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2. Thaddeus2 Ward (Samuel1) was born 25 October 1779 11 in Massachusetts.12 He married Lovey Daniels; the marriage was published 21 January 1802 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.13 He died 15 June 1863 cause of death: consumption, age 83 years in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.14 He was buried in Ward Cemetery in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15

     Thaddeus Ward, eldest child of Samuel and Hannah (--?--) Ward, was a prosperous farmer.16 He and wife Lovina "Lovey" (Daniels) Ward raised a family of eleven children, all of whom reached adulthood and had families of their own. Thaddeus was a resident of Danville and as a result, his family is relatively well documented. His marriage and the births of all his children are recorded in the Danville town records. All children are named in his will of 1843 and most of them can be followed throughout their lives. His home in North Danville, on what is now called Tampico Road, still exists. It is an old weathered building dated 1818 and called "The Old Ward Homestead."
     Despite the encroachment of 21st century civilization, the drive out to the Ward Cemetery and Thaddeus Ward's home is still a narrow dirt and gravel road. There is still a feeling of isolation. The records of the Samuel Ward descendants show a small group of independent, self-reliant people to whom family is all-important and whose small community becomes family. Most of the sons and daughters married members of neighbor families and even second and third marriages were kept within the 'family.'

     The first appearance of the adult Thaddeus Ward in the records is the 26 March 1800 deed in which he purchases 100 acres in the town of Wheelock, "part of the 43rd Original laid out in said town, lot no. 225 from Thomas Dow, Jr., blacksmith, for $100.5 Both men are stated as being "of Danville." Given the timing on this deed, it is probably a settlement made on him by his father upon reaching his majority or preparing to marry. The deed was witnessed by Samuel Daniels Jr., possible relative of his future wife Lovina "Lovey" Daniels, and Timothy Chamberlain and was recorded 17 September 1802.

     Thaddeus Ward left a will dated 21 January 1843, more than twenty years before his death.17 The introductory phrasing of this will varies slightly from standard practice and may indicate a wry sense of humor: "I Thadeus Ward of Danville in the County of Caledonia and State of Vermont being sensible of my liability to sudden death at the same time being in my own supposition of sound mind. . ." The will combines provisions of a traditional will with those more commonly found in deeds in which the parent gives land to a son or son-in-law in return for care in his old age.

It is my will that Thomas J Ward maintain and support my self and wife out of his portion after the above named sums are paid out of the personal estate.
      It is my Will to live with my son Thomas J Ward and he is to provide a good and comfortable room and keep the same warm and provide a good and comfortable bed and beding [sic] and provide good and sufficient clothing and provide at all times good and holsom [sic] victuals and drinks and all that is necessary to make us comfortable and is to pay all Doctors bills and nursing during our natural lives.


     Although son Thomas Jefferson Ward is effectively the residuary legatee, his older brother Samuel also receives a large portion of the estate: he received "thirty acres of the homestead Farm where I now live to be divided according to quantity and quality with one half of one third of the buildings there on and the wood lot and Sugar place and also one half of a peice [sic] of land in the Town of Wheelock supposed to contain 40 acres. . ." as well as "one half of my personal estate not herein otherwise disposed of" and "one half of one third of the rents and profits of the homestead Farm and one third of the rents and profits of the Wheelock farm after paying out to the Heirs as is herein provided." Samuel and Thomas J. Ward were to pay out all legacies named in the will.
     All children of Thaddeus and Lovey (Daniels) Ward are named in this will. Three daughters, Belinda, Betsey and Hannah are unmarried and all are to receive "the sum of two hundred dollars in household furniture such as she may need, the remainder in likely neat Cattle or sheep" and all are to "have a home within my Dwelling House as long as they shall remain single." Sons Aaron, Benjamin and Thaddeus, evidently having already received their portion, are to receive one dollar, as are married daughters 'Cintha' Drew, Abigail P. Weeks and Clarissa D. Clarke. Wife Lovey is to receive "the use and improvement of one third of all of my estate both real and personal during her natural life" and "a handsome maintenance out of my estate during her natural life." She is also given the disposition of his household furniture.
     Son Aaron Ward is named executor and the will is witnessed by Samuel F. Shattuck, Samuel P. Daniels [either his nephew or brother-in-law] and Beniah Ward [probably his nephew, son of brother Samuel Ward].
     Unfortunately, the probate and disposition of this estate give no clues as to changes in this family in the twenty-year interim. The will was admitted to probate 9 July 1863 and the final disposition of the estate was recorded by executor Aaron Ward at the Probate Court in St. Johnsbury, VT, 1 July 1864. The inventory totals $6378.75 with $2278.75 of that being personal estate. There were no claims against the estate. Although no recipients are named in the final account, the inventory does seem to show the final disposition of all property. The land is listed as "ocupied [sic] by T. Ward" and several items have "Samuels" written next to them. It appears that all terms of the will had been carried out before the death of Thaddeus and the estate administration simply divides the remainder between the two youngest sons. Although other evidence exists to document some of the changes in the family, unfortunately this probate provides no additional evidence to help answer the remaining questions.

     The death record of Thaddeus Ward found in the Vermont vital records index states that he died 15 January 1863 in Danville, Vermont, at the age of 80 years. Although possible, it is more likely that the date inscribed on his tombstone, 15 June 1863, is more accurate. The tombstone is appropriate for the time period and this date is more in accord with the 9 July 1863 probate date. The cause of death is noted as "consumption."7 Thaddeus was buried in the family cemetery adjoining his property next to his wife of more than fifty years, Lovey (Daniels) Ward.15


Lovey Daniels was born 1781 Her son Jefferson's 1900 census entry lists her birthplace as New Hampshire in Vermont.18 She died 13 February 1853 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.19 She was buried in Ward Cemetery in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15
Known children of Thaddeus2 Ward and Lovey Daniels were as follows:

3. Samuel2 Ward (Samuel1) was born 17 July 1781 possibly in Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts.20 He married Tamson Hall, daughter of Solomon Hall and Tamsin (__?__), 1 January 1806 both of Barrington in Barrington, Strafford Co., New Hampshire.21 He died 11 May 1835 ae 53 years; cause of death: logging accident in Goshen Gore, Caledonia Co., Vermont.22 He was buried in Ward Cemetery in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15

     Samuel Ward, second son of Samuel and Hannah (--?--) Ward, was probably a farmer who also worked a saw mill.23 The inventory of his estate includes a "Pew in the Danville North Meeting House"16 and his obituary calls him a "respectable citizen -- a member of the Christian Church."23 Perhaps this respectability, combined with his choice of location, conspires to provide little information with which to clothe the bare bones of a 53 year existence.

     The family of Samuel Ward, like Samuel himself, poses many problems. Despite its location adjacent to that of his brother Josiah in Danville, Samuel's property was located in Goshen Gore [now Stannard], Vermont. All records of this family should be found in the Goshen Gore town records. Unfortunately, these records were burned in a fire in the town clerk's office in [?], leaving no direct evidence for the births of his children. The family picture has been pieced together from a correlation of early census records, Samuel Ward's estate, and later marriage and death records of his children.
     Samuel, like his older brother Thaddeus, may have been born in Massachusetts. However, most of his children indicate that he and his wife, Tamson (Hall) were born in Vermont, a location known to be incorrect. His birth is recorded in both the Dublin, New Hampshire, and the Wheelock, Vermont, town records. As the family came from Dublin to Wheelock after younger brother Nathaniel's birth in 1790, Samuel must have been born either in New Hampshire, or perhaps in Massachusetts, prior to his family's move to Dublin.

     With the exception of the record of his birth, Samuel Ward's first appearance in Caledonia County, Vermont, records is in the land records of Wheelock. On 20 November 1804 he purchased land in Wheelock described as "a certain lot of land lying in Wheelock in the northwest part of the town. . . lot no. 225" from his brother Thaddeus Ward for "$120 to me in hand paid." Both men are called "of Danville" at this time.5 This land was subsequently sold to Enoch Kidder and Samuel Brackett of Wheelock for the sum of $20 [probably either $120 or $200] on 10 June 1812. At this time Samuel Ward is still called "of Danville."5 Although the inventory of his estate shows that he owned land in Goshen Gore, Vermont, adjoining that of brother Josiah in Danville, no records of his purchase of this land exist, they having been destroyed in the fire in the town clerk's office. With the sale of his land in Wheelock, Samuel Ward disappears from the local records, existing only in the early federal censuses, until his accidental death in 1835.

     The death of Samuel Ward is described in full detail in this front page notice in the Danville North Star:

"Fatal Casualty: On Monday last, as Mr. Samuel Ward, of Goshen Gore was rolling logs over a defective mill-yard, to the saw mill, he slipped from one of the string pieces, fell about 12 feet, struck his neck across the sharp edge of a slab, which broke it, and produced instant death. Mr. Ward was 53 years of age -- a respectable citizen -- a member of the Christian Church -- and has left a large family and circle of connexions to mourn his sudden exit. "In the midst of life, we are in death." Printers in N. Hampshire are requested to notice.23

He was buried in the family cemetery, now called the Ward Cemetery. The tombstone was probably placed there at a later date, perhaps after the death of his wife Tamson in 1875. It is engraved "Samuel Ward// d. May 11, 1835// ae 53// Tamson// his wife// d. Oct 19, 1875// ae 91// John Ward// died// July 23, 1859// ae 40".15

     The records created in the settlement of Samuel Ward's estate are the only remaining records which treat with his family in aggregate. He died leaving no will, and the settlement of his estate, although it took two years, created only one document containing what appears to be the names of all his children. On the reverse of the Order of Notice dated 10 March 1837 is the following: "We the undersigned accept Service of the within notice & waive all questions for want of other & Legal Service." It is signed Samuel H. Ward, Katharine Rollins, Mary Ward, Hannah Kittredge, Samuel B. Randell as guardian for John, Elvira and Beniah Ward, Abigail Ward, and Osborn Ward.16 John, Elvira and Beniah Ward were minor children and heirs of Samuel Ward over the age of fourteen years at the time their father died. They had chosen Samuel B. Randall as their guardian.16 This list of names does not include minor children Thomas and Daniel Ward, both of whom were minors under the age of fourteen at the time of their father's death. Their mother, Tamson Ward, administratrix of the estate, had been appointed their guardian.16
     Assuming these names to be all the surviving children and heirs of Samuel Ward, he and Tamson (Hall) Ward raised a total of eleven children. In response to a petition by Samuel B. Randall and Tamson Ward, the Caledonia Probate Court at Danville decreed on 12 July 1837: "The Court aforesaid doth hereby license and authorise you the said Guardians to Sell and Convey the real estate of your respective wards which real estate is described as follows, to wit the home farm of said Samuel Ward deceased (subject to the widow's right of dower) lying in Goshen Gore aforesaid & containing about 140 acres & also about 50 acres of lease land in Wheelock - The interest of each heir being one undivided Eleventh part. . ."[italics added]16 This land was sold to the eldest son, Samuel H. Ward, who, although yet unmarried, was the only male heir who had reached his majority at the time of his father's death.


Tamson Hall was born 1784 in Barrington, Strafford Co., New Hampshire.24 She died 19 October 1875 in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15 She was buried in Ward Cemetery in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15
Known children of Samuel2 Ward and Tamson Hall were as follows:

6. Josiah2 Ward (Samuel1) was born 6 September 1787 in Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire.32 He married Susannah Hayward; the marriage was published 10 October 1813 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.33 He died 17 June 1859 age 71 years in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont.34 He was buried in St. Johnsbury Center Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont.7

     Josiah Ward enlisted on 12 September 1812, in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont, in Captain Wheeler's Company, Vermont Militia.35

Susannah Hayward was born 1792 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.36 She died 17 September 1871 cause of death: fall and old age, age 79 years in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont.37
Known children of Josiah2 Ward and Susannah Hayward were as follows:

8. Betsey2 Ward (Samuel1) was born 28 April 1793 in Wheelock, Caledonia Co., Vermont.43 She married Samuel P. Daniels; the marriage was published 1 September 1811 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.44 She married Samuel P. Daniels 14 September 1811 in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.43 She died 18 May 1829 in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15 She was buried in Ward Cemetery in North Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont.15

Samuel P. Daniels.
Known children of Betsey2 Ward and Samuel P. Daniels were:



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