Sgt. John Ward Sr.1,2,3

#2678, (circa 1625 - November 1694)
Father*Richard Ward4 ( - c 1635)
Mother*Joyce _____4

Family 1

Sarah Hill
Children 1.Jonathan Ward16 (c 1647 - )
 2.John Ward Jr.+16 (1650 - 1695)
 3.Sarah Ward16 (1651/52 - )
 4.Mary Ward16 (1654 - 1738)
 5.Nathaniel Ward16 (1656 - 1731/32)
 6.Elizabeth Ward16 (1660 - )
 7.Dorcas Ward16 (1662 - 1738/39)
 8.Abigail Ward16 (1665 - )
 9.Deborah Ward+16 (c 1667 - )
 10.Phoebe Ward16 (1669 - )

Family 2

Child 1.Hannah Ward+1 (1658 - 1693)

Family 3

Hannah Crane b. c 1639
It is suggested that all of John Sr.'s children were by his first wife, Sarah.5 
Sgt. John known as John Sr. to distinguish him from John Jr., the Turner, not his son.3 
Birth*circa 1625He was born circa 1625 at EnglandG; named as "sixth son."6,7 
22 April 1635In Richard Ward's will dated 22 April 1635 at Stretton, Rutland, EnglandG, Sgt. John Ward Sr. was named as an heir, when he reaches age twenty-one.8 
15 November 1640In Joyce _____'s will dated 15 November 1640, Sgt. John Ward Sr. was named as an heir.9 
Marriage*say 1647He married Sarah Hill say 1647; or, poss., Mary, dau. of Henry Lyon.10,11 
1666/67He of Branford was a signer of The Newark Covenant in 1666/67; The Newark Covenant.12,13 
Marriage*after 1669He married Hannah Crane, daughter of Jasper Crane and Alice _____, after 1669.14 
31 October 1694He left a will on 31 October 1694 at Newark, New Jersey.15 
Death*November 1694He died in November 1694 at New Jersey.2 


  1. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), p. 55: "Jonathan, Feb. 15, 1649; m. Nov. 2, 1667, Hannah, dau. John Ward, rem. to N. |.; she d. 1693; (2) Thankful, dau. Elder John Strong of Wind., he d. Dec. 13, 1739."
  2. [S931] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Ward of Newark", Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 57:50-62, Gregg Leon Mattocks, transcriber (…) (1982). Hereinafter cited as "John Ward of Newark."
  3. [S928] William H Shaw, compiler, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884), 367.
  4. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, editor, History of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut, Vol. I (New York: The Grafton Press, 1904), p. 31. Hereinafter cited as Ancient Wethersfield I.
  5. [S1088] Richard W. Cook, "John Warde and John Warde of Newark", Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 57 (1982): 60. All children are listed as "by first wife" citing TAG XII, Branford Vital Records.
  6. [S934] Charles J. Hoadly, editor, Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven From May, 1653, to the Union (Hartford: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1858), 428,from Court of Magistrates 16 Oct 1661, at which John Fletcher of Milford presented three oaths (his, his wife Mary's, and her brother John's): "Know all men whom it may concerne, yt I, John Ward, of Brandford in ye colony of Newhauen in New England, and aged about thirty six yeares, doe declare & vpon my knowledge [298] testify.
  7. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record XLIX (July 1918): 264, family group. Hereinafter cited as Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield.
  8. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", 262: "I Richard Warde of Stretton in the countie of Rutland doe constitute and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: — I give to Thomas Warde my eldest son 20s. and to every of his children one ewe sheepe worth 6s. 8d. I give unto Edward Warde my second son my shopp with all my working tooles, all the goods in my coffer at Stamford, and £5 to be paid one month after my decease and £10 within two years, and he shall be a servant to oversee his mother's business and to have his dyet of her so long as they are pleased to dwell together; and if he shall take such a wife as his mother shall be well pleased with, my will is that he shall have my house and homestead after his mother's decease; but if he marry contrary to his mother's mind, then my will is that Anthony my third son shall have it; and if Anthony die without issue, then William my fourth son shall have it; and if William die childless, then Robert my fift son shall have it; and if Robert die childless, then John my sixt son shall have my house and homestead. I give to Anthony my third son, at his age of one and twenty, £30 and one cupbord standing in the hall, and all the sheepe that are known to be his. 1 give to William my fourth son £10 at one and twenty. I give to Robert my fift son ,£20 at one and twenty. I give to John my sixt son £20 at one and twenty. I give unto Mary Fletcher my daughter 20s., and to Mary her daughter two ewe sheepe. To the parish church at Stretton 10s. To the poor inhabitants of Stretton 10s. All other my goods I give to Jeasse my now wife, whom I make my sole executrix, and I intreat John Rowlett, William Bacon and Thomas Hibbens my neighbours to be super- visors. Dated 22 April, 1635. Mark of Richard Warde. Witnesses: William Bacon, Thomas Hibbens. Proved at London 2 October, 1635, by the oath of Joyce Warde, the relict and executrix."Citing P. C. C., Sadler, 104.
  9. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 1904), I:38, [62], p. 451 "Ward, Joyce, Wethersfield. Invt. £52-15-06. Taken 24th February, 1640-1, by George Hubbard & Leonard Chester. Will dated 15th November, 1640:
    I, Joyce Ward, of Wethersfield, being sicke in body but whole in mynd, doe make my last will & Testament this 15th day of November, in this prsent yeare of the Lord Christ 1640, in manner and forme as followeth :
    Imprs. I give to foure of my sonnes, that is to say, Anthony Ward, to Willie Ward, Robert Ward, & John Ward, ech of the a pare of sheets, and to my eldest sonne Edward, I give unto him twelve pence of mony; furthermore, I make my sonne in law John Flecher my whole and sole Executor, to pay and discharge all those debts, legaces wch I am bownd to prforme, and for to see my body brought to the ground in a decent manner. Memorand : that I, Joyce Ward, have left my sonne Roberts portion wch his father gave him, wch is (£20) twenty pound, in England, in the hands of my sonne Edward Ward ; I have made Mr. Wollersloue. of Clipsum, in England, in the County of Rutland, my Atturny, for to receave yt for my vse ; if he have gott yt there, my son Robert shall have the whole twenty pound ; but if yt be not gotten, then the six pound wch I paid for the putting out of the saide Robert Ward to Apprentice, shall be prte of that twenty pound.
    Joyce Ward her mark
    Witness : Nathaniel Dickinson
    Roger Prichat."
  10. [S931] Richard W. Cook, "John Ward of Newark", "perhaps daughter of John and Frances HILL of Guilford."
  11. [S882] J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J., Families (Rockaway, N.J.: Rockaway Publishing Co., 1902), Reprinted 1982 by the Historical Society of Boonton Township, Inc., p. 248-249, "Lieut. John Ward, settled at Branford about 1648, married as second wie Hannah, daughter of Jasper Crane, and widow of Thomas Huntington. His first wife was probably Mary, a daughter of Henry Lyon."
  12. [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."

  13. [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.
  14. [S1084] Francis Bazley Lee, Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey, I:32-33.
  15. [S1075] A. van Doren Honeyman, William Whitehead and others, editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey (Newark, NJ: Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1880–1949), 489, "1694 Oct. 81. Ward, John3 of Newark; will of. Wife Hannah, formerly the widow of Thomas Huntington. Sons John and Nathaniel; sons-in-law Jabish Rogers and John Cooper; the latter is to have (his wife) Pheby's share in the division; daughters now living, but not named, children of dec'd daughter Hanner Baldwin ; grandson John Ward. House and lot in Newark Township between John Morice and Nathaniel Warde, and other land. Personal property. Executors sons John and Nathaniel. Witnesses John Prudden senior and Robert Young. Proved November 20, 1694.
    N.J. Archives, XXL, p. 216, and Essex Wills"

    3John Ward, senior, or Sergeant (in 1672 Lieutenant) Ward. Understood to have been a son of Joyce Ward, widow.". Hereinafter cited as Documents Relating to the History of the New Jersey.
  16. [S931] Richard W. Cook, "John Ward of Newark", has ten and poss. eleven children given here. Atwater/Smith History of New Haven Supplement has nine (missing Jonathan and Phoebe). Branford VR has the same nine as well as another John, b. 29 Mar 1654, a second Abigail, b. 4 Jan 1658 [poss. /59], both with John as father; Branford VR also has Samwell s. John b. 22 Sep 1656, and Josias s. John b. 19 Jan 1661 [poss. /62]. For these last two, Atwater/Smith has as "probably" sons of George Ward (without giving a date of birth) but George d. 7 Apr. 1653.