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|Terri Stern||RE: Re: Rev.John Ward|
He and Alice are my 9th great grandparents. I just got a subscription to the NEHGS database and found information on John and Alice's marriage in the Apr 1870 issue of the NEHGS Register (Vol 24, p 189). In an article titled 'Ward and Woodbridge' under the 'Notes and Queries' section is the following of interest to us relating to John and Alice's marriage and their dates of birth: 'A recent discovery, by Col. Chester, of London, of the record of the marriage license of Rev. John Ward, shows that the surname of Mrs. Alice Ward was really Edmunds, as given on the Haverhill records, and that she was the daughter of Nicholas Edmunds, of Alkham in Kent. The marriage allegation is dated May 24, 1636, and represents Mr. Ward to be "of the parish of Hadleigh ad Castrum in the County of Kent, Clarke, and a batchelour aged about 26 years," and Alice Edmunds to be a "spinster, aged about 24 years." License was requested by Mr. Ward "to be married in the parish church of St Leonard in Foster lane, London." The register of this church previous to 1666 was destroyed with the church in the great fire of that year....The age of Rev. Mr. Ward on the Haverhill church records agrees with the date of his birth, Nov. 5, 1606, given by Mather in his Magnalia, bk iii. ch. 31, sect. 2, and may have been derived from that book, but it does not agree with his age in his marriage allegation. It is uncertain which is correct.'
Have you found a birth record for John Ward that confirms Mather's 5 Nov 1606?