Ware Families in Jay County, Indiana

Grace E. Ware, Enoch F. and Rebecca Ware, John E. and Susan Ware, Andrew and Cynthia Ann Ware, William Ware, Lee Ware

”On May 8, 1908, Frederick E. Meeker was united in marriage to Grace E. Ware, who at that time had been for five years a member of the teaching staff of the schools of Jay county, and to this union one child has been born, a son, J. Gordon Meeker, born on September 25, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Meeker have a very pleasant home on East High street, Portland, and have ever taken an interested and helpful part in the general social activities of the city. Mrs. Meeker also is a member of one of the pioneer families of Jay county, the Wares having been represented here since the days when what is now Jay county was a part of Randolph county. She was born in Pike township and is a daughter of Enoch F. and Rebecca Jane (Lyons) Ware, the latter of whom was born in that same township, daughter of Elijah and Mary (Bailey) Lyons, the latter of whom was born in Fulton county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Peter and Margaret (Cline) Bailey. Elijah Lyons was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, September 24, 1824, a son of Thomas and Eve (Apple) Lyons, who in 1837 moved to Perry county in that same state. In this latter county Elijah Lyons grew to manhood and in 1846 married Mary Bailey. Four years later, in September, 1850, he came over into Indiana and settled on an uncleared farm in section 26 of Pike township, this county, where he and his wife reared their family and spent the remainder of their lives, useful and influential members of that community. Enoch F. Ware also was born in Pike township, May 31, 1848, a son of John E. and Susan (Feezle) Ware, the latter of whom was born in Washington county, Tennessee, but was reared in Wayne county, Indiana, where her parents, Martin and Mary Feezle, had settled when she was a child. John E. Ware was born in Amherst county, Virginia, April 4, 1816, a son of Andrew and Cynthia Ann Ware, who in 1834 moved with their family to Clark county, Ohio, and in the following year (1835) moved over into Indiana and settled on a quarter section of timber land in the Bluff Point neighborhood in what later came to be organized as Pike township, this county. John E. Ware was nineteen years of age when he came to this county with his parents and he at once ‘buckled down’ to the task of clearing and developing the home place. In 1842 he married Susan Feezle and established his home on that place, coming later to be the owner of 380 acres of land, and there his last days were spent, his death occurring in the spring of 1868. His widow long survived him. They were the parents of nine children, of whom William Ware, the first born, died in the service of his country while serving as a soldier of the Union during the Civil war. The late Enoch F. Ware, the fourth in order of birth of these children, grew up on that homestead farm and on November 28, 1879, married Rebecca Jane Lyons. He established his home there and spent the rest of his life on that place, one of the leading men of the community and for two terms trustee of Pike township. He and bis wife were the parents of seven children, six of whom are still living, Mrs. Meeker having four sisters, Mrs. Everett Bishop, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clarence Hutchens, of Portland; Lucile and Lena, who are unmarried and living on the old home place, and one brother, Lee Ware, who is farming the home place in Pike township. Mrs. Meeker’s schooling was completed at the Indiana State Normal School at Terre Haute. At the age of seventeen she became qualified as a teacher and for five years prior to her marriage was engaged as a teacher in the schools of this county. She has long taken an interested part in local cultural activities, one of the leaders in woman’s club work at Portland, and is the district chairman of the Eighth district department of the Indiana state federation of clubs. She organized the first Parent-Teacher Association in Portland and is the present president of the local association.”

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Margaret (Ware) Trout

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Mrs. Rebecca Jane Ware

Page 107

Inez Ware

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Martha (Ware) Whitenack

Source:  History of Jay County, Indiana, Vol. 2, by Milton T. Jay M.D., Historical Publishing Co., Indianapolis, 1922


Ware Families in Jay County, Indiana — 2 Comments

  1. Hi, My husband’s great-great grandfather is Samuel Lyons,
    a brother to Thomas and Elijah Lyons. We live in Newark
    Ohio and have been researching the Lyons and Apple family
    trees. Please let me know if there is anyone in Jay
    County who would like to correspond about these families.
    One big question I have is – Does anyone have any information
    that shows that Eve Apple is the daughter of Henry Apple?

  2. I would like to make a correction to the above story. John Ware was the son of Anderson and Cynthia Burford Ware of Amherst County, VA. He is listed in the story as Andrew, which in incorrect. John Ware was my ggg grandfather. His son, Anderson was the father of Sarah Ware Howard. Sarah was the mother to my grandfather James A. Howard.

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