Person:Joseph Howe (11)

Maj. Joseph Howe, of Hampshire County, VA
d.bef. 7 Sep 1790 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • HMaj. Joseph Howe, of Hampshire County, VAAbt 1720 - Bef 1790
  • WEleanor Dunbar1730 - Bet 1790 & 1796
m. ABT 1748
  1. Joseph Howe1749 -
  2. Elizabeth Howe1751 - 1835
  3. John William Howe1752 - 1835
  4. Eleanor Howe1755 - 1780
  5. Ann Howe1756 -
  6. Maj. Daniel Howe1758 - 1838
  7. Rebecca Howe1765 - 1856
  8. David HoweAbt 1767 -
Facts and Events
Name Maj. Joseph Howe, of Hampshire County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1720 Effingham, Surrey, England
Marriage ABT 1748 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusettsto Eleanor Dunbar
Death? bef. 7 Sep 1790 Montgomery County, Virginia[Will Probated]

Joseph Howe was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Survey for Joseph Howe

  • November 7 1749 - Then Survey d for Mr. Joseph How a certain Tract of Waste and ungranted Land Lying in Augusta County and on the Lost River of Cacapehon and bounded as followeth Beg. at a Corner of the Land Survey d for James Scott a Hickory red Oak and Maple on the Mountain Side and running thence along the Mountain N° 35° East Two hundred and Six Poles to two white Oaks and Maple on the Mountain thence leaving the Mountain and run thence N° 55° West 60 p to the Road Three Hundred Poles to Red Oak Chesnut Oak and Hickory on a Mountain Side thence S° 35° West Two hundred and Six poles to a Large white Oak James Scotts Corner thence with his line S° 55° East Three hundred poles to the Beg: East. Plat drawn (signed) Joseph How: M. [Source: "Journal of my Journey over the Mountains", by George Washington, while surveying for Lord Thomas Fairfax, Baron of Cameron in the Northern Neck of Virginia, pg. 84].

Will Abstract

Howe, Joseph, Will probated Sept. 7, 1790.
Names wife, Elinor; and children: David, John, Daniel and two sons-in-law, Robert Pearis and James Hogge.
[A Brief of Wills and Marriages of Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831 by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 50].

Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1742-1775, Vol. 2:

  • G-538: Joseph How of Augusta County, 386¼ acres in said County. Surv. Mr. G. Washington. On Lost River of Caccapehon adjoining James Scott. 6 June 1751. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, pg. 50].

Records of Joseph Howe in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MAY 24, 1750. - (373) Joseph How directed to set up sign posts and keep it up with these: John Elswick, Andrew Viney, John Dunbarr, William McBride, Francis McBride, Robert Denton, James Thomas, James Scot, James Hamilton, William Miller and Valentine Sevier.
  • Page 26.--14th December, 1750. William McBride's will, laborer--Wife. Sarah; son, Francis. Executors, son Francis and Joseph How. Grandchildren, Margaret and Sarah McBride, 1 plantation between Francis McBride and the Bigg Cow Run on Capecappen in Augusta County. Teste: William Warden, Mary McBride, Ann Dunharr. Proved, 21st March, 1754, by Mary and Ann. Joseph How refuses to execute and Francis McBride qualifies, with sureties Jacob Gum and James Thomas. Francis' mark.
  • Page 289.--3d March, 1756. Paul Froman, of Frederick, to George Speece, £50, 500 acres being lot No. 6 on Linnvell's Creek, conveyed to Paul by Jost Hite, 4th October, 1749. Delivered: Jos. How by order Speace, March, 1758.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1767 (C). - Hugh Murphy vs. Joseph How.--Defendant at New River. Petition, 28th May, 1767, not found. Account, 1766: "To your promise to pay me for my right of my wife's dower in the tract of land sold you by Mathew French."
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1769 (B). - Joseph Watson vs. Joseph How.--Joseph How, of Hampshire County. Bond to Joseph Watson of Fairfax County, dated 4th April, 1765, for making title to land in Hampshire.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 16, 1769. - (322) Appraisers appointed on estate of John Buchanon, viz: On James River, John and Jonathan Smith and George Skillern; at New River, John Blackmore, Samnel Pepper and Joseph How; at Reed Creek, John Montgomery, David Looney and Josiah Ramsey.
  • Page 389.--14th October, 1769. Col. John Buchanan's estate appraised by John Blackimore, Jos. How, Saml. Pepper.


From "Hoge History", Alford Association Newsletter, Spril 2002:

Joseph Howe, Elizabeth's father and other pioneers, were early settlers in the Lost Valley of the Cacapon River, which is the next valley west of the Shenandoah Valley in the Kernstown area. The property was under the proprietorship of Lord Fairfax and he was not happy with the squatter on his land. In 1748 he sent George Washington to survey fifteen sections of land, each 350 to 400 acres. Joseph helped George survey his section of land. Another section was surveyed for the Dunbar family consisting of Ann, the mother, her son Philip, and his family including his daughter Eleanor. Joseph Howe and Philip Dunbar's daughter Eleanor were married in about 1750. (Note: a few corrections made to help the reader).

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    Will of Joseph Howe 1790 Montgomery Co. Va. Deed Book AB@ pg. 169