Facts and Events
||7 Mar 1779
||Belton (near Grantham), Lincolnshire, England
||2 May 1805
||Great Hale, Lincolnshire, Englandto Ann Allam
||6 Jun 1841
||Great Hale, Lincolnshire, EnglandSouth Street
||4 Jun 1844
||Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England
||7 Jun 1844
||Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England
Luke Ward was baptised on 7th March 1779 at Belton (near Grantham) in Lincolnshire, son of Sarah Ward, formerly Lister, and her husband William Ward, a labourer. By 1783 the family had moved seventeen miles east to Great Hale, where Luke's father died aged 37. Luke's mother subsequently remarried in 1786 to a William Burks, who thus became Luke's stepfather. William Burks died in 1792.
On 2nd May 1805, aged 26, Luke married Ann Allam, who was from Great Hale and was sixteen when they married - Luke was nearly ten years older than her. The couple appear to have had twelve children between about 1805 and 1831, but only one was baptised as an infant. Most of the others were not baptised until after Luke's death. Luke's father-in-law John Allam was deacon of Heckington Baptist Church, which would explain why the children were not baptised as infants.
In 1808 Luke's now twice-widowed mother married Luke's father-in-law, John Allam. Luke was one of the witnesses to their marriage. Luke's mother Sarah died in 1823 and was buried at Great Hale.
In 1835 Luke was mentioned in his father-in-law John Allam's will; his father-in-law died in January 1841.
In the 1841 census, Luke and his family were living on South Street in Great Hale. Luke died on 4th June 1844, aged 65. At the time of his death his youngest child, Edward, was only 13. Luke's widow Ann continued to live at South Street. She outlived him by nearly thirteen years and died in 1857.
- ↑ Church of England. Parish Church of Belton (near Grantham, Lincolnshire). Parish registers, 1538-1836. (Lincoln, England: Lincoln Archives Office, 1993), Primary quality.
Luke the Son of William & Sarah Ward Bapt[ised] March 7th
This baptism has been linked to the Luke Ward who married Ann Allam on the basis that it is at the right time to match the age quoted at Luke's burial, in Lincolnshire (where he said he had been born in the 1841 census) and Luke and Ann's son John gave one of his sons the distinctive middle name of Lister, which was the maiden name of the mother of the Luke baptised in 1779 at Belton.
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 619; Book 4; Folio 12; Page 18, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.
Address: South Street, Great Hale, Lincolnshire
Luke Ward, male, 60 [1776-81], Carpenter, b. Lincolnshire
Ann Ward, female, 50 [1786-91], b. Lincolnshire
Luke Ward, male, 20 [1816-21], Carpenter, b. Lincolnshire
Rebecca Ward, female, 14 [1826/7], b. Lincolnshire
Hannah Ward, female, 12 [1828/9], b. Lincolnshire
Edward Ward, male, 10 [1830/1], b. Lincolnshire
Thomas Rick?, male, 15 [1821-26], Apprentice, b. Lincolnshire
- ↑ Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
d. Luke WARD, June Quarter 1844, Sleaford Registration District, Vol. 14, page 348
- ↑ Burials register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Great Hale (Lincolnshire). Parish registers for Great Hale, ca.1568-1988. (Lincoln, England: Lincoln Archives Office, 1993-2002), Primary quality.
Name: Luke Ward
Abode: Great Hale
When buried: June 7th 
Age: 65 [1778/9]
- ↑ Stamford Mercury, Friday 7 June 1844
At Great Hale, on the 4th inst., Luke Ward, aged 67.