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Howe - John Kennedy

John Kennedy HOWEAge: 78 years18121890

Name
John Kennedy HOWE
Given names
John Kennedy
Surname
HOWE
Birth April 5, 1812 38 27
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Text:

Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11

Interesting Memoirs.

EBENEZER, PORTLAND, AND WINDSOR PIONEERS.

By GEORGE G. REEVE.

(For the 'Windsor and Richmond Gazette.')

Herewith is a picture of John Kennedy Howe, who was born at Windsor, N.S.W., on April 5th, 1812, and was the first-born of a large family to John Howe and Jane Kennedy, the latter being the second wife of the famous storekeeper, auctioneer and explorer; also ferry-builder over the Haw-kesbury River at Windsor, and founder of Howe's Bridge over South Creek at Windsor.

John Howe I. first had a 100-acre grant on the left bank of the Hawkesbury, near Portland Head, which he farmed and where he resided with his wife, Frances Howe, from 1802 until 1810. The first Mrs. Howe is buried on that grant. She bore to John Howe I. two daughters, one named Mary and the other named Eliza.

The daughter Mary became in due time a famous Windsor hostess on the old site of the 'Green Dragon' of 1821, the 'Red Lion' of 1835-37 and upwards.

In the year 1810, when Andrew Thompson died and was the first body laid to rest in venerated old St. Matthew's churchyard, Windsor, John Howe I. sold his grant, and, being an executor for Thompson's estate, purchased the business of the latter, which Howe conducted for more than 20 years. John Howe later had a farm of 200 acres at Morpeth, where he died in the year 1852. John Kennedy Howe died at 'Redbourne-bury,' Singleton, on September 4, 1890, aged 78 years. He never married.

Mary Howe, the pioneer's eldest daughter (who came with her parents on the 'Coro-mandel'), was first married to George Loder II., who had accompanied Howe on both his famous overland trips to the Hun-ter River in the years 1819 and 1820 res-pectively. Mrs. Mary Loder bore seven children to Mr. G. Loder II., the latter dying on August 13, 1834, just after build-ing the large house in George-street, Wind-sor (at present owned by Mr. D. Holland, one time Mayor of Windsor), with the Georgeian verandah and the remarkably wide hall that it contains. The front keystone of that house shows the date of the erection of the building (1834). It can he seen from the front by anyone interested.

Mrs. Mary Loder married, secondly, Thomas Dargin, son of the original Dargin who was a man-o'-warsman of the Second Fleet. The couple then conducted a business with remarkable success at the old 'Green Dragon' Inn site, until Mr. Dargin's death, when Mrs. Mary Dargin married a third husband, Laban White, an auctioneer, and later Returning Officer for the Parliamentary elections. Mrs. Mary White died at the goodly age of 84 years. In the 'S.M. Herald' of September 22nd, 1882, is the notice of her death as follows:—

WHITE.— September 17 (1882), at her sister's residence (Mrs. George Dight, nee Elizabeth Moore Howe), 'Stafford,' near Singleton (Mrs.), Mary White, in her 84th year. The deceased lady was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Howe, of Morpeth, and arrived in New South Wales with her father in 1802.

John Howe's second daughter by his first wife, Frances, also married a Dargin. I am of that opinion because in the Kennedy vault in St. Matthew's Church of England cemetery, Windsor, one record states:—

Sacred to the memory of Eliza Charlotte Dargin, who departed this life 13th of June, 1834, aged 33 years.

(What was this Dargin's christian name? I would like verification of my surmise from any member of the Dargin family in the Hawkesbury district, or elsewhere, who can fault the accuracy or otherwise of my statement on this matter.)

John Howe I. by his second wife, Jane Kennedy, had four sons and five daughters. The sons were respectively named (1) John Kennedy, (2) James, (3) Robert Raworth, (4) Richard Pearce. The latter is buried in the Kennedy vault in St. Matthew's burial ground, Windsor. The daughters were: (1) Elizabeth Moore, who married George Dight; (2) Frances Jane, who mar- ried James G. Doyle; (3) Catherine Brough-ton, who married Andrew Doyle; (4) Sophia, first wife of Samuel B. Dight; (5) Emma, second wife of Samuel B. Dight.

James Howe, second son of John Howe I., was the only son who married, Anne Dight, a sister of Samuel B. Dight being his bride.

This couple had one son, John Hilton Howe by name, who died at the age of 21 years, and with his death the name Howe as a surname; so far as this notable family is concerned, died out.

After Mrs. Mary Howe-Loder-Dargin-White died, her body was brought by train to Windsor from Singleton and interred in the Loder family vault at St. Matthew's. One can quite understand with what vener-ation this famous old place of worship had for her, for without doubt Mary Howe as a girl was an attendant worshipper there. Old Windsorites will be interested to learn that the balconied house in Thompson Square, just below the Royal Hotel, was conducted as an hotel under the name of 'The Lord Nelson' by James Howe (son of John Howe I.) and his wife. That would be during the mid ''thirties' of last century. In Mr. J. C. L. Fitzpatrick's book, 'The Good Old Days of the Hawkesbury,' he refers to 'The Red Lion' in George-street, Windsor, and Mrs. Thomas Dargin (nee Mrs. Mary Howe Loder)—'and a good old lady she was,' he says. But he wrongly refers to her as the mother of all the Dargins, because Thomas Dargin's mother was the first woman in Windsor with that hon-ored name. 1835-37 is the time spoken of by Mr. Fitzpatrick, who also says: 'Dar-gin's was the scene of many a gay gather-ing, and as he could spin a good yarn, his house was much frequented. Dargin's 'Red Lion' occupied the place where Dyer's shop now stands' (1900).

This sketch of John Howe's descendants is an outline only. Through his daughters (seven in all) by his two marriages, there have descended some notable people who have pioneered pastoral districts in this State—the Loders, the Dights, the Doyles, and the Dargins-people whose life's careers have been meritorious. The pastoralists bearing those names have in every sense been acquisitions to this State in exploring and taking up 'rough country,' and improving' the breeds of sheep and stock generally. Some of their achieve-ments I shall deal with at length in 'Eben-ezer Pioneers of the Hawkesbury,' which is now being gotten into shape.

John Kennedy Howe lived most of his life on 'Redbournebury,' the 700 acres grant given by Governor Macquarie to John Howe I. for his discoveries of the rich country on the Hunter River. During J. K. Howe's occupancy of the Manor House he enter-tained lavishly and on a large scale. At his death the estate, which is part of and adjoining the town of Singleton, was cut up and sold for farms.

J. K. Howe's photo, from which the accompanying1 block was made was taken some few months before his death. He is buried in the Church of England cemetery at Whittingham, near Singleton.

Later, the writer will outline some matters of interest about "John Howe—Pioneer and Patriot, Settler and Explorer."

Publication: Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954), Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
Birth of a brotherJames HOWE
about 1813 (Age 8 months)
Citation details: HOWE JAMES 3121/1813 V18133121 1A JOHN JANE
Birth of a sisterFrances J HOWE
about 1814 (Age 20 months)
Citation details: HOWE FRANCES J 3385/1814 V18143385 1A JOHN JANE
Birth of a sisterEmma HOWE
about 1815 (Age 2 years)
Citation details: HOWE EMMA 3790/1815 V18153790 1B JOHN JANE
Marriage of a half-siblingGeorge LODERMary Ann HOWEView this family
Type: Religious marriage
about 1816 (Age 3 years)
Address: St. Mathew's
Religion: Church of England
Citation details: 1929/1816 V18161929 3A LODER GEORGE HOWE MARY CC
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Birth of a sisterCatherine Broughton HOWE
April 13, 1817 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterSophia HOWE
about 1819 (Age 6 years)
Citation details: HOW SOPHIA 4791/1819 V18194791 1B JOHN JANE
Birth of a brotherRobert H HOWE
about 1820 (Age 7 years)
Citation details: HOWE ROBERT H 6551/1820 V18206551 1B JOHN JANE
Marriage of a half-siblingThomas DARGINEliza Charlotte KENNEDYView this family
Type: Religious marriage
about 1821 (Age 8 years)
Address: St. Mathew's
Religion: Church of England
Citation details: 2671/1821 V18212671 3B DARGIN THOMAS KENNEDY ELIZA CC
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Moore HOWE
about 1823 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: HOWE ELIZABETH M 6552/1823 V18236552 1B JOHN JANE
Birth of a brotherRichard Pearce HOWE
about 1827 (Age 14 years)
Citation details: HOWE RICHARD P 757/1827 V1827757 16 JOHN JANE
Death of a half-sisterEliza Charlotte KENNEDY
June 13, 1834 (Age 22 years)
Citation details: DARGIN ELIZA 2267/1834 V18342267 18 AGE 32
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Text:

In part:

"..... in the Kennedy vault in St. Matthew's Church of England cemetery, Windsor, one record states:—

Sacred to the memory of Eliza Charlotte Dargin, who departed this life 13th of June, 1834, aged 33 years."

Text:

Dargin (Kennedy) Eliza Charlotte 18 Dec 1801 13 Jun 1834 33 dau/Andrew Hamilton & Jane (Kennedy); b. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; w/Thomas Windsor Anglican Church NSW Kennedy Vault

Marriage of a half-siblingThomas DARGINMary Ann HOWEView this family
Type: Religious marriage
about 1835 (Age 22 years)
Address: St. Mathew's
Religion: Church of England
Citation details: 1437/1835 V18351437 19 DARGIN THOMAS LODER MARY CC
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Marriage of a siblingAndrew DOYLECatherine Broughton HOWEView this family
about 1837 (Age 24 years)
Citation details: 260/1837 V1837260 162A DOYLE ANDREW HOWE CATHERINE BROUGHTON JS
Marriage of a siblingGeorge DIGHTElizabeth Moore HOWEView this family
about 1841 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 549/1841 V1841549 25C DIGHT GEORGE HOWE ELIZABETH M CT
Marriage of a half-siblingLaban WHITEMary Ann HOWEView this family
about 1846 (Age 33 years)
Citation details: 222/1846 V1846222 31C WHITE LABAN DARGIN MARY CC
Death of a fatherJohn HOWE
December 19, 1852 (Age 40 years)
Address: At his residence "Raworth" cottage.
Citation details: HOWE JOHN 1645/1852 V18521645 38B AGE 78
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: Wednesday 22 December 1852, page 3
Howe - John - Death Notice
Howe - John - Death Notice

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Death of a sisterCatherine Broughton HOWE
August 28, 1857 (Age 45 years)
Citation details: DOYLE CATHERINE B 4597/1857 JOHN DIED WEE WAA WEE WAA
Quality of data: primary evidence
Death of a motherJane KENNEDY
January 1, 1859 (Age 46 years)
Death of a half-sisterMary Ann HOWE
September 17, 1882 (Age 70 years)
Address: At her half-sister Elizabeth's residence, "Stafford".
Citation details: WHITE MARY 11692/1882 UNKNOWN HOWE DIED STAFFORD SINGLETON
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: Saturday 23 September 1882, page 4
White - Mary - Death Notice
White - Mary - Death Notice

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Never marriedyes

Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Death September 24, 1890 (Age 78 years)
Address: At his residence "Redbournebury".
Citation details: HOWE JOHN K 11854/1890 JOHN JANE SINGLETON
Publication: Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954), Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
Obituary September 27, 1890 (3 days after death)
Publication: Newspaper; Singleton NSW; 1880 - 1954
Citation details: Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
Howe - John Kennedy - Obituary
Howe - John Kennedy - Obituary

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Burial
Religion: Anglican
Howe - John Kennedy - Doyle - James George and Frances Jane
Howe - John Kennedy - Doyle - James George and Frances Jane

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Doyle and Howe Family Sepulchre
Doyle and Howe Family Sepulchre

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mother
Marriage: May 13, 1811Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
11 months
himself
Howe - John KennedyJohn Kennedy HOWE
Birth: April 5, 1812 38 27Windsor, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 24, 1890Singleton, , New South Wales, Australia
21 months
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
Elizabeth Moore HOWE
Birth: about 1823 49 38New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1908Burwood, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
younger brother
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step-mother
Woman Pioneer IconFrances WARD
Birth: 1772Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 1802Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: before 1802England, United Kingdom
-3 years
half-sister
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BirthH - Births Registered in New South Wales
BirthHowe Family History
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
Text:

Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11

Interesting Memoirs.

EBENEZER, PORTLAND, AND WINDSOR PIONEERS.

By GEORGE G. REEVE.

(For the 'Windsor and Richmond Gazette.')

Herewith is a picture of John Kennedy Howe, who was born at Windsor, N.S.W., on April 5th, 1812, and was the first-born of a large family to John Howe and Jane Kennedy, the latter being the second wife of the famous storekeeper, auctioneer and explorer; also ferry-builder over the Haw-kesbury River at Windsor, and founder of Howe's Bridge over South Creek at Windsor.

John Howe I. first had a 100-acre grant on the left bank of the Hawkesbury, near Portland Head, which he farmed and where he resided with his wife, Frances Howe, from 1802 until 1810. The first Mrs. Howe is buried on that grant. She bore to John Howe I. two daughters, one named Mary and the other named Eliza.

The daughter Mary became in due time a famous Windsor hostess on the old site of the 'Green Dragon' of 1821, the 'Red Lion' of 1835-37 and upwards.

In the year 1810, when Andrew Thompson died and was the first body laid to rest in venerated old St. Matthew's churchyard, Windsor, John Howe I. sold his grant, and, being an executor for Thompson's estate, purchased the business of the latter, which Howe conducted for more than 20 years. John Howe later had a farm of 200 acres at Morpeth, where he died in the year 1852. John Kennedy Howe died at 'Redbourne-bury,' Singleton, on September 4, 1890, aged 78 years. He never married.

Mary Howe, the pioneer's eldest daughter (who came with her parents on the 'Coro-mandel'), was first married to George Loder II., who had accompanied Howe on both his famous overland trips to the Hun-ter River in the years 1819 and 1820 res-pectively. Mrs. Mary Loder bore seven children to Mr. G. Loder II., the latter dying on August 13, 1834, just after build-ing the large house in George-street, Wind-sor (at present owned by Mr. D. Holland, one time Mayor of Windsor), with the Georgeian verandah and the remarkably wide hall that it contains. The front keystone of that house shows the date of the erection of the building (1834). It can he seen from the front by anyone interested.

Mrs. Mary Loder married, secondly, Thomas Dargin, son of the original Dargin who was a man-o'-warsman of the Second Fleet. The couple then conducted a business with remarkable success at the old 'Green Dragon' Inn site, until Mr. Dargin's death, when Mrs. Mary Dargin married a third husband, Laban White, an auctioneer, and later Returning Officer for the Parliamentary elections. Mrs. Mary White died at the goodly age of 84 years. In the 'S.M. Herald' of September 22nd, 1882, is the notice of her death as follows:—

WHITE.— September 17 (1882), at her sister's residence (Mrs. George Dight, nee Elizabeth Moore Howe), 'Stafford,' near Singleton (Mrs.), Mary White, in her 84th year. The deceased lady was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Howe, of Morpeth, and arrived in New South Wales with her father in 1802.

John Howe's second daughter by his first wife, Frances, also married a Dargin. I am of that opinion because in the Kennedy vault in St. Matthew's Church of England cemetery, Windsor, one record states:—

Sacred to the memory of Eliza Charlotte Dargin, who departed this life 13th of June, 1834, aged 33 years.

(What was this Dargin's christian name? I would like verification of my surmise from any member of the Dargin family in the Hawkesbury district, or elsewhere, who can fault the accuracy or otherwise of my statement on this matter.)

John Howe I. by his second wife, Jane Kennedy, had four sons and five daughters. The sons were respectively named (1) John Kennedy, (2) James, (3) Robert Raworth, (4) Richard Pearce. The latter is buried in the Kennedy vault in St. Matthew's burial ground, Windsor. The daughters were: (1) Elizabeth Moore, who married George Dight; (2) Frances Jane, who mar- ried James G. Doyle; (3) Catherine Brough-ton, who married Andrew Doyle; (4) Sophia, first wife of Samuel B. Dight; (5) Emma, second wife of Samuel B. Dight.

James Howe, second son of John Howe I., was the only son who married, Anne Dight, a sister of Samuel B. Dight being his bride.

This couple had one son, John Hilton Howe by name, who died at the age of 21 years, and with his death the name Howe as a surname; so far as this notable family is concerned, died out.

After Mrs. Mary Howe-Loder-Dargin-White died, her body was brought by train to Windsor from Singleton and interred in the Loder family vault at St. Matthew's. One can quite understand with what vener-ation this famous old place of worship had for her, for without doubt Mary Howe as a girl was an attendant worshipper there. Old Windsorites will be interested to learn that the balconied house in Thompson Square, just below the Royal Hotel, was conducted as an hotel under the name of 'The Lord Nelson' by James Howe (son of John Howe I.) and his wife. That would be during the mid ''thirties' of last century. In Mr. J. C. L. Fitzpatrick's book, 'The Good Old Days of the Hawkesbury,' he refers to 'The Red Lion' in George-street, Windsor, and Mrs. Thomas Dargin (nee Mrs. Mary Howe Loder)—'and a good old lady she was,' he says. But he wrongly refers to her as the mother of all the Dargins, because Thomas Dargin's mother was the first woman in Windsor with that hon-ored name. 1835-37 is the time spoken of by Mr. Fitzpatrick, who also says: 'Dar-gin's was the scene of many a gay gather-ing, and as he could spin a good yarn, his house was much frequented. Dargin's 'Red Lion' occupied the place where Dyer's shop now stands' (1900).

This sketch of John Howe's descendants is an outline only. Through his daughters (seven in all) by his two marriages, there have descended some notable people who have pioneered pastoral districts in this State—the Loders, the Dights, the Doyles, and the Dargins-people whose life's careers have been meritorious. The pastoralists bearing those names have in every sense been acquisitions to this State in exploring and taking up 'rough country,' and improving' the breeds of sheep and stock generally. Some of their achieve-ments I shall deal with at length in 'Eben-ezer Pioneers of the Hawkesbury,' which is now being gotten into shape.

John Kennedy Howe lived most of his life on 'Redbournebury,' the 700 acres grant given by Governor Macquarie to John Howe I. for his discoveries of the rich country on the Hunter River. During J. K. Howe's occupancy of the Manor House he enter-tained lavishly and on a large scale. At his death the estate, which is part of and adjoining the town of Singleton, was cut up and sold for farms.

J. K. Howe's photo, from which the accompanying1 block was made was taken some few months before his death. He is buried in the Church of England cemetery at Whittingham, near Singleton.

Later, the writer will outline some matters of interest about "John Howe—Pioneer and Patriot, Settler and Explorer."

BirthObituary - Howe - John Kennedy
Publication: Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954), Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
BirthHeadstone - Howe - John Kennedy - Doyle - James George and Frances Jane
Never marriedHowe Family History
Publication: Part: Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 11 November 1921, page 11
DeathH - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: HOWE JOHN K 11854/1890 JOHN JANE SINGLETON
DeathObituary - Howe - John Kennedy
Publication: Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954), Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
DeathHeadstone - Howe - John Kennedy - Doyle - James George and Frances Jane
ObituaryNewspaper - Singleton Argus
Publication: Newspaper; Singleton NSW; 1880 - 1954
Citation details: Saturday 27 September 1890, page 2
Howe - John Kennedy - Obituary
Howe - John Kennedy - Obituary

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