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A History of The Middle
New River Settlements
and Contiguous Territory.

By David E. Johnston (1906).





Appendix C.   Biographical.
Hare - Howes.

Joseph Hare, the Huguenot.

The ancestors of  Joseph Hare left France in the days of the fearful religious persecution, and sought refuge for a short time in the Barbados, from which, about 1710, they came to South Carolina, where the family remained a number of years, and thence traveled northward until it reached the southern border of the State of North Carolina, not far from the present city of Fayetteville.  The breaking out of the American Revolution found in this family eight boys and three girls, all born in South Carolina, among them Joseph, who was born in 1749.  The great Tory or Loyalist uprising in the spring of 1776, in the neighborhood of Fayetteville, North Carolina, under the leadership of General McDonald, brought  the patriot forces of that section together under Colonel Richard Caswell, to whose command Joseph Hare had attached himself.    Colonel Caswell, learning that this body of Loyalists, 1500 strong, was preparing to march to Wilmington and would on their route have to cross Moore's Creek Bridge, repaired thither with his troops, and prepared for action, which took place on February 27th, 1776, resulting in the complete overthrow and defeat of the Loyalists Army, and the killing and capturing of a large number, including their commander.

After the term of service of Joseph Hare had expired he came, in the year of 1779, to the New River Valley, and finally settled on Wolf Creek, in what is now the County of Giles.  He became very distinguished Indian fighter, spy and scout, and was in many of the skirmishes along the border, between 1779 and 1794, among them the skirmish with the Indians on Pond Fork of Little Coal River in the summer or early fall of 1783, in which several of the Indians were slain.  The Indians killed in this action were a part of the band that had a few days previously attacked the family of Mitchell    Clay, at Clover Bottom, on the Bluestone, killing a son and daughter of Clay, and carrying away as a prisoner his young son Ezekiel.  Joseph Hare was a member of Captain Thomas Shannon's Company, with which he marched to the state of North Carolina in February, 1781, and with his company participated in the action of Wetzell's Mills on the 6th day of March, and on the 15th of the same month in the Battle of Guilford Court House.    In April, his wife, Phoebe Belcher Clay, by whom he had two children, who, together with the mother, died young.  He then married Phoebe Perdue, and daughter of Uriah Perdue, then lately removed from the County of Franklin.  This Perdue family was of French extraction, and possessed of all the eccentricities, peculiarities and nervousness of their French ancestry.  Joseph Hare had by his second marriage but one child, a son, William H., who married Sallie French, a daughter of James French and his wife Susan Hughes French.

William H. Hare and his wife had the following named children:    Joseph, who married Julia A. Duncan;  Andrew J., who married Wilmoth Hale;   James F., who married Eliza Hale;  Isaac, who first married Miss Rowland,   second, Miss Kirk;  William H., who married Miss Lambert;   John D., who died unmarried;  and daughters, Phoebe, who married Rev.Elisha G. Duncan;   Susannah, who married James W. Rowland, and Sallie, who married William P. Shumate.   The elder Joseph Hare died in 1855, at the age of one hundred and five years.

Dr. Joseph H. Hare, a prominent physician of the city of Bluefield, is a great-grandson of the elder Joseph Hare, and his photograph will be seen on the page facing this. The descendants of Joseph Hare were  bold and determined soldiers, among them Captain James F. Hare led a company in the 36th Virginia Regiment of Infantry.    Hamilton, a son of the younger Joseph Hare, and a brother of Dr. Joseph H. Hare, was killed in the battle of Piedmont, Virginia, June 5th, 1864.

The Hoges.

In addition to other sources of information, we gather from "Foot's Sketches of Virginia," and from a pamphlet entitled "Historical and Genealogical of the Cumberland Valley, Pa.,"by William H. Egle, M. D.,  M. A., the following particulars in regard to the early history of the Hoge family.

William Hoge, the first representative of this family, distinguished in church and state, came to America in 1682;  was the son of James Hoge, of Scotland, who lived in Musselburg, near Glasgow.  On board the Caladonia, the vessel that brought him over, there was a family named Hume, consisting of father, mother, and daughter;  they were Presbyterians, leaving Scotland to avoid persecution.  The Humes were from Paisley, Scotland, and the father was a Knight and a Baron;  both father and mother died during the voyage to America, leaving their daughter, Barbara, in charge of young William Hoge, who placed her with her relations, the Johnstons, in the city of New York, whilst he decided to make his home at Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on land owned by a Scotch company, at the head of which was Governor Berkeley, and of which he was a member.  Subsequently William Hoge returned to New York, married the girl Barbara Hume, who had been his protege, and from this rather romantic marriage a long line of distinguished men and women have written their names on history's page.  After the birth of their first son, John, William and his young wife made their home for some time in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and John, when grown, married Miss ......... Bowen, a Welch woman, and settled about nine miles west of Harrisburg and laid out the little village of Hogestown.  From this marriage sprang a long line of descendants who have fitly adorned the history of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other western states, many of our country's most distinguished men being numbered among them, but the line is too long to trace these descendants, but rather of the father and remainder of the children, all of whom came to Virginia about the time John was establishing the little village of Hogestown.

The children that came with William Hoge to Virginia, in 1735, were as follows:  Solomon, James, William, Alexander, George, Zebulon, and Nancy, making their home about three miles from Winchester, in Frederick County.  In the old graveyard of old Opequon Church--the deed for that land on which the church stands was made by William Hoge on February 14th, 1745--is buried William Hoge and Barbara, his wife, and many of their descendants.  The first Pastor of this church was Rev. John Hoge, grandson of William, and son of John, his eldest son, who had remained in Pennsylvania.    Solomon married a Quakeress and was the  progenitor of that vast family of Hoges in Loudon and other lower Valley and Piedmont counties.  Alexander was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Virginia that adopted the Federal Constitution, and was a member of the first Congress.

James, the third son, of the descendants of whom this narrative will especially treat, and who has been said by one in writing of him, to be a "man eminent for his clear understanding, devout fear of God, and the love of the Gospel of Christ,"  was married twice;  the name of the first wife was Agnes, the second Mary, their maiden names unknown;  the records of Frederick County show that he and his wife Agnes join in a deed in 1748, and that he and his wife Mary in a deed in 1758.  He and his wives are buried in old Opequon graveyard, he having died June 2nd, 1795.  His first wife, Agnes, gave him two sons, John and James, and a daughter, who was the mother of General Robert Evans, founder of  Evansville, Indiana, and of Mattie Evans, one of the captives of Abb's Valley.  John, the eldest son, becoming dissatisfied with his father's marriage, left home and was never definitely heard from afterward, though he was supposed to have been killed in Braddock's defeat on the Monongahela.

The younger brother, James, left home a few years afterwards to search for his brother John, but after reaching what is now Pulaski County, Virginia, gave up the search, and stopped with a new found friend, Major Joseph Howe, a gentleman of English decent, who had several years previous found a home in the then mountain wilds.    After staying with him a short while young James Hoge married his daughter, Elizabeth, in 1763, and they made their home near the father-in-law, and this is the old southwestern Virginia Hoge homestead, now owned by the late Governor James Hoge Tyler, a great-grandson of the founder.  James Hoge was born January 12th, 1742, and died April 5th, 1812, seventeen years after the death of his father, and is buried in the old Hoge burying ground.  James Hoge and Elizabeth Howe Hoge, his wife, had five sons and six daughters:  Joseph, John, Agnes, Martha, General James, and Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Daniel, and William;  of the sons General James was a man of most marked characteristics, and attained very eminent distinction.  He was a distinguished officer in the War of 1812;  served his county and district in the Senate and House of Delegates several terms;  was five times Presidential Elector for his district on the Democratic ticket.  He was born July 23rd, 1783, and died July 28th, 1861;    is buried by the side of his wife, Eleanor Howe Hoge, in the old Howe burying ground.  His wife was his first cousin.

Joseph Hoge, the eldest brother, removed to Tennessee, and left a large number of descendants in that and other states.  John and William both lived and died in Pulaski, Virginia, and are numerously represented in that and adjoining counties.    Daniel lived and died in Wise County, Virginia;  he has descendants in southwest Virginia and some in the South;  his sons were James, Stafford and Dr. John H.

To briefly revert to the elder James Hoge, grandfather of General James and son of William Hoge and Barbara Hume, will state that by his second marriage there was several sons and perhaps daughters; the names of three of the sons were, Solomon, Edward and Moses, the latter a distinguished minister, was president of Hampden Sidney College and Professor in Union Theological Seminary.  He died in 1820, July 5th;  is buried  in the church yard of the Third Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia.  He was the grandfather of the eminent Divine, Rev. Moses D. Hoge, of Richmond, Virginia, whose reputation is worldwide, and of the late William J. Hoge, D. D.  Their father was Rev. Samuel Davies Hoge, who was brother to Rev. James Hoge, D. D., late of Columbus, Ohio, and Rev. John Blair Hoge, father of Judge John Blair Hoge, of West Virginia.

The Howes.

There are difficulties in the way of tracing back this family to its English origin.  Tradition has to be largely relied upon, and this, as presented by different branches of the family, differs as to the first of the family that crossed the Atlantic, and as to the place of first settlement.  One statement is that a Joseph How, belonging to a family of that name long domiciled in the state of Massachusetts, enlisted and served as a soldier in the French and Indian War, in which he was supposed to have been lost, but was afterwards found in the New River Valley, where later he added the letter "e" to the name, the original spelling of the name being How, afterwards Howe.   How much of this statement is correct cannot be determined.  The author has chosen to follow copies of the "Howe MSS.,"  furnished him by Honorable J. Hoge Tyler, late Governor of Virginia, who is a direct descendant of the Joseph Howe, a sketch of whose family here follows:

The Howe family, not unlike the Hoge family, with which it is so nearly related, also commences with a little romantic episode in the lives of the first American representatives.  Joseph Howe, an English gentleman, first cousin of Lord Howe and General Wayne of Revolutionary fame, came to America in 1737.  On board the vessel that brought him over was a beautiful and captivating girl by the name of Eleanor Dunbar;    the two young people fell in love with each other on the voyage and married soon after landing and settled near Boston, Mass., from which point they drifted southward and finally settled in the rugged regions of southwestern Virginia when the country was quite a trackless wilderness.  They made their home on Back Creek, as nearly as can be established, in 1757 or 1758, and this old homestead, the scene of many pleasant revelries and charming reunions, is still in possession of one of the representatives of the family, Mrs. Agnes Howe DeJarnette, a great-granddaughter of its founder.  Joseph Howe had three sons, Joseph, John and Daniel;  of Joseph there is nothing known, he having left home in early life;  John seems to have left no family.

Daniel was an officer in the Revolutionary War, was a man of strong mind and high character.  He married Nancy Haven and had three sons, Joseph H., John Dunbar, and William H.;  and seven daughters, Ruth, Julia, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Lucretia, Nancy, and Luemma.  Joseph married Margaret Feely;  John D. married Sarah Sheppard;  William married Mary Fisher;  Ruth married Thomas Kirk, and removed to Missouri;  Julia married Zecharia Cecil;  Eleanor married General James Hoge;  Elizabeth married Colonel George Neeley Pearis;  Lucretia married Colonel William Thomas;  Nancy married Honorable Harvey Deskins, and Luemma married Dr. Jackson.

The children of John Dunbar Howe and Sarah, his wife, are as follows:    Margaret, who married George Shannon;  Susan, who married J. M. Thomas;    Eliza Jane, who married Charles J. Matthews;  Ellen Mary, who married J. G. Kent;  John T., who married Sallie DeJarnette;  Samuel S., who died a prisoner of war at Point Lookout;  Haven B., who married Kate Cloyd;  Willie, who died in infancy, and Agnes, who married Captain E. G. DeJarnette and lived at the old place.

The children of William H. Howe and Mary Fisher Howe are:  Belle, who married Dr. Charles Pepper;  Lizzie, who married W. W. Minor;  William G., who married Alice Brown, Augusta, who married Dr. Hufford;  Sallie, who married Mr. Harmon;  Alice, who married Charles Bumgardner;  Ellie, who is unmarried.    A daughter of Thomas Kirk and Ruth, his wife married a Mr. Peery.

The children of Julia Howe, who married Zecharia Cecil, are:    Russell, Giles, Daniel R., Zecharia and Nancy.  The children of Eleanor, who married General James Hoge, are:  Daniel, James, Joseph H., William;  and Eliza, who married George Tyler, of Caroline, the father of Governor J. Hoge Tyler.   The names of the children of Elizabeth, who married Colonel George N. Pearis, are as follows:   George W. Pearis, Daniel H. Pearis, Nancy, who married Archer Edgar;  Rebecca, who married George D. Hoge;  Ardelia, who married Daniel R. Cecil;  and   Elizabeth, who married Bejamine White.  The children of   Lucretia who married William Thomas, were Giles, William, Mary Anne and Julia.   Nancy, who married Harvey Deskins, had no children.  The children of Luemma, who married Dr. Jackson, are:  Mollie, Sue, and Luemma.

John Howe, son of the first Joseph and his wife Eleanor Dunbar Howe, was an active business man, engaged largely in the acquisition of wild land by survey and grant in the early years of the settlements along the tributaries of New River, in what is now Giles County, Virginia, and Mercer County, West Virginia.  He made a survey and obtained a grant for a tract of four hundred acres of land on Brush Creek, near where the village of Princeton is now located.

Major Daniel Howe, an officer in our War for Independence, was often on detached service in search of Tories.  The story is told that one John Haven, of Plum Creek, was suspected of being a Tory, and that Major Howe was sent on more than one occasion to arrest Haven, but was unable to do so, and that finally a pretty, black-eyed daughter of Haven, whose name was Nancy, caught the Major and she became his wife, as already stated.



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