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Thomas Ware

Thomas Ware[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 1770 - 1859  (~ 89 years)

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  • Name Thomas Ware 
    Born Abt 1770  Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Wilder claims that he was born in Caswell Co, North Carolina. That seems, perhaps, more reasonable to me. Additionally, some marriage records say he is from VA.
    Gender Male 
    Misc 1 Nov 1801  Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    named to receive $100 at his grandfather's death 
    Possessions 24 Dec 1801  Wilkes, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    sold land to Richard Woodroof 
    • Wilkes County, Ga Deed Book UU, 1803-1804, p. 159
      24 Dec 1801
      Thomas Ware of Jackson Co., Ga to Richard Woodroof of Wilkes Co., Ga for $225, 140 acres in Wilkes Co., adj N. by Major Cawl, S. by David Tomlinson, & vacant at time of survey, S.E. by Little River, N.E. by Benj. Catching. (signed) Thomas Ware. Wit: Richard Russell, Absalam Levret, Solomon Thornton, J.P. Rec 25 Feb 1804.
    Possessions 14 Jan 1805  Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    purchased land from Ezekiel Park 
    • Greene County, Georgia Deed Book BB, p. 259
      Ezekiel Park to Thomas Ware, 14 Jan 1805, $210, 140 ac in Greene Co, originally granted to Nathan Hicks and by him conveyed to Daniel Thacker, who conveyed said land to Ezekiel Park. Rec 27 Jan 1806
    Misc 15 Jan 1808  Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    mentioned in grandfather's will 
    • grandson Thomas, son of John Ware
    Possessions 4 Oct 1808  Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    sold land to Francis Boykin 
    • Sold 191 acres on Richland Creek to Francis Boykin for $530
    Possessions 17 Jul 1810  Jones, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    purchased land from William Baldwin, Sr. 
    • Greene County, Georgia Deed book CC, p. 474
      William Baldwin, Sr to Thomas Ware of Jones Co on 17 Jul 1810 for $100, 184 3/4 ac in Greene Co., Rec 22 Aug 1810
    Census 7 Aug 1820  Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Address:
    Woodham's District 
    • Enumeration: 200201-121
      Slaves: 102-42
      Total: 18

      Very many Peelers nearby, as well as Wares who are likely Thomas' children.
    Census 1830  Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Enumeration: 10010001-000221001
      Slaves: 4002-132
      Total: 21
    Possessions 19 May 1840  Colorado, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • " Another, Thomas Ware, had a plantation of 1107 acres in the north part of the county which he presumably had operated since he acquired it on May 19, 1840. In 1846, he had 17 slaves."
    Possessions 12 Jul 1841  Colorado, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    recorded land purchase 
    • Kidder Walker
      Chief Justice
      C C
      Saml J Redgate J. P.
      John F Miller J P

      Republic of Texas
      County of Colorado

      Be it Rememberd that on this 12th day of July A D 1841 there was Begun and held in and for Said County a Regular Term of the County Court present Kidder Walker Chief Justice, John F Miller William David Associate Justices, W B Perry Clerk & Joseph G Ball Depty Sheriff, when the following Business was transacted, to wit, a list of Deeds was furnish By the Clerk, having Been admitted to Record Since the last term of this Court was ordered to Be entered in the minutes & is as follows to wit

      J Cummings to T Ware
      quarter league of land on Cummings Creek known as north quarter of the upper league of said Cummings Consesion
      oath Before clerk By S J Redgate & J W Dodson witnesses
    Residence 1844  Colorado, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    appears on a Texas Tax List 
    Misc 1848  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    accused of assault with the intent to kill 
    • Criminal Cause File No. 563: State of Texas v. Thomas Ware (1848) assault with intent to kill William R. Turner
    Census 4 Sep 1850  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • In 1850, he is enumerated as from North Carolina rather than Maryland.
    Occupation 4 Sep 1850  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    farmer 
    Possessions 4 Sep 1850  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    real property $2500 
    • Thomas is listed as owning 17 slaves in 1850
    Possessions 23 Sep 1857  Fannin, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    patented 640 acres 
    • Grantee: Thomas Ware
      Certificate: 131
      Patentee: Thomas Ware
      Patent Date: 23 Sep 1857
      Acres: 640
      District: Fannin
      County: Fannin
      File: 871
      Patent #: 1851
      Patent Volume: 9
      Class: Fan. 3rd
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    _COLOR
    _FSFTID L81N-28S 
    _UID 8E879AB0456C45DDA8ADA6C946E2D8978D4D 
    Died 19 Jan 1859  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6366  Scott Dickson
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2020 

    Father John Garrett Ware,   b. Caroline, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1801, Franklin, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Sarah Jimerson,   b. 17 Jan 1776, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Aug 1817, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 41 years)  [20
    Married 1796  Talladega, Talladega, Alabama, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • U.S. marriage records says that this occurred in Georgia. In 1796, Alabama was a part of Georgia, I think.

      This hardly seems the likely place for this marriage. Talladega was frontier country. The Jimersons and the Wares were well established on the eastern side of Georgia and did not seem to be heading out to the west to get married.
    Children 
     1. Margaret Ware,   b. Abt 1797, Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Ware,   b. 1798, Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jamison Ware,   b. 1800, Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1863, Calhoun, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Robert Ware,   b. 1802, Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1859  (Age < 56 years)
     5. Martha Ware,   b. Abt 1804, Lincoln, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854  (Age ~ 50 years)
     6. Elizabeth K. Ware,   b. Aug 1805, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1875  (Age ~ 69 years)
     7. Sarah Jamison Ware,   b. 24 Nov 1807, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1883  (Age 76 years)
     8. Ezekiel P. Ware,   b. 1810, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Henry B. Ware,   b. 29 Jul 1813, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1898, Pass Christian, Harrison, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F228  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Phoebe Peeler 
    Marriage License 1 Jun 1818  Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Married 2 Jun 1818  Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann Ware,   b. 1820, Greene, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880  (Age 60 years)
     2. Lucy E. Ware,   b. 17 Feb 1821, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1901  (Age 80 years)
     3. Louisa Parks Ware,   b. 6 Jul 1824, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1889  (Age 65 years)
     4. Nicholas Tyler Ware,   b. 7 Feb 1826, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1893  (Age 66 years)
     5. Artemesia Ware,   b. 17 Nov 1827, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1909  (Age 82 years)
     6. Virginia Carolina Ware,   b. 1829, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Feb 1852  (Age < 23 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Jerusha W.,   d. Bef Feb 1848, Colorado, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 Feb 1844  Colorado, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [24, 25
    • Ware, Thomas (groom), was married to Jerustha Hope (bride) on February 29, 1844, by Lindsey P. Ruehen, minister of the gospel (Marriage Book B, page 52)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F785  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Nancy A. McClosky,   b. 1796, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 Feb 1848  Colorado, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [26, 27
    • Texas county marriage records record the marriage as 19 Feb, but the license says 29.

      Ware, Thomas (groom), was married to Nancy McClosky (bride) on February 19, 1848, by John Toliver, county judge (Marriage Book B, page 89)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1770 - Maryland, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1796 - Talladega, Talladega, Alabama, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - named to receive $100 at his grandfather's death - 1 Nov 1801 - Lincoln, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - sold land to Richard Woodroof - 24 Dec 1801 - Wilkes, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - purchased land from Ezekiel Park - 14 Jan 1805 - Greene, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - mentioned in grandfather's will - 15 Jan 1808 - Lincoln, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - sold land to Francis Boykin - 4 Oct 1808 - Greene, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - purchased land from William Baldwin, Sr. - 17 Jul 1810 - Jones, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage License - 1 Jun 1818 - Greene, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jun 1818 - Greene, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Address:
    Woodham's District - 7 Aug 1820 - Greene, Georgia, United States
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1830 - Gwinnett, Georgia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 19 May 1840 - Colorado, Republic of Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - recorded land purchase - 12 Jul 1841 - Colorado, Republic of Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - appears on a Texas Tax List - 1844 - Colorado, Republic of Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Feb 1844 - Colorado, Republic of Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - accused of assault with the intent to kill - 1848 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Feb 1848 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 4 Sep 1850 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 4 Sep 1850 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - real property $2500 - 4 Sep 1850 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - patented 640 acres - 23 Sep 1857 - Fannin, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jan 1859 - Colorado, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Could have been born in Caroline Co, VA or in MD, or even Caswell Co., NC

      Marriage to Sarah Jemison could have been in Talladega or in Lincoln Co., GA.

      It appears that the Thomas in Colorado Co, Texas is in fact this one and that he was one of the early settlers of Texas. See http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11945659/person/111050223/media/1?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid|pgNum and the links to the Columbus library for details

      http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/976644/person/-15746941/media/5?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid|pgNum

      Ware Family History: Descendants from Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Kings ...
      By Wanda Ware DeGidio

      http://www.warefamilies.org/

      Four families: Winn, Thomas, Ware, Garrett of the southern United States, from 1600s to 1993 - Switzer Library, Cobb County; Atlanta History Center

      Wilder and some connecting (especially some Ware) families in the Southeastern United States of America: a belated, 'though very incomplete, report of such part of them, of their origins, of their migrations and of their genealogies, as could be found in a cursory search

      From nutherslatton on Ancestry:
      Thomas WARE was born in 1770 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He died on 19 Jan 1859 in Colorado, Colorado County, Texas. He is one of the foundational ancestors of the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Per the Colorado County Chronicles, Volume I & II: "Colorado County was originally part of Stephen F. Austin's first colony, and was known as the Municipality of Colorado under the rule of the Mexican government. In 1837 it was organized as one of the original counties of the Republic of Texas."

      From http://library.columbustexas.net/history/Criminal%20Causes.htm
      Texas Court Records Colorado County District Court Records Criminal Cause File Index, 1837-1930 compiled by Bobbie Elliott and Bill Stein.

      Though they are often overlooked, the cause files in the Office of the District Clerk are an enormously valuable resource for both historians and genealogists. The cause files come in two types: criminal and civil. The former contain papers relevant to the various criminal cases that were directed to the district court; the latter the papers of the lawsuits that were filed in the district court. This is a list of the criminal cause files from the beginning of the county, 1837, until 1930.

      The list provides the cause file number, the style of the case, the year the indictment was handed down, and a brief description of the alleged crime, as it appears on the indictment. Many of the numbers were assigned to more than one case. No explanation for this has been encountered. Often numbers appear to have been skipped. These numbers were probably assigned to a case, but either no cause file was created for the case, or the cause file that was created has been lost or filed elsewhere. Information on the cause numbers missing from the list below might be gleaned from the various minute and docket books in the Office of the District Clerk. Remember that accusation is not the same thing as guilt. Those wishing to discover the outcome of any of the cases listed below should investigate further at the Office of the District Clerk at the Colorado County courthouse.

      There is a criminal case on file for Thomas Ware:
      Criminal Cause File No. 563: State of Texas v. Thomas Ware (1848) assault with intent to kill William R. Turner. In his defense, the Turners were a rowdy, and even a dangerous bunch as evidenced by further court records:

      Colorado County District Court Records Criminal Cause File Index, 1837-1930 Criminal Cause File Government Person(s) Charged Year Charged With: CCF# 286 Rep of Texas v. William Turner 1844 assault and battery on John Suggs
      CCF# 288 Rep of Texas v. John Suggs 1844 assault and battery on William Turner
      CCF# 289 Rep of Texas v. John Turner 1844 assault and battery on Robert H. Tobin
      CCF# 341 Rep of Texas v. William R. Turner 1844 not keeping river banks in repair at ferry
      CCF# 422 Rep of Texas v. William R. Turner 1845 keeping a gaming house
      CCF# 558 State of Texas v. Robert W. Turner 1848 stealing a horse
      CCF# 560 State of Texas v. Robert W. Turner 1848 assault with intent to kill John Tanner
      CCF# 562 State of Texas v. John Tanner 1848 assault with intent to kill William R. Turner
      CCF# 563 State of Texas v. Thomas Ware 1848 assault with intent to kill William R. Turner
      CCF# 565 State of Texas v. Nicholas Ware 1848 assault with intent to kill William R. Turner
      CCF# 685 State of Texas v. Fleming D. Turner 1850 carnal knowledge of his mother's sister

      Criminal Cause File No. 683: State of Texas v. Nicholas Ware 1850 carnal knowledge of his sister's daughter
      CCF# 107 State of Texas v. Washington H. Secrest 1853 assault with intent to kill William R. Turner
      CCF# 268 State of Texas v. Robert Turner. James Johnson. and Franklin Cole 1858 gaming
      CCF# 300 State of Texas v. Jesse Turner 1859 playing cards in public
      CCF# 333 State of Texas v. William Turner 1860 assault with the intent to kill Jesse Launes
      CCF# 487 State of Texas v. William Turner 1863 aggravated assault
      CCF# 582 State of Texas v. William B. Dewees. Randolph Foster. Ira A. Harris. Don Turner. Amos Besch. Don F. Payne. and Cook 1866 betting at a gaming table
      CCF# 600 State of Texas v. Bram Turner 1866 taking up and using an estray horse
      CCF# 665 State of Texas v. Don F(frog). Turner 1868 theft of a buggy
      CCF# 709 State of Texas v. Bram Harvey alias Bram Turner 1868 theft
      CCF# 795 State of Texas v. Ben Turner 1869 rape
      CCF# 814 State of Texas v. Jasper Woolridge alias Jasper Turner 1870 theft of a gelding
      CCF# 844 State of Texas v. Don F. Turner 1870 assault with intent to murder
      CCF# 861 State of Texas v. Charley Turner. John Harbert. Dave Dancy. George Turner. and Charley Turner 1870 aiding in escape of prisoners
      CCF# 876 State of Texas v. John Turner and Mandy Clayton 1871 adultery
      CCF# 889 State of Texas v. George Turner 1871 violating estray law
      CCF# 890 State of Texas v. George Turner 1871 violating estray law
      CCF# 1012 State of Texas v. George S. Turner 1872 assault and battery
      CCF# 1078 State of Texas v. James Turner 1873 theft of a mare
      CCF# 1121 State of Texas v. Don F. Turner 1873 permitting two prisoners to escape
      CCF# 1129 State of Texas v. Don F. Turner 1873 negligence in permitting prisoners to escape
      CCF# 1292 State of Texas v. Manley Turner. George Best. Drag De Man. and J. B. Leyendecker 1874 playing cards in a public place
      CCF# 1493 State of Texas v. Sim Turner 1876 rape of Susan Caldwell
      CCF# 1770 State of Texas v. Manly Turner 1879 theft of cattle
      CCF# 2484 State of Texas v. Sim Turner 1892
      CCF# 2535 State of Texas v. Jim Turner 1893 assault with intent to murder Henry Dancy
      CCF# 2656 State of Texas v. Ben Turner 1897 murder of King Thompson
      CCF# 2891 State of Texas v. Andrew Turner 1904 murder of an infant
      CCF# 3008 State of Texas v. Warren Turner 1909 theft of mule
      CCF# 2654 State of Texas v. Sanford Turner 1915 unlawfully injuring the fence of another
      CCF# 3231 State of Texas v. Sanford Turner and Annie Turner 1915 assault with intent to murder
      CCF# 3232 State of Texas v. Annie Turner 1915 assault with intent to murder
      CCF# 3233 State of Texas v. Sanford Turner and Annie Turner 1915 assault with intent to murder

      From the records, apparently Thomas Ware and his brother Nicholas were joined in the attempt on William R Turner's life by John Tanner. William Turner owned the local gambling house and had other charges against him including assault and murder. Interesting bunch. As we say in Texas, people need killin'. Just kidding. It's possible Ware met up with WR Turner first in Greene Co, Georgia before the Wares and Turners moved to Texas.

      From:
      Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas by Bill Stein

      Stein, ed., "The Slave Narratives of Colorado County," Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, January 1993, p. 11; Colorado County Commissioners Court Minutes, Book 1, pp. 3-4.

      "...Most curiously, another of the largest slaveholders, Charles B. Stewart, owned 20 slaves but no land or other taxable property in the county. Another, Thomas Ware, had a plantation of 1107 acres in the north part of the county which he presumably had operated since he acquired it on May 19, 1840. In 1846, he had 17 slaves. To his north was a 600-acre plantation, which had been purchased by Briggs W. Hopson on March 8, 1840. In 1846, it was operated by Hopson's widow, Elizabeth Y. Hopson, and staffed by thirteen slaves. "Ware's and Hopson's plantations were nestled amidst the growing number of smaller farms that were owned and operated by Germans, and isolated from them not only linguistically, but because they were two of the very few in the area that used slave labor. Whether for philosopical or economic reasons, the Germans who were settling in the area in increasing numbers, by and large did not own slaves. In 1846, for example, of the seventy slaveholders in Colorado County, only one was German. That man, Charles Kessler, did not live among the other Germans, and owned only two slaves.

      "....On May 9, 1846, a little more than a year after the Colorado County commissioners created the patrols, the state government passed a law which authorized the various counties to create them. The law specified that slaves could be given no more than 25 lashes, and allowed the patrols to arrest white people who were "found in any assemblage of slaves, or in or about any negro quarter" (see Gammel, comp., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, vol. 2, pp. 1497-1501)....

      "Since 1850, the number of slaves in the county had nearly tripled, and the ranks of suspicious slaveholders had swelled accordingly. John Matthews had greatly increased the number of slaves he owned, surpassing James S. Montgomery as the largest slaveholder in the county. In 1856, Matthews had 81 and Montgomery 78. Caleb Claiborne Herbert, with 29 slaves, Richard H. Foote, with 24, George Washington Thatcher, with 19, and Thomas Ware, with 17, had continued to operate their nearby plantations. ...

      ".... Texas Monument, November 6, 1850. The vote at Frelsburg, still called Cummins Creek by the newspaper, was 35 to 0 in favor of the bill. In Columbus, 24 persons voted for the bill and 45 against. The large slaveholders voted 9 to 0 against the bill at Thomas Ware's plantation.

      "....Others of the old plantations had also changed hands. Thomas Ware had died on January 19, 1859, leaving his estate to be divided among fifteen heirs. After some quick legal maneuvering, on March 9, 1859 his administrators, Nicholas T. Ware and Frances Elbert Harwell, organized Ware's 24 slaves into fifteen lots and had each heir draw a number from a hat to determine which slave or slaves he or she got. Soon, the plantation itself was conveyed to Phineas M. Garrett, who, in 1860, operated it with the help of 35 slaves.

      "...Other people raised horses, hogs, or chickens. Several, including Robert Robson and Leon de Serin, raised sheep. De Serin, who had an aristocratic family background in France, was probably the single greatest champion of sheep-raising in the county. He had arrived in Texas on February 20, 1842, only to discover that the law then in force made persons eligible for land grants only if they arrived prior to January 1, 1842. Nonetheless, the day after they arrived, he and some of his fellow passengers drafted a letter to Sam Houston asking that they be granted special dispensations. Houston refused. De Serin spent the next few years struggling to support himself and his wife and daughter, fending off illness, and contemplating returning to France. In 1846, he moved to Colorado County and began raising sheep.... He is not known to have lived in the county after 1852. What became of his sheep, each of which he had named and for which he kept meticulous birth and death records, is unknown. De Serin's eccentric sheep-raising, and others' eccentric cattle-raising, were sideshows to the county's economic base, farming. There were two distinct types of farmers in the county: those who used slaves and those who did not. Most of the German farmers in the north part of the county did not, and their failure to do so isolated them further from their English speaking neighbors. The largest slaveholder in the north part of the county, Thomas Ware, had in 1849 sold his plantation to William Frels and purchased another, smaller one, to the north of Claiborne Herbert's on the east side of the Colorado River....

      By virtue of his purchase from Ware, Frels became by far the wealthiest and most productive of the German farmers."

      http://www.columbustexas.net/library/history/footnote/part5-67.htm
      Colorado County Probate Records, Final Record Book F, pp. 47-61; Colorado

      County Tax Rolls, 1860; Eighth Census of the United States (1860) Schedule 2, Colorado County, Texas; Colorado County Deed Records, Book H, p. 101, Book J, p. 786, Book K, pp. 33, 34; Colorado County Bond and Mortgage Records, Book E, p. 428. Though Garrett did not finally complete purchase of Ware's plantation until February 21, 1863 (see Colorado County Deed Records, Book L, p. 353), it is clear from the tax rolls that he had acquired title to it earlier. Probably Garrett's purchase of the property was contingent upon him making a series of payments, which were only completed in 1863, at which time the deed was written. Rhodes came to the county in 1858, that year entering into a partnership with Angus McNeill and his family to cultivate McNeill's plantation (see Colorado County Bond and Mortgage Records, Book E, p. 171).

      Thomas Ware was married four times. His first wife, Mary Sarah Jemison, our ancestor, bore him nine children, dying at the age of 41. His second wife was Phoebe Peeler, whom he married 2 Jun 1818. Together, they had an additional seven children. His third wife was Jerusa W Gordon Hope, a widow who he married 29 Feb 1844 in Colorado County, Texas. She bore him one child. His fourth marriage was to Nancy A McClosky, another widow, who he married 19 Feb 1848.

      Thomas WARE and Mary Sarah JEMISON were married in 1793 in Greene County, Georgia.
      ---
      Posted on Ancestry 14 Jul 2010 by myroots737 on Ancestry:
      Extracts from letter - dated 11 Jun 1894
      Henry Ware to his daughter Elizabeth (Ware) Mitchell
      ... As to my relatives; my father had one brother old than himself, his name was John, my father's name was Thomas. They had one half-sister. John and Thomas were left orphans at the close of the Revolutionary Ware. My fatther was 16 years old at the time and was raised by his uncle, Robert Ware, who immigrated from Maryland (after the war) to Lincoln County, Georgia, where my father became a man.

      He married my mother either in Lincoln County or Twiggs County, Georgia, I don't remember which. My uncle John immigrated to Kentucky at an early day, became a large property holder, and raised a large family of children. He visited us in Georgia, when I was about 8 years old. I remember his saying he could out-run, out-jump or throw down any man whose wife had thirteen children. I have met some of his grand-children. I have been informed that Mrs. Ex-President Lucy Hays, that noted temperance worker, was his grand-daughter - her mother was a Ware. I know but little of my father's relatives.

      My mother was a Jemison, her name was Sarah, she died in Greene County, Georgia when I was 4 years old. I have a very indistinct recollection of her. She had two sisters. Elizabeth married William Kirkham. Artemisia married Moses Wheat, you know. They had five brothers, William, Samuel, Joseph, Robert, and Henry. Robert Jemison Jr of Birmingham, Alabama is a grandson of Uncle William. Elbert Jemison is a son of Uncle Robert. Owen, the young man you knew in New Orleans, was a grandson of Uncle Henry.

      The old stock of Jemisons were men of intellect and enterprise. Aunt Artemisia (Jemison) Wheat was a woman of very superior ability.

      Note: Henry Ware, the author of this letter, was the youngest child of Thomas Ware and Sarah Jemison.

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Wren Patterson, The Wren Family In America.

    2. [S72] Wilder and Some Connecting (Especially Some Ware).

    3. [S73] Email between Karen Grubaugh a.

    4. [S1256] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, 28 October 2017; Thomas Ware to Sarah Jamison, 1796, Georgia.

    5. [S1418] Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992, 7 July 2018; Lincoln County, Book C, Page 43-44, Henry Ware, 1 Nov 1801.

    6. [S1581] Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Books A-VV 1784-1806, p. 746, Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Book UU, 1803-1804, p. 158, Thomas Ware to Richard Woodroof.

    7. [S805] Greene County Georgia Land Records, Deeds 1785-1810, Deed Cook BB, page 259; Deed from Ezekiel Park to Thomas Ware; Recorded 27 Jan 1806.

    8. [S1388] Lincoln County Genealogy and History (Georgia), p. 218, Will Book A, will book page 42.

    9. [S1730] Greene County, Georgia Land Records, Books DD and EE, Deeds 1810-1815, Volume II, p. 15.

    10. [S805] Greene County Georgia Land Records, Deeds 1785-1810, Deed Cook CC, page 474; Deed from William Baldwin Sr. to Thomas Ware; Recorded 22 Aug 1810.

    11. [S1335] 1820 US Federal Census, Greene Co., GA, Woodham's District; Page 1; Thomas Ware.

    12. [S1334] 1830 US Federal Census, Gwinnett Co., GA, Bogan's District; Page 352; Thos Ware.

    13. [S1480] Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, 16 March 2019; Part 4: Thomas Ware .

    14. [S1481] Colorado Co. Minutes of the County Court, 16 March 2019; Book A, p. 26.

    15. [S963] Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, 27 December 2014; Thomas Ware, 1844, Colorado Co., Texas.

    16. [S1478] Colorado Co. Criminal Cause File Index, 1837-1930, 16 March 2019; Criminal Cause File No. 563 - Thomas Ware.

    17. [S753] 1850 US Federal Census, Colorado Co., TX, Colorado Subdivision; page 54; dwelling 31, family 35; Thomas Ware.

    18. [S1434] 1850 US Federal Census, Colorado Co., TX, Slave Schedule, Not Stated; Page 317; Thomas Ware.

    19. [S964] Texas, Land Title Abstracts,1700-2008, 27 December 2014; Thomas Ware, 640 ac. patented in Fannin Co, Texas, Patent No. 1851, 1857.

    20. [S1388] Lincoln County Genealogy and History (Georgia), Page 27.

    21. [S1148] Ancestry, Georgia, U.S., Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978, 28 October 2017; Greene Co, 1 Jun 1818, Thomas Ware to Phoebe Peeler.

    22. [S779] History of Greene County, Georgia.

    23. [S962] Georgia Marriages to 1850, 27 December 2014; Thomas Ware to Phoebe Peeler, Green Co., Georgia, 2 Jun 1818.

    24. [S935] Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011, 27 December 2014; Thomas Ware to Jerusha Hope, 29 Feb 1844, Colorado Co., Texas.

    25. [S1479] Colorado Co. Marriage Records of Colorado County, 1837-1886, 16 March 2019; Thomas Ware to Jerusha Hope.

    26. [S935] Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011, 27 December 2014; Thomas Ware to Nancy McClosky, 19 Feb 1848, Colorado Co., Texas.

    27. [S1479] Colorado Co. Marriage Records of Colorado County, 1837-1886, 16 March 2019; Thomas Ware to Nancy McClosky.


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