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Researched & written by Judy C. Ware
March 2009
Judy C. Ware

     Henry Ware was born on July 29, 1813 in Green County, Georgia.   In his own letter, he stated that his “father was Thomas Ware and his only uncle on his father’s side was John Ware.”   Henry’s mother was Sarah Jemison who wed Thomas Ware in Georgia in 1793.  Thomas was born around 1773 and died in 1859 in Texas.

     Henry Ware married Martha Ann Everett in 1837, and “the couple settled in Chambers County, Alabama, where the first four of their five children were born.”   They later moved to Harrison County, Texas where Henry established a plantation and soon became known as one of the most prosperous planters in the region.  He also had success in many manufacturing ventures and made quite a name for himself.

     Although Ware initially supported the southern cause in the Civil War, he shocked his neighbors in East Texas when he later claimed that he believed secession was wrong and even advocated that the black population eventually be given the right to vote.  After the war, he ran for election as a delegate to the convention to bring Texas back into the Union, but he was defeated by John Burke.

     Around 1870 Henry Ware moved to Iberville Parish, Louisiana where he established a sugar plantation, and then eventually he settled in Pass Christian, Mississippi where he spent his remaining days by the ocean.  During his colorful life, Ware was known as a Texas Democratic politician and a strong prohibitionist who gave a considerable amount of his wealth to supporting organizations that endorsed those beliefs.  He died in 1898.

     The following is a list of four of his five children: Frances Asbury Ware, Margaret Elizabeth Ware, Thomas Parks Ware, and William H. Ware.  Henry Ware was obviously interested in genealogy and preserving family history.  His letter to Mrs. Hayes was an attempt to find out more facts about his lineage, probably knowing that her roots came from Virginia and Kentucky as well.  The fact that his note is written on White House paper would make one believe that he possibly was visiting the Executive Mansion and left this request for Lucy Hayes with her secretary.



Christopher Long,  A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas 1850-1880 by: Randolph B. Campbell (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1983).  Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin

Letter from Henry Ware to Mrs. Lucy Hayes written around 1879.   Original copy belongs to Jane & Scott Dudgeon

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