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John Ward, Jr. Family

     John "Jack" Ward, Jr. was born in Virginia according to a baptismal record found in the Catholic Archives in Mobile on Nancy Ana Ward. I believe his parents were John Ward, Sr. and Judith Childress, daughter of John Childress of Virginia. John Childress left a Will naming John Ward, Sr. and Judith Childress.

     John Ward, Jr. and three of his brothers drove cattle to market from South Carolina to Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans. On one of these treks they stopped on the Alabama-Georgia border to corral their cattle. John met an Indian maiden, Nancy Elizabeth Knight, daughter of Jackson Knight, the blacksmith for the Creek Indians. Now the mystery starts. Who was Nancy? I believe she was the stepdaughter of Jackson Night. Who was Nancy's parents? I believe she was a full blood Creek Indian and that her mother was a full blood Indian. We need a lot of proof on Nancy's parents. Her mother could have been Polly Colbert, daughter of Chief Colbert of the Chicksaw Indians and her first husband, Willian Moniac. I have heard her Indian name was Nahoga or No-Hem. I am hoping this mystery will be solved one day. Can you help solve it?

     Later, as the story goes, John Ward, Jr. goes back to the corral area and marries Nancy about 1775-1777. They later lived in Bon Secour Area. There is a certain deed on the Ward property that proves some of the children but I think there were a lot more children.

     I believe Nancy and John had at least 17 children. They are:

  1. *Elijah Ward b 1779 North Carolina (Census Record), d 1862, Walton County, Florida = 4 Apr 1816, Clark County, Alabama, Sarah "Sally" Ann Cochran, daughter of Rev. William Cochran, American Revolution Soldier at Valley Forge, and Sarah "Sally" Edmundson.

  2. (1881) Jackson Ward.

  3. (1883) Susan Ward.

  4. (1885) Elizabeth "Eliza" Ward d 1847 in childbirth, = William Childress of Mississippi.

  5. (1887) Peggy Ward.

  6. *John R. Ward IV b 7 Nov 1789 settled in Jackson County, Mississippi Territory; d 28 Sept 1876; bur Shell Banks Baptist Church Cemetery, Shell Banks, Baldwin County, Alabama; = 1st Sarah Ann Atkinson; = 2nd Nancy.

  7. Tolbert Ward b 1792, twin to Tarleton, went to Texas.

  8. * Tarleton Solomon Ward b 1792, twin to Tolbert, = 1815 Sarah "Sally" Childress.

  9. (1793) Nathan Ward.

  10. *Moses M. Ward b 1795, South Carolina; d in Silsbee, Texas; = Hannah Davis.

  11. * James Benjamin Ward b 1796; d before 1880; = Mary Elizabeth English, full blood Creek Indian maiden.

  12. *Patrick Ward b 1797, = Mary Elizabeth b in Georgia.

  13. *Henry Ward b 1798, = 2nd Emmeline Bond.

  14. (1799) Daniel Ward.

  15. (1801) William Ward.

  16. *Nancy Ann Ward b 1803 Tallassee (Indian Village near Montgomery,) Florida Territory (Alabama today.) d 1878 in Baldwin County, bur Miller Memorial, Baldwin County, Alabama, = Bartholomew Gordon Childress.

  17. Dorack Ward b 1804 died as a small boy.

     These children are not listed in order of birth, (date) means when a child was possible born; b date means when that person was born; * means that they were listed on deed as brothers and sisters. I believe the children that were not listed on the deed were dead by that time.

     All of the Childresses were brothers and sisters; children of William Childress of Virginia. William Childress of Virginia was a 1st cousin to John Ward, Jr. The list of names were found in the Mobile Genealogy Library by my Aunt, Hilda Gulili Callaway Dietz when she was researching the Ward Famiy. I do not know her source other than the Library.

     Written 2001 for The Baldwin County Heritage Book.
Submitted by: William Dodd, 4595 Hawthorne Place, Mobile, AL 36608 and
Written by: Betty Callaway Perkins, 222 Hickory Ridge, Belleville, IL 62223