Howser

           Stephen A. Howser was one of the first settlers in Benton County and was said to have settled the present site of Warsaw in 1831.[1] He is said to have married Sarah (Sally) Wyatt, probably in Monroe County, Kentucky. On 22 August of 1839, Stephen A. and his wife Sally P. Howser of Benton County sold to the county of Benton for $1.00 part of section 17-20 (description given in metes and bounds) of Twp. 40-22 lying on the Osage River.[2]

           Goodspeed: p. 489 Stephen H. Howser, commonly called Hogue Howser was son of Stephen A. Howser. Supposed to have murdered man name Halloway on the plains en route to California. Killed Farris in Gasconade Co. In St. Louis in 1859 he was sentenced to the pen, but pardoned out. In 1861, he killed a man at Baldwin and during the early part of the way returned to Warsaw. Soon after his return, in riding out of Warsaw with D.D. Jones, he shot him dead supposed for the purpose of robbery. He fled, but was pursued by many of the best men of Benton Co., and overtaken and killed in Vernon Co.

           Stephen W.[sic] Howser, known to all Warsaw citizens, was arrested in Paolo, Kansas Territory on 7th inst. charged with murder of Mr. Ferris in Gasconade Co.  Recognizance by Mr. Thomas Goodin of Calhoun who took him to Gasconade.[3] Stephen H. Howser killed William Farris in Gasconade Co. in June of 1856. He was being tried in St. Louis and cut Ferris' throat when he tried to arrest him. See Missouri Republican 10 March 1859.

           In 1840 Stephen W. Howser was listed in Benton County, p. 50 with 1 male 5-10, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10 and 1 female 20-30. Stephen W. Howser m. in Allen Co. Kentucky 31 January 1831 Sarah Gray Downing. She was b. 19 March 1814 and d. 17 March 1892. bd. Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Cole Co. Missouri.

           On 28 November 1843, Stephen W. Howser and Sarah G., his wife of Benton co. sold to Benjamin Downing of Allen County, Kentucky the W of SW of 5-42-21 containing 80 acres.  They also sold as part of the mortgage 1 black girl named Henrietta, the said Henrietta being conveyed to Sarah G. Howser by the heirs of said Downing.  The mortgage was signed in Cooper county, Missouri, but recorded in Benton County.[4] 

See Circuit Court in Benton Co. p. 391, 4, 13,  Book A, 15. 16, 22, 24, 359, 364 410 

Mary Howser bought land in S31-T40-R16 in 1839.

           Stephen A. Howser was b. 1790-1800, perhaps the son of Nicholas Howser. He is said to have married Sarah (Sally) Wyatt, probably in Monroe County, Kentucky.  No marriage bond has been located. Stephen Howser was one of the first settlers in Benton County and was said to have settled the present site of Warsaw in 1831.[5]  On 22 August of 1839, Stephen A. and his wife Sally P. Howser of Benton County sold to the county of Benton for $1.00 part of section 17-20 (description given in metes and bounds) of Twp. 40-22 lying on the Osage River.[6]

           In 1840, Stephen A. Howser was listed in Benton County, p. 47 with 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-10, 5 males 10-15, 1 males 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5, 1 female 40-50.

           In 1850, Stephen A. Howser was living in Benton county p. 545. He as 52 years old, born in Kentucky.  In his household were Sally P., age 50 b. KY, R.H. (Reuben H.) age 28 b. KY, G.W. (George W.) age 27 b. KY, Thomas J., age 26, A.N. (Alfred) age 23 b. KY, R.W. age 22 b. KY, S.W. (Stephen W.) age 21 b. KY, D.H. (may be S.H. (Hogue) or David?), age 20 b. MO; B.W. (Benjamin or Bentley) age 18 b. MO. (may be the Bentley Howser in Miller County in 1870), A.W. age 15, b. MO J.T. or F.R. (female) age 13,  b. MO; M.E., age 9 (female) b. MO.  Frances Wayatte, female, age 73 b. VA.  Widow of Reuben Wyatt of Barren County, Kentucky.

           Sally is said to have gone to California with some of the children after Warner's death.

           On 28 November 1843, Stephen W. Howser and Sarah G., his wife of Benton co. sold to Benjamin Downing of Allen County, Kentucky the W of SW of 5-42-21 containing 80 acres.  They also sold as part of the mortgage 1 black girl named Henrietta, the said Henrietta being conveyed to Sarah G. Howser by the heirs of said Downing.  The mortgage was signed in Cooper county, Missouri, but recorded in Benton County.[8] This Stephen W. Howser is probably the son of Thomas Howser and nephew of Stephen A. and Warner.

          In 1850 he was living in Benton County.  He was 41 years old, b. KY. With him was Sarah G., age 31, b. KY[9], Thomas J., age 18, b. KY, Adaline, age 16 b. KY, Nancy J., age 14 b. KY, James L. age 8, b. Y, Benjamin D., age 4 and H.A., age 2 b. MO. (See POA Monroe County 1867 for Thomas' property)

 

1820 Howser in Monroe County Kentucky:

Thomas 200 acres E.F. Barrens 1 poll 4 horses

Warner 225 acres on B. River entered by A Brockman 1 poll 3 horses

N.W. Howser 125 acres on same 1 poll 2 horses

 1821

Warner Howser 225 acres entered by Bohanon

Nicholas Howser 125 acres and a town lot

Thomas Howser on Lit Fork

Stephen Howser 1 poll and 2 horses  None owned slaves; all paid poll

 1825

Stephen owned 1 slave; no land and not grouped with others of name

Thomas 200 acres

Nicholas Houser Sr. 180 acres of land on Mill River

No Warner; he was there in 1823 and 1824.

 1826

Nicholas Sr. 180 acres on Miller entered by True

Thomas Howser land on Long fork

Stephen A. Howser 190 acres on L. Creek 

1827

Stephen A. Howser  no land, no poll, one horse

Nicholas Howser Skagges Creek

Thomas Howser on long Fork 

1828 & 1829 still there

 1830 No one named Howser

1831 Stephen W. Howser 160 acres on Salt Lick

Thomas Howser still with 400+ acres of land

 Next list was 1833

Thomas and Stephen M. still there.  

Warner and Stephen are said to be children of Nicholas Howser of Monroe County, Kentucky. Lawsuit there in 1849 regarding property of Nicholas. The family were early members of the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Barren County and the entry of January 1802 shows Nicholas and Jane admitted as members.

           Nicholas was born about 1760 and died in 1847 in Barren County, Kentucky. He m. Jane Warner ca. 1778. She was born about 1770 and died after 1820 in Barren County, Kentucky.  He m. (2) 6 November 1837 Rosy Huffman. 

Children of Nicholas and Jane Howser:

          i.       Thomas Howser b. ca. 1780 d. 1860 in Monroe County, Kentucky m. Barren Co. Kentucky 26 December 1805 Sally Harris.

          ii.       Warner Howser b. ca. 1787 d. 1842 in Morgan County, Missouri [see above]

          iii.      Jemima Howser b. ca. 1789 m. Barren County, Kentucky 24 March 1807 Stewart Pennington.

          iv.      Nicholas W. Howser b. ca. 1790 in Kentucky m. in Barren Co. 28 December 1815 Lidy Marris daughter of Samuel Marris. They moved to Macoupin County, Illinois by 1840.

          v.       Crissy (Lucretia) m. Michael N. Denham

          vi.      Linny m. [-?-] Tudor

          vii.     Mary m. Jno Nelson

          viii.     Stephen ?. Howser b. ca. 1798 in Kentucky [see above]

          ix.      Betsy m. Whitson Nelson

          x.       Nancy m. [-?-] Means.

          xi.      Patsy m. [-?-] Radford

          xii.     Catharine m. [-?-] Gentry

          xiii.     Jane m. George Gentry.


 

    [1] Goodspeed's History of Benton Co., p. 464.

    [2] Benton Co. Deed Book A, p. 88.

    [3] Rising 1850-1860, p. 69. Bolivar Weekly Courier, May 31, 1856.

    [4] Benton County Deed Book B, p. 450.

    [5] Goodspeed's History of Benton Co., p. 464.

    [6] Benton Co. Deed Book A, p. 88.

    [7] Goodspeed, 464.

    [8] Benton County Deed Book B, p. 450.

    [9] Said to be the daughter of Benjamin and Isabella (Campbell) Downing.  Benjamin was the Revolutionary War.