John Ware ( – 1865)

“… John Ware, was a native of New Jersey, born about ten miles from Philadelphia, of sterling English descent, receiving a common-school education, and by occupation was a farmer.  When a young man he emigrated to Warren county, Ohio, where he married Margaret Roberts, and afterward located on a farm in Warren county, Ohio and ab0ut 1830 emigrated to Indiana, settling in the northeastern part of Henry county amidst an oak forest.  Entering eighty acres there he proceeded to clear it and had his work partly done when he sold the place and purchased a farm two or three miles distant, but soon after that moved to Flat Rock, about seven miles away, where he lived about twenty years.  He then moved to Grant county, Indiana, arriving April, 1844, and purchased a cleared farm of eighty acres, lived there about four years, improved it and finally deeded it to his son John; and then, in company with his four sons, — William, Jesse, John and Benjamin F., — bought four hundred acres on Wildcat creek, Howard county, which was completely covered with heavy timber.  After partly improving this immense  tract he sold out his interest there he died in June, 1865, in West Liberty, Howard county, at the age of sixty years.  He was a typical American pioneer, labored hard and cleared up an immense amount of land in the virgin forest.

His children were: William, Jesse, Sophia, John and Benjamin.

In religion he was a sincere and intelligent Methodist, and in politics a Democrat originally; but when Kansas troubles broke out in 1854-6 he became a Republican.  He was a man of stern principles, strict self discipline and high honor; and his wife was also an exemplary lady of noble qualities…”

Source:  Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties Indiana, Vol. 1, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1898, pages 476-7

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