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Maj Silas Howe
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1837
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 3, 1922
Cook County
Illinois, USA

U.S. ARMY, CO. 55 KY. INF.

The following courtesy of a great granddaughter of Silas Howe, based on inherited family records:


Born: 5 June 1837

Place: Millersburg, Dearborn, Ohio Co., IN

Married: 1. 12 May 1859 Sarah M. CONNELY, died 17 September 1859, Sugar Creek, Gallitan, KY

2. 12 December 1866 Grace F. HOYT, died May 1887, Chicago, IL (Mother of Warren Dibble Howe, William Gibson Howe, Jonathan Howe, Bertha Marion Howe, Robert Ingersol Howe)

3. 13 December 1887 Ida Mae (FOSTER) HEMPHILL. She was the widow of William Taylor Hemphill, mother of Edwin F. Hemphill, William Ray Hemphill and Charlotte Augusta Howe

Died: 4 April 1922

Place: Chicago, IL, buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Silas was the third child (and first son) of Jonathan Howe and Clarissa (Cruger) Howe. He was born in Millersburg, IN. In 1852 (at the age of 15) he removed with his parents to Sugar Creek, KY, where his father had a general store, and kept a ferry between there and the Indiana side of the Ohio River. As a boy, he made trips with his father with their store-boat. They would sail down the Ohio River to New Orleans, Natchez and other port cities to pick up provisions. As they made their way up and down the river, they would stop at various ports and sell their wares.

1854 Silas attended Indiana Asbury University (now known as DePauw University) where he received marks of 94 in Arithmetic, 85 in English and Grammer and 100 in conduct.

On 12 May 1859, he married his first wife (Sarah M. Connely) at the age of 21. She died four months later.

On 28 October 1861 he enlisted at Murfreesboro, TN as a Sergeant.

On 08 February 1862, he enlisted in Company E. Kentucky 18th Infantry Regiment

17 January 1863 he was promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant

22 January 1863 he was promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant

07 August 1864 promoted to Full Captain

He fought in the Battle of Cynthiana, KY in 1862. According to Charlotte A. (Howe) Gibbs) he was captured. After the battle, Col. Morgan addressed the prisoners inviting them to join the Confederate forces or else be paroled to their homes until they could be officially exchanged. I have not found any evidence to support this claim.

September 19-20, 1863 he fought in the Battle of Chickamuga and was wounded (in the calf of his leg) when his horse was shot out from under him. The report submitted by Lieut. Col. Hubbard K. Milward, Eighteenth Kentucky Infantry, addressed to his Captain on 26 Sep 1863 states "….commissioned officers wounded, 5, among them Maj. A.G. Wileman and First Lieut. and Actg. Adjt. Silas Howe, both of whom behaved with great gallantry on the field…"

He mustered out 10 September 1864.

He rejoined the war effort mustering into Fifty-fifth Infantry (Mounted). This unit was raised under special authority from the war department, and was organized at Covington in November 1864. On 23 March 1865 he was promoted to Full Major. On the Saltville expedition it performed good and efficient service and was favorably mentioned by the commanding general, among other troops of his division, for gallant bearing in the face of the enemy.

19 September 1865 he mustered out at Louisville, KY

There is an interesting anecdote connected with him during his service in the Civil War. He was on furlough and visiting his mother, who lived at Sugar Creek, KY, when one night he heard horsemen draw up in front of the house. Upon looking out he saw they were Confederate soldiers and there was no doubt that they were intent upon his capture. He dropped out of a back window, crawled down a creek bed to the Ohio and though the river was full of ice, he swam to the Indiana shore and reached Patriot in an almost frozen condition.

After the war he went into business at Patriot, IN

12 December 1866, he married his second wife, Grace F. Hoyt, a school teacher.

1867-1880 the birth of his children with Grace Hoyt. Warren Dibble Howe, William Gibson Howe, Jonathan Howe, Bertha Marion Howe and Robert Ingersol Howe

1869 He had a General Store in the 3 story brick building, built in 1836 by his uncle Sylvanus Howe, at the corner of Third and Front Street. With his cousin, Silas Q. Howe and Will Pate, the firm was known as S. Howe & Co. Later the store was under the name of Howe & Haig, and was finally sold to Charles Emerson Foster (first cousin once removed and younger brother of his 3rd wife Ida Mae Foster) and Silas V. McHuron, also a distant cousin.

February 1887 he removed to Chicago, IL to enter the firm of Gibson-Parish, manufactures of upholstery springs and hardware. It was located at 78 W. Randolph St. and was owned by William D. Gibson, a relative of his wife, Grace. She died in Chicago just three months later and is buried in Rosehill Cemetery. Gibson-Parish later became the William D. Gibson Co., of which Silas was president until the time of his death. This company was one of the largest manufactures of springs in the country and made Silas probably the only millionaire that Patriot, IN ever produced. 1

13 Dec. 1888 he married Ida Mae (Foster) Hemphill, his 3rd wife (and first cousin once removed) in Cincinnati, OH.

12 Mar 1898 his sixth and last child (Charlotte Augusta Howe) was born. He and Ida had been married for almost10 years, and he was close to 61 years old at the time of her birth. Needless to say, she was quite an unexpected surprise to the both of them. Her siblings were between 18-31 years old when she was born, so she was raised basically as if she were an only child. She was quite close to her brother Robert (who was 18 when she was born) and to her sister Bertha. People commented that it was such a shame that Silas would never see her grow up, he being 60 years old when she was born. Not only did he live to see her grow up, he gave her away at her wedding to my grandfather in 1920, when she was 22 years old.

4 April, 1922 Silas died in Chicago, IL at the age of 84 years. He is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Children of Silas Howe and Grace Hoyt, all born in Patriot, IN

1. Warren Dibble HOWE b. 24 Nov 1867

2. William Gibson HOWE b. 21 Feb 1869

3. Jonathan HOWE b. Jan 1870 died Aug 1870*

4. Bertha Marian HOWE b. 20 Sep 1875

5. Robert Ingersol HOWE b. 28 Dec 1880

Child of Silas Howe and Ida Mae (Foster) Hemphill

6. Charlotte Augusta HOWE b. 12 Mar 1898, Chicago, IL


1. As told by his daughter Charlotte A. (Howe) Gibbs

2. Copy of 3rd term report card from Indiana Asbury University dated July 19, 1854

3. KY Marriage records 1852-1914

4. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Report of the Adjutant General of The State of

5. Historical Sketch of The Town of Patriot by H. F. Emerson, Jan. 29, 1931

6. Copy of Ohio Marriage License dated 12th Dec. 1866

7. Howe Genealogies by Daniel Wait Howe, Published by NEHGS, Boston, MA 1929, Page 491

*Information obtained from 1870 U.S. Federal Census

Sources for Silas Howe

1. Kentucky Marriage Records 1852-1914, 12 May 1859 to Sarah M. Connely

2. Copy of Marriage License to Grace F. Hoyt dated 12 Dec 1866

3. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky

4. 1860 U.S. Census, living in Gallatin, KY

5. 1870 U.S. Census, living in Posey Twn, Switzerland Co., IN

6. 1880 U.S. Census, living in Posey Twn, Switzerland Co., IN

7. 1900 U.S. Census, living in Chicago, Cook Co., IL

8. 1920 U.S. Census, living in Chicago, Cook Co., IL

9. Copy of Declaration for Pension for service during the Civil War

10. Copy of death announcement issued by The Wm D. Gibson Company

gbLangsdaleKiddadded this on 23 October 2010
RobertLangsdale24originally submitted this to Langsdale Family on 1 September 2010

Silas Howe bio written by a great grandaughter of Silas Howe, based on inherite
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  Sarah M. Connelly Howe (1837 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
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