Ralph WARD

Male Abt 1618 - Aft 1665


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  • Name  Ralph WARD 
    Born  Abt 1618 
    • Approximate date of birth based only on the assumption that he was about 20 when he married in 1638. He could have been born much earlier.
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aft 1665  Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was still alive in 1654 as he was being paid to smelt lead. (see note above) Since there is no record of Ralph's death, and since the parish records between 1661-71 are missing, this could be the time period when Ralph died.
      He was still alive in 1665 ... "It is known that Marske has suffered in 1665 when stringent measures were enforced to keep George Mason and his family in quarantine for forty days. (NR Yorks Qtr Sessions Records Vol VI). Under the direction of the constable six men maintained a day and night watch at Mason’s home because he had ‘…lately come from the city of London’.
      Some of the watchers were Hutton Harrison, Matthew Smith, Ralph Ward..."

      He is also mentioned in the Inventory statement on the will of Thomas Horseman Hollings Marske 7th Mar 1664 as owing him 10s 2d.
      On this document his name is spelled 'Raiph'

      There is a Marske parish burial record for an Ann, wife of Edward Ward of Stanhope (in Durham County) buried Sept the 13th 1658. This could be Ralph's mother possibly visiting.

      In the Parish burial records of Forcett there was a Ralph Ward of East Layton buried on July 31, 1658. (very close to Whashton where my Ralph Ward was a smelter)
    Person ID  I624  Ward Tree
    Last Modified  6 Jul 2018 

    Father  Simon WARD,   b. Abt 1596, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1658 
    Mother  Katheryn UNKNOWN,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Abt 1618  Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2480  Group Sheet

    Family  Eden COATES,   b. Abt 1620,   d. Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jul 1638  Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Simon WARD,   b. 8 Mar 1639, Orgate, Marske by Richmond, North Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1690, Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Katheryne WARD,   b. 30 May 1641, Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. A Girl WARD,   b. Abt 1 Sep 1642, Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1642, Marske by Richmond, Yorkshire (North Riding), England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F186  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Orgate Farm
    Orgate Farm
    First glimpse of Orgate. At the time I knew my ancestors had lived at Orgate, but wasn't sure if this house would have been around back in 1639. But it felt amazing just entertaining the thought that this was the home of Ralph Warde de Orgate, my 8x great grandfather!

  • Notes 
    • The following was found in a book called 'Swaledale - Its Mines and Smelt Mills' Mike Gill, Landmark Publishing, 2nd Ed 2004, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ISBN 1-84306-131-7'. I believe the smelter named Ralph Warde is one and the same as this Ralph Warde, born about 1618.

      "The site of a second mill is revealed in a sale of land at Orgate to Robert Willance in 1614. It is not clear who built that mill, but for convenience Tyson called it Willance's Mill. When Willance died in 1616, his estates including the mill, passed to his nephew, Brian Willance. The latter's daughter and heiress, Elizabeth, married Doctor John Bathurst in 1635. He worked at the Arkengarthdale Mines, first under the Commonwealth (1649 - 1653) and then under a lease from the Citizens of London from 1654. Ore was carried from shafts, chiefly around Windegg, via Gun Nest to Willance's Mill. Here two smelters, (Ralph Warde and John Taylor) were paid 10s 6d for each fother of lead they produced plus 2d for weighing it….”
      A John Taylor close to Ralph's age in the area was one John Taylor b. in Forcett, 01 Jan 1620, son of William of Ovington.

      Another quote taken from http://sometimes-interesting.com/2015/03/22/orewinners-and-deadmen-lead-mining-in-swaledale/:
      "The smelters were the highest paid men in the mining operation as it required considerable experience to be able to produce good quality lead.
      The men doing it may not have been aware of the chemical terms for what they were doing, but it was quite sophisticated chemistry that they were performing, first turning the ore into lead oxide, and then adding carbon to remove the oxygen to produce the finished metal. They controlled everything: lighting the furnace, choosing the type and amount of fuel to use, and the casting of the lead pigs at the end of the process."
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      Ralph Warde is also mentioned in the book 'A Dales Heritage' by Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby, in chapter 2 'Two Seventeenth-Century Lead-Mine Proprietors' describing the entries in the business account books, in 1657, of Dr.John Bathurst, manorial lord, and the owner of Clints mine:
      The accounts are complicated by the borrowing which prevailed. Almost everyone, including the smelters, was in debt. For instance, although the partners at the White Gang had raised 247 ½ loads of ore, they were only paid for 225 ½. The twenty-two loads deducted cancelled out previous debts, and 'Clear' is now written at the bottom of their column of figures. A further list of individual miners record debts ranging from shillings to £2 8s. 8d., and one of the smelters, Ralph Warde, owing £3, had paid off part leaving him still owing £1 15s... The rate for the smelters was 10s. 6d. For smelting a fother and 2d. a fother for weighing. Between them they received £39 16s. 3d. During the year. Ralph Warde also chopped wood and the other smelter, John Taylor, built up 'Orgait house in Clints ground which was burnt' for £1 2s. 6d.“
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      Other entries re baptising and burial of Ralph's children are, unfortunately, illegible.

      Here is another quote from a book that may apply to Ralph's widow:
      "The restoration of the monarchy brought in the 'Hearth Tax' - (two shillings on every hearth in order to provide Charles II with some revenue. The only apparent extant record for the area is 1672. It shows that the Widow Warde was exempt."
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