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JAMES WARD Sr. Indian Scout, Virginia Militia, American Revolutionary War
There are several records of James Ward in Washington County Tennessee before 1800, but not after that date. While it is not clear if all those records relate to this James Ward, some certainly do as his Revolutionary War Pension records proves he was there during that time along with a Dempsey (sic) Ward, on which we have found only two records.
DEMPSEY WARD, Virginia Militia, Revolutionary War
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 County, Tennessee)
on 15 Jul 1776. He had been on duty for 90 days.
It is not certain that this Dempsey Ward was related to our James Ward as little information has been found on him. The name similarity causes us to wonder if Dempsey was James Ward's brother, or possibly a cousin, the namesake for his son Demsey. We are not certain if the correct spelling is Demsey or Dempsey. This record and one on the 1830 U S Census for Greene County Tennessee, where James' son, Dempsey Ward, was recorded at the age of about 16 make us fairly certain that there were two different Dempsey Wards.
James WARD (AFN: 12RT-RP9) , Birth: Abt. 1754, Virginia, Death: 17 Nov 1830 , Pope Co., Il
Marriage: 11 Aug 1779, Montgomery Co., Va
Spouse: Elizabeth HENSON (AFN: FR09-C5)
Edmond Ward (we are seeking descendants)
Mary Ward (we are seeking descendants)
James Ward Jr. (found on the 1830 U S Census for Greene Co. TN)
George Ward (we are seeking descendants)
Demsey Ward (found on the 1830 U S Census for Greene Co. TN)
*William Ward, born born between 1790 and 1805, North Carolina,
married Lucinda (Duncan)(Dunkin) Anderson
Phebe Ward (we are seeking descendants)
JamesWard Rev War Pension File #W11116
ElizabethWard, the widow of James Ward, made an application for a pension fo rhis service during the Revolutionary .War. Her application was dated January 5, 1841 in McCracken County Kentucky.
In the year of 1777 or1778 he lived high up on the Holston River, near the mountains, which was a frontier at that time and thinly inhabited. He lived inVirginia near the dividing line that separates Virginia and North Carolina, 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.
Acompany 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. James Ward was an expert woodsman.
ElizabethWard stated that she and James Ward were married on August 11, 1779 in Montgomery County Virginia. 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 following declarations were made in support of Elizabeth Ward's pension appication:
As this record shows, James and Elizabeth Ward moved to Warren Co. N Carolina before, or in 1798. There were no further records of a James Ward in Greene County Tennessee after that date.