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Anthony Ward (1860 - 1930)
Maritime Biography.
  • Courtesy of "Links to the Past" website.
  • History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield
    Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.



    Anthony Ward, one of the prominent marine engineers living in West Bay City, Mich., has been exceedingly happy in the choice of his profession, to which he is particularly adapted, and he has advanced rapidly and retained his positions as long as he found them desirable. Mr. Ward was born in Marine City, Mich., September 12, 1860, a son of Hiram and Bridget (Mannion) Ward, the former a native of Dresden, Ontario, the latter of County Mayo, Ireland. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, came to the United States with his family about 1840, locating near Marine City, where he is still living. The mother passed away in 1876.

    Anthony Ward received a liberal education in the Star school at Starville, which he attended until he reached the age of nineteen years, engaging in useful occupations during the vacation period. With the purpose of becoming a marine engineer he shipped in the steamer D. F. Rose as fireman, remaining with her until the spring of 1884, when he applied for and was granted an engineer's license at Detroit. He was then appointed second engineer in the same steamer, holding that office three seasons, and in the spring of 1887 he joined the steamer Music as second engineer, following with a season in the Sanilac in the same capacity. In 1889 Mr. Ward was appointed chief engineer of the Sanilac, which he ran for four consecutive seasons, always giving good account of his machinery. In the spring of 1893 he transferred to the steamer D. F. Rose as chief, and after three seasons of satisfactory work he was, in 1896, appointed to the berth he now holds - chief engineer of the steamer Arizona. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association of Bay City.

    On January 12, 1887, Mr. Ward was married in Reese, Mich., to Miss Margaret Ryan, daughter of John Ryan, of Saginaw, Mich., and the children born to this union are Mary Amelia, Margaret Ellen and Agnes Rose. The family residence is at No. 209 Hart street, West Bay City, Michigan.

    Additional Notes.

      1870 - Census: Cottrellville, St. Clair, Mich.

    • Ward, Hiram - b.1828, Canada - farmer
    • Rose, wife - b. 1844, Ireland.
    • Anthony, son - b. 1859 Mich.
    • Mary E., dau.- b. 1862 Mich.

      1880 - Census: Cottrellville, St. Clair, Mich.

    • Ward, Hyram - b. 1828 Canada -farmer.
    • Rosa, wife - b. 1843 Ireland.
    • Anthony, son - b. 1859 Mich. farm worker
    • Thomas, son - b. 1870 Mich.
    • John, son - b. 1871 Mich.
    • Rose, dau. - b. 1874 Mich.
    • Mathews, son - b. 1876 Mich.
    • Kate, dau. - b. 1879 Mich.
    • Mary, dau. - b. 1861 Mich.

      1885 - Michigan Marriages: Resse, Tuscola Co.

    • Groom: Anthony Ward - b. 1860, Mich.
    • Bride: Maggie Ryan, b. 1862, Canada
    • Official: Rev. C. Kock.
    • Witnesses: Hugh C. Kane and Liggie Ryan.

      1930 - Death data from descendant Gail A. Eynon.

    • Anthony Ward died on 11 April 1930 at Brownhelm, Ohio.

    Viewer Comments:

    Aug. 25, 2013 - Gail A. Eynon.

    My 1/2 "great grand uncle" Anthony and his wife had moved to Cleveland Ohio by the 1900 Census. In 1903 they had their last child John A. Ward. The 1910 Census shows them living in Brownhelm, Ohio. According to State of Ohio records Anthony passed on 11 April 1930 at the age of 69. I have no information on his continued maritime career.

    Related Pages/Notes
    Anthony Ward
    Photo donated by descendant Gail A Eynon.

    1867 Great Lakes Map
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    Related Bay-Journal Pages
    Maps Library/
    {1867 Great Lakes Map}
    People Referenced
    Kane, Hugh C.
    Kock, C. Rev.
    Mannion, Bridget
    Ryan, John
    Ryan, Leggie
    Ryan, Margaret (wife)
    Ward, Anthony (subject)
    Ward, Agnes (dau)
    Ward, Ellen (dau)
    Ward, Hiram (father)
    Ward, John (bro)
    Ward, Kate (sis)
    Ward, Mary A. (dau)
    Ward, Mary E.(sis)
    Ward, Mathews (bro)
    Ward, Rose (sis)
    Ward, Thomas (bro)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Brownhelm, OH
    County Mayo, Ireland
    Detroit, MI
    Dresden, Ont.
    Hart St., 209
    Marine City, MI
    Marine engineer
    Marine Engrs. Beneficial Assoc.
    Reese, MI
    Star school
    Starville, MI
    Arizona, steamer
    D.F. Rose, steamer
    Music, steamer
    Sanilac, steamer

    West Bay City
    Internet References
    Links to the Past
    Online book, "History of the Great Lakes," Vols. 1 & 2, by J.B. Mansfield.
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.