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1820 (year of death) David Howe of Jones Co., Ga., (place of death)
Posted by: Lucius Wright (ID *****4236) Date: November 09, 2006 at 20:31:49
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Descendants of David Howe[1]

1. DAVID1 HOWE was born in Scotland and died before 18 November 1820 in Jones Co., Ga. He married ELIZABETH ______. She was born September 14, 1779 in Georgia and died 31 October 1857 in Monroe Co., Ga.

David Howe was born in Scotland according to the 1880 Census entry for his daughter, Eliza (Howe) Wilson.[2] The earliest certain appearance of David How(e) in the record is 11 June 1810 when David How bought half of lot 99, 14th District of Putnam Co., Ga., from Samuel Berry for $500.[3] He sold this land to James Brooks on 3 August 1811 for $632.[4] He purchased another tract in Putnam County on 2 June 1813 from David Thrash for $800, being half of lot 117 in the Third District, containing 101¼ acres.[5] This tract was sold to Christopher B. Strong for $600 on 8 November 1817, at which time David How was living in Jones Co., Ga.[6] Betsey Howe released her dower right to this tract on the same date.
Dan Langford found in the estate file of Robert Iverson a note which showed "1811, Nov. 18 to 2 schollars 1 quarter—$6.00; 1812, Sept. to 2 schollars 6 months—$21.00. Approved 1815 by David Howe, late Rector of Union Academy."[7]

This certainly suggests that David Howe was a teacher. Dan Langford has investigated the deeds of Putnam Co., Ga., and found a group of trustees for the Union Academy on a mortgage from 1808, and in 1810 they sold a town lot in Eatonton.[8] In 1814 the trustees bought two lots from the Sheriff in Putnam Co. One of the trustees listed in 1816 was Christopher B. Strong, who purchased the land listed above. There is indirect evidence that this was a Presbyterian school, which is certainly consistent with the idea that David Howe was an immigrant from Scotland.
On 9 May 1810 David Howe was appointed administrator for Benjamin Edgar Atkinson, minor son of Joseph Atkinson, deceased. He was released from his surety on March 4, 1816. On the same dates, he was also appointed guardian for Ernest L. Young, child of Alexander Young, deceased.
David Howe applied for letters of administration with the will attached on the estate of Alexander Young, deceased, in Jones Co., Ga., 20 May 1817.[9]

David Howe was on the tax rolls of Putnam Co., Ga., in 1815, but had moved to Jones Co., Ga., by 1816 when he appeared on the tax rolls there.[10] In 1817, David Howe gifted slaves to his wife and two children. [11]

Jones County
Know all men by these presents that I David Howe for and in consideration of the love and affection which I have and in regards my daughter Eliza Ann Howe and my son Wm. Joshua Howe and for their use and occupation; my property disenthralled and unencumbered by debts, I do hereby freely give, grant, and convey to my said daughter Eliza Ann a negro girl named Hannah now about five years old and to my son William Joshua a negro girl named Lucy, now about two years and six months old and their increase the negro girl Hannah to belong to Eliza Ann while she lives and at the time of her death to go and be vested in her issue if any, if none then to go and be vested in my son William Joshua if then is alive and it is especially conditioned that my said daughter has not the power to sell or convey away the said negro girl Hannah nor is she or her increase to be subject to the payment of any debts that may be contracted by herself or any companion, she may hereafter think proper to marry, and in case either of said children dies without issue the negroes then with all their increase to go to the survivor and the issue thereof and in case both should die without issue then both the negroes and their increase to go to and be vested in my two step sons Benjamin E. Atkinson and Ernest L. Young share and share alike , which said two negroes I do hereby consider as given by my heirs, Executors and administrators and from all and every other person or parties whatsoever will defend forever. In witness whereby I have hereunto set my hand and seal in common form on this ninth day of April in the Year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Seventeen.
David Howe (LS)
This deed of Gift signed sealed and acknowledged by the said David Howe and the negro girl Hannah delivered to Eliza Ann Howe and Lucy to William Joshua Howe by the father placing the hand of each negro girl in the hand of each of them as given. In presence of
Benjamin Stripling
William Clopton
John C. Armstrong
N. B. The words {"after the time of my death and") were destroyed before signing.

Jones Co.[12]
Know all men by these presents that I David Howe for and in consideration of the love good will and duty I give to my present wife Elizabeth Howe and for her better support and maintenance I give, settle and confirm to her a negro man named Peter about twenty four years old and woman Hannah about twenty years old, to belong and be vested in her until she marries or dies, in either event, the said negroes with their increase to go to and be vested in my daughter Eliza Ann Howe and my son William Joshua Howe and their issue share and share alike, and in case either of my said children should die without issue said property to go to and be vested in the survivor and issue, if both my said children should die without issue then to go to and be vested in my two step sons Benjamin E. Atkinson and Ernest L. Young share and share alike which said negroes in the manner given, I hereby warrant from me and my heirs Executors administrators and assigns and from all and every party and persons whatsoever will forever defend. In witness whereof I the said David Howe have hereto set my hand and seal on the ninth day of April in the Year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Seventeen.
David Howe (LS)
Signed sealed and acknowledged &
the negroes delivered in presence of
Benjamin Stripling
John C. Armstrong

David Howe purchased one half of Lot 3 in the Sixth District of "Baldwin County when surveyed, now Jones County, and known by the name of Caney Fork Spring," from Arrington Hooten. The deed was witnessed by Edmund C. Beard and Benjamin A. Young.[13] This land was sold by the sheriff July 4, 1820 at public outcry to settle a suit in fiere facias filed against David Howe by John P. Speir and Company. The land was characterized by both the legal description and also as the tract "whereon the said David Howe now lives."[14] The indenture was endorsed by James Hayes, the purchaser, on July 15, 1820 to
David Howe his heirs & assigns forever against myself my heirs forever given under my hand this 15th July 1820. Signed Sealed in the presence of Benj.A.Young, Robert Thompson. S/ James Hayes. [15]

This land was sold again by "Elizabeth Howe, administratrix of David Howe, deceased," to Joseph Stiles for $391 on 7 March 1822. The land was described as Lot 3, 6th District of Baldwin, now Jones Co., "it being the south half lying on the waters of Dry Creek containing eighty seven acres more or less…" [16] This deed was proved by the oath of Nicholas Summers on 28 September 1834 and recorded 2 November 1835.
The indenture between these two deeds was made 15 November 1821 between Benjamin Stripling, Senior, and Joseph Stiles, in which the latter bought 187 acres of land consisting of 101 ¼ acres, being the southwest half of lot 2, 6th district of Baldwin when surveyed, also 50 ¾ acres being the northeast fourth of lot 3, 6th district, and also 35 acres of which 25 are on the west side of Lot 2, and the other 10 are Lot 2 in the 7th District of Baldwin Co. when surveyed.[17] This deed was recorded 3 November 1835.
David Howe was taxed in 1820 for one poll, six slaves, 86 acres of third quality land in Jones County adjacent Mangrum on Big Sandy Creek, and 202 ½ acres in Telfair County, 9th Dist., lot 237.

Elizabeth Humphries and Elizabeth Howe initially applied for letters of administration on the estate of David Howe on 18 November 1820.[18] They must have been unable to obtain security, as John Humphries and Elizabeth Howe then applied for letters of administration on the estate of David Howe 8 December 1820.[19] Administration was finally granted on 5 January 1821. Bond was posted for $3000 with Moses Stripling, Willis Wilder, Benjamin Stripling, Isaac Burnett and John Stallings as appraisers and security. [20] Taken together, these three documents imply that David Howe was in poor health, had become unable to meet his debts, and had his farm saved by James Hayes, who basically gave him $75 to meet the debt.

The inventory of David Howe was presented on January 5, 1821 when his wife was granted letters of administration. His estate was valued at $1547 of which the land was valued at $400, and two slaves, a woman and a girl, were valued at $400. A silver watch was also noted among the possessions. The appraisal was signed by Willis Wilder, John Vinson, Moses Stripling, Senior, and Benjamin Stripling.[21] The property sale was held April 16, 1821 with Elizabeth Howe and Benjamin A. Young as the major purchasers, with small purchases by Daniel Hughes, Isaac Barnett, Robert Proctor, John B. Jones, Matthew Beard, John Vinson, Thomas S. Humphries, John S. Porter, John Winslett, and John Hughes, Jr. The total of the sale was $344.68. [22]
In May 1821 John Stallings said that Elizabeth Howe was mismanaging the estate. The court ordered her to find other security or be discharged as administratrix.[23] In September 1821 John Stallings was released from his obligation and replaced by Benjamin Stripling and Benjamin A. Young. [24]

Search for the Ancestry of David Howe

The origins of David Howe remain obscure. The only nearby family named Howe that I have been able to locate was the family of William Howe, who died in Greene Co., Ga., in 1795. The will of William Howe was dated 12 October 1794 and was proved in Greene Co., Ga. on 31 December 1795. He named his wife Genet, and his daughters, Mary Long and “Moty Leget” and orders his real estate in South Carolina to be sold and the proceeds divided among the rest of his children. He named as executors Andrew Armor, John Armor, and Jane Howe. The will was witnessed by William Green, John Shaw, and E. Park.[25]
George Deane, Burkit Deane, and Charles Deane sold lot #15 in the town of Greensboro, “being the lot where William How now lives” in January 1795 to Andrew Armor.[26] Andrew Armor, in turn, sold lot #15 to Jane How 31 December 1799.[27]

Jannet Howe, widow of William Howe, died before 27 November 1812 in Greene Co., Ga., when her executor, Robert Howe, filed an inventory.[28] There is a record of the marriage of Catherine Howe to George Ponsonbry on July 6, 1803 Greene Co., Ga.[29] Robert Howe and Janet Howe are the only two persons named Howe found on the Greene Co., Ga., tax list for 1809.[30] As noted, Janet was probably dead, but her estate had not been settled. Robert Howe is present in Putnam Co., Ga., in the 1815 tax list, [31] and in the 1820 Census. He appears in Crawford Co., (p. 414) in 1830 and 1840, (p. 378.) I have not pursued him further in the census records.

On 7 September 1807 the Trustees of the University of Georgia sold to Robert Howe a lot in the commons of Greensboro containing 25 ½ acres of land, “distinguished in the plat as No. 19.”[32] Robert Howe and Susan, his wife, are shown in the Grantor Index as selling land on 9 October 1816, but I was not able to locate the deed itself.[33]
On 11 December 1807 Robert How of Greene Co., Ga., sold to Hamner Fitzpatrick of Baldwin Co., for $200 a tract of 202 ½ acres in the 4th District of Baldwin Co., Ga., lot 92. The indenture was signed Robert Howe, and witnessed by Allen Greene, Edward Rowell, John Armer, J. P., and recorded in Morgan Co., Ga., on 31 December 1810.[34]
An Internet source says that Robert Howe was born 22 Jan 1782 in York Co., S. C., and died 10 February 1858 in Crawford Co., Ga. Susannah Gray was born 13 September 1786 in Pike Co., Ga., and died 1 Oct 1846 in Taylor Co., Ga.[35]
The Howe Family Bible[36] shows James Gray, born May 1, 1758, died November 20, 1832. He married Mary ( ) Gray born May 25, 1762, died July 16, 1834. Their children included Archibald, who married Cynthia Armour and Susannah Gray, born September 13, 1786, died October 1, 1846. She married Robert Howe December 17, 1807. Gerry Hill has added that Susannah Gray was born in Orange Co., N. C., and died in Taylor Co., Ga. She is buried in the Harris-Gray Cemetery. She also identifies Robert Howe as the son of William Howe and Jennet Armour.

The will of James Gray was written May 20, 1831 and proved December 6, 1833 in Pike Co., Ga.[37] He specifically mentions his daughter, Susannah Howe.
A slightly different Gray ancestry was reported by Ferdinand Carson.[38]

John Thomas Carson, eldest child of Joseph Jefferson Carson and Martha Goodwin Raines, was born November 11, 1825. He married Susan Saphronia Howe of Crawford County, Georgia, the daughter of Robert Howe, Jr., and Susanna Gray, on February 2, 1847. Susan Saphronia Howe was born May 17, 1826, and died in Columbus, Georgia, on September 15, 1898. Her father, Robert Howe, Jr., was the son of Robert Howe, who served as a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. His wife, Susanna Gray, was the daughter of Archibald Gray and Cynthia Armour. Cynthia Armour was the daughter of John Armour and Nancy Caldwell of Greene County, Georgia. Robert Howe, Jr., and Susanna Gray were married on December 17, 1807.

William Howe appears on the 1811 Greene Co., Ga., Tax List along with Robert Howe. On 12 September 1818 William A. Howe of Putnam Co., Ga., sold to Jonas Fancher of Greensboro, Greene Co., Ga., for $2500 a 100 acre tract of land in Greene Co., Ga., “being one of the Academy Lots near the town of Greensborough known in the plan of said Academy lots by No. 39.”
Thomas T. Howe married Nancy Rivers 27 June 1816 Putnam Co., Ga. Thomas Howe is listed in the 1840 Census in Randolph Co., Ga., p. 251.

At this point, I do not know if David Howe, Robert Howe, William A. Howe, and Thomas T. Howe are related to each other, or to 1795 William Howe of Greene Co., Ga. It seems likely that the latter was from York Co., S. C., where the 1790 Census lists David, Joseph, and Robert Howe.[39] From the will of 1799 Joseph Howe of York Co., S. C., it seems likely that William and Thomas Howe are brothers, and probably first cousins to Robert Howe. Thus far I have not been able to find any documents that connect our David Howe to the David Howe of York Co., S. C., in 1790, and I have seen postings that suggest he moved to Kentucky rather than to Georgia.

Elizabeth ( _____ ) Howe

Elizabeth Howe appeared in the documents listed above. Benjamin A. Young was the agent for Elizabeth Howe, administratrix of David Howe, deceased on the 1821 Tax List, Flowers District. She was taxed for two slaves, 86 acres of land in Jones County, adjacent Stripling, on Watts Creek, 202 ½ acres by patent in Telfair Co., 9th District, lot 237, 250 acres by patent in Early County, 2nd District, lot 315; and 250 acres by patent in Early County, 4th District, lot 40. The records of the 1820 land lottery show that David How of Waller's District of Jones County was awarded land in Early County 4th Dist., lot 40 and 2nd Dist., lot 315. In the 1821 land lottery the orphans of David How of Flowers District, Jones county were awarded Houston Co. 12th Dist., lot 40, and Elizabeth How, widow, of Flowers District, Jones Co., was awarded lot 128, 2nd Dist., Monroe County.

Elizabeth Howe moved to Monroe Co., Ga., by October 13, 1828 when Earnest L. Young of Jasper Co., Ga., sold to Elizabeth Howe of Monroe Co., Ga., for $600 par of lot 161, 6th District of Monroe Co., containing 101 ¼ acres. This deed was witnessed by Benjamin A. Young and John Stuart.[40] This appears to be the same Earnest Young who was the ward of David Howe in Putnam County from 1810 to 1816.[41] I presume she sold the lot won in the lottery.

Elizabeth Howe is in the 1830 Monroe Co., Census, p. 212 with one son between five and 10, one daughter between 10 and 15 years old, and herself between 40 and 50 years of age.
David Howe's orphans of Collier's district, Monroe County, were again fortunate drawers in the 1832 Cherokee Lottery, being awarded Floyd Co., 22nd District, 3rd section, lot no. 267.

On December 17, 1832 Henry B. Wilson of Jones Co., Ga., bought parts of lot 192 and 161 in the 6th District of Monroe County totaling 100 acres, from William S. Chappel, also of Monroe Co., for $375.[42] This deed was witnessed by his father, Larkin Wilson and Stephen Proctor, J. P. This deed appears on the same page as the purchase of land by Elizabeth Howe in 1828—both deeds were recorded in February 1836. On December 17, 1835 Elizabeth Howe sold to Henry B. Wilson for $900 a 100 acre tract, lot 161 in the 6th District of Monroe County, "whereon said Elizabeth now lives." The witnesses were William J. Howe and William E. Aiken, J. P.[43]

The 1834 Tax List for Monroe County shows Elizabeth Howe with five polls, and 500 acres of third quality land in Early County, 4th Dist., lot 40 and 2nd Dist., lot 115.
Elizabeth Howe has not been found in the 1840 census, and she is not on the tax lists for 1841 and 1843 for Monroe County, Ga.[44] William J. Howe appears on the 1847 Tax Roll, p. 47, as agent for Elizabeth Howe, when she was taxed on 250 acres in Lot 40, District 4, Early County. In 1849 she was taxed on the same land. She has not been located in the 1850 census.

Elizabeth Howe was buried in a family cemetery in Monroe Co., Ga. along with members of the Robinson and Fambrough families. When the cemetery was disturbed by the farmer owning the land, her marker was moved to Providence Congregational Methodist Church, Monroe Co., Ga. Her marker listed her date of birth as September 14, 1779 and her date of death as October 31, 1857.[45]

If Elizabeth and David Howe married about 1810, which is certainly consistent with the known dates for their children, then she would have been about thirty years old, and possibly had married previously. The deeds mentioned previously suggest the possibility that Elizabeth Howe was the widow of Alexander Young or Joseph Atkinson, or possibly both.

Young Family Connections

Elizabeth Howe was associated with Benjamin A. Young in Jones Co., Ga., in settlement of David Howe’s affairs. The 1816 Tax List for Jones Co., Ga., (Capt. Waller’s Dist.) shows David Howe, Benjamin A. Young, and John Young. John Young is also present in the 1811 Tax List. The marriage records of Jones Co., Ga., show that John Young married Betsey Barfield 1 December 1812, that Benjamin Young married Mariah Holstead 4 July 1819, Nelly Young married James Kelly 26 Jan 1818, and Ellinder Young married Stephen Mills 28 Sept 1826.[46]

The land record showing the purchase of land in Jones Co., Ga., by John Young is helpful in defining his origins, as it was originally written in Jackson Co., Ga.[47]
Georgia )
Jackson County )
This indenture hath been made the twenty fifth of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and nine and in the thirty third and fourth year of American independence between Edward Williams of the county and state aforesaid of the one part, and John Young of the other part, know all men by these presents that I, Edward Williams, of the State and County aforesaid within the consideration of two hundred dollars to me paid by John Young, doth hereby bargain and deed and lease and release a certain tract of land unto the said Young of two hundred two and one half acres situated in Baldwin County in the Sixth District and in the Twenty second number, survey on the ninth day of December Eighteen hundred and six by Abner Davis, surveyor, with the beginning on a pine post corner running N45 E45, to a pine post corner, then N45 W45, along the said line to a hickory station, and thence to a dogwood corner post, and thence along the said line to Barretts Ford, and thence along said line to a pine corner, and thence along said line to the beginning corner pine post, together with all and singular the abovementioned premises I doth hereby bargain and sell, lease and release, all that lot of land unto John Young unto him, his heirs and assigns (executors?) and administrators I doth warrant and defend forever from any person or persons, who hath or may claim the same against myself and my heirs and assigns and Executors and administrators or assigns I doth hereby warrant and defend forever all and singular the premises thereunto belong to the said John Young to him and his heirs and assigns and free common usage Witness I the said Edward Williams hath hereunto set my hand and seal .
Edward (X his mark) Williams
Signed, sealed & delivered in the presence of us
Daniel Young
J. Montgomery
Georgia )
Jackson County)
Personally came before me James Montgomery and on oath saith that he saw Edward Williams Senr., make and acknowledge the above deed. Sworn to before me this 17th day of May 1809. M. Montgomery J. P. J. M. Gomsey
Georgia )
Jones County)
Recorded the 14th day of September 1812.
Jno. B. Gregory, Clk.

Presently, I suspect that Benjamin A. Young and John Young were related, probably brothers. It seems likely that Ernest Young is related, too, perhaps as a nephew. Could Alexander Young be a deceased brother of Benjamin and John Young?
Robert Isaiah Young, eight day old son of Alexander Young, storekeeper, died at his father’s in Smith’s building on Market Place in Savannah, Ga., 15 May 1807.[48] Alexander Young acknowledged receipt of $7000 from Frederick Colham for the account of John James, merchant in Philadelphia; the assignment having been made by Colham at his store in Savannah, and he had taken possession at his store on the Oconee River in Greene County, Ga., 14 July 1810.[49] Presently, I have no information to say whether this Alexander Young is related to the Young family of Jones Co., Ga., or not.[50]

Children of DAVID HOWE and ELIZABETH are:
i. ELIZA ANN2 HOWE, b. 12 August 1812 Putnam Co., Ga.; d. 8 Nov 1888 Newton Co., Miss.; m. HENRY BAILEY WILSON about 1833 Monroe Co., Ga., son of LARKIN WILSON and MARY ANN CABINESS, b. 24 Mar 1807 Greene Co., Ga.; d. 4 July 1880 Newton Co., Miss.

In 1832, as a resident of Jones Co., Ga., he bought land in Monroe Co., Ga. In 1835, he bought 100 acres of land from Elizabeth Howe, Eliza’s mother, in Monroe Co. Both of these tracts of land were subject to a Sheriff’s sale in 1842. Henry and his family, along with four slaves, appear in Monroe Co. for the 1840 Census, so his move to Mississippi occurred between 1841 and 1846. With the Sheriff’s sale of his land in 1842, this seems the most likely year for removal. Lucy, age 9, born in Ga., and her family are listed in Neshoba County, Miss., for the 1850 Census. Lucy was the youngest child born in Georgia, again supporting 1842 as the likely year for removal

In the 1850 Census Henry B. Wilson listed his occupation as “farmer,”[51] but according to Judge Amis, he operated a stage coach inn as well, as described in the Amis history for Albert. G. Amis. The 1850 Slave Schedule for Neshoba Co., Miss.[52] shows he had one adult female and four young children. In the 1860 Census he had an estimated value of $5400 and the slave schedule showed that he had four adult women, two adult men, two teenage males, and six younger children.[53] His stage stop was burned by Sherman during the Civil War, and in the 1870 Census, his personal value was estimated at $200.[54]

Henry B. Wilson and Eliza (Howe) Wilson are buried in the Wilson Cemetery, Newton Co., Miss.[55] It appears that all of their children except Lucy Frances Wilson are buried there. (She is buried with her husband in the Methodist Church Cemetery, Conehatta, Miss.)

ii. WILLIAM JOSHUA2 HOWE, b. about 1814 Putnam Co., Ga.; d. October 1873 Pike Co., Ga.; m. LUCINDA R. FAMBROUGH 2 November 1837 Monroe Co., Ga., daughter of ALLEN R. FAMBROUGH and MARY.

William How appears on the Monroe Co., Ga., census for 1840 (p. 199) with one son under five, himself 20-30 and his wife, 15-20. The index I consulted listed the marriage of William J. Howe and Lucinda R. Fambrough as November 2, 1837.

The estate of Allen R. Fambrough was sold on November 15, 1843 in Monroe Co., Ga. His widow Mary, and son Allen A. Fambrough divided the slave property between them.[56] In 1844 a note was made that the four notes due from William J. Howe, listed on the initial appraisement, had been returned as insolvent.[57]

William J. Howe and his family are listed in the 1850 census for Monroe Co., Ga., (p. 70, family 1043.) He is shown as 35 years old, born in Georgia, farmer, with real estate valued at $2000. Lucinda R. Howe is shown as 39, born in Georgia. Their children, all born in Georgia, are: William J. 12, David E. L., 9, Mary E., 7, and Eliza F., 5. Thomas Martin, 17, is a tenant living with the family.

William J. Howe and his family are listed in the 1860 Census for Pike Co., Ga., (p. 103, family 734). He is shown as 43 years old, farmer, with real estate valued at $8250 and personal estate valued at $15,075. Lucinda R. Howe is now shown as 39, and the children at home include William R., 20, Ernest L., 17, Mary E., 15, Eliza E., 12, Robert T., 9, Matthew F., 7, Millard F., 3, Lucinda J., 2, and Benjamin A., 8/12. Also listed in the household were Virgil H. Terryman, 28, overseer, and William H. S. Potts, 17, farm laborer.

William J. Howe and his family are shown in the 1870 Census for Pike Co., Ga., (p. 219, res. 1529/fam. 1543) with himself age 55, farmer, with real estate valued at $10,500 and a personal estate of $1500, Lucinda, 48, William R., 30, farmer, Ernest L., 26, farmer, Eliza E., 21, teacher, Robert, 19, farmer, Millard 13, at school, Benjamin 10, at school, Lucinda 11, at school, and Mary Fambrough, 79, at home. Also in the family are Elijah Bradshaw, 62, Postmaster, and four "mulatto" domestic servants: Rebecca Fambrough 40, Nancy 12, Robert 8, Emmett, 3.
The will of William J. Howe was written August 11, 1873 and proved in Pike Co., Ga., on November 3, 1873. He directed his wife, Lucinda R. Howe to take directions of his personal and real estate and to keep it together for the education and maintenance of the minor children, although he did direct her to sell the storehouses in Milner, Ga., if needed to pay debts. He named as his executors his son, William R. Howe, and his son-in-law, Marion B. Green. Witnesses were J. A. Hunt, George A. Gardner and Jon T. Hunt.[58]

The will of Mary R. Fambrough was written March 23, 1871 and proved November 4, 1873. She directed her body to be buried "handsomely," and left Elvira White $100 and $25 for each of her children: William P. White, Thomas White, Julins White, and Lucy White. She left to the four children of Eliza Jones $25: Mary A. Flynt, William Jones, Henry Jones, and Wiley Jones. She left to Emmit and Monty Fambrough $50 each. She left $50 each to W. R. Howe, Ernest Howe, Mary Arnold, Lizer Howe, and Mattie Greene. To William J. Howe she left $600, to Lucinda Howe, $300 and the balance of her estate to be divided equally among the minor children of William J. and Lucinda Howe. William R. Howe applied for letters of administration on November 4, 1873.[59]

The inventory of Mary Farmbrough's estate shows the above disbursements with the genealogically significant notes that H. T. Arnold was paid for his wife Mary E. L. Howe, and M. B. Green for his wife Mattie.

Monroe Co., Ga., marriage records show in addition to the marriage of William J. Howe to Lucinda R. Fambrough, the marriage of Eliza Fambrough to Thomas D. Jones on January 15, 1835, Nancy H. Fambrough to William M. White on May 27, 1841.

William Howe of Pike County was a representative to the "Republican" Georgia Constitutional Convention of 1868 for the 22nd District including Pike County.[60] William J. Howe and J. M. Howe were privates in the Barnesville Rifles, later Co. D., 3rd Georgia Battalion, who enlisted 29 June 1861.[61]

[1] Updated 7 Nov 2006.
[2] I received the name of Eliza Howe's parents from Dan Langford, who supplied most of the information contained here on the Langford, Davis, and Wilson families. However, when I had contacted him, he had not done much work on the Howe family. As I began to research the question in 2004, I found an internet correspondent, who forwarded me a copy of his work on the Howe family, some of which I had already found. However, the majority of the work is his.
[3] Putnam Co., Ga., Deed Book B:112. [9 April 1811.]
[4] Putnam Co., Ga., Deed Book C:212.
[5] Putnam Co., Ga., Deed Book C:232.
[6] Putnam Co., Ga., Deed Book H:187. [24 April 1818.]
[7] Estate case file for Robert Iverson.
[8] Trustees were Brice Gaither, Robert Iverson, Barney Holloway, Edmund Lane, and Simeon Holt. In 1814 the trustees were Bruce Gaither, Simeon Holt, Henry Branham, Stephen W. Harris, and John H. Posey.
[9] Georgia Journal, Tuesday 3 June 1817. Cited in Evans, Tad. Georgia Newspaper Clippings Jones County Extracts, Vol. 1. (1810-1831). (Savannah: 2001,) p. 61. An attempt to find this in the Ordinary Court Minutes was not successful. There are two separate books covering the time of interest, and they appear somewhat out of order. At any rate, the will was not copied.
[10] Taylor, Robert J. An Index to Georgia Tax Digests, Vol. V. (1814-1817). (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Co., 1986.)
[11] Jones Co., GA, Deed Book L:250-251.
[12] Jones Co., GA Deed Book L:251
[13] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book J:51. [7 February 1817.] These pages had been removed from the deed book before filming in the microfilm copy at the Georgia State Archives and at the Washington Library, Macon, Ga., (2006.)
[14] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book P:351. [15 July 1820.]
[15] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book P:352. [31 October 1831]
[16] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book P:352-353.
[17] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book P:352.
[18] Georgia Journal, Tuesday 5 Dec 1820. Cited in Evans, Tad. Georgia Newspaper Clippings Jones County Extracts, Vol. 1. (1810-1831). (Savannah: 2001,) p. 120.
[19] Georgia Journal, Tuesday 19 Dec 1820. Cited in Evans, Tad. Georgia Newspaper Clippings Jones County Extracts, Vol. 1. (1810-1831). (Savannah: 2001,) p. 120.
[20] Jones Co., Ga., Court of Ordinary Minute Book 2:37.
[21] Jones Co., Ga., Annual Returns, Inventories & Appraisements, Sales, Divisions of Estates Book C:86-87.
[22] Jones Co., Ga., Annual Returns, Inventories & Appraisements, Sales, Divisions of Estates Book D:18.
[23] Jones Co., Ga., Court of Ordinary Minute Book 2:44.
[24] Jones Co., Ga., Court of Ordinary Minute Book 2:47.
[25] Lucas, Silas Emmet, Jr. Some Georgia County Records, Vol. 2. (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1986,) p. 317. Cited by Varner, Cheryl. Glick/Foster Ancestry. 29 December 2003. Located on (db :2753682).
[26] Ibid., p. 266.
[27] Ibid., p. 280. Gerry Hill, of Albany, Ga., says that Andrew Armor married Jennett Howe, daughter of William and Jennet Howe of Greene Co., Ga. She also says that Susannah Gray was the daughter of James Gray and Mary Riley, and that she left a family Bible. (HOWE-L, 21 Dec 1997. Located on
[28] Greene Co., Ga., Ordinary Office Appraisements and Returns of Estates. G:160.
[29] Dodd, Jordan R. Georgia Marriages 1801-1825. (Orem, Utah: Liahona Research, 1993.)
[30] Captain Carleton’s District. However, the 1811 tax list shows William Howe and Robert Howe in Capt. Thomas Dawson’s District.
[31] Taylor, Robert J. An Index to Georgia Tax Digests, Vol. IV (1809-1811). (Spartanburg, S. C.: The Reprint Co., 1986.)
[32] Greene Co., Ga., Deed Book 4:704.
[33] Greene Co., Ga., Deed Book HH:217. There is also a purchase recorded 29 Jan 1814, Deed Book EE:410 that I did not locate.
[34] Morgan Co., Ga., Deed Book B:383. Cited in Farmer, Michal M. Morgan County, Georgia Deed Books A-G (1808-1820). (Dallas: npd, 2002,) p. 93.
[35] Conroy, Lonna Jean. Hudson Working File. 18 Feb 2004. Located on (db huds). She also lists birthdates for Joseph Howe, b. 11 Sep 1784, York Co., SC; d. 21 Sep 1802, Greene Co., Ga.; William Howe, b. 8 Nov 1786 York Co., SC; Katherine Howe b. 24 Sept 1788 in York Co., SC; Andrew Armour Howe, b. 25 Apr. 1790 York Co., SC; d. Greene Co., Ga.; and James A. Howe, b. 15 June 1794 Greene Co., Ga., d. 22 Aug 1859. I do not know the source of her information.
[36] Howe Family Bible. Courtesy of Gerry Hill. (howegray.txt).
[37] Pike Co., Ga., Will Book B. Recorded at (wl340gray.txt).
[38] Carson, Ferdinand. Carson Family History. (carson.txt).
[39] 1790 Census, York Co., S. C., p. 31, col. 3, line 10 (David); p. 31, col. 2, line 10 (Joseph); and p. 28, col. 1, line 94, (Robert.) There is on record the LWT of Joseph Howe of York Co., S. C., written 7 July 1799, inventory presented 17 Sep 1799, [York Co., S. C., Will Book A:155] that lists sons William Howe, John Howe, Joseph Howe, and Thomas Howe, and daughters Isabella Howe and Mary Dunlap Howe.
[40] Monroe Co., Ga., Deed Book I:188.
[41] E. L. Young is shown in the 1830 Census for Jasper Co., Ga., (p. 371) with one male 20-30, one female 15-20, and one boy under five, along with one male and two female slaves. This is consistent with the notion that he was born about 1800, and was a ward until about the age of 16.
[42] Monroe Co., Ga., Deed Book I:188.
[43] Monroe Co., Ga., Deed Book I:207.
[44] Dan Langford notes that Henry B. Wilson and William J. Howe were also not on these tax lists, although they were on the census in 1840. Neither has an older woman in the household, so she may have been living with another family member.
[45] Bobby Ellis. 1 December 2004. Personal communication.
[46] Jones Co., Ga., Marriage Book A. Accessed 30 October 2006 at
[47] Jones Co., Ga., Deed Book D:177, [24 Sep 1812.]
[48] Genealogical Committee of Georgia Historical Society. Register of Deaths in Savannah, Georgia, Vol. 2. (1807-July 1811,) p. 7.
[49] Greene Co., Ga., Deed Book DD:39, [24 Dec 1810]. Cited in Turner, Freda R. Greene Co., Georgia, Land Records, Vol. 2. Deeds 1810-1815. (Milledgeville, Ga.: Boyd Publ. Co., 2005,) pp. 8-9.
[50] Another intriguing possibility is Alexander Young of Camden Co., Ga. He was described as a captured British soldier from Lt. Col. Ferguson’s regiment. (Camden Co., Ga., DB B:350-352). He was a captain of Militia in Camden Co., Ga., in 1787, and seems to be unrecorded after 1803. Unfortunately, many early Camden Co. records were not available at the Washington Library or at the Ga. Archives.
[51] 1850 Census, Neshoba Co., Miss., p. 149.
[52] 1850 Slave Schedule, Neshoba Co., Miss., p. 736.
[53] 1860 Census, Newton Co., Miss., p. 758.
[54] 1870 Census, Newton Co., Miss., Newton P. O., p. 497, #142/142.
[55] Garrett, Cathy. Wilson Family Cemetery, Newton Co., MS. 1 June 2000. Located at
[56] Monroe Co., Ga., Returns of Estates E:551.
[57] Monroe Co., Ga., Returns of Estates E:552.
[58] Pike Co., Ga., Will Book C:478-479.
[59] Pike Co., Ga., Will Book C:480.
[60] Mitchell, Lizzie R. History of Pike County, Georgia, 1822-1932. (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Co., 1980), p. 64.
[61] Mitchell, Lizzie R. History of Pike County, Georgia, 1822-1932. (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Co., 1980), p. 132.

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