John Howell

10 October 1818–3 June 1864 (Age 45)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of John

When John Howell was born on 10 October 1818, in New Jersey, United States, his father, John Howell, was 35 and his mother, Martha Thorpe, was 34. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Almira Olcott Olmsted. He lived in Newfane, Newfane, Niagara, New York, United States in 1855 and Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States for about 15 years. He died on 3 June 1864, in Hanover, Virginia, United States, at the age of 45.

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John Howell
Almira Olcott Olmsted
Henry Benjamin Howell
Philander Howell
Irena A. Howell
Luman Howell
John Delmar Howell

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    Irena A. Howell



    Luman Howell


    John Delmar Howell


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    Martha Thorpe




    Nancy Howell


    Martha Howell


    Jane Howell


    Ira Howell


    William Chauncey Howell


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World Events (8)


Age 2

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 9

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 14

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: from the personal name Hywel ‘eminent’, popular since the Middle Ages in particular in honor of the great 10th-century law-giving Welsh king.2 English: habitational name from Howell in Lincolnshire, so named from an Old English hugol ‘mound’, ‘hillock’ or hūne ‘hoarhound’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Howell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Howell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Howell, "United States Census, 1850"

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