Madison M. Ware

Family Group Sheet of Madison M. Ware s/o John E. Ware and Frances McKan
1. MADISON M. WARE b. 10 Sept 1816 Va. d. 1867 Taylor Co, KY (tombstone in Collins cemetery) The census records say Madison was born in KY but the fact is that his parents didn’ t move there until ca 1846 and two documents show Madison in Middlesex Co before that date. Though he had left home by the 1840 census, he was still around. An entry on the 1842 tax list showed he paid tax on a silver watch and a Middlesex county orphan bond signed by Robert Mackan in 1845 shows that Madison then 29, took in the orphans of a John Ware. We do not know who this John was but it is possible that he was a brother. (See FGS for John E. Ware)
md. Drucilla Owsley 5 July 1849 Clark Co KY. n.f.i. on her except that census records indicate that she was born between 1829-1831 in KY. (It is possible that Owsley family research could yield some new information.)
Madison was named as John E. Ware’s son in the will of his uncle William E. Ware. By trade, Madison was a merchant (census) a surveyer, (ECCR Vol. VI p. 534, 541) and he may have had some interest in the mill business. He also seemed to move around quite a bit. Records indicate that he lived in Clark Co from 1846-1851, (note that his parents came to KY in 1846 also) in Powell Co from 1852-’55, in Shelby Co from 1858-’64, maybe in Clark again in 1865, then in Taylor 1867 where he died.
Not long after he moved to KY from VA, Madison purchased a piece of land, setting off a buying spree among his cousins. Beginning in 1846, Madison bought 130 acres on Lulbegrud Ck from Esther/Easter (Hampton, d/o David and sister of Jesse Hampton*) Daniel, the widow of Beverly Daniel (Clark Co Deed Bk. 32). She was related to his aunt Frances Daniel, Ware______how? The Bardzilla Abbott heirs had been the original owners of this acreage.
(*In 1856 Jesse Hampton sold a piece of Hardwick’s Ck land to Elizabeth Crutchfield, wife of Harvey Ware. Was this coincidence?)
In 1849 Madison’s cousin Richard Hansford Ware, with his father’s help, bought some of the same Lulbegrud Ck land which the heirs had put up for sale through J.V. Karrick, commissioner. This parcel contained a grist mill and distillery and was located on the Powell Co line. Karrick himself had also bought some of Mrs Daniel’s real estate and in 1851, he and his wife Harriet, sold part of this to Madison.
The index shows the sale of “H & L & fraction of a lot in Winchester” to John Cannon (Kennon) in 1859 (Bk. 39 p.503) and I don’t have a copy of that deed to see the details. The Kennons, however, are tied in to my family, with Eubanks Kennon’s marriage to my great grandmother’s sister Susan M. Mountz. It is not clear whether Madison was involved with his cousin Richard Ware’s grist mill business in Clark Co but in April of 1856 he and Willis Skinner purchased a piece of Estill Co property on Hardwicks Ck, known as Sharp’s Mill. (Estill Co. Bk. L p. 267) This land had been owned by George H. Judy. but it was purchased through the Commisioner. Apparently they had already been involved with this property because back in Feb of 1853 there is a record that reads: George H. Judy & Co. mortgage to Willis Skinner and M.M.Ware, our interest in a saw mill and grist mill and lot, unto Skinner and Ware trading in co-partnership at West Bend, Powell Co, our interest being (1/2) of the above property we accquired from Archibald M. Stewart and on Hardwicks Ck, to secure note for $242.97 and $27.47 (Estill Co Bk. K p. 127) In Oct of 1853, just 6 mos. after the mortgage transaction, a court record shows that the Judy family had a conflict over the ownership of Sharps Mill; some members accusing others of mortgaging to Ware and Skinner under false pretenses. (Estill Co Circuit Court Records Volume I p. 65) I don’t see a record explaining why the Judy’s finally had to sell it through the commisioner but nonetheless, Sharps Mill on Hardwicks Ck came into the possession of Skinner and Ware completely in 1856.
This situation did not last long however. In August 1859 (ECCCR Volume III p. 245) a letter arrives from Madison Ware who is now in Shelbyville, to Mathew McKinney. It contains a deed to half of Sharps Mill. Just when McKinney got involved is not clear but in Nov of 1864 he purchased the entire property from Skinner and Ware and in 1877 he sells it on to W. E. McKinney.
Meanwhile the Ware brothers Robert and Richard, are also buying land in Estill Co. At a Sherriff’s sale in Irvine in January of 1853, they were the highest bidders on a piece of property on Bucks Ck that had been owned by George and Elizabeth Williams. (ECCR Vol. IX p. 814) Robert and Richard continue to buy and sell property in Clark, Estill and Powell counties as does Willis Skinner but Madison is no longer involved. I do not know whether he or Drucilla ever owned any other land after he sold his half of Sharp’s Mill. Madison at 51, died in 1867 and is buried in Taylor Co. and Drucilla appears alone on its 1870 census. Sometime after that she and some of her children move back to Fayette Co where they appear in the 1880 census.

M. Elliston

Ware Decendents – PDF Document

Information contributed by Charles Madison Bland


Madison M. Ware — 1 Comment

  1. My records indicate Madison Ware to be my maternal Great Grandfather. ONE OF HIS DAUGHTER’s, Francis being my Grandmother who married William Henry Bland. Both FRANCIS & William Henry are buried in a family plot on the former Bland home place in Taylor County Ky. Drucilla Ware is buried in Pine Bluff AR. I have some additional information including some old photos of Francis and some other Ware Family members if interested.

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