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William Benjamin Howard 

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William 'Buck' Jasper Howard
4/12/1856 - 1/15/1950

Alice Virgina Rigsby
1/5/1867 - 11/10/1913
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William Benjamin Howard
4/11/1886 - 7/18/1935
(Shown at age 34)
William Benjamin Howard was born on April 11, 1886 in Calhoun County, Georgia and died on July 18, 1935 in Geneva County, Alabama. He lived to be 49 years old.

Burial at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Houston Co. AL.

Story: Bob the Dog
Told By Arlene Butler to Gale Wall. She remembers her mother, Mildred Snow, often talking of Ben's dog named Bob. They lived out in the country and when Ben wanted to get a message to his brother, Henry Thomas, he would tie a message to a kerchief on Bob and tell him to "Go". Bob would go to Henry's house and return with an answer to Ben's message. Mildred told her that everyone knew Bob.
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Census1/4/1900 Cordray GA (Calhoun County) 13 yrs old 
Recorded as Family #21: W. J. Howard (age 44, born in March 1856), Allice Howard (age 33, born Jan. 1867), Ben Howard (14, Apr. 1886), Minnie Howard (10, Oct. 1889), Mattie Howard (5, Apr. 1895), and Charlie Howard (2, Nov. 1897). W. J. was born in AL as were his parents, Allice was born in GA, as were her parents. All of the children were born in GA. W.J. is a farmer, Ben is a farm laborer, and Minnie is attending school. Everyone can read and write except W.J., Mattie, abd Charles. Allice says they have been married for 20 years and she has given birth to six children, of which, only four are living.  
Census5/4/1910 Malvern, precinct 3 AL (Geneva County) 24 yrs old 
136, family #137 B. Howard (age 23 -born in AL) and wife Clara (15 - born in AL). They have been married 2 mo., He is a carpenter. He can read but not write. She can read and write. 
Census1/6/1920 Mehern AL (Geneva County) 33 yrs old 
Listed as family number 79: William B. Howard (age 35), Clara May (wife, age 25), Lucile (age 7), Lillian (age 5), and Leon (son, age 5). William, and his parents, were born in GA. Clara was born in AL, as were her parents. All children were born in AL. William states his occupation as farmer and he is operating a general farm. 
Census5/9/1930 Fadette AL (Geneva County) 44 yrs old 
Listed as family #382: William B. Howard (age 44), Clyde (wife, age 36), Lillian (daughter, age 15), Leon (son, age 15), Alice (daughter, age 9), Lloyd (son, age 6), Jessie N. (daughter, age 4 months) and Henry D. Smith (brother-in-law, age 61). William is unable to read/write but his wife and older children can. William and his parents were born in GA. Everyone else is born in AL. 
Death Certificate7/18/1935 AL (Geneva County) 49 yrs old 
Benjamin Howard - death July 1935 in Geneva Co. AL. Page #: 17280 book 35. 
Graveyard/Tombstone7/19/1935 Houston AL (Geneva County) 49 yrs old 
W.B. HOWARD - Apr 11, 1886 to Jul 18,1935 h/o HOWARD Clara
New Hope Primitive Baptist Cemetery 

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19 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
26 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
28 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
31 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
34 1920 Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar Counties are formed.
38 1924 Peach County is formed.
AgeDateEvent
3 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
9 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
11 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
14 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
14 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
15 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
16 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
17 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
18 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
20 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
20 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
20 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
26 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
27 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
28 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
37 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
37 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
38 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
40 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
41 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
42 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
AgeDateEvent
22 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
26 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
27 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
31 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
33 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
AgeDateEvent
23 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
24 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
41 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
43 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
44 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
46 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
47 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
48 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
48 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
49 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
AgeDateEvent
23 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
28 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
31 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
33 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
34 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
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Clara Smith
Born on December 12, 1894 and died on September 18, 1980
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The Children of William Benjamin Howard

Lucille Howard
Born in Slocomb,Geneva County, Alabama on July 10, 1912 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on May 10, 2003. She was 90 years old.

Married 8/19/1928 to Mike Owen "Man Hoss" Register (8/5/1909 - 11/13/1972)in Houston Co. AL. 2nd Marriage 11/3/1981 to Ernie Boyette.

Leonard Earl Register (1935-1995)
Lonnie J. Register (1...
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Leon Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on September 10, 1914 and died in Houston County, Alabama on July 21, 1968. He was 53 years old.

Married 12/30/1934 to Eunice Register in Houston Co. AL.(divorced 1939)
In 1944 he married Helen Jeanette Harding (5/30/1926 AL). ...
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66 years old
Lillian Howard
Born in Slocomb, Geneva County, Alabama on September 10, 1914 and died in Greenville, Mississippi on July 20, 1998. She was 83 years old.

Married Lloyd "Big Boy" Watford (12/1/1912 AL - 12/3/2001)
children:
Robert William (1932-2002)
L.W. (1934-1989)
Cecil (1936-2000)...
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Maudie Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 26, 1917 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on October 18, 1917. This child lived to be only 53 days old.

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Alice Virgina Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on November 12, 1921 and died in Columbus, Georgia on June 20, 1984. She was 62 years old.

She married Henry Cleveland Denney.
They had seven children:
Kenneth Olin Denney (12/7/1938 -1/1/2007 GA)
Jessie Horace Denney (12/21/1940-6/23/1987 GA)
Billy Wayne Denney (...
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Floyd Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 13, 1923 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on October 19, 1923. This child lived to be about 2 months old.

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Loyd Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 13, 1923 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on May 3, 1991. He was 67 years old.

Married Juanita E. Sasser (10/24/1927 Barbour Co. AL -11/16/1994 Rockledge, Brevard Co. FL).
They had two children:
Martha Howard
Sybil Howard
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Jessie Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on October 17, 1925 and died in Columbus, Georgia on October 3, 1980. She was 55 years old.

She married on 2/7/1942 to Cleveland H. Snell in Columbus, GA. ...
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