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Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Howison Homestead

 
 
Howison Homestead Marker & The Home of My Childhood Poem image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
1. Howison Homestead Marker & The Home of My Childhood Poem
Inscription.

Howison Homestead
Stephen Howison I
1736 – 1815
Stephen Howison III
1776 – 1862
“The Graves of the dead who rest from their labors.”
Donated by the Howison Family 1991

            The Home of my Childhood.
How dear to my thought is the place of my childhood
         It once was my father’s, but now it is mine
Just under the lee of the Northwestern wildwood
         Where mother milked cows and father fed swine.

No fashion or style e’er the building attended
         But sheltered with strong oak of the best
The short winding staircase so easy ascended
         The sliding plank window that looked to the West.

Here I when a child was protected from danger
         Here I in my youth was accustomed to roam
Here often my parents have sheltered the stranger
         And treated the traveler far from his home.

There stand in the yard the patriarch cherry
         Where oft I have sat in the shade of the tree
Where mother with butter and milk from the dairy
         Has feasted my sisters, my brothers and me.

The trees of red pears in the garden still standing
         Spread over the lilac and cover the rose
Still bearing their fruit and their branches expanding
         Shade o’er the green turf
Howison Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
2. Howison Homestead Marker
for a place of repose.

The trees of the orchard by storms have been broken
         And many have mouldered and gone to decay
Yet, some of the strongest remain as a token
         The marks of antiquity still to display.

The mossy old spring where I often have rested
         When father and I had wrought at the plough
The bunch of green brambles where chickens have nested
         Were there in past ages and still are there now.

My sister came there and I then did respect her
         Her flowing locks waving as she tript in the gale
A sip from her gourd tasted sweeter than nectar
         Before she took up and went home with the pail.

The oak at the spring whose shade has grown wider
         Whose limbs are extended, whose tops have grown tall
The hickory tree where my father pressed cider
         Still bearing and dropping its nuts in the fall.

The pine through whose branches cool breezes now fan us
         In winter a covert, in summer a shade
Have grown like the cedars of Lebanon
         And cover the fields which our fathers have made.

The graves of the dead who rest from their labors
         I visit alone in the cool of the day
For there lie my parents, relations and neighbors
         And some of my ancestors older than they.

For what the Lord gave He again hath exacted
“The Home of my Childhood” Engraved Metal Plate image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
3. “The Home of my Childhood” Engraved Metal Plate

         The souls that He gave He hath taken away
The hulls are laid here, but the kernels extracted
         Like the fruit that has fallen and gone to decay.

’Tis here I converse with my Lord and Creator
         ’Tis here I remember I shortly must die
Recounting my deeds with prayer to my Maker
         While viewing the ground where I shortly must lie.
                                               —S. Howison

Written by Stephen Howison, 3rd, born January 20, 1776, died March 1, 1862 “written in his twilight years.”

 
Erected 1991 by The Howison Family.
 
Location. 38° 37.989′ N, 77° 22.916′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Minnieville Road. Click for map. The Marker is located in a fenced in cemetery within the boundaries of Howison Homestead Park in Woodbridge, Virginia. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14716 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge VA 22193, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “Let There Be Lights” (within shouting distance of this marker); Bel Air Plantation (approx. one mile away); Minnieville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Carey M. Perkinson
Howison Homestead - <i>The Home of my Childhood</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
4. Howison Homestead - The Home of my Childhood Marker
Stephen and Mary Brooke Howison's gravestones can be seen behind the marker.
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Montclair Veterans Flagpole (approx. 2 miles away); “Camp Fisher” Civil War Campsite (approx. 2.1 miles away); Alexander Henderson (approx. 2.7 miles away); Quantico Baptist Church (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Also see . . .  Joint Commemoration Service and Grave Marking Ceremony for Patriot Stephen Howison. (Submitted on September 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Howisons
I found this link to Braehead Howisons interesting. My family are descended from the Braehead Houisons. James Houison left Scotland in 1832. He settled in Parramatta after his marriage to Ann Stark, also from Scotland. I have visited Cramond and Craufurdlands Castle. I would love to contact American Howisons.

Editor's Note: If you wish to contact Irene Houison Dixon about other Howisons, please add a note using the Add Commentary link at the top of this page. Thank you.
    — Submitted May 6, 2010, by Irene Houison Dixon of Sydney, New South Wales Australia.

2. I hope to visit Prince
Stephen Howison Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
5. Stephen Howison Gravestone
In Memory of Stephen Howison who departed this life February 1st, 1815 aged 79 years & 1 day.
With faith in God the friend of man, he stood,
And sought their Earthly and eternal good.
William County in 2011, to see my Howison cousins.

I am so happy I found this link, I am off to Scotland to visit Braehead, I have met the owner, Peter Houison Craufurd his two sons Alex and Simon. My Uncle was approached by a Miss Houison /Howison to take up her estate, he declined. the money was used to refurbish the old mill houses. I will be staying at Craufurdlands for a week to do research, a week at Nairn . I would like to contact the descendants of John/Stephen. I descend form James Houison 1800/1876, James transformed Parramatta
with his Architual skills. Email me: houisonclan@gmail.com
.
    — Submitted May 17, 2010, by Irene Houison Dixon of Sydney, New South Wales Australia.

3.
My Father in Law is John McCoul Howison, and I know his ancestors were from Scotland, and I've heard the story many times about the bridge, and King James I, and I believe it was Jock that came to his aid? John has 3 children, named Martha, John Neil, and Stephen, and lives in a small town called Bogata. He is very interested in his Ancestory, and we have all visited the Homestead on Lee in Fredericksburg when it was a B&B. This was back in 98, and I felt this was his Ancestor's old Homestead. I was saddened to hear it was sold out of the Family after so many generations of ownership by only this Family.

I suppose some folks are not as attached to their historical
Mary Brooke Howison Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
6. Mary Brooke Howison Gravestone
In memory of Mary, wife of Stephen Howison, who departed this life October 14th, 1808, aged 69 years.
A Partner faithful and a parent kind,
She livd benevolent and died resign’d.
backgrounds? I cannot understand why many of the true ancestors were not notified of this sale, and at least given the chance to purchase, and keep it in the Family? Anyway, I shall never forget my stay in that beautiful home with so many interesting stories of the Howisons, and their struggles throughout the Civil War. The story of General Lee tying up his horse to the blackgum tree which still stands beside the Howison Homestead "Braehead". Elder John Howison is retired from The Foreign Service, and at 85 is quite active. He just returned from a trip to Chile with his Son John Neil. He loves to travel, and speaks 6 languages fluently, also enjoys writing.

Feel free to contact me if further information is needed, or wanted on John McCoul Howison.
    — Submitted July 5, 2010.

4. A Howison descendant
Am a descendant (b. 1925) of Stephen Howison, willing to correspond w. others.

The late Marjorie Larrison privately published in the 1930's a thoroughly professional volume of Howisons-in-the-US genealogy, remarkably complete as of the publication date. So long as I am able, I'll be glad to do look-ups in my copy.

Editor's Note: You may contact John Howison through a note to the editor.
    — Submitted October 4, 2010, by John McCoul Howison of Bogata, Texas, USA.

Daughters of the American Revolution Plague (located between the gravestones). image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
7. Daughters of the American Revolution Plague (located between the gravestones).
Revolutionary War Patriot and wife
Stephen Howison
Mary Brooke Howison
Patriot of Virginia
Married circa 1763
Charles County, MD
Placed by Bill of Rights Chapter, NSDAR
November 2000
5. Contact requested with John Howison

Could you please forward my email address to John Howison as I would like to exchange the research that I have done on Houison/Howison in Scotland with him. Looking forward to his reply. Thank you for your assistance.

Regards,
Irene Houison Dixon Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted October 11, 2010, by Irene Houison Dixon of Sydney, New South Wales Australia.

6. Howison Family
I have just spent the holidays with my family the Howisons which now live in Newfane, NY. My grandfather Robert Howison, was discussing with me the family history which he traced back to the Stark Family and Scotland. Any one with further family connections I would love to hear about them.
    — Submitted January 2, 2012, by Matthew David Gillmore of Gerrardstown, West Virginia.

 
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Entrance to Howison Homestead Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
8. Entrance to Howison Homestead Cemetery
The main marker can be seen to the rear of this photograph. A closeup of the plate on top of the entrance pedestal can be seen in the next photograph.
Top of Entrance Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
9. Top of Entrance Pedestal
Howison Homestead Park
      Howison Homestead Park is a 27-plus acre site that represents a rich piece of Prince William County History.
      Known by the Howison family as The Old Homestead, this tract of land was deeded to Stephen Howison in 1780.
      The cemetery on site will be preserved as the final resting place of the Howison family.
Dedicated 20 April 1991
Howison Homestead Cemetary image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
10. Howison Homestead Cemetary
Entrance to Howison Homestead Park image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
11. Entrance to Howison Homestead Park
The Howison Homestead Cemetary fence can be seen to the left of the photograph.
 
 
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