Ward, Henry (1829-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.R.W.

On October 12th, 1914, there passed from the village of Beswick Brother H. Ward, who for eighty-five years had lived therein. A shoemaker by trade, and post-master for sixty-two years, he had become a familiar figure in the life of the community. The funeral service in the parish church and graveyard was shared by the Rev. Griffiths, M.A., Vicar of Lockington, and Rev. A.R. Walsham. 

Mr. Ward had been a member and official of our Beswick Society for many years, and had fulfilled with much acceptance the duties of class leader and society steward. He was one who helped to secure the present beautiful chapel, and was a regular and sincere worshipper therein. Not until old age prevented him was he absent from the services. 

The writer spent a little time with him the day before he passed, and found him confident of his Lord’s presence, and going down into the valley full of the Christian hope, in the strength of which he quietly entered the home beyond.


Henry was born abt1829 at Beswick, Yorkshire, to parents William, a shoemaker (1841), and Mary. He was baptised on 22 August 1830 at Beswick.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1851 shoemaker
  • 1861 shoemaker (master)
  • 1871 ordainer (master), employing one apprentice
  • 1881 shoemaker
  • 1891 shoemaker
  • 1901 shoemaker
  • 1911 shoemaker

He married Mary King (abt1828-1891) in late 1851 in the Beverley Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four of six children.

  • Mary Elizabeth (1855-1929) – a cook and domestic servant (1891)
  • Sarah (1857-1932) – a dressmaker (1881); married Joseph Nendick, a farm labourer (1911), in 1891
  • Henry John (1858-1926) – a shoemaker (1881)
  • Annie Lois (1865-1939) – a housemaid (1891); married James Booth Crayke Beedham, a cow keeper (1911), in 1894

Henry died on 12 October 1914 at Beswick, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/412

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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