George W. Howard, who resides on section 5, Twin Grove township, Jasper county, is one of the old settlers who
was born near Abingdon, Knox county, Illinois, on February 14, 1837. He was a son of Stephen and Martha (Coffee)
Howard, the former of whom was born in 1811, in Kentucky, and was a son of John Howard, who also was a native of
Kentucky, and died in Knox county, Illinois. His descent is supposed to have been from Irish and English ancestors.
Stephen Howard was one of the very early settlers in Knox county, Illinois. In 1848 he removed to Arkansas and
located in Sebastian county, where he bought a claim, but ten years later he moved to Crawford county, Kansas,
where he died in 1875. The mother of our subject was Martha Coffee, who was born in Kentucky, where she was reared
and married, and she and her husband went to Knox county, Illinois, soon after. She becama the devoted mother of
six sons and two daughters and died at the age of forty nine years.
George W. Howard was the fourth in the family and was about eleven years old when his parents moved to Arkansas.
About his twentieth year he returned to Illinois, remaining one year, and then he joined his father in Kansas.
On August 15, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Sixth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and served until honorably
discharged at the mustering out of his company at Camp Diezler, Missouri. He then, in 1865, moved to Jasper county,
Missouri, and located on the farm which he still occupies. There were then no improvements upon it and he found
much hard work awaiting him; but he had plenty of energy and perseverance and now is the owner of three hundred
and eighty acres of fine land, some of which is rich in minerals.
The first marriage of Mr. Howard was in Kansas, in 1862, to Mary M. Southard, who died in 1890, leaving four children:
Mary E., the wife of William McKenna; Stephen W., living in Cherokee county, Kansas, with wife and three children;
Lewis G., of Jasper county, with wife and three children; and George L., living in Mineral township, unmarried.
The second marriage of Mr. Howard was to Mary E. Harshaw, and they have two children, Geneva and Murrel.
The name of George W. Howard carries with it an assurance of integrity and justice in business transactions and
he is well and favorably known through the county. He has been closely identified with much of the development
of the farming sections, has set a good example in his own comfortable and attractive surroundings, and is most
highly esteemed, not only in the Christian church, of which he is a member, but in the neighborhood where he is
well known. In his political views he favors the Republican party.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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