Biography of Rev. Fredinand Ward
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881

Rev. Ferdinand DeWilton Ward, D. D., son of Levi (M. D.) and Mehetabel (Hand) Ward, was born in Bergen. Genesee county, N. Y., July 9, 1812. His parents moved from Killingworth, Conn., in 1807, to the “Genesee country,” where his father held many public positions of honor and responsibility, being for sixty years agent of the State of Connecticut in the sale of their extensive land tract in Western New York. The family removed to Rochester in 1817.

Rev. Dr. Ward was graduated from Union Colege, New York. (Dr. Nott. President,) and the Theological Seminary at Princetown, N. Y. He spent ten years in India, as a foreign missionary, accompanied by his wife, (Miss Jane Shaw. of New York city). He was also pastor of the Presbyterian church in Geneseo for twenty years:
Chaplain in the 104th New York Volunteers during the late war; and District Secretary of the American Bible Society for three years. He was an extensive tourist through Great Britain, the Continent, Naples, and many other places. and was the author of many volumes in English and Hindu languages. Among these are “India and the Hindus,” (re-issued in London and Edinburgh); “Christian Gift;" “Ecclesiastical History of Rochester;" “Summer Vacation and Abroad;" and “Expositions of the Parables,” (in Tamil).

Dr. Ward’s public life commenced at twenty years of age, and has been long, laborious, and eventful. Of his three children, Sarah resides in Philadelphia, Pa., wife of John Brinton, M. D. William S., is Superintendent of extensive gold and silver mines in Colorado; and Ferdinand makes his home in Brooklyn, having an office of large business in mines, stocks, etc., in Broadway, New York city. A son and daughter were buried in India. Connected with Dr. Ward’s family are Hon. L. A. Ward, ex-Mayor of Rochester; the late Hon. Moses Chapin, Judge of Monroe county; the late Hon. Samuel L. Selden, Judge of the Court of Appeals; Hon. Freeman Clarke, Member of Congress and Comptroller of the Currency; Hon. Ed. Smith, ex-Mayor of Rochester and American Consul at Baden Switzerland; and H. A. Ward, Professor in Rochester University.

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