Name: Dresden Winfield Huston HOWARD
Given Name: Dresden Winfield Huston
Birth: 3 Nov 1817 in Dresden Yates Co. New York
Death: 9 Nov 1897 in Fulton Co. OH
Reference Number: 3615
Change Date: 4 Jun 2014 at 12:10
It was fitting that a man brought up from the pioneer's lo g cabin and the Indian's wigwam to be a leader and legislat or of a great state should die in a farm home on the site o f an Indian village. Col. Dresden Winfield Huston Howard d ied at his home, at Winameg on Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 189 7, just past 80yrs. of age, after a life of activity and u sefulness such as few men live. From early childhood he ha d been actively identified with the development of this sta te, from the time when as a boy he advanced the early tradi ng with the Indians to when even in advanced years he aide d in the direction of state affairs and institutions. Th e death of Col. Howard had been long expected, as he had s uffered from a cancer on his lower lip for more that two ye ars and lately it was known that the end was close at hand . The funeral was set from the home at Winameg, the Rever end J. W. Lully of Hicksville to conduct services. Genera l J. Kent Hamilton of Toledo was invited to deliver the f uneral oration at the tomb in compliance with a request ma de by Col. Howard before his death. The body was placed i n a vault which he had constructed in the cemetery at Winam eg.
H. T. Brigham and Col. E. L. Barber of Wauseon were among t he pall bearers.
Col. Howard was born in Dresden Yates Co. New York on Nov 3 , 1817.
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690 -692 HISTORY OF TOLEDO AND LUCAS COUNTY.
DRESDEN W. H. HOWARD was born in Yates County, New York, No vember 3, 1817. He wits a son of Edward, his grandfather be ing Thomas Howard. May 22, 1821, the grandfather, with hi s sons Edward, Robert A. and Richard, their wives and two c hildren (Dresden and a cousin named Sidney), and a daughte r of Sidney H. Nelson, left their pleasant homes on the ban ks of Seneca, Lake, near Geneva, for the West. The grandfat her rode on horseback, the families and small supplies of c lothing and household goods being loaded into two two-hors e covered wagons. In due time, over roads almost impassable , the party reached the then Village of Buffalo. Here, th e grandfather, with the women and children, embarked on boa rd a 30-ton Schooner (name not remembered), commanded by Ca ptain Anson Reed, for along and perilous voyage to Fort Mei gs, 14 miles above the mouth of the Maumee River. This dest ination was reached at dusk, Tune 17th, after a trip of 2 6 days, where they were cordially welcomed by the few whit e settlers at" Orleans," the little hamlet under the Fort . Dresden's recollection of the scene that met his view o n entering the mouth of the River, about 10 o'clock A. M. , is yet very clear to him. The dark color of the water o f the River was in strong contrast with that of the clear w ater of the Lake. The scene of chief interest as they slowl y passed up the stream, consisted of the white tents of Ind ians camped on the West bank, from the house of Major Stick ney (near Bush Street), to the mouth of Swan Creek-the Indi ans being there on business with Major Stickney, then India n Agent for the Government. They were actively engaged in r acing and other sports peculiar to Indians; but upon discov ering the little Vessel, they gave one wild (to the passeng ers, unearthly) yell, and ran down the bank, to get as nea r as possible to the craft. While the boy was deeply intere sted in the scene, the
,women were crouched in deadly fear on the deck at such fir st view of the locality which was to be their home. The Ves sel made slow progress up the River, with nothing to be see n but the primeval forest which lined its banks, and a dee r and her fawn which had Sought protection in the water fro nt swarms of musquitoes, or from some hungry wolf. In due t ime, the end of the journey was reached. The teams were man y days behind the arrival of the Vessel, they having in ba d roads-especially through the "Black Swamp "more to overco me than the calms and adverse winds of the Lake. The real d estination of the party was Tecumseh, or An-au-ba (now know n as Ann Arbor), Michigan ; but the persuasions of the Holl isters, Spaffords, Forsyths, General Hunt and other residen ts induced them to stop, when they soon were quartered in l ittle cabins of bark-covered walls. Some cleared land was r ented, and a small crop of corn, potatoes, pumpkins, squash es, etc., soon planted. With " dog days " came .ague and fe ver, attended by want and privation known to none but the p ioneer. Several times the entire family was prostrated, wit h no one able to attend upon the sick. The frosts of' Octob er were patiently awaited is the only source of relief' t o the sufferers; which season was made the more grateful fo r the abundant supply of fish and corn "pone," which it bro ught. The grandfather had little means with which to star t in the new home. He first entered 160 acres of Governmen t lands, where now is the Village of Woodville, Sandusky Co unty ; but the Black Swamp proved too much for him, and h e abandoned his purchase, subsequently selling it to Amos E . Wood, the founder of Woodville. In 1822, lands were purch ased at Grand Rapids, Wood County, when cabins were built f or Edward, Robert A. and Richard Howard ; and in the Sprin g of 1823 they cut a road front the Indian Mission, eight m iles below, through a dense wilderness to the Grand Rapid s of the Maumee, and founded a settlement immediately oppos ite the Ottawa Indian Village of Kin jo-ino and Reservatio n of 12 miles square, at the head of the Rapids.
All of the families, with the grandfather, lived upon thei r original purchases, cleared away the forests, and made fo r themselves comfortable homes (save Robert A., who sold hi s place in 183?;, and moved to what now is Fulton County, w here he died), and in due time were "gathered to their fath ers," their bodies resting on the banks of the Maumee, with in hearing of the never-ceasing murmur of the Rapids.
Edward Howard (the father of Dresden)
was a Soldier in the War of 1812-15, as was Thomas in the R evolutionary War. The former was at the battles of Lundy' s Lane and Fort Erie. He was never robust after the War, an d died in 1841. The mother (Nancy Haight Howard) survived h im until 1881, dying at the age of 84 years, and being buri ed beside her husband. The children were Dresden; one broth er, James Monroe, born in Yates County, New York; and one s ister (Anjinette), born in Wood County. James died in 184 1 ; and the sister is the wife of Hon. George Laskey, of To ledo. Coming here in childhood, with Indian boys for playma tes, Dresden learned the languages of the several tribes i n the Valley, and became more or less attached to Indian li fe. His inclinations early turned toward Indian trade and t he hunter's life. The fur trade with the tribes was the n a lucrative business, and his readiness with their dialec ts made his services in demand by traders, who paid well fo r them. With others, he was employed by Government Agents i n collecting the wandering bands for removal to their new h omes beyond the Mississippi in 1832, and again in 1838. I n 1832 he aided the removal, when they were transported acr oss the country by wagons and on the backs of their ponies . For a boy, the trip was attractive. Scarcely any settleme nt was passed for the whole distance. The Indians were loca ted on the banks of the Osage River (now in Kansas), wher e is the Town of Ottawa, named for the tribe. In 1840, Mr . Howard was employed by W. G. and Geo. W. Ewing, fur trade rs at Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a stock of Indian good s up the Missouri River, and open trade with the Omahas, Mi ssouries, lower Sioux, Pottawatomies and other tribes inhab iting the Valley and tributaries of that stream. His fathe r and brother dying in 1841, made it necessary for him to r eturn and care for an invalid mother and his sister, and ac cept the more quiet life of farming and civilization, for w hich his previous experience had done little toward fittin g him. His school days (from seven to 10 years) were entire ly spent at the " Old Indian Mission," 10 miles above For t Meigs, in a School of 100 Indian children-he being the on ly White pupil, save a few Indian and French halfbreed boy s and girls. That School was organized by the Home Missiona ry Society of New England, and was closed upon the remova l of the Indians in 1838.
The tribes inhabiting the Valley of the Maumee, and also th at of the Wabash and their tributaries, at the time of Mr . Howard's earliest recollections (and for many years befor e), were the Ottawas, Pottawatomies, Miamis, We-aws, Pianki shaws, Shawnees and Delawares, with a few of the Ochibewa s and Muncies. The principal Chiefs of the Ottawas were Na- wash, O-to-saw, Char-lo, Oc-que-noxie, Kin-jo-a-no, Ot-to-k ee, Wa-se-on, Wa-seon-i-quet, and others. Of the Pottawatom ies, were Waw-bon-see, Baw-beece, Me-to-ah, Wina-meg; of th e Miamis, La Fontain and Richardville, with many others, wh ose names are not recalled ; of Shawnees, were Joseph and W illiam Parks, whose Reservation was at Wapa-kon-neta. The W alkers (half-breeds) were principal men among the Wyandott s at Upper Sandusky. Turkey Foot (Mis-sis-sa-inzit), wa s a noted Ottawa Chief, as was O-to-saw. Little Turtle (Mis -she-kenee) perhaps was the most noted, as he was the mos t intelligent Chief of the Miamis, whom, Mr. Howard thinks , lies buried near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Turkey Foot was bur ied near the rock from which he harangued his Braves when h e fell, pierced with a bullet from one of Wayne's Soldiers , August 20, 1794. Mr. Howard's memory is stored with fact s and associations connected with the aboriginal tribes wit h whom he was so long intimate. When asked by Governor Noye s, of Ohio, why he always spoke with such special kindnes s of the Indians, he replied, " They have always, in childh ood and in manhood, treated me with kindness, and I could n ot be ungrateful for their uniform generosity. Treat an Ind ian justly, and you will secure his friendship for life. Tr eat him ill, and you have his enmity for life." Mr. Howard' s present residence is on the site of the old Indian Villag e of Winameg, Fulton County, where the former residents s o long enjoyed savage life, and where so many of them foun d their last resting place, which is now carefully protecte d. The Red Man has taken his last drink frona the shaded sp ring at the foot of the hill, his last look upon the landsc ape so long his pride, and now sleeps nearer the setting Su n. In the Spring of 1827-28, Mr. Howard-then a boy of 10 ye ars-first visited that locality, and there ate his first bo wl of hominy and roast of venison, and tools his first drin k from the pure waters of the spring. The Indians had jus t returned from their Winter hunting-grounds in the pine an d sugar-maple forest of the then wild Terriritory, now th e fertile and rich State of Michigan, where they had enjoye d a successful hunt; bringing in a bountiful supply of Mapl e sugar (of which they were fond). They were having their a nnual dance or worship of the Great Spirit (Chi Manitoo), r eturning thanks for success in the hunt, and asking for a p rosperous season to come. For the Summer, the women were t o plant and hoe, while the men, beside lounging about, wer e to look for an occasional door. Corn, beans and pumpkin s are still planted there; but not by the faithful, patien t squaws of former days.
Mr. Howard, with all his early attachment for the primitiv e ways of the Indians, has not been backward in promoting , the methods and means of Christian civilization. For fort y years past he has been identified, to greater or less ext ent with the agricultural, the financial, the political, an d the social movements of the age, seeking faithfully to me et his full duty in these several relations of life. In pro moting the construction of good roads, elevating the farmin g interests, and the establishment of sound morals and gene ral education, he has been active. In 1870 he represented t he Tenth District on the State Board of Equalization. Elect ed to the State Senate in 1871 frona the Thirty-Third Distr ict, he served in that body for two years. In 1860 he was P residential Elector, casting the vote of the Fifth Congress ional District for Abraham Lincoln. Of all his record in co nnection with elections, that which gives him his chief pri de, was made in the fight for the exclusion of the sale o f intoxicating liquors at Wauseon, in April, 1887. He was a ppointed by Governor Foraker, April 1, 1887, a Trustee of t he Toledo Asylum for the Insane, constructed for the State , near Toledo. Mr. Howard was married in 1843 with Mary B . Copeland. There were born to them two children-Osceola E . M., Civil Engineer, of San Diego, California ; and M. Agn es, now residing with her parents at Wauseon, Ohio.
Hon. DRESDEN W. H. HOWARD was born in Dresden, New York , November 4, 1817, married in Monroe, Michigan, in Decembe r, 1843, came to Ohio in 1821, and settled in Fulton Count y in 1852. He was a member of the board of equalization fo r real estate in the State of Ohio in 1870 and State Senato r of Ohio in 1871, and Presidential elector in 1860-1. Mr . Howard has two children, son Osceola E. M., born April 12 , 1845, and daughter Mary Agnes, born February 17, 1861. E dward Howard, father of the above, was born in Pennsylvani a November 10, 1787, and died in Grand Rapids, Wood County , February 2, 1841. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 . Nancy (Haight) Howard, mother of the above, was born i n New York, February 5, 1789. Mrs. Mary Howard is a daughte r of William and Hannah Copeland, natives of Ireland, bot h of whom are deceased. She was born in Seneca County, Ne w York, May 4, 1824. Thomas Howard, grandfather of D. W. H ., was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Post-office, Wa useon. Business, farmer.
OHIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS
v.4, Pg. 56, Pg. 2 to Pg. 63
There were five such outlets along OhioŁus lake frontage. Th ese were Toledo, Sandusky, Cleveland, Fairport Harbor (nea r Painsville), and Ashtabula Harbor. Toledo and fifty mile s beyond it Detroit, were the shipping points for perhaps t he oldest section of the Road in Ohio, though by no means t he longest lived.
Col. D. W. H. Howard, of Wauseon, Ohio, the only survivor o f this branch, a gentlemen, over eighty years of age, think s its period of operation is fairly described by the year s 1816 to 1835 or Łt40. He traces the route as follows: ŁSI t hink the main and principal route crossed the Ohio river ne ar Northbend; thence on a direct line (following the stream s practicable) to the upper Auglaize, and the BlanchardŁus f ork of the Auglaize, passing near the Shawnee village wher e is now the city of Wapakoneta, and to Ocquenesies town o n the Blanchard, where is now the village of Ottawa; thenc e to the Grand Rapids of the Maumee (where the river coul d be easily forded most of the year), and at the Ottawa vil lage of Chief Kinjeino where all were friendly, and the poo r slave was treated kindly; thence a plain trail north to M alden, Canada.ŁT
I want to tell here an incident which Col. Howard relates , by way of illustrating the methods used, the obstacles ov ercome, and the presence of mind needed by Underground Rail roaders, from the beginning to the close of the RoadŁus acti vity.
Mr. HowardŁus story runs mainly as follows: Ten miles belo w the Rapids at Roche Teboult or Standing Rock, lived one R ichardson, a Kentuckian, who made a living by catching slav es. At one time my father, Edward Howard, was piloting a pa rty of slaves north, and the trail passed only three mile s west of RichardsonŁus. In order to avoid being surprised b y this man it was necessary to keep a close lookout; and fo r greater safety the trip north from my fatherŁus was alway s performed in the night. We had a whisper from an Indian f riend that this party, which we had kept concealed in the t hick swampy forest near our cabin for some time, was bein g watched and would be ambushed on the way. The night the y moved out on the trail, we (I was but a boy, but often ac companied my father) took a circuitous route, hoping to elu de pursuit. After veering to our right and reentering the o ld trail, my father left a boy to guard and bring up the re ar. We had not advanced more than three miles, when we plai nly heard the beat of horsesŁu hoofs behind us; the guard wa s posted near the trail, with orders to shoot the horse, i f necessary; in a few minutes two horsemen approached the a mbuscade and in a second more, the sharp crack of a rifle e choed through the forest, and the horse with a groan plunge d to the ground. This checked the pursuing party, and gav e stimulus and speed to the feet of the fugitives. The slav e-catchers were now afraid to advance, and retreated over t he trail, and the fugitives, though badly frightened, wer e permitted to continue their march to freedom unmolested.
WOOD COUNTY, OHIO - 1839-50 CHANCERY RECORDS
(Number in parenthesis are the page number of the record. R ecord book 2 was
located in the Clerk of Courts Office/Court House, Bowlin g Green)
June 9, 1842 - Dresden W.H. HOWARD, vs. Angenette HOWARD. P etition for
Partition. Filed October 24, 1841. Land 76 acres S12, T5, R 8 Henry County,
OH; 40 acres SE 1/4 and 40 acres NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Section 31 , 40 acres NW 1/4
SW1/4 Section 32, allo Township 5N, Range 10N and 40 acre s NW 1/4, SW 1/4,
S5, T4N, R10N, all Wood County, OH; 80 acres E 1/2, NE 1/4 ; 80 acres SE
1/4, NW 1/4, S32, T8, R8, E 1/2, NE 1/4, NW 1/4, NW 1/4, N E 1/4, S33, T8,
R7 all in Lucan County, OH; Edward Howard, deceased late o f Wood county.
Widow is mentioned but not named. Two children: Dresden W.H . Howard of age
and Anjenette Howard a minor. (191)
March 29, 1844 - John WEBB, et al. executor of A. RICE, dec eased vs. A.
RICE, 2nd, etal. Petition to sell land. Filed March 27, 184 3. Land, 80
acres S 1/2, SE 1/4, Section 20, Township 6N, Range 12. Amb rose Rice
deceased. Widow, mentioned but not named. Heirs: Amborse Ri ce, 2nd of
Indiana; Ambrose Rice Lee of Pennsylvania; Ambrose Rice Eck ler of Michigan;
Ambrose Rice Pray of Lucas County, Ohio; Oscar Hibbard of L ucas County,
Ohio; Jason Hibbard of Lucas County, Ohio; Robert A. Hibbar d of Lucas
County, Ohio; Jason Hibbard of Lucas County, Ohio; Robert A . Hibbard of
Lucas County, Ohio; Edward Howard, deceased, his heirs, Nan cy Howard a
widow, Dresden Howard and Anjennette Howard all of Wood Cou nty, Ohio. (241)
Father: Edward HOWARD b: 10 Nov 1787 in Yates Co. , NY
Mother: Nancy HAIGHT b: in Scotch/Irish Descent
Mary Blackwood COPELAND b: 4 May 1824 in Seneca Co. NY
2 Dec 1843
in Monroe, MI
- Change Date:
12 Sep 2008
- Osceola E. M. HOWARD b: 22 Apr 1845 in Fulton Co. OH
- Mary Agnes HOWARD b: 17 Feb 1861 in Fulton Co. OH