John Howard and Mary Risner
John Howard was born about 1775, probably in Virginia. He was the son of Thomas Howard. His mother is widely accepted to be Lettie Durham but as far as I can determine, there is absolutely no proof of that. John’s nickname was “War Jack” but it’s unclear why.
Mary Risner was born between 1785 and 1790 in Virginia, possibly Scott County. She was the daughter of Michael Risner and Catherine (maiden name unknown).
John and Mary were probably married about 1801. They had 10 children. John died between 1824 and 1825 when most of their children were still pretty young. They were living in Knox County, Kentucky in 1810 and Harlan County in 1820. It’s possible that they didn’t actually move as Harlan was created in 1819 from part of Knox County.
Mary married Gabriel Jackson on 15 Feb 1827 in Harlan County. They had two sons, Gabriel and Robert. Nothing further is known about Mary.
John and Mary’s children:
Larkin was born about 1803. He married Elizabeth Brock and they had eight children. Larkin died between 1850 and 1860.
Elizabeth was born about 1804. She married James Brock, Jr. and they had 11 children.
John Covey was born on 6 Mar 1806 in Knox County. He married 1st Matilda Brock, 2nd Sarah Saylor and 3rd Mary Morris and had a total of 20 children. John died on 20 Nov 1899 in Harlan County.
Michael was born about 1811, probably in Knox County. He married Rachel Hendrickson and they had eight children.
William R. was born about 1812. He married Julia Howard and they had 11 children.
Mary was born about 1815. She married William Coldiron and they had eight children.
Sarah was born about 1818. She married James McFarland and they had eight children.
Catherine was born about 1819. She married James White Howard and they had nine children.
Phoebe Cumile was born about 1820. She married Rice W. Johnson and they had nine children.
Robert was born on 17 Jan 1824 in Harlan County. He married 1st Lucinda Bingham and 2nd Mary Lundy. He had a total of 13 children. Robert died on 2 Sep 1901 in Bell County, Kentucky.
John and Mary were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, John Covey. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.