Sophia Ward

10 August 1762–24 September 1849 (Age 87)
Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Sophia

When Sophia Ward was born on 10 August 1762, in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Beriah Ward, was 37 and her mother, Hannah Stowe, was 36. She married William Raymond on 16 November 1782. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 24 September 1849, in Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Royalston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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William Raymond
Sophia Ward
Marriage: 16 November 1782
William Raymond
Lydia Raymond
Daniel Raymond
Stephen Raymond
Polley Raymond
Franklin Raymond
Sullivan Raymond
Artemas Raymond
Joseph Stillman Raymond
Joseph Stillman Raymond

Spouse and Children

16 November 1782


    William Raymond



    Daniel Raymond


    Stephen Raymond



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World Events (8)


Age 14

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 14

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 24

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).2 Irish: reduced form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.3 Surname adopted by bearers of the Jewish surname Warshawski, Warshawsky or some other Jewish name bearing some similarity to the English name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sophia Raymond in entry for Artemas Raymond, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Sophia Ward, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Sophia Ward, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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