THOMAS EDWARD WARE (T.E. Ware), merchant and postmaster at Maxon’s Mill, KY., was born in Todd Co., KY., Sep. 22, 1839. His father, Robert Payne Ware, was a Virginian by birth and came to KY in 1833 locating first in Christian Co. Robert was a farmer by occupation and and died in Todd Co. in 1868. His wife Martha Sanders Ware bore him 11 children, of whom our subject is the fourth. T.E. remained on the farm until he was 16 years of age, and was well educated.
He accepted a position as salesman with Lyne & Brother, merchants at Fairview, KY., remaining with them four years.
He went to Mississippi in 1859, but returned a year later, moved to McCracken Co., and farmed there five years.
On Nov. 8 1860, he married Sarah Elizabeth Layne, of Mecklenburg Co. VA, daughter of widow, Nancy Goode Layne. Two children were born to the couple, Robert Edward and Lucy Ellen. Lucy lived about a year and is buried in the cemetery at Bethel Christain Church, Kevil, KY.
He returned to Todd Co., around the time his father died and farmed there six years. Four children were born in Todd Co., William Everett, James Elwood, John Eugene, and Mary Elizabeth.
When he returned to McCracken Co., he settled land–a place of 80 acres, which he cleared from the timber and improved. The following children were born after his return, Bessie Estell, Eula Morton, Martha Ellen, Thomas S, who died in infancy, Lida Agnes, Tahula Etta and Minnie (Pain or Payne), who also died in infancy.
In 1876, he opened a general store and did well at this business. He served two terms as magistrate of the Fifth District. He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. and Knights of the Golden Rule.
Sarah died Mar 29, 1881 shortly after the birth of their last daughter.
Family information states T.E. died on Feb. 22 1897 of an infection in his toe.
Neither a grave site for T.E. and Sarah have been located. I believe they are buried on their farm-land in Maxon’s Mill. When the first child of William Everett died the day it was born, the Paducah Sun newspaper account, states the child was buried in the Ware Family plot at Maxon’s Mill.
Information taken from McCracken County, KY Biographies, Theresa Morris Middle, Vicki Ware Cheesman. Photos courtesy of of Lorene Albert Morris, daughter of Eula Ware (Albert).