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Howard, Judge George A. Jr.

Male 1829 - 1905  (75 years)


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  • Name Howard, George A.  [1, 2
    Title Judge 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Birth 22 Sep 1829 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 38272 
    Death 24 Feb 1905  Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I37539  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Father Howard, George A.,   b. 14 Feb 1798   d. 25 Mar 1863 (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F49666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stamps, Anna Ragland,   b. 22 Aug 1842, Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 11 Jun 1901, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 58 years) 
    Marriage 3 Dec 1861  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Reference Number 243122 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Record
      Groom: George Howard, Jr.
      Bride: Anna Stamps
      Bond Date: 2 December 1861
      Bondsman/Witness: Lotte W. Humphrey
      Marriage Date: 3 December 1861
      Married By: S. A. Stanfield, Minister of the Gospel
      Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 49.
    Children 
     1. Howard, Elizabeth Jiggetts,   b. 30 Aug 1863, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Mar 1952, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 88 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     2. Howard, George A. III,   b. 13 May 1866, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Feb 1925, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 58 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     3. Howard, Alice S.,   b. 13 Feb 1869, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1953 (Age 83 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +4. Howard, Harriet,   b. 30 Aug 1871, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1930 (Age > 60 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     5. Howard, William Stamps,   b. 18 Nov 1875   d. 1954 (Age 78 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     6. Howard, Mary Romaine,   b. 28 Nov 1879, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1957 (Age 77 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F8335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 3 Dec 1861 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 24 Feb 1905 - Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Once source states that this George Howard is a son of Alex (Alexis) Howard and Susan Slade Howard, but that relationship has not been confirmed and is suspect because Alexis Howard did not mary Susan Slade until 1831. This source attributes to George Howard a birth date of 22 September 1829. See: My Brown Family Tree With the Many Many Branches (Owner: Shirliejbk of Ohio) (Ancestry.com Family Tree).

      The George Howard who married Anna Ragland Stamps was a judge from Tarboro, North Carolina.
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      Judge George A. Howard, II (Jr.) was the eldest son George A. Howard and Alice Thurston Clark. His mother was from Carolina County, VA and his father from Anne Arundel County, MD. His parents migrated to Edgecombe County, NC in the late 1820's, where George II was born. The Howards family would became quite prominent, and there would be four George Howards in the succeeding generations.

      George Howard, Jr. was a prominent attorney, a judge of Superior Court (1859-1865), a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1868 and 1880, publisher of the Tarboro Southerner, president of the Pamlico Banking & Insurance Company, president of the Tarboro Land & Trust Company, and a cotton mill director.

      George and Anna Ragland Stamps met before the Civil War and he courted her until their marriage in 1861 when he was 32 and she just 19 years old. Anna resided with her parents in Caswell County, NC as the Civil War raged, and their first 4 of 6 children were born there. They corresponded during the War as Howard travelled frequently because of his duties as a judge and businessman. Judge George Howard had some harrowing moments during the Civil War, but fared better than he had expected. Two days after the Potters Raid in Tarboro, he quickly wrote to his wife, "the Yankees have been here. I left and kept about an hour ahead. . . . No damage done to us. They only took one horse and 6 or 700 segars (cigars). The Negroes behaved well--even Jane was faithful, not only in staying, but in making such representations that they did not trouble the hotel. Only two came into the house, and they took dinner and left."

      Judge George Howard is credited with purchasing and remodeling the historic "Cotton House" on East Church Street in 1868, a house built by Spencer Cotton ca. 1829. In 1890, he built an elaborate Queen Anne structure around the corner on St. Patrick Street, which stills stands today as the historic "Howard-Holderness" House, notable for its turrent and stained glass windows.

      The George Howard Papers (1831-1937) Manuscript Collection is housed in the Special Collections of Joyner Library, East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC. In some of the correspondence from the summer of 1863, Howard wrote several letters that discuss the Civil War and its effects on the people of eastern North Carolina. Howard discusses the demoralization of area people (May 21, 1863), rising inflation and the naval blockade's effects on business (May 26, 1863), fears of a Union raid (July 5, 9, 1863), and an accident involving Confederate troops who were being transported to Goldsboro, N.C., by wagon (July 9, 1863).

      Howard's attempts to sell slaves are mentioned (July 12, 14, 1863), as are suspicions that a pregnant slave suffered a drug induced miscarriage (July 12, 1863), and his fears that a Union raid would result in the loss of his slaves (July 15, 1863). Other letters discuss a Federal raid on Tarboro and Rocky Mount, N.C., the destruction of property, the good behavior of the slaves, and fears for the safety of family members serving in the military (July 15-22, 1863).

      Post-war correspondence discusses the murder trial of John Tayler and Jim Knight (Sept. 14, 1867); a black man bringing a forged order to Howard (Aug. 15, 1871); business undertakings of Howard (1880-1907); and President Grover Cleveland and the gold-silver parity question, and the inability of Cleveland to solve the problem (Feb. 16, 1895).

      The remainder of the collection is composed primarily of legal and financial records, including documents relating to the settlement of the George Howard, Jr., estate. In addition, there are ledger books (1894-1895--1898-1899) which include a list of the stockholders of the Tarboro Cotton Factory (Nov. 1899) and accounts of the Pamlico Insurance & Banking Company (Jan.-Aug., 1899).

      Judge Howard and Ann Ragland Stamps were parents to 6 known children: Elizabeth Jiggetts Howard (1863-1952) who married Dr. Juliam M. Baker of Tarboro; George A. Howard III (1866-1925) who married Elizabeth Rawls; Alice S. Howard (1868-1953) who married Job Cobb of Tarboro; Harriet Howard (1871-aft 1930) who married George A. Holderness of Tarboro; William Stamps Howard (1875-1954) who married Mary McPherson Ferebee of Granville Co.; and Mary Romaine Howard (1879-1957) who married William T. Clark Jr. of Wilson.

      Judge George A. Howard, II died in 1905 at age 76. He survived his wife by 4 years. All of their six children remained in Tarboro, and all made their mark in local history.

      Source: Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 September 2018), memorial page for George A. Howard, II (22 Sep 1829-24 Feb 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23915782, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .
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      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: George Howard
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830
      Age in 1870: 40
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1870: Tarboro, Edgecombe, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Tarboro
      Household Members: Name Age
      George Howard 40
      Anna S Howard 27
      Elizabeth J Howard 6
      George Howard 4
      Alice Howard 2
      Anna S Howard 11/12
      Alice C Howard 61
      William Howard 28
      Mary H Howard 21
      Edward R Stamps 26
      Henry A Walker 28
      Repsey Peel 40
      Wiley Howard 28
      Anstona Jones 27
      Penny Jeffreys 30
      Flora Mosely 30
      Ida Parker 14
      Mary Jeffreys 12
      Flora Moseley 2/12

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 49.

    2. Details: My Brown Family Tree With the Many Many Branches (Owner: Shirliejbk of Ohio) (Ancestry.com Family Tree).