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Richard_Ward
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Thomas Ward \ Emma Allen Dykens
26. Jan 2003 at 16:24
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Just looking to fill in missing blanks on the Descendants of
Thomas Ward[1835 England - 1904 Springhill] and
Emma Allen Dykens[1855 Tatamagouche?? - 1922 Springhill].
I am from his son, Vincent Amos Ward's, line. I am also looking for any insight of Thomas' descendants. I know he was born in 1835 in Evington, Leicestershire, England; and served in the Crimean War for the British Army. I am not even sure when or how he came to Canada, but I believe it was after Confederation[1867].
Thank you.
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Reply #1 - 27. Jan 2005 at 01:17
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Dear Richard Ward
Are you refering to the Thomas Ward ae 69 years late of the 2nd/Battn.,The Rifle Brigade,Imperial Army,Great Britain,d/ at his residence in Springhillon 21 July 1904after a long illness which was painfulb/18 July 1835 in Leistershire,England,he enlisted in the British Army at an early age.of 16 years,he also served in the Crimean War,with great distinction,winning the bars at Sebastapool,Inkerman & Alma together with the CrimeanMedal,He was seriously wounded in the head at Inkerman,& thoughonly about 19 years of ageat the timeone side of his head turned white immediately from the effects of the wound ,There is more,all for now Catherine
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Reply #2 - 21. Apr 2005 at 22:48
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Catherine,

Thank you for responding. Yes, that is the fellow.
I have similar information, but am trying to go further back.

I managed a probable connection to his siblings in England, and I have concluded that he came here to Canada in the 1860's.

That particular British Brigade was dispatched to this area [Nova Scotia] twice during that time; once because of the Trent Affair and the other because of the Fenian threats of invasion.

He must have liked it here because the brigade went elsewhere for awhile after these events, and Thomas returned to this area after retiring from active service.

Anyway, Catherine, are you connected to this family tree? We had a reunion last year - part of which marked the 100th anniversary of Thomas' death.

I would appreciate any other information you may have, and I am certainly willing to send along the information I have.

We are also stumped on his wife, Emma Dykens. Our family has it that she is adopted by a Dykens family from Tatamagouche\Oxford area, but would be great to confirm her background.

My apologies for taking so long in replying and hope to hear from you again.

My e-mail address is <mjward@ns.sympatico.ca>

Thank you
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Reply #3 - 07. Feb 2013 at 18:23
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new e-mail <mjward@eastlink.ca>
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Reply #4 - 10. Feb 2013 at 19:35
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not sure what info you already have but here are some sites you may want to check.

www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/index-e.html
you can check 1881 and 1891 census and look at originals
also can search Soldiers of the First World War
in 1881 family is in River Philip
Thomas, Emma, Albert and Calvin
in 1891 family is in Springhill
Thomas, Emma, Albert, Calvin Arthur, Frederick, Vincent, Jessie E (female) and Henry

http://novascotiagenealogy.com
has bmd's for some of the family including delayed birth registrations for Calvin Northcott Ward, b. Oxford 1879, Albert Edward b. 1877 and Thomas Edgar b. 1875

marriages for
Robert b. 1894 to Mamie Gillis in 1917
Vincent m. Annie Cook, 1906 and second marriage to Laura E. Sterling in 1915
death
Arthur in 1915

You will probably be able to find more bmd's within the privacy framework.

http://automatedgenealogy.com
has census for 1901 and 1911 Cumberland Springhill
when searching try Emma first as she tends to come up easily and then go to the split screen option to view the original documents.
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Reply #5 - 10. Feb 2013 at 19:58
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1871 Census Nova Scotia/Cumberland/River Philip
Dikans, Handley age 62
Mary, age 56
Daniel, 21
John, 16
Lydia, 16
Rosa 2
Emma, 16
Harry 11 months
Nancy 21
no relationships given

in 1881, the name is Dykens but can't place the above names but the next family to the Dykens in 1881 is my great grandfather William Crow and his family. He was a shoemaker and that was the occupation of Thomas Ward in 1881. Coincidence? My great grandfather and his family also moved to Springhill.
You will find that the occupation of most of the Wards was miner.
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Reply #6 - 10. Feb 2013 at 20:23
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The birth and death of George Thomas Ward are on the site that I gave

www.novascotiagenealogy.com
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