Mary Overturff Ware (1777 – 1860)

“Wife of Jacob Ware. Mary and Jacob were married on 9 Nov 1796 in Old Christ Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mary’s parents may have been Rebekah and Casper Overturf of Gloucester Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. They are the only Overturf’s that are listed as being in this area in the late 1700’s. Rebekah and Casper Overturf are listed on a deed in 1785 selling some land here and Casper Overturf is listed on the Ratables list for this area in 1783. Mary may have had a sister named Elizabeth and her sister may have married Jacob’s brother Joseph. The Overturff name has been carried down through Joseph’s line for at least four generations.

Mary and Jacob were married on 9 Nov 1796 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shortly after their marriage, Jacob and Mary (Overturff) Ware moved to an area located a few miles northeast of Williamstown (Squankum) which became known as Waretown, named after the Ware families living in that area. Those families included Jacob his brothers John Jr., George and Joseph, and his sister Patience Sears.

All of the children of the Ware siblings who were born in 1794 or later, were born in Waretown. Years later, after John Ware Jr. died (1810), John Sr. died (1819) and George died (1828) their descendants began leaving the area and members of the Sickler family began moving into Waretown and surrounding area. About 1825 Waretown became known as Sicklertown. Then in 1851 the name was changed again to Sicklerville. In 1874 a Post Office was opened there.

During the early 1800s when the Ware´s lived there, their home was situated one crossroad further East (just past the church) than the crossroad in present day Sicklerville and in the 1960’s the old Waretown area was known as “Mongan’s Corner”.

Mary and Jacob had at least seven children. They were John B., Josiah, Elizabeth, Mark, Rachel, Sarah and Jacob M.

Mary was interred in the family plot in Bethel Church Cemetery in Hurffville, Gloucester County, New Jersey.”


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