|| 1817 - 1884|
||10 Apr 1817
||St. Saviours Parish, Southwork, London, England
||09 Sep 1884
||Riley, St. Clair, Michigan
Full text of "St. Clair County, Michigan, its history and its people; a narrative account of its historical progress and its principal interests"
ST. CLAIR COUNTY MICHIGAN,ITS HISTORY AND ITS PEOPLE
A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress and its Principal Interests
BY WILLIAM LEE JENKS
VOLUME II, ILLUSTRATED
PUBLISHERS: THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, CHICAGO AND NEW YORK 1912
John Howe. Among the names of those intimately associated with the pioneer history of St. Clair county, Michigan, is that belonging to the Howe family, members of which located here at a day when the most primitive conditions prevailed and through their work developed excellent farming property out of raw prairie and timber. One of the earliest of these pioneers, the late John Howe, formerly an agriculturist of Riley township, was born in London, England, April 10, 1818, a son of James Howe.
John Howe was reared in the city of London, and was never outside of its limits until after he had attained his twenty-first year. He received an excellent education, his parents intending that he should be a minister, and he was given a classical course. Mr. Howe was a good scholar, and could read Latin and Greek fluently, but his inclinations did not run towards the ministry, and he decided upon a commercial career. Entering a dry goods store in London as a clerk, he soon rose to the position of floor-walker, and when he had attained his majority he went to Highworth, England, and there purchased a stock of dry goods and engaged in business.
About that time he was married (to Elizabeth Packer), and he continued to carry on business in Highworth until after the birth of a daughter (Eliza Flora Howe), at which time he started for the United States, believing that in the new country he could find a better opportunity for displaying his abilities. Leaving Liverpool on one of the four vessels then crossing the Atlantic, he landed in New York after a voyage of six weeks, and from that city made his way to Darien, Genesee county, where he purchased land and engaged in farming.
Not being satisfied with his prospects there, however, he soon struck out for the west, and eventually landed in St. Clair county, where he purchased land in Riley township. Not long after coming here his eyesight failed, and for a long period it was feared that he would be permanently disabled, but by a simple, homely remedy, the use of cold water, he cured himself and restored his sight to its normal condition.
Not only was Mr. Howe one of the leading farmers of his township for many years, but he also was prominent in politics. A staunch adherent of Republican principles, he was a valued worker in the ranks of his party, was an orator of some reputation, and held various township offices. He was exceptionally active in educational work, his own early training making him peculiarly fitted for this kind of labor. Mr. Howe was reared in the faith of the Congregational church, and was a consistent member and liberal supporter of the church of that denomination at Memphis, Michigan.
Mr. Howe and his wife were the parents of six children: Eliza, born in England, married Jay Eugene Rumsey, and made her home in St. Clair county, Michigan, until her death, in August, 1910, when she left eight children; Henrietta, who married James H. Gregg, is now a widow and resides in Macomb county; Charles Albion, who married Ophelia Woolman, is now deceased, and his widow lives in Capac; Jennie is now Mrs. N. L. Lucia, of Port Huron; Lucius E., now residing in Memphis, Michigan, married Miss Marion Douel; and Regina married Emerson Russell, and is now living in Riley township.
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||Elizabeth Packer, b. 29 Apr 1817, England , d. UNKNOWN, Riley, St. Clair, Michigan |
| ||1. Eliza Flora Howe, b. 02 May 1844, Highworth, Wiltshire, England , d. 06 Aug 1910, Columbus Township, St. Clair, Michigan |
| ||2. Lucius Edric Howe, b. Abt 1856, Riley, St. Clair, Michigan |
| ||3. John William Howe|
|>||4. Henrietta Martha Howe, b. About 1847, Genesee County, New York |
| ||5. Charles Albion Howe, b. Abt 1849, Darien, Genesee, New York |
| ||6. Mary Jeanne "Jennie" Howe, b. Abt 1852, Darien, Genesee, New York , d. 1937, Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan |
|>||7. Anna Regina Howe, b. Abt 1859, Riley, St. Clair, Michigan |