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A MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF NAVARRO, ( ? ), ANDERSON, LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTIES TEXAS
THE LEWIS PULISHING COMPANY
Jasper Howard, a farmer residing in the western part of Limestone County, is a son of Jesse Howard, a grandson of Henry, and of English extraction. The latter, a soldier in the war of 1812, settled in Mississippi in an early day, where he afterward died. He was a planter by occupation, and led a plain uneventful life.
Jesse Howard, reared in Mississippi, went to Georgia when a young man, was there married to Martha Armstrong and subsequently moved to Marion County, Alabama. In 1844 he took up his residence in Nachogdoches, Texas. In 1854 he moved to Hunt County, same state, and in 1859 to Parker County, where he died in September 1865, aged 65 years. He was a farmer and stock raiser all his life. Martha Armstrong was a native of Mississippi, and a daughter of James Armstrong, a planter by occupation, and a soldier in the war of 1812. She died in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1873 at the age of sixty years.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard were the parents of ten children, namely; Samuel Green, who died in Falls County in 1862; Jesse, also deceased in that county; Timney J. was the wife of John Renfro; Martha, widow of A.B. Trimmer, and a resident of Hunt County; Marion J., of Kent County, this state; Jasper, our subject; Isaac Newton of Wise County, Texas; Andrew J. of the same county; and Sarah A., who married Robert Williams, and both are noe deceased. The six sons served in the Confederate Army in the late war.
Jasper Howard, the subject of this sketch, was born in Shelby County, Alabama, September 30, 1835, and was nine years of age when his parents came to Texas. His education was received in Nachogdoches County, afterwards went with his father to Hunt County, and thence to Parker County. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army from The Latter County, in Co. A, twenty-first Texas Infantry. Served in the Gulf Department along the coast, in the vicinity of Galveston and Houston, and after the close of the struggle, returned to Parker County.
Mr. Howard removed thence to Falls County, Texas and a year later to Limestone County, which with the exception of a few years spent in Hill County, has since been his home. In 1882 he settled where he now lives, purchasing 200 acres of land, and is now one of the leading farmers, and leading representative citizens of this locality.
Our subject was married in Wood County, this state, in 1855, to Lettie Matthews, a native of Georgia, but a resident of Texas for some time before her marriage. She was a daughter of George W. Matthews. Her death occured in 1868, leaving three children; Georgia Ann, wife of J.M. Chapman; James W. of Mart, McClennon County, Texas, and Salathiel Victoria, who married, and later died in Falls County in 1888.
Mr Howard was again married, in Falls County, in 1868, to Mary E. Matthews, a native of Cherokee County, Texas, and a daughter of David R. Matthews. To this union has been born the following children; Marion Almarine and Mary Alzeda, twins; William Jasper; Henry Elmo; John Matthews; Clinton; and David Rushing.
Mr. Howard is a member of Oak Point Lodge, no. 636, at Mart,McClennon County, and also of the Missionary Baptist Church. His parents are members of the old school Baptist Church. Both he and his father have been Jeffersonian Democrats all their lives.
All mispellings, improper a punctuation and anything is exactly as read on the copy in my possession. My Dad copied this article many years ago while visiting Texas. He is Don Lee Howard, son of Isaac Newton who is a son of Marion J. Howard who is a son Jesse Howard who is a son of Henry Howard, most of which are spoken of in this article.
I sincerely hope this helps some of us to continue our research while adding hope to a neverending grind. This should fill in some gaps for many of us.
Sherene Howard Swanson
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