Archives of Maryland
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Francis Ware
MSA SC 3520-1324

Born: probably in Charles County, of age by 1754; eldest son. 
Native: at least second generation. 
Resided: in Charles County.

Family Background 
Father: Francis Ware (?-1754) of Charles County.
Brothers: Jacob; Edward. 
Sisters: Susanna, who married (first name unknown) Luckett; Sarah; and Elizabeth. 
Married: by 1764 Ann.

Private Career 
Education: literate. 
Religious Affiliation: Protestant. 
Social Status and Activities: Gent., 1764; Esq., 1776.
Occupational Profile: planter.

Public Career
Legislative Service: Lower House, Charles County, 1765-1766 (elected to the 1st session to fill vacancy; Arms and Ammunition 2, 4), 1768-1770 (Grievances 1-3; Arms and Ammunition 1-3), 1771 (discharged on October 14, 1771, for "treating" at the polls; reelected and qualified on November 18, 1771), 1773-1774 (Arms and Ammunition 2, 3); Conventions, Charles County, 1st, 1774, 2nd, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775 (elected, but did not attend), 6th-8th, 1775-1776 (did not attend the 7th and 8th Conventions); Lower House, Charles County, 1783 (Grievances), 1784 (Grievances).
Local Offices: county lieutenant, Charles County, 1777-at least 1782; sheriff, Charles County, 1785-1788.
Military Service: captain, Charles County Militia, by 1776; lt. colonel, Smallwood's Maryland Regiment, commissioned January 1776; colonel, 1st Maryland Regiment, commissioned December 1776, resigned February 1777.
Additional Comment: Lt. Col. Ware accompanied Colonel Smallwood to the court martial of Lt. Col. Zedwitz, accused of treasonous correspondence with the British. Due to the trial Smallwood and Ware arrived late Long Island on the 27th of August, finding their regiment already engaged with British and Hessian forces.

Wealth During Lifetime 
Personal Property inherited 3 slaves and 1 servant, 1754; mortgaged 14 slaves, 1789; 18 slaves, 1790.
Additional Comment: Ware's tenure as sheriff of Charles County left him in severe financial straits. 
Land at First Election: ca. 500 acres in Charles County (all inherited from his father).
Significant Changes in Land between First Election and Death:sold most, if not all, of his land between 1772 and 1798. Some acreage was sold to pay debts incurred as sheriff of Charles County.

Wealth at Death
 after 1798. Size of estate unknown.

Source: Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., eds. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635- 1789. Vol II. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1985. p. 861; additional reseach by Daniel Blattau 

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