whites in 1785,  and by 1787 had given 300 acres each to sons Samuel and Robert B., leaving me 40.
The will of our father left Stewart 175 acres in Chesterfield County and Leonard 500 acres in Charlotte County. After Stewart died leaving no heirs, his 175 acres became mine. In 1765 I deeded this plantation to Leonard and he sold me his 500 acres in Charlotte County. Since land on the James was pricier than on the Staunton, I got £1,000 for the 175 acres and paid only £700 for the 500. 
I was still living in 1794 when the will of my brother Seth mentioned me and was dead by 1800 when my name fell from the Prince Edward County tax rolls.

When Joseph deeded Stewart’s 175 acres to Leonard in 1765, Martha relinquished her dower right.

We do not know how Joseph came to own land along the Staunton River in what was then Lunenburg County, which he sold in 1748-50: 150 acres to John Adkins for £40 and 200 acres to Richard Ward for £50. 
When Joseph Ward of Prince Edward County deeded 122 acres in Amelia County to James Reynolds for £25 in 1772, no wife relinquished her dower right. 

What became of Joseph Ward?
Joseph apparently wandered in and out of Prince Edward County. He was Joseph Ward of Henrico County when his posited daughter Mary married in 1778, and although a Prince Edward lawsuit described him as “being returned no inhabitant if this county” in Sept. 1784,  he was head of a household in Prince Edward the following year.  From 1787 to 1800 he continued to be taxed on 40 acres in Prince Edward. Yet by July 1789 he was apparently in a neighboring county since the court ordered him paid 660 pounds of tobacco “for 4 days traveling and expenses, 35 miles, 4 times.” 
As no will or estate for Joseph Ward can be located, he may have died in Dinwiddie County, portions of which are indeed 35 miles from the Prince Edward County courthouse.

Who were Joseph’s children?
Joseph’s sons were definitely Seth identified as such in the 1794 will of his uncle Seth Ward and William named in the 1781 will of his grandmother Sarah Burton. Others were very likely Samuel and Robert B., who received his land in Prince Edward County, and likely Joseph of Charlotte County who was a witness for the elder Joseph Ward in a lawsuit in Prince Edward County in 1772.  It is notable that both Seth and Joseph were in Charlotte County where we know Joseph Ward owned land.
A daughter was possibly Mary who was described as a daughter of Joseph Ward when she married in 1778, and another was possibly the Tabitha Ward who married Thomas Ligon
Except for Joseph Ward and John Ward, a son of a Richard Ward, all Wards left wills. Although we can find no connection to John Ward, other evidence points to Tabitha being a daughter of Joseph Ward and the granddaughter of Robert Stewart, in whose household Joseph lived for many years. Tabitha was born before Joseph married Martha Burton and presumably she was the reason Joseph returned to the Stewart household. Tabitha name a son Robert S. Ligon, presumably Robert Stewart Ligon, as did her son William Baxter Ligon who also witnessed the will of Joseph Ward’s son Robert B. Ward, who was a neighbor.
If we place Tabitha as the daughter of Joseph Ward, then sisters Judith Stewart married Thomas Ligon’s great-uncle Joseph Ligon and Sarah Stewart married Tabitha’s grandfather Joseph Ward. Further, Tabitha’s father Joseph Ward and Thomas Ligon’s father, William Ligon, together inventoried the estate of Edward Warwick in 1748. 

Descendants of Joseph Ward II
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Names found in this topic include the following.
 Tabitha (Ward) Ligon (c.1745-1810),  
Thomas Ligon,   
 Robert B. Ward (-1793),  
William Baxter Ligon,   Mary P. (—) Ward,  
Samuel Poe,  
Lucy Ward,  
Josiah Ward,  Temperance (Brown) Jones,  William Baxter Ligon,   
Martha Ward,  William Whitlow,  
Polly Ward,  
 Samuel Ward,  
Richard Ligon,   Susanna Ligon,   
 Seth Ward (-1797),  
Margaret (—) Ward,  
George D. Winston,  Patrick Henry,  
 William Ward (-1812),  
William Ward,  Sarah Burton,  John Burton,  
John B. Ward,  
William Thomas Ward,  
Edward W. Ward,  
 Joseph Ward III (-1806),  
Elizabeth Huntsman,  Lawrence Huntsman,  George Woodfin,  
Mrs. Jackson,  
Joseph Ward IV,  
Seth Ward,  
Stewart W. Ward,  Rebecca L. Hughes,  
John Stewart Ward,  Mary (—) Ward,  Joseph Fuqua,   
Leonard Ward,  
Michal Ward,  
Sarah Ward,  Jesse Hatton,  
 Mary (Ward) Holt,  
Jesse Holt,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
William Thomas Ward - Mexican War William Thomas Ward - Civil War

Members of congress - U.S. and Confederate
William Thomas Ward - U.S.  

Legislators - colonial and state
William Thomas Ward - Kentucky  

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