William was born on March 14, 1846 in North Carolina, a son of George Washington and Rachael A. Ward. In 1860 he was living in Kingston, Horry County, SC.
William enlisted in Company A, Tucker's Cavalry on January 8, 1862 at Georgetown. Assigned to Company B on April 8, 1863 and was on that roster when it became Company F, 7th SC Cavalry. Present January - September 3, 1862; sick furlough September - October 1862; present November 1862 - January 20, 1863; present sick February 1863; present March 1863; present detailed to Kingstree to guard commissary stores June 2 - October 1863; present November 1863 - February 22, 1864; detailed to guard duty at Georgetown February 22, 1864; present mounted March - June 21, 1864; at Jackson Hospital (intermittent fever) June 21 - July 7,1864; returned to duty, then at Jackson Hospital (typhoid fever) July 17 - September 1, 1864; present September - October 1864; receipted for clothing with company November 16, 1864. He was paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
William married Frances Bunch (1855-1891) about 1872. Their children were: Lenora, Jake, Francis, Lillian, Garabaldi, Gertrude, John and Pauline. He married again in 1892 to Jessie Harriet Wren. Their children were: William, Jessie and Thomas. In 1900 they were living in Saint James Santee, Charleston, SC where William was a farmer. The census said they had been married for eight years with 13 children, 10 still living.
William died on April 15, 1902. He and Jessie are buried at McClellanville Cemetery in Charleston County, SC.
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