Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sarah Emma Ware

Hello to those who follow this very sporadic blog and a big thank to you.  I started this to get out to some family member information that I had either received from my great grandmother Sarah Emma Ware Rape Cates or information I researched my self, or information others had/researched and so kindly shared with me.  The interesting thing about genealogy is that we all have bits and pieces and like a puzzle it is hard to finish the picture if you don't have all the pieces.

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
 We know for sure that this is Sarah Emma Ware, because on the back in my mothers hand writing are the words "Grandma Cates".  She would only have know this by speaking with my grandmother, Ruth Carter, and my mother was very particular about labeling pictures of my dad's family (not so much about her own).   There is a matching one of "Grandpa Cates" from the same photographer.
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
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 Pg 1 Transcription

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  
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.)
End of page 1

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.

Please be considerate

 These are private family papers/photo's.  I do not care if you copy to your personal genealogy information.  What I do care about is finding these reposted to places like or other blogs with no source information given.  I own these picture.  I do not own the vital facts and you are welcome to them.  I do own my private assumptions that I write on this blog and would appreciate that information staying on the blog as I use this as a place to "think out" my research areas.   Sorry that I have to write this but I have recently found a few pictures that I have posted here on other blogs and on  I do not post a public tree on Ancestry so I know they have come from here.