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* Some of my ancesters, Howard, Griffin, Brooks, Bowers*

Updated March 11, 2005


My wife Judy and I worked three years researching and cataloging these family files. We searched cemeteries in the snow & ice, libraries, courthouses, family bibles and talked to hundreds of relatives in getting this information together. As with any genealogical file there may be mistakes in spelling of names, dates, etc. We were raised only ten miles apart Judy in Anson and I in Union County, NC. We left home in 1957 and raised our family in several locations through out the USA. Our children did not realize they had relatives other than their grandparents, uncles and aunts. Their interest encouraged us to do this work so they would know where their roots are. Please inform me of any mistakes you find or additions you may have that will make these reports more complete.

DESCENDANTS OF JAMES HOWARD

James Howard was born September 28, 1765 in England; he married Rosanah Barbee April 8 1781. They had four children, three boys and one girl. James died September 26, 1840. We believe James Howard came to North Carolina and settled in Wake County.

Myrick Howard was James and Rosanah Barbee Howard’s oldest son. He was born October 12, 1782 in England and came by way of Virginia and Wake County to Stanly County. He married Milea Yates December 1, 1803 in Wake County, North Carolina. They had 12 children and eventually settled in Stanly County. Many of their descendants are still living in that area. Most of them now go by the name of Harward instead of Howard.

Myrick Howard bought possibly 1000 acres of land on the Rocky River in the south central section of what is now Stanly County. It is said he purchased the land from a man named Sneed who had received a large land grant from the King of England. The family story also states that the price paid for the land was 10 cents per acre. Perhaps this early Sneed was connected with the English family that settled old Sneedsboro, on the Pee Dee River between Wadesboro and Cheraw, South Carolina. Myrick Howard lived in the Rocky River-Long Creek Valley and is buried in the old Harward cemetery near the forks of these streams and about three miles east of Oakboro. Well-preserved headstones mark the graves of he and his wife Milea. He was a member of a Baptist Church and Milea a Primitive Baptist Church.

The 1850 Stanly County census lists Myrick's last name as Howard, the 1860 Stanly County census lists his last name as Harward. The same thing happened to all his sons that lived in Stanly County. Malekiah Howard another one of Myrick sons lived in Anson County and his name remained Howard. Malekiah Howard is James Thomas Howard's father and Thomas Arthur Howard's grandfather. I have not been able to determine why the family changed their name. Malekiah is buried in the Harward Cemetery with his father Myrick.

James Thomas Howard born in 1837 and his wife Rebecca Jane Allen were born July 24, 1837. They are the parents of Thomas Arthur Howard who many of us remember.

James and Rebecca had a colorful and very difficult life. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was severally wounded. All indications are that he eventually died from this wound. Rebecca was born in Tennessee and her father Miles Allen was killed by a prisoner he had in custody when she was a young girl. The 1850 census shows she and her brothers and sisters were living in Anson County, North Carolina with her mother Eliza Morris Allen Brooks and her stepfather Alexander Brooks.

James volunteered for service in the Confederate Army May 10, 1862. He was a Private in Company K. 26 Reg. North Carolina Infantry (State Troops). He was 5 Ft. 8 1/2 in tall and had black hair, gray eyes and a fair complexion. He was 25 years old at this time,

On September 15, 1862, he was admitted to the Episcopal Church Hospital at Williamsburg VA. He was released for duty on October 14, 1862. He was wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Admitted to the Hospital (Richmond General #9) July 15, 1863. Tran

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Reece Haskel Howard

1859 Royal Fern Lane
Orange Park, Fl 32003
United States
904 215 6324
reecehoward@earthlink.net


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