Josiah William Ware

“FRANCES TOY GLASSELL ,b. ‘Torthorwald,’ Va., July 25, 1809; d. May 10, 1842; m. Feb. 22, 1827, Josiah William Ware, planter, of Va. He was son of James and Elizabeth (Alexander) Ware, and grandson of James and Catharine (Todd) Ware, of Va., b. Aug. 7, 1802; d. at his home, Clarke county, Va., Aug. 13, 1883, aged 81 years less six days.  He was one of the Justices of Clarke county.

It is said that he was “eminently useful as a citizen, both in private and public life. His methodical and industrious habits enabled him for many years to render important services to his friends and neighbors, whom he was always happy to assist. Cheerful and buoyant, his presence was hailed with delight by the young, in whom he always seemed to feel a special interest, and who looked up to him with pleasure and respect. His was an old age free from those infirmities of body and mind which so often mar the happiness of persons in advanced life, and make them burdens to themselves and all about them.” The Baltimore, Md., Sun adds this tribute:

‘ Col. Ware, during the magisterial system, was for many years a member of the court of his county. It was stated at the bar to-day that although hundreds of cases came before him he was never reversed. The court adjourned at 12 o’clock to-day until 10 o’clock to-morrow as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased. Before the war Col. Ware was the most extensive sheep-raiser in the valley of Virginia, and did more than any man in this section to improve the breed of sheep by importing from England.’

He was twice married. (II.) to Edmonia Jaquelin Smith, of Va., who survives him.

Children (WARE) by first marriage, b. Berryville, Va.:

JAMES, b. —, 1830; d. inf.

James Alexander, b. —, 1832; m. Nov. 26, 1856, Jane Morton Smith.

John Glassell M. D., C. S. A., b. —, 1835; Grad. M. D., Univ. Va., 1854 ; d. unm. Sept., 1858, Galveston, Texas.

Elizabeth Alexander, b. Sept. 30, 1837; m. (I.) Mar. 10, 1864, Dr. Edward Wharton Britton. (II.) Apr. 30, 1884, James Mercer Garnett McGuire, M. D.

Lucy Balmain, b. —, 1839; d. Sept., 1866; m. Mar. 23, 1839, Edward Parke Custis Lewis.” (Related to the George Washington family.)

“Charles Alexander, M. D., C. S. A., b. Clarke county, Apr. 26, 1841 ed. U. Va. 1860; grad. M. D. Med. Col. Va. 1863; entered the Confederate States Army 1861 as private in General J. E. B. Stuart’s cavalry command; commissioned 1863 Assistant Surgeon C. S. A., attached to the l8th Va. Cav. and McCallahan’s Battery, Lomax Cav. Div., Army Nor. Va. Is now practicing in St. Louis, Mo., unm.

By second marriage Mr. Ware had:

Jaquelin Smith.

Rev. Josiah William.

Rev. Sigismund Stribling.

Robert Mackey.”

Reference Data:

Virginia Genealogies, by Horace Edwin Hayden, 1891, page 23

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