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Emma Berrien Heard

Emma Berrien Heard[1, 2, 3, 4]

Female 1841 - 1918  (77 years)

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  • Name Emma Berrien Heard  [5
    Born 22 Apr 1841  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Female 
    Occupation music teacher 
    Died 3 May 1918  Cuthbert, Randolph Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, White Plains, Greene Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I685  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Edmund Heard,   b. 10 Oct 1807, Nr Old Cambridge, Abbeville Co., S.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1853, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Thompson,   b. 28 Sep 1817, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1872, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1837  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dr. John Mckinney Howell, CSA,   b. 13 Aug 1833, Houston Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1889, Americus, Sumter County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1859  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
    +1. Percy Vincent Howell,   b. 9 Jan 1861, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1902, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     2. John Johnson Howell,   b. 29 Apr 1863, prob. White Plains, Greene, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1931, Cuthbert, Randolph Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +3. Henry Alonzo Howell,   b. 19 Feb 1866, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1958, Burke County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +4. Bertha Howell,   b. 29 Jun 1869, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1963  (Age 94 years)
     5. Rosa Decottes Howell,   b. 9 Nov 1872,   d. 12 Sep 1886  (Age 13 years)
     6. Mildred Eva Howell,   b. 25 Jun 1875,   d. 20 Nov 1956, Her home on Randolph Street, Cuthbert, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Brooks Howell,   b. 8 May 1878,   d. 5 Apr 1912  (Age 33 years)
     8. Emma Howell,   b. 21 Aug 1881,   d. 25 Sep 1881  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Edward Lathrop Howell,   b. 7 Nov 1884, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1968  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Apr 1841 - Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1859 - Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 May 1918 - Cuthbert, Randolph Co., GA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, White Plains, Greene Co., GA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Emma Berrien Heard
    Emma Berrien Heard
    Several notes on reverse:

    "Emma Berrien Heard Howell (Mrs. J. Mc. Howell) (sister of Mrs J. H. Kilpatrick) Principal Dawson Institute 1863-65 and 1880-88, White Plains, GA"

    A gift from her granddaughter, Betty Howell Traver. Her notes on reverse: "She (E.B.H.H.) was a graduate of Southern Masonic Female College in Covington, Georgia. I have her literary society (early sorority) gold pin. She was 4'11" tall. She died during the 1918 flu epidemic in Cuthbert, Ga, living with unmarried daughter Eva and bachelor son John J. Howell II, editor of the Cuthbert Leader."
    Bed belonging to John & Emma Howell, 1859.
    Bed belonging to John & Emma Howell, 1859.
    This is the bed that belonged to John McKinney Howell and Emma Berrien Heard Howell where all nine of their children were born. Photo taken at the home of Betty Howell Traver, Greensboro, Georgia in 2007. (photo by James Brittain, Jr.)
    Leschetitzky photo / post card
    Leschetitzky photo / post card
    Theodor Leschetitzky - pianist and teacher of Henry A. Howell. This postcard/photo from Nellie Davison Howell in Vienna to her mother-in-law Emma B. Heard Howell in Great Plains, GA 1903. Source: Betty Howell Traver.

    Documents
    Miss Mildred Eva Howell - Obituary
    Miss Mildred Eva Howell - Obituary
    "The Cuthbert Times" Nov 29, 1956
    1880 Census - John McKinney Howell family
    1880 Census - John McKinney Howell family
    p 1 of 2
    1900 Census - Emma B. Howell and her son Edward Howell
    1900 Census - Emma B. Howell and her son Edward Howell
    Leschetitzky (Leschetizky) post card (reverse)
    Leschetitzky (Leschetizky) post card (reverse)
    Source: Betty Howell Traver

    Headstones
    Emma Berrien Heard
    Emma Berrien Heard

    Histories
    Christmas Visit 1858
    Christmas Visit 1858
    Christmas Visit to the Howell Kin near Atlanta in 1858 - Excerpt from the unpublished autobiography "Family Reminiscences" by Edna Perrin Heard Kilpatrick, written in White Plains, GA. in 1922.

  • Notes 
    • She was a music teacher.

      From "How Curious A Land":

      "In some cases women assumed roles beyond the bounds of extended domesticity.  In 1861 Emma Berrian Heard married Dr. John Howell of White Plains.  In her husband's hometown Emma joned the local releif association and served as secretary.  She refused to be known as Mrs. John Howell and signed all official correspondence as a man would, 'E. B. Howell.'  Emma also taught at the White Plains Academy, and in 1863 when the last male teacher left to fight in the (U.S. Civil) war, she became principal of the school.  Emma Howell was the first female principal in Greene County, and to some it seemed strange that a woman would have such authority.  The Constitutionalist explained that because of the war's need for manpower, 'we are left no resource but to have female teachers.'  These opportunities for women such as Emma Howell to exercise authority outside the domestic sphere must have caused some to question the prevailing structure of women's roles in southern society."

      John Spencer Howell, Jr. notes on above:  Emma was actually 18 when she married Dr. John McKinney Howell on 26 Dec 1859, he was 26.  Her middle name is spelled Berrien on her gravestone. [11]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S24] Cloptonfamily.org, (The Clopton Family Association - http://www.cloptonfamily.org/amerline/).

    3. [S701] White Plains Baptist Church Register, (Georgia Archives microfilm.), How received: Ex 17 Mar 1860 How dismissed: Letter 17 Dec 1887 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    5. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census, Georgia, Richmond, Division 73, Edmund Heard age 41, clerk, Elizabeth 30, Henry 10, Emma B 8, Edna P. 6, Mary E. 2. (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S689] 1850 U.S. Census.

    7. [S671] 1880 U.S. Census, GA, Greene Co., District 35 Age 39 (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, Village White Plains, Greene Co., GA, Penfield post office, enumerated 9 Aug 1870, Page 8., dwelling 77 "Howel, Jno. age 37, m, w, farmer, value 500, 200, all born Georgia; Emma, age 29, f, w.; Percy, age 9, Jno, age 7; Henry, age 4, Birtha, age 1" (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S696] White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery - gravestone photo (Reliability: 4).

    10. [S1323] Weekly Chronicle & Sentinel, Augusta - October 16, 1861; (from footnote# 26 pages 81-85 "How Curious A Land") (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S725] Charles Perrin, Charles Perrin, (http://www.sneakers.pair.com/roots/index.html), http://sneakers.pair.com/roots/d91.htm#P5710 (Reliability: 3).