Ephraim Groves Ware (1791 – 1862)

“EPHRAIM GROVES WARE was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, on the 25th of August, 1791.  He was a descendant of Robert Ware, who settled in that part of Dedham now called Wrentham; was one of the original proprietors of land in Dedham; and died on the 19th of April, 1699.

Robert and Elizabeth Ware, of a later generation, were the great-grandparents of Ephraim G. Ware.  They had a son, Timothy, born December 23, 1716, who married, in 1742, Mary Healey (born November 30, 1721, daughter of Paul and Hannah Healey.  Their son Elias married Deborah Groves, daughter of Ephraim Groves, January 25, 1781.  Their son, Ephraim Groves Ware, is the subject of the memoir.

He came to Boston about the year 1806, was clerk with Mr. Conant, afterwards engaged in business under the firm of Gulliver and Ware, continued about a twelve-month, then formed a connection with his brother James, under the firm name of J. and E.G. Ware.  Their business transactions were carried on during the War of 1812.  Meeting the reverses, as did thousands of their fellow citizens at that trying period, he relinquished the business.

On the 13th of May, 1816, he married Sarah Coverly, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Winslow) Coverly.  They had children, Samuel Coverly, Ephraim Groves, John Winslow, and Sarah Jane.

In October 1825, he went to New York City, and engaged in the shoe business; left in June, 1829, and in hte latte part of the same year went to New Orleans, expecting to go into business with his brother Milton Ware.  On reaching New Orleans, he learned, to his great disappointment, that his brother had been dead about a month.

He remained in that neighborhood for about six months, and then returned home; went to New Orleans again in the latter part of the year, 1830, returned home the month of June following, and in December, 1831, removed to West Wrentham, where he remained till the year 1845, when he came again to Boston.  In 1850 he took up his abode in Wrentham Centre, tarried one year and a half, and then returned to Boston, where he resided till his decease.

Mr. Ware was a member of the Common Council of Boston in 1825, and of the School Committee in 1855.  He was an energetic member of the Boston Hussars, — a famous corps that has been extinct over half a century.  He took deep interest in the welfare of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and was elected a Resident Member on the 3rd of October, 1855, and was a constant and punctual attendant at monthly meetings.

He died in Boston on the 8th of November, 1862, aged seventy-one years.”

Source:  Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol. 5 1862-1864, published by the Society, Boston, 1894, page 136


Ephraim Groves Ware (1791 – 1862) — 1 Comment

  1. These Massachusetts generations of Ware’s produced many fine professional people in government and in business. They seemed to have the means to educate themselves in top rated schools and used their tools of knowledge to advance themselves.


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