Robert Ware Sr.

“Robert Ware, the immigrant ancestor of Charles E. Ware, of Fitchburg was indeed the ancestor of all of that name known in this part of the country.  Robert Ware was born in England and came to this country before the autumn of 1642.  He became a proprietor of the town November 25, 1642.  He bought  the house and three acres of land of Thomas Earnes, of Dedham.  His lot was on Great or Dedham Island.  Grants of land were made to him February 6, 1642-3, and from time to time afterwards in Dedham.  He joined the joined the church at the time of the baptism of his eldest child October 2 or 11, 1646.  He was admitted a freeman May 26, 1647.  He became a member of the artillery company in 1644.  He lived and died in Dedham, though three of his sons, John, Nathaniel and Robert settled in what was later and is now called Wrentham, Masachusetts, adjoining Dedham.

Robert Ware paid the second largest tax in Dedham.

He married (first) in Dedham, Margaret Hunting, March 24, 1644-5.  She was the daughter of John Hunting, first ruling elder of the Dedham Church, and his wife Esther Seaborn.  Margaret,the mother of all his children, died in Dedham, August 26, 1679.  He married (second), May 3, 1676, Hannah Jones,born March 28, 1636, died April 20, 1721, daughter of Thomas Jones of Dorchester.  He grave is marked by a stone in the Dorchester burying ground… Robert Ware died in Dedham, April 19, 1699.  His will was made February 25, 1698, and proved May 11, 1869.

The children of Robert and Margaret (Hunting) Ware were: John, born October 6, 1846 … ; Nathaniel, October 7, 1648, died July 10, 1724, at Wrentham; Margaret, February 14, 1650-1, died July 22 1664; Robert” (Jr.),” August 1, 1653, died September 16, 1724, at Wrentham; Ester, September 28, 1655, died September 3, 1734, at Wrentham; married May 13, 1673, in Dedham, Rev. Samuel Man, first minister of Wrentham, only son of William Man, of Cambridge; had eleven children; Samuel, September 30, 1657, died March, 1730-1; Ephraim, November 5, 1659, died March 26, 1753, aged ninety-three years, at Needham; Elizabeth, November 19, 1661; Joseph, September 8, 1665; Ebenezer, October 28, 1667, died 1765, aged ninety-seven years, at Needham.”

Source:  Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester Co. Mass, Vol. 4, Ellery Bicknell Crane, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1907, pages 12-13


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