James William Howell

Male15 October 1828–1 June 1906

Brief Life History 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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Family Time Line

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 Crumwell Howell
Leroy Howell
Anna Rose Howell

Sources (50)

  • James Howell in household of Mary Landon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: James Howell - birth-name: James Howell
  • Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966

Spouse and Children

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

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)

    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 5

    Historical Boundaries 1833: Bates County created from Jackson, Lafayette and Non-county Area 16. Attached to Jackson for civil matters. 1835: Detached from Jackson and attached to VanBuren 1841: Detached from VanBuren and fully organized.


    Age 35

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Story Highlight


    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 …

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