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Chapter 4

Son ~ John

James and Agnes had been married one year when they had their first baby; both parents were 22 years old at the time.  The year, 1736, had been an eventful one.  On a good note, Benjamin Franklin had established the first fire department in Philadelphia, but, on the negative side, there was a smallpox epidemic raging in Pennsylvania.  Illness would continue to take the lives of many in the colonies during the 1700s, but on that particular December 12th, the Ware family had every reason to celebrate.  Their healthy baby boy was named John, a name carried down through the Ware line many times.

We know John migrated with his parents, James and Agnes (Todd) Ware to King and Queen County; a part which later became Caroline Co.” because when “James, gave permission for his son’s marriage to Ann Harrison, born in 1740, the bond stated, ‘John of Caroline Co.’” (Ref. 2480) 

(See documentation below)

Copies of actual documents provided by James Richmond, Clerk, Goochland Co, VA Circuit Court and found by Vicki Ware Cheesman

1.  According to the Douglas Register, by Rev. William Douglas, being a detailed record of Births, Marriages and Deaths together with interesting notes from 1750 to 1797, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985.

2.  “Ware, John, in Caroline, and Ann Harrison on the Byrd in the County 1756, May 27th.” 

3.   May 25, 1756.  John Ware to Ann Harrison, daughter of Andrew Harrison; sec. Will Pryor; witn. Val. Wood.  James Ware's letter of consent to son's marriage.

4.  (Ref. 2386)

John was 20 years old at the time of his marriage, but special “permission” was needed because Ann was only 16.  John, himself, signed the usual marriage bond. (See below)

Permission signed by James Ware for his son to marry Ann Harrison

(Ref. 2417) 
Marriage bond signed by John Ware

Copies of actual documents provided by James Richmond, Clerk, Goochland Co, VA Circuit Court and found by Vicki Cheesman

As fellow family researcher Tamie Dehler explained in a piece she wrote in 2007:

“Think of a marriage bond as an intention to marry – a reflection of an official ‘engagement’. A man who had proposed to a woman went to the courthouse with a bondsman (often the father or brother of the prospective bride), and posted a bond indicating his intention to marry the woman. The bond was an amount of money that the prospective groom would have to pay as a penalty if an impediment to the marriage was found. No money literally changed hands at the time of posting the bond. But if the groom was discovered, for instance, already to have a wife whom he had abandoned, the marriage could not go through and the man would have to pay . . . as high as $1,000.
Here are several facts about marriage bonds.

(1) The date on the bond is not the date of the actual marriage. Most marriages took place within a few days of posting the bond, but theoretically it could have been weeks or months before the actual marriage took place.

(2) The existence of a marriage bond for two people does not conclusively mean that the marriage took place. A high percentage of marriages occurred after the bond was posted, but in a small percentage of cases the marriage was not carried out. Reasons not to go forward with the marriage could be the sudden death of one of the parties, or both parties mutually deciding to cancel their marriage plans. In these instances, the bond penalty would not have to be paid by the prospective groom.

(3) Marriage bonds were most often posted in the county of the prospective bride’s residence or the county in which the wedding was to take place, if different from the bride’s residence. . . . When researching marriage bonds, be sure to pay attention to who signed as the bondsman because this was often a relative of the bride. If the bond wasn't signed by the prospective bride’s father, it may be an indication that her father was dead. A brother of the bride may then have been the bondsman. Also, check to see if the bond was accompanied by a consent note. This would be written by a parent of the bride or groom and was often required if either was under the legal age for marriage.”

We can learn a great deal about John Ware and his wife from a wonderful biography of him written by Vicki Ware Cheesman.  She states, “Ann’s parents were Andrew and Jane (Dillard) Harrison.  (Jane was Andrew’s second wife; his first wife was Jane’s sister, Mary.)  The Harrisons lived on Byrd Creek and Ann was known as Ann of the Byrd.” (Ref. 2480)  Her brother, William Harrison, married Anna Payne and was the uncle of Dolley Payne Todd who became the wife of President James Madison. (Ref. 822, 823) 

John and Ann were married at St. James Northam in Goochland County, Virginia.  Shortly before their marriage, in 1744, St. James Parish was “divided into three - St. Anne's Parish covered Albemarle, St. James Southam Parish covered the south side of the James River (now Powhatan County), and St. James Northam Parish covered the rest of Goochland.” (Ref. Wikipedia)

Seating arrangement for the interior of Stratton Major Parish Church in 1768   (Ref. 2421)

Map showing Goochland County

Vicki further relates that “John and Ann made their home near Rock Castle . . . very close to where the boundaries of Goochland, Fluvanna and Cumberland counties meet.  His plantation was located in all three counties as described by inventories attached to his will; the primary part being in Goochland Co.” (Ref. 1040)  Vicki went on to add, “Rock Castle was probably named for a large outcropping on nearby James River that resembles a rock castle.  Important Indian settlements were located nearby, centuries before the colonies existed.” (Ref. 1040)  

Goochland County in red

It was not long before James and Agnes celebrated the birth of their first grandchild.  Ann delivered a baby boy just two days after Christmas in 1756.  They named him James Ware, in all likelihood after his grandfather.  There would eventually be nine children born to John and Ann:

(1) JAMES, (2) ANDREW, (3) WILLIAM, (4) JOHN, (5) ELIZABETH, (6) MILDRED, (7) JANE, (8) ANNE, and (9) MARY

(1) James was baptized on April 8, 1757, and before he married he served in the Revolutionary War alongside his father.  He was “appointed Ensign in Capt. John Ware’s Company, Aug. 18, 1777.” (Ref. 1040, 2388)   John Ware would have been 41 years of age and James 21 at the time.

Ref. 826, 894, 2495)   

(Ref. 2490)

James probably started out in the Virginia Militia since service was compulsory for all free males in Virginia.  These military units were organized during the early settlement of the colonies for the protection from Indian attacks. The militia men were the backbone of the Continental Army and, according to historian and Truman scholar, Michael Troy:  For enlisted men, ranks included private, corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, quartermaster sergeant and sergeant major. For officers - lieutenant, captain, major, lt. colonel, colonel, brigadier general, and major general. George Washington held a title above major general, that of "General and Commander in Chief". . . also included [were] a few ranks that do not exist in the modern army:  coronet (cavalry) and ensign (infantry). These are roughly the equivalent of a modern second lieutenant.”  Troy went on to add:  “General officers were appointed by Congress.  Initially, junior officers were often elected by the soldiers.  Later, they were appointed by Gen. Washington . . .  this structure was generally taken from the British Army, which had a similar command structure.  One major difference was that British officers had to purchase their commissions.”

Military records credit James with the rank of ensign, the most junior officer in a company of infantry.  According to the Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Military Terms, “traditionally the ensign carried the colors in battle,” but both the rank of ensign and cornet were abolished in the United States Army in 1800.  As other records show, James was obviously promoted to second lieutenant, but either rank signifies his status as an officer in the Continental Army.

(Ware Family History by American Genealogical Research Institute, Washington D.C. Heritage Press, 1978)

After his military service, on September 22, 1786, JAMES wed Elizabeth Miller, daughter of John Miller of Prince Edward County.  According to fellow researcher Vicki Cheesman, they “had 11 children:  Clara, Elizabeth, James, John, Martha, Mary, Nancy, Nicholas, Richard, Robert and Susan.” (Ref. 818, 1040)   The following information gives a little insight into the family of James and Elizabeth; all being grandchildren of John and Ann and great grandchildren of James and Agnes Ware.  James died in 1818 at the age of 62.

1.  James Miller Ware is thought to have been born around 1787, which would follow the pattern of the firstborn child usually being named after the father.  There is little information on him at this time, however, and it is possible he died young.

2.  Ann Harrison Ware, known as Nancy, was probably named for Grandma Ann’s side of the family.  Born on July 8, 1788, she wed Jacob Fowler on February 15, 1805.


(Ref. 2386)

According to a family chart provided by Jim Fowler of Oklahoma, “Nancy and Jacob had four children; James, Elizabeth, William, and John.”  Jacob Fowler died around 1820, and Ann remarried in 1835 to Peyton Powell.  She died on June 29, 1860, and was buried in Spring Creek Cemetery, Hardeman County, Tennessee.   (See below)


Ann H. Powell     July 8, 1788 to June 29, 1860   Spring Creek Cemetery

3.  Robert Ware is thought to have been born around 1790.  He married Jane G. Miller on May 18, 1818.

4.  John Miller Ware, born around 1791, married Mary (Polly) Miller in Goochland County in September 1811.  If, indeed, his birthday was in 1791, it would explain why his marriage record (see below) lists him as a ‘minor’ – he would have been 20 years old at the time and the legal age for marriage was still 21 in a lot of places.  John and Mary “had 6 children and he died in 1850 in Virginia.” (Ancestry)

John WARE, minor, m Polly MILLER. Sur: w. Miller, Jr. Wit: George W. Watkins: Goochland CO, VA

5.  Elizabeth Povel Ware was born in 1793.  According to records found on the web, Father - James B. Ware (1756 - 1818) (Age at the birth of the child: 37 years old) and Mother – Elizabeth Miller (1766 - 1835) (Age at the birth of the child: 27 years old).”

Elizabeth Povell Ware, at age 24, married Benjamin Harris on September 29, 1817.

6.  Martha Ware - There is a gap of four years between the birth of Elizabeth in 1793 and the next birth in 1797.  It seems safe to assume that Martha may have been born during this time, but there are no records to substantiate this.

7.  Nicholas Miller Ware was born in 1797 and married Sarah E. Thompson on July 5, 1821.  One of his descendants, Helen Wilson, relates:  I descend from Martha and Thomas' daughter Winifred Jones Eldridge Thompson == Sarah E. Thompson who married Nicholas Miller Ware had a daughter Winifred E S Ware who is my 2 great grandmother.”  She goes on to share that she “heard in family tales that James Heath Miller Ware, born about 1815, and his wife Winifred E S Ware, (born about 1824) were first cousins.  The second was quickly agreed upon by fellow Ware researchers.  John B Ware (born 27 Dec 1756 in Caroline Virginia) had twelve children - six sons and six daughters.  Two of his sons were John Miller Ware (born about 1788 in Virginia) and Nicholas Miller Ware (born in May 1797).  James Heath Miller was the son of John Miller and Mary Miller Ware and Winifred was the daughter of Nicholas Miller and Sarah E Thompson Ware.” 

Nicholas and Sarah named the last of their many children, Pocahontas Ware, in honor of a family link to Jamestown.  John Rolfe married the famous daughter of Chief Powhatan on April 5, 1615, in the Jamestown colony.  The couple had a son named Thomas who married and had a daughter named Jane Rolfe.  Jane wed Robert Bolling in 1672.  They had a son named John Fairfax Bolling who married Mary Kennon.

John F. Bolling

Mary Kennon

The known children of John Bolling and Mary Kennon are: 
1.  Maj. John Bolling; b. 20 Jan 1700; m. Elizabeth Lewis
2.  Jane Bolling; b. 1703; m. Col. Richard Randolph
3.  Elizabeth Bolling; b. 1709; m. Dr. William Gay.
4. Mary Bolling; b. 1711; m. Col. John Fleming.
5. Martha Bolling; b. 1713; m. Thomas Eldridge 1727

The link that tied Nicholas Ware and his wife to Pocahontas was through the marriage of Martha Bolling to Thomas Eldridge. Martha and Thomas named a son Thomas (born circa 1730), and he married Winifred Jones Miller.  Their daughter, Winifred Jones Eldridge (born 1776), married David Thompson in 1797 in Goochland County and their daughter, Sarah E. Thompson, wed Nicholas Ware in 1821.  As Helen documents, Thomas Eldridge II’s (born 4 Dec 1735) first wife was Martha Bolling (born 1713 and died 23 Oct 1749).   He and Martha had at least seven children (ages 2 or 3 to age 19) at the time of her death. His second wife was Elizabeth Jones who he married very soon after Martha’s death.  Thomas himself died about 1754.”  It was only natural that the Wares would want to honor such a distinguished relative as the heroine of Jamestown.  Pocahontas Ware, born in 1851, married John L. Boyd.  She died in 1905.

Grave for Pocahontas Ware Boyd

There is another tie for the Ware family to Pocahontas that came 
down from Nicholas’ great uncle on his father’s side, William Ware.  
Colonel John Fairfax Bolling and Mary Kennon had another daughter - 
Mary Bolling; older sister of Martha.  Mary wed John Fleming, whose 
sister was Ann Fleming, the wife of Josias Payne.  Josias and Ann 
Payne had a son named Robert Payne and his daughter, Susannah, 
would marry William Ware, son of John and Ann Harrison Ware, in 

8.  Richard Ware, born in 1799, married Mary Ann Hopkins.  In 
1996, a descendant named Alvin L. Luttrell wrote, “My great 
grandfather, Richard WARE was born in Goochland Co. in December 
1799 . . . Richard married Mary Ann HOPKINS circa 1834 and they
 subsequently moved to Middle Tennessee.”
9.  Sarah Miller Ware – There is one record that states she “married 
Samuel W. Harris in 1816 and died in 1821 at the age of 21.”  That 
would put her birth year as 

10.  Clara Ware was apparently born around 1801.  She was born in Virginia to James Ware and Elizabeth Miller.  Clara married G. Perkins and had 2 children.  She passed away in 1903.” (Ref. Ancestry)  Two children are sometimes listed as Clara’s – James W. Perkins, born 1820, and Arche Perkins, born 1825. 

11.  Susan (Susannah) Miller Ware was born in 1805 and wed David Perkins on January 17, 1826.  David was “born in Goochland, Virginia to Archelaus Mitchell Perkins and Patsy Ann Mitchell.  David married Susan M. Ware and had 10 children. He died in 1830 in Chariton, Missouri.” (Ref. Ancestry)  Susan and David had the following children: Ann, James, William, Luther, Mary, Sarah, Virginia, Maria, Robert, and Andrew.

(2) ANDREW WARE - Two years after the birth of James, Ann and John had another son.  Andrew, born May 24, 1758, was baptized a month later on June 25th.  We know little about Andrew at this time, but records tell us that he took the oath to serve as ensign in the Goochland Militia on October 16, 1780.  He would have been 22 years old at the time.  Some sites on list his death as 1808, but there are no records to substantiate this date.  It is assumed he never married.

(Ref. 2388, 2494)

(3) WILLIAM WARE, born on May 13, 1760, “was probably baptized at St. James Parish Church, Northam, however his birth and that of a younger sister, Mollie (Mary), are missing from the records kept by Rev. William Douglas in his Register.  (In the years following Rev. Douglas’ death, some of the pages in the Register were lost.)  Their relationship to the family, however, was verified by John’s will and specifically Mollie’s tombstone which is inscribed “Daughter of Capt. John Ware.” (Ref. 1040, 2480)

As a young man, William did service in the military, as was expected of the son of a wealthy landowner.  According to Vicki Cheesman’s biography of him, “William was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Samuel Richardson’s Company of the Goochland Militia on July 16, 1782 and was promoted to Captain in 1783.” (Ref. 2480)

(Ref. 2388) 

Two years after his promotion, William (25 years old) married for the first time.  His wife, Susannah Harrison, was the daughter of his Uncle William on his mother’s side.  According to family researcher, Kitty Dawson, “William Ware married 1st Susannah Harrison on 19 Jan 1785 in Pittsylvania Co., VA.  The information that follows is from a collection of papers that were on file at Averett College Archives in Danville, VA, including Bible records and a write-up of Susannah Harrison's death shortly after the birth of her daughter.  Susannah Harrison was born 22 Jan 1768 and died on 29 Jan 1786.” (Ref. Kitty Dawson)

William and Susannah wed in January of 1785, and exactly one year later, in January of 1786, Susannah died from childbirth complications.  The baby she delivered two days before her death would be named after her. (Ref. 844)

(Ref. 2412)

(Ref. 998)

The following deathbed statement was made by Susannah shortly before her passing.  It was carefully transcribed by Kathleen Neal Dawson from a typed copy obtained from Raymond Ware.  Any misspellings and inconsistent dates were not corrected.  It is a very poignant remembrance of a young mother who was very aware she was dying, and I am deeply grateful to Kitty for allowing me to include it in this work.   

“Susanna Ware (Eldest Daughter to William & Anna Harrison) was born the 22nd January 1768 and departed this life on Sunday the 29th January 1786.  She was delivered of a daughter on the 21st January 1786 and desired it to be named Anna Payne, but being taken very ill, and found she shod not recover, she called her mother to her and desired it might be named Susanna Harrison after herself being her maiden name.  She requested her mama would take care of it for her and desired it might be brought up in a Godly course which request she also made to her husband who she took leave of in the most tender and affectionate manner with the rest of her friends - saying that she hoped to see them in heaven where she would be looking for them and hoped they would be preparing to follow her and join in praising God in the pretty green field above the heavens forever and ever.  She was asked if she was willing to die, she declared she was but hoped God would not suffer her to die til he had prepared her which she prayed for most ardently.  She said this was a troublesome world, and that she had promised herself a great deal of pleasure when she got home to housekeeping but if it is God’s will to take her she was willing to go to him, desired her friends to give her up freely, and not to grieve for God took away nothing but what he gave; she told her mama she hoped to see her little sisters & brothers that was gone before her and her grandaddy and join them in praiseing and glorifying God on the throne forever and ever & that she would pray for and be looking for the appearance of her relations in heaven.  The next day she desired Mr. Church to sing and pray with her and for her, which he did with many others that was in the house, and while they were singing she was all at once in raptures of joy and said she felt as light as a feather and that it seemed like she could fly up to Heaven into God’s bosom . . . her countenance changed & she seemed to have a view of Heaven by an eye of earth from her looks, words & action.  After this her father interrogated her on this matter and told her she might be mistaken, but she said Daddy let me live or die I will never give up what I have now experienced.  He asked if she thought God had forgiven her sins, she said yes - and held out her hand & said she knew she was safe and thanked Mr. Church and said he had been an instrument in God’s hands of doing her great good or words to that import.  She called her mama to her and desired she would give her little sisters part of her clothes & keep the rest for her little girl, and give one of her rings to her husband to wear in remembrance of her and the rest to be kept for her little girl . . . she asked her daddy where he would bury her.  He told her anywhere she would choose - she said one corner of the garden would do as well as any place.  He told her that he intended his family shod be buried in the top of the hill.  Well, she replyed, Daddy bury me there too - and desired to have a coffin for her and gave her mama some directions about the clothes that she would be buryed in - she said she knew it would do her no good  but that it looked clever and decent.  She desired that a funeral sermon might be preached on the occasion by some good preacher - not that it would do her any good but she hoped that every person that was at her funeral might be benefited  by the sermon that might be delivered.  She was asked who she would choose to preach it, she was recollecting the name, her mama said is it Mr. Ivy?  She readily answered, yes, mama - Mr. Ivy – she desired her husband to endeavor to follow her and that he would mourn for her as long as he lived, there was room in Heaven for him and everybody else that would come.  She desired he would take care of her little girl she should look down from Heaven with pleasure and delight to see it jumping and skipping about a little.  Before she dyed she was heard to say, Oh Blessed Jesus, and breathed out her last with a smile - which she seemed to retain even when she was dead.  Her corpse was most beautiful & pleasant … Susanna Ware was the spouse of Wm Ware … she was born the 22 Jany 1768 she was married Jany … she died 29 Jany 1786. She had her first & only child 27 Jany 1786.”

Above story given courtesy of Kathleen Neal Dawson


It must have been difficult for William to lose his young wife so suddenly and have the responsibility of raising their daughter alone.  Three years later he remarried, providing a stepmother for baby Susanna.  In an almost unbelievable set of coincidences, his next wife was also named Susannah - - another cousin - daughter of Robert Payne and Ann Burton Payne.  They were married on October 17, 1789, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  William was 29 years old by then and his new bride was 19.  There were six children born from this union.  (See the information on next page)

William’s first child (the one he had with his first wife), Susanna Harrison Ware, would later “marry her 1st cousin William Harrison, son of Robert Harrison and Anne Payne. [There is] a marriage bond in Pittsylvania Co., VA, dated 01 Sep 1810 between William Harrison, Jr., and Susanna H. Ware, daughter of William Ware who consents.” (Ancestry)   Ultimately, her full name became Susanna Harrison Ware Harrison.  She had a father named William (Ware) and both a husband and a grandfather named William Harrison!

Land deed provided by Betty Fitzgerald

The following information will give some insight into the lives of the six children born to Susannah Payne Ware and WILLIAM:

1. Anne Payne Ware was their first child and she was usually called “Nancy.”  Born on August 20, 1792, it is possible she was named for Grandma Ann, but there were many women on the Payne side of the family with that name as well.  In 1811, Anne married James Richardson.

Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
Ann Ware
Groom Name: James Richardson
Bride Name: Ann Ware
Marriage Date: 10 Nov 1811
County: Pittsylvania, VA

Record of their marriage

James was 15 years older than Anne, so while she was only 19 at the time of her wedding, he was already 34.  According to family researcher, Betty Fitzgerald, “James Richardson began the brickmaking and tree felling for his four-storied house on land sold to him by the wealthy land dealer, Henry Sergeant, Esq., Lt., War of 1812.  The home he built in Caswell County, North Carolina, was called ‘Brickhouse’ and it stayed in the family for generations.  Even with their age difference, James and Anne shared many happy years together before James died in June of 1826.

The following is a list of their children provided by Betty Fitzgerald.

A. William Ware Richardson Born 1812

B. Susan Payne Richardson born 1814

C. James Sergeant Richardson  born 1816

D. Edmund (Ned) Richardson born 1818

E. Robert Payne Richardson  born 1820

F. Mary A. Richardson  born 1824

G. Elizabeth Richardson  born 1825

 Family cemetery in Providence (Caswell County)

If you look closely, you can see thename “RICHARDSON FAMILY” on the gate

Grave marker for James Richardson
Flintoff Family Cemetery

A. William Ware Richardson - The firstborn son of Anne and James was named William Ware Richardson.  According to Betty Fitzgerald, “He bought a two-hundred-acre farm when very young, it being two miles east of the ‘Homeplace,’ (called Brickhouse) on the Dan River, and soon after built a fine flour mill on one side of it . . . In 1833, at the age of 21, he sold the farm to Grandfather Sergeant and moved to Brandon, MS., following other family members, and [there he] ran a mercantile business until his death in 1853, of fever.  A confirmed bachelor, he never married.  His majestic Victorian mansion still stands.” Betty’s references for the above –

B. Susan Payne Richardson - According to information on Ancestry, Susan Payne Richardson “was born May 17, 1814.”  Betty provides the following additional information:  Susan “married first Col. George M. Stevens who was a minister on August 19, 1830.  After living near the ‘Brickhouse’ two years, they moved first, to Christian Co., near Pembroke, KY.  There were six children.”  George “entered the mercantile business and continued to minister.  Successful in all areas, George died in 1853.  Susan married for the second time on October 26, 1858 to John G. Gunn.  She passed away on July 31, 1887 in Huntsville, Alabama.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  She is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Susan Payne Richardson Stevens

C. James Sergeant Richardson was born March 4, 1816.  Betty writes:  “When of age (1841) he bought a farm near his brother and a little nearer Danville, VA.  At age 25 he married Miss Sarah T. Estes of Cascade, Pittsylvania Co., VA., and they had six children.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  The couple later moved to Kentucky, where Sarah died in 1855.  Two years later James married Fanney Buchannan – Children: Annie, Mary, Jennie, Mattie, and Frank.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald) Source: County of Christian, Kentucky; Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville, 1884.

D. Edmund (Ned) Richardson was born June 28, 1818, in Caswell County, North Carolina.  “After being educated at the plantation school built by Steven Sergeant (like all the children), he went to Danville” to attend college.  “Both sons and daughters followed this pattern.  Stephen Sergeant was an exceptional guardian of their inheritance.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)

In 1848, Ned married Margaret Elizabeth Patton of Huntsville, Alabama, with whom he had seven children.  Edmund Richardson was an American entrepreneur who acquired great wealth during the mid-19th century by producing and marketing cotton in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas . . . . On January 11, 1886, [he] was stricken with apoplexy at Jackson, Mississippi and died before assistance could reach him. His obituary described him as ‘the richest man in the South and the largest cotton planter in the world, second only to the Khedive of Egypt.’  At the time of his death, [his] estate was estimated to be worth from 10 to 15 million dollars. Richardson is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi.  His monument is the tallest in the cemetery and was hand-carved in Italy.” (Ref. Wikipedia)

E. Robert Payne Richardson was born December 2, 1820.  He married Mary Wadlington and had two children.  Like his siblings, “he was educated at the plantation school.”  At the age of 14, “he began work in the Fearn General store, spent his seventeenth year in school, and returned to work in Reidsville, N.C. for Major Nathan Wright.  After finishing one year he was received as a partner in the business.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)   Robert wed Elizabeth Wright and they had three children.   They built a lovely home in 1842 in Reidsville, North Carolina, on a knoll that overlooked Little Troublesome Creek.  It still stands today and “has the distinction of being the oldest standing house in the city.” Robert died January 14, 1909, at the age of 89.                                  

Grave for Robert Payne Richardson

F.  Mary Ann Richardson was born June 21, 1823.  She became the second wife of Lewis W. Withers - marrying on February 20, 1844.  Most of her information is available via the Robert B. Withers Bible.  (See below)

G.  Elizabeth Frances Richardson was born in 1825.  According to the Caswell County Marriage Bonds, she “married Joshua S. Glass on November 24, 1846.”  The couple resided on his farm which was “three miles west of the Providence area.  There were six children born to this union.”  (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  Elizabeth died July 5, 1895, and her grave can be found in Greenview Cemetery, Reidsville, North Carolina.  The inscription on her stone reads:  “Wife of Joshua S. Glass, age 69 ys  9ms  12ds”

Grave for Elizabeth Frances Richardson Glass

After the death of James Richardson, William’s daughter, Anne “Nancy” Payne Ware remarried.  Her second husband was Stephen Sergeant (sometimes spelled Sargeant) and they wed in 1828.  Stephen and Ann added two more children to the family:  H. Margaret Delphia Sargeant and I. Agnes Payne Sargeant.

H.  Margaret was born December 19, 1829.  Her middle name was given “in honor of Stephen’s mother, Delphy Carney.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  It was a shortened version of “Philadelphia” – a name very popular in the colonies and used before in the family (i.e., Philadelphia Payne, daughter of John and Mary Coles Payne).  Margaret wed James Kerr Lea on December 16, 1848, at the age of 19.  She “lived with her eight children in the ‘Brickhouse’ which she had inherited from her father.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  Upon her death in 1908, “she was buried in the Richardson/Sergeant Cemetery.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)

I.  Agnes Ware Sergeant was born April 5, 1832.  She married Dr. Josiah Asbury Stanfield on September 16, 1852, at the age of 20. According to the Caswell County Historical Association website, “Dr. Josiah Asbury Stanfield (1829-1896) wed Agnes Ware Sargent Stanfield (1832-1916).  Dr. Stanfield graduated from the medical college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He later added another certificate in the new science of delivering babies.”

Agnes Ware Sargeant – photo courtesy of Betty Fitzgerald

The following information is available to us due to the kind generosity of Betty Fitzgerald.

Dr. Josiah Asbury Stanfield and wife Agnes Ware (Sergeant) had three tobacco factories behind his house . . . tobacco factory was built in Reidsville by Robert Payne Richardson, the Sergeant girls’ half brother.”  She further explains, “Sister Margaret Delphy married James Kerr Lea, and was largest tobacco producer in Yancyville.”

Betty continues:

“Sarah Price (Sally) Johnston, daughter of John Johnston and Mary Logan Lea, was born 21 January 1807 at Leasburg, North Carolina.  She married, on 5 September 1825, Benjamin Franklin Stanfield (born 10 January 1802 in Leasburg, North Carolina.)  Their son, Dr. Josiah Asbury Stanfield, born 8 March 1829 in Leasburg, North Carolina, married 16 September 1852 Agnes Ware Sergeant.  She was born 5 April 1832 at the ‘Brick House’ in Providence, Caswell County, North Carolina (seven miles south of Danville, Virginia).  The mother of Agnes Ware Sergeant is Anne Payne (Nancy) Ware Richardson Sergeant, a second cousin once removed of Dolley Payne Madison.  Anne Payne Ware Richardson Sergeant purportedly spoke of going with her mother, Susannah Payne Ware, to visit "Aunt" Dolley, and that she was a special favorite.”

Source: The Heritage of Person County, Volume III, Eileen M. Mikat, Ph.D., Chair Book Committee (2001) at 140-141 (Article #139, "George Lea, Col./Sen." by Betty Fitzgerald).

Josiah and Agnes lived in a beautiful home the doctor had built for them - known as the ‘Stanfield Home’.  There they raised nine children.  In 1878, after 27 years, the couple moved back into the home that Agnes was raised in as a child – the one built by James Richardson for his wife, Anne.  Although her sister “Margaret inherited the ‘Brickhouse’ from her father, Dr. Stanfield purchased it from her.” (Ref. Betty Fitzgerald)  Agnes lived a long life, dying in 1919 at the age of 87.    

Home of the Stanfields

Agnes Ware Stanfield

Anne Payne Ware Richardson Sargeant

Stephen Sargeant died in 1864.  If you look closely at his tombstone below, you will notice that the last name is spelled differently than most people expect.  I have also seen it spelled “Sargent” and “Sergeant.”  

Anne died “on a train in route to visit her son, Edmund Richardson and other family members.” (Ref. 1040)   She is buried in the Richardson family plot in Magnolia Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi.  ** I would like to express my deep gratitude to Betty Fitzgerald for the information and photographs she has so kindly shared for this particular section.

Stephen Sargeant



2. Susan Elizabeth Ware -  One year after the birth of Anne Payne Ware, Susannah and William had another baby girl.  Born in 1793, Susan was often called “Eliza.”  According to Betty, Susan “married Henry Sergeant and was his fourth wife.”  No documentation has yet been found, and the many spellings of the name “Sargent” often complicate research.

3. Agnes Payne Ware -   We know for certain that William and Susannah had another daughter in 1795.  They named her Agnes, probably in honor of great grandma, Agnes Ware.  Agnes married twice.  Her first husband was William Hunt Dupuy, and they wed on October 26, 1816.  William and Agnes moved to Kentucky and settled in Christian County.  They had the following children:  Mary Ware, John Ware, William Hunt, Susan Payne, Robert Joel, James, and Agnes Morton Dupuy.  Agnes died August 2, 1852.

4. John Ware  -  After three daughters, Susannah and William welcomed a son in 1797, naming him after William’s father.  On May 5, 1819, John wed Elizabeth (Betty) Saunders.

John Ware and Elizabeth, his wife gave land for a church, ‘on the north side of the public road below Bachelor’s Hall,’ naming as Methodist trustees … Henry Sargeant and William Dupuy.” Source:  The History of Pittsylvania County, by Maud Carter Clement, J.P. Bell and Company, Inc., Lynchburg, Va., 1929, page 135.

5. Robert Payne Ware - Born on December 1, 1801, Robert Payne Ware was obviously named after Susannah’s father, Robert Payne.  On April 4, 1834, Robert married Martha Sanders and they had nine children.  These were all grandchildren of John and Ann Ware and great grandchildren of James and Agnes Ware.  Robert died June 5, 1868.

1.  Mary Ann (1834)

2.  William Nicholas (May 17, 1836) wed Harriet Amanda Talley May 20, 1875.

3.  Thomas Edward (Sept. 22, 1839) wed Sarah E. Lane, Nov. 1860; died 1897.

4.  Susan H. (Feb. 1841) married W. Everett Burrus; died on July 5, 1922.             

5.  Virginia Elizabeth (1842)

6.  John Payne (May 1844) wed Deborah Miller Townley Sept. 1869; died 1898.                            

7.  Martha Ellen (1847) marriage 1876 to George C. Ingram

8.  Antonia (1851) died in 1865 at age 14

9.  Sarah A. (June 14, 1854) lived 5 months - died November 1854.

6. William Ware Jr. -  The last child for William and Susannah was a son, born in 1805.  William Ware Jr. married Alphia Clark in January 1833 and died on June 12, 1868.

William died at his brother’s farm (Robert) in Todd Co. a week after his brother died.” (Ref. 2480)  Posted in the Clarkville Newspaper:

DIED -At the residence of his brother, Robert Ware, in Todd County, Ky., WILLIAM WARE, formerly a resident of this city, aged about 63 years.  At the same place on the 5th inst., ROBERT WARE, aged about 67 years.” (Courtesy of Vicki Cheesman)

William and Susannah raised their family on a plantation called “Cascades” - property Susannah inherited from her father, Robert Payne.  William also inherited property from his parents, so the couple was clearly “well to do.”

From John Ware’s will

When he died on January 16, 1828, William left quite a bit of property to his children, including (at least) 32 slaves. 

Excerpt from his will:


He then specified that the “remaining eleven negroes be equally divided among my children.” (Ref. 911)

(4) JOHN WARE - Two years after William’s birth, John and Ann added another son to the home.  John, most likely named after his father, was born June 10, 1762.  Church records state that he was baptized on July 18, 1872, and other records mention a marriage to Margarett Lady on September 6, 1780.  Little else is known about him, but it is believed that he was “lost at sea.”

Marriage record

(5)  ELIZABETH WARE - After four sons in a row, John and Ann had a baby girl on May 27, 1764.  Elizabeth, called Betty, was baptized a month after her birth on June 24, 1764.  She wed James Poindexter on April 21, 1806.  Betty died June 17, 1816, at age 52.

(Ref. 238)

(6)  MILDRED WARE - Another baby girl arrived for John and Ann on September 27, 1766.  Called Milley, she was baptized two months later on November 2nd.  Milley continued to live on the plantation until her sister, Mollie, died in 1824.  She left the plantation and moved to Louisa County to live with another sister, Nancy (Ann) and brother-in-law, Richard Wyatt.  She died at their residence in 1830.” (1040)  Upon her passing on March 3, 1830, Milley was buried in the family graveyard at Ben Glade Cemetery.  Hers is one of the few tombstones still readable there. (See below)

Grave stone for Mildred Ware

(7) JANE HARRISON WARE - In 1768, Mildred was joined by a baby sister, Jane Harrison Ware.  John was now 32 years old and Ann was 28.  Their oldest child, James, was 12 years old and his grandparents, James and Agnes, were both approaching their mid- 50s.  Born on December 14th, Jane was often called Jenney (also spelled Jenny).  She was baptized in the family church on January 29, 1769.  At the somewhat advanced age of 31, Jenny married John Mosby on April 11, 1799.                  

Marriage record (Ref. 2386)

The Mosby couple had the following children:

Ann Harrison Mosby – According to the family bible, Ann was born Thursday, April, 22, 1802.  When she was 17, she married John M. Shelton.  They had two sons, John Marshall Shelton and Joseph Alfred Shelton.  Ann died on July 16, 1841.

John Ware Mosby He was born Saturday, June 30, 1804.  John Ware Mosby - 
son of John H. & Jane Ware married Virginia Paulina CABELL” on October 11, 
1831.  (Ref. Bible)   John died December 28, 1875, in Valley Farm, Virginia.  

Sarah Ann Haskins Mosby was born May 8, 1806, in Powhatan County, Virginia.
On November 10, 1825, she wed Hardin Perkins. 
Alfred Daniel Mosby was born Saturday, December 9, 1809.  He married Virginia
Jackson McLaurine on October 9, 1831.  Alfred and his wife had many children; 
the most famous being Colonel John Singleton Mosby of the Confederate Army 
during the Civil War. 

Alfred D. Mosby and Virginia Jackson McLaurine

Colonel John Singleton Mosby

Historical Marker

Ann and John Ware were the great grandparents of the famous colonel, thus making James and Agnes the great, great grandparents of this legendary leader of Mosby’s Rangers. (Ref.114)

Alfred Mosby died “Wednesday, February 19th about 7 P.M. in the 70th year of his age at his home in Bedford Co. Virginia.” (Ref. Bible)  Alfred never had the opportunity to know his mother well because Jane passed away two years after his birth.  She was only 23 at the time.  

(8)  NANCY WARE - John and Ann delivered another baby girl on June 30, 1771.  They named her Anne, probably after her mother, but she usually went by Nancy.  She was baptized on September 22, 1771.  At the age of 25, Nancy married Richard Wyatt on December 8, 1796. (Ref. 5,372, 621, 651, 2390)



Downloaded from the Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA., Bible Records Collection

 Wyatt family Bible record, 1684-1900

Nancy Ware dau of Capt John Ware was born 30th June 1771

Nancy Wyatt wife of Rich'd Wyatt and Daughter of Capt John Ware of Gooch'd

Died the 17th day of April 1838 aged 66y. 9m. 17d.

 Rich'd Wyatt mar'd Nancy Ware daughter Of Capt John Ware (Goochland) 8th Dec, 1796

(Ref. 2386)

Nancy and Richard provided four more grandchildren for John and Ann: (1) Elizabeth Wyatt (Nov. 29, 1798); (2) Ann Harrison Wyatt (July 27, 1802);    (3) Sara Chiles Wyatt (Nov. 4, 1804); and (4) Richard Ware Wyatt (Dec. 22, 1806).  Nancy died April 17, 1838.

According to Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, published in 1915, Richard left school at 14 to enlist and serve in the Revolutionary war.  He took the oath of Ensign on January 8, 1778.  Soon promoted, “Capt. Wyatt served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.” (Ref. The Register of the Kentucky Society, Volume 39)

In 1833, prior to his marriage to Harriet King Harris, Richard Ware Wyatt, the grandson of John and Ann by Nancy and Richard, began a four-month trip from Virginia to Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri on horseback.  He was heading west to “check on land that his father had been given in payment for his service in the Revolutionary War.  His journey continued onto St. Louis.  He kept an amazing and very detailed journal describing such things as encountering Native Americans in the young town of St. Louis.”  (Ref. Web)  His diary, titled The 1830 Travels of Richard Ware Wyatt, offers great insight into life in America during that time period.  You can find his writings on the web.  The diary is being transcribed by the hard work of three great-great-great granddaughters of R.W. Wyatt:  Jamie, Kellie and Kate Wyatt.”  They are doing a great job!

After Richard Ware Wyatt married, he bought property that was once part of Monticello.  He called his home ‘Clifton’ and he lived there during the Civil War and until his death on 25, 1881.  According to information on the family web site:

Wyatt gravestone

Colonel Wyatt and his wife had 10 children:  Martha Ann, Richard Overton, Mary Eliza, William Henning, James Walter, Evalina Harris, Alice Elizabeth, Ida May, Mary Nelson, and Kate Harrison Wyatt.

(9)  MOLLEY WARE - The last child for John and Ann was a little girl named Mary, lovingly called Molley.  There is little information on Molley, but thankfully her tombstone is also one of the few that has survived in the family graveyard.  We know she was born in 1772 and married George Washington McLein in 1816.  (His last name has been spelled “McClean,” “McLain,” “McLein,” and many other ways.)  Her tombstone looks like “McLein,” but the slave receipt (see below) looks vastly different.  It is possible the record is not referring to anyone related to George, but the names are phonically alike and the record definitely mentions a “Ware” in the transaction.  Sadly the only other information we know is that Molley died in 1824.  

McCLEAN, JAMES, dec'd. John McClean, excr. Returns Mar. 1805 paid Robt. Stamps and Jas. Ware's legacies. Receipt of Jas. Ware for slave Priscilla and her child Nicholas left to my wife Mary by the will Jan. 1805.  Wm. G. Gilbert app temp admr Dec. 29, 1810, permt. Mar. 4, 1811

Grave for Molley Ware

By 1773, Ann and John were through having babies.  The year before, when Molley was born, the country had faced a major measles epidemic which struck fear in the hearts of every parent raising a family.  Fortunately the disease took no lives in the Ware household.

There was another kind of sickness in the country, however.  Relations with Great Britain were becoming intolerable and the colonists were getting increasingly frustrated with British trade restrictions.  For impending war, Goochland Militia acted promptly, and the following distinguished citizens were named:  John Woodson . . . Tarleton Fleming, John Payne, Nathaniel Massie, Reuben Ford, John Ware, Thomas Fleming, Matthew Woodson.” (Ref. 2388)  In her biography of John Ware, Vicki Cheesman states, “John became a captain in the Goochland Militia in 1777 and William’s oldest brother, James, served as John’s first lieutenant.  Another son, Andrew, served as an ensign in the Goochland Militia.  John was replaced by Samuel Richardson on April 20, 1778 and his unit was sent to Albermarle Barracks to guard British and Hessian prisoners.” (Ref. 1040)

 According to author, John H. Gwathmey:

The procedure in the commissioning of Militia officers was that the County Courts recommended men to the Governor and either he, personally, or his Council issued commissions.  When the commissions were returned to the counties, the prospective officers appeared before the court and were sworn in.  Entries of their resignations also were recorded in the order books.  Often Militia officers were ‘appointed.’  It seems that when officers were recommended or appointed they immediately assumed their duties, and they may rightfully be considered to have served as officers.” (Ref. 2388)

Military records state that John was not only “a member of the Committee of Safety, (Ref. 1040) but “served as a Captain in 1777 until April 20, 1778.” (Ref. 629, 692, 894, 2388)     Clearly he was embroiled in some of the wartime activities surrounding the arduous battle for independence, and in “1816, he was named “Patriot” - - an honor certainly not to be taken lightly. (Ref. 894)

Documentation for military service

(Ref. 2495)

Ware, John, Cap 1777.  Ware, James, 2Lt Sworn Dec 15, 1777 (Ref. 2557)

John was a very prosperous man and also very meticulous in his life and business.  He had a desire to have a mill built on his property, even putting that request in his last will and testament.  This important legal document provides us with an inkling into his thinking.  He bequeathed 15 of his slaves to his two daughters, yet mentioned specifically how he wanted his grandsons to “get $100.00 instead of slaves; not wishing to divide or separate parents & children.” (Ref. 894)  His will also gives us a feel for the great size of his land holdings, because in just one section, it states that he wanted his son, William, to have “the tract on Dan River near where he lived, which was sitting on 613 acres.” (Ref. 894)  Even as far back as 1786, “extensive holdings speak of John Ware’s line, by his Tavern, crossing the main road.” (Ref. 894)

As Vicki Cheesman relates, “His land holdings were vast.  He had over 130 slaves and possessions which determined his station, specifically a carriage and two carriage horses.  His house-hold furniture consisted of enough pieces to furnish a five bedroom house.  He also had a tannery and blacksmith shops.” (Ref. 1040)

Land deed for John

John, as his father before him, had a great love of horses.  He clearly had a hand in breeding and raising some of the finest horse flesh in the area. (See advertisement below) 

1770 Newspaper ad

FORTUNATUS, champion by imp Shark; dam by Celer; — by Capt. John Ware's Fearnought, of Goochland County, Virginia. In 1804, advertised by P. W. Humphreys and John Faulkner, to stand three days each week at Maj. C. Stump's, four miles from Nashville on White's Creek; $8; $10. Advertisement of sweepstakes in same issue of this paper

According to thoroughbred pedigree expert Anne Peters, of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, by 1900 it was "virtually impossible to find a pedigree of any ‘significant’ American-bred thoroughbred that didn't have multiple strains of ancestry from the stallion Fearnought imported from England by John Baylor III in 1764.  Fearnought became Virginia's premier breeding horse, and, according to a leading nineteenth-century chronicler of race horses, ‘one of the most distinguished stallions ever in America." (Original Author: John Baylor)

Although his father, James Ware I, and several siblings eventually relocated to Kentucky, John and Ann Harrison Ware could never leave their beloved Virginia.  Ann passed away some time before her husband.  On June 17, 1816, Captain John Ware died at the age of 80.  He and his wife were buried on their property in Goochland County, Virginia – now known as Ben Glade Farms Cemetery.  Sadly, their tombstones have not survived the passage of time, but the grave markers for their daughters, Milley and Molley Ware, give testimony to the final resting place for this oldest son of James and Agnes Todd Ware.

Ben Glade Cemetery

Ben Glade Cemetery





        JOHN                                AND                        ANN HARRISON WARE

      B.  Dec. 12, 1736               1756                          B. 1740

      D.  June 17, 1816                                                D.


John was the oldest son of James Ware I and Agnes Todd Ware.  He never moved to Kentucky but stayed all his life in Virginia.  He and Ann married on May 25, 1756.

(1) James Ware (Dec. 27, 1756 – 1818) wed Elizabeth Miller on Sept. 22, 1786.

(2) Andrew Ware (May 24, 1758 - ) died single.

(3) Col. William Ware (May 13, 1760 - Jan. 16, 1828) wed (a) Susanna Harrison

     Feb. 10, 1785, and Susannah Payne on Oct.17, 1789.

(4) John Ware (June 10, 1762 - ) wed Margarett Lady on Sept. 6, 1780.  He was

     lost at sea.

(5) Elizabeth (Betty) Ware (May 27, 1764 - ) wed James Poindexter on

     Feb. 2, 1806

(6) Mildred (Milley) Ware (Sept. 27, 1766 – 1829) died single.

(7) Jane (Jenney) Harrison Ware (Dec. 14, 1768 – 1811) wed John Mosby on

     April 11, 1799.

(8) Anne (Nancy) Ware (June 30, 1771 - April 17, 1838) wed Richard Wyatt on

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 1796.   #2390

(9) Mary (Molley) Ware (1772 - ) wed George McLain.


Last Will and Testament of John Ware

Transcribed by Marti Martin


His signature


Last Will and Testament of Mildred Ware

Will of Mildred Ware, of Louisa County, Dated Sept. 3, 1829. Prob. Mar. 8, 1830.  To the children of My Brother-in-law Capt. Richard Wyatt, & Nancy, his wife, sum of 3000,00 [sic] (pounds); all bank stock of which I die possessed; also sd. children my slave Charity & her four children.  Two nieces, Ann H. Wyatt & Sarah C. Wyatt, my plated carriage harness.  To three nieces: Elizabeth Wilkinson, Ann H. Wyatt & Sarah C. Wyatt all my trunks and their contents now at Capt. Richard Wyatt’s.  Children of my brother Wm. Ware, $500, in bonds as compensation for the loss they sustained in the sale for the land left to them by my father.  Niece, Patsey Ware, daughter of my brother James Ware - my negro girl, Amy.  To Capt. John Mosby, of Nelson, 1/3 part of the sum of $306,53. which sum with interest thereon from Nov. 1817, till paid, he now owes me as will appear from the division of my father’s estate, but if sd. Mosby brings charge for board against me while I staid at his house he shall have no part of my estate.  Children of my brothers Wm. Ware & James Ware, son of my brother James Ware - two slaves Old Ned & old Isbel.  Niece Ann H. Shelton my large trunk at Capt. John Mosby’s; the contents of that trunk & another one which is with it to be equally divided between the sd, Ann H. Shelton & my niece Sarah Perkins.  To the children of Capt. John Mosby; the children of my brother Wm. Ware; & the children of my brother James Ware rest & residue of my estate.  My agent Robert Wilkinson  Executors, Capt. Richd. Wyatt, & Rev. Robert Wilkinson  Witnesses, W. Nelson, Jr., Larkin B. Hancock, Oliver C. Smith, Dabney C. Waller.”

Source: The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers; Abstracts of Records in the Local and General Archives of Virginia…, edited by Clayton Torrence, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1979, page 874



B. JAN. 14, 1765                          April 11, 1799              B. Dec. 14, 1768

D.   after 1809                                                                  D. 1811

Jane was the daughter of John and Ann Harrison Ware and the granddaughter of James and Agnes Todd Ware.

1.   Ann Harrison Mosby (April 22, 1802 - July 16, 1841)

2.   John Ware Mosby (June 30, 1804 - Dec. 28, 1875) died at “Valley Farm” in Powhatan Co., VA.

3.   Sarah Ann Haskins Mosby (May 8, 1806 - )

4.   Alfred Daniel Mosby (Dec. 9, 1809 - Feb. 19, 1879) wed Virginia Jackson McLaurine.




B.  Dec. 29, 1756                          Sept. 22, 1786            B. 1766

D.   1818                                                                         D. 1835

James Ware was the firstborn son of John and Ann Harrison Ware.  His grandparents were James and Agnes Ware.  James and Elizabeth were married on Sept. 22, 1786.  According to research by Vicki Cheesman, they “had 11 children; Clara, Elizabeth, James, John, Martha, Mary, Nancy, Nicholas, Richard, Robert and Susan.” (Ref. 1040)


1  James Miller Ware (1787 - )

2  Ann Harrison Ware (July 8, 1788 - June 29, 1860) wed Jacob Fowler on

    Feb. 15, 1805.  In 1835, she married Peyton Powell.

3  Robert Ware (1790 - ) wed Jane G. Miller on May 18, 1818.

4  John Miller Ware (circa 1791 - ) wed Mary (Polly) Miller in Sept. 1811.

5  Elizabeth Povel Ware (1793 - ) wed Benjamin Harris on Sept. 29, 1817.

6  Martha Ware (possibly born between 1793 - 1797)

7  Nicholas Miller Ware (1797 - ) wed Sarah E. Thompson on July 5, 1821.

8  Richard Ware (1799 - ) wed Mary Ann Hopkins circa 1834.

9  Sarah Miller Ware (1800 – 1821) wed Samuel W. Harris in 1816.

10 Clara Ware (possibly 1801-1805 – 1903) wed G. Perkins.

11 Susannah (Susan) Miller Ware (1805 - )  


Excerpts taken for the family of Richard Wyatt and Nancy Ware  From the Bible collection at the Library of Virginia, Richmond

Rich'd Wyatt son of Rich'd Wyatt was born 1st Jan 1763
Eliz'h Wyatt dau of Rich & Nancy Wyatt was born 29th Nov: 1798
Ann H Wyatt was born 27th July 1802 -
Sarah C. Wyatt was born 12th Nov 1804 -
Rich'd Ware Wyatt was born 22 Dec: 1806 -
Nancy Ware dau of Capt John Ware was born 30th June 1771
Mary Ann Wilkinson was born 27th Aug: 1828
Mildred F. Wilkinson was born 13th Aug: 1830
Eliza Frances Guy was born 8th Feb'y. 1834
Sarah E. Wilkinson was born 1st day of May 1835
Martha Ann Wyatt daughter of Rich'd W. & H. K. Wyatt was born 12th Oct. 1835
Richard Overton Wyatt
son of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 18th day of April 1837 –
Mary Eliza Wyatt dau of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 6th June 1838 -

William Henning Wyatt son of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born the 26th Feb'y
1840 & baptised --- Oct'r 1840 by Rev'd H. B. Cowles
James Walter Wyatt son of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 9th June 1841 &
baptised 8th June 1845 by Rev'd Jos: A. Brown
Evelina Harris Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 28th Jan'y
1843 & baptized 8th June 1845 by Rev'd. Jos A. Brown
Alice Elizabeth Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 13th June
1844 & baptized 8th June 1845 by Rev'd. Jos: A. Brown
Ida May Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 1st day of May 1846
Mary Nelson Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 1st Jan: 1851
Kate Harrison Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt born 5th Feb 1852

Dr. Richard Overton Wyatt, son of Rich’d Wyatt & Harriet K. Harris d Dec 16 - 1861
Capt James Walter Wyatt killed at Cold Harbor in Civil War. 3rd June 1864 -
Evelina Harris Wyatt, sister of above men. d of typhoid fever July 22, 1865
Col Richard Ware Wyatt father of above children, d May 25 -
Alice E. Wyatt dau of Col Richard Ware Wyatt d July 18, 1884 of typhoid fever
Martha Anne Wyatt Woodard. dau of Rich’d Ware Wyatt, died of pneumonia Feb 11,1898
Harriet King Harris wife of Col Richard Ware Wyatt. d of pneumonia Oct 8, 1888.
Ann H. Guy daugh'r of Rich'd & Nancy Wyatt died 14th Oct 1836 at the residence of her husband in Louisa -- She died in full hope of heaven.
Nancy Wyatt wife of Rich'd Wyatt and Daughter of Capt John Ware of Gooch'd Died the 17th day of April 1838 aged 66y. 9m. 17d.
Mary E. Wyatt daughter of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt died the 19 March 1841
Wm Henning Wyatt son of R. W. & H. K. Wyatt died The 25th May 1841
Rich'd Wyatt (born 1st day of Jan'y 1763) died 12th day of June 1845. Aged 82y.5m.12 days

Richard Ware Wyatt & Harriet King Harris mar. Sept 19 - 1833
Rich'd - married Elizabeth Streshly who died in child bed with 1st child
The sd Richd later married Amey Chiles daughter of Capt Walter Chiles 7th Nov. 1752
Rich'd Wyatt mar'd Nancy Ware daugter Of Capt John Ware (Goochland) 8th Dec: 1796
Eliz'h Wyatt dau. of Rich'd & Nancy Wyatt mar'd Rev'd Rob't Wilkinson 26th Oct 1827
Ann H. Wyatt daugh: of Rich'd & Nancy Wyatt mar'd Sam'l A. Guy 16th Sept: 1830
Rich'd W. Wyatt son of Rich'd & Nancy Wyatt mar'd Harriet K. Harris



             B. May 13, 1760          Oct. 17, 1789            B. 1770

            D. Jan. 16, 1828                                            D.

William was the son of John and Ann Harrison Ware and the grandson of James and Agnes Ware.  He first married Susanna Harrison on February 10, 1785, and after her death, he then married Susannah Payne on Oct. 17, 1789.  Susannah Payne was the daughter of Robert Payne.  She was, therefore, cousins to both William Ware and also Dolley Payne Madison, wife of President James Madison.

  1. Ann “Nancy” Payne Ware (Aug. 20, 1792 - Nov. 29, 1872) wed (a) James Richardson on Nov. 10, 1811, and (b) Stephen Sargeant in 1828.    

  2. Susan Elizabeth “Eliza” Ware (1793 - ) wed Henry Sargeant.

  3. Agnes Ware (1795 - Aug. 2, 1852) wed William H. Dupuy on Oct. 26, 1816.

  4. John Ware II (1797 - ) wed Elizabeth Saunders on May 5, 1819.

  5. Robert Payne Ware (Dec. 1, 1801 - June 5, 1868) wed Martha Sanders on April 4, 1834.

  6. William Ware Jr. (1805 - June 12, 1868) wed Alphia Clark on Jan. 17, 1833.



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