James Obadiah Howard

Born:1660 In:  Kingsdale County, Virginia
Died:Oct 6 1729 (at age ‎~69‏)In:  Bertie County, North Carolina

Immediate family

Sarah Elizabeth Titus (Howard)
His wife
Samuel Howard, Sr.
His son
Lord Edward Francis Howard
His father
Mary Chowan (Howard)
His mother

Source citations

Source: Wikitree
Confidence: Questionable reliability of evidence
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Source: From the Rhodes family tree on Wikitree.

Source: Other
Confidence: Questionable reliability of evidence
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Source: http://ourtexasfamily.com/BrockWebsite/Howard_RebeccaFamily.html

 This family information would have James fathering his son Samuel at the age of 65.

Source: Other
Confidence: Secondary evidence
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From Wikitree: 1985 edition of Howards in Southeastern Kentucky, compiled by one of their descendants, Frances Yeager Dunham. 

Source: Will
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:

Source: NC State Dept of Archives and History, NC Wills, 1663-1789, Vol. 15, P. 3 Will of James Howard, October 6, 1729. Names his wife Sarah, sons Solomon, Edward, John, James, Samuel, daughter Sarah, a brother Edward Howard. 

Confidence: Secondary evidence
Citation text:

James Obediah Howard, Sr.
Gender: Male
Birth: 1660 - Kingsdale, Virginia, USA
Marriage: Spouse: Sarah Howard (born Titus) - 1691 - Nansemond, Virginia, USA
Death: Oct 6 1729 - Bertie, NC, USA
Burial: NC, USA
Father: Lord Edward Francis Howard
Mother: Mary Howard (born Chowan)
Wives: Sarah Howard (born Titus), Marilyn Greaves
Children: Stephen Edmund Howard, John Howard, John Howard, Samuel Howard, Sr., Sarah Howard, James Howard, Edward Howard, Joseph Howard
Siblings: Samuel Howard, Thomas A. Howard


From Howard family information: James Obadiah [Howard], wife Sarah Titus, dau of Thomas Titus and son James came from around Norwich in about 1656, aboard the HMS Adventurer, and the son did marry Sarah Titus who was on board with her father Thomas Titus...The son and Sarah Titus did move to about Cooneriscratt and Ahorsky Swamp (deeds found in the archives in North Carolina....

From NC State Dept. of Archives and History, NC WILLS, 1663-1789

Vol. 15, page 3. Will of JAMES HOWARD, Oct. 6, 1729

In the name of God Amen. James Howard of Bertie Precinct in North Carolina,

Gent. The sixth day of October 1729 - being sick in body.

Imprimis - That my just Debts and Contracts be honestly paid.

To my beloved wife Sarah - that part of the plantation whereon I now live

being in Bertie Precinct, containing about 300 acres of upland and also half

the meaders ground with all the buildings and appurtenances there to

belonging - beginning at the Black Walnut Branch at ye mouth thereof and so

running up the north side to a marked white oak standing near the line of the

plantation afad and from thence by a line drawn through the plantation afsd

and through the Land I bought of Richd WILLIAMS to the head line thereof and

that equal division of the same be made in two parts. That my wife afsd have

the improvements as afed on her part of the afsd division. To hold the same

land and premises with the improvements and profits during her widowhood and

provided she marries before my son Solomon comes of age twenty years then my

will is that she may live on the land afsd committing no waste & keeping ye

plantation & buildings in good repair until my afsd son sollomom arrives to

the age of twenty years.

And athe afsd land & premises after my wife's Decease or widowhood or at his

arrival to ye full age of twenty years which shall first happen I give my

afsd son Sollomon & to the heirs of his body - and for want of such heirs I

give and bequeath the afsd land etc to my son Edward & to his heirs lawfully

begotten - and for want of such heirs I give and bequeath the land etc to my

son John and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten.

To my son James Howard - a plantation & improvements lying in Nansemond

County Virginia, near the plantation of John SPEIGHT, which plantation I had

with my beloved wife Sarah. To my son James Howard a plantation joyning upon

my Mannor Plantation & my brother Edward Howard, containing 150 acres on the

East side of the Black Swamp Branch - but if my son James is disposed to sell

the afsd land then my will is that if he sells it to either of his brothers

that hath land adjoining upon the afsd land then in such case I give the afsd

land to my son James.

To my daughter Sarah Howard - a tract of land lying on Ahorsky Swamp between

Thomas DAVIS' land a& the land I bought of my brother Edward Howard

containing some 350 acres.

To my son Edward Howard - one half of my Mannor Plantation & the (torn) of

the land I bought of Ricd WILLIAMS to be laid out & divided as before

directed in this my Last Will & Testament - and further my will is that if he

is minded to sell the sd land & do sell to one of his brothers then in such

case I leave the afsd land to my son Edward.

To my son Samuell Howard - a tract of land wihich I bought of my brother

Stephen lying on Cooneriskratt Swamp containing 320 acres.

To my son John Howard - a certain tract of land & plantation lying on

Cooneriskratt Swamp where John SPEARS formerly lived with all the land I have

joynin g on the southern side of sd swamp containing 440 acres.

To my wife - all that part of the tract of land where John SPEARS formerly

lived lying on the eastern side of Cooneriskratt Swamp and being part of the

same tract of land I have given to my son John -- to my said wife in order

that the value be disposed of in bringing up and schooling my children.

To my son James - a tract of land on the Horse Swamp containing s350 acres

after the lightwood on same land is burned into Tarr, wch Tarr I order to be

equally divided among all my sons.

I give and bequeath a tract of land lying at Alligator Creek near New River

containing 540 acres which I bought of my brother Joseph in manner following,

viz -

to my sone James 100 acres to be laid off next the Bay.

to my son Samuell 100 acres of afsd tract joyning my son James.

to my son Edward 100 acres of ye afsd tract binding on my son Samuell's


to my son John 100 acres of sd tract binding on my son Edward's line.

to my son Sollomon all the remainder of teh tract. (140 acres).

To Francis SPEIGHT of Chuckatuck Parrish in Nansemond Co. Virginia for 100

lbs. of good feathers, five pounds silver money & two small Bibles - 400

acres of land on Cooneriskratt Swamp, which land is of my own taking up.

Personally to be given each child at age 21 years: Negroes, guns, Bibles,

tools, etc. were devised to his wife and children. (Note: copy of this will

came from a cousin who transcribed it years ago, apparently, she didn't think

this information was worth ellaborating on...)

Appoint my wife Sarah and my son James Howard Executors.

James Howard (wax seal)

Test: Mary W. BURKETT


Codicil dated 9th Cct 1729 appoints his Brothers Edward & John Howard to

oversee Executors in performance of will. No probate date shown.

James Howard and his wife Sarah had formerly lived in Nansemond Co. Virginia.

His brothers, mentioned in the will: John, Edward, Stephen, Joseph Howard

all evidently living in Bertie Precinct NC at the date of will.

Children of James and Sarah Howard:

James Howard

Sarah Howard, under 18 years at date of will

Samuel Howard "

Edward Howard "

John Howard "

Solomon Howard "

1757 tax List of Bertie Co., NC lists:

Solomon Howard

James Howard

Edward Howard

Samuel Howard

Thomas Howard

evidently all sons except John Howard still lived in Bertie at least until



James Howard, I b. 1660 Kinsale, VA, m. 1691 Sarah TITUS, dau. of Thomas

TITUS, d. after 6 Oct. 1729, around age 69.


1.James, II b. 1707 Bertie Co, NC d. 1790 Bertie Co., NC, (my line).

2. Sarah

3. Edward, was a Justice of Peace in Onslow Co., NC in 1739.

4. Samuell

5. John, b. 1718 Nansemond Co, VA, was also a JP in Onslow Co. from 1739-51,

d. 1772 in Bute Co., NC.

6. Sollomon, inherited the land in Bertie.

James I, brothers info:

Edward d. 1745.

Stephen d. 1745.



James widow, Sarah Howard remarried after his death to Thomas CREA in 1744.

James and Edward went to Onslow Co. after the death of their father, About

1741 or 42

John Howard also went to Onslow and settled on the "Blew Creek area". Had

the following children:

1. James of Fredericks Creek, Hampstead area

2. John, II

3. Josiah


4. Bartholomew


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