Nathan Alva Howes, born in Southeast, New York in 1796, dead 1878, was son to Daniel Howes (decendant of John de Huse in UK) and Ruhamah Reed, and his brother was Seth B. Howes.
Nathan Howes began his circus career at 15 becoming an assistant to a tight rope walker, and funded Nathan Howes & Co.s Circus in 1826 with Aaron Turner and Sylvester Reynolds, funded 1832 Nathan Howes & Co.'s Circus, with Richard Sands American Circus, Nathan A. Howes winter circus, He also rented out 2 elephants to Hopkins and Co.
Nathan Alva Howes was married to Clarissa Crosby Howes.
Elbert and Egbert Howes, twin sons of Nathan and Clarissa born Feb. 25, 1831, carried on the circus tradition with the Howes Great London Circus, touring New England, New York, New Jersey, and Ontario. Egbert Howes was also part owner in Dan Castello Circus.