Walter Howe

Walter Howe

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Walter B. Howe
Born 1930s.
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Descendant of PGM migrant Abraham Howe.
This profile is part of the Howe Name Study.


I am a 4th generation genealogist working on the Howe families that settled in New England during the Great Migration. My grandfather Dr. Oliver Hunt Howe and great grandfather attended the Howe Family Gathering in 1871 in Framingham, Mass. See my Howe Genealogy web page and the Howe Name Study page on WikiTree.

I was born in the 1930's and grew up in Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts. I majored in mathematics in college, and after college enlisted in the Army in 1960 (facing the draft) and to my surprise found myself training as a cryptanalyst, learning to break codes and ciphers. I was very good at this and the Army kept me at the Army Security Agency Training Center & School in Fort Devens, Massachusetts to train others in the skills I had learned and developed. At the end of my enlistment, the Army hired me to stay on as a civilian educator continuing to train others, develop new training, and manage the training effort. I continued to do work in training and developing signals intelligence and security and electronic warfare for 32 years altogether, progressing through constant changes in technology at a pace that kept accelerating - a challenge I always enjoyed. I wrote the Army's manual on cryptanalysis as part of this job. I retired from this work in 1992, and started looking for the next challenge in my life.

I have been online for years. I bought my first personal computer in 1980, and was soon immersed in bulletin boards (BBS) and information services such as CompuServe, the Source, Delphi, and lots more. I had free accounts on each of these services, because I contributed my expertise and experience to helping others online. In 1992, Delphi opened up the first nationwide dialup access to the Internet, and I saw enormous potential for growth in this area. Since I had been exploring and using online networks since 1960 in a variety of ways, I saw working for Delphi and helping them develop their Internet interface was a perfect fit - and so did they. Delphi went through many changes through the years, and proved to be a survivor through the many shakeouts the business went through. I still work for them part time today, although I am mostly retired.

Genealogy has been an interest throughout my life, and as it developed its online presence, I welcomed the changes and modernization. I was fascinated recently when some parish records from the 1500's in England that American Howe genealogists had travelled to England to research and document in the 1890's recently appeared online for the first time.


My major sources are:

  • Daniel Wait Howe, Howe Genealogies, Vol. 1, John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts, NEHGS; Location: Boston; Date: 1929
  • The Howe Family Gathering at Harmony Grove, South Framingham, Thursday, August 31, 1871, Rev. Elias Nason, MA, published by Elias Howe, 1871. Records collected at this gathering, and follow-on research led to the publication in 1929 of the two volumes of Howe Genealogy listed above. See also, The Howe Family Gathering here on Wikitree.
  • Four Brothers in the American Revolution, The family background and the careers of Timothy, Darius, Baxter, and Bezaleel Howe with a partial list of their descendants by Herbert Barber Howe, 1957.
  • Colonel Joseph Howe, York County, South Carolina, His Descendants and his Brothers by Olga Rolster Whitley, May 1960..

and many other sources, such as censuses, vital records, court and probate records, passenger lists, military records, gravesites, obituaries, parish records, newspaper articles, family papers, etc.

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Walter is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Every time I see a name in common with my extended family, particularly Howe's, I see if I can connect it to the greater family. I have helped many new members trace their line back to the Puritan Migration.
Very interested in improving profiles and sources.
Have taken all the major genealogy-related DNA tests.
Managing the Howe One-Name Category to include and connect all Howe's throughout history.
5 Howe families settled in Massachusetts before 1650 and have many living relatives there today.
My maternal grandparents are from Norway, and I have much to learn about researching in Norway.
My Howe family includes several Notables that should be listed in the project.
Created the Howe One Name Study
Very interested in creating quality profiles
Volunteered to serve as a Ranger.
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Walter Howe's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Walter or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • David Howe Find Relationship : AncestryDNA Paternal Lineage (discontinued), haplogroup R1b, Ancestry member rossbird184
  • Walter Howe: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 700 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #N29479, MitoYDNA ID T10929 [compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Walter Howe: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup T2, FTDNA kit #N29479, MitoYDNA ID T10930 [compare]
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Walter:
  • Walter Howe: 23andMe, GEDmatch M634986 [compare] + AncestryDNA, GEDmatch A426617 [compare]

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On 29 Aug 2019 at 10:09 GMT Liat Boucher wrote:

Hi Walter! The record I used as a source for Mary Howe's marriage to John Kilborn actually does list Rowley rather than Ipswich, but you're right that it looks like it was Ipswich. Thanks for the correction and for sourcing it so well!

On 27 Aug 2019 at 18:59 GMT PE Rosner wrote:

Thanks for all the fantastic work you did on the Howe profiles today! I mean it. You've been wonderful today with fixing errors, adopting abandoned profiles, embellishing existing ones , connecting relatives, and adding new profiles! First rate work Walter!

On 14 Aug 2019 at 22:04 GMT Michelle (Saucier) Ladner wrote:

Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

On 20 Mar 2019 at 18:48 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

The Spring 2019 Clean-a-Thon is taking registration now at this [1]. If you want to participate as a member of Massachusetts 600 Team, go to the post and answer indicating the team name. You need to answer the question so Eowyn can officially add you to the Team. We did a good job last year. Let's see what we can do this time around.


On 1 Mar 2019 at 03:59 GMT Jim Howe wrote:

Hi Walter

Thanks or your help and finding my mistakes. Not good at what I'm doing just giving it my best shot. Trying to up date our family tree best I can for future generations that may be interested

On 30 Nov 2018 at 20:56 GMT I (Rassinot) R wrote:

Hi Walter,

Since How-192 has a profile manager, it cannot go in Recycle Unknowns. I have removed the match so that no link appears between the two profiles. It will just stay on as a useless floater, until it is orphaned.

On 22 Nov 2018 at 08:01 GMT M Cole wrote:

Actually, I found a reference in one of the worldcat entries. Could you take another look at the source page to see that I got it right?

On 22 Nov 2018 at 07:48 GMT M Cole wrote:

Walter, Thanks for the catch on the Volume for the Howe Genealogies on Rebecca Howe Thayer's profile. I'd like to clarify the source page, too. What's weird is I can't find a reference to a volume number anywhere in the book or in worldcat. (All the more reason to explain on the source page).

On 19 Oct 2018 at 19:04 GMT Donna (Mick) Ledington wrote:

Sorry.. I confused the names.. Going back to look again..

On 1 Oct 2018 at 19:11 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Thank you for participating in the 2018 Source-a-Thon as a member of Team Massachusetts. Together we sourced over 1000 profiles. Great job. Next team effort will be the 2019 Spring Clean-a-Thon. See you then.

Thanks for all your work. Bob

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