My next place to work, was back to the Census Records. I found two Census Records of interest.
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: M653_466; Page: 6; Image: 334; Family History Library Film: 803466.
This record shows a family within this Household.
James Howard, aged 63 – Gentlemen
Chas R. Howard, aged 38 – Clergyman
John E. Howard, aged 34
Nannie H. Howard, aged 26
Wm R. Howard, aged 23 – Merchant
J. M. H. Howard, aged 21
Harry C. Howard, aged 18
David R. Howard, aged 16
Margt Fitzgerald, aged 26 – Servant
Ann Carroll, aged 27, Servant
This would put the birth date of David R. Howard at about 1844, and would probably within the age range to serve in the Civil War. So far, there has been no indication that this David R., and D. Ridgeley Howard are the same person. Also, it is not clear whether D. Ridgeley Howard survived the Civil War.
Note: relationships not shown in these Census Records.
Going to the 1870 Census Records.
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M593_576; Page: 40B; Image: 84; Family History Library Film: 552075.
It appears to be the same household:
William Howard, aged 33 (perhaps Wm R. Howard, aged 23 – Merchant)
Ann H. Howard, aged 36
Henry Howard, aged 29
John E. Howard, aged 42 (perhaps John E. Howard, aged 34)
J. M. H. Howard, aged 21 (perhaps J. M. H. Howard, aged 21)
David Howard, aged 27 (perhaps David R. Howard, aged 16)
Annie Carlin, aged 40
Joshua William, aged 39
Note: the 1860 Census showed Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City, Maryland and the 1870 Census showed Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland
Will have to resolve this conflict.
Going to the 1880 Census Records.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: 501; Family History Film: 1254501; Page: 446B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 0154.
William R. Howard, aged 43, Self – Four Merchant
Elizabeth W. Howard, aged 41, Wife
William R. Howard, aged 7/12, Son
Charles R. Howard, aged 4, Son
Ann H. Howard, aged 46, Sister
Harry C. Howard, aged 38, Brother
David R. Howard, aged 36, Brother – Clerk In Store
Sophia Johnson, aged 55, Servant
Laura Thomson, aged 35, Servant
Jennie Francis, aged 17, Servant
Not sure that this David R. Howard that we are looking for, but this is clearly a family and that several of them were in the same household for the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Census.
Also, there is at least a generation between this family / household and my genealogy database.
At this step in the process, I will broaden my search to look at other records. Baltimore City Directory comes to mind, to find out more about this Merchant, and that was better defined in the 1880 Census with Flour Merchant.
Also, of interest, was that this household, in each of these Census records, had servants. I wonder if there is a connection between that and that our D. Ridgeley Howard volunteered for the Confederacy.