Caswell County Genealogy

Howard, George A.

Male 1798 - 1863  (65 years)

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  • Name Howard, George A. 
    Born 14 Feb 1798 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number I74897 
    Died 25 Mar 1863 
    Person ID I74897  Caswell County
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2023 

    Family Living 
    +1. Howard, Judge George A. Jr.,   b. 22 Sep 1829,   d. 24 Feb 1905, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2023 
    Family ID F49666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • George A. Howard was reportedly born in Anne Arundel County, MD in 1798, but some reports say he was born in Baltimore. It is known he married Alice Clark Thurston, reportedly born in Caroline County, around 1828. Beyond that fact, little seems to be known about their early histories.

      George Howard is known to have been first in Halifax County, where on March 25, 1824 he established a weekly newspaper called the FREE PRESS. He removed to the town of Tarboro on August 22, 1826 where he continued the paper under the same name until August 1833, when it was changed to the TARBORO FREE PRESS. In 1852, the paper was changed to THE SOUTHERNER, a banner under which it still runs today, as the DAILY SOUTHERNER. Howard's newspaper strove at all times to be strong, fearless, and an able advocate of the principles and policies of the Democratic Party.

      The Howards had 7 known children: Judge George A. Howard (1829-1905); Dr. John Howard (c. 1834), Alice Howard (c. 1836), Jane Howard (c. 1837), William (1842), Margaret Matthewson Howard (1845), and Frank Howard (1849).

      George & Alice Howard were the patriarchs of the many Howard descendants who lived in and around Tarboro and contributed greatly to the State of North Carolina. George passed in 1863 at age 65. Alice passed 8 years later in 1871 at age 64.

      Source: Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 September 2018), memorial page for George A. Howard, I (14 Feb 1798-25 Mar 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37749696, citing Calvary Church Cemetery, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .