John Whiteley Ward

John Whiteley Ward JP was born in Elland, the son of James Ward.

He was a damask and worsted manufacturer, employing 100 persons [1851]; a damask and worsted manufacturer, employing 644 hands [1871]; Partner in J. W. & C. Ward

Question: Could he be involved with J. W. Ward & Sons Limited, Halifax? Except J. W. didn't have any sons!


He served on Halifax Council [from 1852], and he was active in the building of sewers in the town. He was a governor of John Abbott Ladies' Homes and Heath Grammar School. He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1880]. He was President of the old Halifax Infirmary and was involved with the plan to build the new Royal Halifax Infirmary. He was director and later chairman of the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company. He was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 1907.

His interests included painting, old clocks and he was on the council of the Halifax Literary & Philosophical Society. He was a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

He inherited High Sunderland.

Question: Can anyone tell me anything about how he inherited High Sunderland?


In 1850, he married Emma Tamplin [1822-1???] of Brighton, at Brighton. Emma was the brother of Frederick Augustus Tamplin. John's sister, Mary married Emma's brother, Frederick Augustus in the same year.


  1. Emma [b 1850]
  2. Mary [b 1852]
  3. Anna [b 1856]

The daughters were educated at Plantation, Acomb, York [1871].

The family lived at

He left an estate valued at £77,300 gross.

His will was subject to a court action Ward and others vs Tamplin, and was pronounced valid.

A portrait of Ward, painted by Walter W. Oucles RA, was given to Ward by the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company, and he left this to the Royal Halifax Infirmary, subject to the trustees handing it over to Halifax Corporation

Question: Can anyone tell me anything about the portrait's present whereabouts?


See Mary Bracken, Elizabeth Bracken and George Whiteley

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