Silas (Elias) Howe

25 December 1820–8 October 1906 (Age 85)
Fort Covington, Fort Covington, Franklin, New York, United States

The Life of Silas (Elias)

When Silas (Elias) Howe was born on 25 December 1820, in Fort Covington, Fort Covington, Franklin, New York, United States, his father, Alman Howe, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Raymond, was 36. He married Maria Osburne about 1847, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Moira, Franklin, New York, United States for about 10 years and Bangor, Bangor, Franklin, New York, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1862. In 1860, at the age of 39, his occupation is listed as carriage maker in Bombay, Franklin, New York, United States. He died on 8 October 1906, in Waterbury, Washington, Vermont, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Brushton, Moira, Franklin, New York, United States.

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Silas (Elias) Howe
Maria Osburne
Marriage: about 1847
Marie Elizabeth Howe
Henry S. Howe
Lucy Amanda Howe
Clara Celestia Howe
Ida Adell Howe
John Alman Howe

Spouse and Children

about 1847
New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 14

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Age 26

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a small hill or a man-made mound or barrow, Middle English how (Old Norse haugr), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Howe in Norfolk and North Yorkshire.2 English: variant of Hugh .3 Jewish (American): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Siras Howe, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Silas How, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Silas Howe, "New York, State Census, 1875"

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