The folllowing article is from the KY EXPLORER (genealogy magazine) writt en by Mrs. Naomi Howard Spillman, 12446 Grindley Dr. Sterling Height s, MI 48312
Samuel Howard Sr. was born in 1762 in Buckingham Co.VA. He was enlist ed in 1778 in Capt. Mayo Carrington's company. He marched from Woodson's F erry on the James River in Buckingham Co. VA where he joined the army und er General George Washington in 1778 He was at Yorktown standing just a f ew feet away when Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. Washington took Co rnwallis' sword, looked at it closely and gave it back to Cornwallis sayi ng "It's a very fine blade". (This tidbit of history has been passed do wn through the Howard family) Samuel moved to KY in 1796, four years after KY was changed from a coun ty of VA into the state of KY. He was the first white settler to come to Harlan Co.,KY where he was acti ve in many community affairs. He applied for his Revolutionary pensi on in Harlan Co.,KY in 1834 at the age of 72. He died 12-5-1840. and was buried at the Highbanks Cemetery on the Hensley farm near Cumberla nd, KY.( It is interesting to note here that Samuel Howard killed John Hen sley and tried and set free!) Due to the building of Highway #119 in the 1 970's Samuel, Chloe(his wife) and their infant child were moved to the W ix Howard cemetery at Loyall, KY where they are presently interred. Samu el and Chloe leave a long line of descendents all over the US and Canad a. The Harlan Co.Ky Court House has a plague placed on the square in fro nt of it by the Mountain Trail Chapter of the DAR which says"To the memor y, of the Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution." The followi ng men are listed on the plaque: CARL BAILEY JR., JAMES HALL, JESSE BROCK, SAMUEL HOWARD, BARRY CAWOOD, STE PHEN JONES, LEWIS GREEN, EPHRAIM OSBOURNE, HENRY SHACKLEFORD, HENRY SMITH.
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