Nancy Ward

22 February 1857–16 December 1937 (Age 80)
Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Nancy

When Nancy Ward was born on 22 February 1857, in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Abraham Ward, was 43 and her mother, Jane Frances Woodcock, was 40. She married James Cleworth on 25 December 1882. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. She died on 16 December 1937, in Wigan, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

James Cleworth
Nancy Ward
Marriage: 25 December 1882
Jess Cleworth

Spouse and Children

25 December 1882
St. Thomas, Ashton-in-Mackerfield, Lancashire, England


Parents and Siblings






    Mary Ward


    Abraham Ward Jr


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1858 · Halle Orchestra Give First Performance

Age 1

The Hallé Orchestra named after Charles Hallé became a permanent orchestra when they played for the first time on January 30, 1858, in the Free Trade Hall. The orchestra fell on hard times in 1861 and performed only two concerts. From 1899-1911 Hans Richter directed the orchestra.
1859 · Lancashire Rifle Volunteers

Age 2

The Lancashire Rifle Volunteers started in the eighteenth century. Those that fought in the militia were selected by ballot. They were formed because of threat due to the Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War.
1881 · Manchester Regiment Formed

Age 24

On July 1, 1881, the Manchester Regiment, a line infantry regiment, was formed and activated. It stayed active until September 1, 1958.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).2 Irish: reduced form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.3 Surname adopted by bearers of the Jewish surname Warshawski, Warshawsky or some other Jewish name bearing some similarity to the English name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Nancy Ward in household of Abraham Ward, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • Mary Unsworth in household of James Unsworth, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • Nancy Ward in household of Abraham S Ward, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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