John Ware (1815 – )

“John Ware was born in the year 1815 in Missouri, and died at Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  He was the son of Isaiah Ware and Elizabeth Kimble and married Nancy Altum Jul. 1, 1841 in Franklin County, Missouri.

She was born Jan 17, 1819 in Salem, Marion County, Illinois and died Mar 31, 1901 in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Woodbine.  Nancy was the daughter of James Bulger Altum and Sarah Nichols.  John and Nancy were the parents of nine children.

A daughter, Lucinda Ware was born April 10, 1843 in Missouri and died in Missouri during infancy.

A son, William Ware was born Dec. 15, 1846 in Missouri and died in Missouri during infancy.

An unnamed son was born and died Jan. 8, 1848 in Missouri.

James (Jim ) Ware was born Jan. 1, 1845 in Franklin County, Missouri…

Elijah Ware was born Mar. 25, 1850 in Missouri…

Henry Patterson (Pat) Ware was born Oct. 15, 1855 in Springfield, Missouri…

John and Nancy headed for Texas from Missouri in a covered wagon with three children, their sons James, Elijah and Pat…  Born later in Texas  were Spence, Rad, and John.  They settled in the Cross Timbers ares on Timber Creek in Cooke County, Texas in 1854.  They were early settlers of that area, that now includes Woodbine which was founded in 1879.

The homestead was settled about Jan. 13, 1854.  The Ranch is listed in the Texas Family Land Heritage Registry for being in the same family for 100 years.  John first paid taxes in Cooke County, in1855 on 320 acres on Timber Creek.  It was recorded in 1861 that he paid taxes on that tract, plus 640 acres elsewhere along the stream, 8 horses, and 60 cattle.  The Ware Ranch at its height of prosperity was once 3,000 acres.

The Ware family had been settled and working the land for seven years when the Civil War broke out in 1861,  The county became a political hot bed.”

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