I am researching my ancestor David ward Sr. Of ward's Cove. I am confused because some accounts of David Ward Sr. (Born 1740) state that he was the father of Joseph Addison Ward born about 1800. Other accounts, such as the book, "A Scattered People", by Gerald Mc Farland, state that David ward Sr. was the Grandfather of (Joseph) Addison Ward. (Pgs 102-103) Mc Farland's book states that David ward Sr. lived until he was 72 years old and fathering over 20 children with two successive wives. One of those children was a son David Ward Jr. born around 1779 . It is David Ward Jr. who Mc Farland says is the father of Joseph Addison Ward. Pg 103 states that David Ward Jr. died in late 1826 0r early 1827, having written his will in 1821. (Most trees on Ancestry say David Ward Jr. died around 1848) In that will he mentions his younger sons Addison and Hiram who were underage and not yet educated at the time the will was written.
So which history is correct?
THIS ONE?? (Mc Farland's book version):
David Ward Sr. born abt 1740 Agusta County, (later named Tazewell county)
married twice ( Jane Cravens & Eleanor Clancy) had many kids
lived until 1811/1812
his son David Ward Jr. born 1779 wrote his will 1821, had 8 children with
Eleanor Cravens. One son was Addison Ward. (Joseph Addison
born about 1800.) David Ward JR. died about 1827. After which
3 of his sons, Rees, Hiram & Addison went to Indiana in 1831.
Grandson of David Sr. (Joseph Addison Ward) married Susan Reeves and has son
James, (Jim) Osborne Ward in 1837 in Indiana. Addison is
widowed in 1841, remarries to Sarah, (Sally) Harrah aged 16.
Has 3 more boys and dies in 1850.
OR THIS ONE??
David Ward Sr. born 1740 Agusta County, Moved to Wards' cove abt 1772.
Marries twice- has 20 kids, one of whom is David Ward Jr. Born
1779, and one is Joseph Addison Ward born ABT 1800.
David Ward Jr lives until 1848 but is not the father of Joseph Addison Ward who
later moves to Indiana marries Susan Reeves and has 6 kids.
Joseph Addison Ward son of David Ward Sr. goes to Indiana in 1831 with Rees
Ward and Hiram Ward, who in this version of the story are his
nephews and not his brothers.He marries twice- 1st Susan
Reeves, -2nd Sally (Sarah) Harrah. Susan Reeves
is the mother of his son James, (Jim) Osborne ward, born 1837.
Joseph Addison dies when Jim O. Ward is 13 and Jim is sent to
live with the Harrah's. (Family of his father's 2nd wife).
Whew! So which is correct? And what records exist to support either viewpoint?
Since I am descended from Joseph Addison Ward (father of James, (Jim) Osborne Ward), my main goal is to determine who were Joseph Addison's father & Mother?
Any help greatly appreciated!
My trees are public, so feel free to review them and comment on this mess, or just offer what you have found, etc.
(my relevant tree is called the Jocelyn Paulson family tree)