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In 1999 I was in communication with Lexly Ardro concerning our Howard families. My gr-gr-grandfather, Samuel Howard, was born in England ca. 1818. Our family story that has been passed down through the years was that Samuel (age 10-11 yrs., in the late 1830's) signed on as a cabin boy on a ship or was indentured, and his brother signed on as a cabin boy on another ship. They had wanted to meet in America, but Samuel's ship went to Quebec, Canada; and his brother's ship went to Australia. They never heard from each other again. Samuel eventually made his way down through Ontario and into the United States, first to Detroit about 1860 and finally moved to Marlette Township, Sanilac County, Michigan where he raised his family and died 1909. I have Samuel's father listed as William, but have no other information about his parents or birth. I have seen posts on this family referring to crooked little fingers and wonder what this is about as both of my little fingers are crooked. My current e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org I am still trying to research Samuel's family, and would gladly share any information that I have.