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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Eleanor McConnell Ward,   pp. 165-166 PDF (393.8 KB)


Page 165


    "Her keen mind never lost its zest for life. People,
politics, books, travel were of unfailing interest to her."
    Harriet Anthony Mears was a lineal descendant of
Thomas Seabrook, who assisted in establishing American
independence while acting in the capacity of major and
lieutenant colonel in the first regiment of Monmoth
County, New Jersey and whose son, Stephen Seabrook,
was aide de camp and dispatch-bearer to General Wash-
ington. The battle of Monmonth was fought on Thomas
Seabrook's farm.
    She was a member of the John Bell Chapter D. A. R.,
Madison, Wisconsin.
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    Eleanor McConnell Ward, the wife of Dr. Andrew
J. Ward, came to Wisconsin to reside in 1850. She was
welcomed in Madison by a group of superior, intellectual
women. Mrs. Lathrop, the wife of the Chancellor of the
University; Mrs. J. C. Fairchild, the mother of three
brave sons; Mrs. Edward Isley, later of Milwaukee; Mrs.
Morrison, Mrs. L. W. Hoyt; Mrs. 0. M. Conover; Mrs.
J. W. Sterling; Mrs. Simeon Mills, the real pioneer; and
others who composed the refined society of the pioneer
city.
    Dr. Ward had served two years in the Mexican war
in California, and the year before coming to Wisconsin,
himself and wife spent months in Washington, D.
C., where they were privileged to meet many prominent
men and women of that time.
    Dr. Ward had a long line of fighting ancestors. An-
drew Ward, Governor of Connecticut in 1634, Captain
Peter Ward in the Colonial War, Ichabod Ward, his
grandfather, a brave patriot of the War of the Revolution.
Mrs. Ward's grandfather served in the war of 1812.
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