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From: "Robert A. Casper" <>
Subject: Information on William Ward family of NC
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 13:26:38 -0400
Dear Ward List,
I am descended from the following family. I would love to connect with
others who are connected to this family:
Taken from The Heritage Book of Rowan County, North Carolina. This section
was written by Evelyn M. (Mrs. Hiram H.) Ward:
"William Ward was born probably in Pennsylvania, the son of William Ward,
SR., and his wife Susannah, daughter of Stephen and Esther Foulke.
His family came in the late 1760s or the early 1770s to Orange County, North
Carolina, 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 Camp in
Alamance County, but most of their children and grandchildren moved to
Indiana in the early 1880s.
William Ward, JR., however, remained in North Carolina, buying land in
Chatham and Rowan Counties, In 1773 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, South Carolina.
In 1795, William moved his family to some of his Rowan County land and
continued his farm and blacksmith operations 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 became 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 became Iredell County.
Most of William's and Lydia's children left the state: Jonathan to
Kentucky; Susannah and William Kinney to Carroll County, Georgia; 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 homeplace passed to Hiram and Lydia's only son, William, who had married
Rebecca Lofting, daughter of his neighbor, John Loftin. After a brief
centering toward the West in the early 1850s 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 Reams' Station in Virginia, where he is buried. The
Ward homeplace, 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
William 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 record; family knowledge; military records.)"
My connection to this line is through Susannah Ward who married William
Kinney the II and migrated to Georgia. I have much information on that
line. Does anyone else connect to any of the other above mentioned lines?
I am willing to exchange information.
Cathy Moore Casper
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