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More About 2 James Wards from VA

More about James & Elizabeth Ward of Virginia

There are at least two sets of James and Elizabeth Wards from S W Virginia from 1750 to 1800.
One James Ward married an Elizabeth Henson the other James Ward an Elizabeth Williamson.
While researching the Revolutionary War Pension files for the James Wards above, I found that some of the documents were actually in the wrong file. I am not certain if I am the first to notice this, as the names are really interchangeable. However the locations of residence and place of death are not.RW

James Ward Rev War Pension File #W 1105
As for our first James Ward, his Rev War pension file listed as W 1105 was started while he lived at Lawrence County Kentucky on March 14, 1834..
This James Ward was born March 25, 1758 in Fincastle County Virginia. and while living on New River, Montgomery County ( formerly in Fincastle County) Virginia, volunteered with the Virginia Regiment..
James enlisted June 12, 1776 and served under Captains Magavock, McClanahan,and Newall under command of Col. Christy’s Virginia Regiment.. His company was marched to Long Island on the Holston River against the Cherokee Indians, where they attacked the town there and burned most of their corn as well. This James Ward had a long and distinguished record of enlisting and being discharged from 1776 to as late as 1781. During his terms of enlistment he fought at many battles and skirmishes at New River, Clinch Fort, Boonsborough, Old Chillicothe. The Pickaway Towns, Bryant’s Station and Blue Licks. James served as a private, a scout and indian spy as well as a dispatch rider.
This James Ward was in all the right places and at the right times to be the James Ward I have associated with Daniel Boone, and he was with John Findlay, Benjamin Cutbirth, and James Baker in the first trek to the Mississippi River, overland from the Cumberland Gap and down that mighty river to Natchez.. There were accounts of him having accompanied Boone and his party to Boonesbroough in 1779, though no written account could be located., however his own sworn statements placed him at Boonsborough at that time. James Ward filed for his pension in person and was granted a pension from the United States, for his service, of $80.00 per annum.
James Ward married in September 1810 to Miss Elizabeth Williamson in Floyd County Kentucky, “on the bank of Tug Fork of the Sandy River”: .James Ward Died July 15, 1848 in Lawrence County Kentucky.
His widow filed a pension application in June of 1853 while living in Lawrence County KY .There were statements made in support of her application by George Ward and Nathan Ward of Lawrence Co KY, but a relationship was not stated, if any existed. They were living in Lawrence Co KY. in 1853 and later in 1873 on Rockcastle Creek, near Paintsville, in Martin County Ky, where Elizabeth Ward was residing . An outline of James and Elizabeth Ward’s pensions and Land Bounty were found in a letter, in that file # W 1105 to Mrs Lula Reed Boss dated April 15, 1940 from A D Hiller, Executive assistant to the Administrator.


James Ward Rev War Pension File #W11116
Elizabeth Ward, the widow of James Ward, made an application for a pension for his service during the Revolutionary .War. Her application was dated January 5,1841 in McCracken County Kentucky. In the year of 1777 or 1778 he lived high up on the Holston River, near the mountains, which was a frontier at that time and thinly inhabited. He lived in Virginia near the dividing line that separates Virginia and North Carlina, at that time known as Montgomery County. In the year of 1778 James Ward volunteered, for 6 months, as an Indian Spy under Capt. Cocke. The headquarters of Captain Cocke was at Eaton’s Station on or near the Holston River.
A new fort was built on the Holston River called “ Island Fort” where the families of the settlement moved for protection from the ravages of the Cherokees and Shawnees.
A company of Indian spies was formed in 1779. Including James Ward who was under Captain James Shelby and his Lieutenant was George Hart. They all served under Col. Isaac Shelby and Major Anthony Bledsoe. Her husband James, served his initial term of 3 months and continued on in this service by renewing his enlistment several times, to an additional 3 months due to the continuing problems with the Indians until sometime in 1781 when he served under Col. Siever. During this time he became an expert woodsman and indian spy.
Elizabeth Ward stated that she and James Ward were married on August 11, 1779 in Montgomery County Virginia and James Ward was still an indian spy. Elizabeth further stated that she had lived with James Ward as husband and wife from that date in 1779 until November 17, 1830 when James Ward died in Pope Illinois. Elizabeth also stated that neither her husband or herself could read or write and she had no family records.

The Declaration of Jesse Henson, Calloway Co, KY, 1841

Jesse Henson a resident of Calloway County KY filed this declaration in support of Elizabeth Ward’s petition, as sworn in McCracken County KY, for a pension.. He stated that Elizabeth Ward, the wife of James Ward, was his sister, that she was two years older than him. Elizabeth Ward’s declaration was then read within earing of Jesse Henson and without hesitation he declared that her statement was correct and truthful to the best of his recollection and belief. He then went on to state that he had served in many of the same actions and times as James Ward, but under a different Captain. He did in fact serve with James Ward as an indian spy under Capt. Shelby, but not at all times as he was absent at times having gone on expeditions west of the mountains, particularly in the year of 1780 at the Battle of Kings Mountain, which Jesse Henson participated.

The Declaration of Henry Darnell, Calloway Co, KY, 1841

Henry Darnell, a resident of Calloway County KY filed this declaration in support of Elizabeth Ward’s petition, as sworn in McCracken County KY, for a pension.. He stated that he first became acquainted with James and Elizabeth Ward in Warren County KY about the year of 1798 and they were living as husband and wife. He states that he knew the couple well from the time stated above to about 1828 when they moved to the State of Illinois. He further states that when he became acquainted with James and Elizabeth Ward, about 1798, their two oldest children,. Edmond and Mary Ward were fully grown. He in addition to Mary and Edmond, knew of five other children that they had raised to wit; James, George, Demsey, William and Phoebe Ward.
Henry Darnell also stated that he was well acquainted with Jesse Henson who made a declaration here today, having known Jesse Henson for over 40 years and he was always a good character for integrity and accuracy.

The Declaration of William Craddock, Calloway Co, KY, 1841
William Craddock, a resident of Calloway County, and Sheriff of Calloway County KY filed this declaration in support of Elizabeth Ward’s petition, as sworn in McCracken County KY, for a pension.. He stated that he knew the aforesaid James and Elizabeth Ward about the year of 1824 and they were living as husband and wife. Declaring that he is well acquainted with Jesse Henson, for about sixteen years, and that he had always sustained a good character and integrity.

In both records of Pension Hearings and Declarations the only really different information was where and when the couple(s) filed and received Revolutionary War Pensions was by location.

The first record W 1105 did not name children and or parents of the husband and wife, but there were indications they had at least one son that was not named. It could appear that the George and Nathan Ward, that made supporting declarations, were indeed related due mostly to the fact they lived very near Elizabeth Ward in two different Counties and at dates twenty years apart. I have found no record that named the children of this couple but have found many erroneous uses for these two records.
There were two possibilities for relatives of Elizabeth Williamson Ward that were reportedly living within close proximity of her and husband James Ward in Lawrence Co KY in 1834 Olden Williamson and in 1853 Elijah Williamson was Justice of the Peace for Lawrence County Kentucky..

The second record W 11116 actually gave names for their children, even though it came from a family friend. I am also encouraged by the emigration to the State of Illinois, by James and Elizabeth Henson Ward in 1828. At that time our own William and Lucinda Ward were still in Greene County Tennessee, as they were married there in January of that year. William and Lucinda followed to Illinois before 1838. It was clear, in the record, that Elizabeth Ward returned to Kentucky some time prior to 1841 when she filed for a pension due her by James Ward’s Service to the young United States of America.

Epilog: The very close geography of the War Records stated for these two James Wards and the times they were where they were, is quite remarkable. I believe that they likely knew each other although they appear to not be closely related. I believe that they certainly knew of each other.RW

About the author:
Ray Ward has been researching his Ward Family Genealogy since 1997 but he had wanted to do so for at least 10 years prior to that time. He was given a second hand computer in that year and introduced to the Internet, where his research began in earnest. During his research he found many other cousins doing research as well.
Over time these cousins shared their knowledge and records which grew into the family information you can find on these pages.
Ray reads voraciously and learned everything he could find about computers and genealogy.  In 2001 he launched his first genealogy website on Rootsweb.com that was about 10 pages in size. The websites content grew rapidly due to all the new information this group of cousins gathered and shared to over 120 pages covering virtualy every State in the USA.  
His father Pat D Ward had for years been in contact with Sharon (Ward) Patton who along with Roger Cary, another Ward Grandson, had been doing research for at least 20 years prior to 1997. They shared information, family oral histories and personal knowledge about their Ward ancestors with each other and all cousins interested in this ongoing project.

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