In 1850, he appears as a young man in his early 20's still living at home with his family.
|Birth Year:||abt 1828|
|Home in 1850:||Centre, Stanly, North Carolina, USA|
In 1860, he married a young woman named Mary Williams. The wedding was performed by I. W. Smith, JP.
|Marriage Date:||9 May 1860|
|Marriage Place:||Stanly, North Carolina, USA|
In the 1860 census, Lem, or "Lam", is listed right next to his parents in the roll, with his young wife Mary, his unmarried uncle, Richard and his grandmother, Martha.
|Birth Year:||abt 1830|
|Home in 1860:||Stanly, North Carolina|
|Value of Real Estate:||View image|
Lemuel M. Howell was a volunteer soldier when the War between the States broke out. He was enlisted in Co H. 14th Infantry Regiment by R. A. Anderson.
|Name:||Lemuel M Howell|
|Residence:||Stanly County, North Carolina, North Carolina|
|Age at Enlistment:||30|
|Enlistment Date:||5 May 1861|
|Rank at enlistment:||Private|
|Enlistment Place:||Stanly County, North Carolina|
|State Served:||North Carolina|
|Survived the War?:||No|
|Service Record:||Enlisted in Company H, North Carolina 14th Infantry Regiment on 05 May 1861.Mustered out on 17 Aug 1861 at Camp Ellis, Fairfax County, VA.|
|Birth Date:||abt 1831|
|Sources:||North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster|
|Name:||Pvt Lemuel M Howell|
|Birth Place:||North Carolina, USA|
|Death Date:||17 Aug 1861|
|Death Place:||Suffolk City, Virginia, USA|
In 1862, his widow Mary, applied for a pension. J Underwood and J. W. Smith. stood as witnesses.
Application of Mary Williams Howell
A short obituary appeared in the Fayetteville Semi-Weekly Observer.
Fayetteville Semi-Weekly Observer
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)19 Aug 1861, Mon • Page 3
Lemuel M. Howell's life was short. Stanly County lost many of her young men in this horrible war. But we are left with many questions after this brief obituary.
Who was Mary Williams Howell? Who were her parents? She should appear in the 1850 census. The 1860 census has her being 19 years old, born about 1831. The obituary mentions that the couple had a child. Who was this child? He or she would have been born in 1860-1862. What happened to Mary after she filed for the pension in 1862? She was a young widow. Did she remarry? Did she stay in the area or migrate with her mother-in-law Elizabeth to Mississippi?
I post this in hopes that someone can put two and two together and say, "Hey, this might be my Mary". There were a few Williams in Stanly County and a large number in Montgomery. Somewhere out there, Mary Williams Howell ? and her child are waiting to be "found".