William Ware (1843 – )

“William Ware, one of the pioneers of Des Moines County, Iowa, residing on section 35, Yellow Spring Township, was born on the 30th of July, 1819, in Ross County, Ohio, and is a son of Mathias and Jane (James) Ware, both of whom were natives of Virginia, the father of German descent and the mother of Welch ancestry.  They were married in their native State and shortly after emigrated to Ross County, Ohio, where they were among the pioneer settlers, improving a farm in the wilderness, which continued to be the home of the family until 1843.  In October of that year they emigrated to Des Moines County, Iowa, settling on section 35 of Yellow Spring Township, where the father purchased a claim of eighty acres of unimproved land, which he at once began to cultivate, and made this his home until his death, which occurred Aug. 11, 1874, at the ripe age of seventy-seven years seven months and six days.  He had been twice married, his first wife, whose maiden name was Jane James, dying in Ohio at the age of thirty-five.  They had four children:  Mildred, widow of William McAdam, now resides in Ross County, Ohio; our subject is second in order of birth; James D., a resident farmer near Wellington, Kan.; and Mary Jane, wife of Riley Cartwright, of Miami County, Kan.  After the death of his first wife Mr. Ware wedded Jane Brown, a native of Pennsylvania, and they have three children:  Margaret, residing in Henderson County, Ill., is the widow of Ewing Thompson; Elizabeth became the wife of Thomas Bandy, of Dakota; and Martha, wife of James Lukens, who lives near Garnet, Kan.  Mathias Ware was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, as were both of his wives.

Our subject, William Ware, was reared on a farm in Ross County, Ohio, and on the 8th of March, 1843, wedded Sarah K. Parrett, who was a native of that county.  That autumn the young couple emigrated to Des Moines County, Iowa, settling near Northfield, in Yellow Spring Township, where he rented land for about six years.  Then, purchasing eighty acres of land on section 35, he has made that his home continuously since, having added to his possessions till he now has 180 acres, all under cultivation.

Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ware:  J. P. and J. E. are both merchants of Mediapolis; and Joanna resides with her father.  On the 1st of April, 1885, Mrs. Ware, who was born Sept. 10, 1818, was called to her final home.  She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, as is also our subject. A Republican in politics, Mr. Ware is also strongly in favor of the enforcement of the prohibition laws.  In early life he had but little chance to attend school, but, by observation, he has gained a good practical education, and his success in life is due alone to his own energy, economy and habits of industry.”

Source:  Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888.


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