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You can see how long her hair was just by the braid in the later photograph.
Elizabeth Alexander Ware married Dr. Edward Wharton Britton, a prominent physician in Galveston, Texas on March 10, 1864. “By the end of that year, Elizabeth (often called Bessie, Kee, or Key) had delivered a baby boy whom the couple named after her beloved father. Sadly, little Josiah Ware Britton was destined to live only one year. Since Dr. Britton had to be gone so much during the war, he wanted his wife and child to be safe with her family.” (Ref. 3003) When an outbreak of yellow fever hit the area, Edward made quick arrangements for Elizabeth to get back to Springfield by ship - running the blockade out of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Elizabeth Alexander Ware Britton and Dr. Edward Wharton Britton
Grave for the infant son of Bessie and Edward Britton
The beautiful necklace Elizabeth is wearing is actually a gold stamp
used for sealing wax on letters. The
markings spell out “Ware” once applied.
On March 29, 1925, Elizabeth Alexander Ware Britton McGuire died of influenza at the age of 87. Her death occurred on a Sunday morning at 10:00. (Ref. 58) Funeral services were held in Grace Episcopal Church and she was buried in the cemetery there. There is a stained glass window in the sanctuary that was placed in her memory.
All photographs of Charles Alexander Ware owned by James and Judy Ware
following information is taken from
“Charles joined the Confederate army as a private and first served in the cavalry under the renowned J.E.B. Stuart. He later (after the Second Battle of Manassas in 1862) transferred over to the medical corps when General Lee put out a specific request for medically trained people. With the rank of Captain, he was appointed Surgeon in Charge of Dr. Boyd’s church in Winchester [which was serving] as a hospital. (Ref. 205) He also served as a surgeon in McClanahan’s Battery and Head Surgeon for Imboden’s Corps. (Ref. 34) Dr. Ware was captured with the wagon train of wounded after the Battle of Gettysburg and sent to Fort Delaware. (Ref. 171) He was exchanged a few months later and returned to the war, serving as a surgeon in Lomax’s Cavalry Division. It was from this assignment that he was paroled on April 18, 1865, at the cessation of the war.”
“After his long career practicing medicine, Dr. Ware finally retired in St. Louis, Missouri. He still continued to do small cases on the side for as long as he could. In a letter dated in 1913 he wrote that patients “find me way out here, one or two every day - thereby enabling me to make enough for expenses.” (Ref. 42)
“In October of 1915, Charles wrote his sister that the doctors in St. Louis had informed him that he ‘had arterial sclerosis of the heart and coronary artery.’” (Ref. 346) His letter showed exceptionally weak handwriting, and it was obvious that his health was failing. He somehow managed to travel back to Virginia to be with his sister though, and died on December 23, 1915 at her home.” Charles is buried in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery.”
CORRECTION: As mentioned before, Lucy’s middle name was Balmain – in honor of Reverend Alexander Balmain.
Lucy had such a sad life after her marriage. She and Edward (whom she called Ned) had several children, but none of them lived very long. On July 25, 1859, Lucy gave birth to the first of her five children. They named the little girl Eleanor Angela Lewis. She only lived seven short months before dying on February 18, 1860. In 1861, Lucy and Edward welcomed their first son, named Lawrence Fielding Lewis, but he never survived infancy. The same thing happened in 1862 when Lucy delivered another baby boy. This son they named John Glassell Ware Lewis but again, the infant did not survive. In August of 1864, a healthy baby boy was born. The couple named their son Edward Parke Custis Lewis, after his father. The following is an excerpt from Ware Connection to Grace Episcopal Church written by Judy C. Ware:
“The couple’s happiness would only last 19 months however, for little Eddy died on March 22, 1866. What an incredible mixture of emotions must have flooded poor Lucy. To lose a fourth child was almost too much to bear and yet, at the very time of his death, she was pregnant with (what would be) her last baby. One can feel the depth of her sorrow and worry in letters that were written just shortly before she gave birth in August.
On May 17, 1866, just two months after burying her fourth child, she wrote the following to a cousin:
“My seeming neglect of your kind affectionate letters has been a source of great annoyance to me, but the truth is I have not had the heart to write to anyone. I feel that my letters must always be so sad as there is not much sunshine in my heart now since my Darling one was taken. It is the fourth one we have been called to give up – after they had entwined themselves, each one in succession, around the hearts of us all, oh so fondly, and indeed of everyone who knew them. Little Eddy was known everywhere and his little sayings and doings were copied and repeated by all who knew him, old and young. I try to bear it all as well as I can for the sake of other loved ones around me. I find I must learn to kiss the rod that smites. “Thy will be done” and submission are two of the hardest tasks to be felt and learned in the school of affliction.” (Ref. 227)
“Lucy’s uneasiness about the impending birth of her next child proved to be all too prophetic. A baby daughter was born on August 26, 1866, just three months after little Eddy was buried. The little girl was named Lucy Ware Lewis, in honor of her mother. This was the only child of Edward and Lucy’s who would survive childhood, marry, and have a family of her own. Tragically, her mother never got to witness it. Lucy Balmain Ware Lewis died on August 26, 1866, at the birth of this last child. Her sister, Elizabeth, stepped in to care for the new baby until Ned remarried a few years later.” (Ref. Judy C. Ware)
Grave for the children of Lucy and Edward
Grave for Lucy Balmain Ware Lewis
Elizabeth Ware Britton, Lucy’s sister, had just buried her own son a year before Lucy died. She gladly took baby Lucy for the next three years until Edward remarried in 1869. At that point, Lucy went to live with her father and new step-mother.
Elizabeth did, indeed, go to the King Ranch to work as a
governess for the children of Captain Richard King and his wife, Harriett. Her brother, James, had known the
King family well before the war. In
fact, James had played an integral role in the protection of the “Cotton Road”
and helping Capt. King with his investments.
Original pictures of the King Ranch – owned by James and Judy C. Ware
Photo owned by James and Judy C. Ware
The son of Richard and Henrietta in the above picture died in 1883 of pneumonia.
Wedding announcement for Lucy Ware Lewis and Charles Treadwell Ayres McCormickrmick
There have been so many engagements and weddings in the Stevens and Lewis families lately that it has been difficult to keep up with them. Now the wedding of Miss Lucy Ware Lewis, second daughter of Mrs. E.P.C. Lewis, to Mr. Charles T. A. McCormick, of Virginia, follows close upon a very brief engagement, many of Miss Lewis’ friends, in fact, hearing of her coming marriage before having heard of her engagement. The wedding will take place at Trinity Church, Hoboken, Saturday noon, Dec 3rd, but will be much quieter than was at first intended, owing to the recent death of the bride elect’s uncle, Mr. Dangerfield Lewis. Miss Lewis is a tall, handsome woman, of superb figure and a charm of character and person that is distinctively Virginian. Her bridesmaids will be her sister, Miss Lili Lewis, Miss Louise T. Lewis – sister of Mrs. Edwin Stevens – Miss Claire Reynolds, Miss Sophy Shippen, with Miss M. B. P. Garnett, the bride’s sister, as maid of honor. Mr. Richard Lyon, Mr. J. Mercer Garnett, Mr. L. P. Odell, Mr. A. C. Brune and Mr. L. M. Goodridge will act as ushers. The bride will be given away by her brother, Mr. Edwin A. S. Lewis. After spending a month in Cuba, Mr. and Mrs. McCormick will probably settle in Chicago.
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