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|1 Martha Ann** "Marthy Ann"
||James FOWLER (1806->1860)
||Apr 1840, Tenessee [Born in Tennessee as shown in all censusí -including
where she is listed as daughter- minus one entry in 1900 on Camp County
Texas for her daughter Annie Mae Howard Amos married Smith in which her
motherís birth state is given as Alabama.]
||25 Nov 1907, Pittsburg, Texas (Camp County)
Rusk County News Wed Dec 4, 1907 [Henderson, Rusk County, Texas]
"Death of Mrs Howard. Mrs. M. A. Howard died Monday evening at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. W. M. Amos. Mrs Howard resided at Hughes Springs
and came here about 10 days before her death to spend a while with her
daughter. She was 67 years old and had been in ill health for some time.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the residence of Mr
and Mrs Amos by Revs. E. F. West and R. A. Morris. Burial at city cemetery.
Pittsburg Gazette [Camp County Texas]
"Mrs Howard was for a long number of years a resident of Henderson
and her many old time friends were grieved to learn of her death. She was
a member of the Methodist Church and an earnest follower of Christ. The
News joins the friends of the family in extending sympathy and condolence."
||Graham Cemetery (Formerly New Cemetery), then called City
Cemetery; Henderson, Rusk County, Texas [no record exists for this non
denominational cemetery Howard Plot. The former Howard family monument
is a pile of bricks. Her obit discloses the location of her grave and would
include other members of her married family and is the only means to track
her burial place] .
||Purported 2nd cousin to Sam Houston (unknown degree in
some sources). Martha Ann and David Howard frequently entertained Sam Houston
for days in their home, and he had his own dedicated pitcher in that home
used only when he was present according to daughter's notes in the Howard
folder of the Henderson Geneological Library. See Notes
on Fowler/Houston connection.
||Nacogdoches from at least 1850 until her marriage, then Henderson,
Rusk County, Texas until 1907 and her final 10 days. She died in
the home of her daughter Annie Mae in Camp County, Texas. See her
adult home's description and locale. See also Census
Entries and Deed Records through life span
||Marthy Ann when spoken of by her son in law Lavender [married Julia].
" I married Julia Irene Howard of Henderson, the
County Seat of Rusk County.She was the second oldest daughter of David
Patterson and Marthy Ann Howard.Of my parents-in-law I shall ever cherish
the fondest memories.Surely if any man ever had a Father-in-law and a Mother-in-law
who were worth their weight in gold then I had much."3
|Myth related to her:
Martha Ann as Ghost
|Martha Ann is said to be the ghost occasionally seen in the Howard/Dickinson
home which was hers from marriage until late life. See Discussion
on Martha Ann's ghost and the refuted and entirely mythical conditions
leading to her ascribed "unsettled" death.
See also Sam
Houston purported relationship, and Martha
Ann Fowler and David Patterson Howard's Home Description below
and following spouse and children entries.
||David Patterson "Dave" HOWARD4,5SEE
HIS DEDICATED AND FAR EXPANDED PAGE
||Between Dec 5 1895 Aug 13 1898, Henderson, Rusk County
||David P HOWARD (1780-<1853) [P for Patterson?]
||Harriet LOGAN (1780->1853) [Harriet M]
||1 May 1856, Nacogdoches County, Texas Officiated by Holloway
Doris (Diggs) Osborne [grand daughter of Martha Ann through son Jonathan
Patterson "Pat" Howard] never met any of her Howard Aunts and Uncles
[the children of Martha Ann and David Patterson Howard] but for two
: Annie and Dora . She also met Julia's daughter Irene. The others were
either dead or soon dead after her birth. What she recalls of the children,
and what she heard of them, is recounted at their individual entries.
School, and Deed Records mentioning Martha Ann Fowler
|Desc of Martha Ann Fowler
||Martha Ann Fowler is the purported 2nd cousin to Sam Houston (unknown
degree in some sources). Martha Ann and David Howard frequently entertained
Sam Houston for days in their home, and he had his own dedicated pitcher
in that home used only when he was present according to daughter's notes
in the Howard folder of the Henderson Geneological Library. See Notes
on Fowler/Houston connection.
Ann Fowler and David Patterson Howard's
|The home in which Martha Ann Fowler Howard resided in Henderson
was built by her husband and brother in law in 1855/5, and is found on
South Main Street, about 1/4 mile from the square of the town. Martha
Ann, widow, sold it to the Dickinsons in 1905, they expanded it,
and it is now on the historic register, and is called the Howard/Dickinson
home. When the David Patterson Howards lived in the now Howard/Dickinson
home with their many children and "Uncle Loge"[brother and business partner
to David Patterson Howard] , there were two large bedrooms with trundle
beds, the boys sleeping with the uncle, and the girls with their parents.
The home included a basement, highly unusual in the East Texas area and
reminiscent of the Virginia homes that the Howard brothers knew as boys
and young men. The family took most of their meals in the basement in a
sort of "summer kitchen", and reserved the formal dining room for other,
social occasions. The land included 7 acres, with orchards, and on
it was also a brick kiln [the first in East Texas] , with mechanism that
was patented, and within which the bricks that were used to build many
of the older, first buildings of Henderson were made. For a brief period
of time on first being orphaned, the three Howard children of Martha's
son Pat and Fannie his wife lived in this home. Doris [Diggs] Osborne
states her mother Mamie Howard Diggs had fond memories of early staying
with Martha Ann and David Howard , her grandparents, after her parent's
Pat and Fannie's deaths.
|Notes on purported
Sam Houston Kinship
||Martha Ann Fowler and David Patterson Howard's home is
now the historic Howard/Dickinson home on South Main in Henderson Texas,
viewable by appointment, [see description
of Martha Ann and David's home above ] and it is in her brother-in-law
Dave's room of that house that the Sam Houston trunk provided by someone
unrelated to the Howard family and given to the Rusk County Historical
Association is kept.
The purported relationship to Sam Houston by some degree of cousinship
is relative to Martha Ann Fowler Howard, the family file of Henderson's
genealogical library indicating that cousinship was first degree but offering
no proof or primary record for that relationship. Their daughter, who mentions
this cousinship in that file, reports that a special pitcher was
kept for Sam by Martha Ann and utilized only during his frequent visits
to the home. Having spent many hours unravelling Sam Houston's geneology
[and that of his three wives as far as those genealogies are known] ,
I do not believe this is a fact, and suspect if there was any cousinship
it was far more distant and perhaps to be found in the Tennessee of Martha
Ann's birth. Any relationship to Sam Houston has not been found by
me, and no Fowler has yet been encountered in the Houston line thus far
unravelled. Her cousinship, if it exists, may be through Martha Ann's maternal
line, and since Martha's mother is not yet identified by surname, this
could be very hard indeed to ever define.