Milton Clarke Ware (1856 – )

“MILTON CLARKE WARE.   One of the prominent families of the old Osage tribe is that household which Milton C. Ware is the head, resident of Pawhnska.  For many years the Ware family lived on a large ranch and farm in Osage County, but move to Pawhuska some years ago in order that the children might secure  better educational advantages.

Mr. Ware himself is an intermarried citizen of the Osages.  He was born in Collins County, Texas, October 11, 1856, a son of James and Nancy (Howell) Ware.  His father was born in Lawrence County, Arkansas, and his mother in Illinois, but they spent most of their lives in Collins County, Texas, where his father was a farmer and a stock raiser and also one of the pioneer settlers.  That section of Northern Texas had a very scant population until after the close of the Civil War.  In their family are five sons and one daughter still living.

Milton Clark Ware grew up on the old Texas farm, gained his education in the common schools of that county and lived there as a farmer and,  stock man until coming to Osage County in 1890.  After his marriage he located on a large farm five miles south of Pawhnska, and that was his home until six years ago when he moved his family to Pawhnska in order that his children might be close to good schools.  He keeps a home in town and also lives at the ranch, and still operates the farm and has some very extensive interests as a farmer and a stock man.  His wife and children have shared in the allotment of Indian lands, and there are seven individual participants in this allotment among his own family, each one having more than one section of land.

Mr. Ware is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his family belong to the Christian Church,  October 3, 1891, he married  Agnes Martin.  She was born near Tahlequah in the Cherokee Nation September 13, 1870, and she if of Cherokee and Osage blood.  She lost her mother when she was fourteen months old, and soon afterwards her father brought her to the Osage Nation.  Her parents were Alexander and Rachel (Sanders) Martin.  Her father was born near Pryor Creek in the Cherokee Nation, and her mother near Talequah.  Both were half blood Indians, her father being of the Osage and her mother of the Cherokee blood.  Her father died December 17, 1815 , his home having been on Eighth Street, Pawhuska.  He married for his third wife Minnie Deuton.  By the first marriage there were two children and Mrs. Ware’s sister Julia, the wife of William Edwards of Wyona.

Mr.  and Mrs.  Ware have eight children:  Julia, wife of Gordon Wells, living near Bartletsville; Nancy,wife of Edward German of Ponca City; Beulah May, Rose Lee, Henry, Davis, Marie and James, at home.”

Source:  The Standard History of Oklahoma, Vol. V, by Joseph B. Thoburn, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1916, pages 2138 & 2139

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