Robert Ware

Robert WARE (1653 – 1724) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Robert Ware was born in Aug 1653 in Dedham, Mass. His parents were Capt. Robert WARE and Margaret HUNTING. He married Sarah METCALF in 4 Jun 1677 Dedham, Mass. After Sarah died, he married Elizabeth Holbrook 26 Feb 1719/20 at Wrentham.  Robert died 16 Sep 1724 in Wrentham (Franklin), Norfolk County, Mass.

Sarah Metcalf was born 7 Dec 1648 in Dedham, Mass. Her parents were Michael METCALF Jr. and Mary FAIRBANKS. Sarah died 13 Apr 1718 in Dedham or Wrentham, Mass.

Elizabeth Holbrook was born 25 Feb 1651 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. Elizabeth died 28 Jul 1723 in Mass.

Children of Robert and Sarah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Ebenezer Ware 15 Mar 1676/77 Dedham, Mass. Bethia Fisher
1708 Wrentham, Mass.
26 Apr 1750 Wrentham, Mass.
2. Robert Ware Jr. 6 Dec 1680 Wrentham Elizabeth Wight
1709
9 Jan 1731/32 Wrentham
3 Michael Ware 11 Jun 1683 Wrentham Jean Wight
4 Dec 1707 Wrentham
4. Margaret WARE 6 Jun 1685 Wrentham, Mass Maj. John FOSTER
4 Jun 1677 Dedham, Mass
4 Nov 1761 Attleborough, Mass.
5. Jonathan Ware 28 Feb 1687 in Wrentham (Franklin), Norfolk Co, Mass. Melatiah Fisher
13 Jan 1731/32 Wrentham, Mass.
20 Apr 1740 Wrentham
6. Sarah Ware 4 Mar 1689/90 Wrentham Francis Nicholson
6 Jun 1722 Wrentham, Mass.
5 Aug 1729
7. Esther Ware 7 May 1693 Wrentham Hezekiah Hawes
17 Dec 1718 Wrentham
14 Sep 1745
8. Elizabeth Ware 30 Sep 1697 Wrentham Bef. 26 Aug 1724

Robert was “impressed by virtue of a warrant from ye Major” in Dedham to serve in King Philip’s War in 1675.

Taken at Dedham the 9th Day of Xber, L675, for Capt. Samuell Mossely’s Company; Saml Colburne, John Day, Robt Weare, Abra. Hartway, Henry Ellitroop.”

He was a soldier in the Wrentham company in 1689, and deputy in 1703.

He was on the committee about the Meeting House, 1669. In 1671 he agreed with others to settle Wollomonopoag. In 1702 his tax was 12-10. He was one of the executors of the will of his brother-in-law, Rev. Samuel Man, in 1718.

Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass

Wrentham was first settled by the English in 1660 and officially incorporated in 1673. It was burned down during King Philip’s War 1675-1676. For a short time, it was the residence of the educational reformer Horace Mann. It is also known as one of the residences of Helen Keller.

Will of Robert Ware, Senior, of Wrentham.

In the Name of God Amen the twenty eight day of August Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and twenty tour in the Eleventh year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord King George ouer Great Britine, I Robert Ware Senior of Wrentham in the County of Suflfolke and Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England, Husbandman, being weeke in bodie But of sound minde and memory praised be Almighty God for the same yet Knowing the uncertanty of this present life and being Desirous to Settle that owtard Estate the Lord hath lent me, Do therefore make and order this my last will and Testament in maner and forme following,

That is to say, First and Prinsipally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator, hoping to Receive full pardon and Remition of all my sins and Salvation through the alone merits of Jesus Christ me Redemer and my bodie to the earth to be decently intered according to the Decresion of my Exeqrs hereafter Named in hopes of A glorious Rezection unto Etarnal life. And as touching such temporal estate the Lord of his bounty hath lent me my will and mind is the same shall be imployed and bestowed as hereafter iii and by this my Will is expresed hereby Reuounsing and making Null and Voyde all wills and Testaments by me heretofore made Declaring and Appoynting this to be my last Will & Testament wherein is Contained the Same.

Imp rs , I will that my funeral expences be taken out of my Estate and further my Minde and will is that all my true and just Debts be well and truly payed or Ordered to be payed in Conveniant time Next after my Decease by the person herein after Named.

Item. Whereas many years ago I gave to my Eldest son Ebenezer Ware and his heires in a deed of Gift under my hand of house and Land in Wrentham on portion accounte to the Value of Sixty pounds, I doe now further give unto him and his heires the sume of five Shillings and allso one fourth part of all my waring appariell and one fourth part of all Debts, bills & bonds dew to my Estate and these with what he hath already Received shall be his whole share in my whole Estate.

Item. Whereas I have formarly given to my son Robart Ware and his heires, Deeds of Gift under my hand of land in Wrentham upland and Swampy Land on portion accounte, my son Robart Ware Having the price or valuation of the sd lands in the deeds or Instruments, I doe now further give unto him and his heires the sume of ten Shillings and allso one fourth part of all my waring Appariell and one fourth part of all Debts, bills & Bonds dew to my Estate and these with what he hath already Received shall be his whole share in my whole Estate.

Item. Whereas I have formerly given to my son Michel Ware and his heires in a Deed of Gift under my hand of house and land in Wrentham on portion accounte to the value of fifty pounds, I doe now further give unto him and his heires the sume of five Shillings and allso one fourth part of all my waring Appariell and one fourth part of all Debts, bills & Bonds dew to my Estate and these with what he hath already Received shall be his whole Share in my whole Estate.

Item. To my son Jonathan Ware my mind and Will is and I give to him and his heires all my Housing and lands in Wrentham or elsewhere in New England not heretofore disposed of by me, upland, Medow land & Swampy laud whatsoever with all appurtenances belonging to the housing and lands and further I give to my son Jonathan Ware and his heires my Teame and all tacklin belonging to it and all my Husbandry tooles and one fourth part of all my waring Appariell and one fourth part of all Debts, bills & bonds dew to my Estate and allso all provition left by me in my Dwelling House and Barn of all sorts whatsoever both for man and beast and allso my minde and will is that my son Jonathan Ware shall pay all my true and just Debts, Only funeral charges to be taken out of my Estate as before expresed.

Item to my three Daughters and my minde and will is that they Namely my Daughter Margriet and her heires and my Daughter Sarah and her heires and my Daughter Easter and her heirs shall be equall in what they have Received or shall Receive of my Estate Referance being had to my book of Accounts of what they or any one of them have already Received and further my minde and will is that my son Jonathan Ware shall pay thirty Pounds two and amongst my three Daughters within four years next after my Decease, and allso my mind and will is that all my movable Estate not heretofore disposed of by me after funeral charges taken out shall be devided two and amongst my three Daughters and finally my mind and will is that my son Jonathan Ware shall pay every perticular sume_to the persons unto whome they are herein given by me.

In Testamony whereof I have hereunto setl my hand and Srah- tin- day and year first above written Appoynting and Ordering my two Bona Michel Ware and Jonathan Ware to be the Exqrs  to this my last Will and Testament.
Robert Ware (Seal)

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the sd Robart Ware Senior as and for his last will and Testament.
Ebenezer Fisher, Anthony Hancock,  Thomas Fisher, John Gay.

Children

1. Ebenezer Ware

Ebenezer’s wife Bethia Fisher was born 10 Dec 1681 in Medway, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Josiah Fisher and Meletiah Bullen. Bethia died 17 Jun 1756 in Medfield, Norfolk, Mass.

2. Robert Ware Jr.

Robert’s wife Elizabeth Wight was born 28 Jun 1692 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan Wight and Elizabeth Hawes. Elizabeth died 5 Sep 1769 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.

Robert Ware Headstone  erected by his grandson Elias Ware (1754-1841) — Wrentham Center Cemetery Wrentham Norfolk County Mass.  Date of death is 4 years earlier the 1732  normally reported in genalogies

3. Michael Ware

Michael’s wife Jean Wight was born 6 Sep 1688 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan Wight and Elizabeth Hawes. Jean died 26 Apr 1754 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.

4. Margaret WARE (See Maj. John FOSTER‘s page)

5. Jonathan Ware

Jonathan’s wife Melatiah Fisher was born 6 Oct 1705 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Ebenezer Fisher and Abigail Ellis. She first married 14 May 1741 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass to Jonathan’s first cousin Benjamin Ware b. 8 Jul 1688 in Wrentham  d. 16 Jul 1744 in Wrentham. Melatiah died 3 Oct 1758 in Norton, Bristol, Mass.

Jonathan Ware Headstone — Center Cemetery, Wrentham, MA

WARE, Jonathan, Esq., Apr. 20, 1740. The first Justice of the Peace in Wrentham. In his 54th y.

Jonathan Ware Signature

6. Sarah Ware

Sarah’s husband Francis Nicholson was born 15 Nov 1684 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass .  Francis died 7 Dec 1753.

7. Esther Ware

Esther’s husband Hezekiah Hawes was born 22 Nov 1688 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. His parents were Daniel Hawes and Abiel Gay. Hezekiah died 2 Jul 1777 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.

Sources:

Ware genealogy : Robert Ware of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1642-1699, and his lineal descendants (1901) By Ware, Emma Forbes, 1838-1898

http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=8704386

http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/b_w.htm

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1143206/person/-1988435365/story/dca7e46d-0d52-46c5-9a99-138e15cc1659?src=search

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=merrygo&id=I9439

http://www.warefamilyassociation.com/html/MA_RWgrandch.htm


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  4. Mary Gilmore says:

    Hi,
    I’m trying to verify an ancestor Esther Foster, who married William Wolcott (Walcott) in Cumberland, RI on Mar 1, 1750. I suspect that she was John and Margaret Ware Foster’s daughter, but do not have any formal verification. I appreciate your extensive work on this family, and would like to get the descendants documented accurately.

    I would greatly appreciate any assistance you might give me.

    Sincerely,
    Mary Gilmore

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Mary,

      Here’s what I found:

      Esther Foster b. 17 Mar 1728/29 in North Providence, RI; Her parents were Lt. John Foster and Hannah Lovett. In 1750 she married. William Walcott Jr., (b. 1717 Salem Village MA – d. 24 Sep 1799). William was Benjamin Wolcott’s brother, his parents were also William Walcott and Mary Felt. Benjamin married Esther’s youngest aunt, Mary Foster, 3 Mar 1753 in Attleboro, Mass.

      William was a member of the First Church of Attleboro MA in 1742, moved to Cumberland RI about 1745 where he was given 50 acres and a house by his father which he sold to his brother, Benjamin, in 1757, moving to Providence RI; in 1774 he was at Smithfield RI, he was given a land grant in VT; m. Esther Foster 1750 Cumberland RI.

      Even though Esther and Mary Foster were niece and aunt, they were born within eight months of each other with Esther the eldest.

      I updated the familes of Lt John Foster & Hannah Lovett and Mary Foster & Benjamin Wolcott on their father’s page: https://minerdescent.com/2010/08/05/maj-john-foster/

      Children of Esther and William include:
      William Jr. Walcott 1751 –
      Esther Walcott 1752 –
      Dr. James Walcott 1754 – 1830
      Charles Walcott 1758 – 1791
      Anna “Nancy” Walcott 1761 – 1845
      Henry Walcott 1762 –
      Mary “Polly” Walcott 1765 – 1844
      Kate Walcott 1767 –
      William Walcott 1770 – 1856

      Cheers!,
      Mark

      • marygilmore@comcast.net says:

        Thank you so much for your help!  I am planning a trip to Vermont and NH and wanted to have the correct information to follow.

        Mary Gilmore

      • marygilmore@comcast.net says:

        Mark,

        I forgot to offer my family connection / genealogy if you want it.  I have an extensive data base established, but Esther Foster  was one of the “empty spaces” that you have so generously filled!  I am hoping to attend the NE Genealogy Conference in Manchester, NH next April.  Are you considering it, or have you attended that particular meeting?  I live in the PNW, so it’s a bit of a trip!

        Thanks again for your help.

        Mary

  5. Jennifer Smith says:

    Hello, I have been searching for the identity of Bethia, wife of Ebenezer Ware, and I found you have her as daughter of Josiah Fisher. However, the Fisher Genealogy gives two husbands for Bethia, neither of which is Ebenezer Ware. Can you provide your source for Bethia’s identity? Thanks,
    Jennifer Smith

  6. Dave Jenkins says:

    Greetings Mark,
    To follow-up Jennifer’s comment, Josiah Fisher’s FaG memorial reveals his will naming daughter Bethiah Lawrence. The memorial’s narrative says Bethiah’s two husbands were Benjamin Everit and Daniel Lawrence – this is reflected in the Dedham, MA marriage records. Oddly, Bethiah is linked as “Bethiah Fisher Ware” wife of Ebenezer. Bethiah had at least one child (Rebekah) w/ Benjamin Everit (Dedham, MA birth record). Thank you. Dave Jenkins

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