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Collection Name Ward Family Papers
Title Ward Family Papers
Date 1820-1936
Description This collection consists of the papers of the Ward Family. Measuring 7.5 linear feet, it is held in 8 document boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversized box. Materials are both paper-based and photographic. The collection contains 4 series: 1. William G. Ward & Descendants Papers (except William Jr. and Family); 2. William G. Ward / Emily G.M. Ward Papers; 3. Maria (Violet) Ward / Caroline Ward; 4. Other Family Papers.
(Keywords: Grymes Hill, New York)

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Biography and History William Greene Ward Sr. was born in New York City in 1802, and was raised in both Rhode Island and on Long Island in New York. He went into business, becoming a member of the family firm of John Ward & Co. William G. Ward, Sr. married Abbey Maria Hall, with whom he had six children: William Greene (Jr.); Charles Henry; Anne Catherine; John (who died at 1 year old); John; and Prescott Hall. William Greene Ward (Jr.) was a graduate of Columbia College, and also went into business at the firm of Ward & Co. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Twelfth Regiment, NYSM in 1861, a Colonel in the same regiment in 1862, and later became a Brigadier-General in the First Brigade, 1st Div. NGSNY. He married Emily Graham McKnight, after which he built their home "Oneata" on Grymes Hill, Staten Island. They had three children: Maria (Violet) Emily Graham McKnight; Leila Eliza Prescott, who died before her first birthday; and Caroline Constantia. Violet Ward was quite involved in bicycling and other athletic pursuits, and wrote a book, "Bicycling for Ladies." Charles Henry Ward was a banker, whose son was Henry M. Ward. John Ward was also a graduate of Columbia College, and served in the military as well. He was both a lawyer and an author; he wrote "Campaigns of the Twelfth Infantry, N.G.S.N.Y., 1861-62-63." Prescott Hall Ward was also a lawyer, who graduated from Columbia College Law School.
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Physical Extent 7.5 linear feet, held in 8 document boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversized box
Acquisition From the Ward Estate
Catalog Number MS004.000
Object Name Records, Family
Archival Description Level Fonds
Parent Record MS004.000
Subjects Families
Earliest Date 1820
Latest Date 1936
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Creator Ward, William G., Sr.
Associated People Ward, William Greene, Sr.
Ward, Abby Maria (Hall)
Ward, Charles Henry
Ward, Emma
Ward, Henry M.
Ward, Julia
Ward, Prescott Hall
Ward, Emily Graham (McKnight)
Ward, Caroline Constantia
Ward, William Greene
Ward, Maria E.
Ward, John
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
Child Records Ward Family Papers
Ward Family Papers