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Brentford Councillors - Isaac Ward


Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

Isaac Ward

Isaac Ward was elected to Brentford Urban District Council in April 1900. His name appears on the foundation stone of the Library (1903) and the Market extension (1905).

He is standing between Mr Chovil and Fred Turner on the photograph at the opening of the library.

He had been born in Barham, Suffolk in October 1860 ( Ipswich 4a 529) and the 1861 census shows him aged 6months with his father, Stephen (34), a brewer’s assistant born in Essex and his mother Ann (34) who had been born in Barham. He had six older brothers and one sister and there was a 17 year old servant resident too.

In 1871 he was 11 years old and living with his aunt, Pearl Hardy at a public house in Bramford, Suffolk. I can’t find him in 1881 but by 1891 he was married with a 1 year old daughter and a Brewer’s Manager at 24 Bedford Street, Ipswich.
His wife, Martha was 38 and born in Lympsham in Somerset. Daughter Edith had been born in Brentford.

By 1901 they had moved to 18, York Road, Brentford.
Isaac was a Brewer’s Manager aged 40. Martha was 48 and Edith 11. They had two other daughters Evalina Annie (9) born in Ipswich and Dorothea Mabel aged 7 which suggests that they had moved to Brentford about 1894.


He was elected to the Council in 1900 and his address in the directories is 23, Somerset Road in 1905, 1906 and 1907. There’s no entry in 1908 which would suggest that he had moved from Brentford.

The ancestry website has information about him that shows him in a census of 1930 aged 69 living in Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey. It suggests that an American descendent may have put up the information. (Boggs Neath Wurtman Haines).

There are no parents shown but his wife was Martha nee Haines and children Edith Frances born 1889, Evalina Annie born 1891, Dorothy Mabel (Doll) 1893 – 1988. So it would seem the right person.

Evalina was most likely named after the daughter of the Rothschilds of Gunnersbury who died young; her parents gave an annual prize at the British/Rothschild School in her memory.

His passport application was before 1925.

Other material

Janet has also provided a newspaper article from when he first stood for election in 1900, a photo from 1900 when he was serving as a councillor, a newspaper advertisement from his campaign in 1903 and an example of his signature. To be added as time permits.


Page published March 2012