Biography of John H. Ward


JOHN H. WARD was born in Bergen, N. Y., March 14, 1846, a son of Henry M. and Adelia C. (Curtis) Ward, natives of Bergen, the former a merchant; he died in 1857 and his widow in 1882. Martin C. Ward, the grandfather of John H., was a member of the Assembly and filled other positions of trust and honor. His great-grandfather, John Ward, for whom the subject of this sketch was named, was a native of Killingworth, Conn., and was descended from Andrew Ward, who emigrated from England about ten years after the Pilgrims; he settled near what is now Stone Church in the town of Bergen, in June, 1806.

John H. Ward was educated in the common schools and began his business life as a merchant in Bergen in 1858, where he continued until 1875, when as the candidate of the Democratic party he was elected sheriff of Genesee county; he removed to Batavia on January 1, 1876, and served one term. For a number of years he was United- States loan commissioner.

In 1879 he became connected with the Farmers' Bank of Batavia, of which he is now cashier and manager. Much of the success of the Farmers' Bank is due to the careful, wise and judicious management of Mr. Ward. He is a prominent Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree. Politically he has always been a Democrat.

In 1871 Mr. Ward was married to Isabelle D., daughter of the late Enoch Mann of Syracuse, N. Y.; they have one daughter, Gertrude, wife of Hiram R. Barringer, M. D., of Naples, N. Y.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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