Looking for Howard of 1700's Pennsylvannia
Thomas Howard was born in April of 1791, Mercer County, Pennsylvania to Samuel Howard. We do not know when or where from our people came. An educated guess would be that they were of Scottish Irish descent. Samuel's father, Thomas, (his father was Thomas and his son) moved with his family ever westward into Pennsylvania wilderness as the country became civilized. Samuel was born in Chester County, PA, married a Brown; and married Nancy Clark here. They moved to Cumberland Co; then to Washington Co. The family lived in Cumberland Co. in 1778 when Samuel was 17. He enlisted as a private on 1 Nov, 1777 and served with Captain Pebbles, Co. 4th Battalion. We have Samuel's pension application. He served for his father, Thomas, entering service at Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA. After the Revolutionary War, Samuel married Nancy Clark and they moved from Chester Co. to Washington Co. This move took the family over the Allegheny Mts. after 1783. In 1803, Samuel and family made their last move which took them to Mercer Co. Here it was that he was buried. Samuel died in Mercer County, PA, in 1842. My questions: Did father, Thomas Howard move with the family? What was father, Thomas's wife's name? When did this family come to the United States?
Son, Thomas was married to Lucinda Brawn on February 1817 in Mercer Co., Pa. His son, John, pushed westward again and after making a shelter in Fayette Co., Iowa, his family, his wife, Mary Alcorn, and Father and Mother followed. This family still lives in Fayette County, Iowa, Thomas Howard and Lucinda Brawn's ancestors are now counted as 6th and 7th generation farmers on land close to where he first settled.