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Charles Abraham Howard

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Eton, Buckinghamshire, UK
Death: September 21, 1794 (40-48)
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Place of Burial: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Howard, Sr. and Mary Aldridge
Husband of Sarah Billopp Farmar
Brother of Hannah Howard; Santa-Maria Howard; Thomas Howard; William Howard, I and Elizabeth Howard

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About Charles Abraham Howard

"Abraham Howard, Surgeon in the Army. Ob. in America, Feb. 1794."

Abraham's wife is described as "Relict of Dr. Ross, Died in America"

Source: William Smith Ellis, "Hoard or Howard of Ewell and Guilford, Co. Surrey", Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, new series, vol. IV, 1884, edited by Dr. Joseph Jackson Howard


"1794, Sept. 19. Howard, Charles Abraham, Doctor, of Ross Hall, Middlesex Co. Int. Adm'x - Sarah Howard. Fellowbondsman - Moses Scott; both of said Co. Lib. 34, p. 538.

"1794, Sept. 23. Inventory, £1,133.5.6., including 3 negro slaves; made by William Letson and William French.

"1794, Sept. 24. Appointment of Sarah Howard, as Adm'x; said appointment becoming void when will was subsequently produced.

"1784, Sept. 4. (will of.) Testator states, he was late of Eton in the County of Buckinghamshire in the Island of Great Britain, Surgeon to his Britinick Majesty's 64th Regiment, but now of Piscataway, Middlesex Co. Wife, Sarah, real and personal and sole Executrix. Witness - Rachel Farmer. Proved Jan. 3, 1795. (Rachel Golet, late Rachel Farmer, at time of probate.)

"Lib. 35, p.197; File 8429-8440L, 8623-8626L."

Source: Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Volume VIII: 1791-1795


"Charles Abraham Howard studied medicine with Dr. Ross and after the death of the latter's wife, Dr. Howard married his widow who was several years his senior, and continued to reside at Ross Hall. He acquired considerable reputation as a surgeon. He became a member of the State Medical Society in ---- . In 1790 he was a warden of Christ's Church, New Brunswick. He died September 21, 1794."

Source: Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Volume 13


"Charles Abraham Howard.

"We learn of Dr. Howard first as a student of medicine with Dr. Alexander Ross in New Brunswick. His preceptor died in 1775. It is supposed that he then went to New York and enlisted in the British service. While there, he married the widow of Dr. Ross, much his senior in age and returning to New Jersey resided at Ross Hall on the east bank of the Raritan. The disabilities of citizenship were removed at a meeting of the Council of Safety, at Princeton, September 11, 1778, when it was "agreed that Mr. Howard, late Surgeon to the British light infantry in New York be permitted to come and settle in this State, upon his applying to a magistrate and taking the oath.s of abjuration and allegiance with all convenient speed after his arrival in the State."

He spent the remainder of his life in New Brunswick. He acquired considerable reputation as a surgeon and held a high social position as a gentleman. He became a member of the New Jersey Medical Society in 1786. He was a member of Christ Church, and in 1790 a warden. His habits were those of an epicure and bon vivant. They probably became the occasion, or cause of intensifying, organic disease which terminated in extensive dropsical effusion previous to his death, which occurred before he had reached middle life. In Christ Churchyard is the inscription, "Sacred to the memory of Dr. Charles Abraham Howard, who died the twenty-first of September, 1794."

Source: Wickes and Dickinson, History of medicine in New Jersey: and of its medical men, from the settlement of the province to A.D. 1800


"New Brunswick, N.J. 222. In memory of doctor Charles Abraham Howard, who died, the 21 of September, 1794, aged 44 years."

Source: Timothy Alden, A collection of American epitaphs and inscriptions, with occasional notes


Gravestone of Charles Abraham Howard, Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey -

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March 27, 1750
Buckinghamshire, UK
Buckinghamshire, UK
September 21, 1794
Age 44
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
New Brunswick, NJ, USA