Ware Chairs

4 WARE CHAIRS
Picture from Photobucket, chairs date approximately 1850 to 1900
Ware chairs were made between 1800 and 1940 by five generations of a family in the Cumberland County community of Roadstown, northwest of Bridgeton. The patriarch, Maskell Ware, found a niche in the furniture market by turning out rocking chairs.

Subsequent Ware chairs were characterized by slat backs, woven-rush seats and uprights, and stretchers turned on a lathe.

“Maskell Ware House and Chair Shop
In Village of Roadstown – Greenwich Rd.
General Information:
House where Maskell & Hannah Ware lived when married in 1790. Also part of the house was a workshop for his
business of making rush seated-ladder back chairs. Before this he was an apprentice to John Laning, Chairmaker.
There was a Ware who made chairs in each generation following Maskell until 1935 when George died and left
no children.
Significance:
Location of shop where first Ware Chair was made (circa) 1790 by Maskell Ware. Ware chairs are now collectors
items.
Description:
Small house (salt box style).
Built last quarter 18th century Sign – Maskell Ware – Chair Maker – ca. 1790

Source:  http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us/facts/history/register/viewsite.asp?fldMunicipality=Stow+Creek+Township&fld
Name=Maskell+Ware+House+and+Chair+Shop

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Ware Chairs — 10 Comments

  1. I own a Ware chair that I purchased back in 1987 from a decendent of the Ware family. Carved into the back of the chair is the inscription “MADE.BY.HENRY.C.WARE 1833”. Are there any decendents of Henry C Ware out there?

  2. Hello all. My maiden name is Ware and I am related to possibly some of you other posters. My grandfather is Meredith Ware from NJ. My email is ashleycampbell334@gmail.com if you have any ancestory info please pass along. Thanks

  3. I am a daughter of David William Ware. Grandaughter of Robert L Ware. My great grandfather was related to this family.

  4. I inherited a Ware chair just like the chairs in the above picture. I always heard my grandmother refer to the chair as the Ware chair and I know she thought of it as a very special chair. I always wondered about the chair and the origin. I was happy to find this site and to know something about them. Does anyone know the value of these chairs? Ours is in really good condition. Is there a way to tell the approximate date it was made?

  5. I am the great grand daughter of Haskel and Vesta Ware. They lived on Quinton- Salem road in Salem NJ. I have always been told that our family made chairs. There daughter Alice was my grandmother and she also had a sister Virginia. Aunt Virginia had a couple of the Ware rockers in her attic. Her daughter has probably inherited them.

  6. I am granddaughter of John Donald Ware. He has written a book of genealogy tracing our ancestors back to joseph ware of fenwicks colony. There are limited copies but I’d be glad to share the info if you contact me. M-and-j_aviary@live.com

  7. Hi, I was raised in Greenwich NJ. I inherited a ware chir exaxtly like the one in the picture.

  8. Iam related to the ware family on my fathers side. I have a ware rocker looking for more info….my great great grand fathers name is charles burtice swing

  9. Hi JoAnn – Just wanted to say hello – I’m related to this family – lots of family info – hello!

  10. Hi! My name is JoAnn Ware Abbott, and I think I might be related to this branch of the family. I am 53, born in 1959 to Philip and Carolyn Ware. My father was born in 1931m and my paternal grandfather was James Milton Ware. I remember dad telling me about ancestors who became famous for making caned chairs. I will try to get more geneological info for you if you are interested. My FB page is JoAnn Abbott, in case you would like to look me up!

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