NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The name of Howard is one of the most famous in the annals of English chivalry, has for a period of six hundred years been prominently identified with the nobility and was borne by several Dukes of Norfolk. Its ancient forms of spelling were Haward or Hereward. According to Burke's "Heraldic Register" the present form of spelling originated with William Howard, a learned and reverend judge in the reign of King Edward I. Sir Robert Howard, knight, a descendant of the judge, married Margaret, eldest daughter of Thomas de Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, and great-granddaughter and heirss of Thomas Plantagenet, surnamed De Brotherton, eldest son of King Edward I, by the latter's second wife Margaret, a daughter of Phlip the Hardy of France. John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, the "Jockey of Norfolk" mentioned by Shakespeare, fell in the battle of Bosworth Field (1485) while defending to the last extremity the lost cause of his sovereign, Richard III. His son, Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey and afterwards Duke of Norfolk, distinguished himself at the battle of Flodden (1513), and the latter's eldest son, Henry (1516-46), also Earl of Surrey, was one of the most noted poets and polite writers of his age. Have these webpages helped you?
The name in the early New England records is subjected to several changes in its orthography, such as Hayward, Haward and Heywood. There were several immigrants bearing the name in New England before 1650.
Nathaniel and Robert Howard were among the early residents of Dorchester, and William Howard was in Salem as early as 1640. John and James Hayward (Howard) came from England in the ship "Planter," 1634 and 1635, and both hailign from Stepney Parish, London. James was in Charlestown in 1636, and was a proprietor of Woburn. The Howards in America, as well as in the mother country, are descendants of William, the jurist.
(I) John Howard came from England, and resided for a time in Duxbury, some authorities saying he lived in the family of Miles Standish. He was listed among those able to bear arms there in 1643, and was among the original proprietors and settlers of Bridgewater, locating in whiat is now West Bridgewater, in 1651. His descendants occupied the same plantation as late as 1840. He subscribed to the oath of fidelity in 1657, was ensign in 1664 and lieutenant in 1689, selectman in 1678, deputy the same year and 1683. He wrote his name Haward, and this form was kept by some of his descendants until after 1700, about which year he died. He was appointed to keep order in the church in 1670, and his descendants continued in similar service until after 1800.
He married Martha, daughter of Thomas Hayward.
John, James, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Sarah, Bethiah and Ephraim.
(II) Major Jonathan, third son of John and Martha (Hayward) Howard, was a resident of Bridgewater, and received a share of land in 1685. He inherited forty-five acres where he lived and also acquired other lots, and his estate was settled in 1739. He was active in church matters, and was appointed to keep order in the gallery in 1694.
He married (first) Jan. 8, 1689, Susanna, daughter of Rev. James Keith, who probably died in the same year. He married (second) about 1692, Sarah Dean.
Jonathan, Joshua, Susannah, Ebenezer, Seth, Abiel, Sarah, Henry and Keziah.
(III) Ebenezer, third son of Jonathan and Sarah (Dean) Howard, was born Jan. 10, 1700, in Bridgewater, and died in 1786, in the same town. He married, Dec. 31, 1730, Catharine, daughter of Israel and Katharine (Bird) Dean born Feb. 10, 1706-07, died 1802. Six of their children appear of record: Ebenezer (died young), Catherine, Silence, Sarah, Jonathan and Mehitable. There was probably a second Ebenezer.
(IV) Ebenezer (2) supposedly a son of Ebenezer (1) and Catharine (Dean) Howard, was born in 1734, and nothing appears to show his early life. He was a resident of Sturbridge, Mass. before 1780, and died there "of old age," June 1, 1816, "aged eighty-two." No record of his marriage appears, but family records show that the following was his son.
(V) Jotham, son of Ebenezer (2) Howard, was born about 1776, in Sturbridge, and settled about 1806 in Craftsbury, Vermont, where he was a pioneer. Colonel Ebenezer Crafts, of Sturbridge located at Craftsbury in 1791, and induced others from his home town to remove thither. Jotham Howard had just made a nice beginning in the preparation of a house when he was overtaken by death in 1813.
He married, in Sturbridge, Jan. 24, 1799, Sarah Coburn, whose birth does not appear on the records of that town, though the family was well represented there. They had children, probably all born at Sturbridge:
(VI) Grosvenor Tarbill, eldest child of Jotham and Sarah (Corburn) Howard, was born June 10, 1799, in Sturbridge, and was six years old when he went with his parents to Craftsbury. There he spent his youth and early manhood, receiving the limited education afforded by pioneer schools. He was only seven years old at the time of his father's death, and was early accustomed to labor for his own support. He acquired the trade of blacksmith, and early in life settled at Heuvelton, St. Lawrence county, New York, where he became a useful and respected citizen. He conducted a shop, and served many years as justice of the peace, and otherwise exerted an influence in the community.
He married Louisa White, born April 25, 1792, in Barre, Massachusetts, daughter of Ebenezer White, of Craftsbury, and died March 11, 1878, in Heuvelton. Her husband suvived her more than seven years and died May 15, 1885, a Heuvelton.
(VII) Nelson White, eldest child of Grosvenor T. and Louisa (White) Howard, was born April 10, 1823, in Craftsbury, and died in Ogdensburg, N.Y., March 23, 1903, near the close of his eightieth year. When a child he was taken to Heuvelton by his parents and he attended the local schools and Gouverneur Seminary. He recieved his medical training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Philadelphia, and engaged in practice at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for three or four years. Not likeing the profession, he abandoned practice and returned to New York and located in Ogdensburg in 1862. For ten years or more he was superintendent of the city schools, and for many years he acted as supply agent of the Northern Transportation Company. He filled clerical positions with the Skillings, Whitney & Barnes Lumber Company, and was with the George Hall Coal Company, and was active up to the day of his death. A Democrat political principle, he took an active interest in local affairs and served as assistant postmaster in his early years. Though not actively identified with any church, he was a diligent student of the Bible, and his conduct was guided by the highest moral principles. He was a much respected citizen, and died greatly regretted by the community.
He married, May 14, 1851, Adeline Childs, born Nov. 9, 1827, died May 3, 1902, daughter of Jonathan Childs of Troy, New York.
1. Grosvenor, born Jan. 11, 1853, now deceased; he was for many years traffic manager of the Canadian Pacific Car and Transfer Company; married May Greene.
2. Jonathan C., mentioned below.
3. Mary Louisa, died in childhood.
(VIII) Jonathan Childs, second son of Nelson W. and Adeline (Childs) Howard, was born Sept. 16, 1860, in Heuvelton, and was educated in the schools of Ogdensburg and Potsdam Normal School. In 1878 he was employed in the Importers and Traders Bank of New York City, and continued in this postion one year. He was then offered a position with the George Hall Coal Company, with which he has been identified since 1880. [this material was published in 1910]. His thorough business methods, his industry and capability, have carried him forward until he now serves as vice-president and treasurer of the corporation. He is also interested in several business enterprises, being a director of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank; treasurer of the St. Lawrence Marine Railway Company; vice-presient of Fitzgibbon Boiler Company; and teasurer of the George Hall Coal Company, limited, of Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Howard is a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church and acts politically with the Democratic party.
He married, Feb. 14, 1884, Charlotte Maria Strong, daughter of Edward K. Strong of Clinton, N.Y. (see Strong, VIII).
Nelson W., born Dec. 3, 1884.
Edward K., May 14, 1890.
Louisa, Nov. 26, 1902.
The eldest was graduated from Cornell University in 1907, and is now mechanial superintendent of the George Hall Coal Company. The second is employed by the Fitzgibbon Boiler Company.
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