|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1823|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1905|
Burial information comes from Cemetery Transcriptions.
SAMUEL HOWARD - On November 27, 1823, there was born to William and Ursula Howard, in Anson County, N.C., a son to whom the parents gave the single name, Samuel. In 1826 William Howard and family moved to the then comparatively new country, Tennessee, and settled in Henderson County on the farm now owned by James N. Howard, north of Lexington. There William Howard and wife lived the remainder of their days and there our subject Samuel grew to manhood, lived to the great age of 82 and died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 1905. October 28, 1847 Samuel married Mary Timberlake and to that union were born six children - yet surviving. Mary the good wife, died October 3, 1864. December 7, 1870 Mr. Howard was married to Betty Hinkle and to him she has ever been a loving helpmate. To this union but one child was born and that little life went out in early infancy. On September 23, 1895 Mr. Howard professed faith in God and joined the M.E. Church, South. Samuel Howard was for many years a strong man in the civic and business affairs of Lexington and Henderson County. While he never sought to push himself to the front, he had been a justice of the peace in his time and for several terms filled the office of County Trustee. The best interests of the county were guarded by him and on all occasion she was the special friend and advocate of the school children of the county.
Mr. Howard was one of the most conservative of men. He had strong opinions, but allowed others what he claimed for himself and respected the convictions of all men. He was a peacemaker and never failed to advise every man who sought his advice to keep on good terms with his fellows at whatever sacrifice necessary. Shakespeare said, "The evil that men do lives after them: the good is oft interred with their bones." We all do evil, it is a part of our humanity, but in such a life as that of "Uncle Sam," as he was affectionately addressed by many, his faults and foibles were hardly remembered while he lived, so tenderly was he loved for his great big heart and his generous hand which was ne'er closed to the needs of others less fortunate than himself. When we first came to Lexington in March 1884, Mr. Howard was then a gray-headed man, but active and so he continued through nearly all the years since. To meet him has always been like sunshine breaking through the clouds on a dark day. He never failed to have a jolly laugh and encouraging word for all. By and by when his limbs began to fail him, he recognized it as warning that his time was not long for this world and so expressed himself, but always as cheerfully as if he were growing younger instead of approaching dissolution. Some of his children are themselves growing gray and they have the sympathy of everybody who knew what an indulgent father Uncle Sam was, but to the bereaved wife, who has for nearly thirty-five years almost worshipped him, an especial and tender sympathy is felt. May God strengthen her in the dark days of her sorrow. Mr. Howard left but one surviving brother, Dr. John H. [Howard] and no sister. Between Sam and John there was ever the brotherly love that should be. Mr. Howard was a Mason and the strongest tenet of that order was his life's practice. He was always a Democrat, even in the days of the old Whig party and never once did he fail in his allegiance to his principles. Through all the coming years the memory of him will live green in the memory of all who knew and survive him. May his soul rest in peace.--W. V. Barry
Lexington Progress November 1905
Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
Samuel Howard, as trustee of Henderson County, and one of its old citizens and farmers, was born in 1823 in North Carolina, son of William and Ursley (Henson) Howard, both of English descent, and both natives of North Carolina. The father was an agriculturist and came to Henderson County in 1825, where he remained until his death. He was one of the first white settlers and most successful farmers, owning about 1,000 acres of land. He died in 1868 and his wife two years later. To them were born twelve children, Samuel being the fifth. He received his education in the common schools of Henderson County, remaining at home until he was twenty-four years of age. In 1847 he married Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary Timberlake. She was born in Henderson County in 1831, and died in 1864. She became the mother of six children, four of whom are living: Richard W, Charles F., James N., and Melvina, wife of K. Flake. Mr. Howard married the second time, in 1870, to Bettie H. Hinkle, a lady of Kentucky. Mr. Howard is a Democrat, previous to the war a Whig, and cast his first presidential vote for Henry Clay in 1844. In 1850 he was elected constable and served two years. In 1853 he was made justice of the peace of the Tenth District, and for three years adjusted all difficulties brought before him with judicial fairness, but resigned after that length of time. In 1877he was elected trustee of Henderson County, by the county court to fill the unexpired term of B. A. Priddy, who resigned. In 1878-80-82-84 he was re-elected by a large majority, thus illustrating his popularity and the satisfaction he had given the people. His successor, Mr. A. G. Douglass, took possession of the office Monday, September, 1886. Mr. Howard is one of the most prosperous farmers in this section, owning about 1,700 acres of valuable land. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Blue Lodge, No. 64, and Chapter No. ___. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Mary Neal Timberlake born 27 Jun 1831 - died 3 October 1864 - Buried at Old Beech River
His second wife Elizabeth Hinkle born 13 Sep 1849, died 25 October 1916 buried at Old Beech River
Mary Neal Timberlake Howard (1821 - 1864)
Elizabeth Hinkle Howard (1849 - 1916)
Richard William Howard (1849 - 1929)*
Martha Virginia Howard (1856 - 1857)*
Willie Mae Howard (1864 - 1864)*
Old Beech River Cemetery
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Nov 06, 2011
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