Lieutenant James Ware Sr. (1745 – 1825)

“James Ware is the son of Edward Ware 1722-1786 and Lettis Powell Ware 1724-1779.
James Ware and Mary Veal Ware (19 Oct 1760-6 Mar 1844)married 19 October 1782 in Virginia and had three sons: James Ware, Jr. 9 Dec 1779-29 January 1843, Edward Ware 10 February 1787-20 Nov, 1861 and Alexander Ware 11 Sept, 1789-8 June 1836.
He lived in Amherst County, Virginia, where he volunteered for the American Revolutionary War. Among his battle credits are: Guilford Court House, Cowpens, and Yorktown. He attained the rank of 2nd Lt in the Infantry of the Virginia.
After the Revolutionary War, Lt. James Ware, Sr. and his wife, Mary Veal Ware and their children moved south to Madison County, Georgia. He moved there with a younger brother, Sgt. Edward Ware(18 Sep 1760-21 Nov 1838), with whom he was associated in the Revolutionary War.
Letter of James Ware, Sr. to his sister Sarah (Ware) Smith, 10 December 1822 in the Collections of the Virginia Historical Society, MSS 2 SM 616b, pages 7-8. In it he mentions his son James and his 14 children (not by name), his son Edward who married Miss Penn, his (James’s brother ) Edward whose son Henry had died in Mississippi, his brothers William and John as well a cousin Thomas Waugh. He also makes reference to his health and age. Apparently the effects of age were beginning to affect his health. He also asks her to write to him at Danielsville, Madison County GA.
Research determines that he lived near Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia (Lat 34.124578, Long 83.221267) and died there although no gravesite nor grave marker has ever been found. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Grave Search indicates he was buried in “Area Cemetery”, Madison County, GA.
After his death his wife, Mary Veal Ware moved to Rome, Floyd County, GA to be with Son, Edward. Mary Veal Ware, sons Edward and James are buried in Ware Cemetery, Rome,Floyd County, GA. Son Alexander was murdered in Texas.”

Source:  Birth and death dates from Family Bible


Ben Ware  Record added: Dec 18, 2009


More Information

‘Georgia Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Graves’ compiled by H. Ross Arnold, Jr. and H. Clifton Burnham, page 467

From Ben Ware Dec 2009:
Reference to your listing of James Ware, b. 10/17/1756-d. 1818 and buried in “Old Ware Family Cemetery”, Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia with your source of information as “Georgia Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Graves” by Arnold, H. Ross.
He further references D.A.R. Patriot Index, p. 717, Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution, p. 461 and Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia, p. 175.
I have reviewed these references and would like to offer the following comments:

1. DAR Patriot Index lists Edward Ware being buried in “Old Ware Fam Cem” and James Ware being buried in “Area Cemetery” which indicates James Ware is not buried in Old Ware Family Cemetery.

2. In Nov. 1911 Mrs. Florence Long Bartow made a detailed listing of the graves in the Old Ware Fam Cem and while listing Philip, Elisha, Edward Sr and Jr, Sarah, and Mary Jane there no listing of James Ware.

3. The Madison County Heritage Foundation, Madison County Cemetery Book Cemetery in 1986 Cemetery #6 listed Edward, Sr. Philip, Elisha and Mary Jane. (Originally there were two E W markers and they could have assumed both were Edward Sr. rather than one for Edward, Sr. and one for Edward, Jr.). At any rate no listing of James Ware.

4. DAR Patriot Index shows James born in 1756 and died in 1819. A Family Bible indicates James was born 11/19/1745 and died 12/9/1825. He was listed in 1820 but not in 1830 Census as being in Madison County, Georgia. He wrote a letter dated 10 March 1822 to his Sister, Sarah and indicated to write him in Danielsville. “Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia” shows he was born in 1745.

5. In “Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution” James is listed on pages 189, 394 and 461 but this book is just an index of names serving without any detail as to when served, where served nor where buried.

6. I visited the Sgt Edward Ware Cemetery in 1999 and the only markers standing were Edwd, EW (both being Edwd, Sr) and Philip. Others had been destroyed. No James marker.

7. Jim Ware visited it several years prior to my visit and he did not see any marker for James.

Based on these facts I do not believe that the info in “Georgia Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Graves” is correct as to where James is buried and the birth and death dates are incorrect.

DAR reports Ware, James:
Service: Virginia
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Birth 11-19-1745 Albermarle Co Virginia
Death: (Post) 6-19-1811 Danielsville Madison Co Georgia
Service: 2nd VA State Regt., Capt Higginbotham
County: Amherst Co State: Virginia
Married: Mary Veal

Source:  FindAGrave

Ann Parkinson  Record added: Nov 22, 2009



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