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Howard, Thomas H., was born in Ireland, in 1833, a son of William and Mary Howard. He was reared on a farm and came to America when twenty years old and and here attended school. He has always been a farmer and has 100 acres of land and a dairy of fifteen cows. Mr. Howard enlisted in Co. C, 10th N. J. Regiment, in January, 1862, and served until the close of the war, serving in twenty important battles: Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Hanover C. H., Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania C. H., Fredericksburg, Weldon R. R., North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Chapin's Farm, and many other small battles. Mr. Howard was in the Crimean war in 1853 to 1855, serving with the British army, and assisted in taking Sebastopol, fought at Inkerman Valley and also at Balaclava. In politics Mr. Howard is a RePublican and takes an active part. He has been assessor of his town for six years. In 1865 he married Mary A. Irvin, native of Ireland, who came to America when young and they have six children: Edward W., Henry, Carrie E., Ervin C., Gilbert F. and Eugene H. They have lost by death two children-Charles E., died July 10, 1876, and Freddie, died July 4, 1876. When Mr. Howard came to Sackets Harbor he had but twenty-five cents in his pocket which he gave for his dinner. He has made his own property, and is now one of the representative farmers of his town. He and his wife are members of the Episcopal church at Fredericks Corners.

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