Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Damaris MNU Ward

Female 1645 - Aft 1699  (> 55 years)


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  • Name Damaris MNU Ward  [1
    Birth 1645  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death Aft 1699  Wicomico Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11317  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family 1 John Ward,   b. Bef 1630, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Jun 1687, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 57 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1663  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Ward,   b. 5 Feb 1664, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1665, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 0 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Mary Ward,   b. 5 Jul 1665, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1719, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 55 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Anne Ward,   b. 10 Apr 1667, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Abt 1710, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 42 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. John Ward,   b. 16 Mar 1672, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Jan 1734, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 61 years)  [Father: natural]
     5. Thomas Ward,   b. Between 1673 and 1674, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Aug 1730, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 57 years)  [Father: natural]
     6. James Ward,   b. Bef 1680, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1716 and 1718, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 36 years)  [Father: natural]
     7. Elizabeth Ward,   b. Abt 1675, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1718 and 1719, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 43 years)  [Father: natural]
     8. Henry Ward,   b. 1676, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 4 Jun 1739, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 63 years)  [Father: natural]
     9. Prudence Ward,   b. Abt 1678, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     10. Catherine Ward,   b. Abt 1681, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Bef 1755, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 73 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F6917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family 2 William Sargent,   b. Bef 1646   d. 3 Mar 1717, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 71 years) 
    Marriage Bef Feb 1693  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family 3 Charles Shepherd,   b. Bef 1660   d. 17 Feb 1693, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 33 years) 
    Marriage Between 1687 and 1690  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7827  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Will of JOHN WARD, SR.; Charles County, 4 September 1685; 10 June 1687.
      To wife DAMARIS, 112 acres "Angerstone" during widowhood
      To son JOHN WARD and heirs 300 acres consisting of "Charlestown" and "Ward's Delight"' also aforesaid "Angerstone" at death or marriage of his mother.
      To son THOMAS WARD at 19 years of age, 250 acres "Old Plantation" at head of Nanjemy; 100 acres "Ingorthorpe" and 50 acres adjoining William Stone's.
      To 3rd son JAMES WARD at 19 years of age and heirs, 112 acres "The Mountain"
      To 4th and young. son HENRY WARD and to young daughter CATHERINE WARD at 19 years of age, 550 acres lying between Pamunkey and Nating, equally.
      In event of death of any of afsd,. children without issue, deceased's estate to be divided amont their sisters, vis. MARY, ELIZA, PRUDENCE and their heirs.
      To daughters AUDRAY WARD & MARY WELLS, personalty.
      Executors: wife Damaris and son JOHN WARD.
      Test: George White,james Ishbrook, Jno. Jeffrey.
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      Charles County Land Records, Liber Q, Page 53
      COURT OF 8 MAR 1691
      Demaris Shepherd petitions the court for letters of administration of the estate of her late husband Charles Shepherd
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      Charles Stephens 10.251 1 CH £36.4.14 Feb 17 1692
      Items in possession of Mary Sarjent (relict), now wife of William Sarjent.
      Appraisers: Richard Land, John Wheeler.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Mar. 1691/2 - Charles Shepherd and Damaris his wife vs. George Brett, of Charles Co., planter, and Elizabeth his wife. Charles and Damaris allege that on Oct. 3, 1691 at Mattawoman in Charles Co., Elizabeth slandered Damaris before "several" [unnamed] persons. Specifically, it was alleged that Elizabeth called Damaris "an old satchell arse bastard bearing bitch whore," refered to Damrais' natural borne daughter who is the wife of John Gray [that is, the former Ann Ward] as a bastard, and made "several such like scandalous and malicious expressions." It was alleged that these statements by Elizabeth were false, maliciously made and were designed to injure Damaris' reputation (which it was alleged had been good), to cause her to be forsaken by her husband and were accusations that she had committed crimes (against fornication and adultery) against the laws of Maryland. Charles and Damaris sought damages of 5000 lbs. of tobacco for Elizabeth's defamation. At the Court of Jan. 12, 1691/2, George and Elizabeth were granted a continuaton of the case to the Court of March 8, 1691/2. At the latter Court, "ye said Charles Shepherd being dead ye said action is abated by occasion of ye death of ye said Charles."
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber R, Page 384.

      Jan. 1692/3 - William Sarjeant and Damaris his wife vs. Thomas Drone of Charles Co., laborer. The plaintiffs allege that on Feb. 27, 1691/2 at Portobacco, Charles Co., Damaris while she was sole and ye said Thomas had a conversation concerning the threshing and cleaning of a certain parcel of wheat and oats containing about 30 or 40 bushels of wheat and about 30 bushels of oats then in ye barn or tobacco house of ye said Damaris and ye said Thomas pretending himself to be an able, careful laborer and to have skill and judgment in threshing and cleaning wheat and other grain, In consideration that Damaris engaged to pay Thomas 250 lbs. of tobacco and Thomas agreed to thresh and clean from ye straw carefully and workman like. Nevertheless ye said Thomas ye said wheat and oats did so unskillfully unfaithful and unworkmanlike thresh and clean out of the straw that a great part of ye said wheat aforesaid to ye quantity of 20 bushels a great part of ye oats to ye quantity of 18 bushesl remained? through unfaithfulness and dishonesty of ye said Thomas in ye straw? unthreshed, spoiled and destroyed to ye damage of ye said William and Damaris of 2000 lbs. of tobacco. Drone imparles to next court Jan. next. At the Jan. court Thomas prays that the writ aforesaid may abate because he is attached by the name of Thomas Drone whereas his name is Thomas Dowman and by ye same name he hath always been reputed. William & Damaris saith that he is not misnamed in ye writ but called by his right name. Both parties produced their witnesses. The Court ordered that ye writ be quashed and that ye plaintiff take nothing but be in mercy. And it is also ordered that Thomas Drone alias Dowman recover against William and Damaris his damages of 214 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S, Page 28-30.

      Mar. 1692/3 - Richard Boughton, lately Clerk of Charles Co. vs. William Sarjeant and Damaris his wife, executrix of Charles Shepherd, deceased. Boughton alleged that in June 1689 Charles Shepherd was indebted to him for Clerk's fees in the amount of 1178 lbs. of tobacco and, Shepherd now being deceased, he brings suit against William and Damaris as his executrix. William and Damaris were summoned to appear at the Nov. 1692 Court, which they did, requesting imparlance to the Jan. 1692/3 Court, and at the latter Court to the Mar. 1692/3 court. At the Mar. 1692/3 Court William and Damaris denied that Shepherd owed Boughton the 1178 lbs. of tobacco or any part thereof during his lifetime. The parties put on their cases and after hearing the evidence the Court ordered that Boughton's writ be quashed, that he take nothing and that William and Damaris recover against him 190 lbs. of tobacco for their costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S, Page 75-6.

      Aug. 1693 - William Sarjeant, administrator of Charles Shepherd, deceased vs. Richard Carpenter. Serjeant alleges that in Nov. 1691 Shepherd recovered a judgment against Carpenter in the sum of 1181 lbs. of tobacco, that Shepherd is now dead, that Sarjeant was appointed his administrator on Feb. 16, 1692/3 and that the judgment was never executed on. Carpenter was summoned to the June 1693 Court to show cause why Sarjeant should not have execution on the judgment. At the June 1693 Court the case was continued to the Aug. 1693 Court at which latter court Carpenter offered no defense. The Court ordered that Sarjeant have execution against Carpenter for the 1181 lbs. of tobacco, plus 132 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S, Page 157-8.
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber S, Page 430
      17 Jul 1694; Indenture from James Ward, son of John Ward, decd, and Deamaris, his wife, alias Damaris Sarjeant ye natural mother of James Ward, bound to Robert Edmondson; /s/ James Ward (mark); wit. John Stone, Thomas Stone

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 9.

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