Your letter came this a.m. and I judge Mr. James gave you the stamped and addressed envelope which I sent to him when I was trying to locate my very distant Ward family.They did not use the env I see because his wife Lola Ward (3 generation) James proved to be a granddaughter of Levin Ward (2) I was inquiring about.Thus making my search an easy and most successful. one.Through her I located others of the family who were living in Marshalltown, Iowa and they knew more about my early Ward line than Mrs. James did.My first known ancestor of the Ward family we find located in, or was born in Penn, of Irish parents, or himself was born in Ireland, we still hope to find someone who can complete this early story for it must have been early in 1700 when he came to Pa.His son William (2) (my gr gr grandfather) was born in Pa and his mother died leaving the one son.The father remarried in Pa or Md and moved to Md where other children were born.Then he moved to No Carolina and I firmly believe his first ancestor and Father of my William (2) was named Levin (or Levan) Ward (1) for the first US census of 1790 lists a Leavan Ward as being in Stokes Co. (Danbury, N.C.) county seat and 3 sons under 16 years of age, fits perfectly into our records and at that date 5 females (inc. wife) were also named, the name unknown.
I lived in Chicago 20 yrs. and had access to the marvelous records in the Newberry library there and had I then known of these facts I probably could have found his marriage records in Pa and Md and I hope yet to get this from the librarian.I have been advised this first Ward ancestor which I shall call Leavan Ward (1) finally located in Davie Co. N.c. and I have so wanted to locate someone of the family (Ward) who could go to the Court House there and look up his early land grant dates and also any wills or probate records that might name his heirs and this also would give me an approximate date of his death.I still hope to find someone who knows where he and his wife are buried and will get their dates for me.I have no doubt he also served in the Rev war and I can get this record from Washington D.C.The 13 known children (4 dau - 9 sons) of this first Ward ancestor whom we believe was Leavan (Samuel) Ward (1) were:
(by 1st wife 1 son) 1 - William (2) (my g g grandfather) born in Pa - died in Davies Co. Indiana married MissMcKillip.No doubt this marriage can be found in Davie Co. No. Carolina about 1800.I would surely like to find this record.
And by second wife others were: 2 - Samuel Ward (2) 3 - Matthew Ward (2) 4 - David Ward (2) 5 - Okey Ward (2) 6 - Levin Ward (2) (grandfather of Mrs Lola Ward James of Farmington N.C. 7 - Francis Burton Ward (2) 8 - Wiley Ward (2) had Gr. daughter Sarah Emma (Mrs. J. Bascom Miller) 9 - Asbury Ward (2) 10 - Lida (Lidia)Ward (2) 11 - Polly (Martha no doubt) Ward (2) 12 - Betsy (or Elizabeth) Ward (2) 13 - Prissey (or Priscilla) Ward (2) This may be all the daughters as there would be 4 and the mother as listed in the 1790 census of Stokes Co. N.C. naming 5 females in this family.I am most grateful to Sarah Emma Ward (4) Mrs John Bascom Miller of Marshalltown, Iowa for these facts.She is the granddaughter of Wiley Ward (2).
You did not state your maiden name nor the names you are searching for your own family records.I have had considerable experience in research as I have mostly all my family records.The Abel (Abell) of Wyeth Co. Va. which I want to complete by getting records there.My Boone ancestry is rather complete, except the marriage (never located) of my Rev. ancestor Hezekiah Boone.My Edwards line were also from No. Carolina but seems there were too many of the same name but I think they were from Chowan Co. without looking it up to be certain.
I don’t know how I got the idea your maiden name was Eaton and I felt so sure about it.I read and reread your letter.Then I found your addressed envelope on the floor.I had begun to hope maybe I had “mystic powers.”Ha!
In my research I know a family named Eaton from Farina Ill.One of the daughters Mrs. Bird Hebron wrote me long ago asking my help in her Boone ancestry as a Sarah Boone had married an Eaton and they could never prove who her parents were.I was wondering if in your research you have any info on such a marriage.I am sure I can advise you where to further your research too but I am not interested in the (unreadable) family.My husbands name is Grimm and I have some data for his little son, but not too far back.I know some Utleys in Chicago.Nels (or Nelson) and the Radio commentator were brothers.
I have still wished I could get to N.C. and Va. for research work but since I married in ‘46 and came to Mont. and so love the west - I doubt if I will ever get back that far east and will have to resort to records sent me by the family.Do you know any in the Ward family who would hunt up these court house records for me?
Please do pardon my haste.I am rushing to get this off as I am going into town to shop and my hubby is waiting and hurrying me.
Akester is an English name from Yorkshire.I’ll wager you never heard of it before.It was originally “A’castre” of Roman origin.My people fled the Roman Empire 55 B.C.When Cesaer was beheaded all who did not follow him - They went into York and built a fort on Acaster Hill.It is still known as the oldest town in England.