Photo taken of the Landrum & Ware Store taken in
1898 at Schollville, Clark Co. KY. Richard if the man
with the beard standing near the horse on which
his wife Rachel Flynn Ware is seated. The black
man was an employee who lived in the back of the
store. The other man in shirtsleeves was John R.
Photo and description provided by Wendell Ware.
“RICHARD HANDSFORD WARE; a well known and prominent merchant of Hedges, Clark County, Ky.,was born in that county, August 13, 1840, of English and Scotch parentage. His father, Samuel Ware, a native of Hanover County, Va., was born about 1808, and was a tanner by occupation. He came to Kentucky in 1812 with his parents, who settled on a farm near Kiddville, but in Montgomery County, where he was reared. In 1838 he removed to Clark County and settled on a farm on what is known as the Waters of Upper Howard’s Creek, where he lived for a short time, returning to Montgomery County. In 1868 he removed to Pike County, Ill., where he died in 1870. He married Elizabeth Landrum, a native of Clark County, Ky., daughter of Reuben and Patsey (Bibb) Landrum, natives of Fluvanna County, Va. Four sons and one daughter were born to their union, the subject of this sketch being the second child. Mrs. Elizabeth Ware died in Clark County in 1847, having been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a number of years, as well as a firm supporter of its principles. Robert Ware, grandfather of Richard H. Ware., a native of Hanover County, Va., came to Kentucky at an early day, and settled in Montgomery County on a farm, where he lived until his death; he took and active part in the War of 1812, and participated in the battles of Tippecannoe, Fort Megis and the Thames, receiving a wound in the latter place. He was a Democrat in politics but never took an active part in political matters. The maternal grandfather or our subject, Reuben Landrum, first settled in Madison County, Ky., where he spent the winter of 1810-11, removing to Clark County, where his death occurred; he was a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Richard H. Ware was educated in the common schools of his native county, and spent his early life on the farm. He now owns 700 acres of principally blue grass land which he keeps well stocked with a good grade of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, which is one of the finest farms in Clark County. In 1856 he embarked in the mercantile business in Schoolsville, (Scholville) which he still successfully manages, carrying a stock of general merchandise worth about $3,000, under the firm name of Landrum & Ware.
January 17, 1871, he married Rachel M. Flynn, of Clark County, daughter of Dudley and Martha A. (Wills) Flynn, of Kentucky. One daughter followed their union, Martha Elizabeth, born September 29, 1873.
Politically Mr. Ware is a stanch Democrat. ”
Source: Kentucky: A History of the State, by William Henry Perrin, J.H. Battle and G.C. Knifflin, F.A. Battey and Co., Louisville, Ky and Chicago, Ill., 1888, page 1004