Author Topic: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.  (Read 3183 times)

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Thomas Ward, gentleman, (b. ca 1786 and died at Crediton in 1838 aged 52) and Elizabeth nee Huggins. They married at Crediton, Devon ,24 November 1808.  I have found nothing of their parents, but it’s possible Thomas had a brother called William.

Four of their children emigrated to Nelson, New Zealand - Elizabeth, Mary, John & Thomas Jnr.


Children identified to date:


Elias Tremlett Ward (1810-1874). Born 5 April 1810, bapt. 2 December 1811. married Sarah Kingdon at Crediton on 4 December 1832. Sarah may have died quite early on – perhaps not long after the birth of their only child Elizabeth, b. 1834. At any rate, in 1841 Elias and his daughter lived at ‘Langridge” with William Ward (perhaps his uncle?) listed as the head of household and no sign of wife Sarah, but at some point Elias took over running ‘Langridge” himself.  In 1871 he was recorded as head of household at “Langridge Farm”, described at that time as being 284 acres in size and employing 14 labourers.
Was Elias the oldest in the family?

Note:
Charles Norrish and brother John Ward were the executors of Elias Ward’s will.


Elizabeth Ward  (1811- 1901) Bapt 2 Dec 1811 at Credition. Devon. Married master mariner Captain Edward Fearon on 11 February 1840 at St Olave Hart Street, Crutched Friars, London, Emigrated to New Zealand on the barque “Thomas Sparks” with her husband Captain Edward Fearon and brothers John & Thomas Ward, arriving at Nelson on 26 February 1843. Her first child, daughter Elizabeth Ludwig (Lizzie) Fearon, was born during the outward bound voyage. A few months later the Fearons settled at the nearby settlement of Motueka. Her brothers bought land at Stoke, just outside the city of Nelson. Elizabeth died at her home, “Northwood”, Motueka, New Zealand, on 1 January 1901.


Mary Ward bapt 12 Feb 1817 at Crediton, Devon – emigrated via ship “Bernicia” arriving at Nelson NZ (aged 31 and single) on 6 November 1848, along with her brother John and his new wife Caroline (nee Micklem). Lived with the Fearon family at their home, “”Northwood”, Motueka, NZ and married one of their neighbours, Charles Thorp Esq.of Motueka, at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Motueka, on 11 April 1850 – Rev T. L. Tudor officiating.. Died at her home, ‘Burton Farm”, Motueka, on 8 Aug 1886.

John Ward (1818 –1904?), Born at Crediton 22 January 1818, bapt. 10 March 1819. Came to NZ with Edward and Elizabeth Fearon and brother Thomas Ward on the ship “Thomas Sparks”, arriving in Nelson 26 February 1843, Bought land at Stoke just outside the city of Nelson, which he farmed jointly with his brother Thomas (Tom) Ward. Travelled to England 1848 and married 22 April 1848 at Kensington, London, to Caroline Micklem from Hurly, Berkshire. Returned with his new wife and sister Mary Ward on the “Bernicia”, arriving 6 November 1848 at Nelson, NZ, where his first child, son John Micklem Ward, was born in 1849. John and his family had gone back to England to live by the 1860s. He established a successful business as a wine merchant in London, though maintained a link with “Langridge Farm” at Crediton.  Living at Withycombe Raleigh in Devon by 1891 and possibly died ca 1904.

Emma Ward (1825-1891) Bapt. 26 Oct 1825. Never married and lived in Devon until her death in 1891 at 66 years. Living in Zeal Monachorum Devon with the Norrishes and sister Elizabeth (nee Ward) and brother-in-law Edward Fearon in 1841, with brother Elias Ward at “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, in 1871 and recorded living with Skinner cousins in Zeal Monachorum in 1881and 1891 censuses. Skinners were Ward relatives via the Norrishes.

Thomas Ward Jnr. ? is my mystery man - I can find no record of his birth or death, though know he was known as Tom and travelled to NZ with his sister Elizabeth , brother-in-law Edward Fearon and brother John Ward on the barque ‘”Thomas Sparks”, arriving Nelson 26 February 1843. Unfortunately the passenger manifest doesn’t list their ages so doesn’t help with working out Thomas’ date of birth. Thomas and his brother John jointly established a farm at Stoke, just outside the city of Nelson, which they worked together until 1848  John then travelled back to England for a short visit and Thomas went to Motueka before taking over the management of a sheep run in the Awatere, Marlborough , NZ, on behalf of his brother-in-law, Edward Fearon. He then acquired his own sheep run in the Awatere, which he named “Langridge” after the family farm in Crediton. In 1859 he sold this run and then he vanishes again. Did he stay in NZ or, like his brother, return to England?  He possibly moved to Canterbury, NZ, but the name Thomas Ward is so common that without additional info like his age I can’t pinpoint him.  If anyone can help with this puzzle, I’d love to hear from you.


It’s possible there are other members of this family I haven’t yet found – if anyone can fill in gaps, I’d appreciate it. Would also be very interested to know just how long the Ward family was associated with “Langridge Farm” at Crediton.

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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 23 February 17 13:19 GMT (UK) »
Hello
i think the problem here is that Thomas and Elizabeth aren't very quick to go to the church to baptise their little ones.
So Elias Tremelett born 3.4.1810 bapt 2.12.1811
    Elizabeth born 4.11.1811 bapt 2nd Dec
    William born June 1813 bapt 21.3.1815
    Mary and THOMAS twins bapt 21.3.1815
    Mary 12.2.1817
    John born 22.1.1818 bapt 10.3.1819
    Ann born 27.12. 1819 bapt 24.2.1820 buried  9.6. 1824
    George born 25th Nov 1822 bapt 17.6.1824
    Emma bapt 26.10.1825

Thomas junior seems to have married 5.6.1833 at Crediton a Frances Amery by licence.


I'll see what else I can spot.

ps it looks like grandmother's Ann Ward widow's Will of 1814 is on the Pcc Wills on Ancestry.Unfortunately Library computer about to shut off.Sons William and Thomas,daughter Alice and Ann Ward.

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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 23 February 17 20:10 GMT (UK) »
This is great stuff - thanks so much. Yes, the baptism thing is an issue, but sometimes that date is all you can find to go by. Parents quite often seemed to wait and baptise several children together as job lot too, confusing things even more.

Did Thomas' twin sister Mary die, with her name given to a later sister? Seems likely if one Mary was baptised 1815 and another 1817. Also wonder about Thomas Jnr's wife- was he a widower, as there is no indication that he had a wife with him when he emigrated to NZ. Certainly not listed on the passenger manifest and Thomas seems to have been living as a bachelor after he arrived in Nelson.


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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 23 February 17 20:25 GMT (UK) »
Have you seen these on National Archives Discovery?

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C15149711 - might be the same Thomas Ward

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/39014a12-174a-4ba5-8b79-96fa0037fcbe - ditto

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D117779 - this will should also be on Ancestry

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C15149711 - wow! a photograph of Elias of Langridge no less!

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/0970c604-c8e4-4668-b5c7-9480c5e99704 - re Elias Tremlett WArd

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7935246 - ditto

That's just a very quick look - there may well be others there. Most of the documents seem to be at the the Devon Record Office.




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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #4 on: Friday 24 February 17 03:37 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for these, goldie61. I would hazard a guess that the lease was an agreement with Thomas Jnr's  father, Thomas Ward Snr, and the will that of Thomas Snr's brother William Ward.

I've just spotted Elias T Ward listed in the 1851 census of England as head of household at "Langridge" so his uncle must have died sometime between 1841 & !851 - this might fit with the will dated 1842

The 1851 census also shows Elias' brother William Ward living or staying at "Langridge" , occupation "wine merchant". Perhaps this was the same wine business based in London that his brother John Ward became involved with after he returned to England in the early 1860s?

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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #5 on: Friday 24 February 17 12:07 GMT (UK) »
Hello
Sorry to say computers at the Library are playing up a bit so forgive me if I stop half way through.
First that marriage Thomas and Frances Ward is not yours ,he's born in 1802 is a coach builder on the 1841 and 1851 censuses,so no widow left at home.

The 1814 Will for Ann is yours.She made it in 1808 and now I've had time to have a good lokk ,she is of Longridge farm.So must be yours!
3 daughters Ann Ward,who gets the most as she is unmarried(no Alice it's a bad Ann).
Dinah wife of Stpehen Hugo
Elizabeth wife of Henry Pentry
and the two sons William and Thomas who have to execute the Will and pay their sisters.
There is a messauge which is given to the sisters and large sums of money in trust with interest paid to them.

I can send you a copy if you pm me with your e-mail address.

The other Will for William Ward is the uncle ,son of Ann Ward .It leaves his property to Elizabeth daughter of Elias Tremlett Ward his nephew.( Elizabeth born 20.8.1833 bapt at Crediton 5.3.1834).

Strangely although the children seem to be baptised at Crediton ,the family is buried at Sandford.
Ann widow of Crediton 5.9.1813 age 59
William 30.7.1842  born 1781 of Longridge
Thomas 1783-10.2.1838
Elizabeth 1785-12.8..1831
Mary d of Thomas and Elizabeth of Crediton age 1 1.9.1916
Only Elias is buried at Crediton 24.8.1874 age 64.

Of the earlier generation there is also Mary age 12 buried Sandford 13.12.1801 d of William and Ann Ward.
No sign of grandad's William's burial there though.

The other surviving girls for William and Ann are baptised at Winkleigh
Dinah 9.3.1785 and Ann born28.5.1783 but baptised same date
Elizabeth 30.3.1787.
The only ones I can see for William and Thomas that would fit are at Bideford 5.1.1781 and 3.5.1782.

William Ward gentleman of the parish of Dalton Devon married Ann Pope of this parish at Sandford 27.11.1779 by licence . wit.Molly Loving and Simeon Dusker?

Their daughter married at Crediton
Dinah 18.2.1807 to Stephen Hugo wit Thomas and A Ward
Elizabeth 24.12.1809 to Henry Pentry of st Lawrence Exeter wit Ann Ward John Pentry S Pot Hugo and D Hugo.
Ann 21.4.1819 to George Hugo Lt of the Royal Navy. wit S and D Hugo and William Amery.

Thomas Senior  is on the freeholder list for Crediton 1816 Gentleman of Uton.

No sign of William Ward born 1813 after he is on the 1851 census with Elias at Longridge.

I'll keep going looking for some  more

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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #6 on: Friday 24 February 17 12:34 GMT (UK) »
Hi
George Ward the youngest son is at school in Crediton in 1841 but by 1851 he is in London working as a wine merchant visiting at Church Street St Margaret Lothbury.
1861 sees him at Perry Hill Lewisham still unmarried ,employing 23 men in his wine business and with one maid Maria Bigley age 23.
1881 he has retired and is lodging with an Irish couple the O'connors at 212 Pavillion Road Chelsea.

Sorry but I can't find him after that.

The Huggins come from Sandford.It looks like George and Elizabeth had three daughters.
Elizabeth 1.11.1785,Mary and Sarah 20.3.1788.On the original the Vicar has added in the married names of the girls Elizabeth and Mary.
Mary married at Crediton 2.11.1812 a John Norrish of Zeal Monch. by licece wit Sarah Huggins and Samuel Norrish.
George married Elizabeth Tremlett (that's were it came from) 8.9.1784 by licence .He was from Down St Mary and she was of Sandford were they married.
Wit William Huggins and Edward Cooch.

There is a death index for a George Huggins in 1816 so he mat have dies by then.

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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #7 on: Friday 24 February 17 22:42 GMT (UK) »
Thanks so much for all this! Very interesting and pretty much all the gaps filled in - amazing. So, now established that William & Ann (nee Pope) Ward and George & Elizabeth (nee Tremlett) Huggins were the grandparents of the Ward siblings I'm tracking. It's also clear that the Ward grandparents were living at "Langridge" before their sons, so the family occupation there went back at least one generation.

I did know that there was a Norrish-Ward family connection of some sort, but you've pinpointed where that came from - not from the Ward side, but the Hugginses. There appear to have been a number of Tremlett-Norrish marriages in the Crediton area  and it looks as if both Tremlett and Norrish families were originally landowners at Sandford (along with the Hugginses). Perhaps the family members buried at Sandford rather than Crediton were interred in a family plot there. There were several Eliases in the Tremlett line. Perhaps the father of Elizabeth Tremlett who married George Huggins was one of these Elias Tremletts?

A newspaper report in August 1835 reports a case of arson on a property known as "Woodland Down" belonging to Wm Ward (uncle of Elias T. Ward, who appeared as a witness in the resulting court case), maybe indicating that the Wards had since bought the "Woodland" acreage leased by Wm's brother Thomas in 1824. It seems that Wm didn't marry and/or have children of his own as his nephew Elias T. Ward succeeded him as owner of "Langridge" and he also left his estate to his nephew's only child.

I'm starting to think more and more than this wine business in London must have been a Ward family affair as it now appears that 3 brothers were probably linked with it - William, John and George. You'd think it would be too much of coincidence for them to have each separately set up as wine merchants in London. In the probate hearing for his brother Elias' estate, John Ward is recorded as a wine merchant at Cushion Court , Old Broad Street, London, which is probably his business address as his residential address between 1861-1881 is given as 109 Dartmouth Road, Lewisham, London.

Will PM you with email address shortly )


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Re: Seeking Thomas Ward Jr ex. Ward family of “Langridge Farm”, Crediton, Devon.
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 25 February 17 06:40 GMT (UK) »
Just spotted the death of William Ward Jnr, son of Thomas & Elizabeth (nee Huggins) Ward. It looks as if he had gone back home to "Langridge" from London where he had his wine business because he was suffering from a terminal illness. He must in fact have died not long after the 1851 census recorded him as staying there.

"Trewman's Exeter Flying Post", Thurday 10 April 1851, Issue 4451

"Died March 31 at 'Langridge' after a long illness, borne with Christian resignation and manly fortitude, Mr William Ward of Marlborough Terrace, Kensington. His loss is deeply lamented by his surviving relatives and friends, by whom he was deservedly beloved and respected".

Couldn't find any mention of where he was buried.