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Nathan Alva Howes

Male 1796 - 1878  (82 years)


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  • Name Nathan Alva Howes  [1, 2
    Born 22 Apr 1796  Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Birth 22 Apr 1796  Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Birth 22 Apr 1796  [2
    Service 1812  [5
    Served in war of 1812 
    Death Jun 1878  [6
    Death 28 Jun 1878  [2, 3
    Died 28 Jun 1878  Dover, Racine, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Abt 30 Jun 1878  Milltown cemetery, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • From the History of Putnam County, Nathan became engaged in the exhibition business in partnership with Gerard Crane of Somers, Westchester Co, NY. They crossed the Allegheny Mountains in 1831 with a menagerie. Going South and arriving at Mobile, they were fortunate enough to possess themselves of a lion, lioness and two cub, which being the first lions exhibited in America, created a sensation and formed the nucleus of the zoological department of the great exhibition with which Mr Howes' name afterward became prominently identified.

      From CircusHistory.org
      HOWES, NATHAN ALVAH. . . . one of 12 children - 6 sons and 6 daughters - of parents who were farmers and ran a general store. One of the early pioneers of the American circus, learned ropewalking and hat spinning at the age of 15 and began performing in nearby communities. Married at 19 to a local girl, Clarissa Crosby. The first of the Howes family to enter the circus business and one of the earliest circus proprietors to tour with a circus company and to use a canvas pavilion. Ordered his first tent, 1825, from a sail maker in NYC and first exhibited it in April, 1826. Teamed with Aaron Turner in taking out the Columbian Circus, 1828. Had a small circus of his own, 1832, and was proprietor with Richard Sands of Howes & Sands’, 1834. Final season for Nathan Howes with Howes & Mabie’s, 1842; proprietor, Nathan A. Howes’ winter circus, 1843-44, Howes & Gardner (Nathan A. Howes and Dan Gardner, proprietors), 1844; Nathan A. Howes’ New York Bowery Circus, NYC, 1845, which became Howes & Co.’s Circus through the season of 1849. Following this, retired from active management but continued to invest in other shows. Was a shareholder in the Zoological Institute.
    Person ID I9481  ONS
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2016 

    Father Daniel Howes,   b. 13 Apr 1763, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1824, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Ruhamah Reed,   b. 12 Jan 1773, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1864, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1791  [5
    Family ID F6015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clarissa Crosby,   b. 28 Jan 1799, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1872, Dover, Racine, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 20 May 1815  Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Emory J Howes,   b. 17 Nov 1816, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Amanda Maria Howes,   b. 28 Sep 1817, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1849  (Age 31 years)
     3. William Edgar Howes,   b. 30 Apr 1819, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Lydia A Howes,   b. 14 Mar 1821, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1843  (Age 22 years)
     5. Charles O Howes,   b. 11 Feb 1824, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1851  (Age 27 years)
     6. Viletta Howes,   b. 12 Jan 1826, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. George E Howes,   b. 5 Oct 1829, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Egbert Crosby Howes,   b. 26 Feb 1831, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1892, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +9. Elbert Crosby Howes,   b. 26 Feb 1831, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1900, Brooklyn, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     10. Anna Augusta Howes,   b. 12 Jan 1833, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1924  (Age 91 years)
     11. Daniel Morgan Howes,   b. 26 Jun 1836, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1862  (Age 25 years)
     12. Henry M Howes,   b. 1 May 1837, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1843  (Age 6 years)
     13. Unnamed Howes,   b. 7 Feb 1840, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1840  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 15 May 2016 
    Family ID F8867  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Apr 1796 - Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Apr 1796 - Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 May 1815 - Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt 30 Jun 1878 - Milltown cemetery, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S324] New York Times.

    2. [S568] Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com.

    3. [S326] Circus History website, www.circushistory.org, http://www.circushistory.org/Olympians/OlympiansH2.htm.

    4. [S9] ancestry.com tree.

    5. [S406] Howes Genealogy, Joshua Crowell Howes, revised by Col. Bob Howes, (1892, revised in 2006).

    6. [S777] History of Putnam County, NY, www.archive.org/stream/cu31924104019793#page/750/mode/2up/search/howes.

    7. [S568] Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, 16764482.