Facts and Events
[The following appears to be taken from this website.]
Every Puritan settlement desired at once to have a spiritual advisor and preacher, and consequentlv the Rev. William Brimsmead was selected as the first minister. In April 1661 a house was built for him. Obadiah Ward, Christopher Bannister and Richard Barnes being employed by the town to build it. They were paid in corn, wheat and rye, fifteen pounds of each to be paid at stated intervals as the work progressed.
Garrisons - As the town grew, many homesteads were now out of reach of the Meeting House, so Garrisons were assigned to various families for resort in time of danger. The following Garrisons were assigned:
No. 1 - Capt. Howe's served the families of Samuel Stevens, James Howe, Jonathan Howe, Samuel Stowe and Jonathan Morse.
No. 11 - John Howe's served the families of Zachariah Eager, Abrahm Eager, Daniel Johnson, Samuel Wheelock, Obadiah Ward and Thomas Axtell.
- ↑ Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Worcester, Massachusetts: Franklin P. Rice, 1908), 396.
Ward, Lt. Obadiah, [died] Jan. 5, 1717-18.
- ↑ Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905), 202.
Ward, Obadiah, ch. William and w., [born] 1632 in England. [Ed. note: "town copy with additions"]
- Martyn, Charles. William Ward genealogy: the history of the descendants of William Ward of Sudbury, Mass., 1638- 1925. (New York: Artemas Ward, 1925), 67.
Obadiah Ward, b. England abt. 1632, d. Marlborough 5 Jan 1718, m. Marlborough 28 Nov 1667 Mary ---.