Ananias Ware

“Ananias Ware, farmer, is a son of Jacob Ware, who was born in Virginia, and removed to this state in 1810, settling in Pike County. He then went to Ross County, where he lived till 1853, when he moved to the farm now owned by our subject. He was married to Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Gemima McDonald. The latter is said to have been the first white woman that settled in the Scioto valley. She was a sister of Governor Duncan McArthur. Her husband was one of the first surveyors in this section. He died in 1847 or 1848; she in 1875, at the advanced age of ninety-six years.

Jacob Ware was born in 1802, his wife in 1806. They had eight children, of whom six are living: Thomas Allen, Ananias, Allison M., William, Alice (now Mrs. L. A. Reed), and Jacob E. He and wife were exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church from early childhood. He died in 1859; she is still living at Frankfort.

Our subject was born in 1836, in Frankfort, Ross County, where he lived until sixteen years of age, receiving a common school education, and then removed to the place he now occupies, where he has since resided. He was married, September 16, 1858, to Melinda, daughter of Jacob Eyman, of this township, who bore him seven children, of whom six are living: Ida F., Charles A., W. A. Frank S., Laura, and Ella; all at home but the latter, who lives with her Grandma Eyman.

Mr. Ware is a member of the Camp Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, as are all the children who reside at home. His wife belongs to the Fairview German Baptist Church. He assisted in driving the Morgan raiders from our borders, and had five brothers in the regular service. William was taken prisoner at the battle of the wilderness, and confined in most of the rebel prisons. Is a Republican, politically; owns three hundred and twenty-five acres of laud on the Chillicothe pike, five miles from Washington, all in a successful state of cultivation. He farms to grain and stock, and makes a specialty of breeding English Berkshire hogs.”

Source:  History of Fayette Co., Ohio, by R.S. Dills, Odell and Moyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio, 1881,page 868


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