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William Howard
1780 - 1850
William Howard was born about 1780 in an unknown place and died about 1850 somewhere in Alabama. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 70 years old.

We believe William may be the father (or uncle) of Simeon. In April of 1838 Simeon marries Exy and William is the witness. In Dec. of 1838 William and Simeon Howard leased land from David Holland of the State of Alabama for four years. The land is located just south of the town of Salem on the Little Uchee Creek (present day county road 240)
In 1840 when William is between 60-70 years old, he is found living next door to Simeon (who is 35 years old). John and Ralph Howard also live in the same county and are close to Simeon's age. We are not sure the relationship of John and Ralph to Simeon or William.

The long shot is if William is a brother born 1810 living with his wife in the 1840 census, two sons born between(1835-1840) and (1830-40) and father or father in law (60-70).

Using 'best guess' and almost no facts,they may fit in with this family from North Carolina. We know there were two brothers, William H. (born between 1775-1780) and Ralph Owen (born 1797)who moved from Milledgeville, GA. They are the sons of Nehemiah Howard from Craven Co. NC and Cross Keys, SC.
Ralph O. Howard has been well documented, He was born in Milledgeville, GA and moved to Seale, Russell Co. AL. William is not well documented and we have read that he didn't marry.

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Other1/1/1818 Washington AL  38 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Excerpt from History of Methodism in Alabama:
(Page 184:) Of those who were prominent and valiant as Methodists in the Alabama Circuit, and who came to the country at an early day, may be mentioned, in addition to those whose names have already been given: The Rev. Moses Andrew, the Rev. Peyton Bib, .... William Hester, Mark Howard, James Howard, Joseph W. Houch, Lewis Houser, William Keener....
(page 186:) James Howard moved to the town of Washington in January 1818, and joined the Church there in 1821. James E. Nicholson, William Hester, and Stephen Pierce moved to the town of Washington about the same time James Howard did, and they and their wives were members of the Church there. Thomas Smith moved to that section of country in January, 1818.
(Page 423-4): Space would fail should the attempt be made to tell of the Rev. Moses Andrew, M.D., and the Rev. William Terry, local preachers, and Charles G. Rush, James E. Nicholson, James Howard, Thomas Hatchett, and others of the Alabama Circuit; Judge James Lane, Barr, Luckie, Harrington, Grimes, Barns, Warren, Yeldell, Godbold, McArthur, Ross, Davis, Muldrow, and others of the Cedar Creek Circuit who, through all the agitation, secession, and desertion, stood firm against every innovation of the Episcopal form of government.
 
Other1/1/1819 AL (Montgemery County) 39 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Excerpt from Page 175-6, History of Methodism in Alabama:
Near the site of the Holy Ground, where was fought the famous battle in which General Claiborne achieved a complete victory, and Weatherford, the Indian warrior, displayed unsurpassed chivalry, a Methodist church was erected as early as 1820; and by that same date a Society was organized and a log cabin was erected for a church in Dutch Bend, about three miles from Vernon. That church was named Asbury.
Washington was one of the preaching places at the first. Through 1819 and 1820, and on into 1821, the Methodists preached in Washington in private houses, usually in the house of Major James Howard. A house was built and finished in 1821 for an Academy and a church conjointly. In a year or more the place was abandoned as a place for a school and the house was henceforward used exclusively as a Methodist church. 
Census1/1/1820 District 24 GA (McIntosh County) 40 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  The family of Simton Howard consists of 2 white males under 10 years old; one free white male between 26-45; one free white female under 10 years old; and one free white female over 45 years old. One person in the household is engaged in agriculture.

On the following line, the family of Henry Howard has two white males under 10; one between 10-16 years old; one free white male between 26-45; one free white female under 10; one female between 16-26 years old; and one free white female over 46 years old. One person in the household is engaged in agriculture.  
Additional information about McIntosh County, GA around 1820: Founded in 1793, McIntosh County has grown into a booming import/export community using the Altamaha River as a waterway to the Atlantic. 
Other1/1/1820 Asbury AL (Autauga County) 40 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Excerpt from History of Methodism in Alabama:
(Page 184:) Of those who were prominent and valiant as Methodists in the Alabama Circuit, and who came to the country at an early day, may be mentioned, in addition to those whose names have already been given: The Rev. Moses Andrew, the Rev. Peyton Bib, .... William Hester, Mark Howard, James Howard, Joseph W. Houch, Lewis Houser, William Keener....
(Page 186:) Mark Howard moved to the section now embraced in Autanga County before the county was made, and while Alabama was a Territory Leonidas Howard, the son of Mark Howard, who lives now near Mulberry, Autauga County, Alabama, and in the same neighborhood in which he has lived more than seventy years, and who was born in Georgia September 13, 1816, recollects being baptized in Autauga County, Alabama, in 1820, by the Rev. Alexander Talley, and recollects seeing his father baptized the same day by the same preacher. The son was baptized by sprinkling, the father was baptized by immersion.
(Page 423:) At Asbury, the Church named for Bishop Asbury, in Dutch Bend, Autauga County, were Lewis Houser, Mark Howard, already mentioned, William Keener, James Mitchell, James Stoudenmire, John Stoudenmire, and Benjamin Taylor; at Washington, in the same County, were James Goodson, Buker Harris......  
Census8/7/1820 GA (Wilkinson County) 40 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  page 14 line:37 - William Howard: one male -under 10, one Male - 26 thru 44. three Females - Under 10, one Female - 10 thru 15, one Female - 26 thru 44.

page 9 - Vinny Howard (26-45)& family, page 14 Thomas Howard (16-26) & family, page 15 - Samuel L. Howard (16-25) with family and page 17 Sarah Howard (over 45) and family. 
Additional information about Wilkinson County, GA around 1820: Created in 1803 from newly acquired lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1802 and increased in 1805. Later, this area is divided to form Laurens, Telfair, and Twiggs counties. 
Land Deed12/3/1821 AL (Montgomery / Russell County) 41 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Name: William Howard Land Office: CAHABA, Document Number: 318, Total Acres: 79.3, Signature: Yes, Canceled Document: No, Issue Date: 3 Dec 1821, Mineral Rights Reserved: No, Metes and Bounds: No, Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566, Multiple Warantee Names: No, Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820, Multiple Patentee Names: No, Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries, Land Description: 1 E½NW ST STEPHENS No 17N 8E 9 
Census1/1/1830 NC (Onslow County) 50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Page: 17, line #4 - Name: William Howard: 1 Males -( Under 5), 2 Males - (5 thru 9), 1 Males - (40 thru 49), 1 Females - (10 thru 14), 1 Females - (30 thru 39)  
Census1/1/1830 GA (Telfair County) 50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  William Howard - 2 Males - (Under 5), 2 Males - (5 thru 9), 1 Male - (30 thru 39), 1 Female - (Under 5), 1 Female - (10 thru 14), 1 Female - (30 thru 39). 
Census1/1/1830 GA (Upson County) 50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Page 15 - Wm. Howard : one Male - (Under 5), one Males - (5 thru 9), two Males - (10 thru 14), one Males - (15 thru 19), one Males - (40 thru 49), one Females - (20 thru 29), one Females - (50 thru 59)  
Census1/1/1830 AL (St. Cair County) 50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  line 24 -William Howard- two males (10-15),two males (20-30), 0ne male (50-60), one female (40-50).

next door: line 25 -John Howard - one male (under 5),one male (20-30),one female (15-20).  
Land Deed6/1/1831 AL (Montgomery / Russell County) 51 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  Name: William Howard, Land Office: CAHABA, Document Number: 6037, Total Acres: 79.81, Signature: Yes, Canceled Document: No, Issue Date: 1 Jun 1831, Mineral Rights Reserved: No, Metes and Bounds: No, Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566, Multiple Warantee Names: No, Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820, Multiple Patentee Names: No, Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries, Land Description: 1 W½NW ST STEPHENS No 17N 5E 22 
Marriage4/5/1838 Seale AL (Russell County) 58 yrs old 
Groom's name: Simeon Howard, Bride's name Experience Ellis, Marriage date: April 5, 1838. County: Russell
William Howard- wittiness   Source:  Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957 index
Land Deed10/25/1838 GA (Baker County) 58 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Howard.  land deed between John H. Howard, William S. Howard and William J. Beaty.In the County of Early now Baker. recorded on 9/19/1854 
Land Deed12/18/1838 AL (Russell County) 59 yrs old 
Book C,Page 82 - recorded Dec. 18th 1838 - William and Simeon Howard leased land from David Holland of the State of Alabama for four years.

Page 82 Received for record (Dec. 13th 1838) and recorded (Dec. 18th 1838)
Thomas L. Tate - clerk
The State of Alabama, Russell County
This indenture made and endured unto this the twenty seventh day of Oct. in the our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight between David Holland of the State and county aforesaid of the one part and William & Simeon Howard of the same State and county of the other part . Witnesseth that the said Holland for and in consideration here in men lived viz the said William Howard is to clear cultivate and put under a common two rail fence thirty acres of land and as much more as the said William may see prosper(?) and to build such cabins as he has fit for his own convenience. and the said Simeon Howard is to clear cultivate and put under a common two rail fence between two and fifteen acres of land and build such cabins as is necessary for his convenience, hath this day bargained and into the said William and Simeon a certain parcel of land for the farm and space of four years from the 1st of January 1839 and no longer contains and hundred and forty acres mention of being the south west quarter of section 24, township 18 and range 28 wherein the said land is to be cleared cultivated and the said William and Simeon agree that if the land parcel should mark sale of said land before the term of four years is unfinished they will give possession to him or any other the first of January thus four by being sales first or paid the value of this land and if they _____ agree upon the value within(?) of the agree to heirs s-to-the valuation of two others person who are judge of such matters and the said David do here by warrant and defend the right title and claim of said land and promises and all pertaining thirds to the said William and Simeon for the term and space of four years as afore and against himself, his heirs and assigns or against the clam of any other person or persons.
In witness whereof I hereinto set my hand and afford my seal in person of Mary Davis
David Holland
M. Davis J.P.
State of Alabama
Russell County S S Before me Thomas S. Tate day of the County Court of said county personally appeared the within named Lardner M. Davis of the subpoenaing witness to the written case  
Land Deed12/19/1838 FL (Russell County) 59 yrs old 
Location of land owned by Simeon and William Howard - south west quarter of section 24, township 18 and range 28. 
Census1/1/1840 AL (Russell County) 60 yrs old 
The families of John, William and Simeon Howard are recorded near each other. Family members in each household consist of:
  • page 37 #24 - William -- The ages of all males are: One under 5 years old; one between 5-9; one 15-19; one 20-29; and one between 60-69. One female lives in the house between the age of 20-29.
  • page 37 #23 - Simeon -- Living in Simeon's house are one male between the age of 30-39 and one female between the age of 20-29.
  • page 55 #17 - John -- 1 one male between 20-29; one female between 5-9; one female between 30-39.
  • page 27 #10 -Ralph --two male under 5, two males 5-9,two males 10-14, one male between 30-39; two females under 5,two female between 5-9; one female between 20-29,one female between 30-39. 16 male slaves and 8 female slaves
 
Additional information about Russell County, AL around 1840: Russell County was created in 1832 by an act of the Alabama General Assembly and named for a Creek War hero (Col. John Russell). It is the home of several forts, including Fort Mitchell. It contains several major waterways including the Chattahoochee and Big Uchee Rivers. 
Marriage1/26/1843 AL (Russell County) 63 yrs old 
William Howard is the witness in the wedding of Robert Cason and Caroline Enfinger on page 81, book 1833-1854 Russell Co. AL 

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22 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL and southern border of AL.
23 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
25 1805 Indian cessions opened up large portions of western (Choctaw) and northern (Chickasaw and Cherokee) Alabama to white settlers.
31 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
32 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
33 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave AL and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
33 1813 Two battles begin the Creek Indian War: (1) Fort Mims Massacre - Fort Mims is attacked on August 13 by the Red Sticks while the inhabitants are eating their noon meal. The massacre brings an immediate response from the whites and soldiers are recruited from Tennessee, Georgia and other territories, and (2) The Battle of Holy Ground on December 1813.
34 1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend on March 27, leaves the Creek Red Sticks scattered and unorganized. Those that survive the battle flee south into northern Florida and band together as the Seminoles. Red Eagle (Billy Weatherford) surrenders to General Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson later in the year.
34 1814 The Treaty of Fort Jackson is finalized on August 9, 1814. William Weatherford (Red Eagle) surrenders to Gen. Andrew Jackson and cede their lands to the federal government. This opens approximately half of present-day AL to white settlement.
37 1817 Alabama Territory is created when Congress passes an act to divide the Mississippi Territory and admit it into the union as a state. Alabama will remain a territory for two more years.
39 1819 Alabama admitted to the United States
55 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
57 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
60 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
70 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
AgeDateEvent
3 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
5 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
13 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
19 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
20 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
27 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
34 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
50 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
59 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
64 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
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20 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
31 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
32 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
48 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
54 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
AgeDateEvent
7 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
13 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
14 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
18 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
23 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
24 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
25 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
26 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
31 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
40 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
50 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
55 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
57 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
60 1840 Oregon Trail is established
62 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
AgeDateEvent
3 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
7 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
8 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
9 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
12 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
13 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
15 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
16 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
17 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
53 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


The Children of William Howard

John Howard
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1803 and died somewhere in Alabama about 1885. He was about 82 years old.

Possible brother of Simeon Howard. Notice in the 1840 census. He is living near William and Simeon. ...
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William H. Howard
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1806 and died somewhere in Alabama about 1860. He was about 54 years old.

He is the possible brother of Simeon. William married Toba ________.
Children:
Benetta Howard (1834)
Irwin Howard (1836)
Seaborn Howard (1839)
Joel Howard (1842)
Josephus H...
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Simeon Daniel Howard
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1815 and died in Leary, Calhoun Co., Georgia on an unknown day in April 1870. He was about 55 years old.

We believe William to be the father of Simeon. They are found living next door to each other on the 1840 census. In April 1838 Simeon marries Exy and William is the witness. A few months later, in Dec...
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Sarah Howard
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1824 and died somewhere in Alabama about 1860. She was about 36 years old.

Possible sister of Simeon Howard. Sarah marries William Green in 1847. In 1850 she is living next door to Simeon. ...
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