William Ward 1735 - 1804
Birth: 1735 Thorney CAM ENG
- Baptism 7 September 1735
- WARD, William s of Robert and Mary
- Agrees with age at burial
- Source: Printed transcript of Thorney Parish register
Death: May 1804
- Burial May 17 1804, aged 68 Thorney Abbey, CAM, ENG
- Source: printed transcript of Thorney Registers
Father: Robert Ward
Siblings:More details of this family
Wife: Susannah Designe
Marriage: 7 November 1768 Thorney Abbey CAM ENG
- By Banns: October 23, 30, November 6 1768
- William Ward, of this parish, batchelor
- Susannah Provost, of this parish, widow
- William signed, Susannah left her mark
- Witnesses John Delanoy, William Fininley; both signed.
- Source: Thorney Parish register; original viewed at Cambridge CRO by Andrew Preece - ref P155/1/10
Children:More details of this family
William's will identifies Abraham Provost as his 'son-in-law' and Mary Provost (Mary Randall in the will) as 'daughter-in-law'. It is assumed that in modern parlance this would be step-son and step-daughter. Since William was married to Samuel Provost's widow Susannah Designe, this provides further evidence that Abraham's father was in fact Samuel Provost.
The will made provision to his widow, but left everything in trust to his daughters Susannah Ward and Mary Ward and any children they might have. In the event of none of the granchildren reaching 21, the estate was to go to Abraham Provost and Mary Provost.
Fifty pounds bequeathed to 'his wife's kinswoman Frances Peach' 6 months after his death - presumably Frances Peach, Susannah Designe's niece.
The will appointed his brother Robert Ward, Abraham Provost and David Randall as both executors and trustees. There looks to have been some reluctance on Robert Ward's part to act as an executor - from the grant of probate it looks like he tried to resign his role and then changed his mind at the last moment.
The will gives William as a farner of Leverington, Parson Drove. The will has 3 pages and was written in April 1803. It has a codicil written in December 1803 which affects the details of the trust.