Thomas Ware (1806 – 1886)

Thomas Ware House

Current photograph of the Thomas Ware house in Granville, Illinois.

Thomas Ware
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Thomas Ware.

”A farmer, residing in Granville. He was born in Franklin county, Mass., in 1806, came West in 1833, and with his brother Ralph located in this township and commenced farming, which avocation be has successfally followed to the present time. In 1833 he married in Worcester, Mass., Miss Nancy L, Shepherd, also a native of that state. She died in 1846, leaving five children, two of whom have since died, Thomas S., Nancy L. (Mrs, Farwell), and Charles K. are still living. May 6,1847, Mr. Ware married Miss Mary A. Stewart, a native of Bond county, Ill.. his present wife. The children by this mairiage are William 8.. Mary A., Sarah E.. Henry M., James W., Joseph E., Lucy E., and Justin P. They are members of the Congregational church, and consistent and energetic workers in the cause of temperance. Two sons- in-law of Mr. Ware and his son Charles K., served in the army daring the war of the rebellion, two of them being wounded. As one of the first settlers of the township Mr. Ware was prominently identified with the establishment of schools and churches, and was an active and cheerful worker in providing suitable accommodations for these indispensable adjuncts of civilization. He owns 375 acres of land, all under cultivation save the timber, and his improvements are pleasant and substantial.”

Source: Records of the Olden Times, by Spencer Ellsworth,Home Journal Steam Printing Establishment, Lacon, Illinois, 1880, pages 643-4

“Thomas Ware was one whose life record constituted an important element in the pioneer history of Putnam county [Illinois]. He is now numbered among the honored dead, but the influence of his life and labor still remains. A native of Massachusetts, he was born in Conway on the 6th of January, 1806, and his early years were spent in the state of his nativity, where after entering the field of business he was engaged in the manufacture of combs until his removal to the west. While still living in the Bay state Mr. Ware was married at Worcester, Massachusetts, March 19, 1833, to Miss Nancy Lauretta Shepherd, and the following summer, accompanied by his brother Ralph, he came to Putnam county and entered a large tract of government land in the vicinity of Granville, where he continued to make his home until his death. They were among the earliest settlers of the township. The Black Hawk war had occurred only the year previous and some Indians still lingered in Illinois. Great tracts of land were still unclaimed and uncultivated, being covered with the native prairie grasses and crossed with many sloughs, which made travel across the prairie somewhat difficult. Deer were still seen and lesser wild game could be had in abundance. The homes of the early settlers were widely scattered, the nearest neighbor being frequently miles away. Most of the pioneer dwellings were built of logs and the cooking was done over the fireplace, while the work of the fields was largely performed by hand. The usual experiences of frontier life confronted Mr. Ware and his bride when they came to Putnam county, but he resolutely set to work to establish a home and develop a farm.

On the 9th of October, 1846, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife. There had been five children born by that marriage, namely: Thomas S., a resident of Manhatten, Kansas; Cynthia McEowen and Nancy Farwell, both deceased; Charles K., of Downs, Kansas; and Henry M., who died in infancy.”

Source: Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties, by John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Together with Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead, The Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, p. 368.

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