Prior to 1800 there were several Wards living in Washington and Greene County Tennessee.
The 1783 Greene Co Tax list was the first tax list taken for Greene Co. Tennessee.
The persons listed there were commonly known as the "Nollichuckey Settlers.”, and most were Veterans of the Revolutionary War. The Nollichuckey settlers were famous as riflemen. A James Ward (1) was listed on this document as were familiar names such as Pennington, Crockett, Carter, McClung, Stone, Gilliland, Ballard, and Cox. This James Ward (1) was not found on later Greene County Tennessee Tax lists.
Our research of early Court and Tax Documents from Washington and Greene
County, found the following documents were recorded relating to the Ward surname;
Greene Co, Washington County, or Washington District, now Tennessee;

(note* to help avoid confusion I have numbered (in Italics) the different William
Wards and James, and Dempsey Wards to help identify one from the other.)

Abt. 1776, Bill of sale, Washington Co, TN from James Ward (1) to Cottrol Barley
for 3 cows.

p.1 - Thurs. May 27, 1779 - Ordered--William Ward (1) says he attended 4 days as
Constable in 1778.

p.8 - Feb. 2, 1784 ---Andrew Greer, Esq apptd Collector for year 1783 - for
county & public taxes - with Wm Cocke & William Ward (1) as sec.

p.10 - 2nd Mon.Nov. 1, 1788 -- not to collect tax on land from James Ward
until next Court.
Authors note: This was common practice while persons were away fighting in the Revolutionary War.

p.12 - May 2nd Mon. 1790 - The following Patrollers be apptd in following
Distr -- 1- Capt Greer's & Maxwell's Co. - Wm Ward (1), George McCormack,
Isaac Tipton & John Carter

p.13 - May 26, 1794 -- William Ward (1) allowed 3 days @ 8 sh each as Constable -
1 pound - 4 sh.

1778 Washington County List of Taxables
p.11 - Ward, Benjamin - Amt of Estate - 356.10.0 - Sum to Pay - 3.12.0
p.12 - Ward, William (1)-Amt of Estate - 185.0.0 - Sum to Pay - 1.16.10 1/2
p.15 - Ward, Dempsey (1) - Amt of Estate - 171.10.3 - Sum to Pay - 1.15.3

p.30 - Ward, William (1)- 1 Site - 250 Acres - Value 250 - 3 Horses - Value 350 -
7 Cattle - Value 70 - Ready
Money 21.2.8 - Total Sum - 691.2.8 (The manor plantation)

1790-1791 - Retd Aug 10, 1791
p.71 - Ward, William (1)- 1 wh pole (1791)

1792 - Capt. Depew's Co
p.88 - Ward, William (1)- land 150 - 1 wh pole (Note: Location Leesburg &
Bowmantown *vicinity)

1792 - Capt. Tullis old Co - undated but likely 1792 list - on other side of Capt.
Thos. Maxwell's Co
p.95 - * Ward, William (1) - land 250 - 1 wh pole - (*these are in Maxwell's Dist.)

p.107 - Ward, William- (1) - land 150 - 1 wh pole
p.111 - Ward, Dr. William - (2) - 1 wh pole - no land

p.111 - Ward, Dr. William - (2) - 1 wh pole - no land
p.131 - Ward, William. - (1) - land 250 - 1 wh pole
p.133 - Ward, Dr. William - (2) - 2 poles - 8 S (?)
p.143 - Ward, William. - (1) -1 wh pole
Names of the Delinquents in the Duplicate for 1795
p.155 - Ward, William, Doctor - (2) -1 pole - 25 cents - 12 1/2 cents - 25 cents

p.196 - Ward, William - (1) - land 250
p.197 - Ward, William - (1) -land 250

p.239 - Ward, William - (1)- 1 wh poll
{My thanks to Susie Bellamy for her researching these documents in Greene Co Tennessee.}
William Ward (1)
As proven by the above records, there was at least one James Ward (1) , a Benjamin Ward, a William Ward (1) , a Dr William Ward (2), and a Dempsey Ward (1) living at one time or another in Greene or Washington County Tennessee. .We know that the Benjamin Ward listed emigrated to Ashe County North Carolina before 1795, and was a brother of Dr William Ward (2) , listed above.
There was a distinction made between Dr William Ward (2) and William Ward (1) listed on the records from Washington County, in fact a distinction was made when William Ward (1) added another 250 acres of land, as indicated above, to the 250 previously owned by him. My question has been “Who was this William Ward (1) ?”
There was a William Ward (1?) born 1750 probably Botetort VA, died 1807 in Brush Creek Tennessee, that possibly was this William Ward (1). This is the only William of that time found in Washington Co Tennessee He was married to a “Sarah” last name unknown. The following record found in Carter County Tennessee Deeds* recorded ;
“Sarah Ward, another daughter of William Ward (1?) on August 15, 1807 gave authority to Christian Stover (both of Washington Co., TN) to collect from Daniel Stover, Administrator of William Ward's (1?) estate, her share of the land where William Ward (1?) lived.
(note* this estate was filed and resolved in Carter County TN, but William Ward’s property was in Washington Co TN,
.)The Following Records were found relating to this William Ward;
1760 Cherokee Expedition
WILLIAM WARD served under Captain Breckenridge; 1760, Certified in Botetourt County, 50 acres.
May 18, 1761
from Nathaniel Evins, 90 pounds. 279 acres, 249 in Borden's Tract and 30 part of an entry of King's land adjoining; cor. Thomas Wilson. Au. Deed Book 10, 322.
November 10, 1774
: Land Grant, 1773 acres on Back Creek, Patton's Executors
Land Grant, 186 from Patton's Executors
August 1779
added to the Commission, Colony monthly court
February 1782
, appointed Commissioner of the Land Tax, Botetourt County when a new county was formed
August 1782
, Lieutenant Colonel in Virginia Militia
William Ward
listed in tax list, Captain Mills Company of Militia living along the creek and on the river
Father was : William WARD b: BEF 1730 in Ireland
This William Ward (?) was not found on the Botetourt County Records after 1783, William Ward (1) did not start showing up in records in Washington County, Tennessee until 1790. My greatest question was with all the success and land he had in Botetourt County Va, why would he pick up roots and move to the new frontier of Tennessee? I believe I found the answer by looking at the history of this particular William Ward. He fought in battles and Indian Wars from Virginia to South Carolina, and in most States in-between.. His kind was best described as having “Itchy Feet” and could not or did not like the “crowded places”. A man that was always seeking a place “with room for a man to grow “.
The known children of William (1?) and Sarah Ward were ; Thomas WARD b:circa 1764, Phoebe WARD b: 12 AUG 1772 in Washington Co., Amelia WARD b: circa 1780, Tennessee , Levisa (Levicy) WARD b: circa 1789 ,TN, Sarah WARD b: before 1807, Jane Ward b. before 1807, Jamima Ward b. before 1807.
Daniel Stover & Sarah’s sister, Phoebe Ward, married in 1794.. Jamima Ward married Christian Stover, brother of Daniel Dover.
Levicy Ward married Christian Carriger , born July 28, 1779 in Reading, Lancaster, Pa, and he died September 26, 1847 en-route to California. He married Lavicy on August 03, 1811 in Carter County TN., daughter of William and Sarah Ward. She was born April 04, 1789, and died December 26, 1865 in Sonoma, Ca.

The 1783 -1787 Abstracts of land Grants of Ashe County North Carolina (in Tennessee) show the following ; (Location) (Grant #) (Issued to)
Horse Creek 1398 James Ward (?)
Silas Creek 1399 James Ward (?)
North Fork 1400 James Ward (?)
Stagg's Creek 148 James Ward (?)
These Land Grants had to be, in fact, issued from Wylie Co N. Carolina, that became Ashe County. Do these Land grants show that at least one James Ward was in Wylie County N Carolina between 1783 and 1787? The following records proves that one was there in 1779.

Land Entries for James Ward recorded in the Land Entry Book for Wilkes County, North Carolina 1778-1781:

#148 2 June 1778 James Ward entered 150 acres N fork New River, above mouth of Fenick Creek
#695 2 Jan 1779 William Lenoir entered 200 acres on both sides N fork New River near foard
below improvement whereon James Ward now lives & including said improvement (Wm. Lenoir marked out; transfard to Wm. Adkins written in)
#1391 20 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 50 acres on waters of north fork New River head branch opposite land he sold to Esquire Fletcher at mouth Gladys branch
#1398 20 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 300 acres at Beaver Dam Creek
#1399 20 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 200 acres at Silus's Creek above forks & running up both forks. (* Chucky & Horse Creeks?)
#1400 21 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 50 acres North fork of New River
#1408 21 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 150 acres north fork New River, Pine Creek right hand fork
#1409 21 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres north fork New River above mouth Silus's Creek
#1414 21 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres on New River, north fork near Lewis path including the good land
#1418 22 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres on New River waters on branch Willson Creek heads up from Penningtons Mill near the Virginia line
#1419 22 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres on New River waters on branch near
Virginia line leading up ridge leading from Zachariah Wells
#1462 31 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 150 acres main fork New River, including John Leeray's improvement
#1463 31 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres New River near ridge between two branches
#1464 31 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 100 acres north fork New River above 7 islands
#1465 31 Dec 1779 James Ward entered 50 acres on New River below the fork

You will notice that there were 1900 acres of land, in choice locations, covered in these Grants.
Since James Ward did not show up on the Early Land Tax Rolls, he possibly was speculating on these tracts, and reselling them for a profit.

After much searching and study I can not determine which James Ward was in Greene County Tennessee before, 1800. As popular as the name of James Ward was, and still is, there possibly, and probably were more than one and likely were, more than one, living at one time or another, in Greene County, TN., prior to 1800. That the above Land Grants were issued in Wilkes Co. N. C. that became Ashe Co.N.Carolina, one could deduct that the James Ward named in these records was indeed the brother of Benjamin and Dr William Ward (2). But these records do not prove that as being true.
In 1788 , James Ward served on a jury for the trial of John Collins vs John Ventrees at Washington Co., TN.,
1788, James Ward was Living at Washington County, NC/TN,
1788 1 NOV, At Washington Co., TN James Ward was excused from paying tax on land until next court.
1793 Wilkes County, NC, James Ward lost property in Wilkes Co., NC.
I found no James Ward in Wilkes Co NC in 1790, the 1790 U S Census for that County.
James Ward (2) , the brother of Benjamin and Dr William Ward (2), married Elizabeth Eaton and moved to Bourbon Co. Kentucky.
Another James Ward (3) married Elizabeth Williamson and moved to Kentucky, yet another James Ward (4)  married an Elizabeth Henson, and moved to Kentucky, as described in the following Revolutionary War Pension Hearing;
Virginia Militia. His wife Elizabeth Henson Ward stated in her pension application that he lived "high up" on the Holston River in the mountains in Montgomery Co., Southwestern Va. when he enlisted. They lived in Warren Co., Ky. by 1798, when their two oldest children, Edmund Ward and Mary Ward, were "grown". They also had 5 other children, James Ward Jr (5?)., George Ward, Dem(p)sey(sic)  Ward, William Ward (5?) and Phebe Ward.
James (4)
died in 1830. Elizabeth applied for a pension 5 Jan 1841 when living in McCracken Co., Ky, aged abt 84. (Pension R+11116)”]
The children named in this record do not match the children in the other James Wards (2,3) families.
Last and certainly the least known was Dempsey Ward (1) . I have found no records to show where Dempsey came from, or to whom he was related. Three separate records do show that he was there;
Dempsey Ward (1)
on 27 AUG 1778 Took Oath of Allegiance at Washington Co., TN .
Virginia Militia. Enlisted in Capt. Womack's Company of Virginia Militia and was stationed at Womack's Fort in Fincastle Co., Va. (which later became part of Washington Co., Tennessee) on 15 Jul 1776 (see also James Ward* (3). He had been on duty for 90 days.
Virginia Militia. Born 25 Mar 1758 in Fincastle Co, Va. He lived in Montgomery Co.,Va. when he enlisted in the Va.Militia; on Osborn's Militia rosters for 1777, 2 Apr 1783 and 1785. He was in Captain Womack's Company stationed at Womack's Fort in Fincastle Co. VA. (which later became part of Washington Co., Tennessee) on 15 Jul 1776 and had been on duty for 90 days (along with Dempsey Ward (1). After the war, he moved to Lawrence Co., Ky., where he applied for a pension in 1834. He died there 15 July 1848. He married Elizabeth Williamson on Sep 1810 in Floyd Co., Ky. She applied for a pension 14 Mar 1853 giving age as 61 when living in Lawrence Co., Ky. She listed her age as 59 in Jun 1853. She applied for a BLW 23 Apr 1856 while living in Johnson Co., Ky., giving age as 56. In 1872, Elizabeth was living in Martin Co., Ky. and records mention a son, not named. In 1853, Washington Ward and Nathan Ward made affidavits in Lawrence Co. on her behalf. In 1872, George W. Ward of Martin Co., Ky. was mentioned. (Pension W1105; BLW 58685-100)

If you noted that William Ward’s (1) land in the record prior to 1800 was listed as “Leesburgh and Bowmantown Area”. (see fig 3a) This was in Washington County, Tennessee. in section 16 of the accompanying map.(see fig2 ) You can see that “Brush Creek is in Washington County, and not in Carter County, but right on the county line. Could the William Ward (1) found in Washington Co Tn on the early records have had 250 acres in Leesburgh District and 250 acres in the Brush Creek District? I suspect that was the case, and am looking to prove or disprove my theory.
These Land grant records are important in that they put a location to the place the land was located by nearby landmarks. On Grant #1398 to James ward (?) was located on or near Horse Creek. The following record is very interesting ;
In the 1829 Greene County TN Tax rolls;
William Ward (5) was listed as in Capt. Harrison's Company, 1 white poll, no acreage shown, in the Chucky Creek, Horse Creek area.
I found no mention of William Ward (5) on the 1830 and 1831 Tax rolls, however, He was enumerated on the 1830 U S Census for Greene Co. TN, and the 1832 Tennessee State Census for Greene County TN, both listing William Ward (5) on pages marked as" The 3rd Regiment" (East Tennessee Militia ).
The 1833 and 1834 Greene County tax lists show William Ward (5) , Dempsey Ward (2) and Stephen Ward with 1 white poll each, and no acreage listed (or land owned), and being in Capt. Madison G Feller's Company. (Except for Stephen Ward who was not listed in 1834.) Again in Horse Creek and Chucky Creek area.
The finding of the name Dempsey Ward being repeated here is intriguing, Could the Wards found here be the sons of the Dempsey Ward (1) in the Rev War Pension files listed above? The name of Dempsey Ward was found in the children of James Sr.(4) and Elizabeth Ward above. Was one of the James Wards (?) a brother of Dempsey Ward (1) ?

Also listed from 1828 through 1834 was an Enoch Ward in Capt Davis Company, having 1 white poll and 100 acres.(no location listed on records)
According to Census records Enoch Ward was born about 1795 (VA), William Ward (5) between 1800 and 1810, Stephen Ward between 1800 to 1810, Dempsey Ward (2) between 1815 and 1820.
Both Stephen and Dempsey Ward (2) married after 1830 in Greene County Tennessee but both disappeared before 1840, and could not be found on any later records.
There were several Ward children living with other families (not named Ward) on the 1850 Census. At this time no proof has been found to show any relations between any of the Greene County Tennessee Wards. 1773-1830 .but... William Ward (5) was my Gr-gr-gr-grandfather.
History and Geography
A Little Early Tennessee
With a few Wards thrown in...

(fig 3.) location of Horse Creek in relation to Greeneville Tennessee
           it is located very close to the Washington Co. line as well.

(fig3a) Leesburgh is due west of Jonesborough, in Washington Co.     
 also shows relation of Horse Creek to Jonesborough, Washington Co TN.

(fig.2) 1836 Washingtron Co
Tennesse civil districts

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(fig1.) This map shows the Nollichuckey Settlement, now Greene County Tennessee

1. Mock
2. McAlister
3. Collom
4. Brown
5. Taylor
6. Embree
7. Mire
8. Fine
9. Brush Creek
10. Knob Creek
11. Boons Creek
12. Buffalo Ridge
13. Kindricks Creek
14. Big Limestone
15. Limestone
16. Campbell

Fig 3a
Fig 3
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<------Brush Creek
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