From the Leavenworth Times, 7 October 1898
“She Was 100 Years Old Mrs. Howard, An Old Settler, Is Dead. She was born in Virginia and Had seen Revolutionary Heroes – Remembered Great Events in the Early History of the Country. Another old resident of Leavenworth passed away yesterday when Matilda Howard, a colored woman 100 years of age, succumbed to old age at her home on Fourth and Chestnut streets. Mrs. Howard was born in slavery near Farquahar, Va., in the year 1798. She had a remarkable memory and had seen many of the men who were prominent in the Revolutionary war.
Her master was Daniel Jones, who, in the early days, was considered to be one of the largest slave owners of the south. The woman’s ancestors had been slaves in the Jones family for many years and were employed by the family as house servants. The woman, like her parents, was kept in the employ of the Jones family from the time of her birth until the year 1865. During the time she was in slavery, Mrs. Howard was the mother of nine children. After the civil war the children left their old home and settled in different states of the union. Three of them, James, Morgan and Clark, removed to this city and were soon followed here by their mother.
She is well known in Leavenworth. For many years she had been unable to do any work and was supported by her children. She possessed a remarkable memory and was always ready to entertain her friends with anecdotes relating to the early days of slavery. The funeral will occur form the family home on Chestnut street this afternoon at 2 o’clock, and the remains will be interred at Mount Muncie cemetery.”
Submitted by: Jim Claunch LCHS Member, Leavenworth County Cemetery Researcher