Zenas Ward

23 January 1743–8 June 1814 (Age 71)
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Zenas

When Zenas Ward was born on 23 January 1743, in Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Bethuel Ward, was 40 and his mother, Sarah Rogers, was 25. He married Susannah Condit in 1766, in Essex, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 8 June 1814, in Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 71.

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Zenas Ward
Susannah Condit
Marriage: 1766
Daniel Ward
Phebe Ward
Sally Ward
Abraham Ward
Elizabeth Ward
Abraham Ward II
Mary Ward

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Essex, New Jersey, United States


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World Events (6)


Age 32

"During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."

Age 33

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 37

"Sometimes referred to as the ""forgotten victory"", the Battle of Springfield was one of the last major battles fought in the north during the Revolutionary War. The British defeat effectively ended their ambitions to reclaim New Jersey. Washington praised the New Jersey Militia for their universal effort and great spirit"

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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  • Zenas Ward family genealogy, birth and death dates of all family members, see all pages, Collection of Essex County, New Jersey families, 1600-1900
  • Genealogy of Zenas Ward and his wife and children from the Collection of Essex County, New Jersey families, 1600-1900; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-R97K-G
  • Zenas Ward 1814 Will from the Collection of Essex County, New Jersey families, 1600-1900; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK7-R97V-K

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