Fairfield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Andrew Ward Memorial
Born in England 1597
One of the founders of
Wethersfield and Stamford
An honored citizen of
where he died in 1659
Member of a Commission graunted to
sev'al p'sons to governe the people att
Conecticott by the General Court
of Massachusetts Bay under
John Winthrop Jr. Governor, 1635 – 1636
Erected by the Association of Descendants
of Andrew Ward 1907
Erected 1907 by Association of Descendants of Andrew Ward.
Location. 41° 8.461′ N, 73° 14.813′ W. Marker is in Fairfield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Beach Road and Sunnieholm Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Old Burying Ground. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfield CT 06824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reverend John Jones Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Sherwood Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fairfield Revolutionary War Memorial (within shouting distance of Up This Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Bulkley House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moorlands (about 700 feet away); Isaac Tucker House (about 700 feet away); Fairfield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
Regarding Andrew Ward Memorial. Andrew Warde (all his descendants would drop the final e) came to Massachusetts on the same ship as John Winthrop, Sir Richard Saltonstall, and other famous immigrants. He settled first in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was admitted as a freeman in 1634.
He was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he served as a collector of rates and from where he served in the upper house of the General Court. He moved again, this time to Stamford, in 1640, and served there as constable in 1642 and magistrate in 1646. He moved finally to Fairfield in 1651.
Andrew Ward was one of the earliest and most important settlers of Connecticut and seems to have had a passion for settling towns, being a founder of no fewer than four of them.
Among his almost innumerable descendants are Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous American preacher of the nineteenth century; the latter's sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin; General Joseph Wheeler, hero of the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War; Helen Louise Leonard, better known as Lillian Russell; and Henry Fairfield Osborne, the great paleontologist and director of the American Museum of Natural History.
Also see . . . Andrew Warde and his descendants, 1597-1910. The book, by George K. Ward and the Association Of Descendants Of Andrew Ward, was published in 1910. (Submitted on February 12, 2010.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Government • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
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