Jacob Read Ware (1806 – 1904)


Joseph Ware came from England in 1715 and purchased five hundred acres of land near Salem, New Jersey. Jacob Ware, his grandson married Sarah Read, and was the father of Jacob Read Ware, who was born October 8, 1806, and Anna Read Ware was their only daughter. These two children with their mother and stepfather, French Rambo, moved to Ohio in 1818 and settled on Kings creek. In 1820 Jacob R. Ware helped drive a herd of beef cattle to Philadelphia, walking the entire distance there and back. He used to say that the happiest day of his life was when, on his return from this trip, he jumped the low rail fence in front of his mother’s cabin and rushed into her arms.

In 1823 the Ware family moved to Springfield, Ohio, where Jacob R. Ware received most of his schooling. In 1825 he and his stepfather brought an old stock of goods from Springfield to Mechanicsburg, Champaign county, and there engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1834 Mr. Ware and Solomon McCorkle opened a store on the southeast corner of lot No. 11, the site of the little log store room, the first building erected in the corporation of Mechanicsburg. The site is now occupied by the store of Boulton & Ware. At the end of ten years, Ware and McCorkle had made ten thousand dollars each. Mr. Ware, foreseeing the sure increase in realty values invested his money in land costing from eight to fifteen dollars an acre. The land being brushy and undrained, sheep were used to browse in the underbrush and in this way he grew to be an extensive dealer in sheep and wool. He concentrated his efforts in accumulating land, saying that his children could improve it. His youngest son, Joseph Ware, took charge of the lands in 1875 and has cleared, drained and managed them in such a way that they have been brought up to a high state of improvement and now give but little indication of their primitive condition. Jacob R. Ware was united in marriage to Amira Wallace, a descendant of Sir William Wallace, in 1829. Three of their six children are living, namely: Mrs. Anna Sabine, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Mrs. Emma Burnham, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and Joseph Ware, also of Mechanicsburg. There are seven grandchildren, as follows: Wallace C. Sabine, a professor in Harvard University; Mrs. Anna Ware Siebert, a distinguished miniature painter and wife of a professor in the Ohio State University; Thomas B. Ware, an attorney; Mrs. Enid Ware Foster, also an attorney; Whittier Burnham, assistant cashier of the Farmers Bank at Mechanicsburg; Rolla Burnham, a traveling salesman; and Archie W. Burnham, a photographer at Springfield, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Ware, both of whom had strong convictions and stood true to their principles, were very public-spirited and were such people . as reformers are made of. They were ardent abolitionists and kept one of the stations on the underground railroad in slavery times. Later they entered with the same zeal into the temperance movement. Mr. Ware may properly be called the father of the free public school system in Mechanicsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Ware were almost life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Jacob Ware died in 1881, and Jacob Ware passed away in 1904 at the very unusual age of ninety-seven and one-half years. Joseph Ware was born in 1841 and he is still active and robust, remarkable for his physical strength and endurance. Notwithstanding the care of the large estate, he has found time to enter into all the public movements of the times, having superintended the Methodist Protestant Sunday school in his home city for a period of fifty-six years without an interval. He inherited a taste for literature and is the author of a number of books, “The Divine Man,” “Links of Gold,” “Love’s Decision,” and poems, “My Star,” “My Heaven,” “The Voyager,” and many other shorter writings. In recognition of his literary work, the degrees of Doctor of Literature by Potomac University, and Master of Arts by the Kansas City University, have been conferred upon him. In 1862 Joseph Ware was united in marriage with Josephine Jones, a daughter of Dr. Thomas Jones. To this union two children were born, namely: Thomas B. Ware, a prominent and well-known attorney of Champaign county; and Mrs. Enid Ware Foster. There are also two grandchildren, Ferryl and Joseph Ware Foster. All members of the Ware family are public-spirited and interested in everything for the betterment of their community.

Source:  History of Champaign County, Ohio, by Judge Evan . Middleton, Vol. 2, B. F. Bowen and Company Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1917, pages, 781-3


Jacob Read Ware (1806 – 1904) — 1 Comment

  1. I am looking for a picture of Enid Ware Foster for a display at the Mechanicsburg Public Library. Does anyone have a picture that you are willing to share with us and to add to our digital archives?

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