John Williams Ward

16 August 1859–6 November 1933 (Age 74)
Willimantic, Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States

The Life of John Williams

When John Williams Ward was born on 16 August 1859, in Willimantic, Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, John H. Ward, was 35 and his mother, Martha Wood, was 28. He married Mary Elizabeth Metcalf in 1882, in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Chester Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900 and Mifflin Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910. He died on 6 November 1933, in Upland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lombardy Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Williams Ward
Mary Elizabeth Metcalf
Marriage: 1882
Harry Ward
Albert Ward
Lois Ward
John Ward
Graham Ward
Clarence Ward
Helen Ward

Spouse and Children

Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John H. Ward


    Martha Wood




    Mary Ward


    Catherine Ward


    Sarah Ward



    Hannah Ward


World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 4

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 22

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • John Ward, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John W Ward in household of John Ward, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Ward in household of John H Ward, "United States Census, 1880"

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