Mary F. McQueen m Cleland A. Ward Niagara Co. NY
JOSEPH ABRAM WARD.In the closing of a long and busy life of useful endeavor and worthy achievement, the late Joseph Abram Ward left a recognized vacant place among Lockport’s successful business men, and an equal void among those who had labored sincerely for years to promote the city’s best interests along many lines.At the time of death in 1910, Mr. Ward was one of the oldest and most prominent business men of Lockport.
Joseph Abram Ward, was born at Warren, in Herkimer county, N.Y., March 31, 1832.His parents were Abram and Gertrude (Kayner) Ward, and was descended from John Ward, and was descended from John Ward, of English extraction, who removed from Stonington, Conn., to Newark, N.J.His paternal grandfather was born at Linsingburg, N.Y., accompanied his parents to Herkimer county and later to Monroe county and died there.He married Susanna Brown, whose father served in the Revolutionary war and took part in the battle of Bennington.Abram Ward, like his father, was a farmer and settled in Herkimer county.He was a man of strong constitution and of sturdy character, a Republican in his political life and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Mr. Joseph Abram Ward was probably best known and will longest be recalled.In 1870 he purchased an interest in the Lockport Journal, of which he was manager until 1901, when he sold his interest to the firm of Fletcher and Purdy.Goes on and then…..An important event during Mr. Ward’s later years was the invention , which he was associated with the late John McLean, of a machine to loop pamphlets and booklets.After the death of his fatherand Mr. McLean, Cleland A. Ward purchased the looping machine business and perfected the original machine so as to loop tags of any size and shape.This machine has been installed by many of the large tag manufacturing concerns of the United States and Canada.
In 1857 Joseph A. Ward was marred to Josephine Cleland, of Herkimer county, N.Y., who died October 17, 1917.They became the parents of three Children:Cleland A. who married Mary F. MCQueen, is active in business circles in Lockport; Jessie A.; and William M. who died in 1905.
Mr. Ward was a member of the first Free Congregational church and a member of its board of trustees for many years.In politics he was a Republican by inheritance and from principle, and prominent during many hard fought campaigns.Always active for the good of the community, he labored faithfully and contributed of his time and means to secure from the state the power canal for the Lockport Business Men’s Association, of which he was treasurer.He was an unostentatious supporter of many charities and perhaps no other resident of Lockport ever manifested so profound an interest in the Home for the Friendless as Mr. Ward.Each Christmas Day he accompanied the Knights of Templar on their pilgrimage to the home and in behalf of the latter made the address of welcome and in tender and appropriate words accepted the proffered purse for the inmates.His kindness was proverbial, his manner gentle and conciliatory, his good will and friendliness coving others as a benediction.
This bio was written by Edward T. Williams.It is found in a book called: Niagara County: 1821-1921,A Concise Record of Her Progress and People.
I am not related but found this biography and hoped to help others.I myself am researching the Thrall and Crist lines from the same Niagara Co. that this bio was written in.If you find any Thrall's or Crist in your line, please let me know.