Initial Summary of David Ridgely Howard

October 14, 2011

In the mail today, I received a book “Marylanders in the Confederacy” by Daniel D. Hartzler, Willow Bend Books, Westminster, Maryland, 2001. In it, in one sentence confirmed by findings on Page 3.

“The 1st Marland under Kenley was the only Maryland regiment on the Union side. The Confederate Marylanders on the other hand, embodied faith and pride of the state. Not a historic family of Maryland was not represented in the Maryland Line. Five grandsons of John Eager Howard, of Cowpens carried sword or muskets in the 1st Maryland Regiment.”

Cowpens was a battle in the Revolutionary War with General George Washington. So, John Eager Howard is the “grandfather” that was talked about in the PBS series Gettysburg.

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John Eager Howard (1752 – 1827) and his wife Margaret Oswald Chew (1760 – 1827) had 10 children. Two of their sons were James Howard (1797 – 1732) and Charles Howard (1802 – 1869) had the “5 grandsons”

Charles Howard and son Francis (Frank) Key Howard (Key from Francis Scott Key) were captured in Baltimore by the Union Army.

Sons Edward Lloyd Howard and McHenry Howard served in the 1st Maryland.

James Howard had three sons that served, John Eager Howard (1797 – 1870), James McHenry Howard (1839 – 1916), and David Ridgely Howard (1844 – 1927).

The best that I can tell, at this point, is the all 5 of John Eager Howards grandsons were at Gettysburg in 1863.

My calculations would make David Ridgely Howard my 5th Cousin, 4 times removed. I now have a Confederate Civil War Hero. Not to mention that my Great-Grandfather, Samuel Worthington, was a Union Civil War Hero.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Step 3

September 29, 2011

With all of the research, I have forgotten to talk about the Steps involved with Inferential Genealogy.

Dr. Jones puts step 3 this way.

Step 3: Understand the Records
If we don’t understand the records, we won’t get all the information from them that we need to answer our research goal.
• Know why a document was created.
• Follow document creation processes from beginning to end.
• Note differences in records. Is there something that appears in your ancestor’s record that is different than the records of others?

I really focused on this step early on, and will cycle back through this with other records.

The first example is the understanding Civil War records. This study took me to look at these records. I really hadn’t looked at them, as my earlier research just hadn’t taken me there.

The two lessons learned with looking at these records is: 1) Where to look, and 2) the details that you might find.

Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com) has a great collection (for me) of Civil War records. What I didn’t know is that the Union Records are Federal Records, while a CSA veteran records are archived by state. This is interesting for me, in that Maryland was on which side. This would be an issue if you didn’t know which side your person fought for. Do you look at Union Records or Confederate Records. I didn’t have a problem locating the records in Fold3. This was one place where I found that David Ridgely Howard had brothers in the Civil War.

The information included in the records I looked at were incredible. In these records I found that he was wounded in Gettysburg and about a year later lost his leg in another battle. What hospital he went to, when he “didn’t show up” for a muster, due to he being in the hospital. 18 pages in information. One of his brothers had 30 pages. Some can be read, some couldn’t.

The second area was understanding the Census Records. What information is important, which pieces in a specific census year should be recorded in my genealogy software, and how to record what was found.

Understanding the Census Records prior to 1850 may not have a lot of detail, I took a blank census record year, on a blank form, and marked up which columns I was going to record for each person listed.

Back in an earlier step, we were asked to check to see what relationships were recorded. Looking at the Census Records, 1850 – 1930, this information improves.

What I decided to do is to record the Household, with the Age of each member of the household, the name of the Head of Household, and put that information in the Name Notes field in my program.

This gave me the make up of the household and the age of the members of the household over time. When the 1870 Census Records started to show relationships, I could look at the specific person to see if the other information was consistent, or not consistent. So, looking at the data within the records, in this case Census Records, helped put the families together, then establishing the relationships.

As other records were reviewed, the relationships were recorded in the same place.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Reward

July 24, 2011

In searching ‘broadly’, I decided that I would try to find more information about David Ridgely Howard’s C.S.A. Unit, the 1st Maryland Infantry, C.S.A. While visiting the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA, the 1st Maryland was there. I blogged about that here:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #6

Then

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–CSA Unit Book

In the picture there are two books. The one I am reading is First and Second Maryland Infantry, C.S.A., by Robert J. Driver Jr, published by Willow Bend Books, 2003. (ISBN 1-58549-901-3)

The book talks about the history of this unit during the Civil War. There are details in the life of the unit, the conditions, places, interaction within the unit, and interaction within the locations where they were. It would appear that the author spent considerable amount of time reading letters and documentation written about the unit. Like my great-grandfather, Samuel Worthington, many soldiers wrote letters home, it would appear.

I have already posted the Civil War Records that are online and within the book.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Civil War Papers

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls

and for David Ridgely Howard’s brother:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls #2

Really getting into this Civil War ‘thing’.

When I turned to page 204, who do I see, a picture of James M and David Ridgely Howard, in uniform.

Searching Broadly certainly has paid off in the pursuit of finding the Parents of David Ridgely Howard. Not sure I am closer to reaching my goal, but really have a better view of D.R. Howard and his family.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls #2

July 18, 2011

As a follow up to

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls

That post was about David Ridgely Howard, but it referred to a brother. Here is that information.

First and Second Maryland Infantry
Muster Rolls

Page 445

HOWARD, JAMES MC HENRY

Pvt., Co. C(2nd), 1st Md. Inf. b. Baltimore 3/26/39. Att. St. James College & U of Va. Res. of Baltimore. Enl. Richmond 5/17/61. Ab. sick Strasburg 6/25-31/61. Ab. sick in camp near Centreville 10/29-31/61. Ab. on detached service at Haymarket 11-12/61. Discharged 6/23/52. Promoted Lt. Of Art. 6/24/62. Assigned as Acting Asst. Adjt General on staff of Col. T.S. Rhett, commanding the artillery defenses of Richmond 1862-63. Ord. Officer on Gen. Elzey’s staff, 5-7/64. Asst. Adjutant General on Gen. Stevens staff 8/64. May have served on the staffs of Gen.’s Nicholls, Hays and B.T. Johnson 1864. NFR. Emigrated to Canada 1865. M.D., Baltimore. Served in Engineer Corps, Baltimore, postwar. Lawyer. Member, Army & Navy Society, Maryland Line Association. d. Oakland, Md. 1/31/16. Believed bur. in the Old St. Paul’s Cem., Baltimore.

NFR: No further record

As with his brother, I have his Civil War records.

His venture to Canada wasn’t very long, as he is in the 1870 Census with David.

No further along to the Parents, but the Family is taking shape.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls

July 17, 2011

First and Second Maryland Infantry by Robert J. Driver Jr.
Muster Rolls
Page 444

HOWARD, DAVID RIDGELY.

Pvt. Co. A, 2nd Md. Inf. b. 1844. Res. of Baltimore. Enl. Richmond 8/21/62 age 18. WIA (flesh wound to thigh) Gettysburg 7/3/63. Paid 7/17/63. Ab. wounded in Charlottesville hospital 8/14-17/63. Transf. Richmond hospital. Returned to duty 9/63. Paid 1/11/64. Present 3/31/64. WIA (upper portion of right thigh amputated) Weldon R.T. 8/19/65. Ab. wounded in Richmond hospital 8/21/64. Retired to Invalid Corps 12/24/64. Paroled Charlottesville 5/1/65. Member, Army & Navy Society, Maryland Line Association 1910, res of Baltimore. d. 12/23/27. Bur. Green Mount Cem. Brother of James McHenry Howard, 1st Md. Inf.

I have seen this same information in his Civil War files. (still working on them). Going through this book is quite interesting. Will probably blog about the book later.

Wounded twice but still lived to be 83.

The James McHenry Howard is not the only brother who served in the First and Second Maryland Infantry. There are a couple of other names in this book that “are family”.


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