Ann Amelia


Sculptor Samuel Gardner's memorial motifs are exceptional in comparison to others of his time and locale. Although Ann Amelia's monument utilizes common funerary iconography of the Victorian era it's remarkable and personalized. The mourning figures on this headstone are that of Ann's Husband William John Ward, and their Daughter Emma Amelia Ward. The use of male, and children mourners is unusual, dissimilar to their female counterparts more often than not they represent an actual person as opposed to purely a sentiment. Samuel carved this memorial from sandstone, which depending on the quality of stone, and conditions it's exposed to can hold incredible detail for over a century as can be seen on Ann Amelia's headstone.


Ann Amelia Wife of Willm. John Ward
Died April 21. 1852. Aged 23 years.
A silent and loving woman is a gift of the lord;
and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed
.
Eclesiathicus 26:14 Gardner S.

Ann Amelia Arnold was born in England 1829. Her husband William John was born in Canada on August 4th 1821, his parents were John and Eliza Ward. Ann and William were Baptists who spent married life in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada where William worked as a farmer. On March 24th 1850 their daughter Emma Amelia Ward was born. Two years later Ann died on April 21st 1852, she was interred at Hillcrest Baptist Cemetery in Norfolk County, Ontario. Sometime after Ann's death Emma went to live with Jacob and Mary Sovereen, she resided with them for about forty years. Emma died in Hamilton on February 20th of a hemorrhage from an ulcer. She is interred at Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.

On the 1861 Census of Canada an Eliza Ward is also listed as living with the Sovereens, based on her estimated age it's possible she's Ann and Williams second child. If this is true based on the timeline one might speculate Ann died due to complications of child birth. Unfortunately I was unable to locate any further information on Eliza, or Ann's death.

William went on to marry Salome A. Dedrick on April 19th 1854, their marriage registration was witnessed by Jacob Sovereen. Together William and Salome had two children, Louisa M. Ward born February 19th 1856 date of death unknown, and  Arthur Wellington Ward born April 19th 1860, died on Janurary 8th 1942. Salome Dedrick died on February 5th 1888 of cancer having been diagnose thirty years prior. William John Ward died on March 19th 1906 of intestinal paralysis. Arthur, William, and Salome are interred at Delhi Cemetery, Norfolk County Ontario, Canada.


William and Ann Ward: 1851; Census Place: Charlotteville, Norfolk County, Canada West (Ontario); Schedule: A; Roll: C_11741; Page: 31; Line: 12 

Emma and Eliza Ward, Jacob and Mary Sovereen: Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1052 

Emma Amelia Ward Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 377

William Ward and Salome Dedricks Marriage Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 44

Louisa Ward: Year: 1901; Census Place: Delhi (Village), Norfolk (north/nord), Ontario; Page: 3; Family No: 32

Arthur Ward Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Collection: Registrations of Deaths, 1943; Reference Number: RG 80-08-0-2254

Salome Ward Death Registration Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 44

William J. Ward Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 126

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