Title: "Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England" (4 vols)
Note: NS13601 NS13603
Publication: Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1860-62
Author: SAVAGE, James
Title: "New England Marriages prior to 1700"
Publication: NEHGS CD-TY, 2001
Author: TORREY, Clarence Almon
Title: "Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33"
Author: ANDERSON, Robert Charles
Note: "Henry Ward Beecher was a descendant" [Powers, op cit, p.212] ----------------------- The statements in the preface to the Andrew Ward Genealogy with regard to Andrew's being of the family of Richard Ward of Gorleston or Homersfield have been investigated. No such person as Richard Ward was found; no Gunville family existed in that vicinity as lords of the manor; and every reference given has proved to be fictitious. It is likely that these statements were the invention of a fraudulent genealogist, innocently accepted by members of the Ward family, through whom they found their way into the book.
It is certain that he m. in England, Hester Sherman, who was bapt. 1 Apr. 1606 at Dedham, co. Essex, and we should look for his antecedents in that quarter. The will of Robert Lockwood of Eye, near Yaxley, co. Essex (who m. Margery Sherman), in 1558 named his daus. Mary wife of John Ward and Ann wife of Anthony Barker. David Rawson of St. Gregory's, London, father of Edward (Sec. of Mass. Col.), and son of Edward and Bridget (Ward) Rawson, in his will 1616 named his uncle John Ward, and Andrew Ward (a minor), son of his uncle Ralph. Now Dr. John Ward of Ipswich, Mass., besides mentioning various Sherman cousins in his will 1652, gave o20 each to the two youngest sons of his "Cousin Ward of Wethersfield." Dr. John Ward was son of John Ward (will 1631) of Stratford St. Mary, co. Suffolk, just across the River Stour from Dedham, co. Essex. The mother of Dr. John Ward was Anne, whose will 1635 made Dr. John Clarke of Colchester Executor. This was the Dr. John Clarke who settled later in Newbury, Mass., the same town to which the younger Edward Rawson had come in 1637.
Andrew may have been the son of Ralph, nephew of John of Stratford, and cousin of Dr. John Ward and of Sec. Rawson; but positive proof has not been found.
[Jacobus, op cit, I:643]
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