Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
On the 19th of May, 1808, Jonathan Howard was born; Rome, N. Y., was the place of his birth. Removing to Monroe
Co., N. Y., he there remained until the fall of 1854, when he came to Michigan. Jan. 28, 1833, he married Miss
Emeline Whipple, who was born Dec. 4, 1809, and died March 17, 1836; by this marriage two children were born,—a
son and a daughter. The daughter, Adeline, is living in the State of New York. The son, J. M., lives on the old
homestead in Cheshire.
Mr. howard married for his second wife, Jan. 22, 1839, Miss Sophia Johnson.
J. M. Howard’s early life was spent in New York State on a farm, his father being a good practical farmer and a
man of sound common sense, who is now, at the age of seventy-two years, living with his son on the farm which he
first bought on coming to Michigan. The son has managed the business for the past fifteen years. Having been in
Michigan since a small boy, he has witnessed some of the development of the State, much of it being an unbroken
wilderness upon their arrival here. Well he remembers the hard labor done by these men who were making for themselves
homes in these wilds, going to their daily work with their rifles, axes, and their ox-teams.
Both father and son have been enterprising men in their township, the father serving six years as postmaster. They
are staunch Republicans. Their real estate consists of one hundred acres of land,—eighty in Allegan County, and
twenty in Van Buren County. J. M. married Sarah C., daughter of William and Julia More, on the 18th of April, 1866.
Two children have been born to them.
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.