Samuel Cowell Ware (1810 – 1886)

“SAMUEL COWELL WARE was born December 9, 1910 at Shrewsberry, Massachuetts.  He came to Richmond in early life.  He was a cabinet maker, and a very conscientious, pious man.  There are still extant in Richmond specimens of his work in homes and it is hard to realize that such articles could have been made in Richmond seventy-five years ago.  He was a friend of John Lawrence who was engaged in the same occupation.

He was a devoted Presbyterian and for years led the singing  in the old church, always having with him his tuning fork to help pitch the hymns.  There is an amusing story handed down of how, after a very earnest sermon preached by ‘Father Barnes’ on ‘Heaven,’ Brother Ware began to strike his fork and get ready, when the former, who cared very little for ‘Yankees’ and less for tuning forks, exclaimed ‘Thank God brethren when we do get to heaven there will be no Yankee with a tuning fork to start the hymns.’

Mr. Ware married the daughter of Frederic Miller, his wife being sister of Justice Samuel F. Miller of the United States Supreme Court.  There was a large family born to them, none of whom reside in Richmond.

Brother Ware moved to Towanda, Ill., in 1863 with his family and died there August 6, 1886.   Mr. Ballinger, a member of President Taft’s cabinet, was a grandson of Mr. Ware.

The records of the Grand Lodge do not show whether he was a Mason when he came to Kentucky or not, but he either received the Master’s degree, or was admitted in 1848.  The same year he was elected Secretary.  He served as such for one year.  He was Junior Warden 1850, Senior Warden 1851, and elected Master in June, 1852, serving for six months.  He was elected again in December, 1859 and a third time December, 1860.

He was a just, God-fearing man, set a splendid example to all, especially his own family and today they have reason to rise up and call him blessed.”

Source:  A History of Masonry in Madison  County, Kentucky 1812-1913, compiled and written by Robert R. Burman, 1914, page 72


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