Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Rest of the Story: #1 George Harrison Ware

The internet is wonderful for advancing family history.  I have been using it since @1995 and I have found the most "funderful" cousins from everywhere.

I have always been interested in who my Great Grandmother, Sarah Emma Ware Rape Cates, was.  Her story which I will tell in this series of posts, but not today, reads like a novel and  think the whole Ware family has a deep romantic streak in their souls because they have some of the most amazing people in their ancestry and in their descendants.  I have been privileged to meet a few of these people and today I am sharing a post by "Cousin" Tom Ware of Louisianna.

Tom was refered to me in early 2010 by another "cousin" and he had a piece of the puzzle, "What happened to the family of William and Martha Gee Ford Ware after the Civil War?"  William and Martha had at least 8 children:
Martha Ophelia 1850-1892,  George Harrison Ware 1852-1922, child died at birth 1854, Homer Cicero 1855-1904, Mary Elizabeth 1856-1883, Sarah Emma 1858-1937,  Child (possibly twins lived 24+ hours)1862,  William1864-1923.  William died 9 days after Appomattox and the end of the war.  Within 10 years the family was scattered, I know the two older sisters married but died early, Sarah and Homer married siblings in Texas, but the two brothers George and William could not be found until Tom contacted me.
This is part of the "rest of the story".

George Harrison Ware

Colonial Heights
My grandfather, George Harrison Ware was born 12 August 1852 near Six Mile, Floyd County, GA, the 2ndst son to William Ware (1828 – 1865) and Martha Gee Ford (1833 – 1900).  He is believed to have grown up in the Joseph Ford plantation home known as Colonial Heights located (34 deg 10’ 12.49”N 85 deg 13’ 20.14”W) on old Booze Mountain Rd SW about 1.2 miles SW of Six Mile, GA which in turn is located appropriately 6 mi SSW of Rome, GA out the old Cave Springs Rd SW.  Note the southwestern leg of Booze Mtn. Rd is now called Samuel’s Mtn. Rd SW and Colonial Heights address is now 54 Samuel’s Mtn. Rd SW, Rome, GA.  His father & mother are both buried there in what is now known as the Birdsong Cemetery. 

The old Ware family home (Courtesy Plantation) is 1.6 mi to the west down that same road at present day 486 Booze Mountain Rd and the Ware Cemetery is about 700’ north and in front of the home.  The old refurbished home, on 1.75 acres, has been up for sale about three years and is now offered at $159,000 (see GA MLS#2539624).  Most of the old plantation of 1820 origin is now a large industrial park between Booze Mountain and Paris Lake in Floyd County, GA.  Part of a new Hwy By-Pass south of Rome, GA will pass just behind Courtesy Plantation and just in front of Colonial Plantation.  The fact that both homes are Historical Landmarks, originally built in what was then The Cherokee Nation, is probably what saved them from being gobbled up in the Hwy By-pass project.   

Grandfather’s early life, was disrupted by the Civil War, and torn asunder by the death of his father in April of 1865.  Thereafter, his mother’s older brother (Arthur S. Ford) was appointed Administrator of the Estate of William Ware and Guardian of the children until his mother could remarry – since at that time property rights were not granted to women.  His mother, Martha Gee Ford Ware, then married John Jetter Miller, a widower with children, on 16 Sep 1866 in Floyd County, GA; whereupon the property issues were resolved and Mr. Miller then became George’s Guardian.  It was said that life with the new step- father was not too desirable and by the 23rd August 1870 Census neither George H. nor his younger brother Homer C. Ware were listed in the Miller household.  At that time George H. Ware would have been almost exactly 18 yrs old and his brother Homer C. Ware would have been about 15 yrs and 6 mo old.  They reportedly both left the home of their stepfather ultimately moving west to “Arkansas and Mississippi,” probably to a relative’s household until becoming established on their own, although Homer turned up as a single boarder in the 1880 US census for Ellis County (just south of Dallas), Texas.
George H. Ware next turned up in Little Rock, AR in the Pulaski County Clerk’s Marriage Records at age 23 yrs & 9 mos as having married the 40 yr & 9 mo old, widow, Isabella Eliza Jane Mills Culpepper on 19 Dec 1875.  Then in the 1880 Census for Little Rock (2nd Ward), Pulaski Co., AR he was enumerated 12 Jun 1880 as Head of Household at 1105 Welsh St. (built by George H. Ware and occupied continuously by Ware’s until the late 1990’s) living with wife Isabella, 19 yr & 8 mo old “daughter” Fannie,  and 17 yr & 5 mo old “son” James.  George H. became a skilled carpenter along the way and later worked as a cabinetmaker in a Railroad Shop building passenger-train cars and also was a contractor  building numerous homes on Welsh St and on the east side of little Rock.

As it turns out Fannie was not his daughter but the foster daughter, Fannie L. Thomas, of the Rev. James L. and Isabella Eliza Jane Mills Culpepper, taken into their home in 1862 at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co. AR.  Also 17 year old James (b 8 May 1863) was the only natural born child of the Rev. and Mrs. Culpepper to reach adulthood.  They and all their families were affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church of the South and later with the First Methodist Church in Little Rock.

George H’s. 1st wife, Isabella, died 12 May 1889 and was buried beside her 1st husband  in Bellwood Cemetery in Pine Bluff, AR; thereafter, it appears that George H. at age 38-4/12 yrs then married 30-10/12 yr old Fannie L. Thomas  (my grandmother) on 10 Nov 1890 in Pine Bluff, AR, per Jefferson Co. Marriage records.  Between 1892 and 1906 they had six children the last being my father when she was 46-2/12 years old.  George H. Ware died 22 Jul 1922 at age 69-11/12 in Little Rock, AR, from a blood clot in his leg, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock beside Fannie L. Ware.

Thanks to Tom for this sketch of George Harrison Ware's life.

If anyone out there reading this blog is a descendant of Martha and William please feel free to comment or contact me.  I would love to find the "rest of the story" on a lot of my Ware relations.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A tribute to my Dad

David Thomas Cates Jr.

 Dad was born July 26, 1921 in Plainview, Hale County, Texas.  His father David Sr. was a roustabout for an oil company at the time and therefore traveled where ever there was work in the surrounding towns of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.  His mother was Ruth Carter whose parents were what were called "dry farmers".  In other words in west Texas they didn't farm much because there was little rain.  Dad graduated from Hobbs High School in 1939 (Hobbs, New Mexico) and joined the Army the next year.  Once in the army he applied and was accepted into the new Army Air Corp.   And then WWII began.

He met Dorothy while he was stationed at Kearns, Utah.  They married in Salt Lake City in July 1943.

They had 4 children.  He was a building contractor.  Dorothy died in 1990 and he remarried Anna Christensen.  As of the last 10 years his cognitive abilities declined due to head injuries caused by several falls.  He had lived in assisted living since the last fall in Dec of 2009. 

He died 10 July 2011.  Sixteen more days and he would have been 90 years old

He loved his family, his fellowmen and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is now with his beloved Dorothy and free from the physical fetters of this life.  I am sure there was a big party since he was the last man standing of his siblings on this earth.

Thanks Dad and until we meet again:

We love you.

Kathleen & Pat & the boys (and now all the girls too)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Alexander Ware: Case #3

Well, this is the last of the Ware family that is often combined with each other.  We separated the  two Williams and this is the last of the three Alexanders.  

I have enjoyed doing the research for these individuals because it brings them to life.  It has also been a great exercise in learning computer/blogging skills to get these to the blog with a semblance of form and order.  I have acquired new skills in doing so.

Alexander Ware. #3  AKA "Sandy"or "Alex"

Born 29 Aug 1821 in Madison County Georgia to James Ware II and Lettice Ware.  He married Cynthia Dupree (b.20 Jun 1830; d. 26 Feb 1909; daughter of Joseph Dupree and Caroline Spratling)  on 16 Dec 1845 in Floyd County, Georgia.  He died 9 May 1906 in Henderson County, Texas.  He was known in the family as “Sandy”.
He is the nephew of William Alexander Ware b. 11 September 1789, Amherst county Virginia; d.8 Jun 1836, “Alexander #2 and the grand nephew of William Alexander #1 b. @1747 Amherst County, Virginia; death unknown but probably Georgia.  He is also the bother of William Ware b 1828-d.1865, who married Martha Gee Ford.  
On 12 May 1899 Alexander Ware #3 sat for questioning for a Confederate Pension Application for the state of Texas[1].  The following answers help to fill out his life after  his marriage to Cynthia Dupree.
What is your name?  Alex Ware   
What is your residence & how long?  Catfish, Henderson Co. Texas.  41 years.  
How old are you?  80 years. 
State company and regiment of CW service:  Company D 13 Texas Infantry.  Served 3 years.
He is able to sign; Alex Ware,  Date of signature; 1 Aug 1899 
The 1850 Census of Paulding Co. Georgia[3] shows Alexander and Cynthia with 2 children, Cloy Ann a female age 3 yr. and “Babe” a male age 1yr.  Family tradition[4] says that the Wares left Paulding county in the mid 1850’s and “traveled with others from Macon, Georgia to Texas by covered wagon to Mobile Alabama where they boarded a boat to Galveston, Texas.  They settled first around the Livingston/Conroe area but were attacked by Indians and felt it better to move on to Henderson County.  A concrete trough found in Athens indicates the Wares were in Henderson County by 1858.”
According to Alexander in his application for Confederate pension (1899) he said he had lived in Henderson Co. Texas for 41 years.  Cynthia in her statements for pension in 1908 stated that she had lived in Henderson Co. Texas for 51 years.  So we know from personal statements that they came to Henderson Co. about 1857/58. 
By 1860[5] their home was in Baxter a community east of Athens.  Alex’s occupation was listed as “mechanic”, he has $6700.00 of real estate and $8000 of personal property, The children are all listed as being born in Georgia but the last child, “one nameless” a male, is listed as “age 1” so he must have been born in Texas.  Even Alexander Stephen listed as age 3, was probably born in Texas if they left Georgia in the “mid 50’s”.
The 1870 Census[6] shows only the last two children being born in Texas @1864 and 1866.   The property value is down to $500.00 and the real property $250.
Both Alex and Cynthia appear on the 1880[7] Census as a family unit with two youngest children still in the Athens.  However, by the 1900[8] Census Alex is living with his daughter Ophilia and her husband, Nathan Frizzell.  While Cynthia[9] is living with Buster and his wife Fanny.

Summation for Alexander #3 or "Sandy" 
Born; 29 Aug 1821 Madison County Georgia
Parents: James Ware II and Lettice Ware
Married; Cynthia Dupree 16 Dec 1845 in Floyd County Georgia
Resided: Paulding County Georgia 1845-@1855.  Henderson County Texas @1858-1906
Died; 9 May 1906, Henderson County Texas

[1] Confederate Pension Application Comtroller’s File # 6691: filed 16 March 1900.       
Texas State Library & Archives Commission Web Site.   Archives & Manuscripts; Texas State Library and Archives Commission:  Confederate Pensions Search.
[2] In 1861, Col. Joseph Bates raised the 13th Texas Infantry Regiment in Galveston and Brazoria County with headquarters in Valasco, Texas. The regiment was assigned coastal duty between Galveston and Matagorda most of the war. From May to September 1863, the regiment was moved to Louisiana and served under Gen. Richard Taylor with headquarters in Bashgear City.
[3] 1850, U.S. Census Georgia, Paulding Co. page 117, stamp 59; family #89; Lines 19-22.
[4] Information given by Celeste Harris, Lela Ed Harris West Fannin, Moral Harris on two page monograph.
[5] 1860, U. S. Census Texas, Henderson Co. Post office; Athens, pg. 19 stamp 26; Family # 118, Lines 28-35.
[6] 1870, U.S. Census Texas, Henderson Co. Post office; Athens, pg 5-6,  stamp246-247; Family # 36 Lines 36-40 on pg 5 and lines 1-6 on page 6.
[7] 1880, U.S. Census Texas, Henderson Co. ED #31, pg 14B, Family #84 lines 49-50 and pg. 15C, stamp #110, Family #84, lines 1-5.
[8] 1900, U.S. Census Texas, Henderson Co., ED 54, Sheet B, page 1180 Family # 42, lines 57-64
[9] 1900, U.S. Census Texas, Henderson Co., ED 54, Sheet B, pg. 1297, Family #163, Lines 76-79.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Maureen Taylor the Picture Detective

I went to RootsTech 2011 conference in February and Maureen Taylor was there taking 15 minute appointments for photo identification.  I have had some old leather bound cases with photo's in them that came from my Ware/Ford family and I despaired of ever knowing who they were.  Maureen took one look and gave me enough information that I could pin point exactly who 4 of the six were and she gave me a good clue as to the possibility of the remaining two individuals.

 She identified these 1st two pictures as "ambrotype" pictures probably taken @ 1854-1856 because of the dress and Hair style and the fact that this type of photography had a very limited time in production.  

The 2nd set is the same couple some 5-7 years later @1860-1865.  These are daguerreotypes. 
The clothing for both male and female have some distinctions that she pointed out but it is the hair that I noticed.  In the 1st picture the woman's hair is pulled severely down and back where as the 2nd picture the hair is pulled down on the top but is left full over the ears and sides of the head.  It is possibly in a snood or net of some kind in the back this loose type hair was popular after 1860.  Also the lace gloves were popular in that period also.

There were several more things she mentioned but in 15 minutes it was hard to write down everything she mentioned and the foregoing is what I was able to take note of.

 Ms. Taylor was very firm that these are pictures of the same couple and in our family there is only one couple that fits that time period  and that is William Ware and Martha Gee Ford.

These pictures; according to my father, David Cates, came from Grandma Cates home.  His mother, Ruth Carter Cates was adamant about preserving these and kept them in a box along with Grandma's bible and other family records some of which I described here.

There was another couple in another small leather case and when I showed all of them she said, "well these two women are related.  Most likely mother & daughter".  I will post these two pictures in another post but again there was only one family that would fit those parameters.  Joseph Ford and Sarah Smith.  Ms. Taylor said that the picture is an Ambrotype and therefor probably taken at the same time as the 1st set.

Sarah Smith died in 1862 and William Ware died in 1865.  If you recognize these names or pictures please leave a comment and let me know.  I have some wonderful information on these families.  I have been to both homes and taken pictures of both cemeteries.  I am happy to share.

This information was worth the price of the conference!