Stephen V. Ware (1812 – 1893)

Note:  Stephen V. Ware is a descendant of the sixth generation from Robert Ware Sr. and the son of Dr. Lewis Ware.

“Stephen V. Ware, son of Dr. Lewis Ware, was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts, August 28, 1812.  He died after an illness of two weeks at his home. 23 East street, Fitchburg, December 22, 1893.  He received a common school education. During his early years of business he was a traveling salesman and he covered the New England and Middle State for a number of years.

At the time of the gold fever in 1851, he went to California and resided there and in Nevada for fifteen years, occupied in mining and the grocery business.  He also made considerable money in cattle dealing.  He came back to Massachusetts in 1866 and resided in Ashburnham and Gardner until 1884, when he removed to Fitchburg.  He acquired a competence and did not care for active business.  he had a grocery store near his residence in Fitchburg, however, and carried it on up to the time of his death.

He was remarkably vigorous for a man of his years and at the age of eighty made the trip to the home of his only surviving brother, in Kansas, Samuel Ware, formerly also of Fitchburg.  He was a Methodist in religion, a Republican in politics, and belonged to the order of the Odd Fellows.  He was an upright and respectable citizen, greatly loved by his friends and family.  He was a quiet, unassuming, domestic man, successful in his business and gifted with exceptional ability in many ways.

He married Charlotte A. Marshall, daughter of Abel and Roselma (Naramore) Marshall, and sister of Alfred A. Marshall of Fitchburg.  She was born in 1840 in Fitchburg.  She survives her husband and resides in the homestead in Fitchburg.  The children of Stephen V. and Charlotte A. Ware were: Mabel Marshall, born at Ashburnham, May 9, 1868; married, March, 1892, Frank C. Blood, who was born in West Groton in 1867; Henry Augustus, born at Fitchburg, February 14, 1870-1; George Franklin, born at Gardner, February 21, 1874; Annie Eloise, born January 10,1877; Oscar Elliot, born October 5, 1879, married Sophia Dohla, and they have one child, Robert.”

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 41

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