Grace E. Ware

“…  She was born in Pike township and is the daughter of Enoch F. and Rebecca Jane (Lyons ) Ware…  Enoch F. Ware was also born in Pike township, May 31, 1848, a son of John E. and Susan (Feezle) Ware,…

John E. Ware was born in Amherst county, Virginia, April 4, 1816, a son of Andrew and Cynthia Ann Ware, who moved in 1834 with their family to Clark county Ohio, and the following year (1835) moved over into Indiana and settled on a quarter section of timber land in the Bluff Point neighborhood in what later came to be organized as Pike township, this county.  John E. Ware was nineteen years of age when he came to this county with his parents and he at once ‘buckled’ down to the task of clearing and developing the home place.  In 1842 he married Susan Feezle and established his home on that place, coming later to be the owner of 380 acres of land, and there his last days were spent, his death occurring in the spring of 1868.  His widow long survived him.  They were the parent of nine children, of whom William Ware, the first born, died in the service of his country while serving as a soldier of the Union during the Civil War.

The late Enoch F. Ware, the fourth in order of birth of these children, grew up on that homestead farm and on November 28, 1879 he married Rebecca Jane Lyons.  He established his home there and spent the rest of his life on that place, one of the leading men of the community and for two terms trustee of Pike township.  He and his wife were the parents of seven children, six of whom are still living,” (Grace E. Ware) “Mrs. Meeker having four sisters. Mrs. Everett Bishop, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clarence Hutchens, of Portland; Lucille and Lena, who are unmarried and living in the old home place, and one brother, Lee Ware, who is farming the home place in Pike township.

Mrs. Meeker’s schooling was completed at the Indiana State Normal School at Terre Haute.  At the age of seventeen she became qualified as a teacher and for five years prior to her marriage” (to Frederick E. Meeker) “was engaged in the schools of this county.

She has long taken an interested part in local and cultural activities, one of the leaders in woman’s club work at Portland, and is the district chairman of the Eighth district department of the Indiana state federation of clubs.  She organized the first Parent-Teacher Association in Portland and is the present president of the local association.”

Source:  History of Jay Co., Indiana, Vol. 2, by Milton T. Jay and M.W. Montgomery, Historical Publishing Co., Indianapolis, 1922, pages 330-1


Grace E. Ware — 1 Comment

  1. This article brings an interest to me because as a school boy in high school at Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, we played teams from Pike Twp in both football and basketball during the early 1950’s when I was there and for awhile after I graduated in 1953.

    C. Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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