Joseph K. Ware (1793 – )

”Rev. Joseph K. Ware. —Oct. 15, 1827. The town voted to give a call to Rev. Joseph K. Ware to settle in the work of the ministry, offering him an annual salary of $500, with conditions similar to those agreed to in the case of Mr. Sweet. He gave his answer, accepting the invitation, Nov. 8, and was ordained Dec. 12, Rev. Dr. Humphrey preaching the sermon.

A considerable minority was opposed to the settlement of Mr. Ware, and did not become reconciled to his ministry. Many left the society, some at first because of their dissatisfaction, others on account of the heavy burden of taxation for his support, until his friends found themselves unable to raise the salary. On liis request, he was regularly dismissed from the pastoral relation Mar. 16, 1831.

Mr. Ware was born in Norwich, Mass., April 21, 1793, and removed with his parents to Conway at three years of age; graduated at Amherst College 1824, and studied theology at Now Haven.

After leaving Palmer he preached several years in Newark, N. Y., and one year in Walworth, N. Y., then took charge of a High School in Palmyra, N. Y., where he remained two years, then preached in Havana and Burdette, N. Y., four or five years and one year in Dresden, N. Y.; then took up his residence in Canandaigua, same State.

A Parish Organized. Soon after the dismission of Mr. Ware, i. c, on April 4, 1831, a Society or Parish was formed, comprising those who held to the doctrines of the chnrch covenant and accepted the Congregational form of government. …”

Source:  History of the Town of Palmer, Massachusetts, by Josiah Howard Temple, Published by the Town of Palmer, 1889, pages 235-6


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