William Riley Howard

15 January 1842–19 February 1900 (Age 58)
Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of William Riley

When William Riley Howard was born on 15 January 1842, in Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, John Howard, was 29 and his mother, Anna Canaday, was 26. He married Elmina Helen Stanley on 7 June 1864. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Penn Township, Jefferson, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1880. He died on 19 February 1900, in Cherokee, Alfalfa, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Cherokee, Alfalfa, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Riley Howard
Elmina Helen Stanley
Marriage: 7 June 1864
Elton Stanley Howard
Olive Howard
John Howard
Benjamin Adna Howard
Ernest Howard
Stella Howard
Ethel Howard
Hilda Howard
Clio Howard
Alta Howard
Merle Howard
Claude C. Howard
Lura Mildred Howard
Blanche Elmina Howard

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 June 1864
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Historical Boundaries: 1843: Mahaska, Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Mahaska, Iowa, United States
    Age 4
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1858 · A House Divided
    Age 16
    Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

    Name Meaning

    English: of Norman origin, from the Middle English personal names Huward (also Howard) and Heward, from Old French Huard (itself from ancient Germanic Hugihard, hugi- ‘mind, understanding, spirit’ + hard- ‘hardy, bold’). As Hugh appears in Middle English as both How and Hew, this is the definite origin of Heward and a source of Howard. This surname is also very common among African Americans. See Hugh .English: from the Middle English personal name Haward or Howard, usually an Anglicized form of Old Danish Hāwarth (Old Norse Hávarthr, from ‘high’ + varthr ‘guard, guardian, warden’). Alternation between Haward and Howard may have led to later confusion with Hayward .English: occasionally a variant of Ewart 2.

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

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    Sources (26)

    • Wm R Howard in household of John Howard, "United States Census, 1850"
    • W R Howard in entry for Jno Howard and Iva L Graham, "Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911"
    • William Howard in entry for Elton Stanley Howard, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

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