Patriot Rowland Burton Ware

Male 1760 - 1864  (104 years)

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  • Name Rowland Burton Ware 
    Title Patriot 
    Born 1 Jan 1760  Brunswick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Burial South Liberty Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military Revolutionary War Patriot  [2
    Died 15 Jun 1864  Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Y  [1, 2
    Person ID I19667  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2013 

    Father Peter Ware,   b. Abt 1720 
    Mother Susannah Randle,   b. (CIRCA 1720) 
    Family ID F10075  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Temperance White,   b. 0___ 1771, (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1844, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
     1. Sarah Jane "Sallie" Ware,   b. 15 Dec 1787, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1856, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Susannah "Susan" Ware,   b. 15 Dec 1787, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1871, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Allen Ware,   b. 15 Mar 1800, (McMinn County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1881, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Wiley Ware,   b. 0___ 1805, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1880  (Age ~ 75 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F6871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jan 1760 - Brunswick County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - South Liberty Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn Co., TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 1864 - Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Patriot Rowland Burton Ware (1760-1864)
    Patriot Rowland Burton Ware (1760-1864)

    Headstone located at the South Liberty Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn Co., TN

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  • Notes 
    • Roland Burton Ware had the following children:

      Allen ~ Ruth Dodson
      Wiley ~ 1. Mary Clark 2. Lettie Argo
      Isom ~ Martha Norton
      Joseph T. ~ unknown
      Hampton Price ~ unknown
      Twin daughters
      Sarah ~ Ezekial McGregor
      Susan ~ Willis McGregor

      He probably migrated to Northampton Co., N. C. by 1774 with Peter Ware. In 1778 he entered the service and fought in the Revolutionary War.

      His Revolutionary War Service Record is: S3434/BLWT77006-160-55. "While a resident of Montgomery Co., NC, he enlisted in 1778 and served at various times until the close of the Revolution, amounting to about 12 months in all, as private with the North Carolina Troops under Capt. Ramles, and Buckner Kimbrell, Colonels Harris and Childs; he was in skirmishes with the British and the Tories on the east side of the Peedee River. He was allowed pension on his application executed July 1,1844, at which time he was a resident of Warren County, Tennessee.

      Roland appears in the 1820 census for Warren County, Tennessee. In 1857 he was living in McMinn County, Tennessee. His son, Allen Ware, stated in an application for restoration of pension in order to receive Roland's back pay in 1882 that he died June 15, 1864. Roland's gravestone indicates that he died in the Spring of 1864 at age 103. However, that would have him as being born in 1761. The Nashville Dispatch reportedly listed his death date as March 22, 1863. This would make his age 103 years, 2 months and 21 days if he was born in 1760. Since March is considered to be Spring and June 21st the beginning of Summer, I would surmise that the March 22nd date is more accurate.

      In July 1844,Roland attested to his age on his pension application sworn in Warren County as about 84 years old, so apparently even he wasn't absolutely sure what year he was born. If he was indeed born in 1760, he would have been 84 years old in July 1844. In McMinn County on or about December 15, 1857 he swears to his age as either 97 or 98 years. He would have been 98 on January 1st of the next month so he consistently believed that he was born in 1760. Since January 1st is New Years Day and he would have celebrated his birthday on this date, I believe it to be an accurate birth record. However, Allen Ware's testimony in 1882 as to his death on June 15, 1864 and the article in the Nashville Dispatch as it being on March 22, 1863, kinda makes his death date rather uncertain. (The original handwritten document actually looks like Allen said that he died on June 5, 1864.) Keep in mind that Allen's testimony was eighteen years later and that he was 82 at the time. The only documentation of deaths at that time was family documentation and if there wasn't a bible entry, then the date was passed down through oral history and that tends to get rather distorted from one person to the other. So lets suffice to say that he was either born in 1760 or 1761 and that he either died in March of 1863 or June of 1864.

      From a letter signed by Winfield Scott dated March 10, 1926 military: He served 12 months as a guard to guard the legislator of North Carolina "to keep off the Tories and British." He said he entered active service in Northhampton, N.C. being drafted for 3 months, then marched on to Halifax in NC (not VA) and from there volunteered in the horse company of Calvary, then called the light horse company. He then was in Montgomery Co., N.C. and went to Drowning Creek. Residence: His pension papers indicate he lived in Warren Co., TN before McMinn Co. and there are Warren Co. records accompanying. [2, 3]
    • 28 Jan 2009:

      Re: Allen Ware and Ruth Dodson

      Posted By: B. Whitlock (
      Date: Friday, 23 January 2009, at 10:59 p.m.

      In Response To: Allen Ware and Ruth Dodson (Cleo Holden)

      I don't know the details of your desired DAR memebership, etc., but Roland/Roland Ware was a pensioned Revolutionary War veteran. In his file it states that Allen Ware was the son of Rowland, and that Allen lived in McMinn Co TN at Riceville about 7 miles from Athens.
    • During the American Revolution, there were three kinds of citizens in the colonies....Patriots who supported the Independence movement...Tories, or Loyalists to the King of England who saw the Patriots as traitors....and those who could care less either way. Roland WARE, the fifth great grandfather of Anthony Martini, on his mother's side, was an American Patriot.

      Born in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1760, Roland WARE was a teenager when the action started in 1775, and by that time he had moved across the colonial line to Northampton County, North Carolina. At age 19, Roland enlisted for three months as part of the militia used to augment the Continental Army, and began the first of two tours he would serve fighting the British troops and Tory Loyalists. The North Carolina militia soldiers were local citizens who were called out on an "as needed" basis, and these "Minutemen" were to defend the homeland when the Regular Army wasn't available. Under Major James Crump, Captain Buckner Kimbrell, and Lt. Harris, Roland WARE was a horse soldier, part of the Light Horse Cavalry that could travel quickly to any "hot spot" that developed.

      In late July and early August, 1780, Capt. Kimbrell's Company of Cavalry traveled south from North Carolina to join General Griffith Rutherford on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina. From there, Roland WARE rode toward Camden, South Carolina and American Gen. Horatio Gates, where one of the most important battles of the American Revolution was about to take place. Roland's Cavalry company was ordered to stay at Cheraw Hill on the Pee Dee River in northeastern South Carolina to hold captured prisoners and wagons of ammunition, which they did by taking them across the river to a Mill. There they remained for several days, until August 16, 1780, when an express rider came from Camden and told them that General Gates had been soundly defeated and was in retreat, suffering about 2,000 casualties. Capt. Kimbrell ordered Roland and the others to stash some of the ammunition in the river, and hide the rest in an old house. Once done, the Cavalry crossed to the north side of the Pee Dee River, taking the prisoners along, and traveled north up the river to Haley's Ferry, Anson County, North Carolina.

      After several days of receiving no orders, Capt. Kimbrell dismissed the militia unit, and Roland WARE and the others disbanded for a few days. Most went home, but not for long. A few days later, the Cavalry Company was reformed under Captain Harris, where until November, 1780, they protected the beef cattle used to feed the Continental Army in North Carolina.

      Throughout the winter of 1780, the Tory Loyalists continued to harass, murder, and even torture Patriot homes in North Carolina. In at least one instance, Tory raiders used a burning wagon to set fire to a Patriot home with women and children inside. In the Fall of 1781, Roland WARE found himself back in the Cavalry under Major James Crump, this time assigned to protect the North Carolina Legislature from Loyalist actions. Though minor skirmishes kept Roland busy constantly, there were really no major battles between the Tory raiders and the militia....that is, until September 13, 1781. The day before, Tory soldiers under Colonel David Fanning had made a surprise raid on the State Capital in Hillsborough and captured the Governor of North Carolina and thirteen of his Council. Col. Fanning was enroute with his prisoner, Governor Burke, to Wilmington, where the British Army awaited their new captive.

      The Patriot militia, with Major Crump leading Roland WARE's company, planned to cut off the Tory force before they could reach the British Army, and chose their ambush near Thomas Lindley's gristmill on Cane Creek in Alamance County. The Patriot's knew the Tory soldiers would probably use this well-known fording place, and positioned themselves on a hill nearby.

      When the 300 militia men opened fire on the 600 Loyalist troops, it was a complete surprise to the Tories. Almost immediately, one of the Tory commanders was killed in their first charge up the hill. But, Fanning regrouped his forces and at the end of the battle, with over 100 casualties on each side, the Patriot militia was forced to withdraw. The Loyalists continued on with all of their prisoners to Wilmington, but Roland WARE had been in another adventure that he could tell for many years.

      When Roland returned to Montgomery County at the war's end, he married Temperance WHITE, and they moved to Lincoln County, TN, then Warren County, TN, and finally settled near Athens, McMinn Co., Tennessee. Roland WARE drew his pension and lived until June, 1864, when he died at the age of 103.

      He is buried in the South Liberty Cemetery south of Athens. A good ending for a good American Patriot. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 8.

    2. [S47700]

    3. [S47693] Len Ware | 10 Feb 2013 | |

    4. [S51286] Tony Martini | 6 Sep 2013 |