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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.