Ira Charles Waste was born on January
25, 1795, at Somerset, Windham County, Vermont. But he spent
much of his early childhood in Hague, New York, on the shores
of Lake George.
"Ira served through the War
of 1812-1814, and in the Mexican War," Thomas Waste said
of his father in 1899 in Iowa.
In 1812 he was 17 and fought in several
battles in upstate New York, including the decisive Battle of
Lake Champlain. He returned to his home nearby after the War.
At the age of 21, he married his
first wife, JANE M. HOGLE, on January 1, 1816. She was born in
New York State and died there on November 9, 1835. From 1822
to 1835 they lived in both Utica and Hague, N.Y. His wife's death
left him a widower with 4 young sons. He had to be both a father
and mother to them until he could find the right woman to be
his wife and to raise his boys.
Besides school work and farm chores,
his sons Ira Jr., aged 17, and Bezaleel, aged 13, had to help
him with the care and feeding of brother Francis, who was 8,
and baby John Jackson Waste, who was only 8 months old. Then,
into this broken home, came NANCY ANN DONAHUE.
He married his second wife on May
26, 1836, six month after his first wife died. And by 1840, they
were in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. They were living in Millville,
Grant County, Wisconsin in 1859, when he wrote a letter to his
24-year-old son John Jackson Waste and his wife living in Princeton,
California. This letter was dated September 20, 1859, when he
"Dear Children: It is with pleasure
that I take my pen in hand to let you know that we are all well
. . . We want to see you & and Margaret very much, but we
never can unless you come home & see us, for we are getting
to be old . . .If you can sell out there, come home to stay .
. . Our prayer to God is that we may have the happiness of seeing
you before we leave this world. We remain, your affectionate
father and mother until death."
Profound sorrow, as well as loneliness,
seeped from between the lines of Ira Charles' next letter to
his son in California. It was written in ink by a shaky hand
on July 3, 1860:
"Dear Children: It is with an
aching heart that I sit down to inform you of your step-mother's
death. She (Nancy) died the first day of May, last. And I was
taken sick the same night & for about 6 weeks the doctor
did not know how it would go with me. But thru the goodness of
God, I am able to write you once more & I hope these few
lines may find you enjoying good health & the blessing of
God . . . James says that he will come and live with you if you
will send him money to come with . . . I never expect to see
you here again. No more at present, only I remain, your affectionate
father till death. Ira C. Waste."
After his wife died, he traveled
and visited some of his 6 children. He died at the home of his
son Bezaleel in Hartsgrove, Ashtabula County, Ohio, on November
6, 1873. He was then 78 years old.
NANCY ANN DONAHUE was born in County
Sligo, Ireland, and she came to America in 1824 with a half-brother.
She died on May 1, 1860 in Millville, Wisconsin. She was a hard-working,
loveable, happy-hearted Irish lass. With loving kindness, she
raised Jane Hogle's sons and gave birth to 3 sons of her own.
And she taught them well. She proved to be a truly wonderful
Ira Charles and Jane Hogle
Waste had 5 children:
Ira Waste, Jr. (1818-18??), married,
had George, Irvin, Rosa.
Bezaleel Waste (1822-1892), wed Lucretia
Marble; had 6 children.
Francis Howard Waste (1827-1914), wed
Sarah Belle Hiar; 6 ch.
JOHN JACKSON WASTE (1835-1882) - (Our
Ira Charles and Nancy Ann Donahue
Waste had 3 children:
James Waste (1839-1903), wed Clarissa
Hobart, ch. Kate, Charles.
Thomas Waste (1842-1924), wed Roxanna
Mary Yates, 4 children.
Mason Waste (1843-1843)
Utica, Oneida County, New York (pop.
101,600) lies 238 miles northwest of New York City, near the
center of the State, at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains.
This milltown is located where the Mohawk River and the N.Y.
Barge Canal meet. It stands at 415 feet elevation. Among the
products it manufactures are heating equipment and textiles.
Incorporated as a hamlet in 1798, it was chartered in 1832. It
was named after the Biblical city in Africa.
Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio (pop.
58,000), "the steel center", lies 50 miles southeast
of Cleveland and 13 miles north of Youngstown, near Lake Erie
and the Pennsylvania border. Nearby are the small towns of Mayfield,
Willoughby and Hartsgrove where other Wastes lived. It has coal
and iron mines, linen mills, farming and dairies.
Warren manufactures lamps, steel
products, bottles, rubber, and lumber. The town, standing at
900 feet in elevation, was first settled in 1798 when Pennsylvania
pioneers built grist-mills and sawmills on the banks of the Mahoning
River. But it wasn't incorporated until 1834. It honors Moses
Warren, a local surveyor from Connecticut, and is the birthplace
of the famed automobile tycoon, John Packard.