Hannah Ward

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Hannah Ward, daughter of William Ward and Elizabeth (…), was born at England in 1639.1,2,3 She died at Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 3 November 1717,4,1 and was buried at Maplewood Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.5

Hannah married Abraham Howe, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 6 May 1657.6,1,7

The Vital Records of Newton show Hannah as the daughter of William Ward's first wife, born in England in 1639.3

When her daughter Abigail died in 1697, Hannah was willing to be administratix of her estate, but she was described as lame and not well, so the court appointed Joseph Howe to serve.

Whatever her health issues, Hannah lived another 20 years, leaving a will dated 1 June 1716 and proved 26 June 1718 describing herself as well-stricken in years and widow and relict of Abram How, naming:
six daughters: Mary Bowker, Hannah How, Elisebath Brigham, Deorah Barrat, Rebakah Rice, Sarah Straten
son Daniel
Daniel to be executor.

Daniel declined to serve as executor so Peter Rice took administration.8


Abraham Howe b. say 1625, d. 30 Jan 1694/95
  • Daniel How1 b. abt. 1658, d. 23 Apr 1718
  • Mary How1 b. 30 Jun 1659, d. 29 Sep 1723
  • Joseph Howe+9,1 b. 9 Feb 1661/62, d. 4 Sep 1701
  • Hannah How1 b. 9 Nov 1663, d. 24 Jun 1735
  • Elizabeth How1 b. 5 Apr 1665, d. 26 Jul 1739
  • Deborah How1 b. 1 Mar 1667, d. 4 Nov 1743
  • Rebecca How1 b. 4 Feb 1668, d. 13 May 1749
  • Abraham How1 b. 8 Oct 1670, d. 31 Jul 1704
  • Sarah How1 b. 20 Dec 1672, d. 1 Oct 1746
  • Abigail How1 b. 4 Mar 1675, d. 17 Apr 1697
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  1. [S672] Gilman Biglow Howe, "Abraham How, of Watertown and Marlborough, Mass.," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 7 (April 1917): 12-14, further cited as Howe, "Abraham How."
  2. [S925] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Four Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-1862, 4:414. CD-ROM reprint, Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers (Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books USA, 2006), further cited as Savage's Dictionary.
  3. [S1919] , Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905), 199, further cited as Vital Records of Newton.
  4. [S908] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts: To the end of the year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: p.p., 1908), 367, further cited as Rice, Vital Records of Marlborough.
  5. [S1546] Diana L. Brace, Find A Grave memorial #36138160, added 21 Apr 2009, online http://www.findagrave.com, accessed Dec 2012, further cited as Find A Grave.
  6. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 1:3:20, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  7. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 798, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  8. [S1375] Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1978-1908: Part III: The Ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett 1832-1892 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), 274-75, further cited as Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry 3.
  9. [S673] "The Ancestry of Brigham Young," The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 22 (Jan 1931), at 20-21, further cited as "Ancestry of Brigham Young."