During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Creation and Compassion http://marcyhowes.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Howes, Hunsaker, Humberstone, and Harlestone

H is for many names and places on my family tree.  It's no secret that my married name is Howes.  Dear Husband's ancestory goes back to England-- to Staffordshire and earlier, to London. 

William Howes Sr and his wife Sarah Martin Howes   Source:  FamilySearch.org

 William Howes, Sr and his family emigrated to the United States of America in 1871, traveling on the ship Nevada.

H is also for Hunsaker.  My Hunsaker line has been traced back to Switzerland where it was originally spelled Hunsiker. Hans Hunziker was born in Reitnau, Aargua, Switzerland about 1528.  A member of the Mennonite faith, Hartmann Hunsaker was the ancestor one who left Switzerland with his family in 1731 via Rotterdam, Holland on the ship Pennsylvania Merchant and settled in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area.

Sarah Humberstone  Source :  familysearch.org
H is for Humberstone.  Sarah Humberstone was the first of her line to come to America with her husband John Wagstaff in 1862, sailing from Liverpool to New York on the ship William Tapscott.  Sarah was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England.  The Humberstone line has been extended back to the 1500's in Hertfordshire, England, which borders on Bedfordshire.

Bedfordshire, England  Source:  Wikipedia

Hertfordshire, England.  Source: Wikipedia

H is also for Harlestone, Northamptonshire, England.  I have fallen in love with this little village through a scrapbook that was given as a gift to my great-aunt back in the 1930's by her cousin who lived in Harlestone, now in the possession of my father.  Time and space do not permit me to go into detail about Harlestone, but I plan to revisit Harlestone in my letter S post on April 22nd:  S is for Smith and Storton.

  Harlestone House and Church  Source: Wikipedia


  1. Love these photos and family names and the bits of history that go with them. I'm also glad to see someone else doing family history for the challenge.
    ~Visiting from AtoZ

    1. I stopped by to see your family history blog. What a wealth of information you have there! Good luck in your continuing search and documentation of family and stories.

  2. The women look so solemn, maybe even mad in the pictures. The man, looks like he might be amused or had either just said or heard something witty. Harlestone House is some nice digs!
    Visit me at: Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B of Tremps' Troops
    with the A to Z Challenge

  3. We'll be in England this summer, I would love to visit this place!

    1. Oh, I so hope you'll be able to visit. In any event, I'm sure wherever you go you'll find beautiful countryside. Someday . . . I hope to visit there too!