Edward WARD

Male Abt 1610 - Aft 1690


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  • Name  Edward WARD 
    Nickname  still just speculation 
    Born  Abt 1610  Muggleswick, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aft 1690  Muggleswick, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In 1690, an Edward Ward is mentioned as having given testimony as follows:
      "Edward Ward of Mugglesworth Parke yeom aged Eighty years or thereabouts Sworne and examined.

      2 & 4 To the Second and Fourth interrys this Depont saith that he very well knowes that there hath been for these sixty Eight years past or thereabouts a high way or Free passage att all times and seasons of the yeare for all the King and Queens subjects to goe or Travel with horses Carts Waines or other Carriages from Hedley Downe in the County of Northumberland, Dotland Parke wood, Muggleworth Parke and severall other places in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham unto the Hamlet of Blaydon and Blaydon Lead hills in the County of Durham; and saith the said high way or passage lyes and goes through the several <.....> of Ground in the Lordpp [Lordship] of Stella called the Bogg or Blackmires, and from the along the Peth head, and from thence downe the Peth a soe to Blaydon Leadhills; where all persons that used and came through that way had Liberty to lay and place wood Lead or any other Comoditie att the Lead hills aforesaid for their conniency of conveying and getting the same Carryeid by water with Wherries and Boats downe to Newcastle or any place in the River of Tine; And this Depont Saith that for the said time of his remembrance of the said high way being Sixty Eight years since he this Depont who hath often used the said High way himself with Carriages, neither he this Depont nor any other that he knowes or heard off was ever stoppt or hindered in the said way, now ever paid any sume or sumes of money to the said Sr Thomas Tempest or [word obscured] other in satisfaction of their using the said way and passage through the said Grounds through the Blackmires Peth head Peth and the said high way to the Leadhills, nor for laying or leading Timber upon the said Lead hills that he knowes off; nor this Depont now any other that he knowes or heard off; did ever ask leave for their Carriages and using the said high way; of the said Sr Thomass Tempest or any other, Butt saith that Eight pence for every Fother or Load of wood that was carried from the said Lead hills to the Towne of Newcastle, to the watermen that carryed the same, was paid for Landing the same Goods upon the said Lead hills, and not for way leave or passage through the said Grounds in Question."

      A probate record exists that is likely for this Edward Ward:
      "DPRI/3/1694/B277 1694
      probate bond; Edward WARD, yeoman, of Kamefeild House and parish of Muglesweeke (Muggleswick) in the county of Durham"
      He would have been about 84 yrs old.

      "In the church-yard lies interred, one Edward Ward, a person of gigantic stature, and a great hunter in his days, whose limbs were so enormous, that tradition says, a favourite hound littered in his wooden shoe:— He was most probably one of the seditious associators in 1662, and from the enormity of his exploits obtained the name of giant."
      (from The history and antiquities of the county palatine, of Durham: by William Hutchinson)
      Another source says 'the giant flourished in the 17th century'
    Person ID  I6045  Ward Tree
    Last Modified  22 Jun 2017 

    Father  Cuthbert WARD,   b. Abt 1580, Muggleswick, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1606, Muggleswick, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2414  Group Sheet

    Family  Ann UNKNOWN,   b. Abt 1610, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1658, Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George WARD,   d. Aft 1696, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert WARD,   b. Abt 1630, Stanhope, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John WARD,   b. 1630, Shotley, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1717, Muggleswick, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Michael WARD,   b. Abt 1630, Shotley, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1665, Shotley, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Cuthbert WARD,   b. Abt 1632, Shotley, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Anthony WARD,   b. Abt 1630, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1680, Melsonby, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Edward WARD,   b. 14 Sep 1651, Romaldkirk, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F2171  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • I have put Edward in the tree as he must be somehow related to Ralph Ward of Marske. There is a burial record in the Marske parish register for an 'Ann, wife of Edward Ward of Stanup (Stanhope), Wardale (Weardale), buried 13 Sep 1658.' So, why was this Ann buried in Marske, unless she was related to someone there. Ralph Ward (married 1638) was buried 2 months earlier than Ann, in July 1658. Maybe Edward was Ralph's brother and went to visit him on his deathbed along with his wife, Ann. While there, Ann may have caught what Ralph had and died there.

      Also, in the Durham Hearth Tax list of 1666 there is an Edward Warde in Muggleswick close to Stanhope.

      In a protestation letter, dated 1673, regarding the so-called 'Muggleswick Conspiracy' most of the citizens, who had been indicted, signed their names, including several Wards:
      "and finally know this that all therein is truth and nothing but the truth, as all
      those whose names are here subscribed will testifie.
      ...Edward Ward, Margret Ward,... Francis Ward, Cuthbert Ward, Cuthbert Ward, elder, Mary Ward, Elizabeth Ward,... Elizabeth Ward,..."
      Edward's wife, Ann, would have already died by the date of this letter.
      Another account describes the situation this way:
      "

      The churchyard at Muggleswick contains the grave of a person of gigantic stature, one Edward Ward. The giant flourished, it is said, in the seventeenth century. If tradition can be relied on, his limbs were of such an enormous size that a favourite hound of his littered in his wooden shoe.

      During the brief reign of Presbytery and Independency under the Commonwealth and Protectorate, the bulk of the Muggleswick people seem to have abjured Episcopacy or Prelacy ; and Richard Bradley, master of arts, who had been appointed to take their spiritual oversight in 1641—the year in which the contest between the King and the Parliament began—was extruded from his living, and a Puritan preacher named Thomas Roger, was chosen in his place. But after the restoration of the Monarchy, when everything that had been done in Church and State during the interregnum was annulled, Roger was deposed in his turn, along with other two thousand Nonconformist ministers. This violent change was naturally distasteful to the Puritanical portion of the Muggleswicians, who complained loudly, but in vain, that an unsuitable person was to be imposed upon them to guard and rule them in spiritual matters. Mr. Surtees, in his invaluable History of the Countyiof Durham, has extracted from the first volume of a series of pamphlets presented to the British Museum by George III. the following specimen of a petition, signed by sixty-seven persons, including women and children, whom Mr. Bradley had indicted for absenting themselves from the communion "

      Seems logical that Edward and Ann would be Ralph's parents.

      Near Stanhope (just south of Muggleswick) in Blanchland Abbey Parish Churchyard (Anglican), there is a headstone for a John Ward buried 22 Jun 1782 and also his son John, buried Apr 1780. The inscription reads:
      "Hear lies the body of John Ward of Burnshieldhaugh who died June 22, 1782 aged 75. And of his son John who died April 15 1780 aged 22."