John Quincy Adams Ware (1822 – 1865)

“John Quincy Adams Ware was the son of Capt. Benjamin and Martha (Chapin) Ware.  He was born in Gilsum, December 17, 1822.  When a youth, he was considered a young man of correct habits, strong to labor, of literary tastes, and showing considerable ability in lyceum debated and .

After reaching maturity, he embraced sceptical views, though  he did not refrain from attending divine worship and listening to the gospel.  During the preaching of Rev. Mark Carpenter in Gilsum, while he settled in Keene, Mr. Ware was suddenly arrested by the power of the Holy Spirit, and immediately yielded himself to the claims of the Gospel.

To prepare himself for the work of the ministry, he pursued a thorough course of study at New Hampton, soon after which he came to Marlborough, and entered at once upon the duties of a preacher and pastor.

Mr. Ware was a man of considerable energy, naturally social and generous-hearted.  Physically, there were not many his equal. He was full six feet in stature, weighing one hundred and eighty pounds.  He was a man of more than ordinary ability, one whose air and mien made his presence felt.  His style of composition for the pulpit was that of strength rather than ornament of rhetoric and gloss of diction.  His manner of speaking was open, earnest, and impressive.

After closing his labors here, he went to Sanbornton, where he remained four years; thence to Addison, Vt., where he labored two years, and then to Whiting, Vt., where he remained till his death.

While a member of the Addison County Baptist Association of Vermont, he occupied a position of influence and prominence, showing that he had a power which he could wield for good in the Association.  He was many times chosen its moderator, and took a more or less conspicuous part in all its deliberations.  The people of Whiting, while he was a resident there, paid him a tribute of respect — not only as a minister, but as a man — in choosing him moderator of their town-meetings, which duties he ably discharged, and by his influence sometimes carried measures which otherwise would have failed.

The history of the church in Whiting, over which he was pastor six years, shows what his influence was to build up a society; and although his record was not so great as he himself could have wished, yet it was very creditable.

Being a man of good physical constitution, he was able to preform and endure more mental labor than many of his contemporaries.  While on business at his sister’s in Surry, he was taken sick, and died suddenly, August 29, 1865.”

Source:  History of the Town of  Marlborough, Cheshire County, N.H., by Charles Austin Bemis, Press of Geo. H. Ellis, Boston, 1881, pages 134-5.

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