Nahum WARD

Father: William WARD
Mother: Hanna BRIGHAM


                  _William WARD ____
 _William WARD __|
|                |_Elizabeth _____ _
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|--Nahum WARD 
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|                 _Thomas BRIGHAM __
|_Hanna BRIGHAM _|
                 |_Mercy HURD ______

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His career was one of note and diversity. He was a sailor, a Boston
merchant, a town founder and real estate operator, a militia officer, a lawyer
and judge.
The call of the sea came first, and while still in his twenties he was
master of a vessel in the West-Indian service. "A spiritual change came over him
and induced him," he said, "to relinquish that made of life and go into trade in
Boston." There we find him admitted by the selectmen as a "new inhabitant," May
6, 1714. Two years later he was again in Marlborough at the time that plans were
being perfected for the division of a westward tract of 3200 acres, Known as the
" Haynes Farm," and he purchased the shares of two of its twenty-three owners.
The division of the property was followed by a petition to the General Court
for land contiguous to and surrounding both the Haynes and other privately owned
tracts for the formation of a new township. This was granted and "Shrewsbury"
was established, with forty-four original proprietors - Nabum Ward being one of
them.
Ten years later the town ship was incorporated, and he was elected
moderator (or "mayor"), chairman of its first board of selectmen, and assessor.
The office of moderator he held for twenty-two years; that of selectman
twenty-three years. He was the town's first representative in the General Court
and served wight years in the legislature. In addition were two years as town
clerk, and four as town treasurer.
In 1731 he was admitted to the bar and became a practising lawyer, being in
the same year commissioned as justice of the peace. In 1745 he was appointed
judge of the Court of Common Pleas. His military titles show the same
advance--from ensign in the town's "foot company" in 1722 to the command of his
regiment in or before 1736.
He dealt largely in the town lands, both buying and selling, and had
interests also in Sturbridge, Tyringham, and other townships.
About 1725 he moved into the large house he had built on a site nearly
opposite that on which he erected the "Artemas Ward House" a few years later,
and there he resided until his death. Later it became well known as the Baldwin
Tavern. Its site is now part of Dean Park.
The original double headstone of Nahum and Martha Ward is embedded in the
east face of the west pier of the General Ward Memorial Entrance to the
Shrewsbury Cemetery.
He had seven children. His sixth, Artemas, was the most famous. He became
the first Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolution.

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Obadiah WARD

Father: William WARD
Mother: _____ * UNKNOWN


                    __
 _William WARD ____|
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|--Obadiah WARD 
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|                   __
|______ * UNKNOWN _|
                   |__

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WWG #4.

He had land assigned to him in Sudbury, Mass., on his coming
of age in 1653. His removal to Marlborough is told in Chapter
VIII. See especially the reference to him in the chapter
"Founding a Second Township". He was one of the three contractors
for the erection in 1661 of the frame of the minister's house. He
was a delegate to the Council for Safety of the People and
Conservation of the Peace, May 9 and 22, and June 5, 1689. and
also a representative at the General Court 1690-1691 during the
critical period intervening between the forcible deposition of
Governor Andros and the convening of the General Court under the
new charter.

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Richard WARD

Father: William WARD
Mother: _____ * UNKNOWN


                    __
 _William WARD ____|
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|--Richard WARD 
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|                   __
|______ * UNKNOWN _|
                   |__

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WWG #5. Drowned in the Sudbury River.

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Ruth Lamira WARD

Father: Jonathan WARD
Mother: Susannah TAYLOR


                    _Kerley WARD ______
 _Jonathan WARD ___|
|                  |_Catherine GRAHAM _
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|--Ruth Lamira WARD 
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|                   ___________________
|_Susannah TAYLOR _|
                   |___________________

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She had four children.

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Samuel WARD

Father: Kerley WARD
Mother: Catherine GRAHAM


                     _Hezekiah WARD __
 _Kerley WARD ______|
|                   |_Hannah BELLOWS _
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|--Samuel WARD 
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|                    _John GRAHAM ____
|_Catherine GRAHAM _|
                    |_Jane THOMPSON __

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He married in 1807, but his wife's name is unknown.

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Samuel WARD

Father: William WARD
Mother: Elizabeth _____


                    __
 _William WARD ____|
|                  |__
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|--Samuel WARD 
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|                   __
|_Elizabeth _____ _|
                   |__

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WWG #8. Will dated 22 May 1727, contested 19 Dec 1729.

Samuel's house-lot (by reversion from his brother Richard--
see Chapter VIII) was west of the Indian line, and probably near
the old John Gleason place. His contract with his parents and his
standing under the will of his father are told near the end of
Chapter X.
Under him, succeeding his father, the original "William
Ward" house (i.e., the remaining structure on the original site)
was frequently the place of the midweek church meetings and also
the recognized abode of visiting and temporary ministers. During
the intermittent French and Indian wars from 1689 to 1713, it was
a garrison-house as during King Philip's War.
In his will dated May 22, 1727, Samuel Ward says he is "well
stricken in years and crazy in body, but of perfect mind, and
memory," His will was contested on Probate Court, December 19,
1729, by all his children and heirs (except his son Samuel, the
chief beneficiary in virtue of a concurrent agreement to care for
him and his wife during their lives) on the ground that he was
crazy in mind as well as in body. At length the heirs agreed
among themselves touching his will, and desired the judge to
approve it.

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Samuel WARD

Father: Jonathan WARD
Mother: Susannah TAYLOR


                    _Kerley WARD ______
 _Jonathan WARD ___|
|                  |_Catherine GRAHAM _
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|--Samuel WARD 
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|                   ___________________
|_Susannah TAYLOR _|
                   |___________________

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In 1846 he purchased a farm in Buckland and worked it for fory-eight years.
It was then owned and operated by his son Hezekiah Erwin Ward. He had five
children with his first wife and one with his second.

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Samuel Franklin WARD

Father: Jonathan WARD
Mother: Electra KING


                  _Jonathan WARD ___
 _Jonathan WARD _|
|                |_Susannah TAYLOR _
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|--Samuel Franklin WARD 
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|                 _John KING _______
|_Electra KING __|
                 |_Electa SHATTUCK _

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Sarah WARD

Father: Hezekiah WARD
Mother: Sarah GREEN


                  _William WARD ___
 _Hezekiah WARD _|
|                |_Jane CLEVELAND _
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|--Sarah WARD 
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|                 _________________
|_Sarah GREEN ___|
                 |_________________

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She had nine children.

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Submit WARD

Father: William WARD
Mother: Jane CLEVELAND


                   _William WARD _____
 _William WARD ___|
|                 |_Hanna BRIGHAM ____
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|--Submit WARD 
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|                  _Samuel CLEVELAND _
|_Jane CLEVELAND _|
                  |_Jane KEYES _______

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Died the next day.

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