Jacob F Ware (1820 – )

Note:  The principal of this biography was not descended from the English line of Ware, but rather from the the German line of Weir.  I have included it in the blog, so the readers may understand how easy it is to make the assumption if the name is spelled Ware, they came from England.  Over time Weir became Ware.  This biography also speaks to the hardships and successes of the early pioneers and I thought you might like to read it, for its worth, and regarding historical background.

“Jacob F Ware, a retired agriculturist of Palestine, Darke County, is an honored representative of the early pioneers of Ohio, and is a true type of the energetic, hardy men who have actively assisted in developing and improving this beautiful and fertile agricultural country.  A native of this state, he was born in Preble county, December 13, 1820.  His father, John Ware, was born in Knox county, Tennessee, in 1789, and was a son of John Paul Ware, a native of Germany, who when a young man, was captured and brought to America as a soldier in the employ of the British during the Revolutionary war, but after serving six months he deserted and joined the Continental forces, with which he fought seven years.  Abut 1814 he came to Preble county, Ohio, where he was killed by a horse at the age of sixty-six years.  His wife had died previously in Tennessee. The father of our subject grew to manhood in his  native state and in Guilford county, North Carolina, married Sarah Coble, a native of that county.  Her father, Lewis Coble, was also born in Germany and came to this country when a young man.  In North Carolina he married a native of Pennsylvania.  By occupation he was a farmer.  It was in 1810 that John Ware and wife removed to Preble, county, Ohio, and located in Twin township, where he lived for sixty-two years.  He died at the age of eighty-five, honored and respected by all who knew him.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, under General Harrison, and was at the treaty of Greenville i 1814.  He was a prominent member of the Lutheran church at West Alexandria, where he helped to build the house of worship.  His wife died at the age of sixty-six years.  their family were fourteen children, six sons and eight daughters, all of whom grew to manhood or womanhood, and five sons and three daughters are still living. In this family our subject is the sixth child and third son.  He was reared in Twin township, Preble county, and attended school in a building constructed of round logs, with puncheon floor, greased paper windows and a slab laid on pins driven into the wall for a desk.  During his youth, he assisted in the work of the home farm and learned the carpenter’s trade, and after attaining his majority, engaged in contracting and building for five years, doing all the work, such as hewing the raw timber into braces, studding, rafters, etc., which was all done by hand.  Two of the barns built by him in Drake county, in 1844, are still standing and in a good state of preservation.  He employed four to twelve men, but at the end of five years his health failed and he came to Drake county, locating in German township, in the woods, where with his own hands he cleared on hundred and twenty acres of land.  He made the first jumping shovel plow in the county.  He raised fifty bushels of corn per acre for his first crop and continued to successfully engage in farming until 1899, when he removed to Palestine and has lived retired.  At one time he owned two-hundred and forty-four acres of land, but has since given his son, Joseph, eighty acres of this.  In 1871 his barn, 40×80 feet, and one of the best in the county, was destroyed by fire, together with its contents, including two-thousand bushels of threshed wheat, fifteen thousand bushels of corn, five hundred bushels of oats and fifteen tons of hay and all farming implements, amounting to five thousand dollars.  He rebuilt the barn the following year.  In the 21st day of April, 1898, he had the misfortune to lose his house in the same way, but this was insured and was afterward rebuilt. On the 21st of October, 1844, Mr. Ware wedded Miss Mary C. Ritnoure, and to them were born five children: John R., who is married and lives in Wabash county, Indiana;  Weltha Ann, the wife of William Stover, of Lightsville, Darke county, Ohio; Sarah Jane, the wife of Joshua Jeffries, of German township, Drake county; Martin A., who died at the age of two years; and Joseph W., a business man of Gordon Mississippi.  The mother of these children died February 16, 1878, and for his second wife Mr. Ware married Mrs. Lydia (Panlus) Fry, widow of George Fry.  She was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, April10, 1836, but was reared in Drake county from her first year…  In his political affiliations Mr. Ware is a Democrat, and he has most efficiently filled the office of school director and supervisor of his township.  In 1851 he was a member of the first board of education ever organized in the county, and served as school director in one district eighteen years.  He has been chairman of four different old settlers organizations–the West Alexandria, Preble county: Lightsville, Spring Hill and German– and is an active prominent member of the United Brethren church in Palestine, in which he had served as assistant classleader five year.  He has been a hard working an industrious man, and the success that he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own well directed and energetic efforts.

Source:  A Biographical History of Darke Co. Ohio, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1900, pages 480-2


Jacob F Ware (1820 – ) — 1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for your sources. I descend from John’s, b. 1789, brother William who settle in Morgan Co, IN. My 2nd great grandfather (David Ware) was born in Preble Co., in 1819 before the family migrated to Indiana. I do have one question…I have noticed in some “family” histories that John Paul Ware had 2 wives, Mary Jane Albright (1763-1831) and Jane Melon (1790-1850). Both of these women outlived John Paul Ware thus did he divorce Mary Jane Albright or are the dates I have seen wrong? My mother is a Ware by birth.

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