Esther Arabella Howard, b6 (c.1823 - c.1828)

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Birthplace: Salem Hills, South Africa
Death: Died in Grahamstown, EC, South Africa
Managed by: Sharon Lee, Away At The Beach
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About Esther Arabella Howard, b6

b6 Esther Arabella * Salem Hills c. 1823 died Grahamstown Nov. 1828

Source: Pamela Barnes, Through the chequered path: the story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers

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Esther Howard, b6's Timeline

1823
1823
South Africa
1828
November, 1828
Age 5
Grahamstown, EC, South Africa

Esther's death is described in "Through the Chequered Path: The Story of William Howard's Party of 1820 Settlers" by Pamela M Barnes, published by Human Sciences Resaerch Council, 1988.

William Howard suffered from gout and alcohol addiction and when he was married to Mary Hiles, with whom he had frequent arguments, he tried to persuade his daughter Esther that her step-mother would do her harm. Mary also turned to drinking. After an argument William would go to the schoolroom to sleep at night. During one such period William missed his daughter and took her with him. They sat on a mattress which was near fireplace with a candle for light in the schoolroom. Between 8 and 9pm William left Esther apparently to get some water. He told her to keep hold of the candle while he was gone. Esther grew drowsy and put the candle down so that she could sleep. While William was away Esther's clothes caught light. Esther was discovered by a neighbour who helped her but she was severely burned. She survived until the next day.
Esther's step-mother was accused of entering the schoolroom and starting the fire. She was tried but found not guilty. William Howard continued to believe that Mary was responsible for Esther's death and moved to Port Elizabeth shortly afterwards.