Joseph Ware (1691-2 – 1754)

Note: Joseph Ware was the son of John Ware and grandson of Robert Ware.

“Joseph Ware, son of John Ware was born in Wrentham, June 2, 1691-2, and died in Sherborn, January 26, 1754.  He married January 5, 1708-9, Hannah Wood, daughter of Elazer and Dorothy Wood, of Sherborn.  Eleazer was the son of Nicholas Wood.  Hannah was born February 11, 1688-9, died March 4, 1754.

They settled on the Wood farm in Sherborn.  In 1710  with Joseph Morse he built the first grist mill on Sawin’s Brook and the privilege is still in the Morse family.

He purchased half the Hull estate from Judith Cooper, daughter of Judge Sewall, and built upon it a house which is now or was recently standing.  It was occupied in 1856 by Major Goulding, a descendant.  In 1885 it was owned and occupied by Thomas Colford.  Henry Ware , Sr., was born in this house.  Hannnah Wood inherited half this farm.  His slave Duty planted the great elm tree near the house, three-fourth of a mile south of Sherborn common.

The children of Joseph and Hannah (Wood) Ware were: Hannah, born August 10, 1719, married in Sherborn, December 27, 1753, Nathaniel Haven; Zipporah, November 22, 1712, married Curtis Goulding; Abagail, April 27, 1715, died May 6, 1715; John, May 20, 1717, died September 18, 1779; Eleazer, November 3, 1719, died August 18, 1722; Abagail, January 7, 1722-3, died March 1, 1788, married September 2, 1742, Nathaniel Prentice, son of Deacon Henry Prentice, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; settled on the south quarter of the Hull farm in Sherborn; he died January 23, 1791, aged eighty-one;  Joseph, August 3, 1725, died March 31, 1743, unmarried; Benjamin, April 18, 1730, died February 25, 1754, was captain, served as cornet of horse in expedition against the Indians; about 1710 he and Captain Joseph Morse built the first grist mill on Sewall’s brook; was selectman eleven years.”

Source:  Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Vol. 4, Ellery Bicknell Crane, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1907, page 13


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