Person:Samuel Ward (42)

m. 2 Nov 1709
  1. Amey Ward1710 - 1710
  2. Thomas Ward1711 - 1760
  3. Mary Ward1713 - 1781
  4. Elizabeth Ward1715 - 1715
  5. Amey Ward1717 - 1792
  6. Isabel Ward1719 - 1808
  7. Hannah Ward1721 - 1783
  8. John Ward1723 - 1724
  9. Gov. Samuel Ward1725 - 1776
  10. Mercy Ward1727 - 1730
  11. Margaret Ward1729 - 1765
  12. Richard Ward1730/31 - 1732
  13. Henry Ward1732 - 1797
  14. Elizabeth Ward1735 - 1815
  • HGov. Samuel Ward1725 - 1776
  • WAnna Ray1728 - 1770
m. 20 Dec 1745
  1. Charles WardAbt 1747 -
  2. Hannah Ward1749 -
  3. Anna Ward1750 -
  4. Catherine Ward1752 -
  5. Mary Ward1754 -
  6. Samuel Ward1756 -
  7. Deborah Ward1758 -
  8. Simon Ray Ward1760 -
  9. John Ward1762 -
  10. Richard Ward1765 -
  11. Elizabeth Ward1767 -
Facts and Events
Name[3] Gov. Samuel Ward
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 May 1725 Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Marriage 20 Dec 1745 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United Statesto Anna Ray
Will[2] 22 Aug 1774 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Death[3][4] 26 Mar 1776 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Probate[2] 20 Apr 1776
Burial[4] Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Samuel Ward (1725–1776) was a farmer, politician, Supreme Court Justice, Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and a delegate to the Continental Congress. The son of an earlier Rhode Island Governor, Richard Ward, he was well educated as he grew up in a large Newport, Rhode Island family. After marrying, he and his new wife received property in Westerly, Rhode Island from his father-in-law, and upon settling there he took up farming. Entering politics as a fairly young man, he soon took sides in the hard money/paper money controversy, favoring hard money, or specie. His primary rival over the money issue was Providence politician Stephen Hopkins, and the two men became bitter rivals, alternating as governors of the colony for several terms.

During this time of political activity, Ward became a founder and trustee of Rhode Island's first college, Brown University. The most contentious issue he faced during his three years as governor involved the Stamp Act which had been passed by the British Parliament just before he took office for the second time. This act, putting a tax on all official documents and newspapers, infuriated the American colonists, being done without their consent. Representatives of the colonies met to discuss the unpopular act, but when it came time for the colonial governors to take a position in regards to the act, Ward was the only one who refused it, threatening his position, but bringing him recognition as a great patriot.

After last serving as governor in 1767, Ward retired to his farm in Westerly, but in 1774 he was called back into service as a delegate to the Continental Congress. War was looming with the mother country, and to this end he devoted all of his energy. After hostilities began, Ward made his famous statement, ending with "Heaven save my country, is my first, my last, and almost my only prayer." During a meeting of the Congress in Philadelphia, slightly more than three months before the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, he died of smallpox, and was buried in a local cemetery. His remains were later re-interred in the Common Burying Ground in Newport.

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  1. Newport Births and Deaths, in Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850: First series, births, marriages and deaths. A family register for the people. (Narragansett Hist. Publ. Co., 1891), 122.

    WARD, Samuel, of Richard and Mary, [born] May 27, 1725.

  2. 2.0 2.1 Abstracts of Westerly Wills, in Alden G. Beaman. Rhode Island Genealogical Register. (The Rhode Island Genealogical Research Institute), 14:124-125.

    Samuel Ward of Westerly, Esquire. Will dated 22 Aug 1774, proved 20 Apr 1776, pps. 298-299.
    Son Charles Ward.
    10 youngest children: Hannah Ward, Anne Ward, Katherine Green lately married, Mary Ward, Samuel Ward, Deborah Ward, Simon Ray Ward, John Ward, Richard Ward and Elizabeth Ward (some of whom are under age 21).
    Exors: William Greene Esquire of Warwick, Benjamin Clarke of Stonington and Henry Merchant Esquire of Newport (they all declined).
    Capt. Ethan Clarke appointed Adminstrator.

    20 Apr 1776 Whereas Miss Hannah Ward now of Westerly is a person well known by this council to be deprived of her reason, council appoints Mrs. Isabel Merchant of Newport widow, but now residing in Westerly guardian of said Hannah Ward.
    Witnesses: Ethan Clarke, Christopher Clarke and Thomas Hall.

  3. 3.0 3.1 185. (Gov.) Samuel Ward, in White, Dorothy Higson, and Kay Kirlin Moore. Descendants of Roger Williams. (East Greenwich, Rhode Island: Roger Williams Family Association, c1991- (Baltimore : Gateway Press)), Book III; pp. 96-97.

    ...born at Newport 27 May 1725; died at Philadelphia, PA 26 March 1776.

    In March 1860, his remains were removed from Philadelphia to Newport and rest at Common Burial Ground, Newport.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Samuel Ward, in Find A Grave.