Howard family, NY, Illinois
Lena Star March 20, 1874
Howard-At the residence of her son, Martin Howard, Howardsville, Illinois, Mrs Ruth Howard, in the 78th year of her age.
The deceased was born in the state of Mass., Sep't 1796. Removed, with her parents, to northern New York. where at an early age she was married to Deacon Martin Howard, whom she survived nearly seven years. Mrs Howard was one of the pioneers of this County, having removed from the state of Ohio to this place in August, 1837. The earliest recollections of "life in the west" will be intimately associated with the presence of this dear lady by many a poor immigrant of former years. Kind hearted and genial in her disposition, heartily sympathizing with the young, ever ready to lend a helping hand to the needy, a devoted and consistent christian by all who knew her.