Monday, July 25, 2011

RICHARD WARD (1692-1761) OF HENRICO & LUNENBURG COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA

RICHARD WARD as proven by Henrico Court Records, was born 29 October 1692 at Sheffield Plantation in Henrico Co., VA as the third of four sons of SETH and ANN HATCHER WARD. He was deceased by 23 November 1761 at Lunenburg County, Virginia.  His brothers were: SETH WARD, married MARTHA WORSHAM; JOSEPH WARD, married SARAH STEWART; and BENJAMIN WARD, married ANNE ANDERSON. After his father's death, his mother married secondly WILLIAM BLACKMAN.

About 1716 RICHARD WARD married firstly, FRANCES WORSHAM, and they had two known children, BENJAMIN  born 1717 & TAHPANES (born 1729) who married PHILIP WEBBER.  Sometime between 1729 and 1759 FRANCES WORSHAM WARD died.  In 1759 Richard married secondly MARY JOHNS (daughter of THOMAS RICE JOHNS and CATHERINE AUSTIN) and had a son, RICHARD WARD Jr. born c1760,  & daughter CATHERINE WARD born 1761. Mary disappeared from the records shortly after Richard Ward's death.

RICHARD WARD led an interesting and colorful life. He lived at various times in Brunswick County, Cumberland County, Henrico, and Lunenburg in Virginia and briefly in Granville Co., NC.  He was frequently involved in legal disputes demonstrated through court records.  He had 4 known children, 19 grand-children, & 62 great-grandchildren.

In 1708 The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover 1709-1712," edited by Wright and Tinling, I take note of the entry for 18 Dec 1710:  ". . . About 12 o'clock came DICK WARD from above to settle accounts with me. He did not tell me that some part of the dam was gone, but Ralph G-p-l-n did tell me there was three feet of it gone . . . "

Further proof is needed for the following allegations as more than one Richard Ward lived in Henrico at the time.  A Richard Ward was in Henrico County court several times 1714 to 1724 accused  of fighting in court, theft, assault & battery, trespass, not paying his bills, & swearing. Below are some of these dubious achievements. In August 1714 authorities arrested THOMAS MATTHEWS, EDWARD MATTHEWS, & RICHARD WARD for fighting in the court. In September 1720 RICHARD WARD trespassed on the land of his brother SETH WARD and assaulted him. Richard was arrested but when he did not appear in court, the Court imposed on him a £50 judgement to be voided if RICHARD showed at the next court. We presume THOMAS TURPIN, RICHARD'S surety, got him to court.  The next month, JOHN SOANE accused RICHARD WARD of trespass, and in February 1720/1 GEORGE RONALD brought a complaint against him.  WILLIAM RANDOLPH sued Richard for to collect money owed to him in court in August 1721.  RICHARD was guilty of some lesser offenses. In June 1722 a grand jury indicted him for swearing and ordered him to pay the churchwardens 5 shillings or 50 pounds of tobacco. His brother SETH was his security. Ironically court records identify RICHARD WARD as an Under Deputy Sheriff in January 1722/3 and during the next two years he brought minor complaints against JOHN PETER BONDURANT and JOHN BURTON. In June 1724 RICHARD DENNIS complained to a Henrico County justice that RICHARD stole eight or nine bushels of Indian corn. They arrested RICHARD but it seems he escaped prosecution on a technicality. The court concluded 'the proceedings upon said complaint are not legal, the same is dismissed and each party is ordered to pay his own costs.'  RICHARD's last appearance in Henrico County court was in October 1724 for assaulting and beating JOHN BURTON. A jury awarded BURTON 17 shillings and court costs. He evidently took his frustration elsewhere as THOMAS FRANKLIN accused RICHARD WARD of assault and battery in Amelia County in 1736."  In 1723 Richard Ward obtained by "Distrainte" from Thomas Pleasants one feather bed, one sheet, and one blanket. (Henrico Co., VA Monthly Meeting, Pleasants)

LAND PATENTS GRANTED TO RICHARD WARD:
1733, March 3:  Goochland (later Cumberland) County, 450 acres N side of Appomattox River beginning at the mouth of Angola Creek [Register of Land Office, Richmond, Patent Book 15, p. 180].
1740, August 28:  Prince Edward County, 400 acres on the Appomattox River (Early Settlers of Prince Edward County}
1742, January 12:  Brunswick County, 400 acres, S side Ward's fork. [Note:  in present Charlotte County.]
1742, July 30:  Goochland County, 200 acres south side James River on Swift Creek, in a Meadow; adjacent Thomas Watkins, Michael Garthwright & John Maxey; Whereas by Patent 11 April 1732 granted Nathaniel Maxey 11 April 1732 {PB 14, p 394) and whereas the said Nathaniel Maxey hath failed to make Cultivation & Improvement and Richard Ward hath made Humble Suit and obtained a Grant for the same. {Included in Thomas Green's PB 27, p 132); [Patent Book 20, p. 411]
1742/43, February 12:  Brunswick County, 304 acres on north side Ward Fork down said creek,  adjoining MARTIN.  [Patent Book 20, 254]  [Note this land is in present Charlotte County.]
1742/43, February 12:  RICHARD WARD, Brunswick County, 320 acres, South side of Ward's Fork, adj. Martin, 2 pounds, Patent Book 21, page 196.
1746/47, January 12:  Brunswick County, 404 acres on South side of Wards fork; 2 pounds; `1Patent Book 28, page 68.
1746, March 29:  Goochland County Deed Book 3:172:  Indenture between WILLIAM KANNON, carpenter of Goochland & RICHARD WARD of same, L55, 492 acres, patented to JOHN MARTAN by patent 20 Aug 1741 and by  MARTIN sold to said WILLIAM CANNON & bounded by the creek. Signed William Cannon. Witnessed by JOHN COX, FREDRICK COX, JOHN JONES.  April 3, 1746 Court recorded.
1746, August 28:  Amelia County VA (later Prince Edward County)  400 acres South side Appomattox River adjoining Osborne's line, beginning at Osborne's corner white oak on the river; formerly granted to JOHN DAWSON, since deceased, 30 July 1738, and Henry Dawson, son & heir of said John Dawson, failing to seat, same is now granted to RICHARD WARD having made humble Suit and hath obtained a Grant for the same.  (Probably the same 400 acres that RICHARD WARD gifted to his daughter, TAHPANES WARD, on 5 September 1754 in Prince Edward County, VA.)  Patent Book 25:217
1748, September 20:  Amelia County (later Prince Edward Co.)  RICHARD WARD, 500 acres, South side of Little Saylor's Creek, part of a patent for 3146 acres formerly granted JOHN CRAWFORD by patent 5 June 1736 and forfeited for want of seating; upon the Petition of the sd Richard Ward to our General Court the said Land.   Patent Book 28, p. 376]
1748, September 28 Lunenburg County, VA Deed Book 4, p321.
I, REECE PREECE, of Lunenburg, for 50 pounds sell to RICHARD WARD of Goochland County, one plantation & parcel of land conveyed from JOHN SMITH to PREECE by Lunenburg deed of April 1, 1748, containing 337 acres in Lunenburg in Wards Fork and bounded by trees. signed Sep 28, 1748. REES PREES.  Witness MATHEW TALBOT, JOHN GWIN, PERRIN ALDAY.  Recorded October 5, 1756 after PERRIN AULDAY, one of the witnesses gave oath, and CATHRINE, wife of said REES, relinquished her right of dower and on 6 October 1756 the deed was further proved by the oath of Matthew Talbot, Gentleman.  [Note:  in present Charlotte County]
1748, November 23, Lunenburg County Deed Book 1, p 386:  JOSEPH WARD of Amelia County for 50 pounds to RICHARD WARD of Goochland County, 50 pounds, a plantation and 200 acres on the north side of Stanton River, signed 23 November 1748, JOSEPH WARD.  Witnesses, PERRIN ALLDAY, JOHN GWIN, JOHN AUSTIN.  Recorded February 1748.

1749, page 93, William Caldwell's List of Tithes from Falling River to Little Roanoke River, Lunenburg County, Virginia listed RICHARD WARD and his overseer, PERRIN ALDAY.  (Source:  Sunlight on the Southside) [Note:  Falling River is in present Campbell County, formerly Lunenburg County.]
1749, June 5, Lunenburg County Road Orders, O.S. page 156:  Ordered that a road be laid off & clear'd the best and most convenient way from Youngs Mill Path to Little Roanoke Bridge at Coles Road and SAMUEL DUVAL is appointed Surveyor thereof. And it is ordered that the said Duval with all the Male Labouring Tithable Persons Convenient thereto, to wit, SAMUEL JOHNSON, WILLIAM JOHNSON, STEPHEN COLLINS, and his son, JOHN PRATT, CLEMENT READS Tithable, THOMAS VERNON, JOHN AUSTIN, JOHN ADKINS, JOHN AUSTIN JUR. RICHARD WARDS - TITHABLES, and all others Convenient therefore forthwith Clear and keep the same in Repair according to law.

1750, page 150, Richard Ward was listed in the Tithables of Lunenburg County, Virginia on the list of Abraham Martin.  (Source:  Sunlight on the Southside)

1751, September 19:  Amelia County, RICHARD WARD of Cumberland County to JAMES MITCHELL of Raleigh Parish, Amelia County, 1000 pounds currency, 500 acres in AMELIA COUNTY on South side of Little Sailor Creek.  (Amelia County Deed Book 4, page 148).  [Note this property, SaIlors Creek, appears to be in present Prince Edward County probably SW of Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park near property deeded to Richard Ward's daughter, Tahpenes Ward, in 1754 and which was left by will to his son, Richard Ward, Jr., in 1762).

1752, RICHARD WARD, 3 Tithables, Lunenburg County, VA, William Caldwell's List ; page 188; JAMES WILSON was listed with Richard Ward.  (source: Sunlight on the Southside)

1754, September 5: Prince Edward County,  RICHARD WARD of Cumberland County deeded to his daughter TAHPENES WARD of Cumberland County, deed of gift, 400 acres in Prince Edward County, on Appomattox River, adjoining JOSEPH WARD, JOHN JOHNSON, DAVID GREENHILL, formerly HENRY DAWSON. Witness:  BENJAMIN WARD.  (Prince Edward Records, Deed Book I, page 15) (Note:  TAHPANES WARD married PHILLIP WEBBER in 1751.  This would be the same 400 acres that Richard Ward acquired 28 August 1746 in Prince Edward County, prior to the formation of that county from Amelia County in 1753 as previously noted in 1746, August 28:  Amelia County (later Prince Edward), 400 acres S side Appomattox River adjoining Osborne's line, beginning at Osborne's corner white oak on the river; formerly granted to JOHN DAWSON, since deceased, 30 July 1738, and Henry Dawson, son & heir of said John Dawson, failing to seat, same is now granted to RICHARD WARD. , Patent Book 25, p. 217]   [Note:  The above described land is probably situated north of Hwgs 460 & 370 and north of Rice, east of Farmville, according to a present day topographical mouth of Prince Edward County.]

1754, September 5:  Lunenburg County,  RICHARD WARD of Southam Parish, Cumberland County, for L500 currency, conveyed to BENJAMIN WARD of Granville County, NC, 13 Negroes, all stock of horses, cattle, hogs, household furniture belonging to my plantation in Lunenburg County. (Lunenburg Records Deed Book 4, page 288;  duplicate record Lunenburg Deed Book 5, page 197.)

1755, June 25:  Lunenburg County, VA.  RICHARD WARD witnessed the will of THOMAS WILLIAMSON.  Will Book 2, page 154, recorded 7 October 1755.

1755, June 30:  Lunenburg County, RICHARD WARD of Cumberland Co., VA conveyed to BENJAMIN WARD of Granville Co., NC, for 1500 pounds currency, all said RICHARD WARD' s lands in Lunenburg Co., on Ward's Ford, branch of Little Roanoke, & all buildings & appurtenances.  Signed RICHARD WARD.  Witnesses, JOHN COX, MICAJAH SMITHSON, JAMES CARY JR.  Recorded 1 July 1755.  (Lunenburg Deed Book 4, page 150)

1755, June 30:  Lunenburg County, RICHARD WARD, late of Cumberland Co., VA but at present of Granville Co., NC, Planter, granted his power of attorney to his trusty friend, BENJAMIN WARD, late of Granville Co., NC, but now of Lunenburg Co., VA to demand, sue for, recover, receive of all persons indebted to me in Virginia and to deliver up in execution all persons whom I have become special for in any suit or action now pending and undetermined in any court of Virginia.  (Lunenburg Deed Book 4, page 151).    (NOTE:  Benjamin Ward mentioned herein may be Richard's nephew. The Census Index of Colonial America indicates that in 1755 and 1769 a Benjamin Ward was enumerated in Granville Co., NC.]

On 18 April 1758 BENJAMIN & MARTHA WARD of Granville County conveyed to HENRY WARD of Amelia County for 550 pounds all his lands in Lunenburg deeded him on June 30, 1755 by RICHARD WARD.  In his will dated 14 April 1765 HENRY WARD willed this land at Ward's Fork, half to his own son BENJAMIN WARD and half to another son HENRY WARD, JR.]  [ Ward's Fork Mill can be presently found on a topographical map in Charlotte County, VA, near Roanoke Creek Dam No. 6A; off Highway 47; north west of Cullen, south east of Vincent Corner, northwest of Charlotte Court House.  This land is located in close proximity to the border of Prince Edward & Charlotte Counties.]

1755, July 21:  Lunenburg County,  Trial of RICHARD WARD for a felony (nature not given); not guilty and instantly discharged.  NATHANIEL BASSETT came into court and made oath that he believed himself in danger of his life from RICHARD WARD and said WARD is bound over to keep the peace, etc, his bondsmen being JAMES CARY, JR., BEN HARRIS, JEREMIAH HATCHER & BENJAMIN WARD.  (Lunenburg Order Book 1754-55, pages not numbered.)

1755, November 6:  Lunenburg County Road Orders, page 44:  Ordered that the following Persons be added to the Road whereof SAMUEL JOHNSON is surveyor to assist the said Johnson in Clearing & keeping the same repaired, to wit, JOHN PLEASANTS & RICHARD WARDS male Labouring Tithables, JAMES NELSON, GEORGE HARRIS & JOHN BUTLER

1756, July 7, Lunenburg County Virginia Deed Book 1757-1761, Deed  Book 5, page 197:  "I RICHARD WARD of the Parish of Southam in the County of Cumberland for 500 pounds to me in hand paid by BENJAMIN WARD of Granville County, NC, have sold him 13 Negroes:  WILL, LUCY, TOM, AGGA, BILLY, DAVIE, JENNY, JACK, BESS, GIDDY, ABSALOM, PETER & HANNAH.  Also all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs & household furniture belonging to my Lunenburg plantation.  Signed September 5, 1754:  RICHARD WARD. Witnessed:  CHARLES CUPPLES, JOHN FORD, ABRAHAM BAKER.  The bill of sale was recorded July 7, 1756.

1758, April 18; Lunenburg County Deed Book 5, page 217.
From BENJAMIN WARD and MARTHA, his wife, of Granville County, North Carolina to HENRY WARD of Amelia County for 550 pounds, all his lands in Lunenburg County, being on Wards Fork, a branch of Little Roanoke [Roanoke River] and being all the land that the said BENJAMIN WARD had of RICHARD WARD which was deeded to him on June 30, 1755.  Signed BENJAMIN WARD.  Witnesses, JOHN COX JR., EDWARD HOGANS (HOGINS), JOHN POTTER. Recorded 2 May 1758.
[NOTE:  This Benjamin Ward is probably the nephew of said Richard Ward; Martha is Martha Lyle.  Ward's Fork Mill can be presently found on a topographical map in Charlotte County, VA, near Roanoke Creek Dam No. 6A; off Highway 47; north west of Cullen, south east of Vincent      Corner, northwest of Charlotte Court House.  This land is located in close proximity to the border of Prince Edward & Charlotte Counties.]

1758, September 28:  Lunenburg County, REECE PREECE of Lunenburg County for L50 currency conveys to RICHARD WARD of Goochland, 337 acres on Wards Fork, Lunenburg County.
[Ward's Fork Mill can be presently found on a topographical map in Charlotte County, VA, near Roanoke Creek Dam No. 6A; off Highway 47; north west of Cullen, south east of Vincent Corner, northwest of Charlotte Court House.]

1760, 3 March:  Lunenburg County Deeds, page 669, BENJAMIN WARD recorded 1,316 acres on both sides of Little Horsepen Creek adjacent to WILLIAM and MAYS, for 6 pounds 15 shillings.
[Little Horsepen Creek can be presently located on a topographical map near Roanoke Creek Dam No. 49A; it is north of Formosa, north east of Rancolph, and south seast from Sax, and west off Highway 47; about 15.5 miles south of Wards Fork Mill.)

1761, October 13:  Lunenburg County, JAMES CALDWELL, of Lunenburg County, to RICHARD WARD of Lunenburg County for 60 pounds currency, 160 1/2 acres on branches of Sandy Creek.  (Lunenburg Deed Book 7, page 157).  [Sandy Creek can be presently located on a topographical map in Charlotte County, VA south of Highway 40 between Phenix (to the west) and Womachs (to the east) and southwest from Wards Fork Mill, a distance of approximately five miles or so.]

1762, February 2:  Lunenburg County, VA Will Book 1:341 (He had died prior to 23 Nov 1761)
WILL OF RICHARD WARD of Cornwall Parish, Lunenburg County, dated November 17, 1759, probated February 2, 1762, devised:  To my son BENJAMIN WARD, 120 acres in Cumberland Parish (or county) adjoining JAMES BROWN, JONAS RENULS, and VALENTINE COLLEY; [NOTE: Cumberland Parish became Bedford County, 1753; (more likely it is in Cumberland County where Richard owned other property] To daughter TAHPENAHS WARD, 1 shilling; To wife MARY WARD is loaned 6 Negroes (BOWSER, HARRY, MODESTY, DICK, ANNIS & MOLL) during her life and is given a feather beds and furniture, riding horse, side saddle, etc, also 350 acres in Lunenburg County between WILLIAM FUQUA and LENNARD WARD to her and her heirs lawfully begotten; To child [sic, Richard Ward] wife [sic, Mary Johns Ward) is now with, 150 acres in Chesterfield County (between the river adjoining ELIZA GAY and SETH WARD, between the road and the river and also 101 acres in Cumberland County between Angolea Creek and Appomattox River and also the land I now enjoy in Lunenburg County and all the Negroes and everything I am possessed within Cumberland County and also in Lunenburg County and 6 Negroes I lent my wife (sic, BOWSER, HARRY, MODESTY, DICK, ANNIS, & MOLL).
Executors:  friend, SEATH WARD & PERRIN ALDAY.
Witnesses:  ABRAHAM MARTIN, NEAL FRANK, JOSHUA WHARTON.

(sic, Mary Johns was a niece of Perrin Alday, who was married to her mother's sister. According to a topographical map of Virginia, the property left to child, Richard Ward, as above described is located presently in Cumberland County, between Angola Creek and the Appomattox River, north east of Farmville.  The land presently is not far from the Amelia County & Prince Edward County lines.  Cumberland County lies on the north side of the Appomattox River & Prince Edward County lies on the south side.  Present Charlotte is about 30 miles south.)

February 2nd Court 1762 the will of RICHARD WARD was exhibited in court by SETH WARD & PERRIN AULDAY, the executors and was proved by the oaths of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded.  And said SETH WARD relinquished, whereupon the motion of PERRIN AULDAY, the other executor, certificate is granted unto him for obtaining a probate of said will, he giving security, whereupon, he together with ALEXANDER JOYCE, THOMAS JOYCE, JOHN PETTUS, DUDLEY BARKSDALE, FRANCIS COOK, WILLIAM COOK, and JOHN RICE, his securities entered into their bond for said AULDAY's due execution of said will.

1762, May 4:  Lunenburg Co., VA Will Book 2, page 131, RICHARD WARD:
Pursuant to an order of the Court in Lunenburg County held February 1762, we JONES RAYNALD, JOEL WALKER & WARREN WALKER, have appraised the estate offered us by PERRIN ALDAY, executor of the estate of RICHARD WARD, deceased in Cumberland County, which is valued in Current money as follows -- 734 pounds 18 shillings 8 pense.  /s/  Friday 30th April 1762, recorded 4 May 1762.

1762, May 4, Will Book 2, page 143, RICHARD WARD:
Pursuant to an order of the Court held in Lunenburg County February 1762, we, SAMUEL JOHNSTON, SAMUEL DAVIS, & ROBERT WOODS, have appraised the estate offered to us by PERRIN ALDAY, executor of the estate of RICHARD WARD, deceased, which in current money is as follows -- 518 pounds 2 shillings 2 pence.  Recorded 4 May 1762.
[Note:  In 1749 Perrin Alday was listed as the overseer of Richard Ward's property in the List of Tithables of Lunenburg County.]\

1763, May Court, Lunenburg County Order Book 9, page 33.
At a Court of Oyer & Terminer appointed and held at Lunenburg Courthouse on May 12, 1763 for the trial of VALL, a Negro man slave belonging to ELIZABETH FUQUA, and BOSEN, a Negro man slave belonging to the estate of RICHARD WARD deceased, on suspicion of their being guilty of burning the dwelling house of OWEN MURFY and stealing 25 pounds 2 shillings 6 pence and wearing apparel, the property of said Murfy.  The prisoners after being set to the bar and being asked if they were guilty say they were not guilty, whereupon divers witnesses were sworn and examined.  Page 34.  and the prisoners were heard in their own defence on consideration whereof, it is the opinion of the Court that VALL & BOSEN are guilty.  It is ordered they be remanded to jail and thence be carried to the place of execution and there be by the Sheriff hanged by their neck until they are dead.  And the Court values VALL at 100 pounds and BOSEN at 10 pounds, which is ordered to be certified to the Assembly for allowance.  But the Court recommends VALL to the Governor for his mercy, thereby begging the pardon of his life.

1763, July 14 Court, Lunenburg County, Order Book 9, page 125.  JOHN WARD, Petitioner, vs. PERRIN ALDAY, Executor of RICHARD WARD deceased, Defendant On a Petition.  The Defendant not appearing, judgment for the Petitioner for 1 pound 17 shillings and 6 pence & the costs.
1763 September 8, Court, Lunenburg County, Order Book 9, page 253.  JAMES TAYLOR & THOMAS BEDFORD

1764, May Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, page 12.
MARY READ, CLEMENT READ, THOMAS READ & PAUL CARRINGTON administrators of CLEMENT READ dec'd Complainants vs REESE PRICE, Defendant on an attachment.  This day came the Plaintiffs by their attorney and the Defendant failing to appear and the Plaintiffs having made oath to their account against said Defendant for 23 pounds & 10 pence ordered that the Plaintiffs recover against the said Defendant the afd sum and costs. PERRIN ALLDAY a garnishee in this suit says that he is willing to answer such judgment as Paulse [sic] shall recover against WARD's estate [sic] as far as assets shall come to his hands.

1764, May Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, page
REES PREES, Plaintiff vs. PERRIN ALLDAY, executor of RICHARD WARD dec'd,l Deft, in Debt.  This day came the Plaintiff by his attorney and the Defendant in his proper person and said Defendant acknowledges the Plaintiffs action.  Ordered that the Plaintiff recover against said Deft. 10 pounds 12 shillings 7 pence and his costs to be levied of the goods & chattels of said testator in the hands of said Deft.  when assets if so much he as, if not, then the costs to be levied of his own proper goods & chattels.

1764, October Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, Page 171:
BENJAMIN WARD is appointed guardian to RICHARD WARD, Orphan of RICHARD WARD deceased whereupon said BENJAMIN together with sufficient Security entered into bond.  [Note: Ben'j is probably Richard Jr.'s half-brother.)

1764, November Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, page 195:
For reasons appearing to the Court, BENJAMIN WARD is removed from his guardianship of RICHARD WARD, Orphan of RICHARD WARD deceased and PERRIN AULDAY is appointed guardian in his room, he giving Security, whereupon he, together with sufficient Security, ack. bond."

1764, December 13, Will Book 2, page 243, RICHARD WARD:
A further inventory and appraisement of the estate of RICHARD WARD deceased made by ROBERT WOODS, SAMUEL DAVIS, & SAMUEL JOHNSON; VALUE 9/5 current money; returned to court by PERRIN ALDAY, executor.  Recorded 13 Dec 1764.

Will of HENRY WARD, Amelia County, Virginia, dated 14 April 1765
(Henry Ward was the nephew of Richard Ward of Lunenburg Co., VA)
Proven 25 May 1765, Amelia County (Amelia Records, Will Book 2X, page 94]
Bequests to son, BENJAMIN WARD, choice of equal half my land called Wards Fork in Charlotte Co., VA; 10 slaves named JOE, WILL, JACK, POMPY, TOM, CHARLES, ROBIN, DINAH, LETT & DOLL.
[NOTE:  this appears to be the same land sold by RICHARD WARD (of this record) to BENJAMIN WARD of Granville Co., NC, which they then sold to Henry Ward.  Ward's Fork Mill can be presently found on a topographical map in Charlotte County, VA, near Roanoke Creek Dam No. 6A; off Highway 47; north west of Cullen, south east of Vincent Corner, northwest of Charlotte Court House. Granville County, NC appears to be about 15 miles south of Charlotte County, VA.]

August Court 1766, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 11, page 188:
JOSEPH MORTON, CLEMENT READ, & PAUL CARRINGTON, Gentlemen, are appointed to settle and adjust an account current of the estate of RICHARD WARD, deceased, and return such account to next Court.

On September 8, 1768 the Estate Inventory of RICHARD WARD was recorded in Lunenburg County, VA Will Book 2, page 334.  Account Current of the estate of RICHARD WARD, in account with PERRIN ALDAY executor.  Debits include mention of:
1762 -- THOMAS BRANCH, for his trouble & expenses with the said WARD at his house in his illness; BENJAMIN COLLINS & CHRISTOPHER BRANCH part for funeral expenses;   HENRY WARD for his attendance by order of court for said testator vs B. WARD;  ABRAHAM MARTIN, JOHN ASHWELL for rum for the sale of the estate;  JAMES REA, JAMES THAXTON for services for use of the estate; WARREN WALKER, FREDRICK HATCHER, JAMES ARCHDEACON for rum for sale of the estate;  THOMAS DEAVENPORT, Sheriff Cumberland County; JOSEPH WILLIAMS; JAMES TAYLOR, Sheriff Lunenburg County;  ABNER NASH, PHIL HOLCOMB per JAMES WILSON'S account; ROBERT HASTIE & CO.; PHILLIP WEBER; JAMES MITCHELL; CHARLES CUPPLES; WILLIAM COOK; PEYTON RANDOLPH, Esq.; WILLIAM BAILEY.
1763 -- JO WILLIAMS, Sheriff Lunenburg County per exo.  WARD v WARD's excrs, JO WILLIAMS, Sheriff Lunenburg per WALTERS & CO execution; GEORGE COX, CHARLES CUPPLES, BERNARD MARKHAM, Sheriff Lunenburg.
1764 -- ROBERT NEALY, JAMES ARCHDEACON for his share of several crops, JNO COX, WILLIAM LIGON, ROBERT WOODS for appraising the estate; SAMUEL JOHNSON per ditto; SAMUEL DAVIS per ditto; SETH MOORE for 7 cows & calves purchased of him part of his wife's legacy; WILLIAM FLEMING, Atty at law;
1765 -- JNO WILLIAMS for attendance ads; COX, DUGLASS PUCKETT, NAT WILLIAMS Sheriff Lunenburg, WM. COOK, WM. WARD, THOMAS SEWELL, SAM'L JOHNSTON for carriage of tobacco, JOSEPH FRANCIS, THOMAS RICE for carriage of tobacco.
1767 -- THOMAS PRICE, JNO CHAMBERS for building a house; THOMAS RICE for carriage of tobacco; DAVID MADDOX per ditto; MATTHEW WATSON for MCNESSE judgment; DAVID CALDWELL for carriage of tobacco.
1768 -- THOMAS JOHN for 3 years' board of RICHARD WARD orphan of the testator; JAMES ARCHDEACON, JOSEPH DAVIS, JNO COBBS for work, THOMAS MOODY for a coffin.  SETH WARD for a side of leather; ELIZA. FUQUA for laying (paying) 2 Negro women; JAMES FRENCH for BUCHANAN & CO for dealings with ROBERT SHARPER; JNO COX judgment; DAVID CALDWELL, carriae of tobacco; ANDREW FRENCH, PAUL CARRINGTON atty at.
Credits include mention of:  1762 -- THOMAS BRANCH, JNO BARKSDALE, DUDLEY BARKSDALE, JACOB STOBER, JNO COX SMITH'S RIVER, ROBERT NEALY for rent; Mich; I MCDEARMAN'S exors, JAMES FRENCH, DAVID CALDWELL, ANDREW FRENCH for paying the Sheriff Charlotte County; JAMES MCCRAW, EDWARD DAY for rent; JAMES FRENCH for PHIL. HOLCOMB, ROBERT NEALY for rent.  Total credits:  814 L 10 shillings 4.5 pence

1765,14 October, Charlotte Deed Book 1:149:  GEORGE SCOTT of Charlotte to WM. COOK of same 92 acres in Charlotte bounded by lines of JAMES ORR, RICHARD WARD, WM. AUSTIN, SAML DAVIS, WM. COOK.

1766, 4 August, Charlotte DB 1:178:  SAM'L DAVIS of Charlotte to WM. COOK of same 220 acres in Charlotte bounded on south of Wards Fork by lines of JOHN RICE, RICHARD WARD dec'd, GEORGE SCOTT, SAM'L DAVIS, PERRIN ALDAY, WM. COOK.

1768, August Court, Lunenburg County, VA, Order Book 11, page 120 :
PERRIN ALDAY, Guardian of RICHARD WARD, orphan of RICHARD WARD, deceased is excused of rendering any account of the profits of the estate "till the next year."

September 8, 1768.  We, being appointed by Lunenburg Court to settle the account of PERRIN ALDAY the executor of RICHARD WARD deceased have examined the account of and find a balance of 6L 7 shillings 10.5 pence due from the estate to the executor, exclusive of his trouble in the management of this estate.  Signed -- JOS MORTON, CLEMENT READ, P. CARRINGTON.  Recorded September 8, 1768.

In the Vestry Book of Cumberland Parish on 24 March 1772, Returns of Bryan Lester and Robert Estes, Jr., Process, states:  "We have processioned the lands in the bounds appointed us as followeth:  RICHARD WARD.  Capt. Richard Claiborne's land in presence of RICHARD WARD. (Note:  this is probably Richard Ward, Jr. son of Richard of this record.]

Jack Webber posted 28 October 2005 on Genforum the following message.  "I don't know any of the Graham descendants and don't know where the Bible is today. It was owned by Mrs. Graham in 1907. I have a transcript copy of the Bible record. Here's what the transcript says, as you may find it helpful."
Richard and Ann Ligon Family Bible  These entries are taken from a Holy Bible printed in Edinburgh by Mark and Charles Kerr, 1795. The Bible is owned by Mrs. William Henry Graham, 1907:
Richard Ward and Frances Worsham was married December 18th 1716
Phillip Webber and Tahpenes Ward was married October 14th 1751
Richard Ligon and Ann Bevill Webber was married September 10th 1797

NOTE:     On erection of Charlotte County in 1765 from a part of Lunenburg County, Cornwall Parish fell within the boundaries of Charlotte. Lunenburg County was formed from Brunswick County in 1745. Greenville County was formed in 1780 from Brunswick County.  Albemarle County was formed from Goochland County in 1744 & part of Louisa County & certain islands in the Fluvanna River, now called the James River, were later added.  Cumberland County was formed from Goochland County in 1749.  Powhatan County was formed from Cumberland County in 1777 & part of Chesterfield County was later added.

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