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Alfred Fitch Howes

Male 1817 - 1896  (78 years)


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  • Name Alfred Fitch Howes  [1, 2
    Birth Abt 1813  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Birth Abt 1815  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Birth Abt 1817  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Born 25 Nov 1817  Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth 25 Nov 1817  [2
    Occupation 1 Jun 1870  [3
    Farmer 
    Residence 1 Jun 1870  Sherwood, Larimer, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1 Jun 1880  [5
    Farmer 
    Residence 1 Jun 1880  397 Walnut Street, Fort Collins, Larimer, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 1 Jun 1885  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1 Jun 1885  Larimer, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Death 1896  [6
    • From The Coloradoan

      Howes was an ‘intrepid pioneer’

      Barbara Fleming | FortCollins

      Like many another adventurous young man, Alfred Howes headed west from his native New York state in 1839 at the age of 27, going as far as Lawrenceburg, Indiana, which at the time really was the Wild West.


      It took him a few more years to arrive in the Fort Collins area; first, there was a stay in Minnesota, where his wife died in 1858. Sending his children to live with friends back home, he headed for Denver in 1859.


      In 1860 he came to Laporte, then a way station — a very small settlement to which traders came to exchange goods and near where tribes sometimes stayed in winter. Located along the fast-moving Poudre River, the settlement also featured a ferry to get across at $10 per wagon.


      Along with other visionaries, Howes was an organizer of the Colona Town Company, set up to develop the tiny outpost into a place people would come to homestead. Howes, who had already helped develop the town of St. Peters, Minnesota, served as the company’s president. The town did not materialize as the founders had hoped, and it soon took the name Laporte. Howes moved on to Fort Collins to become, as Ansel Watrous describes him, “one of its intrepid pioneers,” a man who endured “toil, hardships, privation and danger.”


      Homesteading beside the river, selling hay, prospering as a farmer, building the Pioneer irrigation ditch with Andrew Ames and taking a leading role in his new home as the town grew and matured: Howes became one of the town’s prominent citizens.


      In 1864 he was elected a county judge and therein, according to author Herbert Myrick, lies a tale. Early in Howes’ career as a judge, the story goes, an accused murderer was brought before him for trial. Somehow the accused had concealed a revolver on his body; he drew it out and aimed it at the judge. But Howes was quicker. He fired the revolver that always lay close by on the judges’ bench, felling the prisoner. Having successfully defended himself, he then calmly, with his “usual formality,” called out, “Next case.”


      Howes served two terms as county judge, was named to the first Colorado Board of Agriculture to establish the Colorado Agricultural College, served as a county clerk, and was elected as a Republican to the state senate in 1890. In the 1890s his sons joined him here.


      Howes died in 1896. He never lived on the Fort Collins street that bears his name; his 800 acres were near what is now Lincoln Avenue. When Franklin Avery laid out the plat for the Agricultural Colony, soon to become Fort Collins, he gave north-south streets the names of several of its founders, “men of honor and dignity” as Watrous depicts them, an appellation well deserved by Alfred Howes.
    Name A F Howes  [4
    Name Alfred F Howes  [3, 5, 7
    Died 16 Jan 1896  [2
    Buried Abt 20 Jan 1896  Grandview cemetery, Fort Collins, Larimer, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • One of the founders of Fort Collins, who has a downtown street named for him
    Person ID I168214  ONS
    Last Modified 1 May 2021 

    Father Samuel Alfred Howes,   b. 27 Feb 1799, Patterson, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Cornelia Raymond,   b. 20 May 1794, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Mar 1817  Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Married 5 Mar 1817  Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F4602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Lane Buell,   b. Lawrenceburg, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Not known Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 5 Jul 1847  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 6 Jul 1847  Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • license granted Jul 2
    Children 
     1. Edward Howes,   b. Abt 1849,   d. Abt 1850  (Age ~ 1 years)
     2. Richard Howes,   b. Abt 1851,   d. Abt 1852  (Age ~ 1 years)
    +3. Robert Howes,   b. 21 Feb 1853, Albion, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1934, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Henry Swift Howes,   b. 18 Aug 1858, Albion, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1932, Fort Collins, Larimer, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. Anna Howes,   b. Apr 1859, Albion, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1867, Albion, Orleans, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F53266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1813 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1815 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1817 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1817 - Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jul 1847 - USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S406] Howes Genealogy - used with the permission of the Dennis Historical Society, Joshua Crowell Howes, revised by Col. Bob Howes, (1892, revised in 2006).

    2. [S568] Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, 75567232.

    3. [S181] 1870 census - US.

    4. [S3469] 1885 census - Colorado.

    5. [S182] 1880 census - US.

    6. [S3230] Fort Collins Coloradoan, 2017 Feb 6.

    7. [S1520] Indiana Marriages, www.ancestry.com.

    8. [S9] ancestry.com tree.