JOSEPH WARD AND FAMILY

Victorian Studio Photos
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We have met Mr Ward before, in Brian Bouchard's article on The Railway Hotel, which is about much more than the hotel itself (see the East Hill Estate section of that article). I shall not cover the same ground, but I want to look at the wider family in the context of the photos we have in the Cuthbert Hopkins collection.

Joseph Ward
Joseph Ward
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Joseph was born in Wapping on 2 March 1799 and qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1821. On 27 August 1825, already a resident of Ewell, he married Margarette Hargrave at St Mary, Islington. Margarette was the daughter of William Henry Hargrave and was born in Lambeth around 1804. The Hargraves are a fairly confusing family, a lot of which has to do with the age and sparseness of records, but we have enough information for present purposes.

Mrs Margarette Ward
Mrs Margarette Ward
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

As well as being a general surgeon, Joseph took in mental patients and one of his long-term residents was Philip Blundell Nesbitt (see Private Asylum Inmates on this website).

There were a lot of children, so we'll list those now and pick up some of them later in more detail.

NameInformation
Henry HargraveBorn 1826.
Emigrated to Canada.
See later.
Margarette AnnBorn c.1828;
married Rev John Newman Harrison 1847.
Died 10/3/1866 at the Vicarage, Reigate.
JosephineBorn 1829;
died in infancy.
Buried St Mary's, Ewell.
Joseph HaydonBorn c.1831.
Emigrated to Australia.
See later.
Harriet HaistyBorn and died 1833.
Buried St Mary's, Ewell.
Stephen HaistyBorn 1834;
unmarried.
Clergyman; headmaster of St George's College Harrogate 1868-88.
Died Clifton, Bristol 17/5/1919.
Charlotte MaryBorn 1836;
married Rev William Hall Richmond 1862.
Died 28/11/1887 Germany.
ElizabethBorn c.1837.
Married and widowed twice.
See later.
Henrietta JaneBorn c.1839;
unmarried.
Died 8/4/1923.
Lived with her sister Elizabeth eventually.
EmilyBorn 1840;
unmarried.
Died 7/1/1878 at 1 East Hill Houses, Epsom.
Also see later.
Maria CeciliaBorn 1842;
married Frederick Lever 1871.
Died 20/6/1920 Sway, Hampshire.
Ellinor WrightBorn 1843;
unmarried.
Died 3/1/1909.
Lived with her sister Elizabeth eventually.
John EdmundBorn 1846.
Emigrated to USA.
See later.
IsabelBorn 1848;
unmarried.
Died 8/12/1904.
Lived with her sister Elizabeth eventually.

Henry Hargrave Ward

The records for this man are appalling. All that the usual family history websites can offer is the same mis-transcription of a christening record, with no original document to check from. Nevertheless, although he doesn't appear in a census with his parents, he can be found in Essex in 1851 visiting a widow called Harriet Bygrave, who was, I believe, Mrs Ward's sister. Harriet and her husband, John Joseph Bygrave, were visiting the Wards in 1841 but on 12 June of that year Mr Bygrave died in Epsom, possibly whilst on that same visit. I have been reduced to picking up crumbs concerning Henry, mainly from incomplete and slightly wonky family trees - the Canadian end of things doesn't seem to have dovetailed nicely with the British end. We do at least know that he was a farmer. It looks as if he was married at least twice, although I can't find any marriage records whatsoever, but there is a death notice in the Evening Mail of 9 May 1859 saying 'On the 7th of April at Lobo, Canada West, Ann, the beloved wife of Henry Hargrave Ward, aged 32'. It looks as if there were two children of that marriage, Margaret and Joseph John. Then, apparently, in 1862 he married a Mary Ann Ranney or Ramsey (opinions differ), with whom he had three children. He ended up in Strathroy, Ontario and died in 1907, it seems.

Whilst on the subject of Strathroy, a couple of Ewers went there too. The mother of these boys was Henrietta Ewer, née Hargrave, who was another sister of Mrs Ward.

Joseph Haydon Ward

Joseph Junior graduated MD from St Andrew's University, Fife in 1853 and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in the following year. The 1855 Medical Directory lists his address as Hill House, Epsom, so I assume that he was assisting his father at that point. However, by 1880, the Directory has him in Maryborough, Queensland. In fact, he had emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, starting out in New South Wales where, in 1859, he married Eleanor Eliza King. Towards the end of that year two of her brothers, Charles Robinson and Francis John, were drowned in the foundering of a brigantine and the following year her father, also Francis John, died. The Kings were English originally but had long been settled in Australia. In 1861 the couple moved to Maryborough, where Joseph was also a coroner and magistrate, but he resigned those posts in 1872. There seems to have been a problem with alcohol, since in 1872 magistrates in the town issued an order banning local publicans and wine/spirit merchants from selling him liquor for a period of one year. In January 1875 he was fined for using obscene language and there had been previous accusations of drunkenness, plus a falling-out with the Hospital Management Committee, who had banned him from its premises. In 1883 a summons against him for drunkenness was dismissed. Joseph Junior died at Maryborough in 1893. He and Eleanor (died 1927) had a lot of children, one of whom, Charles Haydon, was killed in 1892, aged 28, after falling from a horse.

Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward
Elizabeth Ward
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Elizabeth was very unfortunate with her husbands. The first one was widower Alfred Lund Hughes (born c.1820 Hampstead), whose wife Georgiana Stevenson (née Adams) had died at the age of 34 in 1866 after four years of marriage. Elizabeth fared even worse with Mr Hughes: they were married in 1869 and he expired on 30 May 1871 at home in Mortlake. She did no better with her second spouse, who was Anthony Compton, once a clerk but latterly an artist. He was the son of another Anthony Compton who, at the time, was living in Laburnum Road, Epsom with his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth (Hughes/Ward) and Anthony, who were married on 1 May 1879 in Hackney, had a son, also Anthony, in Brittany on 9 March 1880 - they were probably on a painting expedition - and came back to Epsom in due course, possibly to sort out the affairs of the oldest Anthony, who had died on 9 February 1881 at 6 Laburnum Road. However, the middle Anthony (husband of Elizabeth Hughes/Ward) died himself on 28 May 1882, also in Epsom, followed by his mother (also called Elizabeth!) on 3 December 1882. All three deceased were interred in Epsom Cemetery, with the oldest Anthony and his wife in Grave A17A and middle Anthony in A20A.

In due course Elizabeth (Mrs middle Anthony) moved to Hove with her son and her three sisters, Henrietta, Ellinor and Isabel Ward - this probably happened after the death of Mrs Margarette Ward in 1884. What did turn out interesting was that they had a young servant, Louisa Hamlin from Somerset, and they took her with them wherever they went (e.g. Sydenham and Forest Hill) and, when the last of the sisters died in 1923, she stayed with youngest Anthony. In the 1939 Register they were living together in Sidmouth. Youngest Anthony died on 10 August 1953 and Louisa on 30 October of the next year.

Elizabeth Compton the Younger (once Ward), then living at Forest Hill, checked out on 7 January 1923 and was returned to Epsom to be buried with her late husband (middle Anthony). You will not be tested on any of this later, so don't worry if all the Anthonys and Elizabeths have confused you - as they did me.

Emily Ward

Emily Ward
Emily Ward
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Emily remained at home with her parents and, after her death on 7 January 1878 at the age of 37, she was buried with her father in the old part of St Mary's Churchyard (Grave 253, which is fairly centrally north of and quite near to the Old Tower). Her siblings, Josephine and Harriet Haisty, who died as infants, are in the same grave. Mrs Margarette Ward (also now in Grave 253) was still alive when Emily died, but Ellinor and Isabel were at home, so she was not alone.

John Edmund Ward

John Edmund Ward
John Edmund Ward
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

John was a pupil at Epsom College from 1855 until 1864 and became a doctor. He did particularly notable work during a major cholera epidemic and then emigrated to the USA. On 6 January 1869 in Toronto he married Elizabeth McNeal of New York. He spent time in Buffalo and Baltimore and then moved to Coney Island. John died following an operation at St John's Hospital, Brooklyn in February 1899.

Loose Ends

Joseph Ward Senior died 'somewhat suddenly' on 20 June 1867 (the probate record says the 21st) and Margarette eventually followed on 15 September 1884.

Linda Jackson 2019