Richard Ware (1764 – 1834)

BIOGRAPHY: Richard Ware (1764-1834)

“Richard Ware may have been born in Scotland about 1764 and came to America
with a brother settling in Alexander, Virginia in 1774. Richard and Mary
“Polly” Wilson were married 24 June 1804. George Wilson, his father-in-law,
lived at Elkwater, Virginia. Surely Richard and Polly had a strong spirit of
adventure to have made their home at Valley Head, a beautiful wild forested
land with the waters of the Tygart Valley River nearby. Fish and wildlife
were abundant. I think this reminded him of his homeland and that it would
be a perfect place to raise sheep, cows, horses and pigs, just like in
Scotland. Of course he had to build a home large enough for a growing
family, but after all, there were many neighbors to help him. His land would
be a place to farm. The meadows and hillsides were a wonderful place for
hunting all kinds of animals. The last buffalo in West Virginia was killed
in Valley Head, Randolph County in 1825. His rifle was very important in
this land for food or to kill dangerous animals such as, panthers and
wolves. The fur trade was important too. This was also Indian ground. For
many years the Shawnee and Mingo tribes like to come back to Valley Head to
hunt. My father lived a short time on Windy Run and found several Indian
relics and flint arrowheads. He also found some on his own farm on Conley
Run, not too far from Valley Head. Richard had a tomahawk, but I never heard
where it came from. Previous to peace with the Indians, some forts were
built along the Tygart Valley River for the protection of the pioneer
settlers, but at the Richard settled here, there was peace in the valley.
The Scots were known for their individualism, independence, self reliance
and resourcefulness. I am sure this applied to Richard and Polly as they
struggled for survival in this new and vital land”, [Note #1].

Richard Ware was a constable in Randolph County from 1799-1804. His duties
during this period of time were the same as sheriff. Presumably he worked in
the Valley Head, Elkwater area which was near his home, [Note #2].

Richard served in the War of 1812 under the command of Lt. Colonel William
Boyd’s Co., 9th Regiment, Virginia Militia. He served for 9 days from 2 Dec
to 10 Dec, 1814, [Note #3]. He was given several land grants in Randolph
County, Virginia. Many soldiers were given these land grants. The Grants
were made by Lord Fairfax of Virginia prior to the Virginia Land Office, by
the Commonwealth of Virginia of Lands now embracing the state of West
Virginia, and by the state of West Virginia under its first constitution.
Richard received 100 acres of land was joint owner of another 500 acres with
Michael Huffman between 1825 and 1832 in Randolph County, Virginia, [Note

Richard and Polly were the first pioneers to be buried in the Valley Head
Cemetery, a piece of land donated by Richard to the community as a burial
place. He died in 1834 of dropsy, and Polly died of tuberculosis in 1828. A
tall tombstone marks their burial place in the center of the cemetery.

Their children were: Matilda, Lucinda, Elizabeth, Richard Brooks, George
Washington, James Randolph, Jacob See, John Newton, Benoni T, Hiram, Edward
and Andrew. Many of these children, grandchildren and other family members
are also buried in this area.


#1. “The Channel Family” by Rose Channel / Phillips, (1983).

#2. “Mountain Heritage Self-government”, 4th Edition, p.45, by Dr. Norman
Simpkins (McClain Printing Co, Parsons, West Virginia. 1980).

#3. “Virginia Militia in the War of 1812”, Vol. II, (Genealogical Publishing
Co, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001). These Muster Rolls were part of a supplement
to the Pay Rolls printed and distributed in 1851.

#4. Virginia Land Office Patens & Grants/Northern Neck Grants & Surveys.
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia
Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at The Library of


Charles Milton Ware (1855 – )

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][graphic][merged small]

Mr. Ware devotes his attention largely to dairying with ten grade, short horn cows and a good quota of young cattle. He is president of the Deerfleld Valley creamery. He has a sugar place of 900 buckets and is reputed a good farm manager. Mr. Ware married in 1890, Laura, daughter of Horatio Boyd, a soldier who was killed in the war for the Union. They have two children, Grace and Roy. Mr. Ware is a trustee of the Savings Bank and a member of the investment committee.

The public confidence in his judgement is shown by his election for ten years as selectman—four years as chairman of the board.

He is a Baptist in religious faith. He was elected as a Republican to the last legislature and served on the committee on Banks.

James M. Ware and Naomi Ellis Ware Bible, 1839


James M. Ware to Naomi, 1839


James M. Ware, January 17, 1812

Naomi Ware (his wife), December 21, 1824

Elizabeth Katherine Ware, September 29th, 1840

Mary Jane Ware, March 29, 1843

John Andrew Ware, August 10, 1845

Thomas Fletcher Ware, September 4, 1847

Laura Ann Ware, October 7, 1848

Rachel Ducenia Ware, October 30, 1850

Albert Bascon Ware, July 19, 1852

Emily Lanorah Ware, October 4, 1854

William R. Ware, April 26, 1859

James F. Ware, September 12, 1861

Robert Ellis Ware, September 30, 1864


Thomas Fletcher Ware, November 21, 1847

John Andrew Ware, August 12, 1873

James M. Ware, September 10, 1876

William R. Ware, January 9, 1932

Albert B. Ware, February 14, 1935


Source;  James S. Brown, grandson of James A. Ware, his daughter, Betty Lee Ware Brown



Michael Ware

Ware, Michael

Michael Ware was born and raised in Sunbury, PA, and attended school in nearby Lancaster. He received his BS in Art Education from Millersville State University. Michael came to Kentucky to attend Morehead State University and received a Masters in Studio Arts in 1974. Upon graduating, he accepted a teaching opportunity at the Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky, where he oversaw the operation of the clay studio at the school. In addition, Michael taught art to levels K-12 in both Knott and Letcher counties from 1975-1991. After a year off from public school teaching, he joined the faculty at nearby Alice Lloyd College in 1992, where he now teaches art for the school’s education majors as well as classes in the humanities.

Michael creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his home.

 Mike Ware’s pottery can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.

Source:, on-line

James H. Ware Jr. Obituary, 2012

James H. “Jim” Ware, a native of Opelousas and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, died April 17, 2012. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Katherine Rogers Ware; three daughters and two sons-in-law: Margaret Springer; Kay and Tom Matuschka; and Jane and Silton Matt, all of Baton Rouge; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Yvette Ware of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren: Aimee and Joe Patane of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Joseph and Kelli Springer of Brusly; Jonathan Springer, Ashley Matt and Stephanie Matt all of Baton Rouge; Chris and Meagan Payne of Denham Springs; Jenni Payne of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; Tabatha and Jared Loup of El Paso, Texas; and Justine Ware of Lake Charles; and seven great-grandchildren: Tyler, Taylor and Jaden Loup of El Paso, Texas; Leila Sons of Baton Rouge; Caleb Payne of Denham Springs; and Collin and Sophia Springer of Brusly; three sisters: Marie Anthony of Bogalusa; Moina Lucent of Escondido, California; and Jo Wallis of Dandridge, Tennessee; and one brother, Bradford “Bumpy” Ware of Rayne. Preceded in death by his parents, James H. Ware, Sr. and Amy Bradford Ware. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and was retired from the United States Naval Reserve. He opened his own manufacturer’s representative firm in 1960 from which he retired in 1997. Visitation at Rabenhorst East on Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. and at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Interment at Greenoaks Memorial. Special thanks to Kathleen and Drema with Hospice in His Care for their assistance and devotion during the last several weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice in His Care, 3233 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 102.
Source:  The from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2012.

James A. V. Ware obituary, 1999

JAMES A.V. WARE, 75, of Memphis, retired coin teller for Union Planters National Bank, died Monday from complications of a stroke. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Family Funeral Care with burial in Elmwood. He was an Army veteran and received the Purple Heart. Mr. Ware, the husband of Eunice Ware, also leaves a daughter, Eloise Mills of Shreveport, La.; a son, Ed McAllister of Illinois, and a sister, Mary Mueller of Collierville. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Source:  Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) – Tuesday, July 20, 1999 

Charles Edward Ware Obituary, 2003

HOHENWALD – Charles Edward Ware, 70, of Hohenwald, died Monday, March 3, 2003, at Centennial Medical Center.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home with L.C. Loveless officiating. Burial will be in the Downey Cemetery.

He was the son of Dollie Exie Nails and Charlie Ware. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired bus driver for Lewis County Schools.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Ware of Hohenwald; step-daughter, Cindy Gildersleeve of Columbia and Darlene Carroll of Hohenwald; step-sons, Keith Middleton and David Henley, both of Hohenwald; sisters, Dorothy Coker and Ruby Odom, both of Hohenwald and Fannie Cotham of Summertown; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Source:  Daily Herald, The (Columbia, TN) – Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Lucille Ware Cross Obituary, 1997

RIPLEY – Lucille Ware Cross, 82, of Turnersville, N.J., homemaker, died of heart disease Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home with burial in Falkner Cemetery. She was a member of Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Turnersville where she was active in Sunday school. During World War II, she worked at the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Cross, the wife of Thomas H. Cross, also leaves a daughter, Brenda Sue Cross of Pitman, N.J.; a son, Thomas H. Cross Jr. of Williamstown, N.J.; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Source:  Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) — Saturday, October 18, 1997