Adolphus P. Howard


ADOLPHUS P. HOWARD, one of the leading fruit growers of Grant district, W. Va., was born February 26, 1844, in Wellsville, Ohio. His father's name was John F. Howard, born in Westfield, N. Y., May 4, 1815, where he received his early education. In early manhood he came to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he remained for a short time, when he came to Wellsville, Ohio, and engaged with D. & D. McDonald, as a clerk in their wholesale and retail grocery house, with which he was connected during the time he remained in Wellsville. He was married to Nancy Dissellem, daughter of John and Lucy Dissellem, February 1, 1843. She was born December 19, 1817. In 1845 they removed to Louisville, Ky. They were the parents of three children, two of whom are deceased. In 1848 Mrs. Howard and children made a visit to her former home at Port Homer, where hse and two of the children took sick and died. Mr. Howard, father of our subject, remained in Louisville until his death, January, 1863. Mr. Howard was an excellent business man and an active member of the Presbyterian church. Our subject's grandparents were the parents of four children, all deceased. Our subject removed to Louisville, Ky., with his parents when one year of age. He was with his mother at Port Homer, Ohio, at the time of her death, and was left with his uncle who raised him. He had a good opportunity of gaining an education, attending the common school until about fourteen years of age, when he attended the high school for two years, and then became a student of Washington and Jefferson college, where he remained for one year. He was married first to Anna C., daughter of Robert and Honor Hewitt, August 24, 1865. She was born November 28, 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were the parents of four children: Perle L., Carlton C., Homer H. and J. Frank W. Mr. Howard was married the second time to Mary E., daughter of Robert and Honor Hewitt, June 5, 1883. SHe was born August 29, 1846. He and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Howard enlisted as a soldier in the civil war at Pittsburgh, August 15, 1862 in Company I, Fifteenth Pennsylvania cavalry under Capt. William W. DeWitt. He was engaged in the following battles: Antietam, Stone River and Chickamauga. He was mustered out at Rossville, Ga., April 6, 1864, by reason of special order from the war department. He is a republican in politics, and is a member of the G. A. R., Henry Cope post 237, Wellsville, Ohio. Mr. Howard is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, having held the position of Sabbath school superintendent of church work. He owns a beautiful site on the bank of the Ohio river opposite Wellsville, Ohio. He and family are much respected by all who have learned to know them.

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