William Key Howard, Obituary

This obituary for William Key Howard, Sr. appeared in 1899.


A Former Marylander Dies While Visiting His Son At Griffin, Ga.

[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, Feb 10.—News was received here today of the death this morning of Major W. Key Howard, of "Kenmore," this city, after a short illness, at the home of his son, W. Key Howard, Jr., at Griffin, Ga., where he had been visiting several weeks.

Major Howard was seventy years old. He came here from Baltimore in 1866 and purchased the handsome estate "Altoona," in this county. Later, he purchased the fine property, "Kenmore," the old home of Bettie [sic] Lewis, sister of George Washington, in this city, and moved here where he has since resided.

He was born in Maryland and was a son of Dr. William Howard, grandson of Col. John Eager Howard, and a grand-nephew of Francis Scott Key. Major Howard was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Agnes Schley, a near relative of Admiral Schley, who lived only one year. He afterward married Miss Clara Randolph, of Richmond. He was a gallant Confederate soldier, and served first in the First Maryland Infantry and later in a cavalry command. Beside his widow, three sons, W. Key Howard, Jr., of Griffin, Ga., A. R. Howard, of this city, and Clarence R. Howard, of Alexandria, survive him. The remains will be taken to To Richmond for interment.

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