|I am the great-great granddaughter of John (born April 27, 1827) and
Rebecca (Davidson) Howe (born October 1, 1829), married November 3, 1847
and had nine children, that I am aware of: Jessie Franklin, born September
30, 1848, married September 24, 1872 Mary Margaret Rodgers; David William,
my grandfather, born April 9, 1850, died May 30, 1918 (gravestone shows
May 29), married Safronia Elizabeth Barnett, born February 5, 1861, died
October 28, 1946; James A., born July 30, 1852; John S., born July 24,
1855, married August 5, 1893, Minnie Bedell; Susan A., born January 7,
1858; Nancy Anne, born March 22, 1860, married December 22, 1877, James
Washington Standiford, born November 3, 1858; Pleasant Wesley, born September
24, 1863, married October 29, 1890, N. E. Watson; Mary Ellen, born April
16, 1866, married August 23, 1893, Robert S. Grimes; Martha Wilson, born
January 8, 1869. Rebecca Howe died in Coleman County, April 14, 1894,
when the shaft of a buggy being put into a shed went through her stomach,
buried in Coleman. John Howe died October 11, 1906, buried near Ionia,
Missouri. Just when they came to Texas from Missouri, is not known
for certain, however, some of the children evidently stayed in Missouri
and some came to Texas. I found marriage certificates in Coleman
County for John S., Pleasant Wesley and Mary Ellen.
Although I have not located a marriage certificate for David William,
G-grandpa Howe as I will refer to him, and Safronia Elizabeth Barnett were
married and evidently began their married life in Coleman County.
G-grandpa Howe accumulated much land in the northeastern part of Coleman
County, located between Burkett and Camp Colorado areas. The first
record I found of land which he acquired was April 16, 1881. Through
the years from 1881 until the early 1900’s, I located approximately 1400
acres that he acquired. Eight children were born of this marriage,
one son and seven daughters:
Oscar, married January 18, 1910 Ethel Watson.
Mary Alice ‘‘Allie” married Bill Smith, their children Joe, Nora, Willie
Florence, born April 3, 1881, died April 9, 1905.
Mineola, my grandmother, born October 21, 1885, died July 1, 1958.
Ellen M. “Ebb,’’ born July 6, 1887, died April 21, 1930, married December
9, 1909, Walter L. Field, born December 13, 1886, died June 20, 1959, their
children are: Cecil, Bernace Leon “Pat,” Essie Oleta, Cleo Clayden, Odis
Wiley, Dessie Lometa, Lowell Odell, Winona Christine and Muriel Laree.
Alma Ethel, born April 12, 1889, died December 21, 1916, married January
7, 1909, Robert Roe Moore, born October 31, 1890, died January 20, 1919,
their children Elmer Clyde “Tod” and William Reuben “Bill.” Ethel
evidently had tuberculosis while carrying the second child and she died
just two days short of the child being one month old. Ethel’s husband
later married Ruby Fry and they had one daughter, Julia Lorene. He
died of pneumonia in 1919.
Willie, a daughter, born October 3,1892, died November 24, 1900.
Another infant daughter, born and died April 21, 1893.
G-grandpa Howe was a farmer, having one of the first threshing machines
in the area, taking it around the country and threshing for others.
He also had cattle and had located on his land a dipping vat where cattle
from all over the area were brought to be dipped. He had his own
blacksmith shop and raised his own mules and brood mares. He was
one of the first in the area to own an automobile, an Overland, which caused
quite a lot of excitement. G-grandpa Howe hired young men to come
and work for him at various times and they would court his daughters, eventually
marrying one. As the girls married, G-grandpa would allow the newly
married couple to begin their married life on certain tracts of land that
he owned. The land was not actually deeded to the couple until after
the death of G-grandpa Howe in 1918. At that time all of the land
was divided with G-grandma Howe getting three tracts and the children getting
theirs. It seems that Oscar, the only son and oldest child, talked
G-grandma Howe into selling her portion of the land for $600.00.
The appraisal value at the time she received it was $15,000.00. He
used this land and his portion of the inherited land as collateral on loans.
It was eventually foreclosed upon, for failure to pay, and came into the
possession of T. L. and Salome H. Stevens. G-grandma Howe and Oscar
moved to Burkett where they lived in a little “shack,” much below the standard
accustomed to. Oscar did a lot of traveling and “big timing” and
I am told that he died a pauper and was buried by the county in Amarillo.
There was located on the property of D. W. Howe, a cemetery which was deeded
to the Howe Community. Also located on this land was a one room school
house which G-grandpa Howe built.
Mineola married Leslie Andrew Hill, December 27, 1908, born April 12,
1887, died April 6, 1962, one of the young men who worked for G-grandpa
Howe. Three children were born to this couple: Allie Pearl, Ivan
Odell and Bernice Evelyn (see Holmans and Andrew
Porter). In 1935, after their son, Ivan, had married (they were living
with his parents), Ivan had planted a crop of maize and rather than harvest
it and move the crop, since they were moving to another place, he told
his dad he could have the crop except for enough to take care of his team
until he could plant and harvest a new crop. This turned out to be
a bumper crop that Ivan gave his dad and the money made from this crop
was used to build a new home for Les and Ola in 1936. Les was a farmer
and Ola was a housewife, which in those days meant lots of hard work, not
only doing housework but helping in the fields. Ola was stricken
by arthritis at an early age and her hands became so drawn by this disease
that her fingers were drawn to the palm of her hands. She would help
pick cotton by sitting in a chair and moving it up the mows. Ola
took care of G-grandma Howe a number of years, but finally had to place
her in an old folks home in Austin. When Les and Ola leased their
land in 1945, they moved to Coleman where they lived until their deaths.
Les and Ola were members of the Church of Christ. Les was a member
of the Burkett School Board when in 1936 the new school was built.
Allie Pearl Hill, born April 7, 1910 at home near Burkett, married October
25, 1933, Henry Nolan Burkett (see John Henry Burkett). Pearl is
currently living in Coleman and is a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Ivan Odell Hill, born March 7, 1912 at home near Burkett, married June
1, 1935, Doris Placke, born November 20, 1911, both still living near Glen
Cove. Two daughters: Nelda Louise, born February 23, 1938, married
September 7, 1957, Keith McQuary, their children, Brent and Mamian.
Margaret Ann, born June 7, 1941, married July 9, 1960, Doyle Roberts, their
Bernice Evelyn, born January 13, 1921 at home near Bumkett, married
(1) May 20, 1942, Willard Holmans (see Holmans).
Evelyn married (2) Alvin Luther Porter, October 11, 1971, born January
22, 1908 (see Andrew Porter).
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John and Rebecca (Davidson) Howe
D. W. Howe home - Ola, D. W., Ell, Safronia and Ethel
Tod and Bill Moore, Safronia Elizabeth Howe, Pearl Hill, D. W. Howe,
Allie Pearl (Hill) Burkett, Ivan Hill, Evelyn (Hill) Holmans Porter
Mineola and Leslie Hill