”Abraham Ware, born 1822, at Valley Head, Randolph County, son of James Randolph and Dorothy (Mace) Ware, was married October 5, 1862, in Barbour County, to Diannah, daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth (Harper) Carpenter. Children of Mr. Ware are as follows: Eugenus, Marshall, Enoch, Dororthy, Joseph Worth, James K., Charles William Floyd, Rosa Belle, Daniel, Henrietta, Ida Ellen, Allie and Ada. He is a member of the U. B. Church, is a Republican, and a carpenter and a farmer, residing on Big Flat in Valley District. He has held the office of Constable. His father was born in 1822, and his grandfather was Richard Ware. Ware’s Ridge in Randolph County was named from Richard Ware, the first of the family to cross the Alleghanies. Shortly after the Civil War Abraham Ware put up a shop and manufactured household articles, especially chairs, and nearly every home in Valley District has one or more of the Ware chairs.
It was on Mr. Ware’s farm that Daniel Carpenter found a rattlesnake den, killed thirteen of the reptiles in one fight and almost lost his sight, as was supposed from poison in the air. It was also on this farm that Mr. Carpenter, who was a noted hunter, killed his last buck, and lost his hunting knife.
All seven of Mr. Ware’s sons are carpenters. Eugenus and Enoch are jewelers, Joseph runs a carpenter shop, and James K. is a farmer and teacher, having been born in 1872, and on November 5, 1893, he married Mary Emmaline, daughter of Haymond and Catherine, (Rinehart) Coberly. Their child, Alston Dayton, was born July 5, 1897. Mr. Ware is a member of the U. B. Church, is a Republican, and was educated at Buckhannon and at the American Correspondence Normal of Dansville, New York. Joseph Worth Ware married Samantha Jane, daughter of Simon and Louisa (Hewitt) Poling, and has four children, Simon Porter, Mertie Albert and George Dewey. In politics he is a Republican. In 1898 he lost his right leg by the accidental discharge of a gun.”
Source: The History of Barbour County, West Virginia: From Its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time, by Hu Maxwell, The Acme Publishing Co, Morgantown, W. Va., 1899, pages 512-3