Roger Ware – His Ancestors Lost and Found

The last week in November we received a comment on the biography of Alfred K. Ware and a few minutes later, the commenter, Roger Ware Jr., joined our membership.  As is my custom, I wrote him a welcome note.  I was hoping Roger might have had a photo or two to go with the biography.  A short time later Roger e-mailed back saying he had no photos, but directed me to a YouTube production by the Northfield Historical Society about the “Ware Auditorium,” which is mentioned in the biography.

“WARE, Alfred K., president Northfield Light, Heat & Power Co.; born at Waterloo, Ia., Aug. 23, 1863; son of Edward Kirkland and Mary (Maxwell) Ware; educated in Waterloo and Minneapolis public schools and Evanston (Ill.) High School. Began active career in land office of Charles W. Andrews. Lake Benton, Minn.; went East and spent two years in Virginia in fancy live stock business; bought and owned the famous sire Aicantara, 2:23, one of the most noted stallions in the world; located in Northfield, Minn.. in 1899, where he has been successful both in business and politics. Since 1900, president Northfield Light, Heat & Power Co. Owner and manager of the Ware Auditorium (the only theatre in the city) and of the Aicantara live stock farm. Republican. Entered politics. 1901. as alderman; elected mayor of Northfield, 1903; elected to State Legislature. 1904; delegate to State convention and member resolutions committee, 1906. Congregationalist. Member Masonic order, Modern Woodmen of America, A. O. U. W. Married at Lake Benton. March 30, 1887. to Miss Harriett Fletcher. Ten children have blessed this union: 8 living and 2 dead (six boys and 4 girls); children living; Cecil G., 18; Mildred, 17; Ralph K., 16; Fletcher, K., 15; Marjorie Helen, 13; Alexander E., 10; John Theodore, 8; Alfreda Lillian, 3 years. Address: Northfield, Minn.”

(Source:  The Book of Minnesotans, by Albert Nelson Marquis, A.N. Marquis and Co., Chicago, 1907, page 533)

Roger later forwarded this information regarding what he had been able to discover about the Wares and the Ware Auditorium.

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Many of you know  I prefer to speak with people rather than exchange e-mails, so I called Roger and we talked about his ancestors; what he knew of them.  He told me he had been researching his family history for over 20 years, and though he had information on his great-grandfather, Alfred and his grandfather, Fletcher, the last 10 years had proven fruitless.  He explained that Harriet, Alfred’s first wife, had died in Medford, Oregon, in  about 1910 when the family moved there from Minnesota.  Alfred returned to Minnesota after her death and remarried.  But what happened to Harriet?  Roger said he had been unable to find her grave.  I placed a few calls to Medford; the library and two mortuaries. I received a copy of Harriet’s obituary from the Medford, Oregon Public Library.

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More of Rogers’ information :

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During the course of our conversation, I asked Roger if he knew what the middle initial, K, stood for in Alfred’s name.  He told me “Kirkland.”  Rockets went off, red flags waved and alarm bells rang in my brain.  I know the name Kirkland to be connected with Robert Ware of Dedham, Massachusetts, one of whose family came over on the Mayflower.  Apparently I had previously missed the Kirkland name in the biography.  I began earnestly studying Alfred’s biography.

I Googled the name of Alfred’s father, Edward Kirkland, in connection with Waterloo, Iowa.  Nothing useful.  Then Evanston, Illinois and bingo!

EDWARD K. WARE, born in Granville, Ill., Aug. 2,

1834; married Mary Maxwell, in Oct. 1862. They settled at

Waterloo, Iowa. She died Dec. 20, 1879. Profession, lawyer.

Graduated at the Cambridge Law School. P. O. address,

Evanston, Ill.


I. Alfred K. Ware, b. Aug. 23, 1863. 1495

II. Charles,  b. July 3, 1865. 1496

III. Frank,  b. Sep. 16, 1866. 1497

IV. Mary Lillian, b. Oct. 12, 1874. 1498

(Source: William W. (William Wallace) Johnson.  Clarke-Clark genealogy : records of the descendants of Thomas Clarke, Plymouth, 1623-1697. (page 10 of 16)

By early afternoon, Roger had climbed one rung on the ladder on his family tree and on his way to the top.  He had some information about Alfred’s sibling, but this posting gave him the rest.

From Roger Ware later that afternoon:

”You were correct! I found the records for Edward Kirkland Ware. Shows he died in Colfax, Ia and both parents were born in Mass. Found his obit in a Chicago paper on 9/3/1892. So we are connected to the Mass line of the Ware’s! Have been working to find the name of his parents with no luck. Read he graduated from Knox College in 1854 so I am going to contact them to see if they have any old records that list the names of his parents? I do have Ancestry and still have not found the link.”

I am no longer a member of, so I e-mailed Wayne Ware and asked him to find out what information he could regarding Alfred, Edward and the rest of the family.  The next day, he forwarded this to me:

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I e-mailed this to Roger and he told me when I called him the next morning he had sent it to his father in Colorado.  He said his father, Roger Sr., had gotten emotional when he saw the photograph of Alfred, because he had never seen a picture of his grandfather.  Being researchers is something like being a treasure seeker, when the reward is rich, the heart is full.

Wayne told me he would continue to research the family line and I went back to the Clark-Clarke Genealogy pages on-line, going further back to find the father and mother of Edward K. Ware.

LUCINDA A. CLARK, born Sept. 14, 1808; married,

April 22, 1833, Ralph Ware, of Conway. They settled in Gran-

ville, Ill., where their children were born, and where he died in

May, 1864. Occupation, farming. She resides at 4823 Hyde

Park Ave., Hyde Park, Ill.


I. Edward K. Ware, b. Aug. 2, 1834, 668

II. Caroline C.,  b. Oct. 9, 1836. 669

III. Lucinda A.,  b. April 28, 1839. 670

IV. Lyman, b. Nov. 11, 1841. 671

V. Ann Louisa,  b. Dec. 25, 1843; d. Dec. 24, 1845. 672

VI. Elisha C.,  b. Aug. 30, 1846. 673

VII. Lincoln C.,  b. Sept. 9, 1849. 674

VIII. Henry F.,  b. Oct. 30, 1851. 675

(Source: William W. (William Wallace) Johnson.  Clarke-Clark genealogy : records of the descendants of Thomas Clarke, Plymouth, 1623-1697. (page 6 of 16)

As I was reading through this information, I remembered a biography I had posted about  Doctor Lyman Ware.  I forwarded it Roger.

”Lyman Ware, M. D., was born November 11, 1841, and is a son of Ralph and Lucinda (Clark) Ware, both parents being natives of Massachusetts, where the Ware family located in the 17th century. On the mother’s side the Clarks came to the Colonies in 1621 on the second voyage of the Mayflower and located at what is now Conway, and there members of the family have ever since resided. Ralph, father of Lyman, was born in Conway in 1804 and became a manufacturer of shell combs, continuing until 1833, when he came to Illinois and settled at Granville, Putnam county. There he engaged in farming and stock raising and often drove his cattle, hogs and sheep to the Chicago market. He was active in politics, was a Whig and was well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln whom he often entertained at his home. He was a Presbyterian and the main supporter of the church in his home village. His death occurred in 1863. His children were: Edward (deceased), Caroline. Lucinda (deceased), Lyman, Elisha (deceased 1909), Lincoln (deceased) and Henry.

Dr. Lyman Ware was educated in the public schools of Granville and later attended the University of Michigan. In his second year at that institution he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and owing to his knowledge of drugs and medicine was taken from the ranks and made hospital steward, being located most of the time at Paducah, Ky. Upon being mustered out in 1865 he entered the Chicago Medical college, now medical department of Northwestern University, and after taking his degree of M. D. entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating therefrom in 1868. He returned at once to Chicago and engaged in the general practice of medicine, becoming connected with several hospitals and dispensaries. After spending 1874 and 1875 in post graduate work at Vienna and Paris, he again returned to Chicago and then limited his practice to diseases of the eye and ear at 125 State street. He was thus located until 1893 when he removed his office to the corner of Wabash avenue and Washington street, Marshall Field building, and here he has since remained. For twenty-five years he was surgeon at the Illinois Eye and Ear hospital and for several years was connected with the Cook county hospital. He is a Republican and a Presbyterian ; of the latter organization he has been an elder for many years. His life has been active, useful and replete with stirring and important professional scenes. He has translated, by special permission, Von Arlts’ clinical lectures on diseases of the eye. He is the owner of considerable business and flat property in this city. On June 7, 1877, Dr. Ware was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth A. Law, daughter of Robert Law of this city, and to them have been born the following children: Hildegard, born November 20, 1892; Edith, born March 18, 1894; and Elizabeth, born February 20, 1897. The family resides at 4424 Drexel boulevard.

(Source:  History of Cook Co., Illinois, Vol. 2 by Goodspeed and Healy, page 717)”

Roger’s reply: ”This is incredible. With your help I have accomplished more in two days that I have in 10 years! I can not thank you enough !”

A few days later Roger forwarded the following to me, which he had found on-line through, the Illinois State Historical website.  It was from an article entitled “Ralph Ware of Granville: Champion of Agriculture and Education,” written by Edward T. Leavitt, (a descendant), pages 161-163, published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society ( 1908-1984), Vol. 70, No. 2 (May, 1977).

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Wayne, snail-mailed me copies of the Ancestry information, taking Rogers lineage back to Robert Ware of Dedham, Massachusetts.

1. Jonathan Ware b.12 Jul. 1747 – d. 9 Feb. 1829.  Married (1) Sarah Woods, (2) Lucy Kingsley and (3) Anna Kirkland, 28 May 1789; parents of Ralph Ware. (Wayne notes here that he is not sure that Jonathan was married to two other women; he is still researching the Ancestry source.)

2. Samuel Ware b. 8 Feb. 1716 – d. 6 Jan. 1806.  Married Anna Goodale 24 Jul. 1745; parents of Jonathan Ware.

3. Nathaniel Ware Sr. b. 7 Oct. 1648 – d. 10 Jul. 1724.  Married Mary Wheelock 12 Oct. 1696; parents of Samuel Ware

4. Robert Ware b.19 Apr. 1622, Dedham MA. – 19 Apr. 1699, Wrentham, MA.  Married Margaret Hunting 24 Mar. 1645; parents of Nathaniel Ware Sr.

The history of this family is well researched and Roger will have no trouble finding more information regarding his lineage.  He will have more cousins than he can count.  We wish him good luck and much enjoyment in discovering his roots.

(My thanks to Conrad Wayne Ware for all his help with this project.  May he find the top rung of the ladder on his family tree someday.  Many thanks to Roger Ware for sending us on this journey.)


Roger Ware – His Ancestors Lost and Found — 1 Comment

  1. I have documented the graves of two members of the Ware family, in Granville, Illinois. One is that of Nancy L. Ware, wife of Thomas Ware. Thomas was the first settler of Granville, Illinois, which he named for the town from which he came, Granville Massachusetts. The Ware Home remains the oldest standing structure in Granville, IL. The other grave is that of the wife of Timothy Ware. It is likely that Timothy is a relation of Thomas. Images of the two gravestones may be viewed on Find A Grave, at the following links:

    There are other Wares in another cemetery in Granville, Illinois, which I have yet to document. If anyone could provide additional information for these two Wares, I would be most appreciative. Thank you!

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