Update November 21 2013: Thank you to my fellow Edward Ward descendent who found this will and the will of John (1) Ward:
Edward Ward’s parents have been located. He is mentioned in his John
Ward’s will in 1825 (Family Search Online. Hampshire County Virginia
which is now Mineral County, West Virginia) Knobley Mountain/New Creek
area, Patterson Creek.
John (2) Ward’s father is John Ward (1) whose father is Sylvester Ward.
Sylvester Ward’s (of Hardy and Pendleton Counties, VA (now West
Virginia)) father was Israel Ward (on Gloucester, New Jersey) Israel
Ward was one of the first patentees of Lord Fairfax’s Northern Neck,
South Branch/Patterson Creek (Hampshire County) in West Virginia. It is
possible that he had a Tomahawk Claim because he does not appear in the
official records but was settled there at an early date. The “Elkins,
West Virginia Wards” came from this line.
Edward Ward’s siblings who were also listed in the will are: Sarah
Ward, Hester Ward, Joel Ward, Jessie Ward, and John Ward(3). Note: The
naming pattern Edward named his own son “Joel” after his brother and
named a son after his brother, father and grandfather “John”
See post dated March 11, 2014 for a summary of persons mentioned in John (1) Ward's 1807 will.