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Helen M. [Branch] Howe[1]

Female 1838 - 1898  (60 years)


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  • Name Helen M. [Branch] Howe 
    Born 8 Feb 1838  Canton, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 May 1898  Lake Tagish, Northwest Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • She died looking for gold in the Yukon with her son William and his wife.
    Person ID I103915  My Genealogy

    Father John Harvey Branch, (8),   b. 2 Jul 1799, Whiting, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Samantha [Gaines] Branch,   d. 27 Dec 1882, Hewittville, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Jun 1824  Panton, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F45085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elon Walter Howe,   b. 2 Dec 1834, Jericho, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1910, Pasadena, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 20 Mar 1863 
    Children 
     1. William Frederick Howe,   b. 22 Sep 1866, West Potsdam, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Arthur W. Howe,   b. 17 Sep 1874, Diana, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Walter and Helen lived for many years on farms, first at West Potsdam, then at Diana, near Carthage, New York. Later they moved to a farm about a mile from Potsdam on the Sissonville road, their two boys attending school in Potsdam. They sold the farm and bought a house in Potsdam, near the Fair Grounds. Their sons, William and Arthur, left home to settle in the west, and in Feb. 1898, they sold their property in Potsdam to join their sons. The father went to live with Arthur at Leon, Iowa, but Helen, hearing that William and his wife, Mabel were going to Alaska, attracted by the Yukon gold rush, refused to let them go without her. The trip, however, proved to be too much for her, and she died at Lake Tagish, Northwest Territory, on May 6, 1898. She is buried in West Potsdam, New York.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1644] Andy Lane.