Edwin James Ward

Brief Life History of Edwin James

When Edwin James Ward was born on 28 July 1842, in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Ward, was 45 and his mother, Elizabeth Taylor, was 37. He married Mary Alice Backhouse on 11 February 1864, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years and Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 9 November 1916, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Edwin James Ward
Mary Alice Backhouse
Marriage: 11 February 1864
Edwin James Ward Jr
Charles Henry Ward
Joseph Orson Ward
Mary Ellen Ward
Willard B Ward
Eliza Jane Ward
Alice Ward
Edith Ward
Eva Ward
John Franklin Ward
Cora Ward
Rebecca Grace Ward

Sources (48)

  • Edwin Ward, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Edwin Ward, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008"
  • Edwin J. Ward, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1849: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Utah, Utah, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Middle English ward ‘watchman, guard’ (Old English weard, used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).

English: occupational name from Middle English warde ‘armed guard’ (Old English weard ‘watching, guarding’), with the same meaning as 1 above.

Irish: shortened 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.

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

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Edwin James Ward By his daughter, Eva Ward Heal Edwin J. Ward was born July 28, 1842 in Nottingham, England. He spent his early boyhood days in school going to night school part of the time until …

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