Mayor 1908 – 1909.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Francis was elected to the Council on the 1st November 1907, as a representative of the St. Margaret’s Ward.


Born: 1850, Ipswich.

Baptised: 24th March 1850, at St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich.


Father: Francis Ward, born 1818, Filby, Norfolk. In his early 20s, Francis, a butler, moved to Ipswich for employment with Mr. Andrew Wood Baird, a physician, of Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. Francis Ward died 1904, Ipswich.


Mother: Lydia Ward (nee Barker), born 7th January 1820, Debenham, Suffolk, baptised 11th April 1820, at Debenham. Lydia Barker Wood died 1858, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section E.


Stepmother: Sarah Ward (nee Harper), born 1837, Great Oakley, Essex, Sarah was a house servant for Christopher Mercer Durrant, a physician of 12, Northgate Street, Ipswich when she and Francis married. Sarah Ward died 1911, Ipswich.


Sister: Rosa Catherine Ward, born 1848, Ipswich, baptised 9th July 1848, at St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich. On the 25th June 1868, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, Rosa married Charles Smith, born 1847, Ipswich, baptised 1st August 1847, Ipswich. Rosa and Charles had 10 children and made their family home in Ipswich. Charles was a carpenter and joiner – his own account. Charles Smith died 1912, Ipswich. Rosa Smith died 1924, Ipswich.


Stepbrother: Ernest William Ward, born 11th January 1876, Ipswich. In 1914, Ernest married Alice Maud Punchard, born 6th December 1879, Ipswich – daughter of James Punchard, a miller and Ellen Elizabeth Punchard (nee Horn), of Ipswich. On the 1939 Register Ernest and Alice were living at their home – 275, Colchester Road, Ipswich, Ernest was a chief cashier at Ipswich Gas. Alice Ward died 1976, at The Lodge, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.




1851   Lower Brook Street, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Francis was a year old and living with his parents & sister.

Francis, 32, a House Servant.

Lydia, 30.

Rosa, 2.


1861   24, William Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 11 years old and living with his widowed father & sister.

Francis, 43, a Butler.

Rosa, 12.

1 housekeeper.


1871   21, William Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 21 years old, a Solicitor’s Clerk. He was living with his father, stepmother & cousin.

Francis, 53, a Butler.

Sarah, 34.

Louisa Harper, 6, born London.


1881   39, Wilberforce Road, Ipswich.

Francis was 31 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 31.

Mabel, 5.

Kathleen, 3.

Frank, 1.

1 general domestic servant.


1891   28, Fore Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 41 years old, a Solicitor and Superintendant Registrar of births, deaths & marriages for Ipswich. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 41.

Mabel, 15, a Mother’s Help – Domestic.

Kathleen, 13.

Frank, 11.

Sidney, 9.

Reginald, 7.

1 general domestic servant.


1901   3, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 51 years old, a Solicitor – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 51.

Frank, 21, a Solicitor’s Articled Clerk.

Sidney, 19, a Solicitor’s Articled Clerk.

Reginald, 17, an Auctioneer’s Articled Clerk.

1 visitor.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1911   3, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 61 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 61.

Frank, 31, a Solicitor.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


On the 17th September 1874, at St. Mary Key Church, Ipswich, by the Reverend Rivers, Francis married Mary Ann Catchpole, born 1850, St. Clement’s, Ipswich – third daughter of William and Hannah Catchpole, of Foundation Street, Ipswich.


Mary Ann and Francis had five children:


Mabel Marian Ward, 1875, Ipswich. Mabel was a member of the congregation and a Sunday School teacher at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich. On Wednesday, 7th June 1899, at St. Michael’s Church, Mabel married the Reverend John Henry Jennings, M.A., curate of Goole, Yorkshire, born 1859, Croydon, Surrey. John had formerly served as curate of Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich for a period of five years. A reception for 120 guests was held at the Ward’s family home ‘St. Helen’s House,’ where a handsome marquee had been erected on the lawn in the rear of the property, with a corridor to connect it with the house. Mabel and John had three children. Mabel Jennings died 15th June 1936, at her residence The Vicarage, Greasbrough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The Reverend John Jennings died 7th June 1937, at his residence The Vicarage, Greasbrough.

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