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Mary Johns
Female 1739 - 1761

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  • Birth  1739  Lunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Marriage  2 May 1759  Lunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Record ID Number  MH:I33259 
    _UID  6F777DD0-E4ED-4DAE-9B5F-DF5313B048A4 
    _UPD  16 MAY 2013 18:44:39 GMT-5 
    Died  Between 1761 and 1765  Lunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I28144  Shaw Family of North Carolina
    Last Modified  20 Feb 2014 
     
    Family  Richard Ward,   b. 29 Oct 1692, Sheffield Varina Henrio County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Aug 24 and Nov 23 1761, home of Thomas Branch Cornwall ParishLunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 May 1759  Lunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Record ID Number  MH:F14663 
    _UID  9F699B38-9C1A-484A-9FC9-093AE19CAB43 
    _UPD  16 MAY 2013 18:44:28 GMT-5 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Ward,   b. 1761, Lunenburg County Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1836, Person County North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F12013  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • Source: Brenda Keck Reed

      ID: I17467
      Name: MARY JOHNS
      Sex: F
      Birth: BEF 1739 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
      ALIA: Mrs. Mary /Ward/
      Reference Number: 18975
      Event: Fact Niece (by marriage) of Perrin Alday.
      Death: BET 1761 AND 1765 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
      Event: Fact 1759 Her grandfather, Richard Austin, died at Lunenburg Co., VA.
      Event: Fact 1760 Gave birth to Richard Ward, Jr., probably at Lunenburg Co., VA.
      Event: Fact 1761 Gave birth to daughter, Catherine Ward, at Lunenbur Co., VA.
      Event: Fact BEF 23 NOV 1761 Husband, Richard Ward, died per records of Cumberland County, VA.
      Event: Fact AFT 1761 Disappears from the records.
      Event: Fact BEF 1765 Thomas Johns boarded the orphan Richard Ward, her son.
      Event: Fact ABT AUG 1769 Her father, Thomas Johns, died.
      Event: Fact AUG 1769 Her father, Thomas Rice Johns, died at Charlotte Co., VA, leaving a will.
      Event: Fact 1778 Her brother, John J. Johns, died at Charlotte Co., VA.
      Event: Fact AFT 1786 Her mother, Catherine Austin, died.
      Event: Fact 1836 Daughter, Catherine Ward Brown, died at Leasburg, Person Co., NC.
      Note:
      Very little is known about MARY JOHNS, except that she married RICHARD WARD on May 2nd, 1759, and by him, had a son, RICHARD WARD, JR., as is made evident through the probate records of Richard Ward found in Lunenburg County, Virginia court records from 1762 to about 1768. Mary Johns Ward is listed as "wife Mary Ward" in Richard Ward, Sr.'s will; however, no mention of her is made in any of the probate records that follow. Richard Ward, Jr. was always listed as "orphan" and at one time was living before 1768 in the household of THOMAS JOHNS for a period of three years for which he was paid room and board. Residents of Cumberland County, VA prior to 1789 included: JOHN JOHNS, JOSEPH JOHNS, ROBERT JOHNS, THOMAS JOHNS, JR. AND WILLIAM JOHNS. It is not known at this writing what MARY JOHNS WARD's relationship was, if any, to the aforementioned individuals named Johns. It is also not likely that Mary Johns Ward survived her husband, Richard Ward, as there is no further mentioin of her made in any records found to date by this researcher. Charlotte County Deed Book 1:16, on 1 April 1765 records that PERRIN ALDAY of Charlotte County deed to THOMAS JOHNS of same for 12 pounds 208 acres in Charlotte on the branches of Wards Fork, part of a patent granted to ALDAY bearing date of 28 June 17673, bounded by HENRY WARD's line.

      Note: In 1740 THOMAS JOHNS was enumerated in Pennsylvania Co., VA and Prince William Co., Virginia. In 1760 Thomas Johns was enumerated in Cumberland County, Frederick County, & Ellested G. B. in Virginia. From 1782-1790 Thomas Johns was listed in Cumberland County, Amherst County, and Pittsylvania County in Virginia. In 1810 Thomas Johns was enumerated in Fauquier County and Hampshire County, Virginia; also in Charlotte County, Campbell County, and Amherst County. In 1737 Thomas Johns had a land patent for 400 acres in Goochland County, Virginia among the south branches of Willis River (Grants 22, page 99). William and Ann Johns had a son, Thomas Johns, born c1728 in King William County and died about 1787 in Cumberland County, Virginia; he had a brother, Robert Johns born 1723 Amherst Co., VA and whose estate was inventoried 30 April 1779 & who married Mary Gresham. Residents of Cumberland County, VA prior to 1789 included: JOHN JOHNS, JOSEPH JOHNS, ROBERT JOHNS, THOMAS JOHNS, JR. AND WILLIAM JOHNS.

      1762, February 2: Lunenburg County, VA Will Book 1:341
      The will of RICHARD WARD of Cornwall Parish, Lunenburg County, dated November 17, 1759, probated February 2, 1762, devised
      To my son BENJAMIN WARD, 120 acres in Cumberland Parish (or county) adjoining James Brown, Jonas Renuls, and Valentine Colley;
      To daughter TAHPENAHS WARD, 1 shilling;
      To wife MARY WARD is loaned 6 negroes (BOWSER, HARRY, MODESTY, DICK, ANNIS & MOLL) during her life and is given a feather beds and furniture, riding horse, side saddle, etc, also 350 acres in Lunenburg County between WILLIAM FUQUA and LENNARD WARD to her and her heirs lawfully begotten;
      To child wife is now with, 150 acres in Chesterfield County (between ELIZA GAY and SETH WARD, between the road and the river and also 101 acres in Cumberland County between Angolea Creek and Appomattox River and also the land I now enjoy in Lunenburg County and all the negros and everything I am possessed with in Cumberland County and also in Lunenburg County and 6 negros I lent my wife (Bowser, Harry, Modesty, Dick, Annis, & Moll). Executors: friend, SEATH WARD & PERRIN ALDAY. Witnesses: ABRAHAM MARTIN, NEAL FRANK, JOSHUA WHARTON.

      1764, October Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, poage 171:
      BENJAMIN WARD is appointed guardian to RICHARD WARD, Orphan of RICHARD WARD deceased whereupon said BENJAMIN WARD together with sufficient Security entered into bond.

      1764, November Court, Lunenburg County, VA Order Book 10, page 195:
      For reasons appearing to the Court, BENJAMIN WARD is removed from his guardianship of RICHARD WARD, Orphan of RICHARD WARD deceased and PERRIN AULDAY is appointed guardian in his room, he giving Security, whereupon he, together with sufficient Security, ack. bond."

      1768, August Court, Lunenburg County, VA, Order Book 11, page 120 :
      PERRIN ALDAY, Guardian of RICHARD WARD, orphan of RICHARD WARD, deceased is excused of rendering any account of the profits of the estate "till the next year."

      1768 -- THOMAS JOHN for 3 years' board of RICHARD WARD orphan of the testator; JAMES ARCHDEACON, JOSEPH DAVIS, JNO COBBS for work, THOMAS MOODY for a coffin. SETH WARD for a side of leather; ELIZA. FUQUA for laying (paying) 2 Negro women; JAMES FRENCH for BUCHANAN & CO for dealings with ROBERT SHARPER; JNO COX judgment; DAVID CALDWELL, carriae of tobacco; ANDREW FRENCH, PAUL CARRINGTON atty at.

      On September 8, 1768 the Estate Inventory of RICHARD WARD was recorded in Lunenburg County, VA Will Book 2, page 334. Account Current of the estate of RICHARD WARD, in account with PERRIN ALDAY executor. Debits include mention of: 1762 -- THOMAS BRANCH, for his trouble & expenses with the said WARD at his house in his illness; BENJAMIN COLLINS & CHRISTOPHER BRANCH part for funeral expenses; HENRY WARD for his attendance by order of court for said testator v B. WARD; ABRAHAM MARTIN, JOHN ASHWELL for rum for the sale of the estate; JAMES REA, JAMES THAXTON for services for use of the estate; WARREN WALKER, FREDRICK HATCHER, JAMES ARCHDEACON for rum for sale of the estate; THOMAS DEAVENPORT, Sheriff Cumberland County; JOSEPH WILLIAMS; JAMES TAYLOR, Sheriff Lunenburg County; ABNER NASH, PPHIL HOLCOMB per JAMES WILSON'S account; ROBERT HASTIE & CO.; PHILLIP WEBER; JAMES MITCHELL; CHARLES CUPPLES; WILLIAM COOK; PEYTON RANDOLPH, Esq.; WILLIAM BAILEY. 1763 -- JO WILLIAMS, Sheriff Lunenburg County per exo. WARD v WARD's exors, JO WILLIAMS, Sheriff Lunenburg per WALTERS & CO execution; GEORGE COX, CHARLES CUPPLES, BERNARD MARKHAM, Sheriff Lunenburg. 1764 -- ROBERT NEALY, JAMES ARCHDEACON for his share of several crops, JNO COX, WILLIAM LIGON, ROBERT WOODS for appraising the estate; SAMUEL JOHNSON per ditto; SAMUEL DAVIS per ditto; SETH MOORE for 7 cows & calves purchased of him part of his wife's legacy; WILLIAM FLEMING, atty at law; 1765 -- JNO WILLIAMS for attendance ads; COX, DUGLASS PUCKETT, NAT WILLIAMS Sheriff Lunenburg, WM. COOK, WM. WARD, THOMAS SEWELL, SAM'L JOHNSTON for carriage of tobacco, JOSEPH FRANCIS, THOMAS RICE for carriage of tobacco. 1767 -- THOMAS PRICE, JNO CHAMBERS for building a house; THOMAS RICE for carriage of tobacco; DAVID MADDOX per ditto; MATTHEW WATSON for MCNESSE judgment; DAVID CALDWELL for carriage of tobacco. 1768 -- THOMAS JOHN for 3 years' board of RICHARD WARD orphan of the testator; JAMES ARCHDEACON, JOSEPH DAVIS, JNO COBBS for work, THOMAS MOODY for a coffin. SETH WARD for a side of leather; ELIZA. FUQUA for laying (paying) 2 Negro women; JAMES FRENCH for BUCHANAN & CO for dealings with ROBERT SHARPER; JNO COX judgment; DAVID CALDWELL, carriae of tobacco; ANDREW FRENCH, PAUL CARRINGTON atty at.
      Credits include mention of: 1762 -- THOMAS BRANCH, JNO BARKSDALE, DUDLEY BARKSDALE, JACOB STOBER, JNO COX SMITH'S RIVER, ROBERT NEALY for rent; Mich; I MCDEARMAN'S exors, JAMES FRENCH, DAVID CALDWELL, ANDREW FRENCH for paying the Sheriff Charlotte County; JAMES MCCRAW, EDWARD DAY for rent; JAMES FRENCH for PHIL. HOLCOMB, ROBERT NEALY for rent. Total credits: 814 L 10 shillings 4.5 pence
      September 8, 1768. We, being appointed by Lunenburg Court to setthe the account of PERRIN ALDAY the executor of RICHARD WARD deceased have examined the account of and find a balance of 6L 7 shillings 10.5 pence due from the estate to the executor, exclusive of his trouble in the management of this estate. Signed -- JOS MORTON, CLEMENT READ, P. CARRINGTON. Recorded September 8, 1768.

      It is noteworthy that in 1778 the aforementioned PERRIN ALDAY (ALLDAY] was named as an executor of the will of JOHN JOHNS of Charlotte County, VA. Perrin Alday is Mary John's uncle by marriage. He inherited land from RICHARD AUSTIN which was located next to land belonging to THOMAS RICE JOHNS, MARY'S father.

      1792, 7 January: Person Co. NC Record of Deeds Bk. A pg 18-19.
      PHILLIP WEBBER & TAPPANES his wife by their atty RICHARD WEBBER of Cumberland Co. Va. to CATHERINE BROWN wife of WILLIAM BROWN of Caswell Co. {NC} for the love and affection of their sister and for her children, negroes JAMES, RACHEL, ANNIS, BEN; 7 Jan. 1792. witnessed by WILLIAM HAYNE, WILLIAM WAITE. (This indicates Richard Ward was Catherine's father as opposed to John Ward who certified that Catherine was 21 on her marriage bond but he did not state his relationship to her. Combined with other data this would indicate that Mary Johns was her mother.)

      Date: 4/3/2006
      Email from Charles Ward to Brenda Reed
      " ... the ancestry of Mary Johns, second wife of Richard Ward (1692-1762). . . my findings . . . exchanged e-mails with Bob Newsome, a Johns family researcher involved with the Johns Family Association. He believes Mary Johns to be the daughter of THOMAS RICE JOHNS and I agree with him. THOMAS RICE JOHNS left a will, but does not mention his daughter, MARY. Part of the will is illegible. It is speculated that Mary may have predeceased her father. It is also speculated that she may have been given her share of the estate during the lifetime of her father. What leads us to think MARY JOHNS was the daughter of THOMAS JOHNS? There are several factors. The chronology would seem right to place Mary Johns as a daughter of Thomas Rice Johns and his wife, Catherine (Austin) Johns. We know she was considerably younger than Richard Ward and in fact, Richard was around the same age as Thomas Johns. Thomas Johns was paid money from the estate of RICHARD WARD for the care and upkeep of RICHARD WARD, JR., son of RICHARD WARD and MARY JOHNS. THOMAS JOHNS was a brother-in-law of PERRIN ALDAY. It would appear Perrin Alday was married at least twice, if not more. Thomas Rice Johns was married to CATHERINE AUSTIN. Catherine Austin was the daughter of a RICHARD AUSTIN. RICHARD AUSTIN's will names PERRIN ALDAY and he is left a bequest. According to Bob Newsome, PERRIN ALDAY married another daughter of RICHARD AUSTIN. Obviously there was a strong connection between Richard Ward and Perrin Alday and Ward's marriage would have connected the two men by marriage. Equally significant is the fact that Mary (Johns) Ward named her daughter, CATHERINE. This was the name of THOMAS RICE JOHN'S wife, ie CATHERINE (AUSTIN) JOHNS. All of these factors build a case for the theory that Mary Johns was the daughter of Thomas Rice Johns. The fact that Thomas Rice Johns cared for young Richard Ward, Jr. a child who was mentally disabled and apparently shunned by his paternal relatives indicates a level of compassion perhaps one would only find in a grandparent of the time, in an era where mental disability was feared. The placement of Mary Johns in the Thomas Rice Johns/Catherine Austin family group provides a clearer understanding of the Richard Ward/Perrin Alday relationship. The naming pattern evidenced in Mary (Johns) Ward's daughter, Catherine, would also reinforce Mary's placement as a daughter of Thomas Rice Johns and Catherine Austin. Bob Newsome felt strongly enough about Mary Johns' placement in the Thomas Rice Johns/Catherine Austin family group to list her among their children. "
      Kind regards,
      Charles Ward




      Father: Thomas Rice JOHNS b: ABT 1675 in King William County, Virginia
      Mother: Catherine AUSTIN b: ABT 1720 in Lee County, Virginia, USA

      Marriage 1 RICHARD WARD b: 29 OCT 1692 in "Sheffield", Varina, Henrico, Virginia
      Married: 02 MAY 1759 in Lunenburg County, Virginia 1 2 3
      Event: Fact in Niece of Perrin Alday's 2nd wife who was a Miss Austin.
      Event: Bondsman 02 MAY 1759
      Children
      Richard WARD Jr. b: BET FEB 1759 AND JUL 1760 in Cornwall Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia
      Catherine WARD b: 1761 in Lunenburg County, Virginia