Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Zael Ward Notebook, 1833-1843

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff, September 1987, and Meg Hixon, April 2012

Summary Information
Title: Zael Ward notebook
Creator: Ward, Zael, 1791-1864
Inclusive dates: 1833-1843
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Zael Ward notebook contains notes on civil cases that Ward heard as justice of the peace in Harmony, New York; financial accounts; and records of marriages he performed in Harmony, New York, and Cottrellville, Michigan.
Language: The material is inEnglish
Repository: William L. Clements Library,University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1986. M-2320.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Zael Ward Notebook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography:

Zael Ward was born in Rutland, Vermont, on April 6, 1791, the son of Reverend David Ward and Abigail Pray. He moved to Harmony, New York, before 1833 and served as a justice of the peace until moving to Cottrellville, Michigan, around the early 1840s. He was a farmer in Cottrellville and in Marine City, Michigan, for the remainder of his life. Ward married Susan Page (1791-1873) on April 26, 1810, and they had 10 children, of whom at least four survived: Susan (b. 1817), David William (1833-1854), Zael Ward, Jr. (1827-1850), and Mary. Zael Ward, Sr., died on July 20, 1864.


Collection Scope and Content Note

"Zael Ward's Docket Book" (164 pages) contains notes on civil cases that Ward heard as justice of the peace in Harmony, New York; financial accounts; and records of marriages he performed in Harmony, New York, and Cottrellville, Michigan.

The first 5 pages consist of miscellaneous notes, including a mention of a bee swarm (p. 1) and a state-by-state list of election dates for an unspecified year (p. 2). Pages 6-61 contain notes on court cases that Ward heard as justice of the peace in Harmony, New York, between January 28, 1833, and May 22, 1837, concerning financial disputes. The cases are organized chronologically, and record the names of the involved parties, a brief recapitulation of the dispute, and the amount of any damages awarded. Pages 60-62 also have brief journal entries made in 1833, 1838, and 1841, and the remainder of the book contains Ward's personal financial accounts between 1837 and 1842 (pp. 63-141 and 154-163), interspersed with additional notes.

The first several pages of accounts (pp. 63-68) concern boarders who stayed with Ward in 1838 and 1839, as well as miscellaneous labor costs. The vast majority of the transactions record the purchase of foodstuffs and other items, most often meat, fish, potatoes, sugar, flour, and butter, as well as payments for labor and household items. Additionally, Ward documented his financial accounts with specific individuals, frequently noting the dates of settlement, often in the early 1840s. Scattered among these accounts are a set of travel and labor costs charged to St. Clair County, Michigan (p. 85); a legal memorandum dated at Chautauqua County, New York, on September 1, 1834, regarding an illegal alcohol purchase (p. 128); notes that Ward paid a school tax (p. 130); and the abbreviated text of a petition (p. 140). Ward also kept a list of marriages he performed in Harmony, New York (March 7, 1833-October 20, 1836), and Cottrellville, Michigan (July 23, 1842), on pages 142-152.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Actions and defenses--New York (State)
    • Cottrellville (Mich. : Township)
    • Food prices--United States.
    • Harmony (N.Y.)
    • Justices of the peace--New York (State)
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Legal records.
    • Notes.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Zael Ward notebook,  1833-1843 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Jenks, William Lee. St. Clair County Michigan[,] Its History and its People: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress and Its Principal Interests. Volume II. Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.

    Ward, George K. Andrew Warde and His Descendants 1597-1910…. New York: A. T. De la Mare Printing and Publishing Company, 1910.