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About Thomas Howard, Jr

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A090663


States he was born June 8, 1750 in Wilkes County, GA. While a resident of Montgomery County, VA he enlisted in June 1778, and served three years as a Private in Captain Jesse Evans Company in Colonel John Montgomery's Regiment VA line. He was in the battles of Vincennes and Pickaway and in other skirmishes with the Indians. Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at $80 to commence on the 4th March 1831. Duplicate certificate issued October 28th 1851 and sent to L.F.I. Trabue, Frankfort, KY. Thomas Howard states in this application that he was born in Georgia, in Wilkes County [now] on the 8th day of June 1750 and know his age from his father having it set down in a book and having seen it often. He lived in Montgomery County VA when called into service and moved here [Perry County] thirty-seven years since the Revolutionary War [1820] and now lives in Perry County KY. It was a new county formed out of Floyd and Clay Counties. He enlisted for three years and was promised land when he enlisted which he never got. He stated that his brother James, who was eighty-one years old in 1833 and a resident of Perry County KY served with him and that his father was murdered by Indians. On December 24, 1833 Thomas Howard aged 83 appeared in before a Justice of the Peace of Perry County KY and made declaration as to his Revolutionary War service. Mr. William Coffee, a Clergyman, of Perry County and James Howard residing in the same certifies that they are well acquainted with Thomas Howard and believe him to be 83 years old and to have been a soldier of the Revolution. Included in the pension file is a reference to "widow" Frances or Franky. A letter is included in the rear of the file regarding Frances as of October 1853 seeking to get pension reinstated as her husband Thomas had died in January of 1853. This has provided descrepancy and questions as to the above pension and service being accurate. As well as regards Thomas, his age is consistent in all census records EXCEPT for the pension application when he seems to have added 20 years to his age.

However, it is important to note that in this file, the original application mentions no widow, spouse, or minor children, only a brother James. As Frances was very much alive, and did indeed have children during this time period (1833), it is passing strange that no mention was made of them - the only record of a spouse being found is in subsequent letters and documents. In fact.....the pension application of Thomas states: "he nor his brothe

The rumor that he was killed by raiding Indians is refuted by Elizabeth Salyer in her book

Find a Grave

Birth: Jun. 8, 1770 Wilkes County Georgia, USA

Death: Jan. 27, 1853 Morgan County Kentucky, USA

MY 4th. GREAT GRANDFATHER Thomas was born in Georgia the son of Thomas Howard and Letty Durham. On August 15, 1796 In Montgomery County Virginia he married Frances Jackson. According to her pension application Francis was born in 1779. Their children are; Moses Howard-My 3rd. great grandfather, William Howard, Matilda (Howard) Montgomery, Letty (Howard) Montgomery-my 3rd-great grandmother and Cynthia (Howard) Phipps, James Howard, Henry Howard-my 3rd. great grandfather, Reubin Howard, Andrew Jackson Howard, Elizabeth (Howard) Risner and Nancy J.(Howard) Risner-my 3rd. great grandmother.

Family links:

  • Frances Jackson Howard (1779 - 1871)*
  • Elizabeth Howard Nickell Gentry*
  • Moses Howard (1797 - 1880)*
  • Matilda Howard Montgomery (1802 - 1887)*
  • Lettica Howard Montgomery (1802 - ____)*
  • Henry Howard (1810 - 1883)*
  • Reubin Howard (1812 - 1914)*
  • Nancy J. Howard Risner (1826 - 1900)*

  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Howard Family Cemetery Bloomington Magoffin County Kentucky, USA

Created by: Sherry (Tackett) Plowman Record added: Jan 23, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 33169171

Thomas Howard Jr. BIRTH 8 Jun 1770 Wilkes County, Georgia, USA DEATH 27 Jan 1853 (aged 82) Morgan County, Kentucky, USA BURIAL Mouth of Coon Creek Cemetery Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, USA MEMORIAL ID 139283152 · View Source

MEMORIAL PHOTOS 5 FLOWERS 121 Thomas was born in Wilkes County, Georgia to Thomas Howard, Sr. and Lettica "Letty" Durham. He was married to Frances Jackson. Thomas and Frances had 11 children: Moses m. Mary Ann Patrick, William m Anna Arnett, Matilda m. Joseph J.Montgomery, Letty m. John J. Montgomery, Cynthia m. John Phipps, James m. Sarah Lemaster, Henry m. Elizabeth Cottle, Reubin m. Nancy Arnett, Andrew m. Matilda Ray, Elizabeth m. John Risner, and Nancy m. Archibald Risner. Recently his gravestone was discovered by Manton Ray, in an overgrown section of the cemetery, with other Howard family members, which Manton so graciously cleared off. THOMAS WAS MY 3RD GREAT-GRANDFATHER.

There are some who say that Thomas (1770) was married to Polly Patrick, but I don't believe that to be the case. There is no known record for this, not one. I think that there may have been some confusion because the son of Thomas and Frances, Moses Howard married Mary Ann "Polly" Patrick. Furthermore, Thomas and Frances are shown together in the 1850 census, three years before his death. If he were married to a Polly Patrick,they would have been together then. His cenotaph in the Howard Cemetery in Maggard, only lists he, Frances and their children.

Family Members Parents Thomas Howard 1740–1822

Photo Letty Durham Howard 1744–1843

Spouse Photo Frances Jackson Howard 1779–1871

Siblings James Howard 1772–1859

William Howard 1783–1868

Photo Elizabeth Howard Arnett 1783–1860

Children Moses Howard 1797–1880

Lettica Howard Montgomery 1802 – unknown

Photo Matilda Howard Montgomery 1802–1887

Photo Henry Howard 1810–1883

Photo Reubin Howard 1812–1914

Andrew Jarvie Howard 1815–1893

Elizabeth Sarah Howard Risner 1818 – unknown

Nancy J. Howard Risner 1826–1900

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Thomas Howard, Jr's Timeline

GA, United States
Morgan County, Kentucky, United States
Knox County, KY, United States
Paint Creek, Floyd, Kentucky, United States
Morgan County, Kentucky, United States
Morgan County, Kentucky, United States
Morgan County, Kentucky, United States
Morgan County, Kentucky, United States