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7. JAMES WARE SR. (II) was born and lived the early part of his life in Gloucester County, Virginia.  He studied medicine and moved to Caroline County, Virginia, where he practiced and there married CATHERINE TODD - aged fourteen.  She was the daughter of Dr. Todd - an eminent physician and a Scotsman.  JAMES WARE SR. was said to be one of the handsomest men in the state.  After some years, he moved to Frederick County, Virginia, and there is a deed on record in Winchester showing that he bought a half acre of land in Winchester for twelve thousand pounds sterling in 1781.

** JAMES II married Catherine Todd who was born on February 9, 1753.  Her full name was Virginia Catherine Todd (Ref. 33), but she was known as Catherine, Caty, or sometimes Katy.  She was the daughter of Dr. James Todd of Gloucester County, Virginia. (Ref. 33, 27)   When James and Caty wed in 1767, she was just turning 14.  This is verified by a letter from their son, Charles Ware, who stated:  my parents were married early in life, particularly your grandmother (before she was 14 years old.)” (Ref. 35G)  That made for a twelve year difference between the newlyweds.

Dr. Ware and Caty moved to Winchester, Virginia after they had been married a few years, and he practiced medicine in the area. (Ref.35G)  The deed Cornelia mentioned above is on file in the courthouse in Winchester, and they also owned land in Berryville – previously known as Battletown.

Map showing property of Dr. James Ware in Frederick Co., Virginia

8. As to the children of JAMES WARE SR., (II) who accompanied him to Kentucky, I have learned:

THOMPSON WARE, born April 5, 1769, located near Lexington.  He married Miss Conn.  They had twelve children, eight of them daughters - Sally, who married Mr. Russell, Kitty, Cassandra, Davidella, Frances, and Eliza.  The only son mentioned is Charles William.  Another daughter, Lucy, married Mr. Bedford.  “Aunt Polly” (Mrs. Charles Webb) lived within one mile of the Thompson Wares.

** Thompson Ware was, indeed, born on April 5, 1769, and he died September 9, 1852, at the age of 83. (Ref. 33, 27)  He married Miss Sarah (Sally) Conn, who was from Kentucky. (Ref. 2, 3, 4, 33, 35D)  She was born September 22, 1781 and later died on November 26, 1851. (Ref. 621)   In a letter from Thompson to his niece, Sarah, he stated, beyond a doubt, that there were 12 offspring.  “Sally, we have had twelve children - eleven living and eight of them are daughters.” (Ref. 35E)  The names of all of his children are as follows:

(1) Catherine (Kitty) Todd Ware (Dec. 21, 1799 - July 26, 1863) married Grant Allen on Oct. 24, 1830; after the death of her sister Polly.

(2) Thomas Ware (June 17, 1801 - July 17, 1862) married Harriet Miller April 29, 1823. 

(3) Cassandra Ware (Jan. 23, 1803 - June 20, 1851) married Samuel Woodson on Nov. 8, 1837.

(4) Sarah (Sally) Ware (March 18, 1806 – 1884) married Robert Spotswood Russell on May 29, 1827.

(5) Mary (Polly) Ware (May 29, 1808 - Nov. 23, 1828) married Grant Allen on Dec. 20, 1827.

(6)Lucy C. Ware (Feb. 27, 1810) married Henry Clay Bedford on Sept. 13, 1829

(7) Davidella Ware (Feb.18, 1812 - June 22, 1877) married Asa Kentucky Lewis Bedford on May 8, 1834.

(8) James T. Ware (Dec. 23, 1814 - Sept. 30, 1871) married Patsy Bedford on Nov. 26, 1844.

(9) Frances Ann Ware (Nov. 3, 1816 - Jan. 11, 1892) married John Hill on Dec. 30, 1847.

(10) A son – not named (born Jan. 3, 1819) was probably stillborn.

(11) Eliza H. Ware (born Feb. 14, 1822 - Feb. 23, 1861) married William D. Crockett on July 5, 1849.

(12) Charles William Ware (Dec. 23, 1824 - Oct. 30, 1834) was a very sickly child.

New information provided from the Ware Family Bible of James Thompson Ware – generously shared courtesy of Debbie McArdle   #1070

When Reverend Horace Hayden wrote his renowned family genealogy in the late 1800s, he unfortunately made (as we all do) some mistakes.  There were quite a few errors in the naming of the children of Thompson, which have been perpetuated over the years.  Luckily, recent family bibles have surfaced which clear up the confusion.  Since much of the Ware family no longer lived in Virginia at the time Hayden was writing his book, he simply did not have the benefit of firsthand information which the computer now allows us.  Many details of Thompson Ware’s family can now be found in the books New Nation/New Home and Virginia Roots in Kentucky Soil written by Judy C. Ware. 


May 1, 1777, married Col. (who was also a Dr.) John M. Scott.  He must have been a splendid man; he is spoken of so many times with such admiration.  There were 5 children: (1) Betsy, (2) Thompson (who married Winny Webb in 1811)   (3) Catherine . . . as a widow, “Aunt Kitty” and her two daughters lived with Betsy Sharp, a cousin.  Her mother “Caty Ware” wrote in 1830 “very amiable girls, (4) Catherine, who would make one of the finest wives for rich or poor, and (5) Arabella, the latter thought handsome, but of a wild turn.”

CORRECTION:  As with Cornelia, I believe there were five children, but my research shows different names:  Cornelia may have been using Hayden’s genealogy work for some of her references, and in the errata (at the end of his book) he admitted that he had the children for Catherine Ware and George Ware listed erroneously.

The children of Catherine Ware Scott and John Mitchell Scott were:

(1) Elizabeth Thompson (called Betsy or Eliza), (2) William Henry Harrison (called Harrison),  (3) Arabella who married William Davis and then Sylvester Welch, (4) Catherine W. (Kate) who married William Johnson, (Ref. 6, 25) and (5) Major John Mitchell Scott. (Some of my references for this information are numbers 25, 35, 6, 487, 488, 489, 462, 465, 445, 501, 525, 526, and particularly 486 which is the Last Will & Testament of Caty Ware Scott.  That, alone, is unquestionably reliable!)

**  Catherine (Kitty) Ware was born on May 1, 1777 in Frederick County, Virginia. (Ref. 3, 4, 6, 27)  She married Colonel John Mitchell Scott - “one of the earliest property holders in Frankfort, Kentucky.”  [Ref.6]   Col. Scott was also a gifted physician who was highly thought of by many people. (Ref. 2, 25)  He even served as the private physician for William Henry Harrison.


Col. John Mitchell Scott and Catherine (Kitty) Ware Scott
Courtesy of Maunsel White & Albert Bruns

Kitty’s daughter, Betsy, (often called Eliza) Scott married Colonel Solomon Portius Sharp, and they had three children:  (1) Jean, (2) John Scott, and (3) Thomas (Solomon).  Colonel Sharp was a member of the U.S. Congress, and John Calhoun once said, “he was the ablest man of his age that had ever crossed the mountains.” (Ref. 6)   Solomon was assassinated in Kentucky in November of 1875.  According to a family letter:

“He was stabbed in the abdomen in his house at 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning and expired without speaking a word in a few minutes in the midst of his family.  Poor Betsy was quite deranged for several days, but has since recovered and has come to her right mind.  Mr. Sharp has left her a sufficient competency for her support.  He had a very severe spell of sickness last summer which caused him to make a will and he left Betsy everything except two farms.”  (Ref. 35E) After Col. Sharp was killed, Betsy changed her son Thomas’s name to ‘Solomon’ in his honor.  (Ref. 25)  Catherine Ware Scott, who was a widow herself by 1875, moved in with her oldest daughter to live – bringing her two younger daughters along with her.  Catherine and Arabella’s grandmother once wrote that they were both considered to be “amiable girls.” (Ref. 25)

Catherine Ware Scott and John Mitchell Scott actually had nine children, in total.    Family records state that “there were four children born to John Mitchell and Catherine Ware Scott that died in infancy.  (Ref. 2227)     There were five who lived to adulthood.  (1) Eliza Scott (1798), who was the wife of Col. Sharp, (2) William Henry Harrison Scott (1805), who was named after family friend, William Henry Harrison, but called Harrison, (3) Catherine W. Scott (1807), who married William Johnson, (4) Arabella Scott (1811), who first wed Mr. William Davis and later, Sylvester Welch, and (5) John Mitchell Scott Jr., (1813), who attended West Point and died while in service.

John Mitchell Scott, Jr.

Scott Family section of graves
Photo by Judy C. Ware 2009

10. CHARLES WARE married Fanny Whiting.  I cannot find the names of their children, but they had a large family and were prosperous.

CORRECTION:  I find, however, that in the book on Virginia Genealogies (Ref.6), he is listed as having died without producing any children.  This is also backed up by reference 5 which states the same thing.  (d.s.p. means “died sine prole” or ‘without issue’)  Further proof lies in the lack of any mention of children for him in any of the old letters, and especially in the fact that his Last Will and Testament lists no beneficiaries except his wife.

** Charles wrote to his niece, Sally Ware, that he and his brother James “continued together almost until he [Charles] married in 1803 and sometime after James’ wife, Elizabeth Ware, had quit this world for a more blessed abroad.” (Ref. 35G)  He also mentioned that he was the fifth child of James and Catherine.  Charles was born on August 19, 1775.  He married Miss Frances (Fanny) Whiting. (Ref. 3, 4, 5, 6)

11. MARY TODD WARE (Aunt Polly) married Charles Webb.  Their son, Dr. Charles Webb, Jr., married Cassandra Ford, and their daughter, Augusta Ware Webb, married Francis Ford.

**  Mary Todd Ware was born on September 4, 1772, and she married Charles Henry Webb.  (Ref. 4, 5, 6, 27, 33)  Mary (who was always called Polly) and her husband lived “within a mile of her brother Thompson.” (Ref 35E)  Mary and Charles Webb had several children: (1) Frances (Fanny) Webb who married William Conn; (2) James Webb who died as a baby; (3) Charles Webb who was born and died in 1795; (4) another Charles Webb who was born and died in 1797; (5) Charles Henry Webb, Jr., who was born in 1798 and married Cassandra Frances Ford; (6) John Webb who lived “in Hopkinsville” Kentucky; (7) Nancy Webb who married Dr. Harry Eggleston Innes; and (8) Winny Webb who married Major George W. Williams. Polly died “after Christmas, on December 29, 1854 of paralysis.” (Ref. 970)  

12. LUCY WARE  b. Nov. 12, 1773, in Frederick County, Virginia, married Isaac Webb, the year before making the move to Kentucky, and it was partly by his persuasion that it was made.  Isaac Webb was born in 1758 in Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia, the son of Isaac and Frances Webb.  He was a captain in the Revolutionary War and it was as reward for his services he was granted 500 acres in Fayette and Bourbon counties, Kentucky.  They had a number of children, among them Cuthbert, Lucy, Kitty, and a son James, who became a doctor and practiced in Chillicothe, Ohio.  He married Miss Cook, who was a niece of Dr. Scott.  Their daughter, Lucy Ware Webb, married Rutherford B. Hayes, afterwards President of the United States.

Lucy Ware Webb

** Lucy and Isaac did have a number of children – several more than Cornelia named.  They were:  (1) Catherine J. (Kitty) Webb who married James Conn; (2) Winny Webb who married Matthew Thompson Scott in 1810; (3) James Webb who married Maria Cook; (4) Isaac Webb III who married Louisa Harrison Jones; (5) Lucy Caroline Webb who married Dr. Joseph Thompson Scott; (6) Cuthbert Webb who never married; (7) Mary Ann Todd Webb who married William Nicholson; (8) John Thompson Webb who married Lovina; and (9) Elizabeth (Betsy) Frances Webb who first married Rev. Joseph P. Cunningham in 1823, and then Matthew Thompson Scott in 1836. (Ref. 174,794, 934)   (Matthew had previously been married to her sister, Winny, who had died of cholera.)

Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes was, indeed, the daughter of James and Maria Cook.  Her father (Dr. James Webb) died in 1833 during the cholera epidemic – while tending his father’s illness.  There is a LOT more information on all the Ware children in the other 2 books I have written.

Rutherford and Lucy Hayes

Monogram for Lucy Ware Webb Hayes

(owned by James and Judy Ware)

13. GEORGE WARE married Nancy Ferguson.  Their children were: Catherine, Mary Ann, James, Abram, Clofton, and John.  This branch of the family was members of the Baptist Church.  All these children went to Kentucky with their father and mother, but their children were all born in Kentucky.  Their home at first was a settlement, and some cleared land; the line of Fayette and Bourbon counties ran thru their house, this was near Lexington.”

CORRECTION: The name is Clifton not Clofton.

** George and Nancy had 10 children in all:  (1) Elizabeth Catherine (called Catherine) Ware who married Robert J. Didlake; (2) Mary Ann Webb Ware who married Thomas Woods Goodloe; (3) James Todd Ware who never married; (4) Ann Ware who died at 22; (5) Abraham Thompson Ware who was called Abram and never married; (6) George Clifton Ware who was called Clifton; (7) Charles William Ware; (8) John William Ware; (9) Lucy Arabella Ware who married James Shropshire and (10) Joseph Scott Ware who died at 20 years of age.

These facts are verified by several family bibles – specifically the records of Mary Simpson via L. F. Shropshire.

Correction: In the book Virginia Genealogies by Rev. Hayden, he mentions in the back (under errors) that he mistakenly listed the children of George and Nancy under Catherine Scott. This has often caused confusion.

Cornelia mentioned that this branch of the family was Baptist, but in reality – all the children of James Ware I who left Virginia were Baptists.  It was only those who stayed in Virginia that remained Episcopalian. Those who settled in Kentucky predominately joined the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church and the David’s Fork Baptist Church.  Even Nicholas Ware, who went to South Carolina, joined the Turkey Creek Baptist Church.  James, William, and Edmund Ware held positions of leadership in the Forks of Elkhorn Church. 

If she was referring to only the branch of Wares coming down the line of James Ware II, most of them were either Baptist or Disciples of Christ.  Thompson belonged to the Old Union Church of Christ, Charles and George had great ties to the David’s Fork Baptist Church, and Polly joined the Unitarian (Disciples of Christ) Church. 

Forks of Elkhorn Church -founded in 1788

David’s Fork Baptist Church

Old Union Christian Church
Photo taken by James & Judy Ware 2010

Turkey Creek Baptist Church in South Carolina


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