Dr. Robert Alexander Ware Obituary, 1893

At the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. R. Bedell, on upper
Second Avenue, yesterday afternoon - a brief sketch of his
   At ten minutes after 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon 
Dr. R. A. Ware, the oldest citizen of Columbus, both in
age and residence, breathed his last at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. W. R. Bedell, on upper Second Avenue.
  This intelligence will carry genuine regret throughout
the entire city, for Dr. Ware was one of the best known
and mostly highly esteemed citizens of Columbus. His 
death, however, is not a surprise, for he has been a great 
sufferer with chronic complaint since the 15th of last May,
which together with his extreme old age, has made death 
probable almost any day.
   Dr. Ware was conscious all through his painful illness,
and even up to the moment of his death he seemed to know and
recognize the weeping relatives who were gathered around his
bed, awaiting the summons that they knew was at hand.
   Dr. Ware was born in August, Ga, on the 10th of May 1807.
   At the age of sixteen he entered the State University, and
was graduated from this institution in the class with Alexander
Stephens and Bishop Pierce, of the Southern Methodist church.
Shortly after his entrance into college he was converted and 
joined the Presbyterian church, and ever afterward has been a 
faithful follower and worker in the cause which he embraced so
early in life.
   After concluding the course at the university, Dr. Ware 
returned to Augusta and took up the study of medicine. When he
was admitted to the practice of his profession, he located at
Bellevne, Talbot county, Georgia, where in 1831 he was married
to Miss Margaret Ellison, who survives him.
   In 1837 he came to Columbus and engaged in the drug business
and the practice of medicine, both of which he successfully carried
on until the beginning of the war between the States. After the 
termination of hostilities Dr. Ware devoted much of his time to 
farming and spent a considerable portion of each year at a plantation
which he purchased about 7 miles out from Columbus, in Lee county,
Alabama. He never lost his identity with this city, however, and 
always claimed it as his home, never missing his vote at a city or 
county election. Some sixteen years ago he moved to his country home,
but two years ago returned and took up his residence with his daughter,
Mrs. Bedell, with whom he has since lived. It is somewhat remarkable
that he should have died in the house which he himself had built 
forty-six years ago. 
   Dr. Ware was an enthusiastic military man and a brave soldier.
As captain of the Columbus Guards he served through the Indian 
wars, and made a splendid record as a true and fearless soldier.
   The casket this morning will be escorted to its last resting
place by the  Columbus Guards, under the command of Lieutenant 
George Hamburger. It has always been the wish of Dr. Ware that 
he should be buried by the company which he so long commanded and
which he has always loved.
   There is an incident in his life which cannot be passed over.
When the city of Columbus was surveyed and laid off by Col. Ignatius
Few, of Augusta, Ga., Dr. Ware, who was a nephew of Col. Few. 
accompanied him.
   The deceased was ordained an elder of the Presbyterian church
at Ephesus church in Talbot county, at the age of 21. He was the
chairman of the building committee that had charge of the construction
of the old Presbyterian church,and it is appropriate that his should
be the first funeral from the new church.
   Dr. Ware is survived by his devoted wife, three daughters, one 
son, a sister and several grandchildren. The children are:
Mrs. Jane E. Martin and Mrs. W. R. Bedell, of this city,
and Mrs. Dr. Geo. Willis and Mrs. Robert Ware, of Macon, Ga.,
Mrs. Jenny Head, of Tallahassee, Florida, is the sister."

Source: USGenWeb Archives by: Pat Coyle pcoyle@1st.net 
July 1, 2004


Dr. Robert Alexander Ware Obituary, 1893 — 1 Comment

  1. This is quite an extensive obituary with lots of information. I’m going to save this one Vikki and examine the names more closely later. Thank you for the post.

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