Eric Ward

26 June 1908–26 November 2003 (Age 95)
Cramlington, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Eric

When Eric Ward was born on 26 June 1908, in Cramlington, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, Frank Cartwright Thompson Ward, was 22 and his mother, Margaret Ann Clark, was 26. He married Margaret Gertrude Bates on 16 November 1928, in High River, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Canada in 1924. He died on 26 November 2003, in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Eric Ward
Margaret Gertrude Bates
Marriage: 16 November 1928
Dennis Eric Ward
Marguerite Dalphine Ward
Frederic Clark Ward

Spouse and Children

16 November 1928
High River, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


    Dennis Eric Ward



    Frederic Clark Ward


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1909 · Rainbow Bridge is Discovered

Age 1

Until 1909, this natural wonder was not known to the outside world. Two separate exploration parties – one headed by University of Utah Dean Byron Cummings, and another by government surveyor, W.B. Douglass – began searching for the legendary span. Eventually, they combined efforts. Paiute guides Nasja Begay and Jim Mike led an exploration party in the south east corner of Utah, along with trader and explorer John Wetherill. Coming down what is now Bridge Canyon, the party saw Rainbow Bridge for the first time. The next year, President Taft proclaimed the newly found structure a National Monument. Theodore Roosevelt and Zane Grey were among the first visitors to see the Monument. The trail they took is no longer passable for horses but is now a trailhead for hikers that want to visit the bridge. Rainbow Bridge receives thousands of visitors each year but, the National Park Service asks visitors to be respectful of its significance to the people who have long held Rainbow Bridge sacred.
1933 · Sons of Utah Pioneers

Age 25

Like the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers is an organization dedicated to preserving the legacy and studying the history of the Latter-day Saints Pioneers of Utah and the West. The organization is open to All good men of every age and circumstance who have an interest in the early Utah Pioneers. It is not necessary to have pioneer ancestry to join.

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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Story Highlight

Frederic Clark Ward

Frederic was a much loved baby. The day after Christmas (Boxing Day) his family went to visit relatives. Upon returning home in the evening he was put to bed, seemingly fine. Early in the morning …

Sources (3)

  • Eric Ward, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Eric Ward, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Eric Ward in entry for Margaret G Ward, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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