When Martin Curtis Howd was born on 19 August 1869, in Burnside, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Smith Howd, was 41 and his mother, Catharine L Yetter, was 25. He married Virginia Edith Thornburg on 2 August 1893, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Pilot Grove Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He died on 27 January 1945, in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States.
Americanized form of Norwegian Hovd, a habitational name from any of several farmsteads so named (see Hovda ).