|Birth: ||Jan., 1876|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1951|
Lettie G. Howard (Barron), the daughter of a Beverly, Massachusetts, fishing schooner captain who named his Essex-built schooner for her. The "Lettie G. Howard," built in 1893, is afloat and part of the collection of vessels at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. The Lettie G. Howard still plies the waters of Cape Ann and has taken part in the annual Mayor's Cup schooner races in Gloucester on Labor Day Weekend.
Lettie Gould Howard was born in January of 1871 at Deer Isle, Maine, to Frederick and Charlotte A. (Lowe) Howard. By 1886, the Howards had moved to Beverly, Massachusetts. Frederick Howard is listed in the 1886 Beverly City Directory as a teamster who resided at "house, Water, Tuck's Point." By 1893, Frederick Howard was master of the "Lettie G. Howard" (named for his daughter), which was built by the Arthur D. Story Shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts.
On September 21, 1896, Lettie G. Howard was married to Pearl Tremaine Barron, (b. So. Royalston, Vermont) a printer. He was the son of Romanzo Cornelius and Jane (Spaulding) Barron of Salem. Rev. Charles H. Puffer, a Salem minister officiated at the ceremony. (Massachusetts Vital Records, 1896, Vol. 460, page 531 [Salem] and Massachusetts Vital Records, 1896, Vol. 460, page 325 [Beverly.]) (Note: Pearl T. Barron's place of birth is listed as "Broadbrook, VT" in the marriage record filed in Beverly.)
On August 19, 1897, the Barron's only child, Floyd Bissell Barron, died of brain disease at the age of 4 months, 24 days (Massachusetts Vital Records, 1897, Vol. 472, page 607.) In 1900, the Barrons were living at 13 Emmerton St., Salem, Mass. (1900 census.)
By 1910, Pearl and Lettie Barron had divorced. Pearl lived with his parents at 5 Curtis St., Salem, and Lettie lived with her parents at 10 Morton St., Saugus, Mass. By 1912, the Howards returned to Beverly and lived at 275 1/2 Cabot St. for ten years. During this period Lettie worked as a shoe stitcher at a factory at 101 Rantoul St. Her father, Captain Fred, was the master of the schooners "Appomattox" and the "W.H. Moody."
In 1923, the Howards removed to Danvers, Mass., and lived at 78 Elliott St. Lettie's mother, Charlotte, died in 1928. Lettie continued to live with her father in Danvers during his retirement. Her occupation was listed as seamstress. Captain Fred Howard died on January 21, 1934 and was buried in the North Beverly Cemetery alongside his wife, Charlotte.
Lettie lived in Danvers until 1936. She is listed in the Salem City Directory at 8 Federal St. until 1947. She was living in Salem at the time of her death at age 80 on July 12, 1951. Her funeral service was held in Beverly, where she had deep roots, and she was laid to rest with her parents in the Howard family plot in the North Beverly Cemetery. A small anchor engraved over the names on the grave stone signifies the Howard family's connection to maritime history. The "Lettie G. Howard" continues to sail--121 years after her construction in Essex, Mass. (as of 2014.)
Beverly Evening Times, Friday, July 13, 1951, page 6.
BARRON—July 12, Lettie G. Barron, age 80 years. Late of Salem and Beverly. Funeral services will be held at the funeral chapel of Curtis H. Gentlee, Ellis square, Beverly, Saturday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the chapel this evening. 7-13
LETTIE G. BARRON
Mrs. Lettie G. Barron of Salem and formerly of Beverly died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 80 years. Mrs. Barron was born in Deer Isle, Me., but resided in Beverly for many years before taking a residence in Salem. She is survived by a brother Ernest Howard of Hoboken, N.J., a nephew, a niece and great nieces.
The funeral service will be held at the funeral chapel of Curtis H. Gentlee, Ellis Square, Beverly, Saturday afternoon at three-thirty o'clock and friends may call at the chapel this evening.
Beverly Evening Times, Monday, July 16, 1951, page 6.
LETTIE G. BARRON
Funeral services for Mrs. Lettie G. Barron of Salem, formerly of Beverly, were held at the funeral chapel of Curtis H. Gentlee, Ellis square, Saturday afternoon and were well attended. Rev. Willis Miller, pastor of the Methodist church of Beverly, officiated. The floral tributes were many and the interment was in the North Beverly cemetery. Delegates were present from the Beverly Grange and the Companions of the Forest, of which she was a member. The Rev. Miller conducted the service at the grave.
Frederick Howard (1848 - 1934)
Charlotte A Lowe Howard (1850 - 1928)
North Beverly Cemetery
Plot: Sub Division 6, Lot 612
GPS (lat/lon): 42.57892, -70.89728
Created by: Kevin B.
Record added: Sep 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41661746