Notes for William Ward: ROWAN COUNTY HERITAGE, ROWAN CO., NC VOL 1, PUBLISHED IN 1991, page 91: "William Ward was probably born in Pennsylvania, the son of William Ward, Sr and his wife Susannah daughter of Stephen and Esther [Willis] Foulke. His family came in the late 1760's or the early 1770's to Orange Co., Nc where many of their Quaker neighbors and relatives in York and Cumberland Counties , Pennsylvania, had been migrating for two decades. His parents remained in the Cane Creek community, near present-day Snow Camo in Alamance County, but most of their children and grandchildren moved to Indiana in the early 1880's. Willilam Ward, Jr, however, remained in North Carolina, buying land in Chatham and Rowan Counties. In 1774 he married Lydia, daughter of Anthony and Sarah [Cole] Chamness, of Chatham County. Like his father, William operated a blacksmith shop as well as extensive farmlands. During the Revolutionary War, he served with the Continental troops and was injured in the campaign near Charleston, SC. In 1795, William moved his family to some of his Rowan County land and continued until his death in 1818. Both William and Lydia were buried in the family cemetery near their home in the Jackson Hill community in what later becomes Davidson County. Their oldest son, also a William Ward, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Larkin Hodgson. They removed to his father's land in that part of Rowan that becomes Iredell County. Most of William's and Lydia's children left the state: Jonathan to Kentucky, Susannah and William Kinney to Carroll Co., Ga; Naomi and John Hornaday to Indiana, where most of their parent's families had migrated: Anthony and his wife Lydia Vincent, and Stephen to parts unknown. Sarah and William Williams remained in the area, in all likelihood; their son, John, lived in Guilford County. The youngest son of William Ward, Jr, was Hiram M. Ward, born in 1801, who inherited the home plantation and remained there purchasing additional land. In 1823 he married Lydia, daughter of Ransom Cook. Hiram was a magistrate for many years in the new Davidson County that was formed from Rowan in 1822. The home place passed to to Hiram and Lydia's only son, William, who had married Rebecca Loftin, daughter of his neighbor, John Loftin. After a brief venturing toward the West in the early 1850's, along with other families of the area, William and his family returned and he assumed the responsibilities of the plantation owner. In the Civil War he served with the North Carolina 48th Regiment of the Confederate Army, and in 1864 was killed in the battle of Ream's Station in Virginia, where he is buried. The Ward home place, about three miles south of Denton, is currently owned by Hiram H. Ward, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, who is a direct descendant through Willaim and Rebecca's son, Daniel Cicero, and grandson, Oscar Leslie Ward. Sources: County records [land, tax, and estate] in Chester, York, and Cumberland Counties, Pennsylvania; in Orange, Chatham, Rowan and Davidson Counties, North Carolina; in Quaker records in Pennsylvania and North Carolina; Bible records, family knowledge, military records. -------Evelyn M. [Mrs. Hiram H.] Ward
In her father's will: To my daughter Esther Wells ten pounds to be paid out of my estate.
Orange County NC - WILLS - Stephen WARD, 3 January 1833:
I like wise give and bequeath to Stephen Ward son of William Ward fifty dollars. Likewise I give Stephen Pike son of William Pike fifty dollars. Likewise I give Stephen Elliott son of Abraham fifty dollars, Like wise I give Stephen Wells, son of Nathan Wells fifty dollars. Likewise I give Stephen Moon son of James Moon twenty five dollars. Likewise I give Leah Silar, wife of Jeremiah Silar one hundred dollars. The above donations is to be paid out of the first money that is collected by my executors.
It is also my will that all the rest residue and remainder of my estate wen sold and collected-I say all lands and all other movable property, notes, judgments, and amounts wen collected to be equally divided into seven equal parts, one part to Susanah Pike's children, one part of William Ward's children, one part of Ester Wells' children, one part to Prisilla Free, one part of James Ward's children; one part to Thomas Ward, one part of Anthony Ward. William was a Revolutionary War soldier.
Researching the pioneer settlers of Osage County has led to the identification of the following Revolutionary War ancestors. Descendants of these individuals able to document this relationship and service would be able to apply for membership in the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution: William Ward Jr., b. c. 1754 PA d. 1818, Jackson Hill, NC, wife Lydia Chamness.
More About William Ward: Burial: Unknown, Ward Cemetery, Jackson Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina. Occupation: Blacksmith/Farmer.
More About William Ward and Lydia Chamness: Marriage: June 02, 1777, Orange, North Carolina.
Children of William Ward and Lydia Chamness are:
+William Ward, b. August 15, 1782, North Carolina?, d. December 17, 1855, Iredell County, North Carolina.
Susanna Ward, b. Abt. 1778, Chatham County, North Carolina, d. Aft. 1850, Carroll County, Georgia.
Stephen Ward, b. Abt. 1784, Chatham County, North Carolina, d. Aft. 1836.
Jonathan Ward, b. Abt. 1788, Rowan County, North Carolina, d. Aft. 1848, Kentucky.
Anthony John Ward, b. Abt. 1790, Chatham County, North Carolina, d. March 18, 1852, Crawford Township, Osage County, Missouri.
Sarah Ward, b., Chatham County, North Carolina, d. date unknown.
Naomi Ward, b. December 02, 1790, Chatham County, North Carolina, d. January 16, 1875, Marion County, Indiana.
Hiram M. Ward, b. April 07, 1801, Davidson County, North Carolina, d. November 27, 1873, Davidson County, North Carolina.