Louisa Elisabeth HENRY


William Benjamin HOWARD was born in 1830 in Oglethorpe, GA. He died in 1885 in Holly Springs, AR. He married Louisa Elizabeth HENRY on 6 Dec 1856.

Louisa Elizabeth HENRY [Parents] was born in 1840 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She died in 1916 in Delia, TX. She married William Benjamin HOWARD on 6 Dec 1856.

According to Lyon Sprague de Camp, Louisa Elizabeth (Eliza) Henry, Robert Howard's paternal grandmother, moved to Limestone County in 1885 after her husband's death. She became blind shortly before her death. If we are to believe Howard, she can be credited with originating the idea for his "Pigeons from Hell" (1934):
"[N]o negro ghost-story ever gave me the horrors as did the tales told by my grandmother. All the gloominess and dark mysticism of the Gaelic nature was hers, and there was no light and mirth in her. Her tales showed what a strange legion of folk-lore grew up in the Scotch-Irish settlements of the Southwest, where transplanted Celtic myths and fairy-tales met and mingled with a sub-stratum of slave legends. My grandmother was but one generation removed from south Ireland and she knew by heart all the tales and superstitions of the folks, black or white, about her. As a child my hair used to stand straight up when she would tell of the wagon that moved down wilderness roads in the dark of the night, with never a horse drawing it – the wagon that was full of severed heads and dismembered limbs; and the yellow horse, the ghastly dream horse that raced up and down the stairs of the grand old plantation house where a wicked woman lay dying; and the ghost-switches that swished against doors when none dared open those doors lest reason be blasted at what was seen. And in many of her tales, also, appeared the old, deserted plantation mansion, with the weeds growing rank about it and the ghostly pigeons flying up from the rails of the verandah." (REH to H.P. Lovecraft, circa September 1930)

They had - among others - the following child:

 
  M i Isaac Mordecai HOWARD was born on 1 Apr 1871 in Holly Springs, AR. He died on 12 Nov 1944 in Ranger, TX. 

James W. HENRY Jr was born in 1811 in South Carolina. He died in 1884 in Quachita County, AR. He married Mary Ann WALSER on 18 Sep 1834.

Mary Ann WALSER [Parents] was born on 11 Mar 1815 in Wilkes County, Ga. She died in Arkansas. She married James W. HENRY Jr on 18 Sep 1834.

According to Dark Valley Destiny, from information probably derived from a Howard family Bible, the marriage took place on September 9, 1834. However, the Tuscaloosa County Marriage Records, 1821-1860 states that Mary Ann WALSER married James W. HENRY on September 18, 1834, in Tuscaloosa county.
(See: www.rootsweb.com/~aljeffer/tuscal/w.html)

They had the following children:

 
  F i Louisa Elizabeth HENRY was born in 1840. She died in 1916. 

David WALSER [Parents] was born on 7 Jun 1784 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He died on 24 Mar 1845 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He married Elizabeth DARDEN in 1812 in Wilkes County, Ga.

Elizabeth DARDEN [Parents] was born on 3 Dec 1788 in Wilkes County, Georgia. She died on 9 Feb 1848 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She married David WALSER in 1812 in Wilkes County, Ga.

They had the following children:

 
  F i Mary Ann WALSER was born on 11 Mar 1815. 
  M ii George Washington WALSER was born on 8 Feb 1818. He died on 23 Jun 1902. 
  M iii Samuel Lemuel WALSER was born on 9 May 1831. 

The "Sam Walser" mentioned above was thus Howard's great-great-grand-uncle, not his great-great-grandfather.


George Washington Jr DARDEN [Parents] was born on 21 Jan 1762 in Halifax County, Virginia. He died on 30 May 1844 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He married Elizabeth STOZIER.

Elizabeth STOZIER was born on 1 Sep 1766 in North Carolina. She died on 2 Jun 1842 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She married George Washington Jr DARDEN.

They had the following children:

 
  F i Elizabeth DARDEN was born on 3 Dec 1788. She died on 9 Feb 1848. 
  M ii Lemuel DARDEN was born on 17 Nov 1790 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He died on 18 Apr 1828 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. 

George Washington, Sr DARDEN [Parents] was born in 1739 in Halifax County, Virginia. He died in 1807 in Georgia. He married Martha BURCH on 25 Apr 1759.

Martha BURCH [Parents] was born in 1743 in Halifax County, Virginia. She died in 1803 in Georgia. She married George Washington, Sr DARDEN on 25 Apr 1759.

They had the following children:

 
  M i George Washington Jr DARDEN was born on 21 Jan 1762. He died on 30 May 1844. 

John "Captain" DARDEN [Parents] was born in 1710 in Isle of Wright, Virginia. He died in 1781 in North Carolina. He married Mary Elizabeth Carr DANDRIDGE in 1734.

Member of "Isle of Wright" militia, 1777
Mary Elizabeth Carr DANDRIDGE was born in Brunswick County, Virginia. She died in 1788. She married John "Captain" DARDEN in 1734.

They had the following children:

 
  M i George Washington, Sr DARDEN was born in 1739. He died in 1807. 

John DARDEN [Parents] was born in 1673 in Isle of Wright, Virginia. He married Elizabeth POWERS about 1706 in Bristol Parish, Prince George Co, Virginia.

Elizabeth POWERS [Parents].Elizabeth married John DARDEN about 1706 in Bristol Parish, Prince George Co, Virginia.

They had the following children:

 
  M i John "Captain" DARDEN was born in 1710. He died in 1781. 

Jacob DARDEN [Parents] was born in 1645. He married Ann Bennett HILL in 1670 in Virginia.

Ann Bennett HILL.Ann married Jacob DARDEN in 1670 in Virginia.

They had the following children:

 
  M i John DARDEN was born in 1673. 

Stephen DARDEN was born about 1611 in Lancashire, England. He died in 1679/1681 in Isle of Wight or Nasemond Co, Virginia. He married Mary ??.

Mary ??.Mary married Stephen DARDEN.

They had the following children:

 
  M i Jacob DARDEN was born in 1645. 

Williams ?? was born James Jones. He married Sarah ??.

Sarah ??.Sarah married Williams.

They had the following children:

 
  F i Elizabeth POWERS.
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