Joseph Ware ( – 1711)

“On the fifth day of May, 1675, a company from England, principally members of the Society of Friends, landed from the ship ‘Griffith,’ which brought them from England to find  home in West Jersey.  The leading spirit of the enterprise and owner of the lands now included in what are now known as Salem and Cumberland counties, New Jersey, was John Fenwick, from which the colony received its name.  The landing place of the Fenwick colony appearing to Fenwick as a good location for a town he called New Salem.

Among these Fenwick colonists was Joseph Ware, of Monmouthshire, Wales .  Thomas Shourds, in his ‘History of Salem County,’ says that Joseph Ware came as a ‘servant’ to Edward Wade.  But as Smith, in his ‘History of New Jersey’ says–Fenwick’s daughters, Anne and Elizabeth, married two of his ‘servant,’ it would seem the meaning of servants then was one who worked for wages  and not one of inferior social position.  But that is of little moment.

Joseph Ware soon became a man of importance in the colony, his name appearing several times as a member of a and sometimes as a foreman of the grand jury.  He bought within a few years five hundred acres of land on Lower Alloways Creek, part of which is yet owned by descendants.  He died March 30, 1711, leaving a will in which he divided his property among his children, after providing for his widow Mary.  He made no mention of his son, John, who early in life became a follower of George Keith, known as the Quaker Baptist, which fact probably estranged him from his father.

Joseph Ware married (first) May 30, 1683, Martha, daughter of John Becket, of Essex, near Kingston-on-the-Thames, England: four children.  He married (second) Mary, who is mentioned in his will, who bore him a daughter, Patience.”

Source:  A History of Delaware Co. Pennsylvania, Vol. 3, by John Woolf Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., N.Y., 1914, page 877


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