John the turner Ward Jr.1

#11364, (say 1631 - 1683/84)
Relationship1st cousin 9 times removed of William David Lewis
Father*George Ward1 ( - 1653)
Mother*____ _____1


Sarah Hills
Children 1.Sarah Ward7 (1651 - s 1652)
 2.John, turner Ward Jr.7 (1654 - 1690)
 3.Samuel Ward7 (1656 - 1686)
 4.Abigail Ward7 (1658 - )
 5.Josiah Ward+7 (1661 - )
 6.Nathaniel Ward7 (s 1663 - )
 7.Caleb Ward7 (s 1665 - )
Sgt. John known as John Sr. to distinguish him from John Jr., the Turner, not his son.2 
Birth*say 1631He was born say 1631.1 
Marriage*circa 1650He married Sarah Hills, daughter of William Hills and Phyllis Lyman, circa 1650.3 
1666/67He of Branford was a signer of The Newark Covenant in 1666/67; The Newark Covenant.4,5 
June 1683He left a will in June 1683.6 
Death*1683/84He died in 1683/84 at New JerseyG.3 
Probate*16 July 1684His estate was probated on 16 July 1684 at New JerseyG.6 


  1. [S1088] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Warde of Newark", Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 57 (1982): 61, "John Ward, turner, son of George Ward of Branford."
  2. [S928] William H Shaw, compiler, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884), 367.
  3. [S1088] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Warde of Newark", 61.
  4. [S928] William H Shaw, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, I:372–381.
    The covenant came after years of planning and negotiating by New Haven Colony dissidents opposed to the union with the Connecticut Colony. The covenant was first signed, on 30 Oct 1666, by the Branford members, twenty-three in number:
    1. Jasper Crane 13. Ebenezer Camfield
    2. Abra. Peirson.      14. John Ward, Senior
    3. Sam'l Swaine      15. Ed. Ball
    4. Laurance Ward      16. John Harrison
    6. Thomas Blacthly* 17. John Crane
    6. Samuel Plum      18. Thos. Huntington
    7. .losiah Ward      19. Delivered Crane
    8. Samuel Rose      20. Aaron Blacthly
    9. Thomas Peirson      21. Richard Laurence
    10. John Warde      22. John Johnson
    11. John Catling      23. Thomas L. Lyon [his mark]
    12. Richard Harrison

    This was followed on 24 Jun 1667 by the subscription to the document by forty-one members from Milford:
    1. Robert Treat.          22. Thom. Johnson          
    2. Obadiah Bruen.          23. John Curtis.          
    3. Matthew Camfield     24. Ephraim Burwell.               
    4. Samuell Kitchell          25. Robert R. Dennison. [his mark]          
    5. Jeremiah Pecke          26. Nathaniel Wheeler.          
    6. Michael Tompkins     27. Zachariah Burwell.
    7. Stephen Freeman 28. William Campe.
    8. Henry Lyon,          29. Joseph Walters.          
    9. John Browne          30. Robert Dalglish.               
    10. John Rutgers [Rogers].     31. Hauns Albers.          
    11. Stephen Davis.          32. Thomas Morris.          
    12. Edward Rigs.          33. Hugh Roberts.          
    13. Robert Kitchell           34. Eph'm Pennington          
    14. J. n. Brooks [his mark].     35. Martin Tichenor          
    15. Robert v. Lymens. [his mark] 36. John Browne, Jr               
    16. Francis f. Linle. [his mark]     37 Jona. Seargeant.          
    17. Daniel Tichenor.     38. Azariah Crane               
    18. John Bauldwin, Sen.     39. Samuel Lyon.
    19. John Bauldwin, Jr. 40. Joseph Riggs.
    20. Jona. Timipkins. 41. Stephen Bond
    21. Geo. Day     

    The document read thus:
    "1st. - That none shall lie admitted freemen or free Burgesses within our Town upon Passaick River, in the Province of Jersey, but such Planters as are members of some or other of the Congregational Churches, nor shall any but such be chosen to Magistracy or to Carry on any part of said Civil Judicature, or as deputies or assistants, to have power to Vote in establishing Laws, and making or repealing them, or to any Chief Military Trust or Office. Nor shall any But such Church Members have any Vote in such election. Tho all others admitted to be planters have right to their proper Inheritance, and do and shall enjoy all other Civil Liberties, Privileges, according to all Laws, Orders, Grants which are, or hereafter shall be made for this Town."

  5. [S1084] Francis Bazley Lee, editor, Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), I:243. General description of the removal to New Jersey by those in Branford and Milford.
  6. [S1088] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Warde of Newark", 62, will dated June 1683, proved 26 Jul 1684; GMHNJ and DRCHNJ XXIII have proved 16 Jul 1684.
  7. [S1088] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Warde of Newark", 62, citing "Branford Vital Records" in TAG XII; not named by Cook, but included by Lee in GMHNJ I, are Nathaniel and Caleb. Cook makes the comment: "Other children have been assigned to John Ward, turner, but there seems to be no evidence to substantiate their inclusion."