The Ware Families of Deerfield, Massachusetts


‘The Renowned Noble Lady Armina,’ amid the luxuries of her ancestral hall in old Lincolnshire, meditating upon the lost condition of the heathen in the New World, putting up her prayers and sending her gold across the seas for their redemption, represents a deeply seated sentiment of her time. It was her aim, that the oeeupancy of New England should result not only in the accumulation of earthly riches by the adventurers, but should redound to the glory of God in a large harvest of souls through the conversion of its barbarian inhabitants. Capt. George Weymouth, a historian of the times, active in promoting the settlement of our shores, testifies that the main end of all these undertakings was to plant the gospel in these dark regions of America.

The sagacious Capt. John Smith, warrior and trader, tired with his rough experience in Virginia, and looking to the settlement of new colonies as fields for profitable commerce, declares that he is ‘not so simple to thinke that any other motiue than wealth will euer erect there a commonweale,’ but hopes that ‘gaine will make them affect that which Religion, Charity, and the Common Good cannot,’ and he shrewdly urges the grasping Prince Charles to send settlers to this coast, pointing out a way in which he could serve both God and mammon at the same time. ‘Nothing,’ he says, ‘could be more agreeable to God than to seeke to conuert these poore Saluages to know Christ and humanitie, whose labours there with diseresion will triple requite thy charge and paines.’ …”

This community became the home of one Robert Ware and successive gnerations.

Source:  A History of Deerfield Massachusetts: 1636-1886, Vol. 1, by George Sheldon, Deerfield Massachusetts, 1895

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