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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.

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.


  • 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


  • 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):

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.


Ontario Wanderings: The London Middlesex County Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society

The other genealogical research option for London, Ontario is the London Middlesex County Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

When they tell you they are in the Coach House behind the Grosvenor Lodge they are not kidding.   I had passed this lodge when I headed south from the Huron University College to my hotel on Wellington Street so I had sort of an idea where it was located.  The lady at the London Room knew where it was and confirmed my suspicions.  I warn you that GPS cannot handle it so you might want to call to make sure you know how to get to this research center.  Google Earth couldn’t pin it down either.

London Middlesex Chapter OGS

London Middlesex Chapter OGS

The Grosvenor Lodge has an entrance on Western Avenue but it is on the west side of the street and it is around a corner on a two lane highway.  I was not sure I could chance turning left as I was coming north on Western, so I went up the street to the next block turned left and did a u-turn and got back on Western Avenue this time going south and was able to turn right into the driveway which is flanked by two pillars.  It is a little tight so go slowly.

Grosvenor Lodge

Grosvenor Lodge

You follow the road put don’t park yet and go around the front of the Grosvenor Lodge which is facing south. Follow the little road pass the front of the lodge and once you do you will spot the Carriage House in the back area.  There is plenty of parking.

It is truly a Carriage House and it is the big doors on the left, the right one, that you approach to open and you enter this small area where the London Middlesex Chapter is located.

Carriage House

Carriage House

I was greeted by the volunteer who was all by herself.  I told her about my interest in Wards and Boardmans and she pulled a few things but pretty much left me to explore on my own. It is not very big this room but it is packed with books and binders.

London Middlesex Chapter OGS

London Middlesex Chapter OGS

Someone in this group has done a tremendous amount of indexing of obituary notices from the local papers.  They did not go back far enough for me but the volunteer told me that I needed to look at the Strathroy papers and I told her I would be doing just that.  They also have a Pioneer binder series which was a collection of names and families of the earlier years. One bookshelf was devoted to Loyalist books and information and I would call it a small collection but worth looking through.  There is more of course to explore.

Stacks at the London Middlesex Branch of OGS

Stacks at the London Middlesex Branch of OGS

I am a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society which is the main society for this province and it is composed of chapters which are located throughout the province. The main OGS website is filled with many interesting treasures but here is the link to the chapters.

I encourage you to support the local chapters.  In the OGS online newsletter there was an appeal asking for support of one of the chapters that was on the brink of going inactive just recently.  I do not remember which one but the point is we need to get out and share our time and energy.

As you can see my pictures are fuzzy because it had started to rain and I was in for a nasty storm on my way to Strathroy…sigh!

Ontario Wanderings: The London Public Library in London, Ontario

The next day I was going to the London Public Library.

Sorry but this is in London, Ontario that I am talking about.  I wanted to see their London Room at the main library.  They also have a river there in London that they named the Thames and I crossed it several times.

Wellington Avenue is a good street to pick to make your way into the downtown area of London, Ontario.   I followed this street without incident and turned on Dundas and parked right on the street across from the library.  It was great.  It only allowed two hours but I figured I could come out and add more.   There is parking around back of the library, or south of it, if you want.  I was content with the street parking because I got to enjoy the flavor of the London and Dundas Street.

I entered the library into a large hallway that took me around to the entrance to the library.  The London Room is on the top floor.  This library is very open and airy.

Dundas Street

Dundas Street


The London Public Library, Ontario

The London Public Library, Ontario

The London Room

The London Room

The London Room in the London Public Library has book stacks to wander among, microfilm room and so much more that my couple of hours there went too fast.  I was very happy and realized that I should have put more time into my itinerary for this genealogical treasurer.

Unfortunately, I got diverted and was looking at books I probably should not have but that is the way of it when you find a research location like this.  Enjoy.

The Boardman’s of Lancashire, England

In October 2013, I took a trip to Salt Lake City to attend the British Isles Research Institute. The link shows you the new 2014 class list.  I took the class: “Pre-1850 English Records,” for the 2013 series.   I was there a week and took the time to do research at the Family History Library on the Boardman Family.

In the post dated December 12, 2012, New Info:  Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers! I wrote about finding an 1851 English Census that was very burned but it was still enough to feature my family.  I learned that Thomas Boardman was an older brother to my great-grandfather Edmund Boardman.  Thomas Boardman kept appearing in records in New Brunswick and I knew there was some connection.

Their father was Edmund Boardman and the mother was probably Zelia, although her first name is not clear.  I had finally jumped the pond (Atlantic Ocean) to England. My mother, Marjorie, was correct they did come from Lancashire, England.

I am going to share with you what I have found, but, please understand that this is the beginning of the research in England and it all needs to be verified with original records and more.

Here is an abstract of the 1851 Census for England and Wales:

19th Century Districts

19th Century Districts

Edward Boardman, 42, Tycha Boardman 35, Thomas Boardman 16, Edmund Boardman 3, Elizabeth Ment (servant) 22.  Oldham, Lancashire, England (Oldham Below Town) St. Mary’s parish, ED 1h, House sched #42.  Image 785

Based on my research at the Family History Library and at Ancestry, I have come up with the following children that might be members of this family.  The 13 years difference between Thomas and Edmund means there probably were more children in between and possibly after.

Edmund Boardman, 2nd great-grandfather, was possibly born in about 1811 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England and his wife Tycha (Zelia) possibly born in 1816 in Rochdale.

Second great-grandmother “Tycha” Boardman is a problem because I have found several possible variations in the spelling of her name:  Ozela, Ezilia, Nelia, Zela, Cecilia and Zelia. This is going to make it difficult to find her.  I place their marriage about 1831 give or take a few years. Now my great-grandfather and mother Edmund and Charlotte named a little girl of theirs: Ellen Zelia Alma C.  This child did not survive and is buried in the West Branch Presbyterian Cemetery in Weldford, Kent Co., New Brunswick.

The possible children are:

1.  Mary Boardman, christened 9 Sep 1832, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. Died 7 December 1835, St. Mary, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Baptism: 9 Sep 1832 St Chad, Rochdale, Lancs.
Mary Boardman – [Child] of Edmund Boardman & Ezilia
Abode: Catches
Occupation: Butcher
Baptised by: W. H. Twemlow Curate
Register: Baptisms 1832 from the Bishop’s Transcripts, Page 78, Entry 620
Source: LDS Film 1342496

2. Thomas Boardman born 27 May 1834, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, Christened 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.  Migrated to New Brunswick about 1851 and married Rebecca, had two children and then ended up in Massachusetts where I lose his trail, leaving Rebecca with his son William?

Source: Name: Thomas Boardman, Birth date: 27 May 1834, age 2, Baptism date 10 Jul 1836, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item # 3, Archive Roll 644.

a.  William T. Boardman born about Dec 1857 in Quebec. He died about 1920 in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Marshall Co. Iowa, he married Althea Sears 26 Jan 1878 in Moncton, Westmorland, New Brunswick.  Althea is buried near him b. Mar 1856 in New Brunswick, died about 1936 in Marshalltown, Marshall Co., Iowa.  They had Jennie, Bessie, Nellie, Fay L., Frank H.B.

b.  Samuel Boardman born about 1859 in New Brunswick and by 1881 he was in Lisgar, St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada and the trail goes cold.

3. John Boardman was born 10 Apr 1836 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened the same day as Thomas 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: John Boardman, Birth date: 10 Apr. 1836, age 0, Baptism date 10 Jul. 1836, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item Number 3, Archive Roll 644.

4. Samuel Boardman christened 7 Jan 1838, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Samuel Boardman, Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1838, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Nelia Boardman, Re# L48/1/3/7, Item 4, Archive Roll 644.

5. Maria Boardman born 26 Jul 1839, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened 18 Aug 1839, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, died 25 Jul 1841, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source:  Name:  Maria Boardman, Birth date:  26 Jul 1839, age 0, Baptisms Date:  18 August 1839, Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name, Ezela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/7, Item 1, Archive Roll 645.

6.  Eliza Emma Boardman christened 24 Oct 1841, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 3 Dec 1845, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Eliza Emma Boardman, Baptism Date: 24 Oct. 1841, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name Zela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item Number 2, Archive Roll. 645.

7. Cecilia Boardman christened 5 Nov 1843, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 24 Dec 1845 St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source – Name: Cecillia Boardman, Baptism Date 5 Nov. 1843, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Cecilia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item #2, Archive Roll 645.

8.  William Boardman:  The BMD as Birth 10/1851 Oct-Nov-Dec 1850.  So I need further information to confirm if he is a son of this couple.

9. Edmund Boardman born 23 May 1847, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Christened 21 Nov 1847, St. Mary’s, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Died 18 October 1908, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Source – Name: Edmund Boardman, Baptism Date 21 Nov. 1847, Parish Oldham, St. Mary, Parish as it appears Oldham, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Ozela Boardman. Parish: Oldham, St. Mary, Ref #GB127.L185/1/3/9

My search has used ages as a reference, names, location and so far only the Family History Library and Ancestry.  There is still more to do, so these children are tentative till I can prove them.

Did Edmund and Zelia (I am leaning towards this name) come to Canada, or did they stay in England?   In my previous post: “Great Grandfather Edmund Boardman and more news accounts of his death!” dated April 15, 2014, I learned that Edmund came to London, Ontario and then went to New Brunswick.

There is a 1861 Canadian census that has for London, Middlesex, Ontario  a listing as follows:

Ed. Boardman, Butcher, England, Ch. of England, age 55, 1 male, Frame, 1 story, 1 family, q. of land 18×100 ft.  L. Boardman, England, Ch. of England, age 46,Female. Ed Boardman, England, Church of England, 12, male, attended school, [Jos or Joh] Boardman 10. 

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, London, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1097-1908, page 137.

This is exciting news.  Now I can search for probate/estate, burial, land or other records to find my second great grandparents.

In searching for the older brother Thomas who would be 27 years old in 1861, I do find a Thomas in Algoma but I am not sure it is him in the 1861 Canadian Census. This man looks like he is married to an Eliza, working as a store clerk and his religion is Wesleyan Methodist.

It the 1871 Canadian Census there are two Thomas Boardmans, one is living in London, Middlesex, Ontario with Jane as his wife.  He is a butcher which is very interesting.  The one I know about is the Thomas who is living in Shediac, Westmorland, New Brunswick and his wife is Rebecca.  She could be Rebecca Jane? In the 1871 census the son is Henry for London and in Shediac there is a William and Samuel?   This implies that Thomas may have married his wife in London, Ontario.

Now I could do a page by page study of the 1861 London, Middlesex census but there are 2881 pages so I think I need to narrow things down.

At some point there was a family bible and there is family lore that Edmund had a family history, but apparently it is lost.  Charlotte my great grandmother has been implicated as the culprit, taking the bible with her from New Brunswick to Winnipeg.  My family does not have this information, if we did, I think they would have preserved it.  Wouldn’t that be great if it was found?

At this point my mind is wildly speculating about the possibilities for learning more about the family in London, Ontario and more.  As usual in genealogy, you answer one question and many more pop up.  This is where I am at this time and of course, there is more to do.