Thomas T. Howe was born in 1837 in Ohio.
Thomas was married to Ohio native Jane (b. 1836), probably in Ohio, and they had at least two children: William Rice (b. 1854) and Edward (b. 1856).
They moved to Michigan, probably from Ohio, sometime before 1854, and by 1860 Thomas was working as a laborer living with his wife and children in Richland, Kalamazoo County.
He was 24 years old, unable to read or write, when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was eventually detached as a teamster in July of 1862, a saddler in August and absent sick in the hospital in October. He was transferred to either the Second United States cavalry on November 13, 1862, or Company F, Fifth United States cavalry, possibly on November 29, 1862, at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
After the war Thomas eventually returned to Michigan. He was married a second time to Michigan native Florence (b. 1863), and they probably had at least one child: Leon (b. 1897).
He was living in Plainwell, Allegan County in 1888, 1890 and in Gun Plain, Allegan County in 1894. He and Florence were probably living in Michigan in 1897 when their son Leon was born.
In 1891 he applied for and received a pension (no. 877520?).
Thomas and Florence eventually moved to Oklahoma and by 1920 he was listed as an invalid and living with his wife and son, who was working as a teamster, in Lynn Lane, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
Thomas died on December 28, 1927, in Tulsa County, Oklahoma and was presumably buried there.
In any case, in February of 1928 (?) his widow, Florence, was living in Oklahoma when she applied for a widow’s pension (no. 1604309).