Lewis WARD Family
originally from England to France to Eastern Ontario - (Frontenac County)
March 1, 2012:
Hi I have an interesting family letter that states Lewis Ward 1794 (son of Lewis Ward unknown dates) and father of Nicholas Ward (1836 Galt,
Ontario), were descendants of a Ward that was hung along side Capt. Wm Kidd. I found that a Lord Baron Ward was the judge that presided over
the case, but have failed to make any connection. This family letter states that the Ward family held high office in parliament England in
the 1600's but fled to France near the Belgium border (Marle?), in 1646. 1690-1693 three sons came to Canada. There are 2 Lewis Wards and
Nicholas Ward. It is an interesting family letter that is attached. I have traced other lines in my tree back to the 1400's but am stuck
here. Can you help?
Ward Family History
as told by
John F. Ward
The Ward family originated in England. From "Sources of Family Names" we learn the name originated from the occupation of warden
of a village, castle or shire and subsequently was shortened to Ward. In the 1600's the Wards (our family) held high office in
parliament. After Oliver Cromwell's rise to power, because of their parliamentary connections they were forced to flee the country
in 1646. They went to France settling in a section near Belgium. We believe it was in a section known locally as Marle. They
became French nationalists and learned and spoke the French language. The family lived there for some years and prospered.
About 1690 - 1693 three sons came to Canada as officers in the French Colonial Army, and were stationed at Ste. Anne de Beaupre,
Quebec. Shortly afterwards their 3 sisters also came to Canada under the guardship of a Catholic sisterhood. The sisters married
and have been lost to search.
One brother eventually left the army and took up homesteading in the Laurentians where his descendants still live and speak French.
The second brother upon leaving the army services settled in what is now New York State, somewhere in the Catskills. In 1921 Marle
Ward of Kingston, Ontario looked up and found the oldest descendant of this French brother. He found him still residing in the
Catskills, a very active man of 100 years of age. The descendants of this second French brother have spread throughout the U.S.A.
We understand the son of this second French brother joined forces with Captain William Kidd, and when Kidd turned pirate and was eventually
captured, he was hung alongside Capt. Kidd in London, England in 1702 and two other followers. The ship he served on was the
HMS Adventure and they were executed for murder and piracy.
The third French brother remained in the army. He married and his son carried on in the army. In 1763 the English, under the
Treaty of Paris, were ceded control of Canada. The English, trying to keep peace among settlers, gave grants of land to army
officers etc. Our ancestor was given a grant of land in what is now Frontenac County, near Kingston, in Ontario. One of his sons, Lewis Ward,
was a lumberman. He built a home, a log cabin, on a rocky knoll on what is now known as the Kingston - Sharbot Lake road about
24 miles from Kingston, Ontario in 1790. I have seen this site, although all that remained of the cabin was the stone fireplace and
chimney. His son, also Lewis Ward, was my parental great grandfather. This Lewis Ward was the first Ward to leave the Catholic
faith since their French alienation, probably due to the influence of his wife. He married a woman of Holland Dutch descent by the
name of Polly Ann Woodcock.
These old ancestors are buried in the old section of Sydenham Cemetery. Also buried there is one of their sons, Edward, who died
of Typhoid fever at the age of 21. They had a family of 11 children, several of which went to New York State where their
descendants still live around Odessa and Watertown. One son, Nicholas, was my grandfather. He married Julia Ann Wright. He
bought a tract of land between Yarker and Harrowsmith in Frontenac County, Ontario. His wife died in 1899 and he died in 1915. Both are
buried in Harrowsmith Cemetery. They raised 3 children: Mary, Arthur and Elva, my father. Mary, the eldest, married Charles
Emberly and lived on one of the original land grants just west of Yarker.
The Emberly land ran from Napanee River north to Varty Lake and across the lake there was considerable acreage. The only way
to this land was by boat across the lake, other than a long walk around by road. After my aunt had been married for several
years they decided, in as much as the old home was getting quite ramshackle, they would build a new one. Uncle Charles and
his neighbour rowed across the lake one Sunday to see how the timber was on the other side for lumber for the new house. Beaching
their boat, they walked into the bush a way and saw smoke through the trees. Going on they saw it was coming from a
house. They went to the door and inquired who lived there. They learned the people had lived there for 25 years. My uncle
Charles lost all the land on the other side of the lake by squatters rights. The Emberly's had 2 children: Bert and Bernice.
Bert lived in Winnipeg, but the whereabouts of Bernice is no longer known. Mary died in 1910 followed by her husband Charles
in 1919. They are buried in Moscow Cemetery.
The oldest son, Arthur, whose full name was Arthur Adam Ward, married Hannah Carr. They farmed around Harrowsmith and
became quite affluent, retiring to Harrowsmith in 1906. They lived there until their deaths - Hannah in 1947 and Arthur in
1949, both over 90 years of age. Both are buried in the family plot in Harrowsmith Cemetery. After Arthur retired to
Harrowsmith, Ontario he ran a stage coach line out of Harrowsmith. He had a mania for being the first to have a new invention.
He had the first windmill in the country. In 1906 he equipped his home with acetylene lights generating the acetylene in
the basement. He even piped it down to the main corner in the village and installed a streetlight. He had the first car
in the country, a 1906 Ford. This boosted his stage coach business as travellers would go out of their way to stop off and
have a ride in the new contraption. This car is now on public display in Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario as part of the collection of
antique cars owned by Mr. Cest of Montreal, Quebec. Arthur was quite prosperous owning 7 farms and 20 homes in Kingston.
He had one son, Marle, named after the original home in France. Marle had no formal education but was very clever mechanically.
When he was a lad he made many miniature engines, threshing machines, boats, etc. that all worked quite well. Marle had one
daughter, Fern. Fern married John Lillis of Kingston, Ontario and they had one daugther, Thelda. Fern died in 1954. Marle's wife died
in 1959, Marle in 1963 and all are buried in the family plot in Harrowsmith Cemetery.
My father, Elva Dey Ward, was the youngest son of Nicholas Ward and was born on his father's farm July 3rd, 1872. In his
younger days he was quite musical and was an organist in several churches simultaneously. Many amusing incidents have
been told of this period of his life. On July 9th, 1899 he married Hulda Geraldine Hawley, my mother. She was born on
February 4th, 1873 in Shelby, Ontario and was a dressmaker in Yarker, Ontario at the time of her marriage. Her mother was a Smith
from Watertown, New York, U.S.A. She married a Hawley and settled near Napanee, Ontario. They had several children: Ellen, Maud,
Jennie, Hulda and Charlie. Ellen married John Fralick from Napanee, my namesake. He made a fortune in the advertising
business in Chicago, Illinois, USA. They had one son. Maude married Bert Hudson and had 2 children. Bert and Maude Hudson are buried
in Riverview Cemetery, Napanee, Ontario. Charlie married Ella May Grooms in 1905 and farmed five miles from Napanee on Highway 502 .
Charlie and Ella are buried in Riverview Cemetery, Napanee, Ontario, as is his mother, grandmother Hawley. My mother died
December 6th, 1917; father died May 12th, 1933. Both are buried in Mountview Cemetery, Galt, Ontario.
My father had 3 children, Merl, John and Howley. Merl was born Februrary 8th, 1901 on a farm in Portland Township,
Frontenac County, Ontario. I was born on the same farm September 3rd, 1903. Hawley was born in Napanee December 25th,
1905. Merl was named after Marle Ward. She married Wm. R. Slee in Galt, Ontario in 1917. She died September 27th 1959
and is buried in Lundy's Lane Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I married Rosie Alberta Kent December 18th, 1924. Rosie was born October 20th, 1903. Her father was James Albert Kent,
born in Sheffield, Ontario, near Galt in 1875 of English parents. Rosie's mother, Careline, was born in Manhiem, Ontario
near Kitchener January 1st, 1882. She was a Boehmer. Her mother came from Germany at the age of 14 to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania where she was rased by a docotr. She emmigrated to Canada with the Pennsylvania Dutch. She died December
23rd, 1918 at the age of 84. She is buried in the family plot in Mountview Cemetery in Galt, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Kent
were married March 1st, 1959. Both are buried im Mountview Cemetery, Galt, Ontario.
Grandpa Ward (Elva Dey) had a parsonage (Free Methodist) at Gunther, Ontario which is north of Yarker, Ontario. He had
a farm at the corner of Highway 401 and Old Highway 8, about 1922 to 1926. He had a boarding house which is now L'Aiglon
Restaurant at 121 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. He also had Arlington Cafe in Galt, Ontario.
... Diane Slee-Maves
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