Compiled Records of Jackson County Mississippi

DOC#: 080   ST: MS   CNTY: JACK,                             PG: 1 of 1
   EVENT: Cemet,Census,Court,Geneal,IGI,Land,Marriage,Milit,Probate,Will
 SOURCE1: The Compiled Records of JACKSON County Mississippi
 SOURCE2: Multiple sources.
NOTES: Collected by: John E. Cain                      DATE:
LOCATION: 1211 Maritime Ln; Wylie, TX 75098      CAT#:

The data in this document is a compilation of various records that have
been collected concerning this county.  It is by no means complete.
The format of this document is as follows:

CENSUS        - US, State, Territorial, Tax lists, slave,
IGI           - Data from the LDS IGI files.
IMMIGRANTS    - passports, etc
LAND          - Claims, Grants, Patents, Lotteries, Deeds, etc.
MARRIAGES     - From county records, genealogies, IGI, etc.
MILITARY      - Rosters, Records, Pension, DAR, etc.
PROBATE       - Wills, Minutes, Guardian, Inventory and Accounts, etc.
MISCELLANEOUS - Bible Records, Newspapers, Church, County History,
                Historical Accounts.

Data in Brackets indicates source, ex: [LDS #0158333]


Jackson county was formed in 1812 from the Mobile district.  Pascagoula,
39567 is the county seat.  Chancery Clerk has divorce & probate records
from 1875.  Clerk of the Circuit court has marriage records from 1875.
Four courthouse fires over the years destroyed many of the early records
of Jackson co.

                       >>>>>  Record Begins  <<<<<
The following is from the book,  "Four Centuries on the Pascagoula".  By
Dr. Cyril E. Cain, The Reprint co.; Spartanburg, SC. 1962.

Page 100.
JAMES WARE, of the Rowan County NC Militia, is buried in an unmarked
grave on his homeplace at Martin's Bluff, to which it took him forty
years to get clear title.

PAGE = Page # on census schedule   G    = White female under age 10
CNTY = County where enumerated     H    = White female age 10 - 16
A    = White male under age 10     I    = White female age 16 - 26
B    = White male age 10 - 16      J    = White female age 26 - 45
C    = White male age 16 - 18      K    = White female over age 45
D    = White male age 16 - 26
E    = White male age 26 - 45
F    = White male over age 45

                     LDS SEARCH FILE 2 (1820 - 1829)

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JAMES      WARE     JACK   44 MS 1820     010201 00000 ( )

PAGE = Page # on census schedule   L    = White female under age 5
CNTY = County where enumerated     M    = White female age  5 - 10
A    = White male under age 5      N    = White female age 10 - 15
B    = White male age  5 - 10      O    = White female age 15 - 20
C    = White male age 10 - 15      P    = White female age 20 - 30
D    = White male age 15 - 20      Q    = White female age 30 - 40
E    = White male age 20 - 30      R    = White female age 40 - 50
F    = White male age 30 - 40      S    = White female age 50 - 60
G    = White male age 40 - 50      T    = White female age 60 - 70
H    = White male age 50 - 60      U    = White female age 70 - 80
I    = White male age 60 - 70      V    = White female over age 80
J    = White male age 70 - 80
K    = White male over age 80

                   THE UNITED STATES CENSUS OF 1830

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SML        WARE     JACK      MS 1830     20001000100 00111000000 ( )

PAGE = Page # on census schedule   L    = White female under age 5
CNTY = County where enumerated     M    = White female age  5 - 10
A    = White male under age 5      N    = White female age 10 - 15
B    = White male age  5 - 10      O    = White female age 15 - 20
C    = White male age 10 - 15      P    = White female age 20 - 30
D    = White male age 15 - 20      Q    = White female age 30 - 40
E    = White male age 20 - 30      R    = White female age 40 - 50
F    = White male age 30 - 40      S    = White female age 50 - 60
G    = White male age 40 - 50      T    = White female age 60 - 70
H    = White male age 50 - 60      U    = White female age 70 - 80
I    = White male age 60 - 70      V    = White female over age 80
J    = White male age 70 - 80
K    = White male over age 80

                     LDS SEARCH FILE 4 (1840 - 1849)

---------- -------- ---- ---- -- ---- --- ----------- ----------- ---
JAMES      WARE     JACK  278 MS 1840     31000100000 00000100000 ( )
JAMES      WARE     JACK      MS 1841     ___________ ___________ ( )
JAMES      WARE     JACK      MS 1845     ___________ ___________ ( )
SAMUEL     WARE     JACK  278 MS 1840     20310100000 00000100000 ( )
SAMUEL     WARE     JACK      MS 1841     ___________ ___________ ( )
SAMUEL     WARE     JACK      MS 1845     ___________ ___________ ( )


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MILTON     WARE     JACK  019 MS 1850     ( )
HENRY      WARE     JACK  023 MS 1850     ( )
JAMES JR.  WARE     JACK  022 MS 1850     ( )
JAMES SR   WARE     JACK  022 MS 1850     ( )

MS  JACK  1850  n/a  021  xx
Mary Ann    MS  25
Benjamin,  m  13  MS;  James,  m  10  MS;  Thomas H,  m  5  MS;  Henry,
m  8/12  MS; This is son of JAMES WARE who settled here 1801.

MS  JACK  1850  na  021  xx
JAMES WARE, JR  farmer  MS  23
Susan    MS  23
Lard,  m  21  MS;  Samuel,  m  20  MS;  Johnson,  m  17  MS;  Silas,  m
15  MS;  Sarah,  f  12  MS;  Allen D,  m  10  MS;  Nicholas N,  m  1  MS;
D K, (??)  m  1  MS; Catherine McDannals (?)  f  45  LA;  Eulaly Watson
(?)  f  22  MS;
This is son of James Ware, Sr.

MS  JACK  1850  n/a  19  301
Milton Ware,  m  11  MS;


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JAS        WARE     JACK    4 MS 1860     ( )
JOHNSON    WARE     JACK   13 MS 1860     ( )
MILTON     WARE     JACK    4 MS 1860     ( )

MS  JACK  1860  n/a  4  xx  West Pascagoula P O
JAMES WARE  Collier  MS  33
Susan    MS  35
N N,  m  11  MS;  D H,  m  9  MS;  Y R, (U R ?)  f  7  MS;  A R,  f  5
MS;  C J,  m  3/12  MS;  Nancy Rierson (cook)  f  36  AL;  Geo W Rierson
m  5  AL;  Milton Ware m  22  MS;

MS  JACK  1860  n/a  13  xx  Ocean Springs
JOHNSON WARE  laborer  MS  27
Elizabeth    MS  23


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ELIZABETH  WARE     JACK  456 MS 1870     ( )
JOHNSON    WARE     JACK  456 MS 1870     ( )
JONES      WARE     JACK  457 MS 1870     ( )

MS  JACK  1870  n/a  456  xx  Van Cleave P O
Elizabeth    AL  30
Lemuel (?),  m  8  MS;  Julius (?),  m  4  MS;  Augusta (?),  f  9/12 MS;

MS  JACK  1870  n/a  457  xx  Van Cleave P O
Anna,  f  14  MS;  John Calvin,  m  10  MS;  Ellen Calvin,  f  8  MS;
Gl______,  f  5  MS;

                         SOME 1880 CENSUS RECORDS

MS  JACK  1880  144  21  2
JAMES WARE  Coalburner  MS  50  AL  GA
Sarah    MS  45  NC  MS
Salema,  d  18  MS;  J I,  s  4  MS;  unnamed,  s  2  MS;  Thomas R
Tucker,  ss  12  MS;  Amanda Tierson (moth-law)  mil  64  MS;

MS  JACK  1880  144  17  25
JOHNSON WARE  Farmer  MS  47  AL  GA
Elizabeth    MS  42  AL  MS
S M,  s  17  MS;  J T,  s  14  MS;  A M,  d  10  MS;  L E,  d  7  MS;  E
T,  d  4  MS;  Joseph I,  s  1  MS;


Year First Nam Last Nam M F M21 Mch F21 Fch Sla P Acr Misc1    Misc2
 ------------- -------- - - --- --- --- --- --- - --- -------- --------
1825 James     Ware     3                       1     0 births 0 deaths

                          MISSISSIPPI TAX ROLLS

Year First Name Last Nam Acr Situate      P Sla Cnty
---- ---------- -------- --- ------------ - --- ----
1817 William    Ware                      1     JACK

1819 Michael    Ware                      1     JACK
1819 William    Ware                      1     JACK

1820 Michael    Ware                      1     JACK

1821 Michael    Ware                      1     JACK
1821 William    Ware                      1     JACK

1824 Samuel     Ware                      1     JACK

1825 Samuel     Ware                      1     JACK

1827 Samuel     Ware                      1     JACK

1828 James, Jr. Ware                      1     JACK
1828 James, Sr. Ware     640              0     JACK
1828 Samuel     Ware                      1     JACK

1829 James      Ware     320              1     JACK
1829 Samuel     Ware     320              1     JACK

1830 James      Ware                      1     JACK
1830 Samuel     Ware     640              1     JACK


Jackson County Chancery Court Case 4529, 25 Jun 1925
        [The following is from loose papers in the Chancery Court]
State of Mississippi, Jackson County in Chancery Court June 1925.
Complaintant - George Leavenworth.
Defendant - JAMES WARE if living; if dead, his heirs or devisees & all
persons having or claiming any title or interest in the lands herein;
Mrs. J. W.  DePriest, Mrs Wm Parker, PRINT (?) WARE.
Complaintant, a resident of Greenville, County of _______ (blank),
Mississippi brings his Bill of Complaint against the above named
Defendants & respectfully shows to the court.

That Complaintant is the real owner of the following described lands
lying an being in Jackson County, Mississippi, to wit: Lot no one (1) of
the estate of James Martin, decd, as per survey of same made by E N
Ramsay, being in Section one (1), T7S, R7W and in Section six (6) & seven
(7) in T7S, R6W in the JAMES WARE Confirmation containing 226 acres.
Also lot #2, JAMES WARE confirmation by a survey made by E N Ramsay for a
division of the James Martin estate in S12, T7S, R7W and S7, T7S, R6W
containing 45 acres and complaintant designs his title to said lands as

That JAMES WARE settled upon what is known as the JAMES WARE confirmation
of the lands herein set out are a part, under Spanish Government in 1804,
claiming and occupying the same as his own and that sometime prior to the
year 1871, complaintant is informed and believes the said JAMES WARE
conveyed the said lands to James Martin and Complaintant alleges on such
information & belief that the deed of conveyance to said Martin was duly
recorded in the records of Jackson County.  Complaintant further alleges
that the records of said county were destroyed by fire in 1871 & that
said deed was never re-recorded & cannot be found after diligent search.
[Note in the margin reads: The United States by patent dated July 30,
1848 conveys said lands with other lands described as being Section 3,
T7, R7, Jackson County Mississippi & recorded in Book 38, pages 129-130
of Jackson County records.

That prior to Nov 16, 1908, the said James Martin died and that in a
division or partition of his land, Lot No 1 as first described herein was
conveyed to James L Martin one of the heirs at law of James Martin -J M
Raa, Sr Mrs Maggie Martin Davis, J E Davis, John W Raa, Jr, Kate Martin
Glenn, Mary Martin, H E Bilbo, C K Martin, D K Martin and Florence Martin
Saunders the remaining heirs at law of the said James Martin, said deed
being recorded in Book 34, pages 279-280 of Jackson County Records.

That on the 30th of November 1901, the said James L Martin conveyed the
said lot No 1 to Walter Ray Bilbo, said deed being recorded in Book 28,
pages 393-4 of the records of said county.

That on June 3, 1889 the said Lot No 2 was conveyed to Mrs W E Bilbo, one
of the heirs at law of the said James Martin, in said division or
partition by Mary Martin by Mary Martin.  Kate Martin Glenn, James L
Martin, W A Bilbo, D R Bilbo, Maggie M Davis and Florence Martin Saunders
the remaining heirs at law of the said James Martin.  Said deed being
recorded in Book 31, Page 187 of the records of said county.

That on the 9th day of May 1925 the said Walter R Bilbo conveyed said lot
No 1 to Complaintant and the said Mrs W E Bilbo conveyed Lot No 2 to
complaintant, said deed was recorded in Book  ___ , Page ____,
respectivley in the records of said county.

Complaintant further alleges that the said JAMES WARE left surviving him
the defendants herein, Mrs J W DePriest who complaintant alleges is a
resident of and whose Post Office address is Lucedale, George County,
Mississippi; Mrs William Parker whose residence and post office address
is Parkinston, Stone County; and PRINT (?) WARE a resident of & whose
post office address is Vancleave, Jackson County, Mississippi and
complaintant further alleges that the above named defendants are the sole
heirs at law of the said JAMES WARE whose places of residence & post
office address he has been able to ascertain after filing search and

Complaintant further alleges that he and his grantors have been in the
open (illeg), continous and (illeg) possession of said lands for over ten
years last past and that by paying taxes thereon, (illeg) and cultivating
the same and claiming ownership thereof against the world.  Said lands
having been assessed to his grantors (illeg) and true.  And so
complaintant alleges that reason of said claim of title (illeg)
possession he is the true owner of said lands.

Whereupon Complaintant prays that this his (illeg) Bill of Complaint be
(illeg) and filed.  That a summons issue out of this court commanding the
above named defendants Mrs J W DePriest, Mrs William Parker and POINT (?)
WARE to affirm it the June 1925 term of this court and there (illeg)
answers to this Bill of Complaint & that upon final hearing Complaintant
is decreed to to be the real owner of the lands set out herein and that
the named defendants herein and all persons haveing or claiming andy
right, title or interest in the lands set out be perpetually enjoined
from asserting the same and for such other & further relief as to the
court deems correct.
                                           s/ E A Clarp (?)
                                           (illeg) for Complaintant

State of Mississippi, Jackson Co:
Before we the undersigned (illeg) for said county & state (rest

WARE, ANNA PERMELIA marriage to William DuPriest, 13 Mar 1875, Jackson
co. MS, Batch# M516951, Ser Sht# 0060.

[According to Catherine Ware of Bremond TX, the above should be: 
Ware, AMA (not Anna)Permelia married to William DePriest (not DuPriest)]

WARE, ZELEMER A. Marriage to William T. Parker, 20 Oct 1880, Jackson, co.
MS, Batch# M516951, Ser Sht# 0529.

[According to Catherine Ware of Bremond TX, the above should be Selema
Ware married to Neil Peter Benson.  Selema Ware is dau of James and Susan 
Ware.  Zelemar Arishma Ware was dau of Thomas Hilliard Ware]



Saturday, 31 Oct 1801.
Ordered:  That passports through the Creek Nation to the settlements on
the Tom or Don Bigby River be prepared for JAMES WARES and John Deane
with their families.  Which were presented and signed.

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-126
12 Jun 1804  (This is a re-recording of the letter of JAMES WARE to the
Spanish Goveronor of West Florida.  Due to a Courthouse fire in 1876,
most of the early deed records were lost.  According to Ms. Strickland in
the Pascagoula Library, many of them were re-recorded in 1912.  See Misc.
Section for the letter.)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-127
18 Jun 1825  JAMES WARE of Jackson County to SAMUEL WARE of same, for
various services rendered and other considerations, parcel of land on
West side of Pascagoula River in Jackson County, 640a, and includes the
place where I now reside.  Land was confirmed to me by US Patent on 3 Mar
1819, Cert# 62, for Claim# 47 in Report# 3.  s/ JAMES WARE.  w/ John (x)
Bowen, E Hunt, Wm C Seaman, JP.   Recorded 20 Jun 1825 in Book B-95.

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-128
18 Apr 1843  Alfred E. Lewis, collector of lands for Jackson Co., to W J
McRae, land in Jackson co. on West side of Pascagoula Bay, adj land of
the heirs of George Farragut, Pascagoula River, Section 7, T7, R6W,
containing 100a.  Assessed and sold as the property of Andrew Dutch to
satisfy the taxes for 1842.  W J McRae does for $25, remise, release, and
quit claim unto SAMUEL WARE of Jackson Co.  s/ W J McRae.  w/ A E Lewis,
Lyman Randall.

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-129
29 Jul 1848  JAMES WARE'S Patent from US Government.:
Claim of JAMES WARE entered in his own right as #47 in Abstract #3 of
Commissioner Crawford has been confirmed and same has been surveyed and
designated as Section 3, T7S, R6W and S12, T7S, R7W containing 1280 acres
in the district of lands subject to sale at Augusta in the state of
Mississippi.  (Recorded Vol L-219.- filed for record in Deed Book 38-129
on 19 Apr 1912-original records destroyed by courthouse fire in 1871)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-130
10 Jan 1851  JAMES WARE, Jr adm of SAMUEL WARE, late of Jackson co.,
decd, to LARD WARE of Jackson co.  Probate Court on 10 Jun 1850 ordered
the sale of of a parcel of land, S3, T7S, R6W with 401 52/100 acres; &
S12, T7S, R7W with 338 48/ 100 acres. Orig pat to JAMES WARE.
Administrator (JAMES WARE, Jr) did regularly give notice of time and
place in a newspaper published in the town of Paulding in Jasper Co.
called the Eastern Clarion from approx 05 Oct 1850 for six weeks.  LARD
WARE was highest bidder at $800.  s/ JAMES WARE
(Recorded 31 Jan 1851 in Book E-158 - original records destroyed by
courthouse fire in 1851.  Filed for record in Deed Book 38-130 on 19 Apr

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-131
10 Jan 1851  LARD WARE of Jackson co. to Thomas L Sumerall of Hinds Co.
MS, $1000, that parcel of land known as WARE'S Bluff on the Pascagoula
River, fractional S3, T7S, R6W, containing 401 52/100 acres; Eastern part
of Section 12, T7S, R7W, 338 48/100 acres.  Altogether 740 acres.  The
same being a portion of land located by JAMES WARE, (decd) late of
Jackson Co,  and described in the Patent as location number 47 in
abstract #3 of Commissioner Crawford on file in the General Land Office.
s/ LARD WARE.  (recorded 31 Jan 1851 in Book E-159 and re-recorded 19 Apr
1912 in Deed Book 38-131)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-132
07 Jun 1851  JAMES WARE, SR admr of JAMES WARE, decd, to SUSAN WARE (wife
of JAMES WARE, JR) S1 and S12, T7S, R7W, it being part of the
confirmation granted to JAMES WARE, SR; bounded N by public lands, E by
lands belonging to estate of SAMUEL WARE, decd, S by public and
Farragut's lands and W by public lands, containing 640a.  By order of
probate court JAMES WARE, SR did give notice of time and place of sale in
Sea Shore Sentinel published in town of Biloxi.  SUSAN WARE was high
bidder at $62.  s/ JAMES WARE, SR.  w/ A W Ramsay, A E Lewis.  (recorded
in Book E-214 on 9 Aug 1851 and re-recorded 19 Apr 1912)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-133
22 Jul 1851  JAMES WARE, JR and SUSAN WARE, his wife, for $100, to Thomas
Sumerall of Jackson Co MS, land in Jackson S1 and S12, T7S, R7W, it being
part of the confirmation granted to JAMES WARE, SR; bounded N by public
lands, E by lands belonging to estate of SAMUEL WARE, decd, S by public
and Farragut's land and W by public lands.  It being the very same tract
deeded to SUSAN WARE by JAMES WARE as administrator of the estate of
JAMES WARE, SR, decd, by deed on 7 Jun 1851.  s/ JAMES WARE, JR, SUSANNAH
WARE.  w/ James Fairley, S R Budroe.  (recorded in Book E-215 on 8 Sep
1851 and re-recorded in Book 38-133 on 19 Apr 1912)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-153
08 May 1848  JAMES WARE to JAMES SAMUEL WARE for 10 cents and for other
divers good causes and considerations, land on West side of Pascagoula
River, bounded Bluff Creek, Pascagoula River, containing 373 acres.  s/
JAMES WARE, MARRY ANN WARE.  w/ Thos Gleeson, Thomas L. Fletcher.
(recorded 8 May 1848 in Deed Book D-515, filed for record 19 Apr 1912 in
Deed Book 38-153)

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  38-154
16 Mar 1892  Surveyor's statement that he made a survey for James Martin
"beginning at the mouth of a small ravine [ravine being northern boundry
of James Martin tract] bounded by Pascagoula River, 35 acres.  Said plat
being part of the JAMES WARE confirmation entered as #47 in Abstract #3
of Commissioner Crawford and designated in the survey as Section 3, T7S,
R6W but according to regular sections would be in S7, T7S, R6W.  s/ E N
Ramsay, surveyor.

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  E-618
31 Dec 1853  Philip P Bowen and wife Mary to JAMES WARE, $80, 4ac, East
part of Lot #1, Section 30, T7, R8W.  s/ P P Bowen, Mary M Bowen.

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  33-010
04 Sep 1880  The State of Arkansas, Phillips County.
MARY A. WARE, HENRY M. WARE and W. L. WARE of Phillips county Arkansas,
legal and lawful heirs of JAMES WARE, SR, decd, to Simeon Cochran of
Jackson co MS, do sell and quitclaim all rights, titles, etc to a certain
parcel of land in Jackson county MS known as the Ben Lenear & wife tract
situated: NE/4 of S36, T5S, R7W and N/2 of S31 and NW/4 of S32, T5S, R6W,
containing about 632a.
Signed this Fourth day of September A D 1880.
s/ MARY A. (x) WARE, H. M. WARE, W. L. WARE.  (seals).
Signed before S.  M.  Reynolds, JP.
Filed for Record in Jackson co MS on 31 Oct 1907, Recorded 2 Nov 1997. by
Fred Taylor, AC

Jackson  MS  Deed Book  33-011
21 Oct 1880  The State of Texas, Leon County.
THOMAS H. WARE of Leon County TX, lawful and legal heir of JAMES WARE,
SR, decd, to Simeon Cochran of Jackson county MS, for $20, do sell and quit-
claim a certain parcel of land in Jackson co MS known as the Ben
Lanier & wife tract and situated: NE/4 of S36, T5S, R7W & N/2 of S31 &
NW/4 of S32, T5S, R6W containing about 632a.  Signed this 21 day of
October AD 1880. s/ T H WARE  (seal) w/ Joe F Parks, Jas W Davis.
Signed before Wm Watson, JP and Notary Public in Leon County TX.
Filed for record in Jackson co MS on 31 Oct 1907.  Recorded 02 Nov 1907.
by Fred Taylor AC

The following was sent by: Betty Rodgers, Records Manager of the
Jackson County Archives in Pascagoula MS

"I have a page that I will send you that appeared in some of my early
Spanish/Miss. area research, and I am told that those who served with
Galvez in the defense of the Pascagoula River, are eligible for SAR
papers!  Good luck, Betty."

09 Sept. 1805
List of all those that were in the combat of the 4th.  Pascagoula, AGI,
PC 142-A (I don't know what this means).
Captain of the Louisiana Infantry Regiment Don Francisco Bellestre
Corporal of thesmae regiment JOSE DOMINGUEZ.
Captain of Militia Don JUAN BAUTISTA NICOLETE.
The Sindic Don

(NOTE: From Correspondent Doug Bell: The reference AGI PC is Archives of 
the Indies, Cuban Papers legajo 142 which is from the Spanish archives 
on microfilm at LSU.)

From Revolutionary War Pension Applications, File S7816 for JAMES WARE,

Page 1.

Jany 13, 34  see let to agent at Natchez.
Letter to Pens agt ofc of Comptroller 24 April 1838.
To Penison Agt 7 May 1838
Letter to Auditor 5 Nov 1838
Paid at the Treasury under the Act of the 6th April 1838 from 4 March
1838.  Agt notified 10 Nov 1838
Jany 26, 1833
    Certificate made payable at Mobile at the request of Hon Ed D White
and new certificate issued and entered upon the Alabama Roll Book D, Vol
10, P 207.


JAMES WARE of Jackson co. in the State of Mifsifsippi who was a private
in the Company commanded by Captain  ________ (blank) of the ______
Commanded by Gen Morris in N Carolina line for state troops for two years
from 1780.
                                         NC and SC Oct 17, 1784 (?)
                                          Records Completed

Inscribed on the Roll of Mississippi at the rate of 100 dollars and ____
Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.

Certificate of Pension issued the 21 day of Jany 1833 and S__ Hon Ed D
White HR.

Arrears to 4th of Sept 1832               150.00
Semi=anl allowance ending 4 March 1833     50.00

                                     Revolutionary Claim
                                     Act June 7, 1832

Recorded by: Henry H Sy______.  Clerk
Book D  Vol 10  Page 129.

Page 2

                        Declaration of JAMES WARE

Jackson County, State of Mississippi.  On this the twenty seventh day of
October in the Year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and thirty
two, personally appeared before me, John Farley Judge of the County Court
of Jackson County, State of Mississippi, JAMES WARE, a resident of the
above named county and state, aged seventy for years who being first duly
sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration
in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June seventh
in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty two.

  That he entered the service of the United States in May in the year of
Seventeen hundred and eighty as a private under Capt. Reed in the militia
of Rowan County, State of North Carolina where he was then residing, that
he was at the battle of Camden " commonly called Gate's defeat" under the
above named Capt. Reed on the sixteenth day of August Seventeen hundred
and eighty.  He further declareth that he was in the following year
seventeen of January one thousand seventeen hundred and eighty one under
Capt Armstrong at the battle of the Cowpens under the command of Major
McDowell and Genl Morgan.  In the same year he enlisted in the State
troops under the command of Wade Hampton for the term of ten months in
the cavalry was at the battle of the Eutaw Springs.  After the
termination of that time he enlisted in the cavalry that was attached to
Genl Marian for the term of the war he remained in the above named
cavalry attached to Genl Marian until the evacuation of Charlestown.
When the cavalry was dismounted, he was put in the infantry of the South
Carolina line that was reduced to three companies.  One was commanded by
Felix Warley, the second by Joseph Warley, and the third by Simpson Thyut
(Theus?) who appointed him his orderly sergeant.  He further declareth
that he was discharged at Charlestown in year Seventeen hundred & eighty
three by the above named Simpson Thyut (Theus).

    He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity
except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll
of the agency of any state or /if any/ on that of the agency of the State
of Mississippi.
                                            s/ JAMES WARE

John Farley, Judge of Probate.

From, "The History of Jackson County, Mississippi"
copyright 1989 by Jackson County Genealogical Society

The following are excerpts that are pertinent to the surname WARE.
All entries are verbatim except the capitilazation of the name/surname WARE.

Art.# C1, pg. 1, col. 2, par. 6
        "Jackson County, Mississippi  A Chronology"(by Jean Strickland)
(verbatim) "The first courthouse was at Thomas Bilbo's house on the west
side of the Pascagoula near what is now Benndale in George County. The first
Justices of the Quorum (forerunners of the Board of Supervisors) were Thomas
Bilbo, JAMES WARE, Wheeler Gresham, Benjamin Youngblood and Robert
Williamson.  Justices of the Peace were Malcolm Monroe, George Davis and
Moses Collins.  John Dease was Coroner and William Bates was Clerk of

The above paragraph is in the 1812 timeline of the chronology.

Art.# C46, pg. 50, col. 3, par. 1, cont'd
        "Martin Bluff" (by Regina hines Ellison)
        "In the 1700's this land was among vast tracts owned by the family
of Jean Baptiste Baudreau dit Graveline.
        But in the early 1800's JAMES WARE, a Revolutionary War veteran,
migrated to this area.  Hearing that the Baudreaus had abandoned the site,
he obtained a Spanish land grant for the bluff property.  Years later, the
Baudreau heirs, the Lewises, fought the Wares to get back their land.  But
JAMES WARE stayed put and eventually received a U.S. land patent."

Same Art.. page 51, col 1, par 3
        " Gradually people from the North came to the small settlement
and built homes around the bluff. In about 1914, Dr. Robert Morse, a
physician, bought the property of James Martin's son, David, and named the
site Iowana. From 1915 to 1925, Iowana was the post office for the people of
the bluff. Mail carrier JOE WARE would pick up the mail at John's Bayou and
transport it downriver to Iowana.  Often, residents would hitch a ride with
WARE to Pascagoula, then return with him that evening.

John, here is the article from the book " The History of Jackson County
Mississippi" from the family history section. Article is titled "WARE
FAMILY" and is authored by PHILLIP WARE EVERETT.
        Before I begin the article, the next one is titled "WARE, JOHNSON
AND CAROL CARTER" by CAROL CARTER WARE. Will send it under separate email.

Article F549, pg. 385, verbatim

        The first WARE in Jackson County was JAMES WARE, a soldier in the
Revolutionary War. It is stated in the Georgia Passports that WARE came to
the Tombigbee in 1801.  He was living on the Pascagoula River on what is now
known as Martin's Bluff, formerly WARE'S Bluff, in 1804.  In a petition to
the Spanish governor he stated that he and his wife had seven children, and
that he was a native of Ireland.  He was a Justice of the Quorum Court in
1812, and voted in the election of 1813 in Jackson County.
        The story of JAMES WARE is best told by Jay Higginbotham in his book
"Pascagoula: Singing River City."
        In 1804, WARE had come to that section known today as Martin's
Bluff, found it uninhabited and began making inquiries.  He found that it
had once belonged to Jean Baptiste Baudreau de la Graveline and had passed
down through the years to his grandson whose name was also Jean Baptiste
Baudreau. Baudreau had virtually dropped the "Graveline" from his name and,
spending much of his time in New Orleans, had temporarily abandoned his old
houses at Martin's Bluff which had been in the family for some eighty years.
        Seeing this, WARE moved in, claimed the land and built a home,
making other various and sundry improvements.  But Edwin Lewis, having
married Baudreau's daughter, Margaret, now took some heated steps to get the
land back and to drive JAMES WARE from the property. He petitioned the local
court, the State court, and just about anybody who would listen, calling
WARE a vagabond and a land robber.
        Lewis, at this time was living near the Graveline Bayou where later,
his son, Col. A. E. Lewis would build his home called "Oldfields", which
still stands today in the Seacliffe subdivision in the newly incorporated
city of Gautier.
        Not to be denied, Lewis moved his family from the coast to the Old
Plantation on the Pacagoula River on property that JAMES WARE now claimed.
He was in the act of rebuilding one of the old mills of the Chaumont
Plantation when a forceable entry and detainer was served on him.
        Old Judge Toulmin, called by Lewis, "My Devil", tried the case and
ordered Lewis off the property. However, Lewis appealed to the Supreme Court
and that high court reversed the judgement, giving him a writ of
reinstatement.  But in the meantime, several others moved in and "squatted"
on other portions of the property. One of these "squatters" was the Sheriff
of Jackson County who naturally refused to execute the writ now handed down
by the Supreme Court. Lewis claimed that the original jury was composed
mostly of people who were squatting on portions of the land.
        Lewis ranted and raved for years, but his neighbors outnumbered him
and he couldn't get back on the property. In his last complaint, made on
Oct. 20, 1829, he told another story of why Graveline had been forced to
evacuate the home temporarily. "The Indians attacked the house", he said,
"and tomahawked my wife's uncle." They were then forced to retreat to Horn
Island, until the Government offered some protection, which they never did.
When danger had passed, the Gravelines returned to find their property
confiscated by JAMES WARE and other squatters. "Alas!" pleaded Lewis, "we
see the seats of our ancestors confiscated and torn from us-and strangers
now plow our patrimonial fields."
        Lewis, to gain some sympathy from the Land Commissioner, mentioned
that this appeal would be his last. It was. He died the next summer, before
a ruling could be made. But his son, Col. A. E. Lewis continued the fight,
though he, too, was singularly unsuccessful.  Finally, the United States
issued a patent to JAMES WARE in 1848, signed by James K. Polk and the 44
year battle was over. Today, the Wares and Lewises still live together here
in Jackson County and have somehow managed to become good friends.
        JAMES WARE was undoubtedly one of the earliest settlers of Jackson
County. The preceeding story seems to discredit WARE, however, WARE was not
the vagabond Lewis portrayed, but a valuable and trusted citizen of Jackson
County. Besides being a Justice of the Quorum Court in 1812, WARE was also
the County Coronor from 1819 to 1823.
        In the patent issued by President Polk in 1848, WARE was given
permission to set up a town called Jacksonborough on the 1280 acres given to
him. Unfortunately, no town was never established and WARE moved his family
to Vancleave, where the present head of the WARE family, JOHNSON WARE now
lives. Ironically, Johnson is a liscensed Mortician-recalling his ancestor's
occupation from 1819 to 1823.
        JAMES WARE'S grandson, JOHNSON WARE, I, was also involved in Jackson
County affairs. Johnson was a member of the Board of Supervisors in 1874,
75, 78, 88, and again in 1890. JOHNSON WARE later went on to serve as a
Justice of  the Peace from 1912 to 1932.
        SAMUEL WARE was the oldest of six children. Other children of
never married, and there is no record that SAM WARE married either.
        KIT WARE married Laura Belle Roberts, the oldest daughter of Thomas
Quitman and Angeline Lyons Roberts, therefore linking two of the oldest
families of Jackson County. KIT and LAURA BELLE had four children: LAURIN,
ROLAND, ANNIE LAURIE, and PHILIP. All of these children were born and raised
in Vancleave.
        LAURIN was the oldest of the four children. He married Alyce Lillian
Groves. They had four children; LAURIN, MARGARET, FLORIAN, and ELVA. LAURIN,
Jr. had one daughter, LISA, who is married to Ron Ford - they had one child,
Tyler.  The second child of LAURIN and ALYCE was MARGARET, who married
Milton M.  Walker an attorney (died 1959). They have two children; Mallory
and Philip.  Florian was the third child. His children include; Gresham,
Vondell, Roland,II, and Michelle. The fourth child was Elva, who married W.
T. Avara.  They have four children; W. T., Jr., Laurin, Sabrina, and
        LAURIN WARE and his sister, ANNIE LAURIE, who never married, both
worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding for years.
        ROLAND HILL WARE was the second child of KIT and LAURA BELLE. He
married Hettie Lyons and they had one child, JOHNSON. JOHNSON'S children
include SUSIE, SISSY, and TODDY.
        PHILIP LYONS WARE was the youngest of the four children.  He married
Mildred Moody of Lucedale. Together they had three girls; CYNTHIA, DELL, and
MARTY.  CYNTHIA married Charles W. Everett of Gulfport, and they have two
children; Philip Ware, and Lauren Marie. Dell married John V. Gulley and
they have two children; Catherine Adele, and Christopher John. Marty married
Joseph Watts Martin Jr. and they also have two children; Joseph Watts, III,
and Timothy Lyons.

by Philip Ware Everett


by Carol Carter Ware
Article No. F550

        Song of a bird
        Giggle of a granddaughter
        Oath of a grandson
        Hug of a friend
        A sparkle in the eye of the beholder...
 I consider myself, CAROL CARTER WARE, to be the most fortunate of
        Jimmie Roberts, born in Georgia in 1805, and Polly Goff Roberts,
born in South Carolina in 1812, have had a far reaching effect on Jackson
County, the State of Mississippi, and the nation.  Their lineage, for
seven generations, almost 200 years, has produced countless preachers,
doctors, teachers, lawyers, musicians, military personnel, statesmen -
all with talents unlimited; good citizens and some not so good.
       My ancestor, Garn Roberts, born in 1832, was considered the "black
sheep" of the family of Jimmie's 13 children.  I like to think a "bit of
the Irish was in his make up.  Being next to the oldest, the first son
died in the Civil War, Garn's brothers and sisters had ample opportunity
to practice their piety and strong religious convictions on him; to no
avail.  He still found unbounded joy in living.
       With  his third wife, Mary Jane Lyons, born in 1847, and their 10
children, my grandmother, Dolly the eldest, begins the story I have to
       Dolly was born in 1868 and grew to be a happy, beautiful, blonde,
blue-eyed, young woman when a stranger, small statured and steely-eyed
young man, W.W. Groves, came to the Vancleave area: hear-say tells us he
came by way of New Orleans after having to leave Alabama hurriedly, under
somewhat questionable circumstances. He, ten years older than she, met,
charmed, and married Dolly.  Theirs was a hard existence, but Grandma
Dolly's natural happiness and joy made their home a place where every one
wanted to visit.
       Many of the babies born in the community were introduced to the
world by Grandma Dolly; she being an available midwife.  Several of her
daughters would later become nurses.
       From the marriage of Dolly and W.W, came three handsome sons and
eight beautiful daughters.  My mother, Clara, born in 1902, was the
seventh child and the fifth daughter.  Clara, too, was blonde with wise
gray eyes that held a twinkle to go with her dry wit.
      Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the "get-togethers" of
these jolly, happy sisters.
      Clara was the first of her family to graduate from high school
After graduating, Clara met and married  Paul Arthur Carter on Oct. 5,
1921 in Vancleave.  She loved books and remained an avid reader until her
death in 1971.  Exquisite handwork, writing, art and the love of her
family are the most memorable of her accomplishments for me and my
children.  Her dream was to be a teacher and some of the grandchildren
are fulfilling this dream.
      Paul, born in 1895, was a handsome young man.  After serving in
WWI, he finished high school at Seashore Camp Ground in Biloxi.  This was
considered to be a higher education than that received at the newly
consolidated high school in Vancleave.  This school building later burned
in 1942.
      From their marriage came two children.  The oldest was Paul Grayson
(Toby), born in 1922.  I was the second child, Carol Irene (Sook), born
in 1927, a Depression child.
     Such happy times we had, not much money but, as children, we did not
know that.  Many happy memories include: going to school eight months out
of the year; Campmeeting in October; Old Settler's Reunion in the summer;
a nickel box of corn flakes at Dee's store; swimming in Bluff Creek;
making ice cream on Saturday nights in the summer - I got to sit on the
freezer because I was the youngest; a sing with the neighbors; making
fudge or divinity candy on wintry Saturday nights; the new Aladdin lamps
that were so bright - they were truly beautiful.  Then when electricity
came in 1938-39, was ever anything as great as the new electric irons -
no more sad irons with "smut" to ruin a starched white shirt (was there
anything but white shirts?) and no more lamp chimneys to wash - "Sister,
don't break that lamp chimney!"
     There was time to lie under the pear tree and watch the clouds, or
listen to a bobwhite at dusk, and listen to a neighbor "holler" and have
Toby answer - this was heard for miles.
     Our blue Model-T Ford would cross the creek when Moungers Creek
would rise after heavy rains while Grandpa Jim's Model-A "drowned out".
     A Philco radio, ordered from Sears-Roebuck, was our first luxury.  A
big car battery made the "Grand Ole Opry" a Saturday night event but we
couldn't go anywhere as one battery was used for both.
     At ages 3 and 4, at New Prospect Camp Meeting, a certain little boy
and I rolled dumplings.  Our grandmothers gave us the dumpling dough
while our mothers were in church.  We played, "smut" and all, on an old
wood stove.  Sixteen years later, after finishing school in Vancleave I
went to nursing school at the Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg.  After
serving in the U.S. Navy, the quite handsome young sailor, ROBERT JOHNSON
WARE and I were married in 1946.  We then made our first home in Mt.
Pleasant community.  During the early years of our marriage, Johnsie
became a mortician and we lived in various locations in South
Mississippi.  In 1953, we returned to Vancleave where both our families
also lived and established our permanent home an reared our family.  And
yes! after forty years, we still like dumplings!!
     Our daughter, Carol Sue, married a Scotchman, Duncan McLean, and
they have two children: Duncan and Katie.  Hettie Claire (Sissy) married
a German, John Mizelle and they have one son: Johnny.  Charlotte Anne
(Toddy) married a Frenchman, Paul LeBatard and they have two sons: Johnse
and Jimmy.
     So from this mixture of bloodlines, my wish is for each of them to
take the time to appreciate the song of a bird, a hug of a friend, the
joy of laughter, and the beauty of God about them.  Matthew and Patience
Carter of North Carolina were parents of three sons who were
Revolutionary Soldiers:
     Matthew, born in 1745, in North Carolina, Issac born in 1756, and
Thomas.  This Matthew married Cassandra Barbour of North Carolina and
they had six children of whom Matthew Carter, Jr., born in North
Carolina, in 1781 was the oldest.  Matthew served as a soldier in North
carolina, then in South Carolina after they moved his family and others
to Jackson County, MS.
     Matthew, Jr. married Ann Goff, born in North Carolina, in 1791 and
they had eight children.  John Carter, born in 1843, was my great
grandfather.  He married Ellen Roberts, born in 1841, daughter of Jimmie
and Polly Goff Roberts.  John and Ellen were parents of six children.  My
grandfather, James V. Carter, born in 1866, was the oldest.  James V., o
better known as Jim, was a strong, self-made man.  Although uneducated, I
suppose his was one of the best minds I have ever known.  He always
worked in the timber business, logging in the Pascagoula swamp in virgin
timber with oxen and wagons until he bought the first Ford wood truck in
this area.  The truck had one seat for the driver and no windshield.
     Jim married Fannie Goff, born in 1856, and they were the parents of
three sons.  John Lovett, born in 1890, Nolle Marvin, born in 1893 and
Paul Arthur, born in 1895.
     John Lovett married Lily Wilkerson and they had two sons, John, Jr.
and James Wilkerson Carter.  John Lovett, Sr. was a prominent Methodist
minister in Mississippi.
     Nolle Marvin married Sennie Taylor and they had one daughter,
Nolline, who married W.E.  Clement.  They now live in Pensacola, FL.
     Paul Arthur, the youngest brother, was my father.  He was an easy-
going person, a good man. He respected and was respected by all people.
Paul served in the Army in France in 1917 during WWI.  Paul loved and
married Clara Groves, who was a descendant of Jimmie Roberts, in 1921.
They lived in Vancleave and he worked with his father, Jim, in the timber
     Paul and Clara farmed, with the help of we children, during the
Great Depression.
     There were two of us children, Paul Grayson (Toby) was born in 1922.
After finishing high school, he was drafted into the Army for WWII.  In
1946, Toby married Nell Mallette.  Their children are: Paul G., Jr.
(Nebo), Brenda, Vesta, Marinell, Cassandra (Sandy) and Michael.  Each of
them are now married and have their own families.
     I was the second child of Paul and Clara, Carol Irene (Sook). In
1946, I married ROBERT JOHNSON WARE and our children are: Sue, Hettie
(Sissy) and Charlotte Ann (Toddy).  They live with their families in this
     After Fannie died in 1902, Jim married Irene Carter (a niece of
Fannie) and their children were Fannie Myrtle, Willie Nell, and Bruner
Carlton (Buck).
     Myrtle married F.F.  (Jack) Fletcher and their daughter, Forrest
Nell, is married to Kenneth Keener and their son in Kenny.  Willie Nell
did not marry and Buck married Gertrude Stinson.
     The family has been staunch church members and music was  and is an
important part of the Carter family.  Everybody sang a part- John, Nolle,
Paul, and Willie Nell sang as a foursome.  Myrtle led choirs and all
their children sang or played a musical instrument.
     But the sad truth of this tale, after eight generations, the Carter
men are having only girl children so the Carter name will be no more.
     JAMES WARE, a Revolutionary War soldier was awarded a Spanish Land
Grant on the Pascagoula River, no known as Martin's Bluff, in 1802.  He
stated in his petition that he was a native of Ireland, married, and the
father of seven children.  One of his children, SAMUEL WARE is the great,
great, grandfather of my husband.
     Samuel had five sons, of whom three died in the Civil War. Of the
two remaining sons, James and Johnson, the latter is our ancestor.
Johnson was born in 1833.  He married Elizabeth Williams, daughter of
Phil Williams. Elizabeth, best known as  "Bett", was quite a character.
She smoked her clay pipe with King Bee tobacco, talked dirty, embarrassed
her daughter, Lizzie, with whom she lived her last years.  She was 96
years when she died, and that morning, she read her Bible and had prayer
before she died.
     Johnson and Bett were parents of six children: three sons and three
daughters. Sippie married Joe Reilly and reared their family in
Escatawpa.  The youngest daughter, Ella, was among the first graduate
from the nursing school at Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg.  Lizzie,
the middle daughter, lived at home and ran a boarding house in Vancleave.
In later years, no longer able to keep boarders, she had apartments to
rent where many newlyweds began housekeeping.  Some of these couples were
Benny and Lettie Bonham, Bennie and Louise Taylor, Quinton and "Rete"
Flurry, "Bilbo" and Maudree Tootle and numerous other couples.
     Sam, the oldest son, never married.  Joe, the youngest son, married
Carrie Roberts and their family of Fred, Robin, and Walline were reared
in the Mt.  Pleasant Community. The second son of Johnson and Bett,
Julius Phillip (Kit), was my husband's grandfather. Kit married Laura
Belle Roberts, born in 1876.  She was the oldest daughter of Tom, born in
1855 and Angeline Lyons Roberts.  Tom was the youngest son of Jimmie and
Polly Goff Roberts.
     Kit and Laura Bell had four children.  LAURIN ROBERTS WARE born in
1895, a WWI soldier, married Alyce Groves born in 1897. Their children
are Laurin W. (Snippy) Margaret, Florian and Elva.
     ANNIE LAURA WARE, born in 1908, was the only girl in the family.
Annie taught school in Jackson County in her younger years.  Living at
home, working and caring for her parents, her love of
people and her church. (A Sunday school lesson taught by "Miss Annie"
surpassed many of the preachers' sermons that followed) she earned the
honor of being a truly beautiful, Christian lady.
     PHILIP LYONS WARE, born in 1912, married Mildred Moody of Lucedale
and their children are Cynthia, Adele, and Martha.
     ROLAND HILL WARE, my husband's father, was born in 1897.  In 1925,
Roland married Hettie Lyons, born in 1903, daughter of Herbert and Kate
Lyons and granddaughter of Bob and Charlotte Barnes Lyons and Ellis and
Elizabeth Goff Goff.  (this was printed twice, so I did. don't know if it
was a misprint in the book- ken)
     Roland and Hetie with their only child, Robert Johnson, born in
1926, lived in various locations, followed several job pursuits and
finally settled in Vancleave.  One of the locales was Mobile.  While
there Johnsie's vocabulary increased tremendously.  His teachers being
men around the cleaners and the barber shop.  He also had some "witty"
kinfolks to help "There sits Lizzie, no longer busy," said Johnsie
recovering from the measles.  "There lies Dockey, full of hockey," says
Aunt LIZZIE WARE, the nurse, after a little thought.
     Roland worked in the timber business until his death. Johnsie, after
serving in the Navy, during WWII, came home to Vancleave to work with his
Dad. Then Johnsie, not being able to live without Carol Irene Carter,
born in 1927, were married in 1946.
     Johnsie attended Mortuary College in St. Louis, MO and upon
graduation worked in Wiggins with John Dees and our family began: Carol
Sue, 1947; Hettie Claire, 1950; and Charlotte Anne, 1955.
     After moving around, in 1953, Johnsie and I settled in Vancleave, to
work with his Dad in the timber business, care for our parents and raise
our family. Our parents are gone, but our family has grown.  Sue married
Duncan McLean, from Oregon, and their children are Duncan and Katie.
Hettie (Sissy) married John Mizelle, from Vancleave, and their son is
Johnny.  Charlotte Anne (Toddy) married Paul LeBatard, from Gautier, and
their sons are Johnson Paul and Roland James. Our children have homes in
this area and they work with us to make our community a better place than
we found it.
     For over 100 years our family - WARES, Carters, Lyons, and Roberts,
has been involved with the timber industry of South Mississippi.  Because
we have come up in it for so many years, the timberlands of Mississippi
are meaningful to our family.  May it always be so.  I would like to
dedicate the WARE section to ROLAND and HETTIE WARE, my husband's
parents.  They were truly good and honorable people. I honor them.

by Carol Carter Ware

  AUTHOR: Dr. Cyril E. Cain
     PUB: The Reprint Company; Spartanburg, SC 29304.  1983
LOCATION: Dallas, TX Public Library               CAT#: R976.212 F773


Page 7  Period of Settlement - Spanish
1803 - JAMES WARE settled at Martin's Bluff.  Later, under American rule
he was given permission to lay out a town to be known as Jacksonboro.

Page 12 - Mississippi Territory, 1812-1817
1812 - The first civil officers for Jackson county were: Thomas Bilbo,
JAMES WARE, Wheeler Gresham, Benjamin Youngblood and Robert Williamson,
Justices of the Quorum Court; Malcolm Monroe, George Davis and Moses
Collins, Justices of the Peace; Percy King, Sheriff; John Dease, Coroner;
William Bates, Clerk of the Court.

Page 52
...Practically no Spanish settlers came into the province, but Americans
did come in, in such numbers that by the turn of the century there was
considerable agitation for American rule.  This was especially true after
the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and with it the belief that Spanish West
Florida was a part of this purchase.  The Kemper brothers in 1804 staged
an ill-timed and fruitless rebellion, and this caused the Spaniards to
tighten their regulations concerning land ownership and citizenship.
This is evidenced by a letter written in March, 1804, to Gov. Vincent
Folch by JAMES WARE, who lived at Martin's Bluff.  In this letter WARE
asked that he be given more time in which to appear before the governor
at Pensacola to take the oath of allegiance.  This was necessary as the
first step toward confirming his title to the land which he had been
permitted to enter some two years before by the alcalde at Mobile.  [This
letter is on record at the courthouse in Pascagoula, and the original, in
almost perfect condition, is the property of Miss LIZZIE WARE,
Vancleave.]  (note from jec: copy of letter is on p 181.)

Page 55 - The Election of 1813
...The other remarkable thing is the distance some of these men traveled
in order to cast their ballots.  JAMES WARE lived at WARE'S Bluff, now
known as Martin's Bluff, and John Cumbest lived just across the river
from him at what is now Moss Point.  If they went up the west side of the
river, they had to cross ferries on Bluff Creek, Red Creek, Black Creek,
and probably the river, a round trip on horseback or on foot of over
sixty miles, just to vote.

   WARE and Cumbest had both lived under Spanish rule, with no voting
privileges, and were showing their appreciation.  Also, the
representative was the only county officer elected, the others being
appointed by the legislature; hence the choice of a legislator determined
all officers.

Page 69  Militia Organization
Jackson Countians as Commissioned Officers:
14th Regiment organized for Mobile county: Stephen Bradford and Benjamin
Youngblood were captains; Richard Roberts, Benjamin Gresham, and Antoine
Ellis, lieutenants; and LARD WARE, Benjamin Williamson, and William
Mills, ensigns.

17th Regiment organized for Jackson County: The captains were as follows;
1812, JAMES WARE, John Dease, and Benjamin Gresham.  The lieutenants:
1812, LARD WARE, Benjamin Williamson, and William Mills; The ensigns:
1816, William Baker, Edward Ball, and W. WARE.

Page 72
Coroners: 1812, John Dease; 1819, JAMES WARE; 1823, Henry Fletcher.

Page 93
When the organization of Jackson and Hancock Counties took place, four
officers of the 14th regiment, which had been organized while they were a
part of Mobile County, were brought over into the 17th Regiment in
Jackson County, probably because they lived in that area.  These were:
Lt.  Benj. Youngblood, and Ens. LARD WARE, Benj. Williamson, and William
Mills.  The 17th Regiment, when its organization was completed late in
1812 or early 1813, had the following officers: Lt. Col. William Bates;
Maj. Thomas Bilbo; Capt. JAMES WARE, John Dease, and Benjamin Gresham;
Lt. LARD WARE, Benjamin Williamson, and William Mills.

Page 98   Jackson and George Countians in the War of 1812.

Page 170
Signers of a petition to the Congress of the United States asking that
the persons who held land under Spanish rule in West Florida be allowed
to keep that land after annexation by the United States.  11 Dec 1816.

Charles Baker        John Eubanks            Hugh McDonald
James Baker          Wm Eubanks              John McLeod
Wm Baker             Andre Founier           A McManus
Edward M. Ball       James Garnett           John Miller
William Ball         Hugh Gillander          Wm Miller
Jacob Bang           Wm Goff                 Wm Mills
James Bilbo          Joseph Graham           John Mizle
Richard Brashears    Jesse Graves            Wm Mizle
John Brewer, Sr.     Wm Hamilton             John Mounger
John Brewer, Jr.     Chas S Holland          Joshua Murray
John Bridges         Jacob Holland           Aaron Parker
Matthew Carter       Bryant Howell           Lewis Parker
Wm Carter            Henry Hoskins           Jonathan Selser
John Clowdess        George Hutson           David D Smith
Burrell Cochrane     Noah N Hutson           Ed Smith
Carlton Cooper       James Hunt              Robert D Smith
Rodney Cooper        Hardy R Jernigan        L G S Stroud
Wm N Cooper          Presley Johnson         John Tanner
Wm Davidson          Minor Johnston          Henry Walters
John Dease           Wm Kates                James B Wardeen
Walter Denny         Joshua Ketes            John Wardeen
Sterling Dupree      Perry King              JAMES WARE
Isaac Ellison        E Lewis                 George Williams
James Eubanks        Abm Lott                Edards Williamson

Page 178
Second Report on Land Claims, 1817.  All claims of Spanish origin.  These
were recommended to be approved:

JAMES WARE, 1804, Pascagoula River, Section 12, T7S, R7W and S3,T7S,R6W.

Page 181
Letter from JAMES WARE to the Spanish Governor at Pensacola concerning
his claim on WARE'S Bluff.  [Orders had been issued in 1804 by the
Spanish Governor at Pensacola, Vincent Folch, that required all
inhabitants to among other things, take an oath of allegiance to the King
of Spain and to the Catholic Church.]
(Note from jc: This letter is also re-recorded in Jackson County MS Deed
Book 38-126.  The patent issued by US is on 38-129)

      To his Excellency _______________ Vincent Folk, Esq.
      Governor of the province of West Florida.
      The Memorial and Petition of JAMES WARE inhabitant of Pascagoulas
respectfully sheweth
   That your memorialist, a native of Ireland, presented himself to Don
Joachin de Orsono commandt at Mobile about eighteen months ago offered to
take the oath of allegiance to his Majesty, in order to cultivate some of
the waste land of Pascagoulas, bringing with him certificates of his
inoffensive & orderly character; in consequence of which certificates the
Commandt was so good as to permit him to settle on a track of vacant
land, with orders, as soon as convenient, to repair to the governor of
Louisiana to take the necessary oaths; which order your said memorialist
has ever since had an intention, & wish, to comply with as early as
possible; the said WARE has on his hand the charge of a weakly wife &
seven children, the biggest of which is a girl under age to contribute to
her own support, & the rest infants or a little better; he has not hither
to been able, thro poverty, to absent himself from the support of this
numerous & helpless family, to present himself to the Governor as he
could wish & was his duty to do; he relied also on humanity & indulgence
of the governor considering the nature of his situation.
   But as the syndic of this place is constantly reminding your
memorialist of the necessity of presenting himself to your Excellency to
take the necessary oath, the said memorialist thus lays the situation of
his family before you praying leave to be indulged till autumn when his
crops will be finished.  Or if it is consistent that the said oath be
administered to him at some post nearer than that of Pensacola that he
may be permitted to repair there in consideration of the injury to result
to his helpless family by a long absence as would happen in the voyage to
   The said WARE begs leave to state that before settling on this spot of
land he now occupys call the "grande Ecore" he applied to the Syndic to
know if it was vacant, who told him to the best of his knowledge & belief
it was vacant, tho formally occupied, as he understood, by Jean Bete
Boderou, to whom the said syndic referred your memorialist; who answered
he believed the place to be abandoned & that he had no claim against it,
tho his mother had once settled thereon.  Whereupon the said WARE has
cleared & improved the place with houses, & fencing at vast labor and
cost, considering his circumstances.
   Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that he may be confirmed in the
property of the said grande Ecore, he paying and performing whatever
might be required of other of his Majestys subjects, & that he may not be
ejected without notice from your Excellency, as he has been informed that
one Fisher of Mobille threatens to eject him, the wife of said Fisher
claiming under a descent from the mother of Jean B. Boderou who had not
only abandoned this place but occupied others & left extensive landed
possessions to her descendants of which Fisher has part.
   The Petitioner further begs to be informed if it will be necessary for
him to repair immediately to Pensacola or if he may be indulged for a
time more convenient for the supporting of his family & for him to take
the oaths of allegiance.

                                   s/ JAMES WARE
                                      Inhabitant of Pascagoulas
12th June, 1804
translation of Governor Folch's letter which was written in Spanish:

Pensacola, July, 1804.

   It is permitted to the petitioner that he live in the residence and
that he occupy it until the one who believes himself the owner proves
decidedly that he is and two months are given him after the date on which
the decree is issued in order that he may go on foot -(illegible)

                                     s/ Folch

Evidently WARE did not have to give up the place on which he was living,
since his claim is listed some thirteen years later as one that should be
confirmed.  Then in 1848 the United States finally issued a patent for
two sections of land, 1280 acres, under the signature of James K. Polk.

(The above letter and the land patent are on record in the Jackson County


Page 14
Board of Supervisors - 1874, JOHNSON WARE; 1878, JOHNSON WARE; 1888,
                       JOHNSON WARE;

Page 16
Justices of the Quorum Court - 1812, JAMES WARE.

Page 18
Justices of the Peace - 1896, JOHNSON WARE; 1912, SAM WARE; 1916, SAM
                        1920, SAM WARE; 1924, SAM WARE; 1928, SAM WARE;

Page 99 - The Georgia Passports
1801.  JAMES WARE, wife and family to Tombigbee.

(note from jec:  The actual wording is shown below:

Saturday, 31 Oct 1801.
Ordered:  That passports through the Creek Nation to the settlements on
the Tom or Don Bigby River be prepared for JAMES WARE and John Deane with
their families.  Which were presented and signed. )

1811.  NATHANIEL WARE, Abbeville Dist. SC

Page 100
JAMES WARE, of the Rowan County NC Militia, is buried in an unmarked
grave on his home place at Martin's Bluff, to which it took him forty
years to get clear title.

Page 122
Data from census of 1850 and 1860.

WARE, JAMES, Sr.             1806 m Miss
  Mary Ann /Fletcher/        1821 f Miss
  Benjamin                   1837 m Miss
  James                      1840 m Miss
  Thomas H.                  1845 m Miss
  Henry                      1849 m Miss

WARE, JAMES, Jr.             1827 m Miss
  Susan /Fletcher/           1827 f Miss
  Nicholas N.                1849 m Miss
  Lard                       1829 m Miss
  Samuel                     1830 m Miss
  Johnson                    1833 m Miss
  Silas                      1835 m Miss
  Sarah                      1838 f Miss
  Allen D                    1840 m Miss
  D K                        1851 m Miss

Page 245 - WARE Family Outline
1. JAMES WARE, a Revolutionary Soldier, was given in the Georgia
Passports as coming to the Tombigbee in 1801; was living on the
Pascagoula in 1804; in a petition to Spanish governor he stated that he
had a wife and seven children; also that he was a native of Ireland; he
was a justice of Quorum Court in 1812 and voted in the election of 1813
in Jackson County.
  2. JAMES WARE, II, b 1806; m. two Holden sisters and after their deaths
     married Mary Ann Fletcher, b 2-28-1821; dau. of Henry and Elizabeth
     3. MIDDY EMMELINE Fletcher, b 10-22-1839; d 2-12-1905; m Rev. John
        Thomas Morgan Gregory, M. D., b 2-24-1827 d 1-6-1879; chaplain in
        the Confederate Army; both buried Smithville, Miss.
     3. CAROLINE WARE, m __________ Abernathy; lived around Tuscaloosa,
  2. SAMUEL WARE -- named by Miss Lizzie Ware as her grandfather
     3. JAMES WARE, III, b 1827; m Susan Fletcher, b 9-26-1822; d 1866;
        dau of Henry and Elizabeth Goff Fletcher.
        4. AMA WARE, 1855-1926; m James William DePriest, 1846-1926
        4. SELEMA WARE, b 1862; m William (Bill) Parker.
        4. DORMAN WARE, m Julia Forehand
     3. SAMUEL WARE, II died in Civil War.
     3. LAIRD WARE, died in Civil War.
     3. ALLEN WARE, died in Civil War.
     3. JOHNSON WARE, b 3-5-1833; d 11-6-1906; m Elizabeth Williams
        4. SAMUEL M. WARE
        4. KIT WARE, m Laura Belle Roberts, b 7-31-1876; d 3-1-1949.
        4. LIZZIE WARE, never married.
        4. SIPPIE WARE, m Joe Riley
        4. ELLA WARE, never married.
        4. JOSEPH JOHNSON WARE, b 1876; d 4-27-1954; m Carrie Roberts
  2. Five other children of JAMES WARE I, in 1804 but names unknown.
     [See note below]

Sources of information: Letter of JAMES WARE 1, in 1804; Mrs AMA WARE
DEPRIEST on her uncles in Civil War; Mrs Vida DePriest Solomon; Mrs. J.
C. Evans of Grenada.
NOTE from jec: Further research has determined that three of JAMES WARE
children were probably: LARD (Laird) WARE; WILLIAM WARE; JOSEPH WARE; See
Hinds co. MS, Newton co. MS,

The following article was found in "Jackson County Genealogical Society"
V4 - #4, P O Box 984; Pascagoula, MS.  (Dallas Public Library).

The Pascagoula Democrat-Star
July 13, 1888
Page 3, Column 3
                 Early Days in Jackson County Mississippi

Editor Democrat Star:

   If you can find room in your pages, I will give you a brief history of
my first trip to Jackson County, in 1813.  I was then a boy of about
eight years of age; had been to school two years and a half, and was a
fair average boy of my age.  My father was told by an old Indian that
this was a very fine country, and he decided to come down.  He built a
large boat with two large cypress trees.  The boat being ready we left
our home, which was in Wayne County, near where the town of Waynesboro is
now located.  Our crew consisted of the old Negro Jack, the old Indian
(who called himself Pushmataha) and myself.  That was a trying time, and
the neighbors were on the bank of the river to see us depart.  After a
hearty shaking of hands the boat was shoved off.  Just as we started Old
Jack broke out with his favorite tune -

             "Up Roanoke and down the river,
              Two overseers and one pore nigger."

which seemed to revive my spirits, and we got on all right.

    We were now coming right through a wild, wilderness country.  We had
plenty of sport all the way down.  We would see old bears coming down
trees, or with their cubs on sand bars shuffling off for dear life;
droves of deer scampering away, and turkeys by the thousand.  Old "Push"
with his old gun would knock one over just whenever he wanted to.  Here
let me say more about that Indian.  He said he was born on Choctaw Point.
That is about where old Mr. Wm Griffin lives.  He was then between 45 and
60 years of age.  He was a Choctaw and claimed to be a relative of
Pushmataha, who was the Chief of the Choctaws in the War of 1812, and who
gave 300 of his warriors to General Jackson, and they were with him at
the battles of of the Cowpens and Tallapoosa, which wound up the Indian

   We were soon in the Pascagoula River.  The first man we met on the way
was McManus.  We found him quite a gentleman, and he told us all about
the convention and all their trouble.  The next was Thomas Bilbo.  Thomas
Bilbo was a man of note in the county, and was in the Legislature when
the lines of Jackson County were established.  He was a surveyor, and run
out all those Spanish grants.  He was also a boat builder, and supplied
the old settlers with boats, and the Bilbo model is still kept up.  Isaac
Ryan, his brother-in-law, lived just below him on the river, and they
were the rich men of the county at that time.  They were among the first
settlers on the river.  When we came by they were all camping in the cane
brake to keep out of the way of the Indians.  Old Aunt Nancy Davis would
have the men in arms at every shriek of the night owl.  She would not let
the children cry, though there was not an Indian this side of the Bigby

   John Cramer lived at Rice's Bluff.  He had a number of boys, one of
whom had just been killed by Mr. Lewis, the grandfather of our present
sheriff.  It was said to have been done in self-defense.  The next on the
route was Wm. Cates, then JAMES WARE, at Martin's Bluff, and then Pierre
Ladiner, lower down.  Those who lived above the line of demarkation (sic)
were in the Territory, and those below were under Spanish authority and
law.  Dupre lived just below McManus, and was all the time in a row with
those below him.  He wanted to smuggle, but they would push him so close
he could not do it.  They met one day out back of Plum Bluff and had a
fight, in which one of the three Davises was killed, the uncle of Judge

   Coming on down we found Mr. Budreaux, his brother-in-law, Mr. Bang,
and Mr. Lewis, a daring young lawyer from Kentucky.  They were on the
West side, Bapt. Delmas, the Krebses, the Rabys, the Elys, the Cumbests
and the Duponts were all on the east side of the river.  They all lived
in small houses built with mud and sticks, and nicely plastered with
lime.  Their chief occupation was burning lime for the New Orleans
market.  Some made tar for the same market.  They had three small
schooners to carry their products to market.  Capt. Delmas seemed to be
the leading man among them.

   Thus we found the early settlement of Jackson County seventy-five
years ago.

                                                     Old Settler
                                      Wonder who this is?  (Editor)


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