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William Eaton Howard (1836 - 1917)

William Eaton Howard
Born in Bozrahville, New London County, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half] and
Husband of — married about 1852 (to before 5 Jun 1880) in Rhode Island, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Milan, Washtenaw County, Michigan, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Feb 2017
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William Eaton Howard, son of James and Mary Ann (Tracey) Howard, was born on 13 May 1836 or 1833 in Bozrahville, New London County, Connecticut.[1][2][3][4]

He married Elizabeth Hannah (Potter) Yeaw, widow of Farnum Yeaw, and daughter of Johnson and Elizabeth R. Potter. He left Elizabeth about 1870 and went to Saline, Michigan. Elizabeth died on 6 Oct. 1884.[1][3]

He was a clergyman when he and Elizabeth appeared on the census of 22 June 1860 at Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island.[5] William is in the 1870 census twice. He was a laborer when he and Elizabeth appeared on the census of 9 July 1870 at Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island.[6] He was an insurance agent when he and Emily (Burnham) Van Ness appeared on the census of 18 July 1870 at Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. Emily was using the name Howard, but they were not married.[7] He and and Emily Howard, she used a married name though they were not yet married, witnessed the marriage of Olive E. Van Ness, daughter of Emily, and "Professor" Henry Friend on 3 Feb, 1883 in Niles, Michigan.[2]

He married Emily Burnham, divorced wife of Jacob M. VanNess and daughter of Allen Burnham and Olive M. (Hanson) Burnham, on 3 Sep. 1883 in Will County, Illinois.[2][3]

In early 1883 Henry C. Friend, his wife Olive, her mother Emily (Burnham) Howard, and Emily's husband William E. Howard, Lyman Burnham, brother of Olive, as well as George and Gus Halstead and Henry Hack set up the Electric_Sugar_Refining_Company, a fraud company that was based on a complete fabrication.[2][1] He served about 6 years in Sing-Sing for his role in the fraud.[3]

He married Alice Langworthy Leonard on 14 Sep. 1899 in Milan, Washtenaw, Michigan.[4][2]

He and Alice appeared on the census of June 1900 at York, Washtenaw, Michigan.[8]

William died on 12 April 1917 at Milan, Washtenaw County, Michigan and was buried at Marble Park Cemetery, Milan, Washtenaw County, Michigan.[9] His memorial has photos, biographical material and links to those of family members.[3]


22 June 1860

Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island

  • William E Howard 26 b. RI clergyman.
  • Elizabeth Howard 34 b. RI.
  • Charles H Howard 2 b. RI.
  • Ellen E Yeaw 12 b. RI.[5]
9 July 1870

Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island

  • William E Howard 36 b. RI laborer.
  • Elizabeth H Howard 43 b. RI.
  • Charles H Howard 12 b. RI.
  • Clarence Howard 3 b. RI.[6]
18 July 1870

Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan

  • William E Howard 36 b. RI insurance agent.
  • Emma Howard 38 b. NY.[7]
June 1900

York, Washtenaw, Michigan

  • William Howard 63 b. May 1837.
  • Alice Howard wife 48 b. June 1852 married 0 yrs.
  • William 19 step-son b. Sep. 1881.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A History of Isaac Howard of Foster, Rhode Island, and his descendants who have borne the name of Howard. by Daniel Howard. Windsor Locks, CT. 1901. Pages 47-8, 94,5. An book.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Electric Sugar Refining Company at Wikipedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Find A Grave Memorial# 79690455 William Eaton Howard
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wm E Howard Spouse: Alice Leonard Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Year: 1860; Census Place: Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: M653_1205; Page: 351; Family History Library Film: 805205 1860 US Census William E Howard
  6. 6.0 6.1 Year: 1870; Census Place: Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: M593_1474; Page: 25A; Image: 189133; Family History Library Film: 552973 1870 US Census William E Howard
  7. 7.0 7.1 Year: 1870; Census Place: Battle Creek Ward 1, Calhoun, Michigan; Roll: M593_666; Page: 421A; Image: 356734; Family History Library Film: 552165 1870 US Census MI William E Howard
  8. 8.0 8.1 Year: 1900; Census Place: York, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: 746; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0109; FHL microfilm: 1240746 1900 US Census William Howard
  9. Wm E Howard Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. His father is listed as James Howard and his mother as Mayann Walker. The informant was his wife, Alice.

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