Ward, Thomas, 1805 -
Mariner Thomas Ward, an African American from North Stonington, was the victim of an assault by Gideon Watson in October 1832. That same month, his name appeared on a crew list at the port of New London. Three years later, Ward, Jeremiah Shantup, and Giles Orchard were charged with the murder of Lodowick Wheeler in 1835. Shantup alone was tried and found guilty of the crime. The following year, Ward again went to sea.
Ward later married Emeline Anderson in North Stonington on February 7, 1839. He appeared in the town's census the following year, with five people in his household. Eastern Pequot overseer, Ezra Hewitt paid him for keeping Moses Brushell February through September of 1843, the final months of Brushell's life.
Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 367, 421, 427. Records for the Collector of Customs for the Collection District of New London, CT; Crew Lists of Outgoing Vessels. 1798-1938. M1162/Reel 54: 1830-1878. 1832. MPMRC. Records of the Collector of Customs for the Collection District of New London, CT; Crew Lists Surrendered. 1789-1938. M1162/Reel 48: 1835-1845, 1845-1847. 1836. MPMRC. Sources for this biography also come from the Related Digital Heritage Items listed below.