What happened to John Ward?

Posted in Categories / Groups:

John Ward

My great great great grandfather John Ward was born around 1839 in Longford, Ireland, to John and Sarah Ward. At some point before 1861, he arrived in Liverpool, England, and is found boarding with the Roach family on the 1861 census, at York Square, Great Crosby. He is recorded as an agricultural labourer.

John served as a steward aboard steamships for several years; the first record I have found for him is a crew list for the City of Paris steamship which he joined on 28 November 1866; the crew list states that he was previously on the ship City of London. When the City of Paris came back into port at Liverpool on 19 January 1967, John was discharged (this was common practice, they would either sign back on for the next voyage, or join another ship).

Whilst home between voyages, John married Catherine Roach (daughter of the family he was lodging with) at St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Church, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, on Sunday 7 August 1870. His profession was recorded on the marriage entry as ‘Mariner’ and he returned to sea the very next day for a month’s voyage. The marriage certificate gives his age as 29, and Catherine’s as 24, giving us an approximate birth year of 1841 for John and 1846 for Catherine.

This is a list of ships he worked on, according to crew list records found.

Ship

Prev
Ship

Date
appointed

Date
joined

Travelling
to

Date
Discharged

Position

London*

 

 

 

 

24/11/1866

 

Paris

London

28/11/1866

24/11/1866

New York

25/12/1866

Steward

Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington

Washington

14/12/1869

14/12/1869

 

13/01/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

28/02/1870

01/03/1870

 

30/03/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

02/04/1870

04/04/1871

 

05/05/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

23/05/1870

24/05/1871

 

29/06/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

02/07/1870

04/07/1870

 

04/08/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

06/08/1870

08/08/1870

08/09/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

09/09/1870

12/09/1870

 

14/10/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

15/10/1870

19/10/1870

 

19/11/1870

Steward

Washington

Washington

23/11/1870

23/11/1870

 

22/12/1870

Steward

Parthia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parthia

Parthia

09/05/1873

12/05/1873

 

11/06/1873

Steward

Palmyra

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parthia

Palmyra

23/08/1873

25/08/1873

 

20/09/1873

Steward

Scythia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scythia

Scythia

25/06/1877

29/06/1877

 

28/07/1877

Steward

Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montana

Nevada

23/01/1878

24/01/1878

 

23/02/1878

Steward

Samaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn

Samaria

31/08/1878

03/09/1878

 

13/10/1878

2nd Steward

Bothnia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalonia

Bothnia

11/04/1882

15/04/1882

 

20/05/1882

Waiter

Catalonia

Catalonia

03/10/1882

06/10/1882

 

05/11/1882

Waiter

Catalonia

Catalonia

06/11/1882

10/11/1882

 

12/12/1882

Waiter

Catalonia

Catalonia

12/12/1882

16/12/1882

 

14/01/1883

Waiter

Catalonia

Catalonia

17/01/1883

20/01/1883

 

19/02/1883

Waiter

Catalonia

Catalonia

16/04/1883

DID NOT JOIN

 

 

 

*Cannot find a crew list for this, but the City of London steamship was built in 1863 and owned by The Liverpool, New York and Philadelphia Steamship Company (aka The Inman Line).

On the 1871 census, John was at home with Catherine, and his 14yr old nephew John Ward, and recorded as a ship steward.

 

John and Catherine had four children – James Alexander born in 1872, John Joseph in 1875, Sarah Ann in 1877, and George Augustus in 1880. Despite much searching, no baptism records have been found for any of the children.

He was away for the 1881 census, and Catherine was staying with her parents.

The record for the ship Catalonia for 18 April 1883 shows that John was expected to join the ship but for some reason failed to do so. No more crew lists relating to him have been found. Catherine is recorded as a widow on the 1891 census, therefore John died somewhere between April 1883 and 1891. Deaths in Liverpool have been checked without success (there are several John Wards but none are our John), and records on deaths at sea have also been checked without success. No burial records have been found for him either.

What happened to John? We will keep searching!

LesleyShiner - avatar
About the author: LesleyShiner

I have been researching my family tree and my husband's for over 20 years. My surname interests are Puxty, Holloway, Biddlecombe, Hayward, Pemberton, Relf, Spooner, Ward, Dutton, Forward, Mansfield, Pitches, Griffiths, Jump, Titchmarsh and Braithwaite plus more, from England, Wales and Ireland.

My husband's are Shiner, Alderton, Rowe, Osborne, Miller, Webber, Gilling, Farrant, Featherstone, Lewry, Mitchell, plus more, from England, mostly Southern England.

Get involved!

Comments

No comments yet