About William Howard, SV/PROG
Last Name: Howard
First Name: William
Date of Birth: chr. 15 Nov 1776
Place of Birth: St. Mary Aylesbury, Bucks., England
Parents – Father: William Howard
Parents – Mother: Arabella
Spouse: 1) Elizabeth 1780-1825; 2) Mrs. Mary Hiles no issue 3) Mrs. Ann Tharratt
Date of Death: 27 Jan 1847 age 70 on 2 Oct 1846
Place of Death: Cape Town
Notes: Howard’s party of 1820 settlers. IGI. DN 8867/1847, 290/1850, 948/1835. William was a schoolmaster and bookseller in Chesham, Bucks. In 1825 he was schoolmaster in Grahamstown.
John Henry 1802 Buckinghamshire, m. Harriet, d. 21 Jun 1850 age 48 (q.v.)
Mary Ann 1805 m 1) 1822 Richard Watson Hallam, 2) Waters (she was a widow in 1847 in Port Elizabeth)
Thomas b. 31 Mar 1809 chr. 21 ZMay 1809 Wandsworth, London; d. 28 Jun 1835 age 25 at Kingwilliamstown, unmarried
Emily chr. 24 Oct 1819 Chesham, Bucks. m. 1837 Mr. Henry Jones, schoolmaster in Uitenhage
Esther Arabella 1823 – 1828.
William Howard * Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England 25.10.1776 died Port Elizabeth 27.1.1847 x Elizabeth NN * May 1780 died Grahamstown Aug. 1825 xx 19.1.1827 Mary Hiles * c.1781 died before 1834 xxx 9.5.1834 Ann Tharratt * c. 1785
b1 John Henry * Buckinghamshire, England c.1802 died Cradock 26.6.1850 x Harriett NN c1 John Henry * Bathurst c.1830 died Middelburg, Transvaal 14.4.1892 c2 Mary Ann * Cradock c.1836 died Kimberley 25.7.1893 c3 Jemima c4 Elizabeth
b2 William * c.1804 died before 1845
b3 Mary Ann * c.1805 x c.1822 George HALLAM died before 1837 xx 20.4.1837 Richard WATSON * c.1801 died before 1847 c1 Mary HALLAM * Grahamstown Dec. 1822 died Grahamstown 6.5.1883 c2 Jemima Ann WATSON * Port Elizabeth 8.6.1829 died Grahamstown 21.11.1859 c3 William WATSON
b4 Thomas * London, England c.1809 died King William's Town 28.6.1835, unmarried
b5 Emily * Sept. 1819 x 19.9.1837 Henry JONES * c.1815 c1 Henry JONES * Uitenhage c.1841 died Jansenville 27.1.1876 c2 William JONES * c.1851
b6 Esther Arabella * Salem Hills c. 1823 died Grahamstown Nov. 1828
"Elizabeth Howard's death early in August 1825, at the age of 45, was a tragic blow; after her burial at St. George's Church, her widower found himself in sole charge of the two youngest daughters, seven-year old Emily and Esther, aged two. Overwhelmed by his loss he began drinking rather heavily, liquor being cheaper than food in Grahamstown at that time."
"The two years spent at Port Elizabeth since Esther’s death had wrought great changes in him; with a remarkable inner strength had conquered the fetters of drink, and frequently attended church services now, searching for a spiritual home. Returning to Grahamstown in 1832 for a five-year stay, Howard married for the third time in May 1834, his bride being a widow Mrs Ann Tharratt, whose husband Tobias’ had died the previous year."
Source: Pamela Barnes, Through the chequered path: the story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers
----------------------- THE SETTLER HANDBOOK by MD Nash THE SETTLER PARTIES [http://www.genealogyworld.net/nash/howard.html]
No. 21 on the Colonial Department list, led by William Howard of Blucher Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. a school master 'on the Lancastrian plan', a system of education for the children of the poor that relied on the use of pupil-teachers, with one usher presiding over the whole school. His first application to take out a joint-stock party of 15 men and their families from Buckinghamshire was turned down, and he met this rejection with a desperate appeal to the Colonial Department, backed up by a testimonial to his moral character (which he drafted himself) signed by the curate, overseers, churchwarden and magistrate of Chesham. He stoutly asserted that he was 'prepared to conflict with difficulties of any description, and feared no dangers whatever'. On the strength of the testimonial his party was accepted to fill a late vacancy occasioned by the withdrawal of one Edward Webb Wilson. By this time, several of Howard's people had fallen away, but gaps in his list were filled by four members of a London party led by Thomas Bainbridge of Soho, whose application had been unsuccessful (Bainbridge, Willan, Felton and Niland).
Deposits were paid for 15 men, and the party embarked at Deptford in the Ocean regular transport, sailing from Portsmouth on New Year's Day 1820, and arriving in Table Bay on 29 March and Algoa Bay on 15 April. Its location on the Blaauwkranz River was named Salem Hills.
William Howard's florid calligraphy and literary style were put to good use in the Albany settlement; he was employed by his fellow-settlers as a professional writer of petitions to government, and much of the correspondence in the colonial records is unmistakably of his composition.
LIST OF HOWARD'S PARTY
BAINBRIDGE, Thomas 39. Tailor. w Elizabeth 38. c Elizabeth 13, Jane 12. BARNES, James 12, George 8 (stepsons of Henry Harper). CADLE, John Henry 24. Tallow chandler. w Sarah 28. c Mary 8, Elizabeth 3, William 1, John. FELTON, George Henry 19. Farmer. HANGER, Edward Henry 30. Carpenter. w Harriet Sophia 26. c Caroline 6. HARPER, Henry 30. Cooper. w Mary 37. c James 14, Elizabeth 6. HEALEY, Edward 34. Farmer. w Mary 28. HEATH, George 23. Shoemaker. HOWARD, William 42. Schoolmaster. w Elizabeth 39. c John Henry 17, William 15, Mary Ann 14, Thomas 10, Emily 1. JEFFRIES, Edward George 12 and Gad 10 (in the care of J Watts). MEHRTENS, Seba 25. Willow cutter. w Ann 24. NILAND, John 29. Gardener. w Catherine 25. POULTON, John 42. Shoemaker. w Ann 35. c Ann 13, John 11, Mary 10, Samuel 9, Eliza 8, Sarah 6, Charles 5, Charlotte 3, Ruth 1. TARR, William 32. Butcher. w Susannah 35. c John 9, Maria 3, Sarah 2, Oceanus (born and died at sea). VAUGHAN, John 19. Engraver. WATTS, James 32. Brickmaker. WILLAN, Giles 38. Farmer. w Rachel 29. c Alice 6, Elizabeth 1, Sarah (born at sea).
Main sources for party list Agent of Transports' Return of settlers under the direction of William Howard (Cape Archives CO 136); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8542).
Further reading William Howard's description of the Ocean's voyage to the Cape appears in Memorials of the British Settlers of South Africa (Grahamstown, R Godlonton, 1844, reprinted in facsimile by the South African Library, Cape Town, 1971).
Transcriptions of William Howard's correspondence establishing the Party to the Cape Colony - http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA-IMMIGRANTS-BRITISH/2006-08/1154790372 [http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/h-menu/645-2011-01-03-17-00-19.html] [http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/post-1820-letters/h-writers-surnamed-h/1730-howard-william-memorial-re-1826.html]
The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward HOCKLY, Second edition SEP 1966, Juta & Co. Limited.
HOWARD, William, 42
Party: Head of HOWARD's party
Wife: Elizabeth, 39
Family: John Henry, 17; William, 15; Thomas, 10; Mary Ann, 14; Emily, 1.
Head of HOWARD's party from Buckinghamshire. Conducted a school at Grahamstown. Wrote an epic, 'The destruction of Jerusalem', in six parts.
Added by Y. DROST
Death, Jan.27 - Mr. William HOWARD, aged 70 years and 3 months, who for several years had been the laborious Secretary of the 'Port Elizabeth Total Abstinence Society'. He was a kind husband and an affectionate father. The truths of the everlasting Gospel were his support and his end was peace.
Source: 30 January 1847, Eastern Province Herald, CO53/26 National Archives, Kew, London, http://www.eggsa.org/newspapers/index.php/eph/108-eph-1847-jan-mar.html
According to MD Nash in The Settler Handbook:
"William Howard's florid calligraphy and literary style were put to good use in the Albany settlement; he was employed by his fellow-settlers as a professional writer of petitions to government, and much of the correspondence in the colonial records is unmistakably of his composition. "
In addition to writing petitions and formal correspondence, William also wrote 100 poems and an epic titled The Destruction of Jerusalem. These works are held at the Cory Library of Rhodes University.
The Natal Day of Samuel Allan South, William Howard MS 14 577, Cory Library
Various religious poems written by William Howard, William Howard MS 14 577, Cory Library
Examples of William Howard's handwriting, William Howard MS 14 577, Cory Library
William Howard, SV/PROG's Timeline
October 25, 1776
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
November 15, 1776
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK
March 31, 1809
September 15, 1819
January 19, 1827
19 January 1827