Author: Mac Benoy  May 2012
Wards of Dublin 
Bill’s Family
For any years now in my retirement I have felt it a duty to compile some historical record of the family. I do not know if the motivation is one of pride or duty or tidiness. Speaking to several friends and acquaintances recently I have broached the subject of family history and no one seemed either interested in the task or felt it a duty. However, since my immediate family is spread around the world and conscious that when they mature into older age they may in moments of historical interest or nostalgia desire to see 'who was who'. I hope the following simple record will fulfil. In the period of history covered Ireland was, until 1922, governed by England from Westminster. There was an Irish Parliament in Dublin which operated under a British Viceroy with an attendant Chief Secretary, Army General, troops and staff. I feel the Wards were not originally of farming stock and were resident in Dublin - in the heart of the Pale - which was more a loyalist area. They earned their living as commercial/industrial people. The story commences from records in the Dublin Directory of 1793 wherein John Ward & Son is revealed as a silk manufacturer in, variously, 6 Nicholas Street, and 15 Bridge Street in the middle of 'old' Dublin. (These streets are traceable in the old City maps). His son John, born approximately 1810, was a Tape Weaver Silk merchant in the old City area of the Coombe in Dublin and obtained Freeman of the City status in 1842 (see certificates). His son, another John was a brushmaker, a worker, and gained Freeman status in 1882 by virtue of being the son of his father. He lived at 73 Queen Street, just off the North Quays. His eldest son, again another John, was also a brushmaker and was my father.