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Joseph Howe  Joseph Howe
Male 1851 - 1937

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  • Birth  16 May 1851  , Fermanagh, Ulster, N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1880  [4
    • His obituary suggests that he immigrated in 1880.
    Residence  1880  Walsingham Township South, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration  1881 
    from Northern Ireland to Canada 
    Immigration  16 Aug 1881  , , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • The Toronto Emigrant Office created registers of new immigrants who were assisted by the government to travel to many different destinations across southern Ontario. One record in the TEO archives may be that for Joseph and Robert Howe who, according to census records, immigrated to Canada in 1881. The TEO record shows that 2 Irish male adults -- "J. Howe and R. Howe" --immigrated to Quebec aboard the Moravian. They applied for assistance on Aug 16 1881. Their destination was Hamilton and they apparently traveled by the Great Western Railway railway.
    Residence  1888  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1891 
    Tenant Farmer 
    Residence  1891  Walsingham Township South, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Purchased Farm  1898  [1
    from the late J.A. Dease 
    Purchased Home  1919  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Main Street 
    Cemetery  1937  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bayview Cemetery 
    Member  Bef 1937  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Free Methodist church, a member for about 40 years 
    Died  15 Feb 1937  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Address:
    Main Street
    Port Rowan, Ontario
    Canada 
    Funeral  17 Feb 1937  Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Peach of Hannon, assisted by Rev. D.H. McCallum.
    Buried  17 Feb 1937  [1
    Person ID  I7  myTree
    Last Modified  14 Jan 2007 
     
    Father  Oliver Howe,   b. Abt 1809,   d. 26 Nov 1891, Claranagh, Fermanagh, Ulster, N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Thompson,   b. Abt 1819,   d. Abt 15 Apr 1897, Claranagh, Fermanagh, Ulster, N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Histories Letters from the Attic (1879-1898)
    Status: Located. An index of letters from the family in Ireland and Canada to the Howe/Hayden family of New York (1879 - 1898).
    Family ID  F2  Group Sheet
     
    Family 1  Elizabeth Woods,   b. 22 Feb 1858, , Fermanagh, Ulster, N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1918, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1878  N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Howe,   b. 2 Jul 1881, , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1974, , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jane (Jennie) Howe,   b. 21 Oct 1883,   d. Bef 1997
     3. Oliver Howe,   b. 11 Mar 1885,   d. 4 May 1975
     4. Richard Howe,   b. 14 Feb 1887,   d. 26 Sep 1971
     5. Robert James ("James") Howe,   b. 26 Aug 1888, Walsingham Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1959
     6. William Howe,   b. 2 Jan 1891,   d. 6 Oct 1963
     7. Margaret ("Maggie") Howe,   b. 2 Jul 1893,   d. 28 Nov 1951
     8. Joseph Howe,   b. 2 May 1897, Port Rowan (Walsingham Township), Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1965
     9. Arthur Alexander Howe,   b. 30 Dec 1899, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1997, , Norfolk, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Elizabeth (Bessie) Howe,   b. 13 Dec 1904,   d. 11 Nov 1990
    Histories Letters from the Attic (1879-1898)
    Status: Located. An index of letters from the family in Ireland and Canada to the Howe/Hayden family of New York (1879 - 1898).
    Last Modified  03 Jul 2006 
    Family ID  F25  Group Sheet
     
    Family 2  Alice Dunford,   d. Aft 15 Feb 1937 
    Married  1920  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified  03 Jul 2006 
    Family ID  F145  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Joseph Howe
    Joseph Howe
    Status: Located.
    Joseph Howe
    Joseph Howe
    Status: Located.
     Joseph Howe, Sr.
     Joseph Howe, Sr.
     
    Documents
    Birth Record - Howe, Bessie (13 Dec 1904)
    Birth Record - Howe, Bessie (13 Dec 1904)
    Status: Located. Parents: Joseph Howe and Bessie Woods, Norfolk County
    Birth Record - Howe, Arthur Alexander (30 Dec 1899)
    Birth Record - Howe, Arthur Alexander (30 Dec 1899)
    Status: Located. Parents Joseph Howe and Bessie Woods, Norfolk County
    Birth Record - Howe, Joseph (2 May 1897)
    Birth Record - Howe, Joseph (2 May 1897)
    Status: Located. Parents: Joseph Howe and Bessie Woods
    Birth Record - Howe, Joseph (2 May 1897)
    Birth Record - Howe, Joseph (2 May 1897)
    Status: Located. Parents: Joseph Howe & Bessie Woods,
    Birth Record - Howe, Robert James (26 Aug 1888)
    Birth Record - Howe, Robert James (26 Aug 1888)
    Status: Located. Parents: Joseph Howe & Bessy Woods, Walsingham, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
    Immigration: The Great Western Railroad - Showing Hamilton & Norfolk County
    Immigration: The Great Western Railroad - Showing Hamilton & Norfolk County
    Status: Located. Immigration records suggest that J. & R. Howe immigrated to Ontario in 1881 and then traveled by the GW railroad to Hamilton. Hamilton is close to the home of their uncle, James Thompson, who resided in Norfolk County, Ontario.

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    Immigration: One Emigrant Passage
    Immigration: One Emigrant Passage
    Status: Located. A railroad pass issued to a new immigrant by the Toronto Emigrant Office, assiting the immigrant to travel to his final destination.
     
    Histories
    Church of Ireland Records, St. Margaret's Rectory - Parish of Tempo & Clabby, Diocese of Clogher
    Church of Ireland Records, St. Margaret's Rectory - Parish of Tempo & Clabby, Diocese of Clogher
    Status: Located.
     
  • Notes 
    • Joseph is the third-born child of Oliver and Jane Howe (the second son). According to the records of the records of St. Margaret?us Rectory, Parishes of Tempo and Clabby, Joseph was born in County Fermanagh 16-MAY-1851. Discrepancies exist, of course, and the 1901 Canadian Census shows Joseph at age 45 having been born in 1855.

      Joseph & Elizabeth Howe

      It appears that Joseph married his wife Elizabeth prior to leaving Ireland. Both Joseph and Elizabeth are shown in the 1901 Canadian Census as having been born in Ireland. Furthermore, according to this same census, Joseph immigrated to Canada in 1881 (approximately 26 years old). His wife Elizabeth and their infant child John followed Joseph to Canada in 1882.

      Port Royal - 1887

      Their life in Canada is know only from the collection of letters to Mary (Howe) Hayden which includes some from Joseph and his wife ?SBessie?T (Elizabeth). A letter dated 22 November 1887 shows the couple living in Port Royal, Ontario. Joseph describes his current situation:

      ?SI must tell you that I am getting along finely and have got 8 good cows and 3 heffers and 2 good horses and a calf and I can live well. I am content enough with the women I got so Mary do?ut fret about me.?T

      The letter reports news from home that Father (Oliver Howe) is in poor health and possibly dying. He speaks of his brothers Oliver and Robert who also live in Ontario. Joseph also expresses his desire to assist his widowed sister writing:

      ?SDear Mary I would like to see you out here. We could help you in a great maney things where we habe not the money to spear.?T

      Port Rowan - 1888

      Another letter dated 15 April 1888 shows them living in Port Rowan, Ontario (Lot 15, Concession 1) in a wood sided 9-room house with their four children: John, Jane, Oliver and Richard. However, it appears that Joseph and Elizabeth were just starting their family. The 1901 Canadian Census (South Walsingham Township, Norfolk County, Ontario) shows Joseph (age 45) and Elizabeth (age 40) with nine children! As mentioned, their first child John was born in Ireland (2 July) and immigrated to Canada with his mother in 1882. Their remaining children were born in Ontario and include Jennie (or Jane), Oliver, Richard, Robert J., William, Maggie, Joseph and Arthur A. The chart below shows the birth dates for the children and their ages when the census was taken.

      1891 Farmers Directory: South Walsingham Township, Norfolk County, Ontario

      Joseph is listed in the 1891 Farmers Directory for South Walsingham Township (Norfolk County, Ontario). He is shown as a ?Stenant?T in Port Royal (versus a freeholder or non-resident).

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      Joseph Howe lived the last 15 years of his life with his two unmarried daughters Jennie and Bessie.

      SOURCE: Kay Hunter, Oct 25, 2003

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      THE FARM

      "[Joseph Howe] gradually accumulated stock, implements and machinery, and in 1898 he bought a farm from the late J.A. Dease and was off on his career as a farmer. He later purchased the adjourning farm to the south from the late Geo. Dedick on which he moved and lived until the death of his wife in 1918. During his farming career he purchased farms from the late Samual Holt, Massey Barrett, Hoseih Bowlby and Wallace Calder."

      SOURCE: Joseph Howe, Pioneer of Norfolk, Dies (1937)

      S.N. Holt - Concession I, Lot 16; County: Norfolk; Township: Walsingham; Size: 50; Post Office: Port Rowan

      SOURCE: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
      http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/CountyAtlas/showmap.php?Township=Walsingh am&plotX=1192&plotY=1767&getMap.x=86&getMap.y=16


      According to Kay (Howe) Hunter, "[Joseph Howe] owned approxiamately 1 mile x 1/2 mile and divided it into 6 farms for his six older sons. My Dad [Arthur Howe] received 500.00 instead of a farm..."

      SOURCE: Kay Hunter, Dec 1, 2003

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      She writes, "I think the reason for the 3 brothers coming [to Ontario] was that Grandpa's mother Jane Thompson Howe (wife of Oliver) had a borther James who had settled in this area -- about 12 mi. from Port Rowan. I know that Grandpa lived with them for a while. While he was establishing a home for Grandma & Uncle John when they would arrive in Canada."


      SOURCE: Kay Hunter, Dec 1, 2003
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S37] Article: Joseph Howe, Pioneer of Norfolk, Dies.

    2. [S84] Joseph Howe Family Tree - By Kay (Howe) Hunter.

    3. [S320] Letter from Rev. Maurice Armstrong, Church of Ireland in Tempo.

    4. [S35] Article: [Joseph Howe] Dies at Pt. Rowan.

    5. [S318] Toronto Emigrant Office Archives.

    6. [S35] Article: [Joseph Howe] Dies at Pt. Rowan.
      Obituary, Dies at Pt. Rowan: Joseph Howe, Pioneer of Norfolk Dies (Feb 1937)

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