“Thomas Edwin Ware (1806-1873) was born to General Edmund Ware and Margaret “Peggy” Gaines. He was a prominent planter of Greenville District, and his papers represent an important source for local and state history. Ware owned and operated Ware Place plantation and mill in the southern part of Greenville District and employed 102 slaves on his land in 1860. Ware represented Greenville in the SC House of Representatives during the following terms: 1840-41, 1844-45, and 1846-47. Then he served in the state Senate for five additional terms: 1848-49, 1850-51, 1860-61, 1862-63, and 1864. He married Mary Williams Jones, daughter of Adam Jones (builder of Ware Place), in 1834, and they had three children: Mary/Louise Bolling, Thomas E. “Salt” (1849-1904), and Clarence Eugene “Coon” (1851-1917).”
Source: Special Collections and Archives, James B. Duke Library 3300 Poinsett Highway • Greenville, SC 29613
Information courtesy of Tracy Hildebrand, member.