Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – 1890 Census Substitute

August 9, 2011

As I reviewed the Census for the various years, learning what information is added as each version of the Census progresses. Then running into 1890. What do you do to see where the family was in 1890. The households changed over time, where were they in 1890.

The first place, in a broader search, I remembered City Directories. Looking in the Baltimore City Directory, there is David R. Howard.


The address, 939 St Paul, is consistent the previous and following Census Record.

Will then look for the other family members in the same City Directory. This will also help see household members who were in the 1880 Census, but not in the 1900 Census.

This is a reminder to Search Broadly.

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


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


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”.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Where Else ?

July 11, 2011

In one of the items I looked at today, I ran across the location of a burial. Since I contribute to Find-A-Grave, I thought I would check out this cemetery. Also, I have visited a number of cemeteries in Baltimore County and surrounding counties in Maryland.

Low and behold, there was my ‘Revolutionary’ War person. Still working on a firm connection between David Ridgely Howard and General John Eager Howard I think this may be the link between the two pieces of this branch of my tree.


General John Eager Howard (1752 – 1827). Former Governor of Maryland. Even ran for Vice President of the United States.

Will probably post more information about this gentleman if I am able to prove that there is a connection between him and David Ridgely Howard.

Find-A-Grave has been or is a good resource of information. I was certainly not disappointed when I looked at Find-A-Grave. There was a lot of text on the page for the general. Right there was a hint for other places to look.

One of the nice things about Find-A-Grave, especially if a genealogist has posted information with the memorial, is to provide links to other family members. Looking at this one page, gave me hints for 3 generations.

More names to put into the puzzle, more common surnames with some of the females, all early Maryland surnames.

I am hoping for another visit to Baltimore to visit the cemetery and probably another visit to the Maryland Historical Society and Library. Really would like to translate the Census locations to the real, current, world locations.

It was a good reminder to look at websites like Find-A-Grave for information. Some times, like this one, had dates and relationships in the data that might be on a headstone. I know that as a contributor to Find-A-Grave, I have helped others and this time someone really helped me.

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

July 6, 2011

In Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #7  I mentioned that I had found some Civil War records. Have only heard about them, but not seen them. Up until today, no matter where I looked, I could not find David Ridgely Howard anywhere related to the Civil War. I was beginning to question if everyone in the Civil War would be found in the Civil War records. The fact that I have seen two indications that he had been wounded, not once but, twice, I thought for sure I would find something.

Well I did. 20 pages of documents on

He enlisted August 21, 1862 in Richmond, Virginia by Capt R. B Winder for “3 yrs or war”.

Company Muster Rolls were included, including “Sep & Oct, 1864”. He was absent with remarks of “Wounded on Weldon R.R. Aug 19, 1864”. This confirms one wounding that I have found.

Then there were three Hospital Muster Rolls, so I can follow him through the hospitals. Then there was the Medical Directors Office record. “Aug, 19, 1864 – vs flesh upper ext portion left thigh” and was put on furlough for 60 days. The next record told us why. “G.S. amputation right lef flesh upper est portion of thigh”.

So, more details are here but there are two major questions still “on the table”

1) was he wounded at Gettysburg

2) why did he enlist in Richmond

Back to the books that I have picked up and waiting arrival to find the story of how he got from Baltimore to Washington, and now to Richmond. My Civil War re-enactor friend gave me some hints and hoping that one of this sources helps fill in the blanks.

Lots of data entry into my genealogy software. Am working on creating his Civil War Timeline that are now documented by these Civil War Pension files.

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

June 26, 2011

Busy day for this project yesterday.

How neat is this. An encampment by the 1st Maryland Battalion, CSA at the National Civil War Museum.

D. Ridgely Howard, from all indications was a member of this Battalion. The quest for the visit to the Museum was to talk to the re-enactors from this unit.

The battle at Gettysburg that started my on this quest, using Inferential Genealogy, was Culps Hill. It may have been mentioned in the program, but it didn’t make it to my notes. The information, to date, indicates that D. Ridgely Howard was wounded in this battle. I have other sources that point to this, don’t have them in hand to read. Hopefully a small Civil War Bookstore will come through for me on this.

But, my question was more WHY would a Baltimore resident choose to join a Confederate army. Who might share that story.

This gentleman told me the story of why D. Ridgely Howard might head south to join the C.S.A. I have some reference material to confirm his story. Will post that story much later.

The apple in his hand was just shot in a demonstration of what would happen to an apple when shot by one of those rifles at 6 inches. Burned on one side, but the apple was OK to eat on the other.

My hats off to this gentleman, because in real life, he was a Vietnam Veteran, 2 tours of duty, and shot in Vietnam. His first tour was at the same time that I was there.

We shared, briefly, our real life stories as well as the Civil War stories. I am only sorry that I didn’t get his Civil War name, nor his real life name.

Thank you for your story (stories).

So, this concept of Search Broadly is helping me to find the story of D. Ridgely Howard.

Stay Tuned

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #3

June 7, 2011

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.


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