Richard Ward1,2

#9990, ( - circa 17 July 1635)

Family 1

____ _____
Child 1.Thomas Ward4 (s 1604 - )

Family 2

Joyce _____
Children 1.Mary Ward+5 (c 1607 - )
 2.Edward Ward6 (s 1612 - )
 3.Anthony Ward6 (s 1617 - )
 4.William Ward6 (s 1619 - )
 5.Robert Ward6 (s 1622 - )
 6.Sgt. John Ward Sr.+2 (c 1625 - 1694)
Marriage*say 1600He married ____ _____ say 1600 at EnglandG.1 
Marriage*say 1606He married Joyce _____ say 1606 at EnglandG.2 
22 April 1635He left a will on 22 April 1635 at Stretton, Rutland, EnglandG.3 
Death*circa 17 July 1635He died circa 17 July 1635 at RutlandG.1 
Burial*19 July 1635He was buried on 19 July 1635 at RutlandG.1 


  1. [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.
  2. [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.
  3. [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.
  4. [S935] J. R. Hutchinson, "Ward of Connecticut: I. Widow Joice Ward of Wethersfield", 264, family group. No citation is given for Richard having a son by a first wife; it is deduced from the fact that Thomas is not named in Joyce Ward's will, though that may be because he was deceased. – (VWH).
  5. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), II:173 "John [Fletcher], Wethersfield, m. bef. 1641, Mary, d. of wid. Joyce Ward, whose h. prob. came not to N. E. and by the old lady's will, 15 Nov. 1640, pro. 4 Mar. foll, naming s. Edward, left in Eng. Anthony, William, Robert, and John here, I presume this was her only d. She writes, that Mr. Wollerslove of Clipsham, Co. Rutland, was her atty. to receive money, and makes F. her s.-in-law, excor. See Trumbull, Coll. Rec. I. 451. He rem. to Milford, and had after liv. there two yrs. join, the ch. 1641, in wh. yr. his d. Sarah was bapt. Hannah, 1643, Eliz. 1645 ; Samuel, 1649, d. young; Abigail, 1652, so that Mary and Rebecca, we may be sure, were earlier of the six ds. by this w. He was deac. and d. 18 Apr. 1662. His wid. m. John Clark of Milford, wh. d. 1674, and when she made her will at Farrnington 1679, in it are ment. these ds. Mary Stevens, Rebecca, w. of the sec. Andrew Warner, Hannah, w. of John Chittenden of Guilford, Sarah, w. of John Stanley, Abigail F. unm. and Eliz. wh. was w. of Elnathan Botsford, wh. was d. leav. d. Eliz."
  6. [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."