H. Judd Ward
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

H. JUDD WARD—In the course of a long career at the Rensselaer county bar Mr. Ward has attained a position of prominence and influence, based upon a record of outstanding usefulness and honor, in his profession. He has given himself with whole-hearted devotion to the law, of later years confining his labors to the administration of estates and real estate law, and has made religious and charitable endeavor his other chief avenues of service to his fellows.

The Ward family is of great antiquity, the name being variously written: Ward, Warde, de Warde, and de la Warde. As the name indicates, the Wards owe their origin to the old vikings who made themselves masters not only of the sea, but also of much of Europe. When William the Conqueror came over to England he had Wards among lists of his "Noble Captains," and there were many Wards among the descendants of the old sea kings who fought against him at Hastings. Later on, among the banners of the stalwart Anglo-Saxon men who fought and bled and died in the crusades, not the least renowned was that of de la Warde, or de Warde. In 11 73 William De la Warde appears in Chester, and from that time his family and descendants increased in wealth and importance until eleven or twelve generations later William Ward of Dudley Castle was created the first Earl of Derby (see"Earls of Derby"). The family spread through Stafifordshire, Warwickshire, and Northamptonshire. As early as the reign of Edward III, Simon de Warde sat in Parliament from that shire and Richard Ward was elected for the borough of Northampton in the ninth year of the reign of Henry IV. The arms are those of the noble house of Ward, Viscounts of Bangor and as those of Seth Ward, Bishop of Salisbury in the time of Charles II, and as those of chief-baron Sir Edward Ward. This family was advanced to the peerage in consequence of the marriage with the heiress of the Lords Dudley in the reign of Charles I, and according to Sir William Dugdale and other antiquarians, was seated for several centuries in the city of Norfolk. Simon Warde, in 1391, married Margaret, of a branch of the noble family of Mortimer, and had issue: John Ward, Esq., who possessed the manor of Kirk by-Beden in Norfolk, 1636, by his wife, a daughter of John de Bosco. The line is traced through several generations to William Ward, jeweller to the queen of King Charles I, whose son Humble Ward, married Frances, granddaughter and heir of Lord Dudley, she succeeding to the ancient Barony of Dudley, and a descendant of Edmund Ironsides, King of England, A. D., 1017. Robert Warde, of Houghton Parva, Northamptonshire, married Isabel Stapley. Of this issue there was a son, James, who married Alice Fawkes or Faulks; and a son, Stephen, who married Joice or Joyce Trafford, of Leicestershire, and were the parents of the famous Sergeant John Ward, of Wethersfield, Branford, Connecticut, and Newark, New Jersey, and the progenitor of an illustrious family. One branch traces descent from Alfred the Great, and another from Henry I, King of France, (see "Americans of Royal Descent"). Arms are borne in the family as follows:

Arms—Azure, a cross between four eagles displayed argait.
Crest—On a mount vert, a hind couchant argent.
Motto—Sub cruce, salus. (Salvation by the cross).

(I) Andrew (1) Warde, born in England, probably near the last of the sixteenth century, left his home and emigrated to New England about 1630. Among his fellow passengers is said to have been John Winthrop, Jr., later governor of Massachusetts, Rev. Mr. Phillips, and others from the counties of Suffolk and Essex. He was first at Watertown, Massachusetts, later at Wethersfield, Connecticut, subsequently at Stamford, Connecticut, and thereafter at Fairfield, Connecticut, bearing a reputation for honesty of purpose, sagacity of insight, and skill in the direction of municipal affairs. He married Hester Sherman, born April I, 1606, and his death occurred in 1659, his will dated June 8th, ot that year. His wife, a daughter of Edmund and Judith (Angier) Sherman, of Dedham, Essex county, England, made a will which was probated February 28, 1666. Issue: Edmund, William, Anne, Mary, John, Sarah, Abigail; Andrew (2), of whom further; and Samuel.

(II) Andrew (2) Ward, son of Andrew (1) and Hester (Sherman) Warde, was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, about 1645-47, and died in 1690. He was made a freeman in 1668. March 15, 1668: "Andrew Ward hath several parcels of land by virtue of his father's will. Onehalf the home lot, etc." December 20, 1668: "Andrew Ward purchased of his brother Samuel, his half of the home lot" (Fairfield Town Records). Andrew (2) Ward married, 1667-8, Tryal Meigs, born in 1646, died in 1690, daughter of John and Tamasin (Fry) Meigs. This John Meigs was the one who was sent by night on horseback to New Haven by Governor Leete to warn the Regicides that the pursuivants were on their trail, the distance being about eighteen miles through a dense forest. Issue of Andrew (2) and Tryal (Meigs) Ward: Andrew; John, born March 16, 1671, died 1700; Abigail; Sarah; Peter, of whom further; William; Samuel, born May 2, 1684; Mary, born in 1687; and Anna.

(III) Captain Peter Ward, son of Andrew (2) and Tryal (Meigs) Ward, was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, October 14, 1676, and died December 18, 1763. He married, March 30, 1699, Mary Joy, born September 17, 1680, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Spencer) Joy. Issue: Pelatiah; Ira, of whom further; Ichabod, born April 2, 1707; Peter; Mary; and Mattaniah.

(IV) Ira Ward, son of Captain Peter and Mary (Joy) Ward, was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, October 11, 1709. He married, October 3, 1725, Lydia Parmelee, born .September 12, 1707, daughter of Deacon Nathaniel and Esther (Kelsey) Parmelee. Issue: Esther; Lydia, born September 7, 1727; married, August 8, 1749, Giles Wilcox; James, of whom further; Tryal ; Sarah; Merab; Mattaniah; and Mary, born November 24, 1742; married Rufus Handy.

(V) James Ward, son of Ira and Lydia (Parmelee) Ward, was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, February 8, 1729, and died April 12, 1804. He married (first), July 14, 1751, Mary Wilcox, who died February 9, 1753. He married (second), February 6, 1754, Amy Crane, born December 25, 1730, died November 9, 1800. Issue (by first wife): Temperance, born April 9, 1752; married, September 24, 1772, Elias Isbell. Issue (by second wife): Ira, born March 5, 1755, married Sarah Ann (Mundy) Foy, widow of Captain Foy, of Sherburne, Nova Scotia; Peter; Abner, born January 1, 1760; Edmund; James; Joy; Lydia; Bela, of whom further; Molly; Samuel, born August 29, 1774, married Elizabeth Hotchkiss, of East Guilford, Connecticut.

(VI) Bela Ward, son of James and Amy (Crane) Ward, was born September 19, 1770, and died April 24, 1842. He married, January 16, 1798, Abigail Wilcox, who died January 31, 1848, daughter of John and Grace (Griswold) Wilcox. Issue: Edmund Wilcox; Mary Hotchkiss; Louise Griswold, born May 8, 1802; Serene Taylor, born January 20, 1803, died January 10, 1865; Charles Bela, born July 27, 1809; Pamela Grace; and Henry Lincoln, of whom further.

(VII) Henry Lincoln Ward, son of Bela and Abigail (Wilcox) Ward, was born February 7, 1813. He married (first), January 21, 1847, Sophia Petrie, daughter of Isaac and Sallie Petrie; (second), August 27, 1850, Beulah Ann Martin, daughter of Ephraim and Mary Martin. Issue (by second wife): Henry Judd (H. Judd), of further mention; Frank Martin, born July 27, 1854, died November 5, 1902; Bela Jost, born September 8, 1857, died June 25, 1921; Ernest Stewart, born June 5, 1861, died October 14, 1864.

(VIII) H. Judd Ward was born on a farm at Middleville, township of Newport, Herkimer County. New York, December 6, 1852, son of Henry L. and Beulah Ann (Martin) Ward, his maternal as well as his paternal ancestors of note in Colonial America. Mr. Ward's early education was obtained in the district country school and he was given duties in the work of the farm at an early age, his studies being continued in Fairfield Seminary, whence he was graduated. He taught school for a time and financed his advanced education, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers College in 1883, and that of Master of Arts in 1886. Upon graduation in 1883, he accepted the principalship of Fairfield Seminary and while discharging the responsibilities of this position read law at night, continuing this preparation until admitted to the bar at Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1888.

In this year he opened an office in Troy, engaging in general practice, which, with the passing of the years, steadily tended toward specialization in estate and real estate law, which now occupies him almost entirely. His first professional association was with Chester G. Wager, now surrogate judge of Rensselaer county, under the firm name of Ward and Wager. In 1900 Mr. Ward formed a partnership with Irving Hayner, of Hayner & Ward, and although Mr. Hayner is now deceased, the old title is retained, Sheldon B. Smith having been admitted to partnership in 1920 with no change of firm name. In every respect in which the private practice of law ofifers distinction, Mr. Ward has won notable recognition, holding place among his professional brethren as an attorney of broad knowledge and ability, wise and dependable in counsel, steadfastly faithful to the finest tradition of his calling.

Mr. Ward is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Rensselaer County Bar Association, and is an interested participant in their work. His club is the Troy Club. He holds the thirty-second degree in the Masonic order, affiliating with King Solomon Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is trustee; Troy Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Troy Council, Royal and Select Masters; Albany Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; and the Commandery and Shrine. He is a member of the college fraternity Chi Phi. Mr. Ward is a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and was for ten years superintendent of the Sunday school of the First Universalist Church. He is deeply concerned with all branches of church work, giving generously of his time and means to this end and taking an equally active part in charitable and civic affairs.

Mr. Ward's home, "Ward-Haven Hall," is a mansion of castle proportions, on the Troy road, between Troy and Albany. In stock raising on his estate he finds a most enjoyable recreation. He is deeply interested in classical music, fine art, and valuable pieces of furniture. One of the pieces of furniture in which he is particularly interested and which he prizes very highly, is a bureau desk, on which he has been told was written the poem, "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," commonly called "The Night Before Christmas." The author was Clement Clarke Moore, 1778-1863. Mr. Ward is unmarried.

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