James River, Amherst County

The James River is the boundary between Amherst and Bedford Counties, Virginia.  It is shown here from Route 605 between Wilderness and Laurence Creeks in Amherst, where John and Margaret Newman Eubank
settled with  infant Lucy and her three-year-old brother Thomas Newman Eubank.

Lucy Eubank  1779 - after 1840
wife of John Ware
son of Commissioner William Ware and Patsy Martin (Ware)

by Iris Teta Eubank Wagner
great-grandniece of Lucy

Lucy Eubank was the first daughter born to John and Margaret Newman Eubank of Caroline County, Virginia  Using census and other data, Lucy likely had a spring or summer 1779 birth date. 

Margaret may have named her first born daughter for Lucy Baylor(Armistead), daughter of Col. John Baylor and his wife Frances Walker Baylor.  Margaret's father, Thomas Newman, was steward at the New Market plantation.    Of about the same age, Margaret and   Lucy Baylor (Armistead) grew up together, and likely shared the same cultural values and experiences. 

                                  Orange County, Virginia 
The Newman family was associated with Col.  Baylor's New Market Plantation, and his plantations in Orange and Spotsylvania Counties, Virginia.

James, Alexander, and Elias Newman, all were associated with the Orange County plantation.   Elias' son, Thomas Newman,  was steward of the Baylor estate  at New Market in Caroline County, and, as such, Thomas and his wife, Elizabeth Vauter, lived on the estate in close proximity to the Baylor home.  

As many Caroline vital records were destroyed during the Civil War in Richmond, where they had been moved for 'safe keeping,' no verification of Margaret's birth year has been found.  Lucy Baylor married John Armistead in 1764, and for several years they were near neighbors of  John and Margaret Newman Eubank, who were living about four miles south of Bowling Green in Caroline County along Pendleton Hill Road, the road opposite my home house, as John Baylor wrote in his will.

Margaret's and John's  first child, Thomas Newman Eubank, was born on August 15, 1777.  John and Margaret were married c1775.

(below) Caroline County Religious Petition signed by John and George Eubank and Col. Baylor's family on October 15, 1779

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(above)  Religious Petition of  1779, Caroline County, Virginia, showing in the middle column, third name from the top,
John Eubank.  Nine names down the list is George Eubank. (This is either John's brother George, born 1746, or the George Eubank of the earlier King & Queen Edwin Fleet probate document, who had perhaps moved up to Caroline County with John Baylor in 1726.) The next names are the family and widow of Col. John Baylor, Sr., who died in 1772 - his son John Baylor, Jr., George Baylor, Mrs. F. [Frances] Baylor, her daughters, Frances Baylor and Courtney Baylor. 

These parishioners signing were in favor of dividing Drysdale Parish into two parishes. 

The Eubank family's move from Caroline County in 1780 to Amherst County, Virginia

Some months after selling their land in Caroline County in February, 1780, John and Margaret Eubank began their move to Amherst County.  John's brother George, with wife Delilah and young children, made the move with John and Margaret.  From the evidence available, this would be the farthest inland any one in this Caroline County Eubank family had moved.

At their homes in Caroline County, John, Margaret, George, and Delilah loaded the great wagons with things of their lives, and memories and the echoes of old Tidewater.  Their father John Eubank, a Caroline Constable, had died in 1778.

For sure, John and George were members of and supported the traditional Church of England.  The tumultuous years of political and religious dissent in Caroline, leading up to the revolt of the colonists, had been difficult years to bear.  Now, in 1780  in this fourth  year  of war, John and George  Eubank had good reason to move to an area of traditional majority, both religious and political  -  this environment would be less obstructive to their lives.  They, and families like them, would have been looking forward to settling in a community of like supporters of the traditional church, which Amherst County certainly was at that time of dissension within the old Tidewater counties.   This Eubank family and friends crossed the Valley of Virginia to settle in Amherst County at the foot of the great Blue Ridge.  

Col. William Cabell in 1731 had been granted by the State of Virginia large tracts of land. 

1731 Grant to William Cabell

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Cabell sold parcels of land to friends and those colonists with traditional ties to the Church of England. Though John Eubank certainly supported the Church of England, he was a Patriot and joined the Patriots' Militia in Amherst County in 1781 (DAR #

Lucy would have had little memory of the journey; three-year-old Thomas might have had his earliest memories on the trip. The family and friends arrived in Amherst probably in the summer of 1780. 

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                1864 Amherst County
Map above was drawn in 1864 during the Civil War.  The roads follow much the same routes that would have been in place at the time the Eubank family settled and lived in Amherst County in the late 1700's and through the mid-1800's. 

Accustomed to more settled and traditional home turf, in contrast, John and Margaret called their first home in Amherst County The Wilderness, which it must have been.  The farm lay between Laurence and Wilderness Creeks on the north side of the James River at the foot of the Great Blue Ridge, or referred to at that time as the Allegheny Mountains.  At that time land beyond the Alleghenys was wilderness, with few settlers.

In 1784 and 1785, John Eubank bought two tracts a few miles north of the James River in Amherst on the north side of Tobacco Row Mountain along Horsley's and Maple Creeks, adjacent to Ambrose Eubank's tract, who was most certainly a brother to John and George. 

The study of census entries, land owners, and  neighborhood names locate John Eubank's farm in the area of Ware's Gap and near the head of Puppies Creek, as shown on the map above.  Lucy was about eleven years old when the family moved up to this farm.  A neighboring farm was owned by William Ware, one of Amherst County's Commissioners.

Marriage in Amherst 
Lucy Eubank and John Ware were married in Amherst County on September 12, 1796 at St. Mark's Church in New Glasgow.  

Amherst County Marriage Records : 12 Sept 1796   John Ware of Lexington Parish and Lucy Eubank of Amherst Parish.  
Witness - R. Crawford.   Bond :  John Ware and John Eubank.

Land for the church at New Glasgow was donated by David Shepherd Garland to be consecrated as an Episcopal Church. For some time, the church was shared in worship by other denominations.

Family of John Ware, Lucy's husband
The 1810 Amherst census enters a Reubin Crawford - twenty-six to forty-four years of age, with no other members in the household - twenty residences away from William Ware and Nelson Crawford.   The witness for the marriage of John and Lucy is given in the source (above) as R. Crawford, who is very likely a young friend of John Ware and Lucy.  He is likely of the Crawford family who settled the area called Crawford Gap, just south of Ware Gap.  Families Eubank, Ware, and Crawford were living in that area (see map above) during the 1790's.

In years to come . . .
In years to come, when Lucy was grown, married, and with several children, she and husband John Ware, in the early 1800's, would repeat a similar and difficult journey west, from Virginia into Kentucky - Clark County.  More than fifty years after that move, Lucy and John's son Elias Newman Ware would leave with his family, and the widow and several children of their eldest son, Presley Garrett Ware, to cross the Great Plains on the Oregon Trail in 1852.  Presley's family settled in Oregon.  I am grateful to Karen Holst for her knowledge of the descending families of Presley.  The family of Elias Newman Ware settled in northern California.

Elias Newman Ware's descendant, Paul Ware, lives near the area in California where his ancestor settled in 1852.   After discovering Paul's family chart on rootsweb, I knew his family was directly connected to my ancestral family.  Lucy Eubank was a sister to my second great grandfather, Richard Newman Eubank, Sr.  

Lucy's husband John Ware was a first cousin to Capt. James Ware, who was a son of John Ware of Amherst.  The father of Lucy's husband John Ware was Amherst Commissioner William Ware of Amherst.

Capt. James Ware's daughter Mary Camden Ware was the wife of Richard Newman Eubank, Sr.

Paul and I began to correspond, and he shared details of his ancestral family which have been significant in proving the names of Lucy and John's children.

Presley Garrett Ware 
Lucy and John's eldest son Presley Garrett Ware died in 1834 in Kentucky.  His widow America and several of their children would start their trek across the Great Plains on the Oregon Trail in 1852.  America and her son John T. Ware would die during the crossing.  Elias and Presley's families would settle in California and Oregon.  Many of their descendants live there today.