Biography of the Howard Family
Orleans County, NY Biographies





The Howard Family. - The first Howard who settled in this county was Josiah, born December 31, 1763, at Stephentown, Rensselaer county, and died at Clarendon September 1, 1830. He came here in 1815 with his oldest son, Joseph and took up one hundred acres of land when the locality was a wilderness. He cleared a spot and built a log cabin in the woods. His wife was Phoebe Gardiner, a native of Newport, R. I., born in 1772. Their children were: Josiah, Oran, Hannah, Eunice, Almeron, Edson, Hartson, Arsnowie, Elizabeth and James S. Edson was born in 1804 and lived and died on the old homestead in Clarendon. He was a man of bright intellect and character, a strong Abolitionist and temperance man. His wife was Abigail Ely, by whom he had three children: Rensselaer, born in 1834; Webster E., born June 29, 1837; Sullivan E., born April 8, 1842. Webster E., our subject, settled in Clarendon, and with his brother, Sullivan, engaged in the nursery business for several years before the war. He is now engaged in farming and cheesemaking, having factories at Holley and East Kendall, the production being from 50,000 to 60,000 pounds annually. He is an active Rebublican and has served as highway commissioner and supervisor. He is a member of Holley Lodge I. O. O. F., F. & A. M., and the A. O. U. W. In 1870 he married Maude Williams, of Barre, and their children are: Eugene W., who married Maude L. Gillis; Josiah C., Fred G., who died young, and Otis E. Sullivan E., brother of our subject, is a Republican, and was elected sheriff in 1883. After his term expired he returned to Holley and remained till 1890, then bought a farm near Hindsburg, to which he removed. He is a Mason. In 1866 he married Phina R. Cole, of Barre, and they have two children, William C. and Bessie J.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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