I am seeking information on THOMAS, JOHN, AND WILLIAM WARD who were in Jasper County, Georgia around 1810-1820. The following land deeds in Jasper County, Georgia seem to suggest that there is a family relationship between those three Ward men. THOMAS WARD was a trustee of the Falling Creek Baptist Church on a Jan. 1, 1811 deed. In 1812 THOMAS WARD bought and sold all of Lot 149, on the waters of Falling Creek, District 17, in Randolph (now Jasper) County. On Jan. 27, 1812 WILLIAM WARD was a witness to one of the land deeds of THOMAS WARD to sell part of Lot 149. JOHN WARD was a witness to a land deed of THOMAS WARD on Sept. 25, 1812 to purchase part of Lot 131, District 12. (Note: District 12 and District 17 border each other in Jasper County, Georgia.) WILLIAM WARD was a witness to a land deed of JOHN WARD to purchase the SE 1/2 of Lot 95, District 17, on July 17, 1815. (Note: Before 1807 the area now called Jasper County was a part of Baldwin County and from 1807 until 1812 it was called Randolph County. In 1812 the name was changed to Jasper County.)
There was also a JOHN T. WARD in Randolph (now Jasper) County, Georgia, in 1810. He bought and sold all of Lot 118, District 18, on the waters of Herdís Creek during the last half of 1810. It is not known if this JOHN T. WARD is the same JOHN WARD who is shown above. However, there is a good chance they may be the same person. It is known that the COCHRAN family lived in the same area as the Wards and Peacocks in District 17 and a Cochran was frequently a witness on Deeds involving the Wards or the Peacocks. When JOHN T. WARD sold Lot 118, District 18, on Nov. 24, 1810, WILLIAM M. COCHRAN was a witness. When JOHN WARD bought Ĺ of Lot 95, District 17, on July 27, 1815, MARTIN COCHRAN was the Justice of the Peace who witnessed the affidavit of WILLIAM WARD.
MARTIN COCHRAN was also the Justice of the Peace who married ELIZABETH WARD to JOSIAH TINGLE on June 11, 1815, and ANNA WARD to JAMES SPEERS on Mar. 13, 1817. Both Marriages were in Jasper County, Georgia. We believe that Elizabeth and Anna are the daughters of either Thomas or John Ward, because William was not old enough to be their father. I would like to hear from anyone that knows anything about any of these Wards.
Here is a little information on WILLIAM WARD. He was born about 1790 and was first married to DELILAH PEACOCK on May 7, 1817, in Jasper County, Georgia. Williamís parents are still unknown to me. William Ward, from Jasper County, won the 1821 Georgia lottery for Lot 112, District 4, in Houston County, Georgia; however, no evidence has surfaced to show that he ever claimed his prize. Instead, William and Delilah settled in Fayette County, Georgia about 1822-1823. Based on the 1830 Fayette County, Georgia, census, William and Delilah had at least 6 children. Only one, Henry H. Ward, born Jan. 6, 1820, has been identified, and he has been identified only with circumstantial evidence. Three more sons of William and Delilah might be Jesse, born ca1818, William, born ca1822, and Daniel M., born ca1826. However, there is little circumstantial evidence to support that hunch. Additional information is badly needed!
William Ward is found in Fayette County, Georgia as early as 1823 and remained there until about 1839. He was a Justice of the Peace in Fayette County from 1824 until 1837, and from 1829-1832 he was one of the Inferior Court Justices. Williamís first wife, Delilah Peacock, died between 1830 and 1835, and in 1835 William Ward remarried to Clarissa Pearson. William and Clarissa had 3 sons that lived to be adults: James Micah Newton Ward (later known as James Madison Ward), born September 08, 1837, Thomas Ward, born about 1839, and Wilson Lumpkin Ward, born April 18, 1842. William and Clarissa Ward relocated to Randolph County, Alabama, around 1839 where we believe William died sometime between 1842 and 1849.
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