I might be wrong but I think William Howes could have gone to America with Harriet and then returned home with a different wife. In the 1911 census there is a Howes family living at 25/4 house Woodside Lane . Pitsmoor, Sheffield
William Howes 39 b.1872 Brixton,London
Ruth Howes 30 b. Sheffield Charwoman
married 13yrs 3 children 3 living
Ruth Howes 11 b. Boston U.S.A
Doris Howes 7 b. Sheffield
Lydia Howes 4 b.Sheffield
ED20 piece 27943
There is a link to a William Howes in the 1900 US census on Ancestry but I don't have access.
I thought the birth of daughter Ruth in the USA could be a lead.
Aug 9, 2012 - 10:12PM
In 1891 Harriett Howe is living 101 Button Lane, a domestic servant to John Todd Fish merchant and his family. She is down as married but I haven't been able to find William Howe so maybe he had died by then.
THE CHERRYTREE ORPHANAGE.-- The treasurer
acknowledges with thanks the receipt of £5. 5s.,
from the Edge Tool and Wool Shear Grinders'
Association. The committee admitted into the
institution on the 12th. inst. three orphan children
of the late Charles Illingworth, edge tool grinder.