American Howcott soldiers
These people normally used the Howcott surname and were soldiers in America during the period up to the end of the Civil War in 1865. The numbers shown in brackets refer to notes at the end of this section.
A private in C company, 3rd battalion Tennessee Infantry and in 5 Battery, Arkansas Light Infantry (1). It is likely that he was Benjamin Howcott, who was mentioned in the will of his uncle Nathaniel Howcott of Memphis Tennessee, which was made in 1856.
Charles H Howcott (1837-1876)
A private in K company, 41st North Carolina Troops, 3rd Regiment North Carolina Cavalry. Charles H enlisted in Washington county on 16 September 1862, when the company was stationed near Hamilton, Martin county, He is present or accounted for in the surviving records until October 1864, which is the date of the latest muster rolls for his company (2).
James Howcott (or Howcut) served in the War of 1812 as a private in 5th regiment (McDonald's) of the North Carolina militia (1). His parents were almost certainly Nathaniel and Sarah (Norcom) Howcott of Chowan county.
John C Howcott (1845-1888)
A private in Captain Layth's company, partisan rangers, Mississippi and also in A company, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery (1).
M H Howcott
A private in E company, 2nd Cherokee Mounted Volunteers (1).
Miles Howcott (about 1830-1905)
Miles appears in a list made on 14 May 1845 of slaves who had been held by the late Charles R Howcott of Chowan county. On 8 July 1863, Miles enrolled at Plymouth, NC in H company, 2nd regiment, North Carolina colored infantry (later known as 36th regiment, US Colored Troops). He was described as being 5 foot 7.5 inches tall and his occupation was given as a farmer. On 25 January 1864, he was mustered at Norfolk, Virginia. Miles was a sergeant when he was discharged at Brazos Santiago, Texas on 8 July 1866 after completing his three years' service. Brazos Santiago was on the Gulf coast immediately north of the border with Mexico. Some military records spell Miles' surname as "Hookett" (3).
Nathaniel Howcott (died 1770 or 1771)
On 25 November 1754, "Nathaniel Howcut" was listed among the militia commanded by Captain Miles Gale in Chowan county (4).
Nathaniel Howcott (about 1765/70-1820)
In December 1808, Henry A Donaldson was appointed by the North Carolina Legislature as Colonel of Chowan county to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of "Nathaniel Howcotte" (5).
William Hill Howcott (1847-1927)
He was a son of Judge John B Howcott and served as a private in Captain Addison Harvey's Scouts.
Willis Howcott (died about 1865)
Willis was evidently one of the 20 slaves held by Mrs Elizabeth Howcott of Madison county, Mississippi at the time of the 1860 census. He accompanied William Hill Howcott to war, where Wallis lost his life. Many years later, William Hill Howcott erected a 20 foot high granite obelisk at Academy Street, Canton, Mississippi as "a tribute to my faithful servant and friend Willis Howcott".
(1) Ancestry.com - Civil War service records database
(3) Descriptive rolls and discharge records of 36th regiment, US Colored Troops - see http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncusct/usct36.htm
(4) "1754-1755 Chowan county NC - militia records", edited by James L Douthat (Signal Mountain, Tennessee).
(5) "Edenton Gazette and North Carolina Advertiser", 30 December 1808.