From The Wadesboro Argus, 1906 (several issues. ran for months)
This one clipping allowed me to put together the family of James Howell and Sarah Moore Howell and to connect to others researching the Howell family of Montgomery County, NC and surrounding counties. It also solves the mystery of Ann Howell Downer, who individuals kept trying to hook up as a daughter of Uncle Peter Howell, as he did have a dash for a possible older daughter in the pre-1850 census records, than the daughters that show up in 1850. The unsolved female could have been a boarder, or other relative, or perhaps a daughter that passed away, as no other family or possible daughter shows up in the land records and divisions that occurred after his death.
James Howell was the son of Thomas Howell and Judith. He married Sarah Moore, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Moore. Both of these families lived along the Montgomery County side of the Pee Dee River, not far from Swift Island or Lilly's Bridge.
From what I have been able to ascertain, the following is the family structure of James and Sarah's children.
James Howell, born about 1797 married Sarah Moore born about 1795, probably in 1817 or 1818. Known children were:
1) Ann Howell, born Christmas Day, December 25, 1819 Married Joseph W. Downer in 1839. Died on October 16, 1901. No Children.
2) Elmira W. Howell, born June 18, 1820, according to her tombstone, in Montgomery County, North Carolina and died March 25, 1875 in Hancock County, Illinois. Married William Newton Hough in the early 1840's, son of John Hough and Elizabeth Newton. 9 children. all born in North Carolina:
A. 1843 John Armstrong Hough
B. 1846 Sarah Elizabeth Hough Thompson
C. 1850 (Twin) Hezekiah "Ky" Kendall Hough
D. 1850 (Twin) William Thomas Hough
E. 1852 Joseph Moody Hough
F. 1855 Christina C. Hough
G. 1857 Dowd Stowe Hough
H. 1858 James Brack Hough
I. 1865 Preston W. Hough
3) Missouri C. Howell born August 14, 1826, died March 4, 1905 in Illinois.
Married Willis Shankle of Stanly County on August 1, 1847. 7 children:
A. 1848 James H. Shankle
B. 1849 Judith A. Shankle Pierce
C. 1854 Mary O. Shankle Harris
D. 1857 Joseph David Shankle
E. 1860 Sarah Caroline Shankle Harris
F. 1864 Rebecca E. Shankle
G.1867 Frances Ellen Shankle (born in Illinois)
|Missouri Howell Shankle|
A. 1848 Sarah James Ross Edwards
B. 1848 Mary Ann Ross Carter
C. 1858 Rotunda D "Rosie" Ross Carter
Note: Mary Ann and Rosie married brothers, Thomas N. and William L. Carter, sons of Willis and Rebecca Wood Carter whose family had migrated from North Carolina about the same time as the Howell group. The Carters resided in Randolph County in the 1850's and 1860's, but Willis had Stanly County roots.
|William and Mary Ann Ross Carter|
5) Thomas Jordan Howell born August 22, 1832 Montgomery County, NC.
Died January 31, 1883 Blackhawk, Carroll County, Mississippi. Married
Regina Moore, daughter of John Moore and Jerusha Bulla Moore, his first
cousin, on January 21, 1856 in PeeDee, Montgomery County, NC. 4 children.
A. 1853 Rev. Joseph Thomas Howell
B. 1857 Laura Howell
C. 1870 A. H. Howell
D. 1876 Frederica "Freddie" Howell Pullen
(Freddie Howell is mentioned in the newspaper article. Her relatives did not know she had passed away at the age of 23 on June 16, 1899. She did, however, leave two sons as heirs to her share: Howell Evans Pullen born January 7, 1897 and George Frederick Pullen, born December 1, 1897.
6) Alfred Dowd Howell born March 2, 1835 Montgomery County, NC. Died
March 25, 1914 in Peachland, Anson County, NC. Married first, Eugenia Hemby, daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Hemby. Married second, Mary Collen Allen,
daughter of William Collen Allen and Nancy H. Russell Allen in 1867. One
son : Thomas Vernon Howell born November 19, 1870.
Alfred Dowd Howell is mentioned as 'the next friend' or representative for 3 minors, Josie, Ruth and 'Faithful', in the above article. These 3 girls were the 3 surviving children of the Rev. Joseph Thomas Howell of Mississippi, son of A D Howell's brother Thomas Jordan Howell, and were A D's great nieces.
Joseph Thomas Howell born May 8, 1853 in Anson County and married Alean Melissa Brewer on December 23, 1884. Four children were born:
A) 1889 Josie Galloway Howell Slaughter
B) 1892 Ruth Maxwell Howell Richards
C) 1896 Thankful (not Faithful) "Lankie" S Howell Harris
D) 1897 An infant born and died in 1897
Josie married John William Slaughter and the couple had two children, John W. Slaughter Jr., 1925-1986 who remained in Mississippi with wife Eleanor and resides in Columbus, Lowndes County, MS and Josie Howell Slaughter 1924-1994, who married Glynn Franklin Shumake and raised her family in Gastonia, North Carolina, but retired back to Mississippi and is buried there.
Ruth married Edward Earl Richards and had one son, Edward E. Richards Jr. The family lived in New Jersey and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to Lowndes County, MS and Ruth Howell Richards passed away in Seattle, King County, Washington on March 7, 1968. She was brought back to Mississippi for burial.
Thankful "Lankie" Howell was a teacher, who married Dana H. Harris of South Carolina. The family returned to the Howell homeplace of North Carolina and raised their two sons, Dana Humphries Harris Jr. (1928-1997) and Walter Brewer Harris (1929-2002), in Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina. The couple also had son Norman Lander Harris, by Dana's first wife, Hattie.
The following is the obituary for Walter Brewer "Diz" Harris.
BOONE — Mr. Walter Brewer “Diz” Harris, 72, of 200-13 Meadow Ridge Drive, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Dana H. and Thankful Howell Harris. He retired as lieutenant colonel in 1984, after 25 years of service with the Air Force as a fighter pilot. He also served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Harris and Dana Harris Jr. He is survived by two sons, Patrick Mark Harris of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Richard Scott Harris of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Scott Harris and Tiffany Nicole Harris of Hot Springs. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. Palmer Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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