I have a letter in my possesion that I believe was given to me by my grandmother before she died. It is dated Aug. 24, 1982 & is from Frankfurt, KY It reads:
Dear Frederick-Edward and Ralph Fabion: (Ralph's name is crossed out)
I'm afraid that we're going to have to show a little more respect for our firnd Howell. My research at the Kentucky Historical Society's library indicates Mr. Howell really is a direct descendant of Kentucky's second Governor, James Garrard, who was a Baptist minister, a gentleman farmer and owend some 10,000 acres of land, some of it in what is now known as Louisville.
I also discovered that Mr. Howell's penchant for alcohol is rightfully inherited. His roots are in Bourbon County, KY.
I figure that he is a great-great-great-great grandson of the distinguished Garrard (pronounced Gar'ad) who served two terms as Kentucky Governor, 1796-1804. Before coming to Kentucky in 1783 and becoming a Baptist minister, he fought the revolutionary War as a Colonel in the Virginia militia and served in the Virginia legislature.
Meanwhile, Governor Garrard and his lady, the former Elizabeth Mountjoy (no snickers, please!) found time to beget 12 children (5 sons, 7 daughters). With that many kids to support, you can see why they needed those 10,000 acres!
Fritz in his letter of August 19 said his maternal grandfather was George Garrard "who always said one of his forebears was governor of Kentucky around 1800." That made my task easy; record covering 200 years showed only one George Garrard, born in Minnesota. That's a fur piece from Kentucky, but I'll explain the connection later. George Wood Garrard was a great-great grandson of Governor Garrard.
The saga starts aroun 1685 when Peter Garrard, a Hugenot, fled from France. We next find one of Peter's grandsons, Colonel William Garrard, between 1730 and 1740 taking up residence in Stafford County, Virginia, on the Potomac River, 50 miles south of Washington D.C.
James Garrard, the future Governor of Kentucky, was born January 14, 1749 in Stafford County, Virginia, the son of Colonel William Garrard. In 1760 James married Elizabeth Mountjoy in Stafford County.
IN 1783, James and Elizabeth moved to Bourbon county, Kentucky and on Stoner creek built a mansion, named "Mount Lebanon", near Talbot's Station, 4 miles north of Paris. He probably in deference to his Frence ancestry, chose the name of Paris for the county seat of Bourbon Co.
Not long after settling into "Mount Lebanon", James was ordained into the ministry, and good fortune continued his way. Kentucky then was a part of Virginia. James represented Kentucky in the Virginia legislature. On April 3, 1792, he served as a member of the convention which drafted a constitution for the developing new state. And on June, 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state in the Union. It then had 73,677 inhabitants, of whom 12,400 were slaves.
In 1796, running as a Jersonian Republican, James was elected governor, and was reelected in 1800, serving until 1804. He died at Mount Lebanon January 19, 1822.
One of his five sons, James, had been born in Stafford County, Virginia, in 1773, and was 10 years old when the family moved to Bourbon county. Son James became a brigadier general in the Kentucky State Militia, and fought in the war of 1812. He was married in 1793 to Nancy Lewis of Lexington, KY., who had been born in Fairfax County, Virginia. General James Garrard died in 1838.
Japtha Dudley Garrard came into the world Dec. 5, 1802, as the son of General James Garrard and the grandson of of Governor Garrard. he was born in Bourbon County, buy became a lawyer and practiced law in Cincinnati. In 1824 he married Sarah Bella Ludlow, a daughter of Isreal Ludlow, who was one of the founders of Cincinnati. he died in 1824.
Now we have a branch of the Garrard family established in Ohio.
In Cincinnati, there was born to Japtha and Sara Beela Garrard a son, named Isreal. he obtained a law degree from harvard and in 1856 married Catherine Wood, daughter of George Wood, "a distinguished lawyer in New York City." A great-grandson of Governor Garrard, he practiced law in Cincinnati, became a brigadier general in the 7th Ohio Cavalry and fought in the Civil War.
This Isreal Garrard was quite a swiger, apparently. The historians say of him: :being fond of an adventurous life, he sought pleasure and occupation in the West, and spent much time in Missouri, Texas and Minnesota."
General Israel "retired to the quiet agricultural life at Fontenac, on Lake Pepin, in Minnesota," where he died (date not available).
This brings us finally to Fritz' grandpappy, Geroge Wood Garrard, a son of israel and a great-great grandson of Kentucky Governor Garrard. George was born at Frontenac, Minn., and married Virginia Golden Hoffman, daughter of Lindley Murray Hoffman of New York City. George continued to live in Frontenac. (dates not available).
George and Virginia Garrard had two daughters: Beulah and Evelyn. One of these you ladies--if my research is on the beam--became the mother of Frederick Edward Howell.
On June 30, 1983, when the Howells, Lombards and Easterlys gather in Kentucky to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Frederick and Hilma, we'll just go to visit Mount Lebanon, which is preserved as a historic site. I understand some Garrards still live in the area and -- if, they are like the Governor's great-great-great-great grandson--maybe one of them will buy us a drink. Anyway, it will be worth the 40 mile trip from Frankfort to watch Fritz cope with all those ghosts.
Ed (no last name is provided)