Cecelia “Nan” Walker Cooper

I learned yesterday that my dear cousin had passed away.   I had contacted her a couple of years ago and we had spoken on the phone several times.  She didn’t know of her Ware lineage and I connected her to her (and my) great-great-grandfather, Robert Payne Ware.  She didn’t have  family photos, because they had been lost to a flood several years ago.

When I was in Paducah a couple of years ago, a friend of mine who was taking me around to look at cemeteries where I might find my great-grandparents, gave me a copy of a photograph.  It was given to her by another member of her church, Bethel Christian Church, who thought I might be interested, because of the Ware name.

This is the photo of her father Mack and his sister, Goldie Walker.  Their mother was Mary Antonia Ware, daughter of Johny Payne Ware, who in turn was the son of Robert Payne Ware.  Apparently “Tony” had attended the same church as my great-grandfather, Thomas Edward, and somehow this photo was shared with other members of the Church.


Mack died in 1966 and Goldie died in 1991.  They each had two children.  Now both of Mack’s daughters have passed on and I believe Goldie has a living son.  I know Nan shared the research I sent her with this cousin.

I received copies of photographs of other members of the Ware family and I was going to send them to Nan.

This is her great-grandfather, John Payne Ware.

John died November 22, 1898 in McCracken Co., Kentucky.

(From Ballard & Carlisle Counties Kentucky by J.H. Battle, W.H. Perrin and G.C. Kniffin, Published by F.A. Battey Co., Lousiville, KY, 1885, page 92.)

This is a photo of Martha (Pattie) Shelton Sanders Ware, the wife of Robert Payne Ware and mother of John P. Ware.  She was born September 5, 1810 in North Carolina and died December 10, 1870 in Todd Co., Kentucky.  She had married Robert Payne Ware on April 4, 1834 in Christian Co., Kentucky.  (Todd Co. was taken from Christian Co.)

She and Robert had nine children, six of whom lived to adulthood.  Three members of warefamilies are descended from this union, Brenda Glover from William Nicholas Ware, Linda Hilton Ball, from Virginia Elizabeth Ware and myself from Thomas Edward Ware.  I am still searching for a living descendant of Susan H. Ware who married W. Everrett Burrus, and Martha Ellen, who we believe was married to two men, John (Jack) Edward Maynard and George C. Ingram.

This is Martha’s mother Frances Shelton Sanders.

Frances Shelton was married to James Sanders of North Carolina.  They had five children, three girls and two boys.  Martha and her youngest sister, Frances, must have been very close, though there was almost 16 years difference in their ages.  Frances was married Charles Henry Burrus and it is through the Burrus lineage that I was able to obtain these photos of John and Martha Ware and Frances Sanders.  They are in a leather photo album belonging to Billie Sue Shulhafer of Louisville, Kentucky.

Robert Payne Ware was the son of William and Susannah Payne Ware, of whom there is a biography on this site.   He was born December 1, 1801 in Goochland Co., Virginia and moved to Kentucky sometime before 1834 when he married Martha.  I believe his younger brother William Jr. came to Kentucky about that time also.  What little I know of Robert came from seeing his name on the Slave schedules, a death record for one of his and Martha’s children and a small obituary about his brother that was written in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky newspaper.


At the residence of his brother Robert Ware in Todd Co., KY, William Ware formerly a resident of this city (Clarkville, KY) aged about 63 years.

At the same place on the 5th inst., Robert Ware, aged about 67 years.

Nan Cooper was a very sweet lady and I will miss our chats.


Cecelia “Nan” Walker Cooper — 2 Comments

  1. Nan was indeed a sweet lady and her daughters also miss her greatly. Thank you for posting such nice comments. this is a great website for all of your Ware research! I will try to read up –and find you pictures if I can–but none of these look like people that we have found pictures of ( that I can tell). It was good to talk with you ( but sure wish Mom was still around to do it).

  2. We are saddened to hear this news, but you are blessed to have known Nan and learned more about your heritage.

    Wayne & Jan Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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