Hello - I'm attempting to learn more about the parentage of my Benjamin Howard (b. 2/17/1741 in MD; d. 6/4/1828 in Wilkes Co., NC). There are several theories, including those that have been published below. Anyone else out there got an opinion? I'd love to see some more proof, and other documentation. And I'd love to chat regarding this!
I descend through Benjamin's daughter Rachel Howard.
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 64, March 1976, Number 1: Benjamin Howard (1742-1828) of Maryland and North Carolina by Fielding Ogburn (11 Lakeside Overlook, Rockville, MD 20850].
Benjamin Howard appears in at least six genealogies. (Miriam I. Turnley, Family Record (privately printed, 1895); Isaac W. Maclay, Descendants of Henry Sater of Maryland (1895) and Henry Sater, 1690-1754 (1895); Mary I. Scott, Genealogy of the Isbell Family (1929); Judson Councill of Virginia and Descendants (1941); Zella Armstrong, Notable Southern Families, Vol. 1 (1918).) He was born 17 February 1742 and died 4 June 1928. On 21 September 1762 he married Prudence, daughter of Henry and Dorcas Sater of Baltimore County, Maryland. They lived, died, and were buried in Wilkes County, North Carolina. There is no doubt about these facts.
In Zella Armstrong, Notable Southern Families, he is identified as a son of Charles3 (Cornelius2) Howard. Later in a letter to Rubyn Ogburn, July 1943, Miss Armstrong amended this identification by alleging that he was a son of Benjamin4 (Charles3, Cornelius2) Howard, but gave no evidence in support of this charge. Harry Wright Newman, in his well-researched Anne Arundel Gentry, correctly identifies that Benjamin Jr.5 as the man who married Anne and lived in Kent County, Delaware. (Harry Wright Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry, vol. 2, 2nd ed (1971) Newman does not mention Benjamin and Prudence (Sater) Howard of Wilkes County.
The true origin and parentage of Benjamin Howard of Wilkes County are revealed in the 1791 Maryland Cancery Court case of John Davidson vs the Attorney General. Among the papers were two depositions of interest. On 4 March 1791 Benjamin Howard of Wilkes County, age 79 [born ca 1741-2], and on 26 March 1791 John Howard of Wilkes County, age 57 [born ca 1733-4] deposed as follows. They are brothers, and have another brother, Philip of Surry County, North Carolina, age about 60 [born ca 1730-1]. The three live within 50 miles of each other. Their father, Philip Howard, Sr. formerly lived on Elk Ridge in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and died six years ago at age 80 [born ca 1804-5, died ca 1784-5] while living with his son Philip. In 1747 Philip, Sr., Philip, Jr., and John leased from the province of Maryland 150-acre Angles and Rods, a part of Monocacy Manor northwest of Frederick-Town, for their lifetimes. But they left Maryland about 1751 and settled on the Yadkin River in North Carolina. Philip Sr., then had eight children living (out of seven sons and two daughters born). In 1752 they assigned their Maryland lease to John Howard [son] of Gideon [Howard]. (Maryland Chancery Court Records, 22#F:480-491, at Hall of Records, Annapolis.)
Thus, we see that the deponent Benjamin Howard was born at about the same time and came from the same colony as Benjamin (1742-1728) of Wilkes County. The North Carolina 1790 census enumerates only one Benjamin Howard family head in Wilkes County, and lists John Howard there and Philip Howard in Surry County. We may conclude, therefore, that the deponent was the husband of Prudence Sater.
According to Newman, Philip Howard (born 1704) had a wife Mary, lived in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, settled in Rowan County, North Carolina, and owned land in Wilkes County [set off from Rowan in 1778]. He had a son Philip born in 1727 and a son John, who was born in Frederick County, Maryland, and had wife Nancy. Newman also provides the Howard lineage: Philip4 (1704), Philip3 (d. 1704), Samuel2 (d. 1703), and Matthew1 and Anne (Hall) Howard.