Mary Ward1

#4329, (circa 1598 - circa February 1663/64)
Relationship8th great-grandaunt of William David Lewis
Father*Edward Ward1 (c 1574 - b 1620/21)
Mother*Judith _____1 (s 1565 - a 1626)

Family 1

Capt. John Cutting b. s 1595, d. 1659
Children 1.John Cutting Jr.+9 (s 1620 - )
 2.Mary Cutting+1 (s 1622 - )
 3.Sara Cutting+1 (s 1632 - )

Family 2

Rev. John Miller b. s 1595, d. 1663
Her married name was Miller.2 
Her married name was Cutting.1 
Some works name a third daughter, Judith. On this see the entry for Judith, first wife of James Browne, husband of their daughter Sara.3 
Birth*circa 1598She was born circa 1598 at EnglandG.1 
Marriage*13 August 1619She married Capt. John Cutting on 13 August 1619 at St. Stephen Church, Ipswich, Suffolk, EnglandG.1,4 
9 January 1620/21In Edward Ward's will dated 9 January 1620/21, Mary Ward was named as an heir.5 
22 March 1626In Susan Ward's will dated 22 March 1626, Mary Ward was named as an heir, as "sister Mary Cutting"; (prob. 1627, new style, if burial date is accurate; Lydia and Nathaniel not mentioned.)6 
circa 1636 Circa 1636, Mary Ward and Capt. John Cutting migrated to Massachusetts ColonyG.2 
circa 1639She and Capt. John Cutting removed to Newbury, Massachusetts Colony, circa 1639.2 
between 1648 and 1651She and Capt. John Cutting removed to Charlestown (now Boston), Middlesex (now Suffolk) Co., Massachusetts ColonyG, between 1648 and 1651.2 
before 1656She and Capt. John Cutting removed to Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts ColonyG, before 1656.2 
22 October 1659In Capt. John Cutting's will dated 22 October 1659, Mary Ward was named as an heir.7 
Marriage*before May 1662She married Rev. John Miller before May 1662.2 
27 May 1662Mary Ward transferred real estate to Sara Cutting on 27 May 1662.2 
26 November 1663She left a will on 26 November 1663 at Essex Co., Massachusetts ColonyG.8 
Death*circa February 1663/64She died circa February 1663/64 at Essex Co., Massachusetts ColonyG.8 
Inventory6 March 1663/64Her estate was inventoried by Mary Ward on 6 March 1663/64 at Essex Co., Massachusetts ColonyG.8 
Probate*29 March 1664Her estate was probated on 29 March 1664 at Ipswich Court, Essex Co., Massachusetts ColonyG.8 


  1. [S1821] Leslie Mahler, "The English Origin of Nathaniel Ward of Hartford, Connecticut, and Hadley, Massachusetts, Mary (Ward) Cutting of Newbury, Massachusetts, Rebecca (Ward) Allen of Newbury, and Their Nephew William Markham of Hadley: A Previously Unknown Kinship Group", The American Genealogist 83:1 (Jan. 2008, published Feb. 2009).
  2. [S1825] Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Abel Lunt 1769–1806 of Newbury, Massachusetts (Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1963), pp. 81–87. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry of Abel Lunt.
  3. [S520] VWH.
  4. [S1826] Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (transcription citing Society of Genealogists), online, John Cutting and Mary Ward, marr. 1619, St. Stephen, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
  5. [S755] Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings in England (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), p. 584: "Edward Warde of Little Wrathinge, Suffolk, yeoman, 9 January 1620, proved at Ipswich 7 March 1620."
    To my wife Judeth my house, orchard and garden, with the skepps of bees therein, during her natural life, so as she shall leave one upper chamber, furnished for mine executor, who soever he be, viz. one bed and all things thereunto belonging, called Joseph's chamber. To my son Nathaniel Warde forty pounds and my best riding cloak. To my son Leonard ( ?) fifty pounds and my best cloak, when his apprenticeship shall come forth. To Lydia, my daughter, thirty pounds. To Mary, my daughter, twenty pounds. To Rebecca Warde, my daughter, forty pounds. To Susan, my daughter, ten pounds. Son Thomas Ward to be sole executor. To son Edward Ward after his time shall come forth &c.
    Consistory Ct Norwich. Bk Williams 60.
    (Mem. Perhaps for "Leonard," above, we should read Edward. — H. F. W.)
    [Edward "Warde, the testator, was I presume the brother of Rev. John Ward of Haverhill, named by him in his will, which is printed in full in my memoir of N. Ward, pp. 130-1. See Muskett's Candler's pedigree in the Register, vol. 41, p. 284. The will of his daughter Susan, widow of Robert Brown, follows this. — Editor.]"
    . Hereinafter cited as Genealogical Gleanings in England.
  6. [S755] Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings in England, p. 584: "Susan Browne of Ipswich, widow, 22 March 1626, proved 24 April 1627. To Mr Samuel Warde, Preacher of the Tower parish in Ipswich the sum of five pounds &c in two years, in full discharge and satisfaction of whatsoever money is now due unto him and unpaid from or by Robert Browne, my late husband, deceased. To Elizabeth Browne daughter of my brother in law William Browne. My sister in law Mary Browne. My sister Mary Cutting. My mother Judith Warde. My sister Rebecca Warde. My brother Edward Warde to be executor and residuary legatee." Citing Consistory C Norwich Book Travers. [Unclear if "Mary Browne" is (prob.) a sister of Robert and William Browne or (poss.) the wife of William Browne (VWH)]
  7. [S386] Probate Records of Essex County Massachusetts: Vol. III, 1675-1681 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1920), I:308-311. Estate of John Cutting of Newbury, deceased 20 Nov 1659. Will dated 22 Oct 1659, proved in Ipswich Court 27 Mar 1660; Inventory 16 Dec 1659. Names "Mary my wife," "Daughter Mary the wife of Nicholas Noyes," "Daughter Sara Browne of Charlestowne, the wife of James Browns," dau. Mary's son Cutting Noyes, grandchild Mary the wife of Samuel Moody; and gives "to every one of my Grandchildren and great grandchildren thirty shillings apiece."
  8. [S386] Probate Records of Essex County Vol. III, I:437–438. Will of Mrs. Mary Miller of Newbury, widow, 26 Nov 1664. Names:
    - dau. Sara wife of James Browne
    - James Browne, "son," named executor
    - dau. Mary, wife of Nicholas Noyes "my son"
    - grandchild Mary Moody, wife of Samuel Moody
    - Benjamin Roafe, Henry Tewksbury and John Davis, debtors to Mary Miller
    - Anthony Somerby and Henry Short, witnesses
    Proved in Ipswich Court, 29 Mar 1664 by the witnesses. Inventory 6 Mar 1663/64.
  9. [S1823] David W. Hoyt, "The Cutting–Browne Family of Newbury", The Essex Institute XLVIII (1912): see especially footnote ** on p. 85. John Jr.'s probable dau. Mary is referred to in the wills of both of her paternal grandparents as "Mary" without naming either of her parents.