Study of The Early 1800 Wards
in Western Counties of New York
Compiled and Submitted by Carl W. Ward
I began this study as a result of the olí proverbial brick wall. My great grandfather Charles Ward, who according to a number of sources, was born in Allegany County, New York 15 May 1805. I canít find him there and of course, I donít know the names of his parents.
My WARDs - The earliest official record that I have of Charles is in Adams County, Illinois 17 August 1836 where he married Martha Burke and had the first 7 of their 8 children. Their children were Martha Jane, William J., John B., Isaiah A., David C., Harvey Z., Granville and Henry Harrison. Henry was born after the family moved to Knox County, Missouri in 1856. Heís my grandfather. I think Charles had a brother or close relative named Zebediah Ward. This Zebediah and family lived just north of Charles and family in Hancock County, Illinois by 1850. He and his family moved to Knox County, Missouri and joined a church there at the same time and along with Charles and his family. Zebediahís son Caleb and his birth date, is listed along side of Charlesí children in an old Ward family Bible. Zebediah was born in New York in about 1825. His wifeís given name was Martha. Their children were all born in Indiana and were William H., Caleb G., Samuel J., and Lydia A.
I continue to search for more data on all Wards during that early 1800 time frame, in and around Allegany County, New York. As I find more data on any Ward in that area and that time frame, it is added to these web pages. Maybe some of it will help another researcher.
I hope you have some data that youíd like to contribute to these pages. If so, please send it to me at cwward@anet-stL.com and Iíll add it as soon as I can. Please include the source of your data.
1 male between ages of 10 & under 16
1 female between ages of 10 & under 16
2 females age 45 or upwards
Could this have been the father of my Zebediah Ward?
Ages of the "heirs at law and next
of kin" listed here, donít seem to match the ages of the males and females
listed in the 1810 census record of the James Ward in Nunda Township, shown
in item 2 above.
Is the Wealthy Brookina listed as an hier or next of kin in these probate records, James Wardís wife, mentioned in item 5 above?
This is surely the same James & Elisha Ward listed in the probate records of James Ward, in item 7 above
p. 561 (Almond) The first permanent settler of North Valley was Solomon David, who located on the Hull farm in 1804. Elihu Knight with Ardeno Cobb, and Wheeler Hinman settled in the lower part of North Valley about 1804. Benjamin Hayes who had been in the Revolutionary War settled on the Peter Lippencott farm in 1807. North Hill was settled by William Howe and Charle Cook and his father in 1808. Howe was a very prominent man in the town, and died about 1870, the oldest resident of the town. John and Jeremiah Van Vechten came from Montgomery Co. about 1817, and settled near Bishopville. Zenas Ward, grandfather of the Wards now living in North Valley, was one of the first settlers of that locality.
This Zenas Ward is likely the same Zenas Ward listed in the probate records of James Ward, in item 7 above.
p.562 (Almond) The original settlers of North Valley with but few exceptions are all gone and have left but few descendants living there; some of the Wards are still there, descendants of the original settlers.
p. 573 (Almond) Joseph W. Emery, son of Abram K. and Eliza (Thomas Emery, was born in Hornellsville, May 24, 1840. He enlisted in Co. F, 141st Reg't. N.Y.V., in 1862 and was discharged May 30 1865. He married Helen J., daughter of William C. and Rachel (Head) Ward of Almond in 1865 and settled in the town. Mr. Emery has been assessor of Almond 7 years, is a member of Doty Post, No. 226 of Hornellsville. He has one son Homer H.
p. 578 (Almond) Capt. Zenas Ward, son of Zenas Ward, born in Connecticut, married Elizabeth M. Delaney. He came to Almond from Cayuga Co. in 1823 and settled on the farm now owned by the Curry family. He was a farmer. Of his ten children 5 are living: Cordelia (Mrs. Lewis Wollever), Jonathan, Jackson, Nancy J. (Mrs. Dr. D. Van Vechten of Ohio), and Angeline, who married Charles W. Van Vetchen, son of Jerry. C.W. Van Vechten was born in Montgomery Co., he came here early with his parents. He settled on the farm owned by Newton Karr. He was road commissioner. He died in 1885. Ashbel Ward, son of Zenas, was a native of Connecticut. He located here, married Electa Brown, had 4 sons and 4 daughters and died in Almond.
The father of Capt. Zenas Ward,
Zenas Ward is likely the same Zenas Ward listed in the probate records
of James Ward, in item 7 above.
|Ward||Samuel||1820||PIKE TWP||ALLEGANY CO.||NY||27|
|Ward||Cornelius||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||95|
|Ward||Nathaniel C.||1820||CATO||CAYUGA CO.||NY||72|
|Ward||Hiram||1820||LOCKE TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||138|
|Ward||James||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||102|
|Ward||Israel||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||98|
|Ward||Zenas||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY|
|Ward||William W.||1820||AURELIUS||CAYUGA CO.||NY||33|
|Ward||Abner||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||100|
|Ward||Zenas||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||98|
|Ward||Solomon||1820||SCIPIO TWP||CAYUGA CO.||NY||121|
|Ward||Daniel||1820||LE ROY||GENESEE CO.||NY||154|
|Ward||Henry||1820||PAINTED POST||STEUBEN CO.||NY||183|
|Ward||Abijah||1820||PAINTED POST||STEUBEN CO.||NY||183|
|Ward||Jonas||1820||PAINTED POST||STEUBEN CO.||NY||183|
|Ward||Isaac||1820||PAINTED POST||STEUBEN CO.||NY||183|
Is this the same James Ward that was living in Nunda in the 1810 census, above?
This is likely to be Ashbel, Zenus Ward's son, mentioned in 14, above.
Thomas Ward Jr.
2 males under 5
1 male of 5 and under 10
1 male of 30 and under 40
1 females of 5 and under 10
1 female of 10 and under 15
1 female of 30 and under 40
Where was James Ward of Nunda, Allegany County in the 1830? above?
|1826||Abbey, Aaron||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, Anne||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, Cheney||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, Dexter||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, Rawson||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, Sally||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, William||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1826||Abbey, William heir||Ward, Samuel Jr||45||180|
|1810||Acer, John||Ward, Thomas||14||262|
|1822||Bangs, Reuben||Ward, Levi||40||99|
|1813||Barnhart, Isaac||Ward, Levi||19||442|
On the 1820 US Census for New York, in item 15 above, the Thomas Ward & Samuel Ward of Groveland, New York are almost certainly a father (Thomas) and a son (Samuel). Thomas's father, George Ward, appears to be the great grandfather of Gen George Armstrong Custer. Thomas & Samuel's graves (as well as a couple of other very old Ward graves) can be seen at:
A brief history of this Ward family can be found at:
|Name of Testator:||Residence:||Vol # - Page #||Time Frame|
Does anyone have access to or own a copy of any of these wills? Can you scan or photocopy them and forward to the author of this page?
There is more, of course, but those 4 children are the only descendants mentioned.
Footnotes for "Study of Early 1800 WARDs in Western New York Counties"