James William Howell

15 October 1828–1 June 1906 (Age 77)
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of James William

When James William Howell was born on 15 October 1828, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, James Howell, was 43 and his mother, Jane Copeland, was 39. He married Rosannah Monk on 29 January 1857, in Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Bates, Missouri, United States in 1850. He died on 1 June 1906, in Woodruff, Oneida, Idaho, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Portage, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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James William Howell
Rosannah Monk
Marriage: 29 January 1857
Sarah Jane Howell
Thomas Jefferson Howell
Nancy Melvina Howell
James William Howell
Mahonri Moriancumer Howell
John Cromwell Howell
Leroy Howell
Anna Rose Howell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 January 1857Decatur, Iowa, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1829 · Missouri State Library
    Age 1
    The first Missouri State Library was established by law on January 22, 1829. This law was created due to the large amount of public documents which had been collected in the office of Missouri's secretary of state. The library included documentation of the actions of the Missouri senate and house. The documents were cataloged and made available to the public. The public had access to any of the books in the library from sunup to sundown on any day except Sunday.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 2
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 32
    In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh and English: in the Welsh border counties, from the Welsh male personal name Hywel ‘eminent’, popular since the Middle Ages particularly in honor of the great 10th-century law-giving Welsh king. The name may also arise from the Breton personal name Houuel, Huwel, Huwal, Howael, cognate with the Welsh name. Bretons were especially numerous in the eastern counties of England. See Powell .English: perhaps from a Middle English personal name Huwel (spelled Howel), a shortening of Huwelot or Huelin (see Hewlett and Huling ), both pet forms of Middle English Huw (see Hugh ).English: habitational name from Howell (Lincolnshire), from an uncertain initial element + Old English wella ‘well, spring, stream’.

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

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    There are several versions as to why James Howell and his wife, Rosannah Monk, came west. All seem plausible and each may have added its influence in favor of such a journey. In the early 1860's tro …

    Sources (46)

    • James Howell in household of Mary Landon, "United States Census, 1850"
    • James Howell in entry for Thomas J Howell and Huldah F Christensen, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • James Howell in entry for Anna Rose Bigler, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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