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Josiah Ware’s Commissioning Oath of 1824
Researched & written by: Judith C. Ware
Judy C. Ware Oct 2008

Original paper owned by Jane & Scott Dudgeon

     Josiah Ware had his commissioning oath signed by Justice of the Peace John Bell in 1824.  Josiah would have been 22 years of age at the time of this commissioning, and it is interesting to note that his home was in (what was then called) Frederick County, Virginia.  In 1833, Josiah actually served on a committee to help determine if there needed to be a division of the county.  The committee decided that there was sufficient merit to do so, and “on October 5, local newspapers displayed notices that a petition would be presented to the legislature of Virginia at their next session, praying that body to form a NEW COUNTY out of the eastern part of Frederick. ” (ref. #1)   

Ref. #1  A SEPARATE PLACE (THE FORMATION OF CLARKE COUNTY, VIRGINIA) Written by Warren R. Hofstra, published by the Clarke County Sesquicentennial Committee, White Post , Virginia  - 1986 (This book is in our possession)  page 81

Virginia Frederick County Sct

     This day, Josiah William Ware personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace in and for said county, and took the several oaths prescribed by law to qualify him to act agreeably to the within commission; Given under my hand this 19th day of July 1824.

                                            John Bell

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***I would like to thank Jane & Scott Dudgeon for allowing me to copy & transcribe this letter for my historical research.  I am deeply grateful.

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