I have been trying to figure out and learn what happened to each of the children of William Ware (1828-1865) and his wife, Martha Gee Ford Ware. Over the years I have been able to gather, what I consider to be full (?) information on the following children: George Harrison, Homer Cicero, Sarah Emma and William #2. My main reason for this: I don't want them to be forgotten and I am hoping that by putting this family, as complete as possible on this blog, None of them will be forgotten.
1. Sarah Emma Ware (Rape & Cates). She is my great grandmother and so I know her best because I am the very lucky recipient of her cache of memorabilia and genealogy.
|Sarah Emma Ware|
|Young Sarah Emma Ware|
My father identified this as his grand mother, Sarah Emma Ware. The photograph has a Rome GA address and comparison of the 2 photos show a very strong likeness. My dad also talks about being allowed to look at the "family memory box" as a child.
The above pictures were in a box my father brought home from the funeral of his parents, David T. Cates & Ruth Carter Cates, in 1954. This box included;
1. 3 family bibles (one kept by Martha Gee Ford, one kept by Sarah Emma Ware, one kept by Ruth Carter Cates)
2. The list of family history data kept by Sarah Emma Ware about her family; siblings & parents, 1st marriage and children born to her and L.M. Rape
William Ware was married to Martha Gee Ford June 24th 1847
William Ware was born Feb 24th 1828
Martha Gee was born Jun 14th 1833
Martha Ophilia Ware was born Jun 2 1850
George H. (Harrison) Aug 12 1852
Homer C. (Cicero) April 6 1855
Mary E. (Elizabeth) Sept 18 1856
Sarah Emma Dec 2 1858
William April 7 1864
M.G. Miller (Minnie Gee) Nov 18 1867
C.L. (Cora Lillie) Aug 19 1869
A.J (Adella Jetter) May 24 1874
The 3 Miller children are from the 2nd marriage to John Jetter Miller
William Ware departed this life April 18th 1865
Mary E Baxter died Nov 27th 1883 (SEW's sister)
R. R. Rape died Nov 14, 1887 (SEW's child from 1st marriage to L.M. Rape)
L. C. Rape died June 29th 1890 " " "
L. M. Rape died April 14th 1891 (1st husband of SE Ware)
Howell Barker was married to Martha Ophelia Ware Aug 27 1867
Rial Baxter was married to Mary E. Ware Sept 7th, 1879
L.M. Rape was married to S.E. Ware Nov 12 1884 (Lemuel M.)
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Beginning of page 2
L.M. Rape was born Nov 7th 1858
S. E. Ware was born Dec 2nd 1858
L. M. Rape was married to S.E. Ware Nov 12th 1884
Ralf Reuben Rape was born 16th of Aug 1886
and died Nov 14 1887
Eugene Leslie Rape was born “the 1 of April 1888"
Leslie Cora Rape was born November 4 1889
L.M. Rape was born Sept 10 1891 (father died 7 months before his birth)
None of Sarah's children by her 1st husband, Lemuel Rape, survived to 1900
This was probably written between 1891-1899
Sarah left a pretty good genealogy of her immediate family members up to the time this page was written which I think must have been sometime after the birth of her 4th child and before the death of the child Lemuel M (1893) and her son Eugene Leslie (1894) so it may have been that she wrote this down while she had her mother staying with her. Family information is that Martha died in Texas. By 1900 she had 3 children living in Texas with their spouses, Homer Cicero married to Leona Teresa Rape (sister to Lemuel M.) in Dallas County. William Ware (1864-1926) married to Minnie Lee Smith living in Corsicana in. Sarah was living in Nolan County. George Harrison was living in Arkansas. Sarah Emma was the only daughter that survived to this time so it is very possible that Martha Gee stayed with her until she died.
I will post information about Homer Cicero soon. In the mean time if anyone knows anything about Martha Ophelia or Mary Elizabeth I would love to have contact with you.