Anna Catherine Adams Ward was born 24 May 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Adams and Mary Ann Leech. She was the fourth child and first girl born in her family. Just five months after her birth the family was called by Brigham Young to settle Southern Utah and so the family moved to Parowan. Growing up Anna found she had great talent as a seamstress and was renowned for her suits and delicate lace. Anna attended school in Beaver and later became a teacher in Paragoonah, being paid for her labors with boarding. Luckily, she was also able to make money as a seamstress. On 21 August 1869 at age eighteen Anna married David Ward as his third wife and together they had four children. She and her family lived at her husband’s farm at Rush Lake for a number of years. This ended when Anna contracted pneumonia and the family was forced to move to Provo in 1905 for her health. Anna was left in a weakened state since her illness and never fully recovered. On 22 November 1908 she passed away during an operation in the Provo Hospital at age fifty-eight.
This collection consists of several folders containing manuscripts on Thomas Adams. In the third folder information can be found on Anna Catherine Adams Ward. The manuscript is forty-four typewritten pages. The first page is a family group sheet containing pictures and important dates for Anna’s parents, Mary and William, and information for their children and spouses. Following this there are brief histories of various family members, including a three-page history of Anna’s father William and then a three-page history of her mother Mary. Following Mary’s biography other brief histories of family members are given including her father’s second wife and the children from both of his marriages. Anna’s history was written by Sadie Ollorton Clark. The history covers the major events in Anna’s life schooling, work, marriage, children and death. Following Anna’s biography other brief histories of siblings are included.