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William Russell Howard

Male 1796 - 1867  (70 years)


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  • Name William Russell Howard 
    Born 18 Sep 1796  Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census Data 1800  Partridgefield, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head of Household: Artemas Howard
    White Males under 10 : 1
    White Males 26-44 : 1
    White Females under 10 : 2
    White Females 26-44 : 1

     
    1800 Partridgefield MA Artemas Howard Family
    1800 Partridgefield MA Artemas Howard Family
    Census Data 1810  Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head of Household: Artemas Howard
    White Males 10-15 : 1
    White Males 26-44 : 1
    White Females under 10 : 2
    White Females 10-15 : 1
    White Females 16-25 : 1
    White Females 26-44 : 1

     
    1810 Washington MA Artemas Howard Family
    1810 Washington MA Artemas Howard Family
    Arrival 1818  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    From "Pioneer and General History of Geauga County" The Historical Society of Geauga County, 1880

    In the winter of 1818, William R. Howard and John Bowles, young men of twenty-one, came from Washington, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on foot, and stopped at the house of John Fowler, who was an uncle of Howard's. Bowles stayed a short time, and then returned to Massachusetts. Mr. Howard purchased land in lot fifteen, tract two, and in the spring went to Aurora, and worked for Moses Eggleston, and others. In the summer of 1819 he worked for Dr. Case, in Hudson. In December, following, his father died, making it necessary for him to return to Massachusetts. He started on his journey, with the intention of going through in eleven days. He reached Kirtland the first night, and stayed at Madison the second. He made the journey of five hundred and fifty miles in eleven and one-half days, having been detained one-half day, when near home, by a heavy snow storm. After leaving Madison, he ate but two warm meals before reaching home. He remained in Massachusetts a year and a half, settled the estate of his father, and made arrangements to remove to Ohio. In June, 1821, he was married to Miss Martha Codding, of Washington, and, on the third of July, with their stock of household goods packed in a covered lumber wagon, drawn by oxen, they started their journey, accompanied by the mother of Mr. Howard, a younger brother, and three sisters. They arrived in Bainbridge on the fifth of August, having been delayed three days by one of the oxen giving out. After reaching their cabin in the woods Mr. Howard went to the brow of a hill, a short distance away, cut several large trees (standing nearly in a direct line), nearly down, so that a small force would compel them to fall. He then felled a large tree against one end of the row, when, one after another, they fell with a loud crash which was heard at a great distance, announcing to his neighbors his arrival. All within hearing of the falling timber came at night through the woods to welcome them. They lived on the farm where they first settled forty-one years. In the interval several additions were made to the purchase, and a fine frame house took the place of the little log cabin. In 1862, Mr. Howard sold the homestead to his son William, and removed to a smaller one, near Chagrin Falls, where he died in January, 1867, at the age of seventy years.

     
    Census Data 1820  Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head of Household: William R Howard
    White Males under 10 : 1
    White Males 16-25 : 1
    White Females under 10 : 1
    White Females 16-25 : 2
    White Females 45 and over : 1

     
    1820 Washington MA William Howard Family
    1820 Washington MA William Howard Family
    Census Data 1830  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head of Household: William R Howard
    White Males 5-9 : 1
    White Males 15-19 : 1
    White Males 30-39 : 1
    White Females 5-9 : 2
    White Females 30-39 : 1

     
    1830 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    1830 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    Census Data 1840  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Head of Household: William R Howard
    White Males 5-9 : 1
    White Males 15-19 : 1
    White Males 20-29 : 1
    White Males 40-49 : 1
    White Females 15-19 : 1
    White Females 20-29 : 1
    White Females 40-49 : 1
    White Females 60-69 : 1

     
    1840 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    1840 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    Census Data 20 Sep 1850  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    W R Howard - Age 54
    Patty Howard - Age 54
    Wm Howard - Age 16
    Martha Howard - Age 3
    Jemima Russell - Age 15
    Submit Howard - Age 77

     
    1850 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    1850 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    Census Data 6 Aug 1860  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William R Howard - Age 64
    Martha Howard - Age 64
    Martha Howard - Age 13

     
    1860 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    1860 Bainbridge OH William Howard Family
    Died 25 Jan 1867  Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William R Howard Headstone
    William R Howard Headstone
    Court Record 21 Jan 1881  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Estate dispute between descendents of William and Martha Howard 
    Howard v Fenkell (Estate Dispute)
    Howard v Fenkell (Estate Dispute)
    Notes 
    • From "Pioneer and General History of Geauga County" The Historical Society of Geauga County, 1880

      For many years he took an active part in the business of the township, served in its various offices, and was three times elected to the office of justice of the peace. He was an intelligent, public spirited man, respected by all. He was an attendant of the Congregational church till it ceased to be, when, with his family, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife survives him, honored and loved.* She is now (1878) in her eighty-third year. They were parents of four children. Artemas, the eldest, married Amanda, daughter of Deacon Childs, and settled near the old home, where he resided till his death, in 1873. He was a man of superior judgment, and regarded as one of the best financiers in the township. His wife died in 1877. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Phylena, eldest daughter of W.R. Howard, married Wm. Richards, and resides in Auburn. The second son, William married Lorinda A. Osborn, and, at present, resides in Chardon. Martha married D.L. Fenkell, and settled at Chagrin Fall, where she died, in 1870, aged twenty-four years. She was a member of the Baptist church. At the birth of her youngest child, Mrs. Howard was fifty years and six months old.

      *Mrs. Howard died at the residence of her son-in-law, Wm. Richards, esq., on the twelfth of May, 1879; aged eight-two years and eight months.

    • From "Howard Genealogy - A Genealogical Record" by Jarvis Cutler Howard 1884

      The enterprising traits in William R. Howard's character early developed themselves. In 1818, in company with a companion, both unmarried, he pushed off from Berkshire Co., Mass., for Ohio on foot, and worked till the death of this father, the last of the following year, when he returned to Washington by the same conveyance that took him away; settled his father's estate, married, and on the 3d July, 1821, with his wife, his mother, brother, and three sisters returned to his farm in Bainbridge. He soon became one of the most prominent citizens of that place. For four years, 1828 to 1832, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of that township. In 1840 he was elected a Justice of the Peach, which office he filled very creditably for three terms, of three years each. He was an active Christian man, and a member of the M.E. Church for many years before his death. It is a coincidence worthy of notice that the birth of Mr. Howard and of his wife occurred on the same day, and it is said within two hours of each other.

    Person ID I1388  Conrad Shire Tree
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2015 

    Father Artemas Howard,   b. 14 May 1773, Monson, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1819, Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Submit Russell,   b. 7 Mar 1771, Somers, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1854, Chardon, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1791  Somers, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1656  Group Sheet

    Family Martha Codding,   b. 18 Sep 1796, Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1879, Auburn, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1821  Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Artemas Howard,   b. 12 Mar 1822, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1873, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +2. Philena Howard,   b. 11 Aug 1823, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1891, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. William Howard,   b. 7 Nov 1833, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1923, Akron, Summit, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     4. Martha B Howard,   b. 11 Mar 1847, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1870, Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F1632  Group Sheet