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From: "Audrey Annable Franklin" <>
Subject: Re: [NCWATAUG] My Surnames
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 22:54:55 -0700
As far as I know, Benjamin Ward's parentage is not known. Here is what I do
1. BENJAMIN SR.2 WARD (UNKNOWN1) was born in Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now
Watauga Cty), NC, and died Abt. April 17, 1820 in Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now
Watauga Cty), NC. He married (1) SELAH DUKE Abt. 1770. She died Aft. 1820.
Notes for BENJAMIN SR. WARD:
Benjamin found 1797 Wilkes Cty Tax list with 333 acres and 1 Poll.
Also 1800 found him in Ashe Cty, NC census with four boys under 10 and one
male 16-26, one 26-45 and one over 45. He had two girls 10-16 and one woman
over 45. Additionally, he owns slaves.
His will was proved in the Aug. term of 1820 in Ashe Cty, NC. Found in Book
A p. 20. He left slaves mostly to his wife, Selah.
He mentioned Nicodemus, Kelly (McCaleb), Daniel, Selah, Elizabeth, and
Benjamin. No mention is made of Duke, Jesse, James, or William. Witnesses:
Bedent Baird, Cutliff Harmon, and John Holsclaw. The will was registered by
the county clerk: Thomas Callaway.
Benjamin Ward, Sr. who settled in Ashe Co. (now Watauga Co.), NC had
siblings named William, James, Joshua, Mary Obedience, Michael, & Daniel.
Benjamin Ward, Sr.'s wife was Cecilia or "Selah" (maiden name was possibly
Duke). Their children were:
William, Daniel (m. Anna Curtis), Benjamin Jr. (m. Catherine Harman), Duke
(m. Elizabeth Harman), Elizabeth Susan (m. John C. Webb), Jesse (m. Lucinda
"Lucy" Shupe), Avery (a twin), McCaleb "Kelly" or "Kell" (a twin) (m. Sidda
___), James "Jimmy" (m. Sarah Shull), Nicodemus "Nick" (m. 1st, Margaret
"Peggy" Queener; 2nd, Nancy Isley), Celia "Selah" (m. Tarleton Adams), and
possibly one other daughter (name unknown).
Over the years, through other researchers, I have pieced together that
Benjamin Ward, Jr. and his wife Catherine Harman had at least four children:
Duke (m. Lucinda "Lucy" Tester), Bill (supposedly lived around Caryville,
TN), Elia (m. Drury Carroll), and Susannah C. (no other info.).
Notes for SELAH DUKE:
Supposedly lived to 105 years of age.
Children of BENJAMIN WARD and SELAH DUKE are:
i. WILLIAM3 WARD, d. 1833, Rutherford Cty, NC.
Notes for WILLIAM WARD:
He never married.
2. ii. DUKE I. WARD, b. Abt. 1772, Washington Cty, TN or Wilkes Cty, NC; d.
1830, Clinton Cty, IL.
3. iii. BENJAMIN JR. WARD, b. Bef. 1775, Turkey Knob, Allegheny Cty, NC; d.
Abt. 1837, Careyville, TN.
iv. ELIZABETH SUSAN WARD, b. August 08, 1788, Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now
Watauga cty), NC; d. January 07, 1830, Overton Cty, TN; m. JOHN C. WEBB,
September 04, 1806.
v. SELAH WARD, b. Bef. 1790, Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now Watauga cty), NC; d.
Bef. 1833; m. TARLETON ADAMS, August 04, 1824, Ashe Cty, NC.
Notes for SELAH WARD:
It appears her name was Celia, per her brother named Kelly, and she was
married to a Marlow not an Adams.
vi. JESSE WARD, b. 1795, Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now Watauga cty), NC; d. Aft.
1850, Overton Cty, TN; m. LUCINDA SHUPE.
4. vii. MCCALEB WARD, b. 1795, Ashe Cty (now Watauga Cty), NC; d. Aft. 1852,
Overton Cty, TN.
viii. JAMES WARD, b. 1798, Ashe Cty, NC; d. Aft. 1870, Watauga Cty, NC; m.
SARAH SHULL, Ashe Cty, NC.
ix. NICHODEMUS WARD, b. Abt. 1800, Cove Creek, Ashe Cty (now Watauga cty),
NC; d. 1848, Meigs Cty, TN; m. (1) MARGARET QUEENER, March 16, 1828; m. (2)
NANCY QUEENER, May 24, 1843.
x. AVERY WARD, b. 1795.
Notes for AVERY WARD:
Twin of McCaleb "Kelly"
Children of BENJAMIN SR. WARD are:
xi. PHOEBE3 WARD, b. 1802, Cove Creek, Wautauga Cty, NC; m. PHILIP SHULL.
xii. DANIEL WARD, b. July 17, 1769, Cove Creek, Watauga Cty, NC; d.
September 18, 1877, Lee Cty, VA; m. ANNA CURTIS, Abt. 1800, NC; b. Abt.
1755, Cove Creek, Watauga Cty, NC; d. 1876.
xiii. JAMES WARD.
xiv. JESSE WARD.
xv. MACALEB WARD.
xvi. NICHODEMUS WARD.
xvii. AVERY WARD.
xviii. CELL WARD.
xix. CELIA WARD.
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