Ohio Biographies

Jared W. Howard

The whole career of Jared W. Howard has been spent in Jeffersonville, Fayette county, Ohio, where he was born nearly sixty years ago. He has been engaged in business in the town of his birth most of this time, although he has a fine farm of one hundred acres near Jeffersonville to which he has always given careful attention. As a public spirited citizen he has always been deeply interested in everything which pertains to the welfare of his community and has given his unreserved support to all enterprises which he felt would benefit the locality where he has spent so many years.

Jared W. Howard, the son of William T. and Elton (Sexton) Howard, was born in the town of Jeffersonville on July 22, 1855. His father was born in Warren county, Ohio. October 15. 1821, the son of George and — (Crone) Howard. His mother was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, May 22, 1816. The marriage of Williain T. Howard and Elton Sexton occurred October 30, 1841, and to their union were born five children. Sexton, Sarepta, Jared W., and two who died in infancy. At the age of fourteen William T. Howard went to Vrginia. but returned a year later and in 1838 located in Washington C H., where he learned the harnessmaker's trade. In 1840 he permanently settled in Jeffersonville, where he lived until his death in 1899. In 1850 he went to California with the gold seekers, but returned two years later with nothing but his experiences.

Jared W. Howard is the only one of the five children born to his parents who is now living, the others having passed away more than thirty years ago. He received the best education which was afforded by the schools of Jeffersonville, and early in life started to learn the harness trade in his father's shop. He married at the age of nineteen and at once began to work in his father's shop and two years later his father turned the shop over to him and retired to his farm near the town. He has been in business in Jeffersonville since 1876 and at the same time had the management of his farm. He has been very successful and has laid aside a very comfortable sum for his declining years.

Mr. Howard has been twice married. He was married in August, 1874. to Mary Johnson and to this first union was born one child, Floy S. His second marriage was to Anna L. Johnson in October, 1892. She was the daughter of Simon B. and Catharine (Maddux) Johnson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, where Mrs. Howard was reared and educated.

Politically, Mr. Howard has been a loyal supporter of the principles and policies of the Republican party since reaching his majority. He has .served as a member of the council of Jeffersonville and has always been interested in every measure which was promoted for the benefit of his home town. Fraternally, he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Knights of Pythias.


From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)