George Washington Howard was born about 1834 (1850 and 1860 census) or 1832 (Howard family history and Civil War records) in TN. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Howard and Elizabeth Muse. Benjamin Franklin Howard was born about 1807. The family came to Texas in 1835 (San Augustine Co. land grant). Benjamin F. fought in the Texas Revolution.
Benjamin F. Howard and Elizabeth Muse separated. One family history account says that B.F. Howard left his family and was reported dead. However, records show that he was still living, in 1865 and possibly 1874 or later. For more information on the Howard family, see micspoon.tripod.com/nti/nti11685.html. Elizabeth Muse then married Charles Ayers Wood. The 1850 San Augustine Co., TX census shows the family and lists him as George W. "Wood."
George Washington Howard married Sereptha "Repsie" Williams, born in Feb 1822 in AL. Sereptha had first married Thomas Watts, Jr. (1822-1849). Sereptha and Thomas had three children, Greenberry b abt 1843, Amanda Jane b abt 1846 and Benjamin Franklin "Frank" b abt 1848. Sereptha then married George Washington Howard on July 14, 1853, San Augustine Co. The 1860 San Augustine Co. census found "Wash" and Sereptha with the 3 Watts children and 3 of their own:
1. Mary Elizabeth, born abt 1854, married John Cooper
2. Napolean Bonaparte, born abt 1858
3. Ada born abt June, 1860.
4. Other internet sites list daughter Georgianna born 1862.
George Washington Howard died in the Civil War about 1863/4 on or near Galveston Island, burial unknown. There were three George W. Howards from Texas that fought in the Civil War. The most likely, given his place of death, was a corporal with the 13th Regiment, Texas Volonteers (Bates' Regiment), Company M., headquartered at Velasco (present day Surfside Beach). Their primary responsibility was to defend the Texas coast from Galveston to Matagorda.
Howard family lore says Sereptha moved to Brownsville after the Civil War and died near the King Ranch on the way back to East Texas. The 1900 census found her in Cameron Co., TX living with her son Benjamin F. Watts and his family.
Elizabeth Muse Wood (1812 - 1887)
Sereptha Williams Howard (1822 - ____)
Napoleon Bonaparte Howard (1858 - 1930)*
George Washington Howard (1834 - 1863)
Francis M. Wood (1837 - 1863)*
Charles T Wood (1839 - 1894)*
Azreal A Wood (1843 - 1920)*
Thomas Edwin Wood (1844 - 1877)*
Levi Muse Wood (1848 - 1918)*
Mariah Wood Bobbitt (1851 - 1923)*
Specifically: Burial unknown
Created by: R Strickland
Record added: Sep 16, 2012
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