8. William WARD14,15 was born on 9 May 1797 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. He appeared in the census in 1850 in District 5, Gibson County, Tennessee.16 Dwelling 2004
From this Census it is obvious that the William Ward family moved to Tennessee by at least 1830, since son John was born there. He appeared in the census in 1860 in District 4, Gibson County, Tennessee.17 William Ward 61 Carpenter NC
William worked for Clarissa Floyd's English father. Her mother was supposedly a French Huguenot. When Clarrissa was 15, she and William ran off against her parents wishes, in mid-winter, to Haywood County, Tennessee, in a two-wheeled cart William had made.
Despite his large family and attendant responsibilities, he eventually became an alcoholic and was apparently deserted by most of his family, including his wife. The story is told that WG Ward and his family and his mother Clarrisa who lived in Closon County, Tennessee, (Note: There is no Closon County, TN) very close to the Baldridge home, went by William Ward's house on their way to Arkansas. They found him dead drunk, lying on the hearth in an old quilt quilt and gnawing on a bone. One of the letters that Chester Kennedy had is from Clarissa asking WG (her son) to come to get her. She had left William and gone to her daugher Nancy. Clarissa apparently lived at Teem's and Ann's house in Fremont, Obion County, Tenn from 1871 to 1880.
There is no evidence to support the family tradition that William was the son of Artemus Ward, the famous General from Massachusetts. Although the name Artemus occuring down through the generations does suggest some Artemus Ward in the background or simply an admiration of the famous General. The IGI of the Mormon Church lists an Artemas Ward, b. abt 1760, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, son of Asa WARD and Hannah GODDARD (Batch F 849558, sheet 33) and another Artemas Ward, b. 23 Ap 1757, Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts, son of Benjamin WARD and Mary OAKS, (Film number 184794). this last Artemas was married 17 Jan 1789 in Charlton to Hannah PERRY but only two daughter are listed as his children in the Ancestral File. None of these Artemas Wards died in North Carolina, the birthplace of William.
No Ward is listed in the Tithables in the 1754 Tax List for Perquiman's County, nor does one appear in the 1787 Tax List for that same County. So, the senior Ward must have moved to Perquimans County even later. The first records of any Wards in Perquimans County, that this researcher has been able to find are in the State Census of 1786, of Caleb Ward, of Neck District, 002, and Thomas Ward, undesignated territory, 002. The next recorded occurance of a Ward is the the 1798 Tax List, which lists only a Nathan Ward, 1 white poll in the Little River District. This would have been the year after William's birth. Next is the 1800 Federal Census in which the only Ward is James Ward, p. 642, no district given, with 10100-0001000, which is a real possibility for William Ward's father, there being one male under the age of 5. However, the Na(t)han Ward in 1798 being much closer to William's birth is also very likely.
In the 1821 Militia Service List for Perquiman's County, a William Ward was listed as #157 in Capt. Joel Stallings Co. of Infantry (to suppress & bring to Justice certain run a way negroes that were making Threats of Persons lives & committing Depradations of variouse kinds in the County), and a Jeremiah Ward is listed as #160, both serving one year.
There are no Wards in the 1790 Census for Perquimans County Clarissa Catherine "Clarissa" FLOYD and William WARD were married on 29 September 1821 in Perquimans County, North Carolina.19,20 Bond Date, probably not actual marriage date.
Groom: William Ward Bride: Claracy Floyd
9. Clarissa Catherine "Clarissa" FLOYD was born on 17 July 1806 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Either this date or the date of her parents marriage is in error, as this shows she was born 4 years before her parents marriage. Also, while it is possible she married before the age of 15, it is not very likely.
IGI lists a Clarissa Floyd, daughter of Halsey Floyd, b. 28 Dec 1828 She died on 16 August 1890 in Quitman, Van Buren County, Arkansas. She was buried in Palestine Cemetery, next to Palestine Baptist Church, Pearson, Cleburne County, Arkansas.
This is proof that she was married to the William Ward shown in the database and is, subsequently, also the father of William George Ward, and all his known full siblings. Came to Arkansas to live in the late 1880s, with Newton Burrow, one of Telitha Emmaline's brothers. Later, most of the Burrows who had moved to Arkansas, including Mrs. TA Agee ( "Aunt Tennie", moved back to Crocket County, Tennessee which had been created from the existing counties of Dyer and Gibson. WG Ward, her son, built Clarrissa a one-room log house in the yard of his new home on the Cadron Creek north of Quitman, Cleburne County, Arkansas. In one end of this room was a rock fireplace and opposite it were two beds.
IGI lists a Clarissa Floyd, daughter of Halsey Floyd, b. 28 Dec 1828, Perquimans County, North Carolina (Batch # 7232001, Sheet 67