SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK.
by NATHANIEL BARTLETT SYLVESTER
JOHN V. HOWARD.
Portrait of John V. Howard
John V. Howard was born at Howard's Corners in the town of Milton, Saratoga County, on the 28th of May, 1802. His father was of Quaker parentage, and a native of Quaker Hill, Dutchess county, whence he removed to the town of Milton when a young man, and settled at the comers which took his name. He married, in that town, Sarah Walbridge, whose parents came from Canada at an early time. Mr. Howard was a tanner by trade, and followed that occupation for many years. He died in June, 1863, and was buried on his ninetieth birthday.
John V. Howard, the son, of whom this writing is a brief memoir, was reared a farmer, and followed that occupation till near the close of his life, residing on the farm where he was born for a period of sixty-two years. He was a well known and highly esteemed citizen of the county, although he never took a prominent part in politics or sought the honors or emoluments of office. He was married, Feb. 28, 1825, to Mary Wilde, his first wife, by whom he had three children, all deceased. She died May 7, 1859. Subsequently he was united in marriage to Mary King, of Greenfield, Saratoga County, who survives him, and is the only remaining member of the family.
In 1864, Mr. Howard sold his estate in Milton, and in 1867 removed to Saratoga Springs, thenceforward leading a retired life, his health being feeble, and spending a portion of his time and ample means in travel. He died at his residence on the 18th of November, 1877.
Mr. Howard was a great reader and had a very retentive memory; in later life, as he had more leisure, he acquired a large amount of information on various topics. He was always of a happy and cheerful disposition, which rarely forsook him even in his severest sufferings. He always had a kind word for everybody irrespective of their station in life, and possessed those manly and upright traits of character which gained the respect and confidence of all who knew him.
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