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Dr Lyman Ware
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1841
Putnam County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1916
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Dr. Lyman Ware, M. D., was born November 11, 1841, and is a son of Ralph and Lucinda (Clark) Ware, both parents being natives of Massachusetts, where the Ware family located in the 17th century. On the mother's side the Clarks came to the Colonies in 1621 on the second voyage of the Mayflower and located at what is now Conway, and there members of the family have ever since resided. Ralph, father of Lyman, was born in Conway in 1804 and became a manufacturer of shell combs, continuing until 1833, when he came to Illinois and settled at Granville, Putnam county. There he engaged in farming and stock raising and often drove his cattle, hogs and sheep to the Chicago market. He was active in politics, was a Whig and was well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln whom he often entertained in his home. He was a Presbyterian and the main supporter of the church in his home village. His death occurred in 1863. His children were: Edward (deceased), Caroline, Lucinda (deceased), Lyman, Elisha (deceased 1909), Lincoln (deceased) and Henry.

Dr. Lyman Ware was educated in the Public Schools of Granville and later attended the University of Michigan. In his second year at that institution he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and owing to his knowledge of drugs and medicine was taken from the ranks and made hospital steward, being located most of the time at Paducah, Ky. Upon being mustered out in 1865, he entered the Chicago Medical college, now medical department of Northwestern University, and after taking his degree of M. D. entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating therefrom in 1868. He returned at once to Chicago and engaged in the general practice of medicine, becoming connected with several hospitals and dispensaries. After spending 1874 and 1875 in post graduate work at Vienna and Paris, he again returned to Chicago and then limited his practice to diseases of the eye and ear at 125 State street. He was thus located until 1893 when he removed his office to the corner of Wabash avenue and Washington street, Marshall Field building, and here he has since remained. For twenty-five years he was surgeon at the Illinois Eye and Ear hospital and for several years was connected with the Cook county hospital. He is a Republican and a Presbyterian ; of the latter oragnization[sic] he has been an elder for many years. His life has been active, useful and replete with stirring and important professional scenes. He has translated, by special permission, Von Arlts' clinical lectures on diseases of the eye. He is the owner of considerable business and flat property in this city. On June 7, 1877, Dr. Ware was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth A. Law, daughter of Robert Law of this city, and to them have been born the following children : Hildegard, born November 20, 1892 ; Edith, born March 18, 1894 ; and Elizabeth, born February 20, 1897. The family resides at 4424 Drexel boulevard.

Source: History of Cook County, Illinois--: Being a General Survey of Cook County History, Including a Condensed History of Chicago and Special Account of Districts Outside the City Limits; from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 2, Goodspeed Historical Association, 1909, edited by Weston Arthur Goodspeed, Daniel David Healy, p. 717, transcribed by HJ


American Civil War Veteran

132nd Illinois Infanty
Non-Commissioned Staff

Name: WARE, Lyman
Rank: Hosp. Steward
Residence: Chicago
Date of Rank or Enlistment: May 14, 1864
Date of Muster: Jun 1, 1864
Remarks: Mustered out Oct 17, 1864

Source: The Illinois USGenWeb Project, transcribed by Bob Graves


Dr. Lyman Ware (1841-1916) was graduated from the Chicago Medical College in 1866 and from Pennsylvania in 1868, beginning his medical education after the Civil War in which he saw service. He was on the Eye and Ear Infirmary staff from 1871 to 1889, and was also a staff member of the Presbyterian Hospital and the Chicago Orphan Asylum. He translated Arlt's "Clinical Diseases of the Eye." According to one Chicago pioneer optician, Dr. Ware was fond of prescribing a +0.25 sphere, which was changed to a 0.25 sphere if it did not help the patient.

Illinois State Medical Society. History of medical practice in Illinois, Volume 2, page 33


Date of Burial: June 4, 1916 
Family links: 
  Ralph Ware (1804 - 1863)
  Lucinda Allen Clark Ware (1808 - 1897)
  Elizabeth A. Law Ware (1854 - 1933)*
  Elizabeth Ware Walker (1897 - 1985)*
  Caroline C. Ware Leavitt (1836 - 1917)*
  Lucinda Allen Ware Sherwood (1839 - 1906)*
  Lyman Ware (1841 - 1916)
  Ann Louisa Ware (1843 - 1845)*
  Lincoln Clark Ware (1849 - 1883)*
  Henry Martin Ware (1854 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Graceland Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section N, Lot 144
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Originally Created by: Athanatos
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
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Dr Lyman Ware
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