These last few days have brought me several discoveries about my great-grandmother, Henrietta George Davis who married Thomas Veazey Ward in 1877.
I was looking through Delaware’s marriage records that are available at Ancestry.com. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular but I searched for the surname Ward. I found the marriage return for Thos. Ward and Henrietta G. Davis. They were married on 16 Oct 1877.
I actually already knew that they were married in Delaware. When Mom was moving, we were going through some things in her closet and I found a newspaper clipping that gave this information:
“WARD – DAVIS. – On Tuesday, October 16th, in St. Peter’s Church, Smyrna, De., by Rev. Louis Walke, Thomas Ward, of Cecil county, Md., and Henrietta G., daughter of the late Henry Davis, of Talbot county, Md.”
I also found the marriage register for Thomas Ward and Henrietta Davis.
When I looked at the other search results that were coming up for Henrietta in Ancestry, I noticed a result for “Mrs Henrietta G Davis” which should not be my Henrietta since technically she’s Mrs. Henrietta Ward. I checked it out anyway. The database is the Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 .
It turns out that Henrietta was in the 32nd class of St. Mary’s Hall in Burlington, New Jersey and graduated in July 1868. In 1920, she attended the reunion in Burlington, New Jersey. The listing of people who attended the reunion states that her maiden name was Henrietta G. Davis, her married name was Mrs. Thomas Ward and her address in 1920 is Wilmington, Delaware.
- This image shows her maiden name, her married name and address in 1920.
- The picture below is a postcard of St. Mary’s Hall.
So, then I looked again at the search results on Ancestry. According to the 1920 census, she lived in Talbot County, Maryland and now it looks like she also lived in Wilmington, Delaware around 1920, according to the St. Mary’s Hall Reunion list.
I have never been able to find where Henrietta died or was buried although I found somewhere that she died about 1923. One result on Ancestry was for a Henrietta J. Ward in the Georgia, Deaths Index, 1914-1927. That doesn’t fit with anything I know for Henrietta and the middle initial is not right. Still worth checking out.
||Henrietta J Ward [Henrietta J Davis]
||8 Nov 1848
||25 Mar 1923
|FHL Film Number:
The birth date 8 Nov 1848 matches exactly and not only says she was born in Maryland but that her father’s name was Henry Davis. That all fits with what I know. I started to order the death certificate through VitalCheck. The cost was going to be $54 so I decided to see if I could find it on FamilySearch and I was successful again. The actual image of the death certificate was there.
This is definitely Henrietta George Davis, daughter of Henry Ward, wife of Thomas Ward, and mother of Henry D. Ward, the informant.
So now I know a lot more about Henrietta than I did before.
Henrietta was the 5th and youngest child born to Henry Davis, son of Isaac Davis, and Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of Jabez Caldwell. She was 8 Nov 1848 in Talbot County, Maryland. The family lived in Talbot County, Maryland. Unfortunately both of Henrietta’s parents died by the time she was 15 years old. Sarah died in 1862, Henry died in 1863, and her sister Mary died on the 22nd of March 1863. Two other sisters had died in the 1840s so the only ones left were Henrietta and Caroline. The family members who had passed away are all buried in the Old Wye Cemetery at Wye Church in Talbot County.
Henrietta and Caroline must have gone to live with their father’s brother, Col. George E. Davis, who lived in Kent county, Delaware but also owned land in Cecil County, Maryland.
It looks like Henrietta attended the all girls boarding school, St. Mary’s Hall in Burlington, New Jersey and graduated in July 1868. She came home to live with her uncle, George Davis, and his family in Kent County, Delaware. She appears on the 1870 census with her sister, Carrie C.(Caroline Davis) and the George Davis family, including his wife Mary Jane (Perkins) and two of their children, Mary K. (Killen) Davis and Elva Davis.
Henrietta married Thomas Veazey Ward on 16 Oct 1877 at the St. Peter’s Church in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware. They were married by the Rev. Lewis Walk. Thomas and his twin brother William posted a bond for the marriage.
Thomas Veazey Ward was the last of the Ward family to own and live in the family homestead called Woodlawn, located on Sassafras Neck in Cecil County, Maryland. Shortly after he passed away in 1890, Henrietta sold the property and moved to Baltimore City by 1900. She ran a boarding house at 17 W. Franklin Street and lived there with her four children, her sister Carrie, and the boarders.