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Gov. Richard Ward was born 15 April 1689 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of England to Thomas Ward (1641-1689) and Amey Billings (1658-1732) and died 21 August 1763 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of Great Britain of unspecified causes. He married Mary Tillinghast (1689-1767) 1708 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. Ancestors are from the Kingdom of England.
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Biography

Ward was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was the son of Thomas Ward and Amey Billings of Newport, and grandson of John Ward who had come from Gloucester, England. His father was a merchant who held many positions in the town government, and his grandfather had been an officer in Cromwell's Army who came to the American colonies following the accession of King Charles II of England.[2]

Ward was made a freeman of Newport in 1710, then entered public service as Attorney General, later became Deputy and Clerk of the Assembly, and then served as the General Recorder for the colony from 1714 to 1730.[1] In 1723 he was paid six pounds for attending the trial of a group of pirates who were taken prisoner by Captain Solgar, commander of the British ship Greyhound. Of the 36 pirates taken into captivity, 26 were sentenced to hang, and the execution took place at Newport on July 19, 1723 at a place called Gravelly Point.[1]

In 1726, Ward was one of the four Rhode Island commissioners appointed to meet a group of Connecticut commissioners to settle the boundary line between the two colonies.[1] Ward was the Secretary of State from 1730 to 1733, and in 1740 became the Deputy Governor of the colony. In this capacity he and Samuel Perry were appointed trustees to the Indian sachem Ninigret. In 1741 he was selected as Governor for a single term.[1]

Ward is buried under a brick vault in the Common Burying Ground in Newport, and his son Samuel, after first being buried in Philadelphia, was re-interred next to him.

Marriage and Family

In 1709 Ward married Mary Tillinghast (1689 - 1767), the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Sayles) Tillinghast, and granddaughter of Pardon Tillinghast who had come from Seven Cliffs, Sussex, England. The couple had 14 children, the ninth of whom was Samuel Ward who would later become a governor of the colony and a delegate to the Continental Congress. Two other children, Thomas and Henry, both served lengthy terms as Secretary of the Colony.[3] Richard Ward's older sister Mary married Sion Arnold, a grandson of Governor Benedict Arnold.[1]





Children


Offspring of Gov. Richard Ward and Mary Tillinghast (1689-1767)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Amey Ward (1710-1710)
Thomas Ward (1711-1760)
Henry Ward (1712-)
Mary Ward (1713-1781)
Elizabeth Ward (1715-1715)
Amey Ward (1717-1792)
Margaret Ward (1718-)
Isabel Ward (1719-1808)
Hannah Ward (1721-1783)
Samuel Ward (1723-1724)
John Ward (1723-1724)
Samuel Ward (1725-1776) 27 May 1725 Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of England 26 March 1776 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, Kingdom of England Anna Ray (1728-1770)

Mercy Ward (1727-1730)
Margaret Ward (1729-1765)
Richard Ward (1730-1732)
Elisabeth Ward (1732-1735)
Henry Ward (1732-1797)
Elizabeth Ward (1735-1815)

Siblings


Offspring of Thomas Ward and Amey Billings (1658-1732)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Ward (1672-1695)
Mary Ward (1682-)
Richard Ward (1689-1763) 15 April 1689 Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of England 21 August 1763 Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of Great Britain Mary Tillinghast (1689-1767)

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