Dauvray was born on February 14, 1859 in San Francisco, California. She married baseball player John Montgomery Ward on October 12, 1887. They divorced, though a trophy called the "Dauvray Cup" was coined during their union in 1887. Books about baseball history recount the details of their celebrity marriage.
- "Naval Officers at Helen Dauvray's Bier. Once Noted Actress, Widow of Rear Admiral Winterhalter, Buried in Arlington". New York Times. December 7, 1923. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
- (20 February 1892). Our Gallery of Players - XXXIV. Helen Dauvray, The Illustrated American, p. 16, 35
- Thorn, John (November 4, 2011). "Baseball's Lost Chalice, Part 2". Our Game. MLBlogs Network. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "Helen Dauvray's Choice. To Be Married This Morning To John M. Ward" (PDF). New York Times. October 12, 1887. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
Miss Helen Dauvray, the well known actress, will be married this morning to Mr. John Montgomery Ward, ex-Captain of the New-York Baseball team.
- (19 September 1999). Same Old Ball Game, The New York Times