Name: John (II) HOWARD
Birth: ABT 1751 in VA or NC
Death: 1820 in Rhea Co. TN
Religion: Lieutenant John Howard--DAR Patriot--NC/TN
Note: John Howard, the subject of these notes, will be referred to as John (II). His father as John (I).
John Howard was a witness to the will of William Roberts on 12 Dec 1776 in Surry Co. NC (This could have been either John (I) or John (II) but probably was John (I). Wife Elizabeth. Children are son: John and daughters: Mary, Ann, Sarah, Ruth,
Elizabeth, and Easter. Sarah Roberts could be the woman who married John (II). (William Roberts is listed on the 1770 Rowan Co. NC tax list; William Robertson is listed on the 1771 Surry Co. tax list, and William Roberts is listed on the 1772
Surry Co. tax list.)
John Howard is listed in "Tennessee Soldiers of the Revolution" as turning in species certificates (pay vouchers) to Anthony Bledsoe for service from Washington and Sullivan Counties. The original Revolutionary Army Accounts of North
Note: The pension application of Samuel Riggs who served in the NC militia from Washington/Sullivan Cos. TN under Col John Sevier and Captain William Pruett mentions that his Lieutenant was John Howard. The complete file is available on the web at:
Carolina have been microfilmed. John Howard is listed in Volume I, page 7, folio 4, three times; No. 179, 20 June 1782, 16# 10; No. 1081, 12 June 1783, 10# 7; and No. 3422, 12 June, 1783, 12#.
John (II) Howard, Jr. entered Grant No. 42 on Sinking Branch of Lick Creek in Washington Co. TN on September 29, 1779. The land was surveyed on January 27, 1780 and the grant was issued October 23, 1782 The fact that he entered a land grant
Note: John (I) Howard (350 acres) and John (II) Howard, Jr. (100 acres) are listed on the 1781 Washington Co. TN tax list.
in 1779, indicates that he was at least 21 years old then giving him a birth date of 1758 or before.
John Howard was issued Grant No. 1212 on November 27, 1792 for 203 acres in Greene Co. lying on both sides of Bent Creek (this area later became part of Jefferson Co., TN). The deed was entered 23 Oct 1783 and the grant was surveyed January
Note: 1 Aug 1795-- John (II) Howard of Jefferson Co sells 99 acre tract in Greene Co. on "Sinking branch of Lick creek".
Note: Feb 1794-Jefferson County Court Minutes. John Howard served on a Grand Jury with William McClanahan. In Jan 1800 John Howard again served on a Grand Jury. The case involved a James and John Todd.
5, 1790. The land is described as being adjacent to John Day's line and John Day and Nathaniel Day were witnesses to the deed.
1800 Jefferson Co. TN tax rolls list John Howard, Sr. (II) and John Howard Jr. (III) (Index to Early TN Tax Lists, Byron and Barbara Sistler). John Howard, Sr. is listed with 203 acres and no white poll. John Howard, Jr. is listed with no
acres and one white poll. They are both listed in Captain Lane's Company. The fact that John (II) was listed without a poll tax indicates that he was over 50 yrs old.
2 Nov 1804; John Kilpatrick of Jefferson Co Tenn 1250 acres for $100.00 to John Moore of Rockbridge Co Va on head of Muddy Ck adj Samuel Peebles, Tinchers Mell? Place (Tinchers Mill??), Michael Gunner's survey, Kincaid's survey of 35 acres,
O'Harra, Byrnside, land granted to Kilpatrick and Charles O'Harra 2 Dec 1800. Wit in Tenn; R McFarland, Hugh Kirkpatrick, John Howard. (Greenbrier County [W]VA Deeds 1780-1814)
(Hawkins County, TN Deed Book 4, page 138.) Indenture 21 September 1805: John HOWARD, Senr, and Lydia HOWARD, Executors of the estate of Abraham HOWARD, Dec'd, both of Jefferson County, TN, one part, and John HOWARD, Junr, same place, other
part, for $233 & 1/3 pd, tract of 100 acres in Hawkins County, in Lick Fork of Bent Creek, beginning in tip of ridge dividing Lick Fork and the White Horse (probably White Horn) fork of said Bent Creek, and adj line of Jacob Dobins and Abraham
HOWARD. Wit: William McColough, Gabriel Phillips, Jurat. (Hawkins County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1801-1819, abstracted by Joyce Martin Murray, Dallas, Texas pp. 70)
The above deed gives strong confirmation that the brother, John, named executor by Abraham Howard in his will as the subject of these notes. The property John (II) purchased in 1793 was on Bent Creek, adjoining Samuel Roddy and in 1797 he
witnessed the sale of property "on Bent Creek at the Junksion (sic) of White Horn adj James Roddy." Also, two of the witnesses to his sale of the property in 1818 were McCulloughs.
James Britain Deed to John Howard--Jefferson Co. TN----29 Nov 1805-registered 7 Mar 1808-James Britain deeds to John Howard 100 acres for $400 on the south side of Bowman's Branch the waters of Bent Creek adj to John Day, James Britain. Wit:
Note: Reference: "Land Deeds of Jefferson County, Tennessee 1792-1814", Boyd J. Holdaway, p. 178, # 57.
Note: [Since the witness on the above deed was John Howard, Sr (or John (II)) then the land sold to John Howard had to be sold to John Howard, Jr. (John (III)].
John Howard, Sr.; William Howard. Signed James Britain. October Sessions 1807. Then was the within deed proved in open court and recorded. Let it be registered. Signed J. Hamilton, Clerk by D(avid) Barton, Deputy Clerk.
23 Feb 1808 Jefferson Co. A slave named Frank, property of John Howard (II), Sr., was tried by the county court for the murder of Betsey Osborne (first and only murder case tried by the county court). He was tried and convicted in one day.
Note: Goodspeed's TENNESSEE (1887)
Note: From section on Jefferson County (p. 858):
John Howard refused to allow one of his sons to testify in the trial and he was excommuniated from the Bent Creek Baptist Church for this issue and others surrounding the trial. (Records of the County Court, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1808,
"The first and only case of murder tried by the county court took place on February 22, 1808, when Frank, a slave, was tried for the murder of Betsey Osborne, whom he had killed by strangling with a skein of thread. The grand jury returned a
Note: John's sons, John (III) and Abraham, moved to Richland Creek in Rhea Co TN about 1809 and purchased land there. (Rhea Co Deed Book, p. 25. 91 (B-98), 16 Nov 1809).
bill, and he was tried and convicted in one day. He was executed on the 26th of February, only eleven days after the commission of the crime. The trial and execution partook somewhat of lynch law as both were clearly beyond the jurisdiction
of the court of pleas and quarter sessions even at that day."
John (II) Sr. didn't move to Rhea Co. until about 1818/1819 when he sold 203 acres on Bent Creek in Jefferson Co. to John P. Arnott. Date of Instrument; 8 Oct 1818: Date of filing; 6 Oct 1819. (Jefferson Co TN Register of Deeds, 1792-1929,
Vol P, page 226)}
By 1820, John (II)'s sons, William and Samuel, had joined him in Rhea County as the 1820 tax list names Abraham Howard, William Howard, Samuel Howard, and John Howard, Sr. as being in Captain McGill's Company. (Rhea County Tax Lists for
1819-1829) John (III) Jr. is not mentioned.
Aug 1820--will of John (II) Howard dated 26 May 1819 was recorded. The will names Abraham Howard as son and executor and directs that all property should be divided equally between his wife, Sarah Howard and all his children. Also mentions his
son Samuel Howard.
Nov 1820--Abraham Howard exhibited inventory and account of sales. Purchasers included Wm Howard, A. Howard, Samuel Howard, Allen (Allison?) Howard, J. Stuart, Jesse Day, Jr., John Day, John Day, Sr., J. Abel, C. Gamble, M. Hubbert, J.
Holland, G. Manis, E. Bean, W. Jones, J. Holland, I. Rose, W. Buise, J. Erwin, W.J. Dewitt, D. Ragsdale, W. French, Shadrick Moore, Asahel Johnson, and E. Templeton. Total sales, $4628.72. (Rhea County, TN: Wills, Inventories, Estate
Settlements, and Guardian Reports, 1810-1881, comp. by Betty Broyles, p. 72).
18 Jul 1822--Abraham Howard, executor of will of John Howard, dec’d, binds himself to give title of some land (440 acres on Richland Creek) to William and Samuel Howard the land whereon the said William and Samuel now live. Rhea Co. TN. (Rhea
County, TN: Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements, and Guardian Reports, 1810-1881, comp. by Betty Broyles, p. 72).
Rhea Co TN Deed Book F, p. 81. 7-17-1833. William Howard to Hazard Bean both of Rhea Co. for $447, 80 acres surveyed by Charles McClung, atty. for George Black to Abraham Howard and John Howard. Isabel Johnson and James Lauderdale, Teste.
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Change Date: 22 FEB 2011
Father: John (I) HOWARD b: ABT 1730
Sarah (ROBERTS ?)
- John (III) HOWARD b: ABT 1779
- Abraham HOWARD b: ABT 1780
- Mary HOWARD b: ABT 1782
- Nancy HOWARD b: ABT 1784 in TN
- Sarah HOWARD b: ABT 1786 in Washington County, TN
- Hannah ? HOWARD b: ABT 1790
- William HOWARD b: ABT 1792 in TN
- Samuel HOWARD b: ABT 1795 in TN
- Jane (Jenny) HOWARD b: ABT 1796 in Jefferson County, TN
in Never Married
- Elizabeth HOWARD b: ABT 1794 in Jefferson Co. TN
- Name: "Surry County, North Carolina, Wills 1771-1827". Annotated Genealogical Abstracts, Jo White Linn, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992, p. 16.
- Name: Allen, Penelope Johnson, 1996, "Tennessee Soldiers in the Revolution", p.23.
- Name: North Carolina Archives, Revolutionary Army Accounts, Reel #S.115.57, vol. I, page 7, folio 4.
- Name: Fischer, Marjorie Hood, 1996, "Tennesseans before 1800", Washington Co., Frontier Press, Galveston.
- Name: "North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee", No. 455, Book 47, page 19.
- Name: "North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee", No. 455, Book 80, page 155.
- Name: "Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts, 1785-1810", Deed Book 1.
- Name: "Early East Tennessee Tax Payers" compiled by Pollyanna Creekmore, p. 129.
- Name: Rhea County, Tennessee Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, February 1820-February 1821, abstracted/transcribed by Bettye J. Broles, Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1995, p. 15.
- Name: Rhea County Tennesse, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, February 1820-February 1821, abstracted and transcribed by Bettye J. Broyles, Rhea County Historical and Geneaolgical Society, 1995.