Lucy M. Thomas

Born ca. 1821, Lucy Thomas is the sixth child born to Annanias and Sarah Ross Thomas. From the family Bible that belonged to Dan Harward, Lucy Thomas married on 20 Oct 1842 John F. Harward b. 28 Aug 1821. Born in Stanly County, John F. is the son of Myrick A. Harward b. 12 Oct 1783 and Milea Yeates b. 12 Mar 1784. Born in Virginia, Myrick married Milea in Wake County, NC. Removing to the Long Creek section of Stanly County, they raised a large family. In the 1850 Stanly County Census, John F. and wife Lucy Howard are both listed as 29 years old. Notice the name of Howard. In 1860, they are listed as having eight children and still living beside John's parents in Stanly County.

Dated 25 Mar 1862, at age 41, John F. Howard mustered in as Sergeant in CSA Co. H., 42nd Reg. NC. He was reduced in Ranks in July-Aug 1862. John F. Howard was accounted for through Oct 1 1864.

The list of distributees for the final settlement of the estate of Sarah Thomas contains the signatures of Lucy Howard and her husband John. Sarah is Lucy's mother. On 9 Apr 1869, Joseph Marshall, Sheriff of Stanly County sold 160 acres of land that belonged to John F. Howard. Adjoining M.S. Hatley and Abraham Eudy lands, the transaction was made in order to settle debts owed by the war strained John Howard. In "The Landmark" newspaper, an obituary for Lucy M. Howard states she died at age 68 on 13 Mar 1889 in Troutman, Iredell County. She is furthermore listed as the wife of J. F. Howard. Another obituary for John F. Howard states that he died at age 72 on 9 May 1894. Born Aug 1821, he was living in Rock Cut, Iredell Co. at the home of his son D. M. Howard The children of John F. and Lucy Thomas Howard are:

A. Myrick A. Howard b. 1845. Dated 28 Feb 1863, a person named Myrick A. Howard enlisted in Co. H, 42nd Reg. NC and served through 3 Feb 1865. Waiting until 1863, Myrick was of legal age to join his father in service. Since the only two Howard's that enlisted in 42nd Co. H were a 41 year old John F and Myrick A. Howard, it likely they are this father and son pair. Dated 16 Jul 1904, Lucy R. Howard applied for a Widow's pension on behalf of her late husband James P. Smith. It was written: on the 19th of Oct 1864 at Cedar Creek, VA he was killed while in service at the first engagement. She afterwards married M.A. Howard who was a Confederate soldier in Co. H. 42 Reg. and has died since the war.

B. David Robert Howard b. 9 Jan 1847 d. 30 Nov 1921 bur. Shady Grove Ch. in Iredell County. The death certificate for D. R. Howard lists parents John and Lucy Thomas Howard. Also listed on the certificate is his surviving wife Sarah J. Eudy. She was Born in Dec 1846. Dated 4 Jan 1876, D. R. Howard and wife Sarah Ann sold 33 1/2 acres situated on McDaniel's Creek in Mecklenburg County. Dated 25 Feb 1876, David Howard purchased 497 acres in Iredell County from his father-in-law J. W. Eudy. In an obituary in "The Landmark", Francis Eudy, wife of J. W. died 19 Feb 1895. In another obituary, J. W. Eudy died 3 Aug 1897 and was buried in Bethel Church Cemetery. Born in Stanly County, he lived in Iredell County since 1876. One of his survivors was daughter Mrs D. R. Howard.

Have you ever heard of the old expression "he was so dumb he couldn't bell a buzzard?" From a newspaper article dated 6 Dec 1898, "our Settle correspondent asks for information about a belled buzzard which showed up in Eagle Mills township last week. Squire D. R. Howard tells "The Landmark" that Henry Alcorn belled a buzzard in Mecklenburg County in 1868, but whether the Eagle Mills visitor is the same bird he doesn't pretend to know." Apparently this was a Hawk that was belled as part of its training.

At the time of his death, David Robert owned two tracts of land in Coddle Creek Township, Iredell County, NC. The children of David and Sarah A. Howard are (A) Arelites Howard b. 1874; (B) Francis Minnie Howard b. 1876 d. 11 Jul 1895, bur. Oakwood Cem.; (C) Laurence J Howard b. Jul 1879; (D) Marsh M. Howard b. Nov 1883; (E) Bandy C. Howard b. Apr 1885; (F) Fannie A. Howard b. Sep 1887; and (F) Elsie L. Howard b. Oct 1891.

C. Sarah M. Howard b. 1848, married 10 Nov 1875 in Iredell County W. A. Ervin, the son of Jessie and M. A.

D. John Franklin Howard b. 1849, married 27 Apr 1871 Mary C. Deaton, the dau of Laban and Cecelia. Following the death of John F., Mary C. Thomas married second 24 Mar 1874 B. M. Walls, the son of William and Mary.

E. James B. Howard b. 1853, married 28 Sep 1882 Ellen Williams b. 1853, daughter of W. D. and Patsy Williams.

F. Pressley C. Howard b. 1855 d. 10 Jan 1906, married 7 Sep 1877 Margaret Bell b. 1853 d. 3 Feb 1906, the dau of A. and Lucinda. Pressley and Margaret lived in Chambersburg, Iredell County before moving to Concord where they both died. Their obituaries in "The Landmark" indicate they had four sons and five daughters. From the 1900 Cabarrus County Census, the children of Pressley and Margaret are (A) John P. Howard b.1877; (B) W. Frank Howard b. 1879; (C) Fannie Howard b. 1885; (D) Effie Howard b. 1887; (E) Mary Howard b. b. 1889; (F) Jennie Howard b. 1890; (G) Fred Howard b. 1893; and (H) Clarence Howard b. 1899.

G. Malicha Howard b. 1856 married Mary? He may have married M. A. Williamson 13 Dec 1877. The 1880 Iredell County Census lists Malichi at age 24 and Mary age 28. At that time, they had one daughter (A) Mirick Howard b. 1879.

H. William Mathew Howard b. 11 Apr 1857 d. 24 May 1905 bur St. Michael's Cem, married 7 Nov 1878 Elizabeth Albertine Goodman. From his obituary in "The Landmark", William lived in Fallstown Township where he had attended Rocky Mount Methodist Church. He was the "7th of brothers and he had 3 sisters". Three brothers and two sisters survive. The children of W.M. and Elizabeth are (A) Henry; (B) Pearl; and (C) an adopted daughter named Katie Bustle. Two other children died earlier.

I. Mary J. Howard b. 1859 Wife of Mr. Sam Raymer of Statesville?

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