Henry Ware (1782 – 1856)

Henry Ware was the second son of Dudley Ware. He was born in what is now Garrard County on May 19, 1782, possibly at Craig’s Station.  This location for his birth is probably correct assuming that his father, Dudley Ware, migrated to Kentucky from Virginia with the Traveling Church, arriving in December 1781. In this regard see the note on Dudley Ware, Sr. which discuss his possible arrival time in Kentucky.

Charles Pemberton Ware, in an undated monograph states regarding Henry Ware: Henry Ware, eldest son of “Colonel” Dudley Ware , and who was the writer’s grandfather, removed from Pulaski County when quite a young man and located in Garrard County, on the same property that his father, “Colonel” Dudley Ware, was forced to abandon some years before on account of the danger from lurking and murderous Indians, they having been driven [out of] that country in the meantime. This place was about 2 ½ miles north east of the town of Lancaster on the Richmond Pike, where he “grew up” with the country and, in time, became a wealthy slave owner and a representative citizen of his adopted county. He was a native of Albermarle County, Virginia and was born on May 19, 1782, and lived till November, 1856 and himself, wife and other members of his family are buried in the little cemetery on the old homestead, this plot of land being reserved for burial purposes by Henry Ware’s family, for all time.

Charles Pemberton Ware described his grandfather, Henry Ware as follows: Henry Ware left Pulaski County in 1799 and located in Garrard County near Lancaster and at the time of his death was rated one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of his adopted county. His wife, my grandmother, was Jennie Newcomb of Garrard County and the date of their marriage as recorded in the county clerk’s office, Lancaster, Ky. bears the date of February 11, 1806.

This date of the marriage of Henry Ware and Jane Newcomb may not be correct. According to the Calico notes (below) and the family bible in the possession of Charles Crossfield Ware the date of the marriage was February 25, 1805. John Newcomb was the bondsman and consent for the marriage was given by the bride’s father William Newcomb, indicating that the bride was under the age of 21. At the request of Charles Crossfield Ware, Judge Forest Calico checked the Garrard County records for the correct spelling of the name “Newcomb”. Judge Calico verified that Newcomb was the spelling as used on the Garrard County tax list, dated August 6, 1800. Also the sequence of events is probably correct in that it corresponds with the presumed movements of Dudley Ware during that time period. In this regard see the notes on Dudley Ware.

Charles Pemberton Ware is correct in his statement that Henry Ware was a man of financial means. When he died in 1856 his widow’s one third dower share of the personal property was valued at $1,457. At the time of his death he was owed a total of $1,025.62 in outstanding notes and had $90 in cash on hand. After all amounts due were collected and his debts paid the administrator, Squire Lancaster Ware, turned over $2,162.30 in cash to the estate. Of this amount the widow received $720.76 and after deductions for costs of settling the estate $1,906.40 remained to be divided among the other heirs.

As required by state law at that time the land was surveyed for the purpose of determining the widow’s dower interest in the property. the total acres owned by Henry Ware amounted to 114 1/4 acres, with the widow’s share being 43 1/4 acres. A description of the 114 1/4 acres and the widow’s dower of 43 1/4 acres is recorded in Will Book O, page 183 in the Garrard County Clerk’s Office.

The value of slaves owned by Henry Ware was also determined: John at $1,100, Nancy and child at $900, Milly at $600, Bullie and David at $1,000, Lewis at $500, Bob at $900, Jake at $800 and More at $100 for a total value of $6000. John, Nancy and child valued at $2,000 were allocated to the widow for her one third dower interest. The slaves and land were sold for a total of $7,882.

Squire Lancaster Ware was also appointed by the county court as guardian for Henry W. S. Ware, Alexander N. Ware, Robert L. Ware, Lance M. Ware, Orelius L. Ware, William D. Ware and Benjamin F. Ware infant orphans of Nathan H. Ware, deceased.

The total value of Henry Ware’s estate was $10,509.16. Among the receipts in the Henry Ware estate file is one for $35 from the undertaker for his coffin and attendance at the funeral.

            Notes on Henry Ware from Judge Forrest Calico papers given to Leonard Ware Smith on December 1, 1959.

 (1). On the 1803 Garrard County tax List Henry Ware was listed as one male over 21 with one horse. (At that time he was 23 years of age.)

(2). Henry Ware married Jane Newcomb on February 25, 1806. The bondsman was John Newcomb and consent was given by her father William Newcomb. The marriage was performed by Jesse Fears, a Baptist minister of the area.

(3). In 1819 Henry Ware on Sugar Creek, part of what Dudley owned.

(4). In 1816 Henry Ware bought land on Sugar Creek from John Wiley.

(5). In 1817 Henry Ware owned 65 aces on Sugar Creek.

            Calico notes on the heirs of Henry Ware:

(1). Sally McMurry. She had two children, Thomas McMurry and James McMurry. Neither child went to school more than 18 months. They lived with her from 15 to 18 years. Thomas McMurry gave deposition that he lived with Henry Ware for 18 years. Henry Ware gave them land valued at $700 in Anderson County, Kentucky. (Calico also lists her name as Sally.)

(2). Squire Lancaster Ware

(3). William H. Ware

(4). Nathan Ware, wife Charlotte Sebastian. Their Children were: Benjamin F., Orelius, Henry, Jr. (who may have moved to Missouri and died there), Lurenda (who married Robert P. Campbell), Zorada (who married William Prosser), William D. (who moved to Carroll County, Missouri), Martha Ann, Robert, Lance (named for Lance Newcomb) who died in New Orleans in 1815), and Linsey. There may have been a deceased daughter named Margaret who married Lewis W. Murphy and had a child named James F. Murphy.

(5) Thurza [Ware} Jackson, Married first to Tinsley Jackson and second to James Hill. Moved to Anderson county in 1853 and lived on land owned by her father, Henry Ware. Robert Daily deposed that Thurza and her daughter Elizabeth Jackson lived with her father Henry Ware.

(6) Martha Jane Ware, married John Hill. She had three children: Thurza, Matilda, and Jane. They lived on the old Sadler place owner by her father, Henry Ware.

(7). Linsey Ware married Sally Lane in 1802. Marriage performed by Randolph Hall. (Randolph Hall was a brother to Nancy Hall Storms who married Coonrad Storms. Randolph Hall was then minister at the Forks of Dix River Baptist Church in Garrard County at that time. This cannot be the Linsey Ware, son of Nathan Ware.

(8). Nathan Ware married Charlotte Sebastian in 1828. She later married Walker in Missouri. She was the daughter of Wiley Sebastian, Sr.

(9). Thomas McMurry married to Sally Ware in 1829. Consent by her father, Henry Ware.

(10). Thurza Ware married Tinsley Jackson September 29, 1835. The witness was Charles P. Letcher.

(11). Charlotte Walker was the mother of Robert F. Ware, Martha Ann Ware, Orelius Ware, William D. Ware and B. F. Ware who all went to Carroll County, Missouri.

(12). Henry Ware bought land on Sugar Creek, 114 1/4 acres. (This was the home place where he was living when he died in 1856. This land was divided by the watershed between Sugar Creek and Back Creek.)

(16). Henry Ware bought land from Harrison Hyatt in 1842. This land was part of the 114 1\4 home place.)

(17). Note by Forrest Calico: I believe that Edmund Ware was the father of Dudley and Henry and Miriam, who married McKee.

(18). Jane Newcomb Ware’s father was William Newcomb. He is listed as a Garrard County taxpayer in Garrard County on August 6, 1806.

In the undated monograph referenced above, Charles Pemberton Ware states: Henry Ware married was married to Miss Jane Newcomb of Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1805, and 8 children were born to this good man and his wife, two – John and Elizabeth – dying in their early years, around 20 years of age, of typhoid fever. Nathan Ware, the eldest son of Henry Ware, was born in 1806, and married into the Sebastian family of Garrard County. He removed shortly thereafter to Trenton, Missouri and reared a family of 9 sons and one daughter. All grew up to manhood and womanhood and, at the outbreak of the great Civil War, 5 of Nathan Ware’s sons entered the service of the Confederate Army and 4 of the sons enlisted in the Union Army, all opposing each in many a hard fought battle of that desperate conflict, escaping with their lives and were able to tell their folks of their hair-breadth escapes. All of my Uncle Nathan’s children are dead, but many of their descendants are yet living in various parts of the west.

My father, Squire Lancaster Ware, the third son of Henry Ware, was born November 30, 1819, and lived till August 4, 1887. He married my mother, who was Julia A. Stormes, daughter of Nathan Stormes of Garrard county, January 8, 1846.

Henry Ware was listed as a leader in the Gilbert’s Creek Baptist Church in 1848. A. Quinn was the pastor of the church. This church is still in existence. The Gilbert’s Creek Baptist Church traces its ancestry to the Traveling Church which migrated to Kentucky in 1781. As such is one of the oldest Baptist churches i n Kentucky. The present church building is located approximately one mile south of the location of Craig’s Station the Traveling Church’s destination in Kentucky. The note on Dudley Ware provides information on the migration of Dudley Ware from Virginia to Kentucky with the Traveling Church.

Source:  Leonard Ware Smith


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