Joseph Overturff Ware (1892 – 1948)

“First husband of Sadie C. Updike and second husband to Emilie F. Weber. Sadie and Joseph were married by Reverend C. L. Ebell of Elwood, New Jersey. Sadie was living in Wading River and Joseph was living in Batsto prior to their marriage. Sadie was 19 years old and Joseph was 25 years old and it was the first marriage for both of them. Emilie and Joseph were married some time after 1930 and it appears that they had no children.

Sadie and Joseph had at least three children, they are Anna M., Howard Sylvester and Joseph Nelson.

Joseph was a Sawyer. Joseph’s middle name is Overturff, his father Frank and Uncle George both named one of their sons Joseph O. Ware and according to Joseph Nelson Ware, Joseph O’s son (1892-1948), his fathers middle name was Overturff and he didn’t like his middle name. I believe that Joseph (1773-1796) who married an Elizabeth, that her last name was Overturff. Joseph’s (1773-1796) brother Jacob married Mary Overturff and Elizabeth and Mary may have been sisters or related.

In 1930 Joseph, his children, mother and sister Pearl was living near the Causeway Bridge in Lower Bank.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, signed 5 Jun 1917. Joseph Overturf Ware was born 2 Aug 1892 in Atco, New Jersey. Present address is Tuckerton, New Jersey. Occupation: Foreman for Edward Leek in Mathistown, Burlington, NJ. He is single at this time, supporting his parents and afflicted sister. He is tall height, stout build, brown eyes, dark brown hair, slightly bald. No disabilities. Signed Joseph Overturf Ware.

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Joseph O. (initial only) Ware was born 2 Aug 1892 in Atco, New Jersey. Present address: Greenbank, Burlington, NJ. His wife is Mrs. Emilie Ware, living in Greenbank, NJ. Place of employment if Lower Bank, Burlington, NJ. Signed Joseph O. Ware.”

Egg Harbor City Cemetery
Egg Harbor City
Atlantic County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section C, Row 10, Lot 90


Mary Ann Ware, mother of Amy Ware,

grandmother of Aunt Lou,

great-grandmother of Harry Burdsall,

great-great-grandmother of Lillian Burdsall Wilson,

great-great-great-grandmother of Nancy Wilson


Michael G. Burdsall and Amy Ware Burdsall on

their wedding day, December 7, 1861 in Long-A-

Coming (Berlin, NJ).

(They lived in Tansboro, NJ.)

Michael G. Burdsall, glassblower Amy Ware Burdsall

and farmer

Parents of Joseph Burdsall (Harry’s father) and Mary Lillian Burdsall (Aunt Lou).

Amy Ware Burdsall with daughter

Mary Lillian Burdsall (Aunt Lou).

Aunt Lou (Mary Lillian Burdsall Nicholson), daughter

of Michael G. Burdsall and Amy Ware Burdsall and namesake of Lillian Walker Burdsall. After her husband died, she

lived at the corner of Harvard and Maple Avenues in

Collingswood with her best friend, Lizzie Walker, no

relation to the family but also a namesake of Lillian

Walker Burdsall. Lizzie was married to Ike (Isaac)

Walker, an American sea captain, in St. Mary’s Church

in Kirkdale, in the parish of Walton-on-the-Hill,

Lancaster County, England in 1885. It was her

husband who brought Aunt Lou’s china from

Europe…the china that David and Christine have.

Grandmom Wilson dearly loved Aunt Lou.

Four generations – 1944. Aunt Lou, Nancy at

6 months, Lillian, Harry Burdsall on porch at

214 Woodlawn Avenue. Note the Senseman

painting on the wall and my grandpop’s high,

starched collar. One of my favorite pictures.

Nancy Wilson, Grandmom Lizzie Burdsall, and

Aunt Lou at Penn Avenue for Nancy’s 1st birthday.

(Aunt Lou= Amy Ware Burdsall’s daughter)

Four generations at Uncle Jim and Aunt Blanche (Alcott) Cargen’s home on Sylvan Lake in Burlington, New Jersey. Grandpop (Harry Burdsall), Aunt Lou (Lillian Burdsall Nicholson), me (Nancy Wilson Donohue), mother (Lillian Burdsall Wilson).


Current information and photos supplied by Nancy W. Donohue, great-great granddaughter of Joseph O. Ware and Mary Ann (Phifer) Ware.

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