John Ward

Male1764–

Brief Life History of John

When John Ward was born in 1764, his father, Benjamin Ward, was 31 and his mother, Sarah Cunningham, was 26.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Ward
1733–1775
Sarah Cunningham
1738–
David Ward
1756–1774
Mary Ward
1771–1773
Esther Ward
–1785
Sarah Ward
1759–1838
William Ward
1760–
John Ward
1764–

Sources (1)

  • John Ward, "England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (6)

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World Events (8)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 6

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 11

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."

1815

Age 51

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Middle English ward ‘watchman, guard’ (Old English weard, used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).

English: occupational name from Middle English warde ‘armed guard’ (Old English weard ‘watching, guarding’), with the same meaning as 1 above.

Irish: shortened 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.

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

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