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Andrew WARD

Ward Coat of Arms

The name WARD signifies a keeper, one who guards or defends. The family is traced in England back through a line of nobility to Osbert de Varde, of Givendale, Yorkshire, in the year 1130.[1] One writer goes still farther back, and finds: “among the seven hundred and ten distinguished persons who accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to Britain in 1066, was Ward, one of the noble Captains; there is no doubt that the Wards have their ancestry in these followers of William.”[2]

I. The first of the line in America was Andrew WARD, whose more immediate ancestor was Sir Richard Ward, Knight, of Homersfield and Gorleston, Country Suffolk, England, though genealogists have differed as to whether Andrew was his son or his grandson.[3] It is evident that he was a man of influence and position, for he entered immediately into the affairs of the colonies, and was early entrusted with important commissions. Undoubtedly he inherited ability as a leader and man of affairs. On his father’s side he was a good old landed stock in Suffolk. His grandmother, Anne Gunville, was from the old and famous family of Gonvilles, of the same county. Farther back, he was descended from Sir John Hare, a Doctor of Laws, and a man of considerable property and influence, who died in 1526.[4]

Andrew Ward was born near the beginning of the seventeenth century, married while young, and, with his family, emigrated to hte New World, which in the 30's of that century, attracted so many thousands of pioneers from England -- Suffolk, Essex, and Norfolk Counties contributing in great numbers to the followings of Reverend Mr. Phillips, John Withrop, jr., and other religious leaders[5]. He was given “an homestedd of 10 acres” in Watertown, Massachusetts, where, on 14 May 1634, he took the oath of a freeman, In those days it was necessary to be a church member to be admitted, by General Court, to citizenship, and church officers took the lead in both civil and ecclesiastical affairs.

On 3 March 1636, he was appointed, with Roger Ludlow and six others, by the General Court of Massachusetts, on a Governing Commission for the Colony of Connecticut, for one year, or until it should become organized[6]. He became a first settler at Wethersfield, Connecticut, and was one of the judges of the first legislative body of the State, which convened at Newton (or Hartford), 26 April 1636. Andrew Ward was a member of the “Upper House” when was was declared against the Pequot Indians, 1 May 1637. In that year, and the next, he was a member of the General Court, he was magistrate of the General Court in Hartford, and for at least four sessions after 1639 he was deputy.[7]

In 1638, he was appointed to go to Agawam (Springfield) with Captain John Mason and Mr. Allen, “to treat with the Indians of Waronock, concerning the tribute towards the charges of the Pequot War, to the value of one fathom of Wampum a man, and also to the Nawicticke and Pacomtuckett Indians, one fathom and a quarter a man.”[8] He was a great organizer, and seemed to have a native love for town-building. He is named among the free planters at a gathering of the church in New Haven, 3 June 1639. On 27 October 1641, he represented Stamford, then called Toquams or Rippowams, at General Court in New Haven, at which time he was admitted a “member of the Court, and received the charge of freemen.”

He was appointed constable of Stamford, 26 March 1640[9], which office carried with it, in those days, considerably more dignity and prerogatives than are attached to a similar-named position today.[10] In April 1643 he was appointed to assist at the next General Court of Elections at New Haven, “in counsel and advice for the more comely carrying on of public affairs”[11], which indicates that elections, even in those far-off days, often needed a balance-wheel. In 1644 and 1646 he was elected deputy from Stamford to the General Court. “He was wise in counsel, energetic in advancing schemes for the development of resources of new fields, and had a personal magnetism which awoke enthusiasm, and gained recruits for carrying forward plans his fertile brain materialized. He was a leader in Watertown, a leader in Wethersfield, a leader in Stamford, and a leader in Fairfield..”[12] To this latter place he removed before 6 October 1651, when he was appointed by the General Court, along with one another, to settle an estate there.[13] At the same time, he with two others, was appointed “to join with the magistrates for the execution of justice in the towns of Connecticut by the seaside.” Some genealogists think he lived a while at Hempstead, Long Island[14], before going to Fairfield, but if he did, it was not for a long period.

His will, date 3 June 1659, “drawn by his own hand,” was probated at Fairfield, “20 October 1659,” says one, -- “28 February 1660,” says another[15]. In it he declared himself to be “strong, merry and well, both in body and mind.”[16] He left nine children, most of whom had received their full portions of his estate before he drew his will. Andrew Ward was born about 1597 in County Suffolk, England. He married Hester SHERMAN, born 1 April 1606, at Dedham, County Essex, the daughter of Edmund Sherman and his first wife, Joan MAKIN. Edmund Sherman was a clothier of Dedham, and later an emigrant to New England. Hester survived her husband, dying in Fairfield, between the date of her will, 27 December 1665, and its admission to probate, 28 February 1666. Andrew and Hester Ward were the ancestors of many distinguished and influential men, among them Aaron Burr, General Andrew Ward, and the eminent divine, Reverned Henry Ward Beecher.

On 13 June 1907, the city of Fairfield unveiled a monument erected in the Fairfield cemetery to the memory of Andrew Ward. In the dedicatory address it was said:

“We do not mark a grave today -- we memorialize a life, a well-bred, intelligent, consecrated, public-spirited man. He led a useful, trusted life, and followed ‘the way.’ He consorted with the best, and served will his fellow men ... Rest well, Andrew Ward! You lien in friendly soil! Fairfield cherishes your memory, honors you descendants, and is a better town for your guiding hand upon its infancy.”[17]

This tribute also was paid to the founder:

“Here is our debt to Andew Ward -- that in his life he build and handed down to us the legacy of a strong, deep-chested, clean-limbed, sturdy body, and a mind fine-fibered, balanced, sane. In his work he was faithful in places of public trust, and so gives us a heritage of faithfulness; in his home he was true, and so the stream of our heredity is pure .... The will to do right is better than ancestral halls or crests. Without this, though he be heir to the wealth of the Indies, he is poor”


  1. Edmund; mentioned in his father’s will as being “away”; married says Goodwin[18] to Mary; not mentioned in his mother’s will in 1665.
  2. Anne; married Caleb Nichols.
  3. William, born about 1635; died in Fairfield 1676; married Deborah Lockwood.
  4. Mary, born 1637; married Lieutenant John Burr (1623-1692), of Fairfield.
  5. John, born 1639; died 1683; married Mary, daughter of William Harris. Will mentions 6 children and “one she goeth with.”
  6. Sarah; married Nathaniel, son of Jehue Burr, and brother of John Burr who married Mary Ward. Nathaniel was born about 1640; died 1712. He married again Widow Ann Wakeman.
  7. Abigail, born 1643, married Moses Dimon.
  8. Andrew, born 1645; married Tryal MEIGS.
  9. Samuel, born 1647; died in Fairfield 8 January 1693; married Hannah Ogden.

Andrew WARD

II. Andrew WARD Jr., born in Stamford, Connecticut, 1645, was admitted freeman at Kenilworth in 1668, receiving several parcels of land by the terms of his father’s will and by purchase from his brother Samuel[19]. He married in the same year, Tryal, daughter of John and Tamazin MEIGS, of Killingworth, She was born in 1646, probably at New Haven.[20]

Andrew Ward died in 1690, and his widow accompanied her son Andrew to Guilford, where her death is recorded, also in 1690 -- a brief survival[21]


  1. Andrew, born 1669; died 17 August 1750; was justice and deputy to General Court many terms; captain of militia. He married 19 November 1691, Deborah, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Joy, of Killingworth. Elizabeth was daughter of William Wellman.
  2. John, born 16 March 1671; died 1700.
  3. Abigail, born 15 September 1672; married 25 January 1692, John Norton, of Guilford.
  4. Sarah, born 15 November 1674; married 15 November 1693, Stephen Bradley, 3d.
  5. Peter, born 14 October 1676; died 8 December 1763; married 30 March 1698, Mary Joy.
  6. William, born 18 October 1678; married Lettice BEACH.
  7. Samuel, born 24 September 1680; died 30 April 1681.
  8. Esther, born 2 May 1684; died 17 June 1684.
  9. Mary born 1687.
  10. Ann, born 1689; married Samuel Rossiter.

William WARD

III. William WARD, born 18 October 1678, at Killingworh, Connecticut, owned land there and at Goshen and Wallingford, same State. In the histories of Goshen[23], Cheshire, and Waterbury[24] he is called Captain William Ward, which title is also given to him in various town records. In a list of freemen in Wallingford, 30 April 1730, we find the names of Captain William Ward and his son ''“macock”'' Ward.[25] is Captain William Ward, referred to as the father of William, Meacock, and Arah, whose names also appear in the Proprietors’ Book of that place.[26] It is not evident, however, that Captain Ward lived in Goshen.

William Ward married, about 1701, Lettice[27], daughter of John and Mary BEACH, of Wallingford, born there 24 December 1679.[28] Among their descendants is numbered the distinguished Colonel Jams Ward, of Hartford.[29] Captain Ward died in Wallingford, 14 December 1769, at the age of ninety-one years.

CHILDREN, born at Wallingford:[30]

  1. Meacock, born 17 July 1702; married Hannah Tyler.
  2. Mary, born 10 May 1703; married Phineas Atwater.
  3. William, born 7 January 1705; married Abigail Crampton.
  4. Amy, born 7 April 1707; married, as his second wife, Samuel TOWNER. (For continuation of this line, please see the TOWNER biographical sketch.)
  5. Ambrose, born 6 March 1709; married Rachel Damron.
  6. Lettice, born 17 June 1711; married 19991</tng>Daniel Curtis</tng>.
  7. John, born 14 January 1714; married Eliza Abernathy.
  8. Tryal, born 10 January 1716; married David Pickett.
  9. Arah, born 5 July 1718; married Phebe TOWNER, daughter of Samuel Towner, mentioned above.
  10. Zenas, born 17 September 1720, married Mary Bates.
  11. Titus, born 27 April 1723; married 7 June 1764, Ann (or Amey) Smith.


IV. Arah WARD, was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, 5 July 1718. After his maturity he lived at Ripton[31], Goshen, Oxford, and Waterbury[32], in Connecticut, and in Wells, Rutland County, Vermont.[33] Along with his father and brothers William, Zenas, and Meacock, he is listed in the Proprietors’ Book in Goshen[34] There also is recorded his marriage in 1740[35]. At Oxford, in the records of the Congregational Church, is found the entry: “Communicants received by ye Rev. Mr. Lyman: Arah Ward and his wife, received to full communion from ye Pastor and Church of Christ in Ripton, bairing date of June 3d, 1756.”[36]

In a petition concerning parish boundaries, dated October 1760, he is listed among the Waterbury men.[37] He was a mill builder, and a man of considerable wealth. The following, from “Old Mills and Early Manufacturies of Waterbury” is of interest:

Long Meadow Brook. This stream enters the Naugatuck from the west, a short distance below the center part of Naugatuck Village.... Arah Ward had a grist mill here soon after 1749...Toantic Swamp. The swampy basin of Toantic Pond; about a mile below Long Meadow pond, at a point on the boundary line between ancient Waterbury and Derby. The enterprising Arah Ward, mill-builder and pioneer, in 1754 undertook the scheme of making a mill-pond of the region. He essayed to stop up the Cockapatane’s boundary line (the ancient Toantic brook) by diverting the water into an artificial channel, and bringing it to the saw-mill site on Long Meadow brook.

The scheme was enlarged by his successors, Nathaniel Green and his sons Enos and Abel. They added a reservoir at Long Meadow, since known as Long Meadow Pond, in which undertaking Noah Candee joined for the sake of having the water on his land a part of the time. While Arah Ward remained in the neighborhood and retained a share of the mills, and had begun to build for himself a second and a larger house, the dam at the head of the ditch which conveyed the water from Toantic Pond to the mills, was undermined by beavers, or in some other way gave out, and produced a great disaster, burying Arah Ward’s new frame for his second house, and making wild gravel and boulder land of deep muck. A great chasm was left on the side hill where it started, carrying away so much of the highway as to necessitate the laying out of a new one, and changing materially the order of arrangements in the vicinity.[38].

This history coincided with the story told in the old letter which is reproduced in the HALE biographical sketch. Just when Arah Ward removed to Vermont is difficult to determine. Under date of 16 July 1773, he surveyed a piece of land at Wells, then in New York province, now Rutland County, Vermont. This was not recorded, for some reason, until 4 April 1831. A deed on record also at Wells, dated 24 June 1774, is of special interest here, as showing a warm concern for the church and its welfare:

Know all men by these presents that I, Arah Ward, of the Township of Wells, in the County of Charlotte and province of New York, for and in consideration of the Grait things that Christ hath done for this Church and for me, and out of the dutiful regard I have for Christ’s Church as it is established in England by the laws of the Kingdom, and out of the love I have for my brother Professors and Members of the Sd Church in the Sd township of Wells, that do, or ever may hereafter, inhabit in Sd town, do give, grant, release, convey and confirm unto the Sd Bretherin and Members of Sd Church and to Sd Church as it may hereafter be Set Up in Said town, a Certain peace or parsill of land, being in Sd township of Wells... (description) ... containing 10 acres, to have and to hold, etc., etc. --Arah Ward, in the presence of John Ward and John Ludington.

Deeds to and from Arah Ward from this date continue to appear on Wells records, until 21 May 1776, when an exchange of property between him and Samuel Culver was recorded.[39] Arah Ward married at Goshen, Connecticut, 13 August 1740[40] Phebe, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca TOWNER. She was born in Branford, Connecticut, 14 September 1717.[41] When they left Connecticut for Vermont, Isaac Hale, their grandson, whose mother, it is believed, had quite recently died, went with them, and grew to manhood in the Vermont home.

Just when Arah Ward died is not apparent. James W. Towner, author of A Genealogy of the Towner Family[42] makes the assertion that he “was a Tory, and died in Albany, a prisoner.” In an effort to prove or disprove this statement, the compiler of this book has written a number of letters of inquiry. From the replies received she does not feel that the claim is justifiable. Likewise a query addressed to the Revolutionary War Section of the United States Department of Interior, brought the answer that the Records of that Bureau failed to afford any information in regard to Arah Ward. Letters addressed to the town and county clerks of Rutland County, and to the surrogate courts, also failed to discover information which would give color to Mr. Towner’s statement. However, Arah Ward had loyalty to his king bred in his very nature, for his father was a captain in colonial wars, and his ancestors, for many generations, had stood loyally by their sovereign. So it would not be surprising if he, like many others, while not condoning the offenses of which the British were guilty, did not favor a severance of the ties which linked the Colonies to their mother country. The truth in regard to his position, however, may some day come to light.

On 15 December 1780, a deed conveyed to Isaac Hale, “all the land belonging to his Grandfather Arah Ward, of Wells, at his death, except those lands ... already disposed of, etc.... For the consideration of the Said Isaac Hale in taking into his Care his Grandmother Phebe Ward in her old age to keep and provide for during her life, to free her from all or any cost to this State.”[43] This would show that Arah Ward had did some time during the period between 21 May 1776, the date of the last property transfer signed by him, and 15 December 1780, the date of this deed to Isaac.

Phebe Ward, widow of Arah, probably died in Wells, Vermont, about 1684, when Isaac Hale deeded some of the lands received in 1780 to David Ward, and, doubtless feeling free from whatever burden the care of his aged grandparent had been, “tried the West,” going down into New York State, as a historian records.[44].

CHILDREN, the first one born in Goshen:[45]

  1. Diantha, born 9 August 1741; married Reuban HALE.
  2. Mamre, born 4 June 1744.
  3. Sarah, born 8 September 1746.
  4. Tryal, born 20 June 1750.
  5. Eunice, born in Waterbury; married Jesse Cady.

Diantha WARD

V. Diantha WARD, born in Goshen, Connecticut, 9 August 1741, married at Oxford, Connecticut, 29 August 1759, Reuben HALE. The ceremony was recorded in the files of Reverend Mr. Lyman, of the Congregational Church of Oxford, which record thus disproves the statement made by a writer in Barnes Family Year Book, 1908, 2:16, that she married David Candee. “August 29, 1759, Reuben Hail and Diantha Ward entered into ye Marriage Covenant.”[46]

For Continuation of this line, please see the HALE biographical sketch.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


  1. (Fifty Puritan Ancestores, Elizabeth Todd Nash, 72.)
  2. (Ward Memorial, 1886, Introduction)
  3. (Andrew Ward and His Descendants, George K. Ward, 7-10.)
  4. (Andrew Ward and his Descendants, 11.)
  5. (Ibid, 12)
  6. (History of Fairfield, Connecticut, Schneck, I:418)
  7. (Andrew Ward and His Descendants, 14)
  8. (History of Fairfield, Schneck, I:418)
  9. (Schneck 1:418)
  10. (History of Stamford, Connecticut, Huntington, 67)
  11. (Schneck 1:418)
  12. (Andrew Ward and His Descendants, 16.)
  13. (Schneck 1:418)
  14. (wallingford Genealogies, Davis, 542)
  15. (Ward, 29)
  16. (Schneck 1:418)
  17. (Andrew Ward and His Descendants, 16.)
  18. (Goodwin’s Genealogical Notes, 257)
  19. (Schneck 1:419)
  20. (Ward Genealogy, Revised 1910, 30)
  21. (History of Guilford, Smith, 28)
  22. (History of Guilford, Smith, 145 163, 167; Genealogical Notes, Goodwin, 237-240; Ward Memorial, 74)
  23. (History of Goshen, Hibbard, 32, 548)
  24. (History of Waterbury, Anderson, Appendix, 166)
  25. (History of Cheshire, 1912, 51, 105)
  26. (Hibbard, 32, 548)
  27. (Andrew Ward and His Descendants, 35)
  28. (Boston Transcript, 25 February 1925; New England Historical and Genealogical Register 80:107)
  29. (History of Fairfield, Schneck, 419)
  30. (Descendants of Andrew Ward, Revised 1910, 35)
  31. (History of Waterbury, Anderson, Appendix, 143)
  32. (Ancient Burying Grounds of Waterbury, 2:304)
  33. (Wells Town Records, 1774 to 1776)
  34. (Hibbard, 32, 548)
  35. (Ibid. 573)
  36. (History of Oxford, Sharpe, 12.)
  37. (Town and City of Waterbury, Anderson, 398)
  38. (Town and City of Waterbury, Anderson, 1:580, 711)
  39. (Town Records of Wells for years indicated.)
  40. (History of Goshen, Hibbard, 573)
  41. (Genealogy of the Towner Family, James W. Towner, 18)
  42. (published 1910, p. 30)
  43. (Wells Town Records.)
  44. (History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, Blackman 102-4)
  45. (Goshen Town Records for 1741; Andrew Ward and His Descendants, 51)
  46. (History of Oxford, Sharpe, 39)