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Seth Benedict Howes

Seth Benedict Howes

Male 1815 - 1901  (85 years)

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  • Name Seth Benedict Howes  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Stained Glass Window in Chancel of St Andrew, Brewster, NY State
    Stained Glass Window in Chancel of St Andrew, Brewster, NY State
    The benefactor was Seth Benedict Howes. The window is believed to be an original work by Tiffany.
    Birth Abt 1814  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Birth Abt 1815  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Birth Aug 1815  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Born 15 Aug 1815  Sodom, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Birth 15 Aug 1815  Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9, 10
    Name Seth B Howes  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Occupation 1830  [10
    Apprentice to brother Jacob as carpenter & builder 
    Occupation 7 Apr 1861  [6
    Proprietor of equestrian exhibition 
    Residence 7 Apr 1861  Hamlet Road, Battersea, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 2 Apr 1871  [7
    Proprietor of houses 
    Residence 2 Apr 1871  3 Westbourne Crescent, Cardiff, Glamorgan Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1 Jun 1880  [5
    Retired Showman or Gentleman 
    Residence 1 Jun 1880  Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 26 Jun 1881  [2
    Gentleman 
    Residence 1893  Turk Hill Road, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation 1 Jun 1900  [8
    Show man 
    Residence 1 Jun 1900  Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 16 May 1901  Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 12
    Buried 19 May 1901  Milltown cemetery, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • FindAGrave ref:
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    • From FindAGrave:
      OBITUARY. SETH B. Howes. Seth B. Howes, one of the, oldest residents of Southeast, died at his magnificent residence, " Morningthorpe," on Thursday morning at 5:30 o'clock. Little need be said about Mr. Howes, as he is well known throughout the county. He was born at Sodom, August 15th,1815, and was one of the twelve children, six of whom were sons, born to Daniel and Ruhamah Reed Howes. His mother died in 1864 at the advanced age of 91 years. His grandfather, Moody Howes came to Southeast from Massachusetts in 1750.The late hour in the week will not permit our getting ready an appropriate obituary. Early in life he entered the show business and was very successful. After years he invested a portion of his money in real estate in Chicago which to-day is very valuable. He is considered the richest man in these parts. Some ten years ago he bought the property on Turk Hill and has spent a large amount of money, in all ways. He has one of the most costly mansions in this part of the country. He has been in feeble health for the past two years. He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Heartfield, of Brewster.The funeral will be held Monday, at 2:30, from the Episcopal Church, which he donated to the society. Interment in Milltown Rural Cemetery, which will be witnessed by family and relatives only. HOWES.—At Brewster, Thursday,May 16th, Seth B. Howes, aged 85 years and 9 months. - THE PUTNAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN, CARMEL N.Y., May 18 1901.
    • From Circushistory.org:
      HOWES, SETH BENEDICT. Often called “the father of the American circus.” At age 11, accompanied his older brother, Nathan A. Howes, in exhibiting Hachaliah Bailey’s elephant, “Betty,” through New England. First performed, Howes & Turner, 1826; rider, Nathan A. Howes’, 1832-38; equestrian manager (also performed as the Peruvian Hunter or the South American Indian Chief, in daring attitudes with spear, shield, bow & arrow, war club, etc.), Howes & Sands’, 1834-35; scenic rider, Eagle Circus/Cole & Co., 1837; proprietor (with Enoch Yale and John Miller), Miller, Yale & Howes, 1838; rider, June, Titus, Angevine & Co., Bowery Amphitheatre, 1839; E. C. Yale & Co., 1840, Howes & Mabie (Nathan Howes, Edmund F. and Jeramiah Mabie, proprietors), 1841-46. Said to be the first to have a billboard made or to paste paper out of doors (previously, advertising paper was tacked up). With P. T. Barnum, imported the first herd of elephants, 10 in all, seen in the country, which proved to be a great attraction. Imported the first drove of camels, which were trained to work in harness. 1848, joined with his brothers Nathan and Jacob to launch the Great United States Circus, said to be the largest such enterprise yet seen in America. Joined with Barnum, Sherwood Stratton and Lewis B. Lent, 1851, to organize Barnum’s Great Asiatic Caravan, Museum and Menagerie, opened June 1, 1851, and toured for 4 years. Went to France, 1852, where he met Henry Franconi, proprietor of the Paris Hippodrome, and conceived the idea of bringing such an establishment to the United States, which opened May 1, 1853. Engaged the Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang, for a year’s tour, which proved a success. Took a circus, menagerie and museum on the road featuring Tom Thumb, 1855. Following year, in partnership with Joseph Cushing, took the Great United States Circus to England, where the show remained until 1864, a feature being a stud of 70 cream colored horses. While there, introduced an American Indian troupe, which proved to be a great novelty. In London, January 26, 1861, at age 45, married Amy Moseley, a 19 year old equestrienne. Had 2 daughters from an earlier relationship, probably with a Sophia Kolia, but it is unlikely there was a marriage. Returned to America, 1864, triumphantly with Seth B. Howes’ Great European Circus, featuring Crockett and his den of lions and a caravan of ornate pageant wagons which he had acquired there. Went into semi-retirement, 1865, when he sold the show to the “Flatfoots,” who continued operation through 1871. Returned to England, 1870, leaving February 2 on the steamer Iris with his twin nephews, Egbert and Elbert. Put together a show there and tried it out for a season. Like the earlier visit, during this venture he made deals with Lord George Sanger for a collection of rare animals and ornate pageant wagons as a parade feature. Also engaged a number of English and European performers for an 1871 USA tour. All this, animals, chariots, personnel, and some circus paraphernalia were transported across the Atlantic in time to open an American summer season. At age 56, retired and turned the Howes name over to Egbert and Elbert. [Stuart Thayer: Howes was “a true pioneer of the tented circus.”) He was a tight-fisted manager who was responsible for launching many arenic careers; a shrewd businessman, a master showman, and became the wealthiest circus proprietor in America, acquiring prime real estate in Chicago and accumulating railroad stocks which allowed him to retire with an immense fortune to a mansion on Turk’s Hill, Brewster, NY. And died there, age 86, one of the greatest showmen of the 19th century American circus.
      For pictures of his house, see: http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/facny.php
      For a copy of his portrait, see http://www.standrewsbrewster.org/images/SethHowes.jpg
    Person ID I3259  ONS
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2018 

    Father Daniel Howes,   b. 13 Apr 1763, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1824, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Ruhamah Reed,   b. 12 Jan 1773, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1864, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1791  [13
    Family ID F6015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Amy Mozley,   b. 19 Jul 1841, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1927, Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1861  London Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Married Abt Feb 1861  Marylebone RD, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Ruhamah Marie Howes,   b. 28 Jun 1856,   d. 4 Mar 1928, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Lydia Howes,   b. Abt 1874, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Bertha E Howes,   b. Abt 1881, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Seth Benedict McClinton,   b. 2 Oct 1874, Lambeth, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1937, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Adopted]
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F8309  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sophia Kolia,   d. Not known Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Caroline Julia Howes,   b. Jan 1856, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F2048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1814 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1815 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Aug 1815 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 Aug 1815 - Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jan 1861 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt Feb 1861 - Marylebone RD, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Jun 1880 - Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Jun 1900 - Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 May 1901 - Southeast, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 May 1901 - Milltown cemetery, Brewster, Putnam, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Seth Benedict Howes
    Seth Benedict Howes
    1815

  • Sources 
    1. [S196] Susan Babb.

    2. [S217] Marriage record - daughter.

    3. [S568] Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com.

    4. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.

    5. [S182] 1880 census - US.

    6. [S3] 1861 census.

    7. [S542] 1871 census.

    8. [S183] 1900 census - US.

    9. [S326] Circus History website, www.circushistory.org, http://www.circushistory.org/Olympians/OlympiansH2.htm.

    10. [S777] History of Putnam County, NY, www.archive.org/stream/cu31924104019793#page/750/mode/2up/search/howes.

    11. [S325] Southeast Museum, http://www.southeastmuseum.org/html/american_circus.html.

    12. [S324] New York Times.

    13. [S406] Howes Genealogy, Joshua Crowell Howes, revised by Col. Bob Howes, (1892, revised in 2006).