The Ware Genelogy

As rewritten by Chas.P Ware 1928

The Wares are a very old family and of noble decent. Records are on file in the countries, or shires, of Devon and Somerset, England showing that families of our name have been living there since the dawn of English History, shortly after the Roman invasion 55 years B.C. And our ancestry can be traced back in a direct line, family by family, to the year 1471 in the tenth year of the reign of King Edward IV, many having seen military service and have honorable mention in the many wars of the British Empire and later on in King Phillip's war, the French and Indian War and in the artillery service in the war of the American Revolution. The first one of our name to emigrate to America was Robert Ware, known as "Robert Ware, of Dedham". He and his wife came to Massachusetts in 1623, and settled on the Ware river in what is now Hampshire County and from all indications he was a very well educated man judging by his handwriting. I have a copy of his signature to a will, made in 1642 and I am herewith attaching a facsimile of his signature as I copied it. He was buried at Dedham, Mass. and there is a long line of ancestry reaching on down from Massachusetts into Virginia and Kentucky, through the 17th and 18th centuries. I, Chas. P. Ware, being tenth in line of descent from Robert Ware, of Dedham. My great-grandfather's name was Nathan Ware, and Nathan Ware's son, Col. Dudley Ware, my great-grandfather was a native of Albemarle County, Virginia and a near neighbor of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. Dudley Ware was highly educated and his wife was of French descent. Their children, Henry, Rice and Edmond and their two daughters, Mrs. Tubbs and Helen, were all born in Virginia.

In 1797 Col. Dudley Ware, together with his wife, three sons, and daughter Helen in Company with other Virginians loaded their possessions on horses and pack-sddle and came in by way of the old wilderness road and Cumberland Gap, Seeking new homes for themselves in the "Dark and Bloody Ground" beyond the Alleghenies. Finding the Indians less numerous and troublesome in what now comprises Pulaski County, Kentucky than they were in the Blue Grass regions he decided to make entry on a body of land lying just east of Pulaski station, on the headwaters of Hyatt's Fork and Pittman Creeks . Where, with the assistance of his sons and some of his far off neighbors, he built himself a home near a fine spring, in what was at that time a dense and trackless forest, with people living miles apart and oft times he could hear the war shoop of the stealthy Indians and the howling of prowling wolves and other wild animals. Here, surrounded by the beauties of nature, this fine old Virginia gentleman, together with his brave and faithful wife, spent the sunset of their lives in this, their new earthly home and when at length they came to the end of life's journey, this good man an his noble helpmate, who had borne her share of the trials and hardships that were the common lot of the women of that period, were laid to rest in this little cemetery belonging to the old homestead. It is something of a coincidence that this old land grant has always remained in the hands of the Ware family from that far distant to the present day, it having passed by purchase and inheritance down to Mr. Jonas Ware, now 84 years of age, a son of Edmond Ware and grandson of Col. Dudley Ware. He and other descendants of Edmond Ware live in and around Pulaski, Ky. the other children of Edmond Ware to attain to the estate of manhood and womanhood were: Edmond Ware Jr. who married Orpha Bishop. To them were born six children; John, who died in his fifties, Cornelius, who lives in Tenn., and Amanda, who is dead and Marie, who lives in the West. all were married. Edmond Ware Jr. lived to a ripe old age. Another son of Edmond Ware Sr. was Daniel who lived on the old homestead until his death in 1916 at the good old age of 75. He married Nancy Jane Yates early in life and to them was born one child, Jonas E. Ware Jr. He died in 1927 at the age of 61 years. Edmond Ware Sr., had two daughters, Barbara Ann and Jane. Barbara Ann and Jonas Sr. were never married.

Henry and Rice, the two older sons, lived at home for a few years and then removed to other parts-Rice going into the western part of Pulaski County and married into a prominent family and reared a number of sons and daughters and many of his descendants still live in this(Pulaski Co.). Among some of those that I may mention that are descended from my great uncle, Rice Ware or Marion Ware, Georgetown KY. Jos. E. Ware, Danville, Ky. Atty. Ben V. Smith. Somerset, Ky. Mrs Josiah Bishop, Danville Ky. Mrs. Perk Baker, Science Ky. , Mrs Dutton, Lexington, Ky., J.H. Ware, L.&N. ticket agent, Pineville, Ky. Besides others that reside in Marion County and many other places in the United States.

Henry Ware, eldest son of Col. Dudley Ware, and the writer's grandfather, removed from Pulaski County, Kentucky. when quite a young man located in Garrad County, Kentucky, northeast of Lancaster, near the Richmond Pike and in time became one of the representative citizens of his adopted county. He was born in Virginia May 19th 1782 and died in 1856. He and his wife, together with other members of his family, are buried in the little cemetery on his old homestead. This small plot being reserved for all time for burial purposes by Henry Ware's family. Henry Ware was married to Miss Jane Newcome of Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1805. 8 children were born to them. Nathan Ware the eldest, was born in 1806 and married into the Sebastian family, of Garrad County. He removed shortly afterwards to Trenton Mo. and reared a family of 9 sons and one daughter. All grew up to be men and women and at the outbreak of the great Civil Ware 5 of Nathan Ware's sons entered the service of the Confederate army and 4 of them enlisted with the Union forces and all opposed each other in many a hard fought battle of that conflict and lived to tell their folks of their many narrow escapes. All of my uncle Nathan's children are dead but many of their descendants are scattered over different parts of the West. My uncle, John Ware, and his sister Elizabeth, both died of typhoid fever when they were around 20 years of age. My father, the third son of Henry Ware, was born November 30th 1819 and lived till August 4, 1887. His name was Squire Lancaster Ware and he was a school teacher and farmer. On January 8, 1846, he married my mother, Miss Julia A. Stormes, daughter of Nathan Stormes of Garrad County. My Mother was born Oct. 14, 1825 and lived till April 23, 1900. She and father are buried in Buffalo cemetery at Stanford, Ky. My other uncle William Henry Ware was born in 1825 and married my mother's sister Nancy Greenstreet Stormes and they removed to Vernon County Mo. where Uncle William died in 1893. He and aunt Nancy are buried in the cemetery at Moundsville Mo. All of their children are dead except one son, James Ware, who lives at Hever Springs, Ark. Grandfather Henry Ware had 4 daughters, Mrs. Martha Barnes and Mrs. Theresa Jackson, of Anderson County. Mrs. Jane McMurray, of Mercer County, besides aunt Elizabeth, mentioned above, who died unmarried. My father, Squire Lancaster Ware raised a family of 4 sons and 3 daughters. My brothers are Henry Nathan, C. Jackson, J.M. and myself, Chas. P. the daughters were: Emma, Belle and Rosa. I am the youngest son and I have a son, Louis Ware, of South America. He has two sons: Thomas and Louis Jr. I was born Feb. 19, 1863, right in the midst of the great Civil War. My father, being a slave owner and in sympathy with the "Lost Cause", gave me the name of Gen. Chas. Pemberton, commander of the Southern or Confederate army at the siege of Vicksburg in June and July 1863. I have always been proud of my name. I feel that is should be a matter of pride to my children and all others of the Ware Clan to be able to trace their ancestry, or line of descent, back to the days of Julius Caesar, Emperor of Rome and conqueror of the British Isles. There is a coat of arms of the Ware Family, I have not yet secured the design but hope to at an early date.

My grandfather, Henry Ware was an exceptionally liberal man, especially so far as educational matters and other charitable acts were concerned, and I have in my possession papers showing where he, along with George Washington, Aaron Burr, Patrick Henry, Marquis De Lafayette and others donated money to help endow Kentucky University ( now Transylvania University, Lexington Ky.) the first college to be established west of the Allegheny Mountains. (Founded in 1780).}

The above article was copied word for word except for an occational spell check correction, from a copy of Chas. P. Ware's 1928 account of his family history. I have made no attempt to corraborate his account, but I have no reason not to take it as fact untill shown otherwise.It was probably accurate to the best of his ability in 1928.

David Ware