”John Ware (deceased) was born in Broome, Sheffield county, Massachusetts, February 23, 1819. His parents, Lemuel and Salome (Chamberlain) Ware, were natives of the same place. Lemuel was a soldier in the war of 1812, while his father served in the revolution. John was reared on the farm, and educated at the Potsdam Academy. On reaching his majority, he removed with his parents to Bombay, New York.
In 1846 he married Alice A. Bowker, who was born at Georgia, Vermont, February 21, 1823. Three years later he came to Waupun, Wisconsin, where he studied and afterwards practiced law, carrying on a large and successful business. In 1867 he removed to Mantorville, this county, and shortly after purchased a farm of one hundred acres on section 17, to which he gave his attention up to the time of his death, which occurred November 22, 1872.
Although he was not a member of any church, he preferred the Episcopal. When living in New York state he was justice of the peace, and, at another time, county superintendent of schools. This latter office he also held in Dodge county, Wisconsin. Mr. Ware was both a Mason and OddFellow.
The names of his children are: Silas Edward, living at Red Wing, Minnesota; Joseph Lemuel, at Minneapolis; Henry Herbert, at home; Oliver Charles, Ottumwa, Iowa; Antony Bernard Martin, at home.”
Source: History of Winona, Olmstead and Dodge Counties, H.H. Hill and Co., Publishers, Chicago, 1884, pages 1154-5