Ward, Eber B., 1811-1875

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In 1807 Eber Ward married Sally Potter (d. 1818). Together they had four children, including Emily (1809- ) and Eber Brock (1811-1875). At various times, the family lived in Upper Canada, Salem (Ohio), Detroit, Bois Blanc, and Mackinac (Mich.). Eber served as the lighthouse keeper at Bois Blanc, 1830-1831. As a young man, Eber B. Ward worked with his uncle, Samuel Ward, a prominent shipbuilder in Marine City (Mich.). Eventually they became partners in "Ward's Line of Steamers" and successfully built a number of steamboats. Capt. Eber B. returned to Detroit in 1850. He became wealthy because of his steamboat business which transported lumber and iron between Buffalo (N.Y.) and N.Y. (city). He also had large investments in pine lands, mining, and railroads in Mich., Iowa, Wis., Ohio, Ariz., and Tex. In 1837, Eber B. married Mary McQueen, with whom he had seven children. Later, after divorcing Mary, Eber B. married Kate Lyon, with whom he had two more children. On Jan. 2, 1875 Eber B. died in Detroit of apoplexy. His devoted sister, Emily, outlived him. (Information from the collection.).

From the description of Family papers, 1807-1875. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 45130301

In English.

Eber Brock Ward, son of Eber and Sally (Potter) Ward, was born, Dec. 25, 1811, at Applegath's Mills, Ont. He came with his father to Belle River in 1822, and in 1830 rent with him to the Bois Blanc Lighthouse. Here he began his long and brilliant business career by catching and salting fish for the market. In 1933 he entered the employ of his Uncle Samuel Ward, who was constructing the first boats of the famous Ward Line. Soon Eber Brock became a partner, furnishing the venturesome spirit needed in the enterprise. His business interests expanded to include foundries, railroads, glass factories, mines, timber lands, etc. He produced in his Wyandotte mills in September, 1864, the first Bessemer steel manufactured in America, and at his Chicago rolling mills on May 24, 1865, rolled the first Bessemer steel rail. On July 24, 1837 he married Mary Mcqueen, and they had seven children; they were divorced, and on Mar. 11, 1869 he married Kate Lyon, by whom he had a son, Eber Brock, and a daughter, Clara. He died in Detroit, Jan. 2, 1875 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. (from Mich. Pio. Colls., XXI, 340ff ; MS/Ward Family ; Ward Genealogy) (blue index cards)

From the description of Eber B. Ward papers, 1849-1871 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 608032903

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Wolverton, John L. Sam Ward. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Ward, Eber. City of Winnipeg. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf McKnight, S. Mineral Rock. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869. Papers, 1830-1920 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn J.S. Stearns Lumber Company (Bennett, Mich.). Account book, 1886,1891. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Ward, Eber B., 1811-1875. Family papers, 1807-1875. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Ward, Eber B., 1811-1875. Eber B. Ward papers, 1849-1871 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Ward, Eber. Pfohl. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Walker, Augustus, 1799 or 1800-1865. Early days on the lakes, 1864. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Hall, Kenneth R. Papers 1782-1986. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Boutelle, Fred E. Antelope. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Downie, William, 1871-1948. Eber Brock Ward collection, 1939. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Ward family papers, 1807-1945. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Arnold, T. T. Keweenaw. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Ward, Eber B., 1811-1875. Family papers, 1807-1875. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Wolverton, J. L. Pacific. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Banta, Jacob W. Lady Franklin. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn American Iron and Steel Institute. Records of predecessor organizations, 1864-1912. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn McCreery-Fenton Family papers, 1818-1948, 1860-1940 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Ward, Eber. R.G. Coburn. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Hodge, Harry S. Eber Ward. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Romeyn, Theodore, 1810-1885. Theodore Romeyn papers, 1836-1886. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
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associatedWith American Iron and Steel Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869 person
associatedWith Downie, William, 1871-1948 person
associatedWith Hall, Kenneth R. person
associatedWith J.S. Stearns Lumber Company (Bennett, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith McCreery Family family
associatedWith Romeyn, Theodore, 1810-1885. person
associatedWith Walker, Augustus, 1799 or 1800-1865. person
associatedWith Ward, Eber. person
associatedWith Ward, Emily, 1809- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan--Bois Blanc
Michigan--Thunder Bay Island
Detroit (Mich.)
Michigan--Upper Peninsula
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Michigan
Chicago (Ill.)
Great Lakes (North America)
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Fisheries
Fishing
Industrialists
Lighthouse
Lighthouse keepers
Lumbering
Mineral industries
Railroads
Shipping
Steamboats
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Birth 1811-12-25

Death 1875-01-02

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