John Ward  ‎(I277)‎
Given Names: John
Surname: Ward

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: about 1765 Virginia
Death: 27 September 1828 ‎(Age 63)‎ Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.
Personal Facts and Details
Birth about 1765 Virginia

Marriage Lucy Rice - 1 June 1797 ‎(Age 32)‎ Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.A.

Death 27 September 1828 ‎(Age 63)‎ Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.

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Parents Family  (F102)
John Ward
- 1785
John Ward
1765 - 1828
Mary Ward
Charles Ward
Eliza Ward
Thomas Ward
Fanny Ward

Immediate Family  (F101)
Lucy Rice
1767 - 1845
William Rice Ward
1798 - 1887
Charles Rice "Uncle Charley" Ward
1799 - 1882
Matilda Ward
1801 - 1806
Nancy R. Ward
1804 - 1885


Book excerpt

Word. -- John Word, of England, settled in Goochland county, Va. He had two children, John and Mary. John married Lucy Rice, and settled in Kentucky in 1803. They had - William, Charles R., Matilda and Nancy. Mr. Word removed to Missouri in 1817, and settled in Callaway county. William, his eldest son, married Polly Rives, who after an affliction of seven years, went entirely blind. Charles R., now living, was a celebrated auger maker in his younger days. His augers were of such a superior quality that he could not make them fast enough to supply the demand. He married Jane McCormack, and they had -- Nancy, John, Lucy, Martha, Charles W., James R., Margaret G., Mary E., Montezuma and George W.
‎(end excerpt)‎

In transcribing this excerpt I made every effort to type it exactly as the book has it. So yes, the book has the name as Word rather than Ward.
Many of the biographies and stories in this book were gathered by Bryan and Rose during interviews with locals and various family members who were alive during the writing of the book. Therefor the information is basically anecdotal and questionable as a source. But it does give us some leads into where to look for information and it\'s a great read.

- Ellen Jane, March 2007


John Ward married the widow Lucy Rice Wood 1 June 1797 in Goochland County, Virginia. The first three of their four children were born in rapid succession there before the family picked up and moved west in 1803 to the newly developing farmlands of central Kentucky in Franklin County. This was a difficult trek through the Shenandoah Valley and over the Appalachian mountains; a distance of over 350 miles. John was a farmer in Kentucky for the next fourteen years. In the summer of 1817 John moved his family westward once again. This time they went west to Louisville where they either travelled down the Ohio River by flatboat or crossed the river there and headed on through present-day Indiana and Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri on the Mississippi River. Following Daniel Boone's Trace westward from the river another 80 miles, they staked out their new home on the Boone's Lick Road becoming only the second settler there in what is now Callaway County near Fulton, Missouri. John lived another eleven years and died in Callaway County, Missouri, 27 September 1828 at the age of 63. Andrew Jackson was elected President just two months later. John probably would have voted for him since he is said to have been a Democrat. -William E. Ward Family History

We finally have found some justification for family lore that John and Lucy WARD and their family moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1817. Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri provides good documentation for that move.

"In the summer of 1815, Col. Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone, the great pioneer, with a company of fifty men surveyed and marked out the 'Boone's Lick Road' from St. Charles to the 'lick' in Howard county. Previous to that time the traveler pursued his route wholly by courses and trails through the forest and prairie, and as the lick furnished salt for the eastern portion of the Territory, it became necessary to have a distinct and direct road between the two points. This road pursues a west-by-north course, and bisects Callaway county at a distance of eighteen miles on the east, and twenty-six miles on the west side from the Missouri River. It passes alternately through forest and prairie, and traverses a rich agricultural country. It was not long, therefore, after the location of this road till the county began to grow in population, settlers coming in from Kentucky, Virginia and other States. The first settlements on the Boone's Lick road were those of Aaron Watson in the spring of 1816, and John Ward in the summer of 1817."

"The settlers prior to 1817, as far as can be ascertained were, in and near Cote Sans Dessein, Jean Baptiste, Francois, Joseph and Louis Roi, Joseph Rivard, Joseph Tibeau, Baptiste Graza, Francois Tyon, Baptiste and Louis Denoya, ____Urno___, Louis Labras, Louis Vincennes, Nicholas Foy and Louis Laptant, French Catholics; Patrick Ewing, Asa Williams, Thomas Smith, Johnathan Ramsey, Major Jesse and George Evans. Further north were John Ham, Johnathan Crow, Rev. William Coats, Thomas Kitching, William Pratt, Joseph Callaway, John Ward, Aaron Watson, Felix Brown and John French."


THIS REC'D 19 DEC. 1988

Begin Original Document

Know all men by these presents that we John Ward
and William Smith are held & firmly bound unto the
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the time
being & his Successors in office, for the use of the Common
wealth in the sum of One hundred & fifty Dollars
payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said
Governor & his Successors to which payment well and
truly to be made we bind ourselves & each of ourselves
& each of our heirs, Executors & _______firmly by these our
hands. Fixed with our seals dated this the first day of
June 1797. 1 JUNE 1797

The condition of this obligation is such that if
there be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage in-
tended to be had & solemnized between the above
bound Jno Ward and Lucy Wood then this
obligation to be void else in force.

Witness John Ward ‎(seal)‎
Wm Smith ‎(seal)‎

Fred Bates

End Original Document

Transcribed, 4 February 2008, by William E. Ward and Jane.

Though I have left it in the transcription I do not believe the date enclosed in bold type was an original part of the document. It looks like the same handwriting of the 1988 clerk who had made notes at the top of the page. Also note after each witness's name there is a squiggle that represents the word seal. Sometimes in these old documents you see the word seal written very clearly with a little cloud around them and other times they are represented by the various clerks' artistic squiggles. Digital Image of document contributed by "Cheryl"



John Ward's land in Montgomery/Callaway County, Missouri

John in 1819 agreed to purchase and pay for 160 acres of land an entire quarter section, "South East quarter of section No2 in Township 48 North in Range 8 West", by 1823.

On 28 May 1819 it says he paid up front 80.00 on 19 April 1819 and a certificate of the transaction is issued on 28 May 1819. This certificate states he is to make one payment per year of 80.00 until all is paid off in 1823, for a total of 320.00.

On the 22 of April 1820 John filled out the back of the original purchase certificate saying he is selling his quarter section of land to Charles for 80.00. But all is X'd out.

John died in 27 September 1828 and was buried 30 September 1828 ‎(per WEW manuscript of 1984)‎

In 1829 Charles Rice Ward and heirs receive what is titled "Final Certificate No. 1297 which is a payment record for the land.
The left side of this payment certificate states:
28 May 1819 E ½ SE ¼ 2 - 48.8W Date of purchase 28 May 1819, purchase money 160.00.
The right side of this payment certificate states:
28 May 1819 By cash 40.00
2 July 1829 By W1/2 SE ¼ 2 - 48-8W 40.00
" By Cash 50.00
" Discount 30.00 80.00
Dollars 160.00
It then states that Charles R Ward and other heirs can turn in this certificate and receive the patent for the land.

??? 1 January 1830 a patent is issued for the East half of the South East quarter of section two in Township forty eight of Range Eight West containing 80 acres. ???

4 October 1836 Ward widow and relict of John Ward Dec’d Charles Ward and Jane his wife and William Ward, Mary his wife and Nancy Stewart of the County of Callaway… … sell unto the said Francis B. Garrett the following tract of land ‎[to wit]‎ the East half of the South East quarter of section No 2 in township No 48 North and Range 8 West containing eighty acres

According to the payment certificate John paid off the 80 acres of the east half of section 2 and in 1829 after, John's death, the family paid off the 80 acres of the west half of section 2. But they received the Patent certificate for only the 80 acres in the East half of the section.
If the East ½ was paid for in 1819 as stated and the West ½ is paid for by the heirs in 1829 why didn't they receive a patent for the whole thing or at least the West ½ they paid for???

I have searched the Bureau of Land Management and cannot find this property patent listed.

Further research in the archives will be necessary to solve this mystery. -Jane 25 March 2008

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John Ward to Charles R. Ward
Deed Book A Callaway County Missouri pages 35, 36 and 37


‎(Begin page 35)‎

Know all men by these presents that I
John Ward of the County of Callaway
and State of Missouri hath this twenty third
day of March one thousand eight hun-
dred and twenty one bargained sold
and delivered to Charles R Ward, our

‎(note in left margin - John Ward To Charles R. Ward Deed)‎

‎(End page 35 begin page 36)‎

brown mare and colt, one wagon
and geers, one white cow, two brin-
dled yearlings, one red and white
‎(seer?)‎, one red and white cow, and
two small yearlings, fifty six head of
hogs, four feather beads and furniture two
dozen pewter plates half dozen cups and
saucers, three dishes one Tea board three
pewter dishes, three pitchers one folding
table, seven chairs one chest one pair
of handirons, one pair of stilyards one pair
of smoothing iron one shot gun one Rifle
gun two falling axes one broad axe two
grubbing hoes two weeding hoes two ploughs two
wedges one handsaw one drawing knife three
chissels two augers two fire shovels one set
of knives and forks, one coffee mill two
large kettles and one skillet and one tea
kettle two ovens, one gridiron, three pair of
pothooks, one saddle one anville and
vice for and in consideration of the sum
of three hundred and ninety dollars to
me in hand paid and secured to be
paid I do hereby transfer all my right
and like to the said property to the said
Charles R Ward, In Testimony of which I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day
of March one thousand eight hundred
and twenty one, in ‎(presents?)‎ of
John Ward L.S.
John French
Henry Fletcher

State of Missouri
‎(S ck?)‎
Callaway County Personally appeared before

‎(End page 36 begin page 37)‎

me the subscriber one of the Justices of
the county court of said county John
Ward the grantor in the within deed
of gift and acknowledged the same to
be his act and Deed for the purposes
therein mentioned. Given under my hand
and seal this 29th day of March 1821
Benjamin Young C.C.J. C.C.

State of Missouri
‎(S ck?)‎
Callaway County

I Irvine Hockaday Clerk
of the Circuit Court and ex officio Recorder of
the County aforesaid do hereby certify that this
Deed together with the foregoing certificate of
acknowledgement was produced to me on the
29th day of March 1821. and by virtue of said
certificate the said Deed and Certificate has
been duly recorded in my office.
Irvine O. Hockaday

‎(Note in left margin - Exams X)‎

‎(End page 37)‎



brindled - Having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring

broad axe - A large headed axe Usually one side is flat and the other side beveled, though sometimes both sides are beveled. Used for the roughdressing of timber. In the 19th Century, the broadaxe was commonly used in manufacture of square timber,for shaping logs used in log cabin construction and in the manufacture of axe ties.

drawing knife - A knife with a handle at each end used for shaving over a surface with a drawing motion.

ex officio - Lat. term used to designate powers exercised by public officials by virtue or because of the office they hold.

falling axe - An axe used to "fall" trees. To fall a tree means to cut it down.

fire shovel - A small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace.

gridiron - A grated iron utensil for broiling meat and fish over coals.

handirons - AKA andiron. A utensil for supporting wood when burning in a fireplace, one being placed on each side

pothooks - An S-shaped hook on which pots and kettles are hung over an open fire.

stilyard - A simple, yet accurate scale used for weighing flour, sugar, and other foodstuffs. It consisted of a lever that was notched and graduated in lbs. along its top edge. Its fulcrum consisted of a clevis with a hook at the far left hand side for hanging up on a doorway or tree limb. Another clevis and hook positioned slightly farther to the left of the hanging clevis hung down and this hook was for the item being weighed ‎(often in a sack)‎. A cast iron weight with a long hook was then placed ‎(to the right of the clevis)‎ on the lever and moved along until balance was achieved. The weight of the item was indicated by the graduations. Since a lot of farm goods were traded and bartered the stilyard was a necessary item in the old days .

smoothing iron - Home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth

tea board - A board or tray for holding a tea set

Transcribed by Jane 18 March 2008
Digital image contributed by "Cheryl" to Kindred Tapestry 27 January 2008

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A portion of the land John Ward purchased in 1819 was sold by his heirs, after his death, in 1836.

Deed of Sale
Callaway County Real Estate Parcel 4, October 1836
Callaway County, Missouri Deed Book E pg. 149 and 150


This Indenture made and entered into this 4th day of October in the year
of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty six between Lucy Ward widow and relict of John Ward Dec’d Charles Ward and Jane his wife and William Ward, Mary his wife and Nancy Stewart of the County of Callaway and State of Missouri of one part and Francis B. Garrett of the County and
State of or said of the other part Witnesseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars in hand paid to them paid the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge, they the said Lucy Ward
Charles Ward and Jane his wife, William Ward and Mary his wife and
Nancy Stewart, hath granted, bargained, and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said Francis B. Garrett the following tract
of land ‎[to wit]‎ the East half of the South East quarter of section No 2 in
township No 48 North and Range 8 West containing eighty acres situate
and lying in the County of Callaway and State of Missouri aforesaid. To have and to hold the above described tract of land with all the privileges and appurtenances to the said Francis B. Garrett his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Lucy Ward Charles Ward and Jane his wife, and William Ward and Mary his wife and Nancy Stewart do hereby for themselves their heirs & ____ and agree to warrant and forever defend the title of the foregoing described land with the privileges and appurtenances to the said Francis B Garrett and his heirs and assigns against the claim or claims of all persons whatsoever.
In testimony whereof they have hereunto set their hands and affixed
their seals this day and year before before written.

William R Ward ‎(seal)‎
Lucy Ward ‎(seal)‎
Nancy Stewart ‎(seal)‎
Charles R Ward ‎(seal)‎
Jane X Ward ‎(seal)‎
Mary Ward ‎(seal)‎

Signed under and
delivered in presence of
R.W. Jackson SPCC

State of Missouri
County of Callaway



‎(Transcriber’s explanation)‎
Following the foregoing are three attestations to the veracity of the above document and signatures; first by R W Jackson of the Circuit Court with John Barry a Justice of the peace; second by Roger N Todd clerk; and third by Jas. Baskett, Recording. This transcription copied verbatim as much as possible the hand-writing on the Indenture itself, including the lack of or existence of any punctuation. Spelling was not corrected nor was capitalization added.
‎(William E. Ward)‎

Transcribed by William E. Ward 19 January 2008
Contributed by "Cheryl" to Kindred Tapestry_WARD 15 January 2008

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Family with Parents
John Ward ‎(I279)‎
Birth Ireland or England
Death about 1785 ? Spotsylvania, Virginia
John Ward ‎(I277)‎
Birth about 1765 Virginia
Death 27 September 1828 ‎(Age 63)‎ Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.
Sister (Birth)
Mary Ward ‎(I280)‎
Birth Virginia
Death Yes
Brother (Birth)
Charles Ward ‎(I281)‎
Birth Virginia
Death Yes
Sister (Birth)
Eliza Ward ‎(I282)‎
Birth Virginia
Death Yes
Brother (Birth)
Thomas Ward ‎(I283)‎
Birth Virginia
Death Yes
Sister (Birth)
Fanny Ward ‎(I284)‎
Birth Virginia
Death Yes
Family with Lucy Rice
John Ward ‎(I277)‎
Birth about 1765 Virginia
Death 27 September 1828 ‎(Age 63)‎ Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.
2 years
Lucy Rice ‎(I278)‎
Birth about 1767 55 53 Goochland County, Virginia
Death December 1845 ‎(Age 78)‎ Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.

Marriage: 1 June 1797 -- Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.A.
18 months
Son (Birth)
William Rice Ward ‎(I409)‎
Birth 14 December 1798 33 31 Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.A.
Death before 5 April 1887 ‎(Age 88)‎ Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, U.S.A.
11 months
Charles Rice "Uncle Charley" Ward ‎(I15)‎
Birth 15 November 1799 34 32 near Richmond, Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.A.
Death 5 May 1882 ‎(Age 82)‎ Willows, Glenn County, California, U.S.A.
14 months
Daughter (Birth)
Matilda Ward ‎(I411)‎
Birth about 1801 36 34 Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.A.
Death about 1806 ‎(Age 5)‎ Franklin County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
3 years
Daughter (Birth)
Nancy R. Ward ‎(I412)‎
Birth 1 June 1804 39 37 Kentucky
Death 5 August 1885 ‎(Age 81)‎ Age: 81 y, 2 m, 4 d. Callaway County, Missouri, U.S.A.

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