1. Samuel1 Ward was born before 1755 possibly in Peabody, Massachusetts.1 He married Hannah (__?__) say 1777.
The Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, Vermont begins the story of the Samuel Ward family in this way:
Samuel Ward of Dublin, New Hampshire, moved to Wheelock at an early date; his three sons came with him: Thaddeus and Josiah settling in Danville and Samuel in Stannard. . .2
Josiah subsequently took his family to nearby St. Johnsbury. The three brothers, despite living on almost adjoining properties, therefore left records in Wheelock, Danville and St. Johnsbury. Unfortunately, the Stannard [formerly Goshen Gore] town clerk's office burned in , leaving the family of Samuel Ward [Junior] in mystery.
Companion deeds executed 10 October 1796 show that Samuel Ward effectively traded his 100 acre lot no. 122 on the northern border of the town of Wheelock for neighbor Joshua Otis' 100 acre lot no. 104. Samuel received $90 for lot no. 122 and purchased lot no. 104 for $200. Probably, Otis' lot had been developed. Thus Samuel now owned 300 acres just north of the Danville town line.
Samuel Ward's household, as enumerated in the 1800 census of Wheelock raises some questions. It shows Samuel, a male 45 and over, living with one male age 10-16, probably son Josiah, born in 1787, three females under 10 and one female age 26-45. Samuel's youngest daughter Betsey, born in 1793, fits the under 10 category; but daughters Catherine and Hannah, who should be ages 17 and 15 respectively, do not appear to be present in the household. Samuel's wife Hannah had died in 1796. Possibly the woman in the household, age 16-26, is a second wife, and the two unknown females under 10 are her children, either by Samuel or by an earlier marriage. Alternatively, this woman could be a housekeeper residing in the household with two young daughters. What is known is that there is no record of a remarriage for Samuel in the Vermont vital records index, nor are there any records of the marriages or deaths of daughters Catherine and Hannah.
Shortly after the executing of this deed with Israel Porter, Jr., 15 May 1801, Samuel Ward removed to Stanstead, Province of Lower Canada. He sells his remaining piece of Wheelock property, the 100 acre lot no. 78, to John Curtis for $200 in a deed dated 13 May 1802. In this deed, Samuel Ward is described as being "of Stanstead, Province of Lower Canada."5 Although Hutchinson states that it was the son of Samuel Ward who removed to Canada and died there, this is obviously incorrect.6 Samuel Ward [Jr.], husband of Tamson Hall, died in 1835 in Goshen Gore, Caledonia County, Vermont. In addition, he never appears as the owner of lot no. 78, the land sold in 1802 by a Samuel Ward "of Stanstead".
When Samuel Ward left Wheelock, his children remained behind. If he had remarried, perhaps his new wife wished to start a new life. If he intended to return for his youngest children, it seems he never did so. No mention of Samuel Ward appears in the Danville or Wheelock town records after the final sale of land in 1802.
Hannah (__?__) was born say 1755. She died 28 March 1796 in Wheelock, Caledonia Co., Vermont.7 Neither her place of burial, nor that of her young son Nathaniel, has been found. Both the Horne Cemetery and Shattuck-Ward Cemetery are near the land once owned by Samuel Ward, but both appear to have begun burials after Hannah's death.
Known children of Samuel1 Ward and Hannah (__?__) were as follows: