I have a multi-family Facebook group, Howard and Allied Families, with over 550 members and growing steadily. It is for anyone connected to me in any way at all; or just interested. It is a closed group, but everyone is welcome. The url for it is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1042540139100937/
My preferred way of communicating is by email. Email me at [email address removed]
I was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 5, 1954, the son of Donald Whiddon Howard and Dorothy Amelia Lopez, and a middle child of 4 siblings. We were a very typical nuclear family for the times.
My father was a computer programmer for the Air Force, so we moved a bit; between our hometown of San Antonio Texas, and the Dayton, Ohio area near Wright Patterson AFB. I graduated from Fairborn Park Hills High School, in Fairborn, Ohio in 1972.
My college years were spent mostly at the University of North Texas as a music major, eventually earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 1976. During that time, and after, I spent several years playing commercial music, professionally.
Reba McEntire Band (1985-88) (Donny Howard: back row, second from left)
In the 80s, I became interested in Country Music, and was eventually hired as pianist and backing vocalist for internationally known entertainer, Reba McIntire. I would spend four years traveling the USA and abroad in her touring band.
In the mid 90s, upon starting a family, I began a teaching career in rural Robertson County, TN, near Nashville. After 20 years of service, I retired as a public school music teacher and began to teach private piano lessons.
Donny and wife, Nita.
Currently still a piano teacher, I am happily married to Nita Brown Howard, Life has been good to me, and I am thankful to God for that.
In the early 1990s, my mother's genealogical work peaked my interest, and I joined her in the study of family history. At that time, Mom worked on her and my father's side, while I worked on my daughter's mother's side.
During those years, I spent a lot of time at the TN State Museum, looking through microfilm records, and such. Genealogy was a special hobby that me and my mother shared together, until her sudden passing in 1995.
At my father's 90th birthday in November of 2017, I learned that he had been given a DNA test as a gift. Nita, my wife, had been adopted - which inspired her to learn more about her roots. Soon after, Nita was tested at Ancestry.com.
Since then, we found the identities of both parents, 3 living sisters, and many cousins. One cousin, Shannon Hickey, has joined Wikitree, and has a Facebook genealogical page with many of Nita's cousins. It is called Hickey Ancestry
The process of finding the many cousins (to discover my wife's parentage) was so interesting that I had my own DNA tested - and have been finding and meeting new cousins ever since! Upoin finding so many interesting new cousins, I eventually began a multi-family genealogical group on Facebook, Howard and Allied Families
My 9th great-grandfather is Matthew Howard Sr. "The Immigrant" (1609-1659). Several noted books have been written about Matthew, stating that he was a descendant of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk. This has since been deemed unprovable, although there remain other theories. At least two of his sons used the royal Norfolk Howard crest on wax seals for legal documents. Matthew is part of the Maryland Project.
Ydna and Matthew Howard
I have been tested at FTDNA for my Ydna (through 111 markers + Big Y test) and place in lineage 14 of the Howard Project at FTDNA - which primarily consists of members with genealogies leading to Matthew Howard (1609).
Howard and Allied Families Facebook Group
In August of 2016, I started a multi-family Facebook genealogy group, Howard and Allied Families , and began to add cousins from all sides of my tree, near and distant. It now has almost 600 people, and is still growing.
One of the interesting aspects of this group are the Howards that have joined. Membership includes Howards from 3 different ancestral lines of Howards:
The intriguing thing about this, is that several of these "other" Howard members and I are getting legitimate 6+ centimorgan matches on gedmatch.com. And even some matches on Ancestry.com.
Further study has showed that most of these DNA matches (not from my direct Matthew Howard line) are from the Samuel Howard line. Samuel married Chloe Osborne. Chloe's mother was Elizabeth Howard, thought by many to be a great-grandaughter of Matthew Howard. If you go to Chloe Osborne's Wiktree page, you will find notes about the uncertainty of her parentage. But I think that these DNA matches in my group, and many more like them, on Ancestry.com give credence. Between me and my father, I have found well over 50 DNA matches to these Osborne/Howards; often times maching both of us, and some whose surnames (or maiden names) are Osborne.
General George S Patton - Commander of the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Donald or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-FT276415, Ancestry member donaldDhoward, FTDNA kit #B385819