The branch of the WARD family descended from Heman WARD (1822-1884) and Jane AVERY (1831-?) has ancestors who are members of the AVERY, PALMER, WARD, STONE, KELLOGG and NASH families who were some of the first settlers of America, some arriving not long after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
The NASH Family
Thomas NASH's signature can be found on the Fundamental Agreement that was signed by sixty-three individuals for the regulation of civil and religious affairs of Quinipiac (New Haven, CT). This agreement was signed 4 June 1639 and entered into the Book of Records. He was one of the 'after subscribers' by which forty-eight individuals signed the agreement. There is also record of Thomas being admitted to the General Court in 1640 and in 1651 as being appointed "keeper of the Towne Muskitts".
Thomas and Margery NASH had 5 children, Mary, John, Sarah, Joseph and Timothy, the latter of whom is noted as being from Bedford, England. Lt. Timothy NASH (1626-1699) who at age 11 arrived in Boston in 1637 with his parents Thomas and Margery, is listed in James Salvage's book "Genealogical Dictionary of the 1st Settlers in America" (1861).
Timothy married Rebekah STONE (1625-1709) in 1657 in Hadley, MA. Rebekah, noted as being from Stisted, England, was the daughter of the Rev. Samuel STONE (1602-1663) of Hertford, England and Hope FLETCHER (1602-1640).
The STONE Family
Samuel, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England where he received his B.A. in 1624 and his M.A. in 1627, was the son of John STONE (1573-1640) of Great Bromley, England and Sarah ROGERS (1577-?) of Hertford, who was the daughter of the Rev. Richard (1551-1618) and Sarah (1533-?) ROGERS of Chelmsford and Wethersfield, England respectively. John Stone's ancestors can be traced back to William Atte STONE (1365-1431) of Ardleigh, England.
Samuel was made the 1st Teacher of the Church at Cambridge, MA until he departed with Hooker's party for Hartford, CT in 1636. His name, along with Thomas Hooker and John Haynes (who became Governor of MA and later CT) are listed as Residents of New Towne (later called Cambridge) from 1632-35. He was also a chaplain in the Pequot War of 1637 and 2nd Pastor of the 1st Church of Hartford, CT. He is buried along side Thomas Hooker and John Haynes in Center Cemetery, Hartford, CT and is on a list of names of the Founders of Hartford, on an obelisk in the Center Church Burial Ground, erected 1837.
The KELLOGG Family
Lt. John NASH (1667-1743), son of Timothy and Rebekah STONE NASH, was elected to the General Court of Hadley, MA from 1707 to 1731. In 1691 he married Elizabeth KELLOGG (1673-1750) also of Hadley, and daughter of Joseph KELLOGG (noted above) and Abigail TERRY (1646-1726) daughter of Stephen TERRY of Stockton, England and Joan HARDY of Windsor, CT.
Moses NASH (1696-1760) son of John and Elizabeth KELLOGG NASH married Rebecca GRAVES (1700-1743) the daughter of John (1653-1730) and Sarah WHITE (1661-1741) GRAVES of Hatfield, MA in 1720. Moses died in Wintonbury, CT.
Moses and Rebecca's son Joseph NASH (1735-1771) born in West Hartford, CT married Anne SKINNER (1738-1803) daughter of Sgt. Isaac SKINNER (1691-1762) and Hannah MOORE (1697-1793) both of Windsor, CT. Joseph died quite young at the age of 36 also in Wintonbury, CT.
Joseph and Anne's son Rivera NASH (1767-1816) married Naomi AMSDEN (1773-1850) in West Hartford, CT in 1796. Naomi was born in Ashfield, MA of parents Marry WARD and Asahel AMSDEN (1741-?), who was the 11th child of John (1686-1742) and Mary COWLES (1696-1757) AMSDEN of Deerfield, MA, the latter of whom was the daughter of Samuel COWLES and Sarah HUBBARD.
In Rev. Sylvester Nash's book, the following appears about Rivera NASH:
Amsden Nash Moss and Rebecca Nash Ward are buried in Christ Church Cemetery,
Gazetteer of Towns at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nymadiso/gzsmthfd.htm
Rivera Nash is noted as the 3rd doctor to settle in Smithfield, NY: Elijah Pratt was the first physician, in 1801 or 1802, as he was also the first male school teacher; Tabitha Havens being the first school teacher in town, having a school of five or six scholars, at Peterboro, in 1801. Rev. Joshua Johnson (Presbyterian) was the first resident preacher, in 1806. Nehemiah Huntington was the first lawyer, in 1807. Captain Daniel Petrie was the first postmaster, in 1807; John Downer and Peter Weber, the first blacksmiths, in 1802; Rueben Long built the first grist mill and first saw mill, in 1802; John Dourance was the second physician, in 1806, and Rivera Nash the third, in 1807.
Records show that Rivera's daughter Rebecca NASH (1800-1853) married Heman WARD1(1789-1854) in Heath, MA in 1818. Duplisis NASH (1798-1862), Rebecca's brother settled in Peterboro, NY where he is buried with wife Nancy Hoffman (1804-1866) and 5 of their children. William W. NASH (1805-?), a harness maker, married Lucy GREEN, settled in Dunkirk, NY and had children Elizabeth (1835-?) and Harriet (1837-?). Another daughter Maria (1810-1843) apparently died childless.
For a detailed depiction of the Nash Family Lineage, go to the following
The WARD Family
As noted above, Heman1 married Rebecca NASH in 1818 and they had 5 sons - Albert (1820-1851), Heman2 (1822-1884), Rivera N.(1828-?), William O. (1831-?) and Henry (1836-1837). Rivera was an inventor, machinist and mathematician who spent most of his life and money on getting patents. The family was living in Vernon, NY in 1852.
Rebecca NASH WARD died in April of 1853, the same year her son Heman2 married Elizabeth Jane AVERY of Leyden, NY (see Boonville Ledger, July 16, 1853). Their 1st son Charles Rivera WARD was born in 1854 in Florence, AL where Heman2 was teaching school, probably at the University of North Alabama. It appears that Heman1 accompanied his son Heman2 to Alabama and died there in 1854. By 1858 Heman2 and Jane WARD had moved back to NY since William7 A. (1858-1900), Edward Everett (1860-1958) and Clarence Hubert (1871-?) were all born in Boonville, NY a small town north of Utica and west of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Charles also had one sister Ryvetta P. (1867-1868). Jane AVERY (1831-?) was one of 12 children, (the others being Clarissa, Esther, Abigail, Garrett, Jonathan, Emily, James, Mary, Eliza, John and Mila. (see AVERY-PALMER FAMILY NARRATIVE). Heman2 WARD died in Boonville in 1884, apparently of diphtheria (see Rome Citizen 1884) Edward WARD married Frances SMITH in Little Falls, NY in 1888 (see Marriages performed by Rev. Samuel Call, 1888-1889) and moved to Washington, DC. Clarence WARD married Lisette NAILOR of Little Falls around May 4, 1893 and was living in New Jersey in 1910. Elizabeth Jane AVERY WARD was still living in Boonville when her sister Mila died in 1906.
Charles WARD became a mason/contractor and buildings which are the result of his craftsmanship such as the Masonic Temple and the Erin Library still stand today in the town of Boonville. He married Amanda LYON in 1882.
The LYON Family
In 1823 Seth W. LYON1 married Mary Catherine RANSIER (1801-1887) who was the daughter of Wilhelm (1759-1834) and Elizabeth BABCOCK (1763-?) RANCIER both born in New York. Wilhelm was the son of Andres (1731 (Germany) -1789) and Agnes Franey (1735 (NY) -?) RANTZIR and are noted as being in a family of "Founding German Loyalists" in Ontario.
Seth W.1 and Mary Catherine LYON had 8 children, Joanna (1824-1899) who married Cornelius HUGHSON (1818-1900), Elizabeth (1825-1900) who married John W. CAVERLY (1832-1878), Sarah (1829-?) who married Levi LYON, Daniel (1831-1907) who married Jane PAYNE (1833-1908), Rachel (1835-1901) who married Andrew JARDIN (1841-?), C. Rebecca (1844-1926) who married J. Levi HUGHSON (1839-1922), Seth W.2 (1846-1937) who married Charlotte RICHARDS (1848-1939) daughter of John and Charlotte Elizabeth GRIMSBATH (1813-?) RICHARDS, and William (1827-1897) who married Margaret PAYNE (1830-1918) sister of Jane PAYNE, both daughters of Robert and Jane SCOTT PAYNE.
The following death notice appeared in the Christian Advocate on 11/4/1868: Seth W. LYONS was born in New York State and came to Canada as a child with his parents and other family members. He married Catherine Ransier on 11/22/1823. He died of cancer in Storrington 8/1/1868 in his 69th year, pre-deceased by 3 children who died in infancy or early youth. Survived by his wife and 8 children. Read Seth Lyon's Last Will & Testament.
The PAYNE Family
and Mary PAYNE RICHARDS
were married in 1863 and had the following children while living in
Canada: John (1863-?), Robert (1866-1884), Samuel Parkin
(1868-1937). They moved to the area around Boonville, NY about 1869 and had
at least 2 more children: Emma (1870-1900) who married Henry VanLUVEN (1869-?) and had son James (1892-1956); and daughter Catherine Ruth
(1894-1900); Laura Margaret (1876-?) who married Christopher
VanLUVEN (brother of Henry; 1876/8-1948). The VanLUVENs were originally from Canada and
emigrated to NY in 1887 and 1896 respectively. James RICHARDS, Seth
LYON and Henry VanLUVEN were all stone masons by trade. James
and MARY PAYNE RICHARDS, their son Robert, daughters Emma
and Margaret and granddaughter Catherine Ruth are all buried in
the Boonville (NY) Cemetery.
James and Christiana PAYNE GORDON who remained in Canada had the following children: Isabel (1867-1932), Alice (1868-1947), Sarah (1876-?), James (1881-?), John (1882-1960), Thomas (1885-1929) and Anna (1863-?). The latter emigrated to NY and married William BRAINARD of Boonville in 1884 then settled in Watertown, NY. William and Anna GORDON BRAINARD had children May and William (1885-1970). The latter is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Jefferson Co., NY along with his wife Jessie (1888-1943) and daughter Rita Brainard FIRNSTEIN (1916-1973)
and Jane PAYNE LYON also remained in Canada and had children Mary Jane, William, Johanna, Catherine, Margaret, Matilda,
Oliver, Ellen, Florence and Laura.
The LYON Family (continued)
William and Margaret PAYNE LYON had 8 children: Charles (1856-?); Laura (1854-1929) who married William SLEETH (1849-?); Johanna (1865-1936) who married William GUMMER (1860-1925) and after his death, Thule CLARKE; Robert (1870-1938) who married Ethel SLACK; Lydia (1868-?) who married Robert SHANNON (1853-?); Lyman (1860-1939) who married Elizabeth HORNING (1863-1899); Elizabeth (1862-?) who married Charles BURT and Amanda, the latter born in Inverary, Ontario in 1858.
William's brother Seth2 moved to New York in 1880 where with his wife Charlotte RICHARDS raised 7 children - Seth Naaman (1879-1962) who married Harriet SPENCER and had children Loretta, Theda, Dewey and Hubert; Edward (1883-?) who married Glennie _____; Anna May (1871-?) who married Charles KRONE and had children Seth & Gilbert; Elizabeth (1873-1970) who married Forrest COURTNEY; Estella (1883-?) who married Francis DuPont and had children Ethel, Francis, Estelle and Edwin; Harriet ( 1892-1982) who married Thur Walter JOHNSON and had children Charlotte, Reginald, G. Frederick and Anna May; and Mary (1889-?) who married Roy FALLON and had children Wally and Seth.
The following LYON relatives remained in the Kingston/Inverary/Frontenac County/Storrington/Loughborough Townships region of Ontario: William's sisters Rachel LYON McJARDIN; C. Rebecca LYON HUGHSON who had children Lillie, William, Cornelius, James, Ernest and Walter; Elizabeth Ann LYON CAVERLY who had children Sylvester and Ezra, the latter of whom who married Harriet RICHARDS, daughter of John RICHARDS (brother of Charlotte and James) and Catherine HUGHSON, daughter of Cornelius and Johanna LYON HUGHSON.
The following siblings of Amanda LYON also remained in Canada: Joanna GUMMER; Laura LYON SLEETH who had children Wallace, Harvey and Ethel; Robert who had children Robert and William; Lydia LYON SHANNON who had daughter Beulah; and Lyman who had children Myrtle (1898-1959), Herbert (1897-1907), Lena (Sarah Ann; 1895-?). Elizabeth LYON BURT settled in the Boonville, NY area. (see LYON FAMILY TREE for more info)
Amanda LYON, a music teacher, was asked by her Aunt Charlotte LYON in Boonville to teach her younger cousins. Charles WARD (1854-1904) came to visit Amanda's Uncle Seth LYON, also a contractor, on business which is how the young couple met. Amanda's father William was none too pleased with the idea of his daughter marrying a "Yankee" but eventually came to like his son-in-law and visited the family several times in Boonville. Charles Ward helped build the Erwin Library and the Masonic Temple in Boonville, NY.
Charles and Amanda LYON WARD had 3 children - Walter Earl born in 1885 who lived a rich and full life to the age of 78; Pearl Rivetta born in 1887, who died at the early age of 28 from tuberculosis; and Robert, born in 1900 (just 3 years before his father's death in 1904) who would derive much of his upbringing and knowledge of nature and the out-of-doors from his older brother Earl, 15 years his senior. Amanda died in 1934 and Robert in 1959.
- derived from information provided by Mark Ward, son of
W. Earl Ward;
WARD FAMILY TREE (prior to 1800)
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