Transcription of 1812 letter
from James Ware II To his son James Ware III
by Judy C. Ware
Judy C. Ware March 2009
On the outside of the folded letter:
Mr. James Ware
Nov. 13, 1812
A revised (more readable) version of
the letter can be found following this original copy.
here abt 2 weeks and had a good time in wriding; the roads better than I ever see them
before. When I got to Chillicothe at Dr.
Scotts, I staid 4 days by reason for weighting Betty
Scott. My horse was well pleased at the stay. He has now moved ¼ mile out of town up the river
all in view, has purchased 25 acres and as hansom a place as I want ever see good
buildings and with fine lots of bluegrass and clover.
He has more practice than any doctor that I ever new, he was going night and
day. Before I started was sent for to
Lanchester; 30 odd miles, will make a fortune in 5 or 6 years, at this date dont drink
now, has 2 young men in his shop that help him
much now. I see Genl Harrison at the
town, came for some accommodations for the troops, he said Danl Scott was veary ill,
had taken a swelling his legs & was afraid it would become dropsy, prevailed him to
come home but he would not agree to it. Dont
expect he will ever return. I allmost hate to
goe to Frankfort to see poor Kitty.
George Ware is married at last to Mrs.
Fergusons daughter a close neighbor. He
has gave him 3 Negros Hock - - - for he is an
able fellow for the money- - - more in the business. He
was married the day I started from Frederick. There
is the finest crops but hemp low 3 dol. George
has $1,000.00 for Mary and their children 200 is due yet which he owes to C. Ware, he took
up his bond. He has not got that money from
Caroline but was wrote some time ago that if he would come he will let him have a veary
likely Negro. I wanted to start him off
direct, but he is not gone yet.
is veary slow lived in his old cabin which I had as leave live in a barn if could have
fire. George has got another fine colt out of
his old mare by a horse they call Peacemaker. She
is now with fold by Noxly; pedegree enough.
little James I will have a colt ready for him next spring.
respects to Harriet and yours etc.,
November 4, 1812
here about 2 weeks
and had a good time in riding; the roads better than I have ever seen
When I got to
Chillicothe at Dr.
Scotts, I stayed four days by reason of waiting for Betty Scott. My horse was well pleased at the stay. He (Dr.
has now moved ¼ mile out of town, up the river - all in view.
He has purchased 25 acres and as handsome a place as I
want ever to see good buildings and with fine lots of bluegrass and clover. He has more practice than any doctor that I ever
knew; he was going night and day. Before I
was sent for to Lanchester; 30 odd miles. He
will make a
fortune in 5 or 6 years.
At this date he
doesnt drink now & has 2 young men in his shop that help him much now.
General (William Henry)
at the town; he came for some accommodations for
He said Daniel Scott was very ill;
had taken a swelling in his legs and was afraid it would become dropsy.
He prevailed him to come home, but he would not agree to
I dont expect he will ever return. I almost hate to go to
Frankfort to see poor Kitty.
brother) is married at last to Mrs. Fergusons daughter; a close neighbor. He has given him 3
Negros. Hock - - - for he is an able fellow for the money-
- - more in the business.
He was married the
day I started from
Frederick. There are the
finest crops, but hemp is low at 3 dollars. George
has $1,000.00 for Mary and their children. Two
hundred is due yet which he owes to C. Ware since he took up his bond. He has not gotten that money from Caroline but was
written some time ago that if he would come he would let him have a very likely Negro. I wanted to start him off directly, but he is not
is very slow lived in his old cabin which I had as leave live in a barn if could have
George has got another fine colt out of
his old mare by a horse they call Peacemaker. She
is now with foul by Noxly; pedigree enough.
grandson) that I will have a colt ready for him next spring.
My respects to Harriet
(your wife) and yours etc.,
It is of interest
to note that this letter was sent to James Ware III in
original name for Berryville.
Battletown was bestowed around the eighteenth century, and
it wasnt until the early 1830s that the town increasingly became known as
There are three men by the name
of James referred to in this letter. The
author is James Ware II and he is writing to his son, James Ware III. The young James mentioned at the end of the letter
is the son of James Ware III and his 2nd wife Harriet Taylor. When Jamess first wife (Elizabeth Alexander
Ware) died, he remarried in 1808. James Ware
IV was born in 1809.
He was 3 years old at the
time of this letter, but he would die at the young age of 18 on board the ship named
Herald bound for
This information is recorded in the Ware Family Bible.
Davids Fork is located
around the Fayette
Lexington area of
Kentucky the place where the Ware
& Webb families settled in 1791. Excerpts below taken from
The Biography of James
Ware II written by Judith C. Ware, March 2006
Before relocating back to
Virginia though, James III helped
his father and all his siblings make the move to
He accompanied them some days on the journey and then headed back to
Virginia.” (ref. #2) This move from
was a long and dangerous trip made in wagons and by horseback with all their Negroes
and what possessions that could be carried. They feared the Indians,
but were most fortunate in not meeting any.” (ref.
#2 & 3)
It is not clear how long the journey took, but it is recorded
in many places that they arrived on the sixteenth of June 1791. (ref. #334) Thompson
had already settled near
II and Caty homesteaded in Fayette
Lexington on land that James II
subsequently lived and died on. It was
written later that Charles lived near
Versailles, George in the homestead, Lucy Webb
the adjoining farm, Polly Webb near
Paris, and Catherine Scott in
Frankfort.” (ref. #299)
Early Churches of Kentucky, there was mention of David's Fork (1786), and in reference
to George Ware (brother of James), Cornelia Ware Anker wrote in her letter that This branch of the
family were members of the Baptist church.
Today (2009) there is a Davids
Church located in
The poor Kitty mentioned in the letter was
the sister of James Ware III (Catherine Todd Ware Scott).
In a letter Josiah
Ware later wrote to Rutherford B.
mentioned: Aunt Catherine Scott settled in
Frankfort. She was
also called Kitty.
At the time of this letter, her husband (John Mitchell Scott) was
serving as a Colonel in the
Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812. He died within a month.
Ware was the youngest son of James Ware II and the youngest brother of James Ware III. He married Nancy Ferguson in
Kentucky and they
eventually had 10 children.
were several Scotts and doctors in the family at this time, but Im assuming the Dr.
Scott mentioned in the letter was Dr. Joseph Scott. Here
are my reasons why
Webb (niece of James Ware II) married a Matthew Thompson Scott but he was not a doctor
he was a banker.
Another one of his
nieces (Betsy Frances Webb) also married Dr. Matthew Thompson Scott when her sister Winny
died, but again, he was a banker - not a doctor. Dr. John Mitchell Scott was the husband
of Catherine (Kitty) Ware (sister of James II) but he died in 1812 and many records speak
of him being in Frankfort
Kentucky I find none that mention
Chillicothe though. Although he
was a doctor, he seems best
known for his military service.
reason why I dont think this is the doctor mentioned in the letter is because at the
very time it was written (1812) he was off serving with the
Kentucky militia. He could not have been home during this visit from
His younger brother, however, was
Dr. Joseph Scott was practicing medicine in
Chillicothe. In fact,
he was enrolled at an early date among the
Chillicothe doctors and was an able
physician and a man of considerable financial ability.
Some land he bought is now known as Scotts addition to
In another piece of research done by William
BaBach, it states, Joseph Scott was a physician in
Ohio. He moved to
Lexington, Kentucky about 1828. He was first married to Martha Finley, but after
her death he married Lucy Webb (niece of James Ware III). In his obituary in the
newspaper of 1843, it was stated He has been long and most favorably known in this
state and in Ohio as one of our ablest and most successful physicians. Diseases, often of the most malignant character,
were made to yield, with the blessing of God, under his superior skill, and even death, in
some instances, where he apparently commenced his work, was staid and the tide of life and
Dr. Joseph Scott did,
indeed, have quite a reputation as James mentioned in his letter.
in a letter written in 1819 by the granddaughter of James Ware II (Catherine
she wrote . . . my third son is named Joseph Scott after Dr. Scott formerly of
Ware was the oldest son of James Ware II and the older brother of James Ware III. Josiah
Ware later wrote that Thompson Ware went to
as an Indian fighter when
Cincinnati was just two or three cabins and some stumps. Thompson Ware married Sally Conn
and had twelve children.
William Henry Harrison established his military reputation on the 7th of November 1811 when he
obtained a victory over the Indians at the
He later went on to become President of the
from Josiah Ware to Rutherford B. Hayes dated July 16, 1876.
Lots of information on past family history (i.e. his father and grandfather)
Transcribed by Judy Ware and on file at the Rutherford B. Hayes Library in Ohio.
Biography of Dr. James Ware II by: Judith
Cumbea Ware, copyright March 2006, Dayton, Ohio
Original letter of Cornelia
Ware Anker (1945) (daughter of Sigismund S. Ware) Owned by James & Judy
Davids Fork Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky 2009
Letter from Charles Ware (son of James Ware II) to his
niece Sarah (Sally) Elizabeth Taliaferro Ware Stribling
written in 1831. It contains valuable
Family Bible dating back to the 1700s. Owned
by James & Judy Ware
and Herald Obituary as reprinted in the Frankfort Commonwealth of June 20,
of Sarah Finley Scott (1806-1883) by William A. LaBach, LABACH Project Version 1555,
Lexington, Kentucky, July 26, 2001
written from Catharine Webb Conn to her cousin, Sally Ware dated May 1819. She was the granddaughter of James Ware II and the
niece of James Ware III.
Medical Profession in Ross County, Ohio History, Chapter XII, www.heritagepursuit.