Merritt Howe

13 March 1830–16 July 1912 (Age 82)
Vermont, United States

The Life of Merritt

When Merritt Howe was born on 13 March 1830, in Vermont, United States, his father, Joseph Howe, was 24 and his mother, Theodocia P Stevens, was 28. He married Jane E. "Betsy " Graves on 25 November 1852, in London, Monroe, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in London, Monroe, Michigan, United States in 1880 and York Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He died on 16 July 1912, in Milan, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in London Township Cemetery, London, Monroe, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Merritt Howe
Jane E. "Betsy " Graves
Marriage: 25 November 1852
Miles S. Howe
Joseph M. Howe
Ellen Howe
Rhoda Ellen "Ella" Howe
James Lyman Howe
Arthur E. Howe
Spencer W. Howe

Spouse and Children


    Jane E. "Betsy " Graves


25 November 1852
London, Monroe, Michigan, United States


    Miles S. Howe


    Joseph M. Howe


    Ellen Howe


    Rhoda Ellen "Ella" Howe



+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Theodocia P Stevens





    Simon Howe


    Harriet Howe


    Rhody E Howe


World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 4

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 33

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merrit Howe, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Marett Howe in household of Joseph Howe, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Merrit Hows, "United States Census, 1900"

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