Donald Howard
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Donald Howard

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Donald D. Howard
Born 1950s.
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Son of [private father (1920s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and
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Personal Life

I was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 5, 1954, the son of Donald Whiddon Howard and Dorothy Amelia Lopez. We were a very typical nuclear family of 4 children with a mom and dad that stayed together until my mom died in the mid 90s.

My father was a computer programmer for the Air Force, so we moved a bit. From San Antonio, to Dayton, Ohio. Then, back to San Antonio. Then, back to the Dayton area - where I graduated from Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1972.

My college years were spent mostly at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas as a music major - although I went to Morehead State University for 3 semesters as well. I was interested in jazz, so both schools were ideal. I was also interested in commercial music, and quickly became busy playing in local cover bands during college and afterwards.

In the 80s, I became interested country music, playing in local groups mostly, but was eventually hired as pianist for internationally known entertainer, Reba McIntire. I would spend four years traveling the USA and abroad in her touring band, before changing careers.

In the mid 90s, upon starting a family, I began a teaching career in Robertson County, TN . 20 years later, and after my daughter graduated High School, I decided to retire as a public school music teacher and teach private piano, which I am still currently doing.

I am happily married to Nita Brown Howard, and my daughters and grandchildren live nearby. My father is 92 years old and in remarkably good health of body and mind. Life has been good to me, and I am thankful to God for that.


My mother got me started in the study of family history in the early 1990s. She worked on my ancestors, while I worked on my daughter's mother's. It was a special hobby that we shared together, until she suddenly died in 1995.

At my father's 90th birthday in November of 2017, we learned that he had been given a DNA test as a gift. My wife had been adopted, which inspired her to learn more about her roots.

Soon after, she was tested at Since then, we found the identities of both parents, 3 living sisters whom we are now close with, and many cousins - some whom we have become close with.

The process of finding the many cousins to prove her parentage was so interesting, that I had my own DNA tested. Now, being semi-retired, I am a half-time piano teacher and half-time genealogist!

Mathew Howard, The Immigrant (1609-1959)

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

In January of 2016, I started a Facebook family group for immediate family. In August of 2018, I changed the name to Howard and Allied Families, and began to add cousins from all sides of my tree, near and distant.

Since then, it has grown from a few kinfolk to over 400 members, and is growing steadily. One of the interesting aspects is that there are 3 different lines of Howards that have joined:

  1. My line that goes to Matthew Howard
  2. One that goes to Thomas J Howard
  3. One that goes to Samuel Howard.

The intriguing thing about this is that several of these Howards, from other ancestral Howard lines are getting legitimate 6+ matches on, including some matches on

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 give credence.

Presidents related to me

Presidents related to my wife, Nita

Notable People related to me

  • Gen. William Clark (Lewis and Clark Expedition)
  • Outlaw, Jesse James
  • John Milton - English poet

Notable People related to my wife, Nita

  • Amelia Earhart - Female Aviator
  • Charles Sherwood Stratton, aka General Tom Thumb - Circus Performer

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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:
  • Donald Howard: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #B385819
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Hello Donnie,

It's Thon time again, this time the Connect-a-Thon! It will be from July 17-20, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the G2G sign up post! Click answer and mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Triple cousins,

Nice to meet you !!!! I hope we can work on tree together and I see we done DNA so I know DNA privet could you check how much we connect and if so could we get any DNA verification on these lines we share???? Be interesting to see with 3 connections how that DNA will stack up.


Well hello Cousin! What a nice surprise! Turns out we are 9th cousins through Joost Van Metere.
posted by Jeanette McIntyre
Nice to meet you, Donald. We are 10th cousins, once removed, and given the Brown and Taft names I am definitely related to your wife, too.
posted by Scott Hutchins
Hello Cousin Donald,

Donald and Janine are 16th cousins. Janine

What a pleasant surprise to read about you on Meet Our Members. What a great write-up about you. We are very fortunate to have you with WikiTree. I enjoyed reading about your specific genealogy interests. Like you I have interest in certain classical music, especially Italian Baroque. I actually did a couple profiles on some Italian composers, although their genealogy is not very complete. and
posted by James Stratman
Hi Donald!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: You played for Reba McIntire?!? How cool is that!

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Pip, and thanks to you! Just looked at the relationship finder. It shows us as 10c1r, related through though the Newman line. On my part it goes from Howard to Young (Jung), to Goodnignt (Gutknecht), to Dye, to Newman. I am confidant, personally, of the validity through the Dye line. The rest appears well-documented. I will drop you a message with my email. I have a FB family genealogy page you might like. Howard And Allied Families (all sides of my tree, near and distant). It has some great genealogists, including admins from several societies. And about Reba - playing in her road band for 4 years was an exciting part of my life. Seems like a life of it's own. Couple hundred cities per year, towards the end. If you google "Reba McEntire" + "live" + 1986 or 1987 - you can find me on a bunch of YouTubes. More youthful then, and more hair that was more brown. Lol! Seeya!
posted by Donald Howard
Hello Donald,

It's Thon time again, this time the Spring Clean-a-Thon! It will be from April 24-27, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Sign up here! And mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Don, look at your R-M269 haplo on the classic chart. If it is red it is only predicted. R-M269 is not the final haplo. It is the majority haplogroup for Europe and UK.

You must upgrade your Y test to include some SNP testing to learn your final haplo.

posted by Donald Barnes
Thanks for the info, Donald. I am awaiting results for the Big Y-700 test, done at FTDNA. I think it goes to 111 markers. Should get results, beginning the second week of April.
posted by Donald Howard
Have you seen the new question about parentage on Abraham Howard site? Go there : and then click of the G2G question on the top right.
posted by Sue (Howard) Ison
Incredibly great work during the 2020 Scan-a-thon! Our Tree has been enhanced by your efforts to preserve photos and documents, Donald!

The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!

Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member

posted by Pip Sheppard
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl In the Money Milestone
Donald reached the In the Money milestone by sourcing 300 profiles in the November 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge

Thanks! Great job!

posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Hello Donald,

It's Thon time again, this time the Scan-a-Thon! It will be from January 10-13, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Sign up here! And mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Welcome to Team Cornbread Catchers, Donald. We have a GoogleGroup and text only GoogleHangout that we'll be using during the event, as well as the chat thread in G2G.

The Google Group and Hangout aren't required. If you would like to participate, please reply to this message via email or private message so that I will be able to send you an invitation. If you use different email addresses for Google and WikiTree, I'll need to know your Google email.

Go Team Cornbread Catchers!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hello Donald,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz! Pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, thus coordinating with others is essential.

Please refer to the new recommended sources for citing Pre-1700’s sources. when working on profiles of that time period.

For questions, just ask.

Natalie ~ Pre-1700 Greeter p.s. If links do not work in a WikiTree email, check on your profile page for this message

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Thanks for your interest in the US Presidents Project. You will receive additional information on your “duties” in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to add this template to your profile. It creates the connection to a specific President. A list of the Presidents can be found at
posted by Robin Lee
Hi Anon

How is it going so far, were the Member How-Tos pages helpful or did they leave you with questions?

Clicking your green tags shows members who follow that tag. Add tags other family surnames, for locations. The tags link you to the community sourcing & research options Information on tags is on page one of the How To pages.

We want to help you learn about the site and the community, hopefully you found the pages and links useful.

Questions click my name & ask in the comment box on my page or post in the G2G Forum (see Help top right of your Profile

Janet ~ Wikitree Messenger

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree click in the comment box in your profile

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Thanks for volunteering! You are now an active member of the WikiTree community, and can start adding your family.

I suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration. Building your family tree on WikiTree will help you connect with others who have the same ancestors.

Need help? Just ask!

Mary ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome Donny !

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Andrea Pack ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile page

posted by Andrea (Stawski) Pack

Donald is 27 degrees from Ludwig Kraayenbrink, 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 30 degrees from Ferdinand von Zeppelin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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