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early 1800's NC --2 Aug 1848

I am trying to find info on BENAJAH WARD, birthdate and place unknown. He mar 5 June 5, 1836 to PHEREBE (Feribee ???). who died 7 Nov 1841. Benajah then mar 20 Feb 1842 SUSAN ("Milly") THORNTON (b 13 Sep 1818, probably in Newton Grove, NC - 23 Oct 1906 in Fayetteville, NC). She is buried in Cross Creek Cemetery. Benajah owned a farm and was also a shoemaker. He died on August 2, 1848 and may have been buried, with Feribee, in a family cemetery on their farm. His son, Thomas was Methodist but we don't know anything about Benajah's religious affiliation. Children of Feribee and Benajah were: NANCY G. (17 May 1837), MARY ("Polly") (23 July 1839) and SARAH E. (24 Aug 1841). Ch of Milly Thornton and Benajah: PHEREBY (9 May 1843), SUSANNA BRYAN (14 Feb 1845) and THOMAS (9 Mar 1847, mar 13 Jan 1876, SARAH AUGUSTA CREECH (Creach) of Newton Grove, NC (d 12 Feb 1925 in Fayetteville, NC). Thomas inherited the farm near Newton Grove but apparently sold it. He moved to Fayetteville where he started a foundry, Ward's Plow Works, which operated from about 1870 or so until the 1940's. We're totally stuck on Benajah. He was sometimes called Benjamin by mistake and I'm afraid may be lost in the rush as a result. Any info would be most appreciated. We'd really like to know who Feribee was, too and if that was how she spelled her name or if it was actually like Phereby. [Editor's note: don't get bogged down in spelling. Phereby can be spelled many different ways (Phereba, Pheerbe, Pherebe, Pheriba, Pheriby, Fairbe, Fairbee, Fairba, Fairby and on and on; ditto for our family name--all are "correct").
Margaret Overton
6511 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

early 1900's Corsicana, Tx.

My name is KIM ROGER WARD (15 Dec 1950, Ft. Worth, TX.). My father was HERMAN FRANKLIN WARD (Feb 1927 in Mejia, TX, son of FRANK EDWARD WARD (early 1900's, Corsicana, Tx.). This is just about all I know about my roots. Herman F. was in the US Army during WWII and the Korean War. Frank E. was a career railroad man for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Since this is the very beginning of my family research, I am interested in all info I can find on my family.
Kim Roger Ward

1880 Turner Co., Ga.

I am interested in joining the club. I am looking for info on IDA BELL WARD (7 Mar 1880, I believe in Ashburn, Turner Co., Ga.) mar on 8 Aug 1901 I believe in Ashburn, Ga. John E. Dupree, (b 31 Jan 1880); their only surviving child was CLIDIE IRINE DUPREE (23 Jan 1912). Any info would be appreciated.
Beverly Roonan
2 Oxford Lane
Eatontown, NJ 07724

NC to Horry Co., SC

I am looking for ISAAC WARD, who was b in NC, possibly Columbus Co. but one source lists SC. Info passed down in the family says he might be the son of a JAMES WARD, however a good possibility might be ROBERT WARD. A NATHANIEL WARD and JOSHUA WARD pops up also. Isaac is listed on the 1880 census of the Dogbluff section of Horry Co., SC, as age 70, meaning he was born ca 1810. He was mar (1) to EMILY (possibly JORDAN), with a dau FRANCES EMALINE WARD (ca 1841) and (2) CHARLOTTE COOK. They had 4 ch b between 1875 and 1883. The 1900 census listed his wife CHARLOTTE age 53 born SC, their ch: WILLIAM J. (22), ROSA E. (25), CHARLOTTE (19), HARMON WILLIAM (17), (my grandfather) and LENA VIOLA WARD (4), all born SC (Conway and Dillon). Isaac died in Horry Co. between 1891-1901. I had an uncle named ROBERT ISAAC WARD named in part at least for his grandfather. Any help or thoughts on this family would be appreciated. Also, interested in "DAPE" WARD in Conway about 1943 era. He possibly had a son JESSE with a Myrtle Beach area Police department. Thanks,
Harry Ward

1720 Va.

I am wondering how my line of Wards is connected. I am descended from (Major) JOHN WARD (b 1720 Campbell Co. Va.); mar ANNE CHILES (b 1723). John was a major of the Virginia Colonial Militia. They had a son, JEREMIAH (b 1752 Rutledge, Grainger, Tn.). His wife is unknown. Their ch: NANCY (b 1778 -- 1855, mar WILLIAM DYER (1774, Va.).
Jenny Habel
Singapore (Asia)


Looking for info on ancestors of PERRY F. WARD (b 7 Jul 1884 in Linden, TN -- 29 Dec 1935 bur in Poplar Bluff, MO.); mar DONIE MYERS (b 25 Jul 1889, Blodgett, MO. 25 July 1889 -- 25 Nov 1933, bur Poplar Bluff, MO.) They had several children included (my father) JOHN WARD (b 9 Aug 1918 in Matthews, MO.-- Jan 1997, Sikeston, MO.); FRANK and LOLA MAE.
John Ward

ca 1683 Va.

Searching for info on RICHARD WARD (ca 1683 at Henrico Co., VA), son of Captain SETH WARD (1661-1707) & his wife, ANN HATCHER (1664-1634). By his first wife, Richard had a son with his 1st wife, BENJAMIN (ca 1720 probably in Lunenburg Co., Va. -- ca 1767 in Pittsylvania Co., Va.). Richard had a dau, TAHPENES WARD (c1730-1794) who mar PHILIP WEBBER & lived out their lives in Cumberland Co., Va. probably on the land her father Richard gave to her. In 1759 Richard made a will & named his son Benjamin, daughter Tahpenes, wife Mary who was pregnant. Richard died around Feb 1762 at Lunenburg Co. No name has been found for the unborn child. Benjamin Ward may have married twice, first may have been "MISSY" who died ca1745 & by Missy may have had son, DANIEL WARD (ca 1745-1826 of Franklin Co., Va.). Benjamin may have had other children by his 2nd wife: BENJAMIN WARD (d 1820 in Ashe Co., NC, mar SELAH DUKE); Dr. William WARD (c1756-1833) of Rutherford Co., TN; JAMES WARD (ca 1758 & had ch: WILLIAM, THOMPSON, ELIZABETH and MARY); JOSHUA WARD (c1760-1849, mar RHODA STIFF & had ch: MARY, WILLIAM & FANNY); MARY OBEDIANCE WARD (who mar ??? Kennedy/Canada/Cannaday & in 1849 was in Hart Co., KY); and MICHAREL WARD (ca 1766 -- died bef 1833 & had a son JOSHUA WARD). Benjamin Ward and wife Selah had 10 ch: DUKE, DANIEL, WILLIAM AVERY (died w/o issue or wife), ELIZABETH SUSAN (mar ??? WEBB), SELAH ("Celia"); McCALEB ("Kelly"), NICHODEMUS, JESSE and JAMES. Seeking any info that will prove the live of Captain Seth Ward to Richard Ward to Benjamin Ward of Pittsylvania, VA to Benjamin Ward of Ashe Co., NC & Daniel Ward of Franklin Co., VA. Please note that Tahpenes Ward's grandson, Seth Ward Webber, settled in Rutherford Co., TN while Dr. William Ward was still living there.
Brenda Reed
6276 Acacia Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

ca 1895 Australia

I am looking for info on CLARENCE E. WARD-WATSON from Australia. I am not sure his date of birth but was abt 1895. He mar JANET SUTHERLAND FORBES (28 Feb 1905) in/from Scotland. I would be eternally grateful if someone can assist me.
Susan R. Hulley
P.O. Box 68
Southbroom 4277 Natal, South Coast
South Africa

Oh., IL.

Seeking links to SQUIRE ROBERT WARD who came from Oh. to IL. in the l830s. Want to find his parents and other ancestors. His daughter married my great great grandfather.
Dr. Frederick H. Richard
316 Lonewood Dr.
Kingsport,TN 37663

1824 NC -- to AL. and Westville, FL.

Searching for info on my ggg grandmother, ABIGAIL WARD (b 1824 in NC) and her husband, WILLIAM COOEY (b 1805). They had 3 ch: SARAH ELIZABETH (1842 in FL.); AMANDA (1843 in AL.); and WILLIAM JEFFERSON COOEY (b Fl.). William went to "somewhere" in Alabama to work with his wife's Ward family, "loading or unloading wood" [EDITOR's note: this was more likely in the logging industry which became very active in South Alabama, Panhandle Florida and adjoining Southwest Georgia in the late 1800's and early 1900's]. He left Abigail in Westville, Holmes Co., FL. with the children. He caught yellow fever and Abigail went to Alabama to take care of him. She too, caught the fever and both died. The children were raised by some of Abigail's Ward family in Westville. The oldest child Sarah Elizabeth grew up and married her cousin IRA JACKSON ("Jack") WARD. The youngest child, William, is my gg grandfather. We do not know what became of Amanda. They may have been related to the JONES family in Westville but I am not sure. Any reply or information would be most appreciated.
Despina Lalas

ca 1900 Tx.

My name is Kim Roger Ward. I am 50 years old and beginning to research my Ward Heritage. My dad, HERMAN WARD (1927, Mejia, Tx.) is a son of FRANK and CARMEN WARD. The other Wards are now residing in Fort Worth, Tx amongst other places. My grandfather Frank's, mother lived in Corsicana, Texas at the time of her birth. I believe her maiden name was HOOK but I am not sure. I would appreciate any assistance and would love to help keep the Ward Family site growing and progressing.
Kim Roger Ward

1816-1864 Oh. ?

Searching for info on parents of my gg great grandfather, WILLIAM H. WARD (16 Sep 1816 - Sep 1864). Various sources say he was born in Pennsylvania, Virginia, or Ohio but none are conclusive. He reportedly had a brother named PHILIP WARD. William worked as a miller, a carpenter and a ship's carpenter. He mar MARGARET CRAWFORD (d 1866 in IL.) in Columbiana Co., Oh., 30 Mar 1837. They had 11 ch: MARTHA, JOHN, B. F. (Frank?), BEL; MINA, ELIZABETH, DANIEL CRAWFORD, ROSA, MARGARET, PHILIP, ARSULA and WILLIAM WARD. The children were born between 1838 and 1857; Martha and William died as children. The family lived in Ohio at John's birth in 1838 and was in Gallia Co., Oh. at Daniel Crawford Ward's birth in 1846. I have not found definite info on William or his parents prior to his marriage in 1837. Any leads would be appreciated. I would be happy to provide information on the descendants of John Ward, William's son.

1749 - 1831 South Carolina

A snapshot was recently found in some papers of my grandmother Ward. It shows a red limestone-type tombstone. Its inscription reads "R. WARD Born 1749 Dec'd 1831" The cemetery appears to have barren, reddish soil with a few scrubby weeds. My grandmother has labeled the picture: "taken in (illegible), South Carolina, 1983." I have no idea if my grandmother took the photo with a definite family connection in mind, or if she was just intrigued by an old tombstone bearing our family name. I suppose it is possible that this R. Ward is a parent or grandparent of my ggg grandfather, WILLIAM H. WARD (1816-1864) but I am at a loss as to how to establish a connection. I have no other info that would place my branch of the Ward family in the South but neither could I disprove a link in that time period. Does this fit into anyone else's information?
Deborah Ward Smith

1882 (Union, SC)

Recently became curious about my ancestors. Only know about my grandfather, TOLIVER P. WARD Sr. (b 12 Oct 1882); lived in Union Co., SC; mar NANNIE RIGGS. They had 4 ch: PAUL, TOLIVER P. Jr.; HAZEL and DOT. I have no clue from whence we came prior to that. Am canvassing remaining family members but memories are going bad. Didn't even know we had a club or webpage. Any help as to where I might look will be appreciated. Surely we didn't just appear in a cabbage patch somewhere. Any help would be appreciated.
Kathy Paula Ward Alexander
2900 Rice Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105

b. Truro, Cornwall, England

My name is Andrew John Ward. I am originally from South Wales, United Kingdom. My Grandfather's name was JOHN CHARLES ("Jack") WARD, born in Truro, Cornwall, England. He has recently passed away and I was hoping to find his ancestors.
Andrew John Ward

early 1800's Scott Co., Ky. -- to Louisville, Ky.

I am seeking info on ROBERT WARD who was born in Scott Co., Ky. and moved to Lousiville in the early l800s. He was a prominent citizen of the city. His daughter SALLY WARD DOWNS was well known in the city and in Europe. Also looking for links to SQUIRE ROBERT WARD who came to Illinois from Ohio in the 1830's; mar MARY McKINNEY.
Frederick H. Richard
316 Lonewood Dr.
Kingsport, Tn. 37663


I have Ward's in my family. They are from Massachusetts and maybe Florida or New Hampshire. My Grandmother was DOROTHY MAE WARD, dau of WILLIAM LEWIS WARD and CARRIE LOUISE WARD (Ward married Ward). William was son of WILLIAM H. WARD and his wife MARY ANN FISHER. Carrie was dau of CHARLES E. WARD and wife CARRIE M. GREEN. Charles was a son of JAMES M. WARD and his wife MARY ANN GRANT from New Hampshire. On the Latter Day Saints website, it shows a James Madison Ward married Mary Ann Grant in NH, in 1840. I have a letter written in 1898 by James M. to his grandson responding to the news of his son Charles' death. The letter from Fl. Does anything sound familiar?
Shelley F. Sharpe

Nolan Co., Tx. ?

Found this website and I'm very excited. I am a beginner at this so I need help. I am looking for info on the ALONZO ("Lon") WARD (30 Apr 1892 -- May 1975, Nolan Co., Tx.) and his parents LEWIS CALVIN WARD and wife ??? WILKINS. Lon mar MARRIE BRUMLEY (3 Aug 1893 -- Feb 1974, Nolan Co., Tx.). Would like information, if anyone has it, on Lewis Calvin Ward
Keith Ward
Snyder, Tx.

ca 1825 NC to Crenshaw Co., AL.

My husband's gg grandfather, JOHN W. WARD (ca 1825 in NC, died bef 1900 in Crenshaw Co., AL.) mar MATILDA CAROLINE POUNCEY, dau of DANIEL N. POUNCEY and NANCY CLEGHORN, on 10 Jan 1858 in Lowndes Co. AL. Their ch: MALISSA CAROLINE CELLA WILLIAM PERRY, JOHN LEANDREW, MARY FRANCES, DANIEL W. (my husband's line), CHARLES J., BENJAMIN CLAY and JAMES HUBBARD WARD. All of this info came from the family Bible now owned by my husband's aunt. I cannot find any legal documents verifying any of the info found in the Bible. I have no info on John W. Ward prior to his coming to Alabama. I am seeking any info concerning his family while they lived in NC, especially parents names, siblings and their dates of births and deaths. If anyone can help me, please contact me. Thank you.
Joyce Ward
1504 County Road 715
Enterprise, Alabama 36330


Looking for info on my grandfather, TOLIVER POSEY WARD (b 12 Oct 1882); mar NANNIE HEMBREE and had 4 ch. Settled in Whitmire, SC; Served in World War I. Not sure of birthplace and parent's names. Anyone knowing anything of the Wards who settled in the Whitmire, SC area, please let me know.
Kathy Ward Alexander
2900 Rice Road,
Matthews, NC 28105

Hull, England

I am looking for info on the family of my great grandfather, WILLIAM THOMAS WARD of Hull, England (b 1870 to 1880). He was a farmer and also severed in the Boer War and World War I. He lived in Hull, England and mar MARY WHITE. They had 4 boys: HUBERT VALENTINE, HAROLD WHITE (my grandfather) and FRANCIS WARD (b in Canada). They moved to Grangeville, New Brunswick, Canada abt 1911 and moved back to Hull when William was in the Army; then back to New Brunswick. William, his wife and his sons are all buried in the Grangeville Cemetery. I still have relatives in Hull and would like to hear from them and get info on my William's brothers and sisters.
Nancy Ward-Tingley
1530 Main ST. APT. 408
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada E1E 1G4


I'm searching for info on CURTIS PERRY WARD (b 19 Mar 1829 in Louisville, KY), with sisters SUSAN, MOLLY, and KATE and a brother who may have served in the Confederate States Army. C. P. WARD left home at an early age, appeared briefly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush and came to Hawaii in 1853. He set up a livery and dray business at Honolulu Harbor, mar a woman of chiefly Hawaiian descent, had seven daughters and built a large home in central Honolulu called "Old Plantation." Visitors to Honolulu may have heard of the "Victoria Ward Centres," a collection of five shopping destinations. Hoping to track C. P. Ward down and would appreciate any leads you may have.
Frank Ward Hustace III
P.O. Box 851
Kamuela, HI 96743


Looking for ancestors and descendants of MORRIS WARD (b19 Oct 1790), mar MARY BRAMBLE; they had 12 ch: AYERS, ABIGAIL (May 1816), ELIZABETH, MARIETTA, ELDON (or Elton), BENJAMIN, HARIETT, ISAAC, IDGAR, FRANCES, DANFORTH and an unknown child. Thank you for posting this query. It is so nice when we all try to help our many cousins.
Theresa Peters

ca 1915-1919 Columbus Ga. -- KIA in World War II

My name is Robert Semkus. In 1963 I found out that my born name is Robert Ward. I knew nothing about this until I needed my birth certificate to go into the Army. On that certificate was my dads name of HERBERT WARD of Columbus Ga. My mother still is living, but will tell me only that he died during WW II at the age of 26. I have been looking for something about him for many years. He was in the Navy at the time. My mother lived in the Chicago area. I was born in Chicago on Jun 6th 1945. I hope you can tell me something. It has been frustrating look for some hx. I only want to know something about my real dad. I am 56 and I am a registered nurse and am presently in Greenwood SC. I am a travel RN so I get around the country. My e-mail address is male_rn6@yahoo.com
Robert W. Semkus


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