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William Howard, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: January 27, 1847 (70)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Howard and Arabella Aldridge
Husband of Elizabeth Howard, SM/PROG; Mary Hiles Howard, SM/PROG and Ann Tharratt Howard, SM/PROG
Father of John Henry Howard, b1; William Howard, b2; Mary Ann Hallum Watson, b3; Thomas Howard, b4; Emily Jones, b5 and 1 other
Brother of Anne Howard; Elizabeth Howard; William Howard, II and Henry Howard

Managed by: Sharon Doubell
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About William Howard, SV/PROG



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.

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-IMMIGRAN... [http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/h-menu/645-2011-01-03-...] [http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/post-1820-letters/h-wr...]


The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward HOCKLY, Second edition SEP 1966, Juta & Co. Limited.

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....


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



Grahamstown Journal 1834 - 1 - January to June Written by Sue Mackay. Posted in The Grahamstown Journal

Thursday 19 June 1834

MARRIED At Graham’s Town by the Rev J. Heavyside, Acting Colonial Chaplain:

May 9 – William HOWARD to Ann THARRATT


See Online version of Through the chequered path: The story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers / written by Pamela M. Barnes, edited by R. T. J. Lombard, Genealogy publication no. 28


Map of farms: https://www.1820settlers.com/

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William Howard, SV/PROG's Timeline

October 25, 1776
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
November 15, 1776
St. Mary, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England UK
England, UK
England, UK
March 31, 1809
Wandsworth, London, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
September 15, 1819
Buckinghamshire, England UK
Salem Hills, South Africa
August 1825
Age 45
Grahamstown, EC, South Africa