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\ All the children of Dr. John M. Howe unite in the

^ ' loving memorial contained in the following pages. It has

been prepared at their request by his brother-in-law.

Rev. John M. Reid, D. D., not with a view to general

circulation, but to furnish to his numerous descendants

some knowledge of a life worthy of study and imitation.

The genealogical and historical fa£ts have been colle^ed

and, so far as possible, verified by his son, George R. Howe,

who was led into these researches by his father.



Creation.— The most Noble & Puissant Ld. Charls. How, El. of Lancaster, & Bn. How of
Wormleighton ist comisr. of ye Treasury, ist Gentn. of ye bedchambr. to his Maj., Kt. of ye
garter, & one of ye Govrs. of ye Chanr. house. Creatd. Bt. How of Wormton. in ye county of
Warwick, Novr. i8. i6o6, in ye 4th of James ye ist, & El. of Lancaster, Jun. ye 8th, 1643, in ye
19th of Charls ye ist, of this famy. which derivs. themselvs. from a youngr. branch of ye ants.
Bns. How's, men fams. many eges Since in Engd. among which were Hugh How ye father & Son
great faverts. of ICn. Edwd. ye 2d., John How, Esqr. son to Jn. How of HodmhuU in ye County
of Warwk.

Arms. — He bear'th Gidcs, (Red) a Chevron (pointed arch) Argent, (Silver) between 3 cros-
croslets Or, (Gold) 3 Wolfs heads of ye Same crest on a wrath (or wreath) a Wyvern or Dragn.
partd. per pale Or &> I'cri (Green) perced through ye mouth wth. arow, by ye Name of How,
ye wolfs are ye fams. arms, ye cross, for gt. accts. don by ye ist El.

The above is z facsimile of the original Coat of Arms said to have been brought from England
by John Howe about 1630, and adorned the walls of the "Wayside Inn," or Howe Tavern, in
Sudbury, for over 150 years.


[The following introduction is from the " Howe Family Gather-
ing," a pamphlet published by Elias Howe, Esq., of Boston, in
187 1, to whom the Howes of America are much indebted for the
great interest he has taken in the common family history. He
says :]

" ^ I ^HE number of those who bear the name of
X How, or Howe, in America, is very great;
yet they may, for the most part, be traced to James
and Abraham Howe (perhaps brothers), of Rox-
bury, admitted freemen in 1637-38 ; to Edward
and Abraham Howe, of Watertown ; to Daniel and
Edward Howe, of Lynn; and to John Howe, who \
was in Sudbury as early as 1638, and who died in /
Marlborough in 1687. »/

6 The Howe Family hi A^nerica.

"Of these early settlers, James was the son of
Robert, of Hatfield, Broad Oak, Essex Co., England,
and died in Ipswich, in 1 702 ; Edward, of Lynn,
came over in the Truelove, in 1635, and died in
1639, leaving issue from which most of the Howe
families in Connecticut have descended. Daniel, of
Lynn, after holding several public offices in Massa-
chusetts, removed to Southampton, on Long Island.
They were all honest, hardy, vigorous men, having,
in the main, large families, which, multiplying and
increasing from generation to generation, have, by
their industry, genius, probity and valor, aided in
laying the foundations and in building up the struc-
ture of this Republic ; and they are now found busily
engaged in the various trades and professions, arts and
industries of life, in almost every section of the Union.

" So far as known, but one of them was ever exe-
cuted for a crime, and that was Mrs. Elizabeth Howe,
of Ipswich, hung for witchcraft in 1692; but her vir-
tues, just as those of her great Master, sanctified the
altar ; and her name, now as the mists of superstition
break away, becomes illustrious."

At the Howe family gathering, held August 31,
1 87 1, at Framingham, Mass., Hon. Joseph Howe,
Secretary of State of the Dominion of Canada, deliv-
ered an oration, in which he says :

" In England the Howes have lived and flourished
for centuries. The Howe banner hangs as high in

The Howe Family in America. 7

Henry VII/s chapel as any other evidence of honor-
able service, and the battle of the ist of June will
be remembered as long- as the naval annals of Eng-
land last. In the old French wars for the possession
of this continent, one Howe fell at Ticonderoga and
another was killed on the Nova Scotia frontier. In
the Revolutionary War the Howes were not fortu-
nate. I have heard my father describe Sir William
as he saw him leading up the British forces at the
battle of Bunker Hill, with the bullets flying like hail
around him. But I am apprehensive that in that old
war God was not on the side of the strongest col-
umns, and that the time had arrived when the peo-
pling and development of a continent could not be
postponed by the agencies of fleets and armies.

''The Howes who have been ennobled trace their
family back to the reign of Henry VIIL, and seem to
have held estates in Somersetshire, Gloucester, Wilt-
shire, Nottingham, and Fermanagh, in Ireland. Jack
Howe, as he was familiarly called, who was a mem-
ber of Parliament in the reigns of William and Anne,
was a fluent speaker, and, like a good many other
people in those days, had a great dislike to standing
armies. His son, who sat for Nottingham in the
Convention Parliament, was one of those who estab-
lished the liberties of England in 1688.

** But many branches of the family are scattered
all about England. I found three Howes, bearing
my own family Christian names, lying side by side

8 The Howe Family in America.

in the churchyard at Newport, in the Isle of Wight,
and I learned that in the western end of the Island a
family of honest farmers, who are all Howes, have
been living there on the same land beyond the
memory of man.

"I found three others, all males, lying just inside
the graveyard at Berwick-on-Tweed. I could not
hear of any Howes in the neighborhood, and I took
it for granted that they must have been killed in
some old border fight, which is not at all improbable
if they came from the south side of the stream.

"But, passing over the nobles and the plebeians
of England, I must confess that there is one Howe
of whom we may all be proud. This is John Howe,
who was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, and whose
fine form and noble features are preserved in some
of the old engravings. He must have been an elo-
quent preacher, for he won his place by a sermon
which the Protector happened to hear. That he was
a fine scholar and learned theologian is proved by
the body of divinity, written in classic English, which
he has left behind him. That he was a noble man is
proved, also, by a single anecdote which is preserved
to us. On one occasion he was soliciting aid or pat-
ronage for some person whom he thought deserving,
when Cromwell turned sharply round and, by a single
question, let a flood of light in upon the disinterested-
ness and amiability of his character which will illum-
inate it in all time to come. 'John,' said the Protector,

The Howe Family in America. 9

' you are always asking something for some poor fel-
low; why do you never ask anything for yourself?'
My father's name was John, and I have often tried to
trace him back to this good Christian, whose char-
acter in many points his own so much resembled."

The Howes in America descended from those who
settled in New England between 1630 and 1657, and
the orator continues :

" What was the Old World about, when these men
came to America ? Why did they come ? are questions
that naturally occur to us. In 1629, Charles I. dis-
solved his Parliament, and no other was called in
England till the Long Parliament met in 1 640. During
the eleven years which intervened, we all know what
was going on in England. Laud was Archbishop of
Canterbury, Strafford was first Minister, and that
hopeful experiment was being tried of ruling without
Parliaments, which ended in the wreck and ruin of the
monarchy. Within these eleven years, five of the seven
Howes were settled in New England, and the reason-
able presumption is that they found old England too
hot for them.

" They had no fancy for paying ship-money on com-
pulsion, for having their ears cropped or for standing
in the pillory for the free expression of opinions ; and,
perhaps, foreseeing what was coming, they accom-
plished what it is said Cromwell, Hampden, and others
at one time meditated, and reached America before
the civil war began. The earlier battles of Worces-

lo The Howe Family in America.

ter and Edgehill were fought in 1642, and before this,
five of the Howes had made good their lodgment in
America. If the two who date from 1652 and 1657
were not born in this country, they may have taken
the field ; but of the fact we have no authentic record.

" It is enough for us to know that these ancestors of
ours were God-fearing, worthy men, sprung from the
sturdy middle class of English civic and rural life, who
left their native country not because they did not love
it, but because they could not stay there without mean
compliance and tame submission to usurped authority.
We would perhaps have been just as well pleased had
they remained behind and struck a few manful blows
for the liberties of England ; but we must accept the
record as we find it, with this source of consolation,
that no brother's blood was upon their hands when
they landed in America. That they were men of worth
and intelligence there is proof enough. They were
freemen and proprietors in the townships where they
settled; selectmen, representatives, officers, Indian
commissioners, and seem to have brought from the old
country, in fair measure, the common sense, industry,
and thrift so much needed by the emigrant.

" In turning to the Provinces, it must be borne in
mind that but one of all the Howes in these States
took the British side in the Revolutionary War. Of
my father I spoke, some years ago, at Faneuil Hall ;
and my good friend, Lorenzo Sabine (one of the best
writers and most accomplished statesmen produced in

The Howe Family in America. ii

the Eastern States), has kindly embodied what was
said, in his second edition of his * Lives of the Loyal-
ists,' to which I must refer those who take interest in
the British-American branch of the family. To-day,
I have leisure to say only this : that if it be permitted
to the saints in heaven to revisit the scenes they loved,
and to hover over the innocent reunions of their
kindred, my father's spirit will be here, gratified to see
that the family, divided by the Revolution, is again
united, and that his son, to use the language which
Burns put into the mouth of the peasant woman in
his ' Cotter's Saturday Night,' is 'respected like the
lave.'" iruo^^/-'/, ^^K^ •' '

John How, who first settled in Marlborough, Mass.,
was a son of John How, Esq., of Hodinhull, in War-
wickshire, England, and connected with the family of
Lord Charles How, Earl of Lancaster, in the reign
of Charles I. The records show that the above
John How was in Sudbury in 1639 ; that he took the
freeman's oath in 1640, was selectman and marshal in
1642, and was the first white man to settle in Marl-
borough about 1657; where he died in 1687. In his
will, proved in 1689, he mentions his wife, Mary;
Sons, Samuel, Isaac, Jonah, Thomas, and Eleazar;
Danghiers, Sarah Ward, Mary Weatherby ; — and, —
John How, Jr., a son of John, deceased.

Thomas How, ancestor of J. M. Howe, and son of
John How, of Marlborough, Mass., was born June 12,
1656, and died Feb. 16, 1733. He married Sarah

12 The Howe Family in America.

Hosmer, June 8, 1681, who died April 7, 1724, and
on Dec. 24, 1724, he married Mrs. Mary Baron. His
children were : Tabitha, born May 9, 1684; James,
born June 22, 1685 ; Jonathan, born April 23, 1687;
Prudence, born Aug. 27, 1689; Thomas, born June 16,
1692; Sarah, born Aug. 16, 1697.

Jonathan How, the next in our line, and son of
Thomas How and Sarah Hosmer, his wife, born April
23, 1687, married Lydia Brigham April 5, 1711. He
died June 22, 1738. Their children were: Timothy,
born May 24, 171 2, died Oct. 15, 1740; Prudence, born
Nov. 3, 1 714; Bezaleel, born June 19, 171 7; Charles,
born April 20, 1720; Eliakim, born June 17, 1723;
Lucy, born May 20, 1 726 ; Lydia, born April 1 2, 1 729
(died young) ; Mary, born Aug. 1 2, 1 730 (died
young); Lydia, born June 29, 1732.

Bezaleel How, the next in order, and son of Jonathan
How and Lydia Brigham, his wife, was born June 19,
1 71 7; married Anna; old records give no further name
or dates, and an incomplete record of their children,
as follows: Susanna, born 1740; Timothy, born 1742 ;
Edith, born 1 744 ; Darius, born 1 746 ; Bezaleel, born

Bezaleel Howe, son of Bezaleel How and Anna, his
wife, was born Dec. 9, 1755, according to the record
in his family Bible, but was born, as we have seen
above, in 1750, in Marlborough, Mass. His father
died when he was very young, having either removed
to Hillsborough, N. H., shortly before his death, or

The Howe Family in America. 13

his mother, a widow, took her little family there very
soon after, which accounts for the imperfect record.
Thus far our aim has been to follow only the direct
line of descent from the settlement in America to the
birth of Bezaleel Howe, Junior — the fifth generation
— as follows: ist, John How, in America previous to
1639; 2d, Thomas How, his son, born in 1656; 3d,
Jonathan How, his son, born in 1687 ; 4th, Bezaleel
How, his son, born in 171 7; 5th, Bezaleel Howe, his
son, born in 1750 or 1755 (the father of Dr. John M.
Howe). He was the first to spell his name with
the final e — Howe.

The following is a complete record for the next
two generations, and will enable any of the thirty-
seven grandchildren of Major Bezaleel Howe to fol-
low out any of the ever diverging genealogical lines.
Bezaleel Howe married Hannah Merritt Sept. 16,
1787, although the copy of the published notice
does not exactly agree with this as to date ; for
The New York Packet of Friday, Oct. 26, 1787,
under "Marriages," published: "Howe: — Capt.
Bezaleel married last Wednesday evening to Miss
Hannah Merritt of Mamaroneck, Westchester Co.,
by Rev. John Gano (Baptist)." She died of yellow
fever in New York, during the epidemic, Sept. 18,
1798, and was buried in the Baptist burying-ground
of Dr. Parkinson's church, located on the west side of
Gold Street, about two hundred feet south of Fulton.
She left one daughter, Maria, born Jan. 6, 1789.

14 The Howe Family in America.

On Feb. 15, 1800, he married Catherine Moffat,
youngest daughter of Rev. John Moffat and Margaret
Little, his wife, who was born in Little Britain,
Orange Co., N. Y., March 3, 1755. Their chil-
dren were: Eliza, born Nov. 19, 1800 (died in
infancy); George C, born Sept. 23, 1802; Mar-
garetta, born Feb. 22, 1804; John Moffat, born Jan.
23, 1806; Oscar, born March 11, 1808 (died in
infancy); Julia Ann, born Oct. 4, 18 10 (died in in-
fancy); Catherine, born Sept. 21, 181 2; Bezaleel,
born Aug. 17, 181 5.

Maria Howe (daughter of Major Bezaleel Howe
and Hannah Merritt, his wife) was born Jan. 6, 1 789,
and died in 1852. She married John Guion Nov. 23,
1805, ^^d became the mother of eleven children:
Hannah, who died in infancy ; Edward Merritt ; John
Howe; Mary Jane ; Harriet Emeline ; William H.;
Stephen B. ; Caroline ; Armenia H. ; Sarah Water-
man ; Anna Maria (died in infancy).

George C. Howe (son of Major Bezaleel Howe
and Catherine Moffat, his wife), born Sept. 23, 1802,
and died Dec. 4, 1841 ; married. May 24, 1832, Hester
Ann Higgins, daughter of Michael and Betty Gregory
Higgins, born July 16, 1808, and died March 15, 1884.
Their children were : Mary C. Howe, born July 28,
1833; married Mr. Henry L. Weller, Sept. i, 1853;
and married Mr. Chas. Widdifield, June 17, 1858.
Harriet A. Howe, born Dec. 16, 1835; married Mr.
Wm. J. Gilbert, April 8, 1862. Josephine E. Howe,

The Hoive Family in America. 15

born May 30, 1838; married Mr. E. Whitmore, June
27, 1859. George Bezaleel Howe, born Oct. 5, 1841 ;
married Julia Andrews, April 28, 1865.

Margaretta (daughter of Major Bezaleel Howe and
Catherine Moffat, his wife), born Feb. 27, 1804; mar-
ried George Washington Dupignac, Aug. i, 1820.
Their living children were (Feb. 7, 1889): Bezaleel
H., Elizabeth, George W., Theodore, Margaretta H.,
Richard C. P., Almira, Adelaide M., and Edwin

John Moffat Howe (son of Major Bezaleel Howe
and Catherine Moffat, his wife), was born Jan. 23,
1806; died Feb. 5, 1885; married Oct. 31, 1838,
Mary Mason (daughter of Rev. Thomas Mason and
Mary W. Morgan, his wife), who was born Aug. 10,
18 18, and died Oct. 15, 1841. Their children were:
Frances Ramadge, born Aug. 10, 1839 ; Mary Mason,
born Oct. 10, 1841 (died in infancy). He then mar-
ried Sept. 14, 1843, ^^" ^-j youngest daughter of
John Morgan and Elizabeth, his wife, who was born
in Philadelphia, March 18, 181 5, and died Oct. 19,
1844, after giving birth on that day to a son, John
Morgan Howe. John Moffat Howe then married,
May 7, 1846, Emeline Barnard Jenkins, youngest
daughter of Barzillai Jenkins and Susan Barnard, his
wife, born in Hudson, N. Y., April 16, 182 1. Their
children were: George Rowland, born Oct. 21, 1847 ;
Edwin Jenkins, born July 2, 1849; Chas. Mortimer,
born May i, 1851 ; Ella Louise, born Nov. 16,

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1852; Emeline Jenkins, born June i, 1856; Susan
Elanora, born Oct. 18, 1858.

Catherine Howe (daughter of Major Bezaleel Howe
and Catherine Moffat, his wife), born Sept. 21, 181 2,
died March 4, 1883; married, Oct. 11, 1831, Samuel
R. Spelman, son of Phineas Spelman, who was born
June 29, 1809, and died in 1885. Their children were:
Jane Augusta, born Aug. 4, 1832, and married James
M. Fuller, Dec. 18, 1851; Helena Wakona, born
Sept. 5, 1834, died July 30, 1836; Mary Wakona,
born Sept. 19, 1836, married Charles P. Cummings,
Oct. II, i860, and died July 22, 1874.

Bezaleel Howe (son of Major Bezaleel Howe and
Catherine Moffat, his wife), born Aug. 17, 181 5 ; died
Jan. 18, 1858; married, Aug. 5, 1838, Jane Cordelia,
daughter of Jacob Frank and Mary Barnet, his wife,
who was born May 18, 1820. Their only child was
Jacob Frank Howe, born April 20, 1848.

From this point we resume our direct line of descent,
and give the family records of the children of Dr.
John M. Howe.

Frances Ramadge Howe (daughter of John M.
Howe and Mary Mason, his wife), born in New York
City, Aug 10, 1839; married, Sept. 18, 1859, Rev.
John Andrew Munroe, of Annapolis, Md., son of
Rev. Jonathan Munroe and Matilda Keiser, his wife.
Their children were: Francis Howe, born in West-
minster, Md., April 11, 1862; Harry Keiser, born in
Westminster, Md., Oct. 6, 1865; Milbourne, born in

The Howe Family in America. 17

Westminster, Md., July 18, 1867; George Rowland,
born in Passaic, N. J., July 24, 1869; Clinton, born in
Newark, N. J., Nov. 29, 1873; John Herbert, born in
Port Jervis, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1877 (died in infancy);
Percy, born in Paterson, N. J., Oct. 8, 1878 (died in

John Morgan Howe (son of John Moffat Howe
and Ann W. Morgan, his wife), born in New York,
Oct. 19, 1844; married, Oct. 17, 1866, in Paterson,
N. J., Emma, daughter of David Roe and Emma
Eliza Blois, his wife. Their children were: Grace,
born in Passaic, N. J., April 13, 1868; Ethel, born in
Passaic, N. J., Jan. 29, 1870; Bertha, born in Passaic,
N. J., March 9, 1876, died March 19, 1875; Morgan
Roe, born in Passaic, N. J., Dec. 23, 1873; Alma,
born in Asbury Park, N. J., July 17, 1881.

George Rowland Howe (son of John M. Howe
and Emeline B. Jenkins, his wife), born in New
York, Oct. 21, 1847; married, June 11, 1879, ^^
Homer, N. Y., Louisa Anna, youngest daughter of
Paris Barber and Jane Eno, his wife, born Jan.' 11,
1854. Their children were: George Rowland, Jr.,
born in Newark, N. J., Dec. 20, 1880, died Sept.
26, 1881 ; Herbert Barber, born in Newark, N. J.,
Oct. 25, 1882; Ruth Eno, born in Newark, N. J.,
April 22, 1886.

Edward Jenkins Howe (son of John M. Howe and
Emeline B. Jenkins, his wife), born in Orange, N. J,,
July 2, 1849; married, Nov. 18, 1875, in Passaic,

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N. J., Sarah Louise, daughter of Henry P. Simmons
and Sarah Van Wagoner Shelp, his wife.

Charles Mortimer Howe (son of John M. Howe
and EmeHne B. Jenkins, his wife), born in New
York, May i, 1851; married, Oct. 12, 1876, in
Bath, N. Y., Margaret Ida, daughter of Caleb
Augustus Caniield and Sarah Hall Withington,
his wife, born Sept. 14, 1854. Their children
were: Edith, born in Passaic, N. J., March 10,
1878; John Canfield, born in Passaic, N. J., Sept.
16, 1880.

Ella Louise Howe (daughter of John M. Howe
and Emeline B. Jenkins, his wife), born in New
York, Nov. 16, 1852; married, June 20, 1874, in
Passaic, N. J., Ansel Bartlet Maxim, son of Thomas
Maxim and Mary A. Gurney, his wife, born in South
Carver, Mass., Sept. 8, 1836, died in Passaic, N. J.,
April 24, 1886. Their only child was Mary Maxim,
born March 18, 1879.

Emeline Jenkins Howe (daughter of John M.
Howe and Emeline B. Jenkins, his wife), born in
Passaic, N. J., June i, 1856; married, in Passaic,
June I, 1876, David Carlisle, born at Lisburn, Ire-
land, May 27, 1844, son of Rev. John Carlisle and
Maria Harper, his wife. Their children were
Emeline, born in Passaic, N. J., April 27, 1877
Anna, born in Passaic, N. J., Aug. 10, 1880
Marion, born in Passaic, N. J., June 8, 1883; John
Howe, born in Passaic, N. J., July 5, 1888'.

The Howe Family in America. 19

Susan Elanora Howe (daughter of John M. Howe
and EmeHne B. Jenkins, his wife), born in Passaic,
N. J., Oct. 15, 1858; married, Jan. 7, 1883, in
Passaic, N. J., Byron David Halsted, son of David
Halsted and Mary Mechem, his wife, born in
Venice, Cayuga Co., N. Y., June 7, 1852. Their
children were: Claire, born in Passaic, N. J., Oct.
18, 1883; Edwin Howe, born in Passaic, N. J., Jan.
27, 1888.

Such is the ancestry of the family of John Moffat
Howe, the subject of this memorial, and thus stands
the family record, now at the opening of the year
1889. It may appear, on various accounts, best to
repeat some of these items in other connections, but
it is thought well to place them also here, together at
the very beginning of the memorial.



JOHN HOW, as we have seen in the previous
chapter, resided first at Watertown and after-
wards at Sudbury, where he was in 1639. He was
admitted freeman in 1640, and died at Marlborough
in 1687 ; his wife Mary died at about the same
time. In 1642 he was selectman in Sudbury, and
in 1655 was appointed by the pastor and selectmen
"To see to the restraining of youth on the Lord's
Day." According to tradition, he was the first white
inhabitant who settled in the new grant. He came
to Marlborough about 1657 and built him a cabin,
a little to the east of the "Indian planting field,"

Incidents of Howe A ncestry. 2 1

where his descendants lived for many generations.
His place, recently occupied by the late Edward
Rice, was situated some one hundred yards from
Spring Hill meeting-house, a little to the east of the
present road from Spring Hill to Feltonville.

His proximity to the Indian plantation brought
him into direct contact with the natives ; but by his
kindness he secured the confidence and good-
will of his savage neighbors, who accordingly, not
only respected his rights, but in many instances made
him the umpire in cases of difficulty among themselves.
Once where a pumpkin vine sprang up within the
premises of one Indian, and the fruit ripened upon
the premises of another, the dispute which arose
between them as to the ownership of the pumpkin
was referred to him, and, inspired with the wisdom of
a second Solomon, he called for a knife and severed
the fruit, giving a moiety to each. This struck the
parties as the perfection of justice, and fixed the
impartiality of the judge on an indubitable basis.
Nor was a sense of his justice and impartiality con-
fided in by the Indians alone. When, in 1662, Thomas
Danforth, Esq., made a demand upon the colony for
a further compensation for his services, the court
ordered ''that he shall have granted him so much
land as old Goodman Rice and Goodman How of
Marlborough shall judge to be worth ten pounds,
and they are empowered to bound the same to

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