Joseph Henry Ward
"Joseph Henry Ward, at present in the real-estate business in Bristol,
is a native of that borough, born there Oct. 20, 1849, a son of William and Mary Ward.
William Ward was born in England, was a miner by vocation, and came to America in August, 1846. He settled in Bristol, and at once engaged in mining copper near by, the mines at that time being very prolific in that metal, but in 1849 went to California, and he has been employed in many mines in all parts of the country where mines were to be developed, and was mining in North Carolina when the Civil war broke out; but he always recognized Bristol, Conn., as his home. His vast experience as a miner usually secured for him dominant positions, and at one time he was superintendent of the nickel mines in Torrington, Conn. He was a man of diligence, and cared much more for his vocation and travel than he did for society.
Joseph H. Ward, one of the eight children born to William Ward, received his elementary education in the common schools of Bristol, and later attended Bryant & Strattonms Business College at Hartford, from which he graduated in 1869. Shortly afterward he bought the livery establishment of George C. Gridley, opposite the railroad depot; twenty-three years later he sold this stand to S. F. Bull & Co., and it is now conducted by C. S. Barnes & Co. Mr. Ward next went to Durango, Colo., where he was appointed general manager for the San Juan Coal Mining Co., held the position four years, then resigned and returned to Bristol, where he is now engaged in real-estate business and in caring for extensive interests in various business concerns, being one of the original stockholders and directors in the Electric Light Co., and interested in several other of the larger stock companies of the town.
On June 25, 1877, Mr. Ward married Miss Clara May Burwell, daughter of John and Clara Burwell, of New Hartford, and this marriage has been graced with four children: George Burwell, now a student of Yale College, class of 1902 (he was a member of the base-ball team of 1899, and this year (1900) is a member of the Varsity football squad); Alice May, attending the Miss Burnham preparatory school in Northampton; Bertha S., attending the Bristol schools; and Flavia Allen. In politics Mr. Ward is a Democrat, and while in Colorado he was a Bryan delegate to the State convention. Socially he is a member of the Royal Arcanum. Besides his fine home in Bristol he owns a cottage at Sachemms Head, where he spends the summers with his family."
Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut, Containing
Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families
Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1901.
Submitted By Sioux L. Stoeckle
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