Walter Howe
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Walter Howe

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Walter B. Howe
Born 1930s.
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Brother of [private brother (1940s - unknown)]
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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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I have made many contributions to WikiTree. I would hate for my work to be lost in the event of my death, and it is my intent that all of it be saved. I give permission for all my work to be turned over to my wife and fellow genealogist Hope Tillman.

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Hello Walter, thanks for corrections. I’m new to this. Is there anything else I need to do?
posted by Carole Briggs

Thank you so much for providing me with the Four Brothers In The American Revolution source. I have added it to our WikiTree Family Genealogies cache so everyone can find it. John Davis (1807-1847) had been a brick wall for me for a while, but I had recently found potential parents for him: Robert Davis (1778-1833) and Lydia (Howe) Davis (1776-1855). I was already convinced that they must be his parents because John named his son (my 2nd GG) Robert Howe Davis (1841-1921), but I could not find evidence of that "missing link." Your source turned out to be that link. Great stories in there as well! Thanks again! - Chip.

posted by Chip White Jr.
edited by Chip White Jr.
Dear Walter,

Oh my gosh!!!! how excited am I to login and find that I now have a lead backwards from James Harrison Howe! I've been working on Cornelia Hasket, too, and was so frustrated. And also the other side of the family, the Halls. So this is just fantastic. Thank you so much for your work! Janet

posted by Janet Borgerson
Walter, thanks for the exceptionally quick turnaround on the Howe-8775 / Howe-1273 merger.
posted by Bill Feidt
edited by Bill Feidt
Morning Walter, please take a look at my comment on Howe-1110
posted by Anne B
Guess you're my distant 10th cousin once removed.
posted by Krystal Davison
Some Howes related to me to work on:

Howe-1042 (currently see only an in-law relationship)


Howe-87 (connection to you by blood but not through Howe)

Howe-8992 (ditto)

posted by Scott Hutchins

I hope that I'm permitted to add my humble name to the long list of your loyal followers on WikiTree. You are a card-carrying Boston Brahmin, that genuine, rare article. So you would know the old rhyme, "Here's to dear old Boston. The home of the bean and the cod. Where Lowells speak only to Cabots. And Cabots speak only to God." Do old Bostonians still speak with a unique accent, something like Bette Davis or maybe Mrs. and Mrs. Howell of Gilligan's Island? Bostonians have a 400-year tradition of public service, so your many important contributions to development of the internet and online ancestry research are merely a continuation of your family tradition. I've been looking for distant cousins in Boston for many years and found none. But I would never let that stop me from proclaiming you my honorary cousin. I would go a step further and make you an honorary Texan, but my experience in granting that honor to a co-worker was met with ingratitude from her. Your WikiTree titles of Ranger, Data Doctor and Connector are a greater honor anyway. So you have no need for other, lesser titles, like Duke, Count, etc. I myself am no count. I assume that this rambling message of support will be edited by WikiTree staff, but that's to be expected.

posted by Victor Lowe
Hi Walter. Your Member of the Week interview is great. It's nice to learn more about you. By the way, my mother is a Howes from near Boston, but I doubt there's a connection.
posted by Chris Whitten
Walter, Chris is always looking for connections! Congrats on your great interview.


posted by Mags Gaulden
In regards to Howe-9842. I am unsure as to whether these would be the same person without seeing the records. This Howe-9842 is buried at Stevens cemetery which is a private cemetery in Grand-Bay Westfield, NB. I would personally like to see the stone as it says she may actually have been born in 1761.
posted by Marc Zimmer
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!
posted by Liat Boucher
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!
posted by PE Rosner
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

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.


posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
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

posted by Jim Howe
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.

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