Posted by: BJ MacDonald | February 20, 2015

Revisiting Henry Brown in Oil Springs, Ontario

Henry Brown was a son of William Brown and Elsie/Alice Tymond.  He moved around a bit in his life and finally settled in Oil Springs, Lambton County, Ontario.

I have written about Henry and his family in the post on this blog dated:

August 29, 2014 titled: The Children of William Brown & Elsie: Henry Brown.

I also visiting the Oil Springs Cemetery in September of 2014 and viewed Henry’s tombstone which was shared by his wife Margaret and daughter Ann.

See the post on this blog dated September 22, 2014 “Ontario Wanderings: Oil Springs and Their Cemetery.” In this post I shared my visit to the cemetery but really didn’t feature the tombstone in detail.

This side of the stone features the Yates Family:

Yates & Brown Tombstone

Yates & Brown Tombstone

Yates Tombstone Oil Springs - front side

Yates Tombstone Oil Springs – front side

YATES:  George Cornell Yates, 1838 to 1901

His Wife Ann Jane Brown 1841 to 1935 (daughter of Henry & Margaret Brown)

Their children:

Harriett Caroline Yates 1878 to 1887

Frederick Charles Yates 1880 to 1957

Henrietta Yates 1873 to 1970

Clifford Russell Yates 1883 to 1973

Henry & Margaret Brown

Henry & Margaret Brown

Yates Tombstone Backside featuring Henry & Margaret, Oil Springs Ontario

Yates Tombstone Backside featuring Henry & Margaret, Oil Springs Ontario

This is the backside of the tombstone in the Oil Springs Cemetery.

Benjamin Yates 1812 to 1888 His wife Phoebe Cornell.  It is my opinion these are the parents of George Cornell Yates.

Henry Brown 1820 to 1899 His Wife Margaret Orr 1824 to 1900. These are Ann’s parents.

These stones are also featured at Find A Grave.  Henry and Margaret Brown may have had a second daughter Elizabeth born in July 1866 but she didn’t survive dying 17 October 1866 in 8 Concession of Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

I have shared in the posts I have indicated in this blog about Henry Brown and Margaret Orr his wife.  Unfortunately, we do not know much about Margaret and her family.  Her father might have been Joseph Orr and her mother a Mary Carter.

In the next posts I want to share more about Henry’s brothers’ families, Thomas and Philip Brown who remained in Hastings Co., Ontario.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | January 30, 2015

Revisiting George Ward….

Another cemetery I visited last September 2014 was the Wardsville Cemetery.  This cemetery is on Find A Grave at:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=Ward&GSiman=1&GScid=2375806&CRid=2375806&pt=Wardsville%20Municipal%20Cemetery&

I was curious about George Ward and his family and pondered if there is any connection to my Wards. I wrote about my visit to this cemetery in the post and a little about this man, who was a very interesting person.  The interesting point is that George Ward was born in Ireland.  My Wards are English.  There may not be any connection to my Ward family but you never know.

Ontario Wanderings: Wardsville, Ontario and on to Toronto,” September 23, 2014.

The Wards had memorials already added to the Wardsville Cemetery at Find A Grave but I noticed that photos of the stone for George Ward and family was missing so I contact the person who had placed the memorials and asked if they were okay with my uploading a photo.  Of course, they were fine with it and encouraged me to do so. Therefore, I added the photo to his name and to the others. You can see that it is me when you look below the tombstone photo.  Here is my photo and you can see that is very crowded with names.  George Ward’s life spanned 1743 to 1837 which means he was 94 years old when he died, but it also means he was one of the earlier Wards to arrive in Canada.

George Ward Family Stone in Wardsville Cemetery

George Ward Family Stone in Wardsville Cemetery

Left side of the George Ward Stone

Left side of the George Ward Stone

I also uploaded photos I had taken as I walked through this cemetery so I added maybe a few more to the Find A Grave collection.  It is a fairly good-sized cemetery off the main road in Wardsville and tucked on a side street.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | January 23, 2015

A Search for Wards, in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery…

In September of 2014, I visited the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery, south of Strathroy, Ontario and tried to find as many Ward surnames as possible.

At this point, I do not know how my Wards fit in with the other Wards in Middlesex County, Ontario.

As a member of Find A Grave I have been adding cemetery memorials with tombstone pictures to existing cemeteries.  The Strathroy Municipal Cemetery is featured on Find A Grave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2223210

Here is a list of those Ward surnames that I have added to this cemetery listing at Find A Grave. I have included tombstone pictures but warn that if they were on the ground and covered with debris it was hard to get a good photo.

1.  Catherine Sarah Ward, 1846 to 1915 wife of Daniel

2. Clifford Stewart Ward, 1923 to 2001

3. Daniel Ward 1844 to 1933 – He might be another son of Benjamin & Sarah Ward.

Catherine & Daniel Ward in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Catherine & Daniel Ward in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

4.  Earl M. Ward 1920 to 1921, son of George & M. Esther.

5. Eliza P. Ward 1877 to 1881

6.  Eliza P. Luckins Ward 1883 to 1944 wife of John F.J. Ward

7. Emily J. Ward 1880 to 1881

8. Florence E. Ward 1870 to 1954

9. George J.S. Ward 1886 to 1955. His wife is M. Esther McDonald

10.  George Ward 1849 to 1936 may be a son of Benjamin and Sarah Ward.

George & Harriet Ward in Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

George & Harriet Ward in Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

11. Harriet Jones Ward 1846 to 1928. This is George Ward’s wife. In addition there is a Joanna Furey Gill on the same tombstone.

12. Hopper Ward 1854 to 1930 his wife is Sarah M. Fitzgerald

13. John F.J. Ward 1883 to 1964 his wife is Eliza P. Luckins

14. John H. Ward 1865 to 1936

15. M. Esther McDonald Ward 1886-1947

16. Mary Isabel Ward 1931 to unknown

17. Olive Louise Ward, ? to 1905 is daughter of Hopper and Sarah.

18. Rachel Brown Ward 1856 to 1936 wife of Richard Ward

19. Sarah Ann Ward 1874 to 1890

20. Sarah M. Fitzgerald Ward 1858 to 1949

There may be more that I have added with different surnames but this is the Ward section.

The cemetery is very large but the Strathroy Public Library has a cemetery transcription book with maps to assist you if you need to find someone.  I do not know how all these Wards fit together so if you know who they are please leave a comment at the end of this post.  The other option is for you to go to Find A Grave and target the stone you are interested in and find my name at the bottom in the Created by link and leave me a message.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | January 16, 2015

Benjamin Ward’s Estate, Middlesex Co., Ontario 1873…

When I was in Salt Lake City at the British Institute, last October 2014, I found a Surrogate Court Estate file for Benjamin Ward and was surprised to find it for I was having trouble locating documents and sources on Benjamin and his wife Sarah.  I am trying to prove they are my 2nd great grandparents and the parents of Emma Ward Brown, my great-grandmother.

Included in the Estate was Benjamin’s Last Will and Testament.

Copy of the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Ward late of the Township of Adelaide in the  County of Middlesex yeoman deceased.

Source:  The Estate of Benjamin Ward pg. 365 #1155 – Probate Records 1846-1900 Ontario, Middlesex Co., Surrogate Court. (FHL#0428259)

This my last Will and Testament. I Benjamin Ward of the Township of Adelaide living of sound mind but feeble in Body do Will and Bequest to my children the following property. First – I give to my son George Ward all my Real Estate – Secondly I give to my daughters Emily and Elizabeth and Sarah Ward one hundred dollars eat subject to the following conditions. First the said George Ward shall pay all my just debts and therein my daughters Emily, Elizabeth and Sarah [Elas] shall receive Fifty dollars each for two years [maten] in full three hundred dollars. The date of my daughters payments to commence from one thousand Eight hundred and seventy nine. It is also my will that my daughters Emily and Elizabeth and Sarah Elas shall have one Cow each and I constitute Samuel Mitchell and John Paine my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.  Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of on the Thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord 1874 one thousand eight hundred seventy four.  Benjamin Ward his Mark X

Witnesses James Thompson (signed) and David Thomas X his mark

The original Will of Benjamin Ward?

The original Will of Benjamin Ward?

According to my research in the census, Benjamin and Sarah had about 11 children maybe 12 but in this Will above he mentions only four children, so what happened to the rest of them?

It is believed the Sarah, the mother’s maiden name was Paine/Payne.

Those children were found and listed in the 1851 and 1861 Census.

1. Joseph born about 1836

2.  Vere Ward born about 1836.  I found Vere in the 1861 census working as a domestic for George B. Knoyle a Merchant. She is listed as Wesleyan Methodist.

3.  William Ward born about 1839

4.  Charles Ward Born about 1839 to 1857 and he is buried in the Fourth Line Cemetery.

5.  Esther Ward 1841

6.  Daniel Ward 1843

7. Sabena/Rebina 1845

8.  George Ward 1849 to 1838 and he married Harriet Jones 1845 to 1928 and they are both buried in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery.

9.  Emma/Emily Ward – my great-grandmother born 1851 and died 1905. Emma/Emily has been featured in many posts on this blog with her husband Richard Brown. Her birthdate is the same in the St. Anne baptismal record I found as on her tombstone so it is probably her.

10. Sarah Ward 1852 to 1857 buried in the Fourth Line Cemetery and she appears in the baptismal records.

11.  Elizabeth Ward 1854 who married John Brodie and moved to Petrolia. She was in the St. Anne Baptismal record.

12. Sarah 1857 - I am not sure about her and wonder if she is mixed up with the Sarah I have as #10.  Or she is the Sarah in the will who looks like she married someone named [Elas].

Here is a summary of the contents of the Estate file of Benjamin Ward. FHL#0428278.

 1. Notice of Application of the goods of Probate of the will bearing the date of 31 October 1874, in receipt of.

 2. Petition of Samuel Mitchell and John Paine of the Township of Adelaide in the County of __________

Humbly showeth that Benjamin Ward Township Adelaide County of Middlesex, Farmer, deceased died on or about the first day of November in 1874 in the Township of Adelaide county of Middlesex and the said deceased at the time of his death his fixed abode was in the Township of Adelaide, County of Middlesex and the said deceased in his life time duly made his last Will and Testament on the thirty first day of October 1874. That your petitioners are the Executors named in the said will.  That the value of personal estate and effects if $500.00. That the probate be granted to them this fourteeth day of December 1874, Signed Samuel Mitchell and John Paine. 

  1. Affidavit of the Witness David Thomas in witnessing the will of Benjamin Ward. 14 December 1874.
  1. Handwritten copy of the will of Benjamin Ward
  1. General Description of Property – Household $40, Farming implements $40, Horses $150, Horned cattle $140, Sheep and swine $100, Farm produce $30, total $500. Signed by Samuel Mitchell in Strathroy Dec 6, 1874.
  1. Handwritten affidavit of John Paine – Promises to pay debts and follow the will’s requirements as Executor – signed by him 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. Handwritten affidavit of Samuel Mitchell – As Executor will follow the Wills requirements. Signed 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. David Thomas – Affidavit of knowing Benjamin Ward and witnesses his Will and Testament and James Thompson did mark and subscribe their names 14 Day December 1874.
  1. Affidavit of Samuel Mitchell saying he will follow the will. 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. Granting of the Petition to probate the Will, 29 day of December 1874.

The only thing missing is the description of the land that he gave to his son George Ward.

 

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | January 2, 2015

Benjamin Ward’s Death…1874

Obituaries are not real strong in the newspapers for Ontario in 1874.  If you get more than a line in the newspaper you are doing well.  Unfortunately, Benjamin’s obituary was very brief and extremely difficult to read in the newspaper.

Strathroy Age Index

Strathroy Age Index

At the Strathroy Public Library, there are binders with indexes of the local newspaper.  I am impressed it is a monumental job but so helpful.  Once you find the name in the index you then go to the microfilm of the newspaper and seek your newspaper article.  In my travels in September 2014 I saw a lot of this indexing going on in various archives for newspapers and more.

On the page for the Wards I found a nice list:  names, type, place, S_A, date and page. There were about 26 Ward surnames listed.  I did not find Sarah, his wife, in the list.

Ward, Benjamin, death,  Adelaide, 86, Nov. 6, 1874, page 8

I then pulled the microfilm and here is the announcement of the death of Benjamin Ward.  It is right above the line and title.  It reads:  In Adelaide on the 1st ____, Benjamin Ward aged 86  died or something like that.  I really tried to get a good clean photo but the film was fuzzy.

Benjamin Wards Death

Benjamin Wards Death

About a month later I was in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library and I was able to look at the Surrogate Court Records for Middlesex County and I was blown away.  I found a will and a case file for Benjamin Ward.  I was so surprised.  He was not the only Ward listed so I took pictures of at least the wills for the others I found with the Ward surname, I only went up to 1873.  I do not know if they are related to Benjamin.

Source: Probate Court, 1846-1900 Middlesex Co., Ontario (R.G. 22, Series 6-1) R126. Index FHL#428256. 

1. 1846 No. 44, Ward, Charles Register A-109 FHL#428527 Probate Books

2. 1864 No. 343 Ward, Hyland, D-186, FHL#428258 Probate Books

Notes:  This will is very detailed with up to eight bequests. It is very difficult to read:  Will dated 18 June 1862, Twp. of Lobo, died 13 March 1864,  Appoint son-in-law Donald J. McArthur Executor and wife Hannah Ward Executrix. Son [Jameson] Ward gives 100 acres of land. Son Hiriam Ward 80 acres in Lobo Twp.  Son Judson coming of age 21 years. Son William Ward real estate in the State of Iowa 80 acres and he goes on for a while.  Gives to said Executrix the lot in Number 1 in Block B in the Village of [Romotha] and land to be equally divided between his sons George and Judson Ward. Executrix also gets his personal possessions.  Mentions daughters Mary [Elwilly] sum of two hundred dollars. Daughter Catherine Jane the sum of two hundred dollars. Daughter Hannah Ann sum of one hundred dollars. Daughter Prudence Ann sum of two hundred dollars. Walter Ward the sum of one thousand dollars.  Witnessed by John Moffath and Wm. Barnum. Signed by Hyland Ward, a true copy.

3. 1872 No. 820, Ward, George Gay, Register E-269, FHL#428258 Probate Books

Notes:  The Will of George Gay Ward is very complicated:  9 March 1872, late of the township of Mosa, died about the 19th of December 1872.  Appoints his beloved wife Margaret Ward his Executrix and John McLean of the town of St. Thomas in the County of Elgin Bannister at law my Executor of my last will and guardian of my several infant children.  He gives his household items to his wife Margaret and arranges for her care and care of his children but he does not name them. Witnesses: Malcolm G. Monro and Martha Monro, 11th day of November, 1873.

4. 1872 No. 896 Ward, Michael Admin, A-33, FHL Check Index #428256? Probably #428527

5. 1873 No. 1026 Ward, Judson D. E-688, FHL#428258, Probate Books

Note:  This will is also very complicated and the handwritting was difficult to understand. It looks like he might be Hyland’s son: The Estate of Judson Davis [Adniram] Ward, 3 December 1873 late of town of Strathroy who died on or about the 13 November 1873. Wife Agney and two children Ida Ward and Bynon Herbert Ward. Divide real and person property between wife and children. Executor is Donald J. McArthur and William [Buanam] both of Township of Lobo. Witnesses are John Cameron of the Town of Strathroy and Truman H. Ward of the Township of Lobo.

6. 1873 No. 1155, Ward, Benjamin F-345 Probate Books FHL#428278 and Probate papers FHL#428278.  I will share the estate of Benjamin in the next post. 

7. 1873 No. 1223, Ward, John F-309, FHL#428278 Probate Books. I am not sure this is name is Ward. In reading the Will it looks more like Wark or Wirk.

If you are interested in any of these wills, I do have copies which are hard to read but you can give it a try, so leave me a comment and I will contact you.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | December 19, 2014

Benjamin and Sarah Ward, Seeking their Burial…

Much to my frustration, I was unable to locate a grave or burial records for Benjamin and Sarah Ward.  If you know me, you know how much I love cemeteries and that means visiting them, recording tombstones and learning who is buried there.

The Strathroy-Caradoc Historical Society in Strathroy was very helpful.  The director kindly sent me copies of the cemetery publication for the 4th Line Methodist Cemetery outside of Strathroy.  It is also called Zion.

This cemetery is on Find A Grave under Mount Zion Fourth Line:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2313646&CScn=Fourth+Line&CScntry=10&

There are only 29 burials listed but there are many more graves in this cemetery. There has been a lot of neglect and the stones are laid on the ground around a mound in the middle.  At least they are not stacked like so you can’t read them.  I have added about 10 tombstone pictures to Find A Grave from my short visit to this cemetery which is west of Strathroy on Hwy 39 on the southeast corner of Eastman.  Someone had already done several of my Wards and those pictures are in better than mine, but the stones are very worn and difficult to read.  You can see evidence of repair work on several of the stones.

Unfortunately, there is no tombstone for Benjamin nor one for Sarah Ward.  There are several references to them as parents on two of the tombstones Zion Fourth Line: Sarah and Charles Ward. Here are my photos of these tombstones. The Find A Grave might be easier to read?

Sarah Ward dau of Benj & Sarah.

Sarah Ward dau of Benj & Sarah.

Charles Ward son of Benj & Sarah.

Charles Ward son of Benj & Sarah.

Ann Ward wife of Samuel Ward is buried in this Zion Fourth Line Cemetery and I suspect that Samuel is a brother to Benjamin Ward. It means there might be twins in this family for they are the same age according to the 1851 Canadian census, see my last post of my census study for Benjamin and Sarah Ward.

Here is a stone about a Charles Ward who died in 1846, who is this Thomas and what is his relationship to Benjamin and even Samuel?

Charles Ward died 1846 no age - Native of Oxfordshire.

Charles Ward died 1846 no age – Native of Oxfordshire.

There are also Paines buried in this cemetery and I believe that Sarah’s maiden name was Payne/Paine.

SOURCE:  4th Line Cemetery, (Mt. Zion, Old Methodist), Adelaide Twp., Original recording by Mrs. Cliff Wardell for the Adelaide Twp. Women’s Institute, Second Recording: Bill Robb. FHL#Microfiche 6050592.  Another publication is at the Strathroy Public Library in Strathroy with their cemetery collection.

I searched as many of the Middlesex cemetery publications that I found in the London-Middlesex Genealogical Society and Strathroy Library as possible on my trip and was unable to find Benjamin and Sarah Ward listed but I did find many Ward names especially in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery which is south of the town on Metcalfe St.

I have added those Ward surname tombstones to the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery that I was able to take photos of on my visit there in September 2014 to Find A Grave. How they are related to me I do not know except for possibility one stone that of George Ward.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=Ward&GSiman=1&GScid=2223210&CRid=2223210&pt=Strathroy%20Municipal%20Cemetery&

I am thinking that George Ward born 1849 and died 1938 is a son of Benjamin and Sarah (Payne) Ward?

George & Harriet Ward, Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

George & Harriet Ward, Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

NOTE:  Canadian is slowly contributing to Find A Grave.  I use it a lot for the United States.  To find more stones and cemeteries in Canada go to the Canadian GraveMarker Gallery, the OFCA, the Canadian Headstone Project and the Canadian GenWeb.org Cemetery Project. There are also individual cemetery projects for various areas so run a search such as Hastings County.  See the right side panel of this blog for links to a variety of sources for cemetery searching online.  Always remember to try for a publication of the cemetery at either the local genealogical society or public library, the older date of publication the better.  The reason is you might not be able to read the stone in the cemetery and you need to know who else is in the cemetery that might be related.
Posted by: BJ MacDonald | November 28, 2014

Benjamin and Sarah Ward a Census Study…

Benjamin Ward and Sarah appear in the 1851 Canadian Census in Middlesex. I shared this transcription in the last post but repeat it here so we can examine these sources and compare them to other census years.

Line 16 Benjamin Ward, Farmer, Born England, Episcopalian, X out of the limits, age 40, Male.
Sarah Ward, born England, Episcopalian, age 33, female.
Joseph Ward, Labourer, born Canada, age 15, male.
Vere Ward, born Canada, age 15, female.
Charles Ward, labourer,born Canada, age 13, male.
William Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 12, male.
Esther Ward, born Canada, age 10, female.
Daniel Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 8, male.
Sabena Ward, born Canada, age 6, female.
George Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 3, male.
Emily Ward, born Canada, age 1, female. All Episcopalian.

Line 27 Samuel Ward, Farmer, England, no religion, age 40, male, residence out of  limits. 
Ann Ward, born England, W. Methodist, age 36, female.
Phoebe Ann Ward, born Canada, age 17, female.
Alfred Ward, labourer, born Canada, 15, male.
Henrietta Ward, born Canada, 13, female.
Albert Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 11, male.
Caleb Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 8, male.
Andrew Thos Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 7, male.
Reima Ward, born Canada, age 5, female.
Abse Elinda Ward, born Canada, age 3, female.
Moses Cole Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 1, male

Children listed as W. Methodist. 

Source:  1851 Canadian Census, Benjamin and Samuel Ward Family, Canada West, Adelaide Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario, DN#23, SD#216, Enumerated by John A. Scoon, page 9/5?

We see an Emily Ward age 1 with Benjamin and Sarah.  Under Samuel and Ann we see Phebe and I found both of their baptisms in the St. Anne’s registers and wrote about them in the last post.

I am suspecting that Samuel and Benjamin may be brothers; however, if you note their ages you see they are both 40 years old. Does this mean we have twins in the family?

1851 Agricultural Canadian Census also features Benjamin and Samuel Ward.

Line 33 Benjamin Ward Concession Range:485 or 4 & 5

  • Lot or part of lot, 1 W 1/4 – 18W1/4 17, 8 1/2 17,
  • No. of Acres of Land: 300,
  • Under Cultivation: 70,
  • Under Crops in 1851: 38.5
  • Under pasture in 1851: 27.5,
  • Under wood or wild: 230,
  • Acres in Wheat: 22,
  • Produce bushels: 280

Line 34 Samuel Ward, Concession Range: 485 or 4 & 5

  • Lot or part of lot: 8 1/2 17?, ___ 18,
  • No. of Acres of Land: 170
  • Under Cultivation: 38
  • Under Crops in 1851: 30
  • Under Pasture in 1851: 8
  • Wood or Wild: 132
  • Acres in Wheat: 16
  • Produce bushels: 200

Source: 1851 Census of Canada East, West, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia, D#23, SD: Adelaide, SD#216, Agricultural Schedule. 

In 1861 things get confusing.  We have an entry for the children of Benjamin and Sarah Ward, if you compare this to 1851.

Line 40 Joseph Ward farmer, Canada West, C of England, 23, Wm. Ward Laborer, C of W, C of E, 21. Daniel Ward, Laborer, C of W, C of E, 17, George Ward, Laborer, C of W, C of E, 12, Esther Ward, C of W, C of E, 19, Rebina Ward, C of W, C of E, 15, Emily Ward, C of W, C of E, 10, Elizabeth Ward, C of W, C of E, 6, Sarah Ward, C of W, C of E, 4.

Source: 1861 Canadian Census, St. George Ward, Adelaide, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1049-1050, page 16. 

Benjamin Ward appears on the next page and it is statistical.

Line 31, Benjamin Ward, farmer, England, Ch of England, age 54, Male 1, Single S, Males 3, females 4, to school 3, log, stories 1 and families 2

Source: 1861 Census of Canada, St. George Ward, Adelaide, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1049-1050, page 17. 

Benjamin also appears in the 1861 Agricultural Census for Canada.

Line 12 Benjamin Ward, Con/Range 4, Lot S17, Total by Person 197, under cultivation, 46, under crops 1860 30, under pasture 19, under orchard/garden 2, under wood or wild, 151, cash value 4000, cash value farming implements 100, Spring wheat 16, bushels 300, Peas 6, 120, oats 7, 210, Indian corn 1, 25, potatoes 1/2, turnips 60, Hay 6.

Source: 1861 Canadian Agricultural Census, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1051, page 115. 

Samuel Ward looks like he moved to Lambton Co., Euphemia Twp. and was there by 1861 and he is widowed.  He is also there in 1871 under Bothwell District.

Line 23, Samuel Ward, Farmer born England, 49, widowed, frame, 2,1. Alfred Ward, Laborer, 24. Albert Ward, Laborer, 20. Caleb Ward, Laborer, 18. Reim Ward, 14, female. Epsielinda Ward, 12, female. Moses C. Ward, 10. All the children were born in UC and are W. M. The last three are in school. 

Source: 1861 Census of Canada, Euphemia, Lambton, Canada West, C-1040-1041, page 23. 

The 1871 Census presents the Benjamin Ward family with four children:

Line 1, 92, 96 Ward, Benjamin, W, 65 — born in England, C of E. England, Farmer, Widowed,
Ward, George, M, 21, born Ontario, C of E., England, Farmer, S (looks crossed off)
Ward, Emily, F, 19, born Ontario, C of E.
Ward, Betsie, F, 15, born Ontario, C of E. going to school
Ward, Sarah, F, 15, Born Ontario, C of E, going to school.

Source:  1871 Census of Canada, Middlesex North, D#08, Div #02, SD: Adelaide, SD# a, page 23. 

Notice that the two girls Betsie and Sarah are the same age again the possibility of twins emerges.

Benjamin Ward died Nov. 6, 1874 in Adelaide according to the Strathroy Age newspaper.  There is no mention of Sarah in the newspaper index and she is not listed in the 1861 census information above.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | November 15, 2014

Benjamin and Sarah Ward, 2nd Greats

Nominal Index of Anglican Records for Adelaide

Nominal Index of Anglican Records for Adelaide

On my trip to Ontario in September, I traveled to London and Strathroy, Middlesex County, Ontario in search of confirmation that Benjamin and Sarah Ward were my great grandparents.  My great-grandmother Emma Ward Brown’s marriage record to Richard Brown stated she was born in Strathroy.

In my post on this blog dated August 7, 2010 I wrote about Richard and Emma marriage:  “Richard and Emma Marry!”

In another post dated July 27, 2010 “Richard Brown Finds Emma Ward,” I wrote about Richard Brown and an Emily Ward being listed in the 1871 Petrolia, Lambton Co., Ontario Canadian Census. I thought this is how they met.  This might not be a correct theory? Wards had settled in both Lambton and Middlesex Counties.

I have driven from Strathroy to Petrolia and it is about 45 minutes by car.  Could Emily have been enumerated twice? Her sister Elizabeth married in 1878 in Petrolia, her father Benjamin died 6 Nov. 1874 in Adelaide.  She marries Richard in January 1874 in Port Huron in Michigan which is next door to Sarnia.  The railroad went from Sarna to London, Ontario and went through Strathroy, not Adelaide.

There are actually several Emily’s, two in Petrolia (Lambton Co.) and one in Adelaide in the 1871 Census.  So which one is she?

1.  Emily Ward Boyce F age 6 under William Boyce in Petrolia.  With him is Percy, Clarice, Ellen, Elizabeth, Maria and little Emily Ward. He is a hotel keeper.

2.  Emily Ward F, age 21 two lines down in Petrolia.  This means she was born in 1850 in Ontario which does not agree with the birth date we have of 1851.  Richard is on page 36 and this older Emily is page 32 in Petrolia. She is listed as a servant.

The problem is we find an Emily at home with her father in 1871.

3.  Benjamin Ward Family in 1871 Canadian Census, Adelaide Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario.

Line 1, 92, 96 Ward, Benjamin, W, 65 — born in England, C of E. England, Farmer, Widowed,
Ward, George, M, 21, born Ontario, C of E., England, Farmer, S (looks crossed off)
Ward, Emily, F, 19, born Ontario, C of E.
Ward, Betsie, F, 15, born Ontario, C of E. going to school
Ward, Sarah, F, 15, Born Ontario, C of E, going to school.

Source:  Benjamin Ward Family, 1871 Canadian Census, 8 North Middlesex, Adelaide Division No.2, page 23.  This Emily is a little closer to our date.

Going back in time, I looked at the 1851 Canadian Census for Wards who may be living in the area and the mostly like candidates were Benjamin and Sarah Ward.

Line 16 Benjamin Ward, Farmer, Born England, Episcopalian, X out of the limits, age 40, Male.

Sarah Ward, born England, Episcopalian, age 33, female.
Joseph Ward, Labourer, born Canada, age 15, male.
Vere Ward, born Canada, age 15, female.
Charles Ward, labourer,born Canada, age 13, male.
William Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 12, male.
Esther Ward, born Canada, age 10, female.
Daniel Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 8, male.
Sabena Ward, born Canada, age 6, female.
George Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 3, male.
Emily Ward, born Canada, age 1, female. All Episcopalian.

Several lines down is a Samuel Ward.

Line 27 Samuel Ward, Farmer, England, no religion, age 40, male.
Ann Ward, born England, W. Methodist, age 36, female.
Phoebe Ann Ward, born Canada, age 17, female.
Alfred Ward, labourer, born Canada, 15, male.
Henrietta Ward, born Canada, 13, female.
Albert Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 11, male.
Caleb Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 8, male.
Andrew Thos Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 7, male.
Reima Ward, born Canada, age 5, female.
Abse Elinda Ward, born Canada, age 3, female.
Moses Cole Ward, labourer, born Canada, age 1, male

Source:  Benjamin Ward Family and Samuel Ward Family, 1851 Canadian Census, Adelaide Twp., Middlesex Co., Canadian West Census. DN#23, SubDistrict #216. 

So what is the relationship between Benjamin and Samuel?  Are they brothers? There ages or both 40 years. This might imply twins or maybe the ages are incorrect?

I refer you to the 1871 Census above two of the girls are the same age under Benjamin Ward?  At this time I do not know the relationship between Samuel and Benjamin.

There is a tombstone in the 4th Line Cemetery in Strathroy for Ann as wife of Samuel. This stone is near other Ward stones.  If you look below at the books I have listed at the end of this post, you will see that we have the word BROS after Benjamin’s name in the Adelaide Twp. book under indigent settlers.

The Emily Ward born in Canada, age 1, female and Episocopalian fits the description of Emily/Emma Ward.

On my recent trip in September 2014 to Canada, I stopped at the Diocese of Huron (On the Huron Campus) in London, Ontario and searched the records for a birth/baptism of Emma.

Source: Registry of the Marriages, Baptisms, Burials in the Township of Adelaide 1833, St. Anne Anglican Church, Bay 2, Shelf 40, Box 24705, Diocese of Huron, London, Ontario.  This was from original registers.

Two pages: Emily, Parents Benjamin & Sarah Ward, Farmer, Adelaide, 4th Concession South, Date of Birth: 13 March, 1851, Date of Baptism: 28th Jany, Sponsors Benjamin Ward, Veah Ward, Sarah Ward, by A. Mortensen.  (Probably 1852 for the baptism hard to read)

Sarah, Parents Benj’n and Sarah Ward, Farmer, Adelaide 4th Concession South, born 11 Feby, 1851 (maybe 52, D of Baptism 13th March, Sponsors Parents, by A. Mortensen.

Elizabeth, Parents Benjamin & Sarah Ward, Farmer, Adelaide 4th Concession South, 19 April 1954 1854 baptism 10th June, Sponsors Parents, by A. Mortensen.

1836
Phebe Anne Daughter of Samuel Ward and Anne Holden Adelaide, born September 4, 1835, baptized July 10, 1836 by D.E. Blake.

Esther, Parents Charles and Sarah Ward farmer, born 23 October 1842, baptized 9th July, Sponsors Rebecca Adamson, Sarah Ward and John Elson, D.E. Blake/Black Bay 3, Shelf 71, Box 130. Parish Register 1873 to 1905. Preg 687, 2006-16-04, 21018

The above original register of St. Anne records are the ones I found in my search at the Diocese.

The date of 13 March 1851 is on the tombstone of my Emma Ward Brown in Winnipeg reads:

 EMMA WARD / wife of Richard BROWN / born Mar. 13, 1851 / died Apr. 20, 1905 

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

There is an index that I found at the London Room of the London Public Library on my visit there in September 2014.

Source:  Nominal Index to the Anglican Register of Baptism, Confirmations, Marriages and burials for Adelaide, Upper Canada/Canada West/Ontario 1833 to 1884, Compiled by Charles Addington between 1981-1988.  This is a compiled and typewritten index.

Apparently I missed a lot of Wards.  I was not familiar with this booklet before I visited the Diocese of Huron, I wish I had this with me.

Baptisms

  • Ward (Payne), Charles 9 Feb 1840 page 33
  • Ward, Daniel [?], 28 Mar 1847, page 74/75
  • Ward, Eleanor Jane, 12 July 1863, page 242/243
  • Ward, Elizabeth, 10 June 1855, page 198/199
  • Ward, Emily, 28 Jan 1852, page 178/179
  • Ward, Esther, 9 July 1843, page 44/45
  • Ward, George, 2 Sept 1849 page 90/91
  • Ward, James McKeachen[?], 3 Sept 1854, page 192/193
  • Ward (Paine), Joseph, 12 Feb 1838, page 29
  • Ward, Joseph John, 12 July 1863, page 242/243
  • Ward (Paine), Leah [?], 12 Feb 1838, pg. 27
  • Ward, Sabina, 28 Mar 1847, page 74/75
  • Ward, Sarah, 13 Mar 1853, page 186/187

Marriages

  • Ward, Charles & Sarah Paine [?], 20 Feb 1837, page 3
  • Ward, Joseph & Honoria Frost, 20 Oct 1833, page 1

At the Strathroy Public Library I found the following titles about Adelaide Township. I shared a post about my visit there in September 2014 on this blog.

1.  Adelaide Township, A History, compiled by the Adelaide Township Heritage Group, August 2001. On page 442 it has a great article with pictures of the St. Anne Anglican Church in Adelaide. This has a list on page 24: Location of Indigent Settlers in Adelaide Township and it is three columns and a whole page of names. It did not give a date or I missed it.

Last column: Benjamin Ward Bros. 24, 2S

2.  Strathroy Stories, The Early Years, Edited and compiled by Bill Groot, A Strathroy & District Historical Society Publication.  Unfortunately it just mentions the surname Ward in the pages but no details, only that they were in the township about 1832.

3. A History of St. Ann’s Church and Adelaide, by Dora Aitken.  This is a very good and has the history of St. Anne’s Church, Early Settlement, Adelaide Village,  and Other Communities are some of the chapter titles.

After having visited the area, I came to the conclusion that Benjamin and Sarah Ward probably lived closer to Adelaide than Strathroy. I did not go and visit the area of Adelaide, my time was at a premium and I wanted to see the cemeteries in the area before I left.

It looks lovely, St. Anne’s Anglican Church (not the original): http://stannanglican.50webs.com/

These are all interesting piece of information and it looks like Emily/Emma is probably my great-grandmother and daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Ward. As I have studied Emma/Emily, I have seen the name be changed from Emily to Emma in the other census and I found that confusing.  In genealogy you always have to remain open to the pieces of information that come your way and keep digging till you feel you have a good case.

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | October 31, 2014

British Institute and Salt Lake City….

Temple square sparkles

Temple square sparkles

It is now a week later and I have been back and busy getting myself caught up.  My week in Salt Lake City went well.  The Scottish Class I took at the British Institute was a good class to follow the English records from last year.  Now all I need is to learn Irish genealogical research but I have decided to do that on my own by reading and studying how to books:  http://www.isbgfh.org/

My teacher was Paul Milner and he was very good, knowledgeable.  He specializes in English and Scottish genealogical research. He also has a blog where he writes about sources: http://www.milnergenealogy.com/

Here are some photos of the Family History Library, British Isles floor B2.

British Isles Floor B2

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 Thru the hotel window sunset in Salt Lake City

Thru the hotel window sunset in Salt Lake City

 

Posted by: BJ MacDonald | October 13, 2014

Genealogical Education: The British Institute courses 2014

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2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.  http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

I started to build on my Boardman and McMurray/Jackson family lines on my mother’s side and I posted my findings on this blog.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City.  I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.  So I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014 about my findings in Ontario and more.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.  https://familysearch.org/search  I do know of people who go there even more than six times.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years.  I was amazed.  Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better and sometimes more complicated.

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.

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