Anson Ware (1829 – )

“ANSON WARE, one of the oldest settlers of Barry County, is now living on section 32, Castleton Township.  Here he has eighty acres of good land, on which a large frame house was built in 1873, at a cost of $1,000 aside from his own work.  The commodious barn cost $600 and was erected in 1868.  Mr. Ware at one time owned one hundred and sixty acres of land but reduced his estate; he has property in Nashville where he has just completed a residence, into which he expects to move.  He is of Irish descent and his grandfather was the originator of the family in America.

Asa Ware, father of our subject, was born in Massachusetts and was a sailor between Boston and Long Island Sound when but a boy.  When a young man he left the sea, went to Connecticut, married and soon afterward settled in Niagara County, N.Y.  He farmed there until 1836, when, with his wife and nine children, he made the journey to Michigan, coming through Canada with a wagon and four yoke of oxen.  He had only his oxen and money enough to enter eighty acres of land when he reached Calhoun County.  He located on section 36, Pennfield Township, remained there until 1842, then came to Barry County and entered eighty acres of section 29, Castleton Township.  He spent his last days with his son Anson, being blind two years before his death which took place when he was eighty four years old.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was one of those detailed to guard the ‘Macedonia’ after its capture by the ‘Hornet.’  He was first a Whig and then a Republican.

The mother of our subject was a native of Connecticut.  She died at the age of seventy-three years.  She was a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church.  The parental family consisted of ten children, namely: Lyman S., Emeline L., William, Julius, Austin, Anson (the youngest), Mrs. Sophia Wells, Mrs. Adeline Post, Mrs. Maria Dean and Lucinda.

Anson Ware was born in Somerset, Niagara County, N. Y., on the shores of Lake Ontario, October 27, 1829.  He was in his sixth year when brought to this State and he has some recollection of the journey.  He pursued his studies in the old log schoolhouse and worked some on the farm.  There were but few settlers around his home in Calhoun County and wild animals were so numerous that he has counted twenty-six deer in a herd.  In Barry County white men were few and Indians numerous.  Our subject used to hunt and trap with a red man named Askasaw and the two shared equally in the proceeds if their work for several years.  They hunted deer and turkeys, trapped mink and coons, and the residence of Mr. Ware still contains a number of tanned deer-skins, while to the cupola of his barn antlers are nailed.  When Askasaw died Mr. Ware gave him a decent burial and had his body placed in the Barryville Cemetery near the Methodist Protestant Church.

Mr. Ware began for himself when eighteen years old, at which time his father deeded the farm to him, the understanding being that the parent was to be cared fro until his death.  He was married September 14, 1851, to Lucia Warren who was born in Niagara County, N.Y., February 26, 1829.  She came West with her parents in August, 1836, and lived with them in Washtenaw County three years.  The family–father, mother and fourteen children–then removed by ox-teams and wagons to Waukesha County, Wis., twenty-five miles west of Milwaukee.  There Miss Warren remained with her parents thirteen years, and while on a visit to a sister in Barry County met and married Mr. Ware.  To her and her husband four children have been born, viz: David (deceased), Mrs. Deliah Webb, Mrs. Clara Harman and Mrs. Elsie Tucker.  On all national issues Mr. Ware votes the Republican ticket, but at local elections he is independent.  He endured many privations and did much hard work in the earlier days here and his prosperity is well deserved…”

Source:  Portrait and Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan, Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1891, pages 569-70.


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  1. In the early years, so many made enough money to survive on by trapping, selling furs and hunting, which furnished them with food. A good article.
    Wayne

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