Ancestral Family Topic 884

 884   Joseph Ward I (-1743)
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Joseph Ward I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Joseph Ward I might describe his life as follows.

My wife Sarah Stewart and I farmed 174 acres on the James in Dale Parish just south of present-day Richmond where we reared six sons and three daughters.
Although the British burned my will during the Revolution, a copy recorded in 1802 describes how I divided my land among six sons.  I gave Joseph 254 acres below Saylers Creek in Amelia County that I bought from James Powell Cocke for £25 in 1737.  Until I let him have it, I had a quarter there and evidently some livestock because I had to register their earmark with the Amelia County clerk in 1739.  Stewart got my 174-acres plantation in Chesterfield County, William received 731 acres on the north side of the north fork of the Little Roanoke River that I was granted in 1739,  and I divided my 1,700-acre patent on the north side of the Staunton River in present-day Charlotte County between Seth, John, and Leonard. 
Although my will named only sons, the distribution of my estate that Sarah delivered to the court, after John Wayles sued her in 1758 to get it, reveals that we had daughters Ann and Sarah. 

Henrico County taxed Joseph Ward on 4 levies and 175 acres in 1736. 

In March 1741 the county appointed Joseph Ward the surveyor of the road from Falling Creek to Proctors Creek and he remained the surveyor until his death, when Seth Ward replaced him.  Although he was guardian of the orphans of his brother Benjamin Ward, Joseph relinquished his guardianship Dec. 1742 “being very infirm.” 
Joseph’s will dated 19 Feb. 1741/2, which left his “moveable estate,” or personal property, to his unnamed wife and children, was witnessed by Arthur Giles and Sarah’s brother and sister John Stewart and Mary Stewart and recorded in July 1743. 
In Nov. 1754 Leonard Ward and Sarah Ward, orphans of Joseph Ward, chose Sarah Ward their guardian, and the court appointed Sarah guardian of William Ward. Archibald Cary of “Ampthill” was surety. 
In 1756 Seth Ward counted “Sarah Wards Tithes” among the tithables in Chesterfield County. Her son Leonard was still living with her and 5 tithable slaves were on her plantation.  By 1762 Sarah was charged for 6 tithes including son William. 

Descendants of Joseph Ward I
Information about the children of Joseph 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.
 Joseph Ward II (-c.1800),  
 Seth Ward (-1794),  
Mary Hudson,  
Seth Ward,   George Carrington,   Paul Carrington Jr.,   
Micajah Cayce,  Charles Cayce,  Nancy Smith,  Thomas Smith,  
 Stewart Ward,  
 John Ward,  
John Belcher,  
Mary (—) Ward,  Joseph Fuqua Sr.,   
Nancy Cayce,  Phoebe Cayce,  Micajah Cayce,  
Zadock Ward,  Samuel Ward,  Ward Hudson,  
Richard Ward,  
 Leonard Ward (c.1738-1772),  
Anne Eggleston,  Richard Eggleston,  
 William Ward (-1799),  
Anne Francis,  James Francis,  
Burwell Brown,  
James Reese,  Rev. John Chappell,   
 Anne (Ward) Ligon,  
Richard Ligon,   
 Sarah (Ward) Walker,  
William Walker,  Leonard Ward,   
John Myrick,  Hinchia Gilliam,   John Simmons Jr.,   
John Gilliam,   
David Walker,  
Sarah L. Walker,  
Leonard Ward Walker,  John Phaup,  Richard Gregory,  

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