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Thomas Howard, Sr.

Birthdate: (102)
Birthplace: Wilkes County, GA, USA
Death: Died in Morgan, Pendleton, Kentucky, United States
Cause of death: killed by shawnee
Immediate Family:

Son of John N Howard and Mary Howard
Husband of Letty Hatchet Grey Howard and Letty "Hatchet Grey" Durham
Father of Judith Slusher; John "War Jack" Howard, I; Thomas Howard, Jr; James Morgan Howard, Sr.; Benjamin S Howard Sr and 5 others
Brother of Julius Howard; William Howard and Martha Milley Tatum
Half brother of John "War Jack" Howard; James Howard, Sr.; Benjamin S Howard, Sr.; Celia Howard; Moses Howard and 1 other

Occupation: n.c. ranger
Managed by: Connie Howard
Last Updated:

About Thomas Howard, Sr.

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

Thomas Howard

  • Birth: June 8 1750 - Wilkes, Georgia, United States
  • Death: Jan 27 1853 - Morgan, Kentucky, United States

Military Service: BET. 1778 - 1781 Revolutionary War

From THE HOWARDS OF EASTERN KENTUCKY published by the Magoffin County Historical Society, c1985

We may have more appropriately said "The Howard Families of America" as the is illustrious family has dispersed itself so widely. Descendants of the early Howard settlers of Eastern Kentucky can be found in every state of the union. Eastern Kentucky has been noted for its large clanish families. The Howard family may well rank among the largest of these families. It could be noted that the Howard's were great believers in populating the land, as they averaged ten or more offspring and some are actually credited with fathering more than 25 children. The origin of the Howard name has been a challenge to previous publications and writers have offered differing viewpoints. This will be very lightly touched upon in this volume. There is speculation that the Howards are of the royalty of England through a Sir Thomas Howard.


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

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Thomas Howard, Sr.'s Timeline

June 8, 1750
Wilkes County, GA, USA
Age 15
Knox County, Kentucky, United States
June 8, 1770
Age 20
Wilkes County, Georgia, United States
September 13, 1772
Age 22
Wilkes, Georgia, USA
Age 25
City, Wilkes, Georgia, USA
Age 31
North Carolina, United States
Age 32
Russell Co., Virginia
Age 34
Russell, Virginia, USA
Age 40
St Botolphs, Bishopsgate, London