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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES WAR

WARD, HENRY (?-1760). BORN: in North Sas-
safras Parish, Cecil County; of age by 1734. NA-
TIVE: at least second generation. RESIDED: prob-
ably in North Sassafras Parish, Cecil County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: John Ward (ca.

1671-1747/48). MOTHER: Mary (?-1752).
BROTHERS: Thomas (1707-?), who probably
married on June 24, 1729, Mary Caulk; Peregrine
(1709-?), who married on October 11, 1736, Mary
Chew; and John (?-by 1745). SISTER: Rebecca
(1705-1761), who married John Veazey (1701-
1777). MARRIED on May 9, 1739, Hannah Rickets
(?-ca. 1761), a widow. CHILDREN. SONS: Henry
(1757-?); John, alive in 1771. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: probably literate. RELIGIOUS AFFIL-
IATION: Anglican, St. Stephen's Church, North
Sassafras Parish, Cecil County. SOCIAL STATUS
AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., at death. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County, 1754-1757,
1757-1758, 1758-1760 (Arms and Ammunition
2; died before the 3rd session of the 1758-1761
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICE: coroner, Cecil County,
appointed September 3, 1746. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 4,100 acres

in Cecil County (200 acres by deed of gift from
father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired 300 addi-
tional acres in Cecil County by 1760. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: ca. July 1760 in Cecil County of

Smallpox. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,704.10.0

current money (including 14 slaves, books, 132
oz. plate, and millstones); FB, £568.8.10. LAND:
ca. 4,350 acres in Cecil County.

WARD, JOHN (ca. 1671-1747/48). BORN: ca. 1671.
IMMIGRATED/NATIVE: unknown; in colony by 1691.
RESIDED: in Cecil County; in London, 1718/19.
MARRIED on February 17, 1701, Mary (?-1752)
(last name unknown). CHILDREN. SONS: John (?-
by 1745), who married Augustina (last name un-
known); Thomas (1707-?); and Peregrine (1709-
?), who was sheriff of Cecil County in 1736, jus-
tice in 1737, and who married in 1736 Mary Chew;
Henry Ward (?-1760). DAUGHTER: Rebecca (1705-
1761), who married John Veazey (1701-1777).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, North Sassafras Parish,
Cecil County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
elected to Assembly nine times, an unusually long
tenure. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter; agent
for Edward Smalley of Liverpool, England, 1703.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Cecil County, 1708A, 1708B-1709 (re-

signed before the 3rd session of the 1708B-1711
Assembly to become sheriff); 1715, 1716-1718,
1721/22 (elected to the 5th session of the 1719-
1721/22 Assembly), 1722-1724 (Accounts 1-Cv),
1725-1727 (Accounts 1-4), 1732-1734 (Ac-
counts 1-3), 1735-1737 (elected to the 1st ses-
sion of the 1734/35-1737 Assembly; appeared and
qualified on April 16, 1735). LOCAL OFFICES: North
Sassafras Parish Vestry, Cecil County, 1701-1705,
1707-1709, 1712; sheriff, Cecil County, 1709-
1712; justice, by 1713-1730 (chief justice, 1726-
1730); commissioner, Cecil County, 1715-1730.
MILITARY SERVICE: major, by 1712; lieutenant
colonel, by 1715; colonel, by 1727. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least

1,400 acres in Cecil County. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated March 13, 1747/48, in Cecil
County. LAND: at least 1,500 acres, and possibly
as much as 1,800 acres, in Cecil County; a house
and lot in Frederick Town, Frederick County, all
mentioned in his will.

WARD, JOHN (identity questionable). RESIDED:
in Cecil County. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Cecil County, 1777-1778,
1778-1779 (Elections 3), 1779-1780, 1780-1781
(Claims 1, 2). IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. Four men
from Cecil County were eligible for this term of
service: John Ward, son of Henry Ward (?-1760);
John Ward (1730-possibly 1787), son of John;
John Ward, son of Peregrine; and John Ward,
son of William. There is no information in the
legislative proceedings to indicate which of these
four men was elected to the Lower House in 1777.
Identification was also hampered by the difficulty
of separating out individual records with respect
to land, officeholding, and probate information.
John Ward, the son of Henry Ward (?-1760) and
grandson of John Ward (ca. 1671-1747/48), was
a merchant. The only land that can be definitely
attributed to this John is 253 acres in Cecil County,
which he inherited from his father ca. 1760 and
sold in 1776. John Ward (1730-possibly 1787) of
John was the brother of William Ward (1727-
1776). His father was John Ward, who married
in 1717 Susanna Veazey (1696/97-?), daughter
of William Veazey and his wife Rosamond. He
served as a vestryman of North Sassafras Parish
in 1770, 1773, and 1779. He was coroner of Cecil
County in 1773 and commissioner of the tax in
1777 (the latter office may have excluded him
from serving in the legislature). He owned at least
698 acres in Cecil County by the date when he
would have first been elected to office. A will for

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