biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN HOWARD is a farmer and stock-raiser on section 27, Spring Creek Township. He was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., March 10, 1812 and is the son of Robert and Patsey (Blackburn) Howard, both natives of Virginia. Robert Howard was a soldier under Gen. Jackson in the War of 1812, and both himself and wife died in the State of Tennessee. The subject of this sketch, John Howard, was married to Susanna Wright Jan. 8, 1832, and to them three children were bornÄHepzibah, Emeline and Sarah. The mother died May 15, 1840, in the State of Illinois, and March 10,1841, he was again married, to Anna Canada, and to them were born two childrenÄWilliam R. and Richard. Their mother died in Iowa, April 4, 1854, and Sept. 10, 1855, he espoused as his third wife Rachel Hull, and to them three children were bornÄMartha, Anna and Mary. Mr. Howard removed from Tennessee to Illinois in 1829, remaining there until 1845, during which year he came to Keokuk County, Iowa, and sojourned until the year 1854, thence went to Jefferson County, Iowa, where he resided until 1866, when he moved back to his old home in Vermilion County, Ill., remaining there until 1880, when he came back to Iowa and purchased land in Spring Creek Township, which he sold in 1882 to the C. M. & St. P. R. R. Co., and in 1883 bought his present home, consisting of eighty acres of fertile land, which is in good cultivation, has the best of improvements, and is in every respect a first-class farm. Mr. and Mrs. Howard are members of the Society of Friends, of which religious organization he has been a zealous minister for over forty years.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy