Joseph Warren Ware

“Born at Sherborn, Mass., Nov. 22, 1849.  Son of Vorestus and Mary Rosaline (Butler) Ware. PREPARED at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

IN COLLEGE:  1873-75.

MARRIED to Ellen Coleman Paine, Brownsville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 1884.  CHILDREN: Warren Paine, born Oct. 8, 1886;  Mary Paine, born Feb. 22, 1888;  Dorothy, born July 6, 1893;  Eliza Evelyn, Feb. 1, 1900.

OCCUPATION: Cotton Planter.

ADDRESS:  Station G, Route 4, Memphis, Tenn.

AFTER completing my Sophomore year I visited the West intending to return in the fall for my Junior year, became engaged in business, and, though urges by Dr. A.P. Peabody and Dean Gurney to return, I allowed the golden opportunity to pass and have ever since regretted it.  I came to Memphis directly after the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, and have resided here ever since except for the four years directly following my marriage when I lived in Cincinnati, O., doing newspaper work.  Returning to Memphis I have been engaged in newspaper work or life insurance until six years ago; since then I have devoted my life to cotton planting and general farming, especially stock raising.  Until a year ago I have lived a quiet, contented life, but last September, in an evil moment, I put the proceeds of a bale of cotton in my pocket, bought a round trip ticket to Boston, and spent a month in and around Boston.  (My first visit in thirty-eight years.)  The important result of my trip is that it has left me dissatisfied and actually envious of those who live in that favored city.  I now plan to visit Massachusetts soon and look up such of my old friends and classmates as I can.

My daughter, Mary Paine is married.

I am a member of the Unitarian Society and Club, Memphis, Tenn.”

Source:  Seventh Report by Harvard College Class of 1877, Privately Printed for the Class by Plimpton Press -Norwood – Massachusetts, 1877, page 288


Joseph Warren Ware — 1 Comment

  1. Now here’s a highly educated man who did some traveling, but used his extensive education to become a cotton planter in Tennessee. I guess education taught him to stick to the basics.


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