|Samuel Ward||Mary Hilliard|
|b. b. 1593 in Hingham, Norfolk, England||b. ? in England|
|d. 30 Aug 1682 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts||d. 28 Nov 1638 Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Bef. 1634||Samuel Ward to Mary Hilliard in England|
|Marriage||Aft. 1638||Samuel Ward to Frances Pitcher Ricroft in Massachusetts|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|Mary Ward b. abt. 1632 in England; m. abt. 1662 Ambrose Gale (b. 1631 in England and d. Aug 1708); five children: Benjamin, Elizabeth, Charity, Ambrose, and Deliverance Gale; d. 5 Feb 1695 in Salem, Massachusetts|
|Martha Ward b. about 1635 in England, m. abt. 1656 probably in Hull Isaac Lobdell (b. abt.. 1634 probably in England; d. 26 Apr 1718; nine children: Isaac, Elizabeth, Samuel, Nicholas, Joseph, Mary, Rebecca, Abigail, and daughter Lobdell; d. 4 May 1708 in Hull|
|Samuel Ward II bp. 18 Nov 1638 in Hingham, m. 1) Abigail Maverick (bp. 12 Jan 1645 in Salem, d. bef. 1684); eight children: John, Mercy, Mary, Remember, Abigail, Elizabeth, Martha, and Samuel Ward; 2) Sarah Bradstreet Hubbard (b. 1636 in Andover, Massachusetts, 17 Apr 1704 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts); d. 1690 or 1691 in Marblehead|
Mary Hilliard died shortly after their arrival in Massachusetts, but her husband, Samuel, and her three children lived their lives among people whose families traveled more frequently than most of the families in the branch. Two of the three children married Marbleheaders and raised their families there. This family brought us in proximity by marriage to the history of the Mayflower and to the the governorship of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the first published writer in the Colonies.
Samuel Ward, his wife Mary Hilliard, and two of their children rived from England in 1636 or 1637. Samuel had received a land grant on the lower plain of Hingham in 1636. In the following year, he became a freeman and served as deputy to the General Court. His wife, Mary, died in Hingham in the fall of 1638 about ten days after the baptism of their son, Samuel, II. He later, but before 1656, married the widow Frances Pitcher Rycroft. In 1643, he obtained permission to set up a corn mill for the use of the town. He owned a considerable amount of property in Hingham, Hull, and Charlestown. He soon after moved to Hull where he remained less than ten years before moving to Charlestown, where he became a large landowner. In 1665, he and Frances sold three lots of land in Hingham totaling 37 acres (2, 10, and 25 acres). When he died in 1689, he left a legacy to Frances (and the assets she had brought with her to the marriage); he left a bequest to his son Samuel and Samuel's children; he left land in Hull to his daughter, Mary, and her husband Ambrose Gale; and a house in Cambridge to his son-in-law, Isaac Lobdell. He also left 30 acres that was "Bomkin" Island to Harvard University with the wish that it be known as Ward's Island, the rents from which to be used for the easement of charges to students in the common.
Some genealogists attribute a son Henry Ward to the parentage of Samuel and Mary Hilliard Ward, but acknowledge that the paternity has never been confirmed. Henry Ward was born in the time range of the other children. He had numerous children, but neither Henry nor any of his dozen children was mentioned in Samuel's will, so I have not included him as a child of this couple.
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