John R. Howard, Sr., Captain (1738 - 1796) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Bamberg, Colleton, South Carolina, United States
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About John R. Howard, Sr., Captain

The tradition among his Georgia descendants is that John Howard came to America from England as a young lad and was indentured to a Virginia farmer

.. It is thought that his parents may have died On board ship en route to the Colonies. The farmer, known for his temper, became angry with the boy and struck him with an ear of shucked dried corn with such force that its imprint was left on his temple for life.

Young John ran away from the farmer, joined the Virginia militia and marched with "Colonel' George Washington to the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania (near present Pittsburgh) during the French and Indian War. On July 9, 1755, John Howard was standing close enough to hear Washington attempt to persuade Edward Braddock, renowned British general, to allow the Americans to fight Indian style from concealed positions behind trees, rocks and bushes. General Braddock was adamant in his refusal, and before the day ended, he was mortally wounded and all of his mounted officers slain except Washington. Thus, John Howard was present at Braddock's defeat.

This story, which cannot be documented, has passed down through the families of the late John S. Howard, Sr. of Tattnall Co. and the late Daniel S . Howard of Long Co. The marker at the grave of John S. Howard, Sr. Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church cemetery, Tattnall Co., bears the inscription: "Great Grandson of John Howard Who Was in Braddocks Defeat."

John Howard later moved to South Carolina.

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John Howard, Sr., Captain's Timeline

Age 22
Georgia, United States
Age 27
Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
Age 32
April 11, 1772
Age 34
Orangeburg, Orangeburg, SC, USA
June 17, 1777
Age 39
March 6, 1783
Age 45
Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
November 10, 1796
Age 58
Bamberg, Colleton, South Carolina, United States
Age 58
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ehrhardt, Bamberg County, South Carolina
Charleston City