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  • ID: I1924
  • Name: Benjamin WARD 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: AFT 1777 in Ashe County, North Carolina 4
  • Burial: Mann Cemetery, #60 (moved to Mt. Juliet Cemetery) 5
  • Reference Number: 1936
  • Event: Fact 1832 Clinton, Anderson Co., TN.
  • Death: 1837 in Caryville, Campbell County, Tennessee 6
  • Name: Benjamin WARD III
  • Name: Benjamin WARD Jr.
  • Event: Fact Allegedly removed to the Cumberland Gap, returned to Watauga County & Married 7
  • Event: Fact 1800 Ashe County, North Carolina when his son, Duke Ward, was born.
  • Event: Fact 08 OCT 1805 His grandmother, Mary Duke Ward, died.
  • Event: Fact 1808 North Carolina when daughter, Celia Ward, was born.
  • Event: Fact ABT 1810 Son, Michael Ward, born in North Carolina.
  • Event: Fact 06 JUL 1810 Brother, William Avery Ward, age 25, died at Rutherford Co., TN at home of uncle, Dr. William Ward.
  • Event: Fact 1820 Enumerated at Ashe Co, NC next to Duke Ward & Selah Ward 8
  • Event: Fact 17 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward to Benjamin Ward Jr. for $190, 190 acres on mouth of Cove Creek, Ashe Co., NC. 9
  • Event: Fact 18 APR 1820 Benjamin Ward Sr. made his will, naming Benj. Ward, Jr. as coexecutor with Bedent Baird, ESq. 10
  • Event: Fact AUG 1820 Recorded the will of his father, Benjamin Ward, dated 18 April 1820 at Ashe Co., NC>
  • Event: Fact BEF 1824 Removed to nr, Caryville, Campbell Co., Tennessee. 11
  • Event: Fact 04 AUG 1824 Son, Duke Ward, married Lucinda Tester at Ashe Co., NC against his father's wishes.
  • Event: Fact 1827 Benjamin Ward, Jr's daughter, Susannah Ward, was born in Tennessee. 12
  • Event: Fact 1830 Enumerated at Clinton, Anderson Co., TN; lived very close to Martin T. Kennedy (husband of Rachael Ward). 13
  • Event: Fact 03 JUL 1830 Benj. Ward to W. R. Lovely for $125, 33 acres on Beech Fork of New River, Anderson Co.; witnessed by Martin Canaday, Henry Lovelay, James Lovelay. 14
  • Event: Fact 03 JUL 1830 Benj. Ward to William R. Lovely, for $275, 27 acres on Beech Fork of New River, Anderson Co., TN. 14
  • Event: Fact BET 1830 AND 1832 May have been at McMinn Co, TN. Proof needed.
  • Event: Fact 1837 Died at about age 55 at Campbell Co., TN.
  • Event: Fact 18 OCT 1849 Estate of uncle, Dr. Wm. Ward of Rutherford Co., TN was settled.
  • Event: Fact 29 APR 1852 Estate of Dr. Wm. Ward was distributed to Benjamin Ward's shares to his heirs.
  • Event: Fact 29 DEC 1852 Benjamin Ward Jr's heirs released their interest in the estate of Dr. Wm. Ward of Rutherford Co., TN. Deed witnessed by Thomas and Benjamin Marlow. 15
  • Event: Fact AFT APR 1852 His heirs should have received about $166 from estate of Dr. Wm. Ward, unless otherwise signed off on.
  • Note:
    Benjamin Ward, Jr. , son of Benjamin Ward and Celia/Selah Stewart of Ashe County, North Carolina, married Catherine Harmon, who was a daughter of Cutliff Harmon. When their son, Duke Ward, II, was a young man, Benjamin moved his family to Caryville, Tennessee (near the Cumberland Gap). The descendants of Benjamin Ward, Jr. say that they moved to break up the romance between their son, Duke Ward, and Lucy Tester. This move did not keep Duke from marrying Lucy as he returned to Watauga, North Carolina where he married Lucy and raised a family. Nathan Duke Ward of Elizabethton, Tennessee stated that a son of Benjamin Ward, Jr., named Bill Ward from Caryville, used to correspond with relatives in Watauga years ago.

    Ashe County, NC Deed Book 4:386 17th day of April 1820.
    BENJAMIN WARD SR, of Ashe to BENJAMIN WARD JR. . . for one hundred and ninety dollars ($190) in hand paid by said BENJAMIN JR. . a tract of land containing by supposition one hundred and ninety acres more or less, beginning at the mouth of Cove Creek runing up the Bank on the South East side to a clift of rocks and a marked swamp dogwood and burch trees, thence East twenty degrees North to a Souerwood, thence North to a Cherry Tree in a conditional line between CUTLIFF HARMON and BENJAMIN WARD, thence crossing the Creek down its meanders to a Forked Buck eye tree near the bank of the Creek, thence along a line marked trees around all the indented courses of all the othe tracts of ladn that I own and possess on the North side of Cove Creek to the Beginning . . .
    Signed: BENJAMIN ( X ) WARD
    Witness: MARTIN WILLIAMS, THOMAS CURTIS
    Proved on oath of Martin Williams at May Court 1820

    His father, BENJAMIN WARD SR, died sometime shortly after April 1820 at Ashe County, NC and left a will.

    Ashe County, NC Deed Book F:489 29th day of December 1820
    DUKE WARD to BENJAMIN WARD [sic no Sr. or Jr.] both of Ashe County for four hundred and twenty five ($425) dollars a tract or parcel of land containing fifty acres more or less beginning at a stake on the Bank of Cove Creek standing between two marked white Walnut trees runing a direct course to a marked Hicory tree at the foot of the Hill thence East to the old grant line, thence along the old grant line to the Bank of Cove Creek, thence down the Creek as it meanders to the beginning.
    Signed: DUKE WARD
    Witness: BIDENT BAIRD, JAMES WARAD
    Proved on oath of BEDENT BAIRD at May Court 1821

    Ashe County NC Deed Book C:160, 13th of March 1824.
    BENJAMIN WARD to JAMES WARD for twelve hundred dollars, tract in Ashe containing two hundred and forty acres more or less beginning at a Stake on the BAnk of Cove Creek standing between two White Walnut trees runing a direct course to a Hicory tree standing on the east side of teh Cove Creek field at the foot of the Hill, thence East to the old grant line of a tract of land granted by the State to BENJAMIN WARD SENR., thence along said old grant line North to a Cherry tree to a conditional line bes=tween CALIF THURMAN [sic, Cutliff Harmon) and BENJAMIN WARD SENR. thence crossing the Creek down its eanders to a forked Buckeye tree near the Bank of the Creek thence along a line of marked trees around al the indenture courses of all the other tracts of land then BENJAMIN WARD's . . on the north side of Cove Creek down to the mouth of Cove Creek thence up the meanders of said creek to the beginning.
    Signed: BENJAMIN WARD
    Witnesses; B. BAIRD, JOSEPH SHULL
    Proved by (names not give) at FEb Court 1828

    In 1830 BENJAMIN WARD as BENJ. WARD was enumerated at Anderson County, Tennessee with the following members in his household:
    1 male age 50-60 born 1770-1780 (Benjamin Ward)
    1 male age 15-20 born 1810-1815
    2 males age 10-15 born 1815-1820
    1 female age 50-60 born 1770-1780 (Catherine Harmon Ward)
    1 female age 10-15 born 1815-1820
    1 female age 5-10 born 1820-1825
    1 female under age 5 born 1825-1830

    Deed Dated 3 July 1830
    Anderson County Courthouse Register of Deeds
    Page 244, registered 18 July 1831
    BENJAMIN WARD to WILLIAM R. LOVELY, for $275, 27 acres on Beech Fork of New River, north of Cumberland Mountain beginning on south side of creek, crossing the creek to foot of the mountain, the side of a ridge, to teh foot of a hill, to the upper end of the bottom, to the bank of the creek, with its meanders, to the beginning.

    Deed Dated 3 July 1830
    Anderson County Courthouse Register of Deeds, Page 245
    BENJAMIN WARD to W. R. LOVELY, for $125. 33 acres on Beech fork of New River, beginning in the Fork of the Beech Fork of New River near a spring branch, near the foot of a large hill, along the same, to the northeast fork of said Creek, corssing the creek, a divided line, to the beginning. Reg. 18 July 1831.
    Signed Benjamin Ward
    Witness: Martin Canaday
    Henry Lovelay (prob. Henry Loveday)
    James Lovelay (prob. James Loveday)

    Deed Dated 18 June 1838
    Anderson County Courthouse Register of Deeds
    Clinton, TN
    Page 23
    "This indenture made this twenty eighth day of July 1835 between BENJAMIN WARD of the County of Anderson & State aforesaid of the one part & DREWRY CARROLL of the County of Anderson & Stae aforesaid ot the other part witnesseth that the said BENJAMIN WARD for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & seventy dollars to him in hand paid by the said DREWRY CARROLL the receipt wherof is hereby acknowledged hath & by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell & confirm unto the said DREWRY CARROLL, his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing twenty acres lying & being in the county of Anderson & on the Beech Fork of New River in Cumberland Mountains beginning on a sickamore tree the beginning corner of the old original tract running along the old line spersid a condisinel fence, thence along the fence to the creek thence down the creek to the beginning. Include twenty acres be the same more or less with all and singular the woods, waters, profits, commodities, appertainces whatsoever the said tract of land belong on apperataining the writeons remainder of remainders rents assigns forever of in and to the same on every part or parcel there of to have and to hold the said twenty acres of land against the lawful title claim & demand of the said BENJAMIN WARD his heirs assigns forever and every other person or persons whatsoever will warrant & forever defend and by these presents in witness whereof the said BENJAMIN WARD hath hereunto set his hand and seal & delivered in the presents of us.
    LOGAN KENNEDY BENJAMIN WARD (seal)
    MICKEL (x) (his mark) WARD
    State of Tennessee personnally appeared before me Anderson County, I William Cross, Clerk of the County Court of the said County of Anderson MICHAEL WARD one of the subscribing witnesses to the within deed who being first sworn, depose and say that he acquainted with BENJAMIN WARD the bargainer and that he saw him sign, seal, and execute the same upon the day it bares date and also MADISON KENADY personally appeared before me and makes oath that LOGAN KANADY the other subscribing witness lives beyond the limmits of the state and that he is acquainted with the handwriting of the said LOGAN KANADY and that his signature to this deed is in his own handwriting and that the same is genuine.
    Witness my hand at this office 18th of June 1838 William Cross Clerk
    By his Deputy C. Y. Oliver

    In 1837 CATHERINE HARMON's husband, BENJAMIN WARD, died at Caryville, Campbell County, Tennessee.

    In 1840 the US Census at Anderson County, Tennessee in the Eastern District (immediately adjacent to Campbell County on page 7 lists the following individuals living next to one another in order of appearance:
    DREW CARROLL: 1 male age 30-40; 1 male 10-15; 1 male under 5; 1 female age 20-30; 2 females age 5-10.
    MICHAEL WARD: 1 male age 50-60; 1 male 10-15; 1 female age 50-60; 1 female age 10-15.
    WM. WARD: 1 male 15-20; 1 male 5-10; 1 male under 5; 1 female 20-30.
    JABEL WARD: 1 male 15-20; 1 male under 5; 1 female 20-30.
    MICHAEL WARD, JR.: 1 male 20-30; 1 male 5-20; 1 male under 5; 1 female 15-20.
    JOHN PHILLIPS: 1 male 15-20; 1 female 20-30; 1 female under 5.

    23 October 1850, Anderson County, Tennessee:
    Heirs of BENJAMIN WARD to DREW CARROLL, Anderson County, TN Deed Book O, Page 228: "This indenture made this 23rd day of October AD 1850 between the heirs of BENJAMIN WARD deceased of the county of ANDERSON in the State of Tennessee of the one part and DREW CARROLL of the state and county aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said heirs of the said WARD deceased for and in consideration of the sum of two dollars in hand paid by the said DREW CARROLL the receipt whereof is herby acknowledged that and by these presents doth grant bargain sell and convey unto the said DREW CARROLL his heirs and forever a certain tract of land eight acres more or less lying in the County of Anderson on the waters of New River on the north of the Beech Fork beginning on said Carroll corner and running on east course with old line to a conditional line between CARROLL and C. LEACH then a direct course with the conditional line for complement the estate right title interest proper and demand of them the said heirs and theirs heirs forever of in and to same to have and to hold his heirs and assigns forever the said heirs of BENJAMIN WARD deceased we warrant and forever defend and by these presents in witness hereof the said heirs hath hereunto set our hands and seals on the said date above written signed in the presents of us this November 29, 1850.
    ATTEST: WILLIAM WARD SILAS L. ARTHUR
    1. CATHERINE (X) WARD
    2. CLAIBOURNE (X) PHILLIPS
    3. MOSES (X) PHILLIPS
    4. SUSANNAH (X) PHILLIPS
    5. CLARESY (X) PHILLIPS
    6. WILLIAM (X) WARD
    7. BENJAMIN (X) WARD
    8. JOHN (X) PHILLIPS
    9. MARY (X) PHILLIPS
    10. MICHAEL (X) WARD

    29 November 1852, Anderson County, Tennessee:
    "Know all men by these presents that we: BENJAMIN WARD and SUSAN WARD, who married MOSE PHILLIPS, and CLARISSA WARD, who married CLAIBOURNE PHILLIPS, and WILLIAM WARD and MICHAEL WARD of the County of Anderson, State of Tennessee, have this day bargained and sold unto JAMES WILLIAMS of the County of Campbell and state aforesaid all claim and interest both real and personal that we as children of and heirs of BENJAMIN WARD, JR. deceased have in the Estate of DR. WILLIAM WARD of Rutherford County, TN who was the brother of BENJAMIN WARD, SR. deceased, our grandfather said interests or claim consists of some of the Legacies under the last will and testament of DR. WILLIAM WARD deceased for which claims or interests the said JAMES WILLIAMS has this day paid to us jointly the sum of one hundred dollars the Receipt of which is herby acknowledged in full satisfaction for said claim or interest therefore we the said BENJAMIN WARD; and SUSAN WARD who married MOSES PHILLIPS; and CLARISSA WARD who married CLAIBOURNE PHILLIPS, and WILLIAM and MICHAEL WARD, do hereby release unto the said JAMES WILLIAMS all the interest and claim we have or entitled to as above stated in and to the estate of DR. WILLIAM WARD deceased to have and to hold the same to the said JAMES and his heirs forever free from all lawful claims by us or any person or persons claiming under or through us in testimony whereof we have set our hands and seals this the 29th day of November 1852."
    (Note: HENRY WARD (Great great grandson of Moses & Susannah Ward Phillips) of Caryville, Tennessee kindly provided the following deed prepared by the heirs and children of BENJAMIN WARD, JR.)

    In the Civil Ward Pension file of Sterling Kennedy, son of Rachel Ward and Martin T. Kennedy, Sr. of Campbell County, Tennessee, are several affidavits pertinenet to the ancestry of Rachel Ward. Among the affidavits is the statement of Milton Phillips, the son of Mary Polly Ward and John Phillips, stating that he and Sterling Kennedy are "first cousins. Our mothers are sisters." Mary Polly Ward's parents were Benjamin Ward, Jr. and Catherine Harman. There is also an affidavit from Duke Ward stating that he and Sterling Kennedy are half-brothers; this is the Duke Ward who was born in 1836. Another affidavit is from William Ward (born in 1837) stating that Sterling Kennedy "is my half-brother. Our mothers the same person." (Researched by Paula Souffle psouffle@home.com)

    BENJAMIN WARD REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS.
    A deed written11/29/1852 names five children of Benjamin Ward, Jr. namely;
    Susan, Clarissa, Wm, Michael and Benjamin. The deed states that there was a Benjamin Jr and a grandfather named Benjamin. The real estate transactions were taken from deeds & land grant records and did not identify the person as to age, generation and relationship to others. The information below was taken from the Register of Deeds Office in Anderson County, Tenn.
    Benjamin Ward to Wm. R. Lovely Book G1 Page 244.
    Benjamin Ward to Hugh Dickinson CI 62 Sep 20 1820.
    Benjamin Ward to Hugh Dickinson CI 64 Sep 20 1820.
    Benjamin Ward to Hugh Dickinson CI 65 Sep 20 1820.
    Benjamin Ward to Drewy Carroll JI 23 July 1835.
    Benjamin Ward to William Ward KT 62 Dec 8 1840.
    Witnesses: Madison Kennedy, John Phillips, Michael Ward.
    Benjamin Ward to Michael Ward KI 64 Dec 8 1840.
    Benjamin Ward to Thomas Marlow KT 66 Dec 12 1840.
    Witnesses: Madison Kennedy, John Phillips, Michael Ward.
    Benjamin Ward to McFwen and Wiley M 342 Nov 2 1854.
    This last entry was in the Campbell Co. records.
    LAND GRANTS.
    Benjamin Ward of Anderson Co; Given a NC grant Aug 7, 1787.
    Benjamin Ward of And-Co; Grant #l8900 for 50 AC, Sep 1, 1834;
    Book 18, page 796.
    Benjamin Ward of And-Co: Grant #2l073, for 50 ac; Sep 1, 1837;
    in Book 20, page 501.
    Benjamin2 Ward Jr of Anderson, Campbell, Scott Co, is believed to die 1836.
    Signatures after 1836 are believed to be Benjamin3 Ward(1816-1859).

    On 24 July 1860 Benjamin Ward (son of Benjamin & Catherine Ward) had a son JEHOIL WARD who was enumerated in the 1860 US Census as age 9, born 1851 in Tennessee, "inmate" in the household of Benjamin's brother, William Ward and his wife Jane, at Jacksboro, Campbell County, Tennessee.




    Father: BENJAMIN WARD b: ABT 1750 in Virginia (of Cumberland & Pittsylvania Counties)
    Mother: CELIA (SELAH) STEWART b: ABT 1755 in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Catherine HARMON b: 1785 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    • Married: ABT 1800 in Ashe County, North Carolina 16
    Children
    1. Has Children Duke WARD b: 1800 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Nancy WARD b: ABT 1803 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Celia WARD b: 01 SEP 1808 in Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
    4. Has Children Elizabeth "Betsy" WARD b: ABT 1809 in Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
    5. Has Children Rachel WARD b: ABT 1810 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Michael WARD b: 1810 in Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
    7. Has Children William Andrew WARD b: 1818 in Valle Crucis, Ashe, North Carolina, USA
    8. Has Children Clarissa"Clarry" Clara WARD b: 1820 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    9. Has Children Mary "Polly" "Viney" WARD b: 1820 in Ashe County, North Carolina
    10. Has Children Susannah "Susan" WARD b: 09 FEB 1827 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, USA
    11. Has Children Benjamin Jabel WARD b: BET 1815 AND 1820 in North Carolina

    Sources:
    1. Title: Ashe County, NC Will Book 1799-1910
      Publication: Location: North Carolina State Archives;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: Will of Benjamin Ward, 18 April 1820, Will Book A:20
      Text: "I appoint my worthy Son Benjamin Ward & Bedent Baird the Executors of this my last will & testament."
    2. Author: John Preston Arthur
      Title: A History of Watauga County
      Publication: Name: Everett Wadey Company, 1915; Location: Boone, NC Public Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 351
      Text: Ben, Jr. went to Cumberland Gap and his son Duke came back and married Lucy Tester."
    3. Author: John Arthur Preston
      Title: History of Western North Carolina
      Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 353
      Text: "Benjamin Ward's son, Benjamin, Jr. married Catherine Harman (Elizabeth's sister) and moved to the vicinity of Careyville, Tennessee."
    4. Author: Dorothy Williams Potter
      Title: Federal Census of North Carolina, Vol. II, Ashe County 1820
      Publication: Name: 1970; Location: N. C. State Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 15
      Text: 3 Males 0-10 yrs; 1 male 10-16 yrs; 1 male 16-18 yrs; 1 male 16-26 yrs; 1 male 26-45 yrs; 4 females 1-10 yrs; 2 females 10-16 yrs; 1 female 26-45 yrs;.

      More proof needed on place of birth.
    5. Author: Jill Garrett & Iris H. McClain
      Title: Rutherford Co, TN Cemetery Records
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Text: The Mann Cemetery of Rutherford Co, TN contained graves of the following:
      Spions Ward, Thomas N. Ward, Robert Ward, Martha Ward, Benjamin Ward. This was cemetery # 60 on cemetery removal lists of the Corps of Engineers. All were moved to Mt. Juliet Cemetgery. Others buri ed were Culberson, Farmer, Hindman, Macon, Mann, Rooker, Seward, Wade.
    6. Title: Will of Mary (Robertson) Ward. Rutherford Co., TN Record Book 12, p 178
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Text: Chancery Court Records, Rutherford Co., TN 1851, * 1852
    7. Author: John Preston Arthur
      Title: A History of Watauga County
      Publication: Name: Everett Wadey Company, 1915; Location: Boone, NC Public Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 351
    8. Title: Ashe Co., NC Census 1810
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census
    9. Title: Ashe County, North Carolina Register
      Page: Book F, page 386; recorded May Session 1820.
    10. Title: Will of Benjamin Ward
    11. Author: John Arthur Preston
      Title: History of Western North Carolina
      Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 353
    12. Title: Ward, Henry
      Publication: Name: contact at hward7@bellsouth.net;; Location: Caryville, TN hward7bellsouth.net;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Letter
    13. Title: Anderson Co., TN Census1830
      Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno, CA;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Census

      Page: 93
    14. Title: Land Deed Genealogy of Anderson County, TN 1801-1831
      Publication: Name: 1999;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      [researcher was Paula Souffle psouffle@charter.net]
    15. Title: Campbell County, TN Deed Book
      Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Microfilm

      Page: 29 Nov 1852
    16. Author: Lennis Isaacs
      Title: These My People
      Publication: Name: 1978; Location: Boone, NC Public Library;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: p 3

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