MARY L. WARE (1798 - 1849)
Mary L. Ware, born in Boston, Massachusetts, spent her adolescence and early adult life alternating between time at school and time caring for dying parents and grandparents. In June, 1827, she married the Rev. Henry Ware, Jr., and, after he took ill, nursed him as well, while also caring for their children and his children from a previous marriage. After he recovered he accepted a professorship of divinity at Cambridge University, but had to resign in 1842 because of failing health. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Ware returned to the United States, and settled in Milton, Massachusetts, where she tutored three children along with her own.
A short memoir of Mrs. Ware was included in volume one of the monthly publication The Home seven years after her death. It gives an excerpt from her journal just before the death of her husband, exemplifying how strong a mother she was for her children and stepchildren: