John Ward was born and bred in The County and was the youngest of seven brothers. As a young sailor, he traveled to Greece where he found Mam tied to a rock. He rescued her and brought her back to the county, where they got married and had seven sons. He became a farmer and owned a prominent farm in Chipenden. He was living with his wife, his eldest son Jack, his youngest son Tom and Jack's wife Ellie, when he arranged for Tom to be apprenticed to the local spook, John Gregory. He also became a grandfather after the birth of Mary Ward. Some time into Tom's training, John caught pneumonia and eventually died. His funeral was attended by all of his 7 sons, excluding the youngest, Tom, who arrived too late. The farm was then taken over by his eldest son Jack.