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From: "Sue Dotson" <>
Subject: Re: John Calvin Howell
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 11:26:01 -0400
There is a chart in the 1870 Annotated Grayson Co. census that lists
everyone who was a head of household in Grayson Co. from 1771 to 1850 and in
what records their names are found. These Howells are listed:
Alexander, b. 1794-9 1820 & 1830 census
Anderson, b. 1775-94 1820 census
Andrew, b. 1790-9 1830 & 1840W census
Calvin, b. <1789 1810 tax list
Calvin, b. 1810-9 1840 W census
Ellen, b. 1790-9 1840W census
George, b. 1800-9 1830 & 1840W census
George, b. 1750-9 1800 census, 1810 tax list, 1820 & 1830 census
James, b. <1779 1800 census, 1810 tax list
John, b. <1789 1810 tax list
Samuel Jr., b. [blank] 1787 & 1793
Samuel Sr., b. [blank] 1787 & 1793
William, b. [blank] 1787
William, b. 1810-9 1840W census
William Jr., b. <1779 1800 census, 1810 tax list
William Sr., b. <1779 1800 census, 1810 tax list
The "Bicentennial Heritage of Grayson Co., VA" says George is the earliest
record of a Howell in Montgomery Co., VA, but:
"Two other persons named Howell, William Sr., and William, Jr., are also
found on the 1815 tax list. Their relationship to George, if any, is
William Howell, Sr., owned one farm on the New River at the mouth of Fox
Creek, consisting of 354 acres, having thereon one dwelling house of logs
and one kitchen, valued at $300.
William Howell, Jr., owned one farm of 60 acres on New River, having
thereon one dwelling house of logs, (18' x 16'), valued at $100."
Hope this helps you some.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Graham" <>
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 8:19 AM
Subject: John Calvin Howell
> I'm new to the list. I'm researching the family of John Calvin Howell,
> born 1818, Old Town, Grayson Co. Va, married Louisa McMillan. (Louisa
> May have been a Phipps, some say Laurance). John Calvin was the son of
> Andrew and Jane (?) Howell, who was heir of and probably son of William
> Howell Sr. John Calvin moved to Ashe Co., served in the Confederacy
> from there, and then moved to Prairie City Oregon after Louisa died,
> around 1875.
> Sort of an aside, I noticed in the two books on Grayson Co. that I have,
> only George Howell is listed in the index. Other do show up in lists
> within the book, which evidently are not indexed. It seems strange to
> me that only one Howell is listed when there were obviously many there.
> However, it occurred to me that maybe the name has been confused with
> Hale, which is a soundex equivalent. There are many Hales listed, and
> the family lines are well researched. To support this possibility is
> this, a Calvin Howell (not my direct line), married a Barbary Rhudy in
> 1807, daughter of Jacob Rhudy. Jacob Rhudy and William Hale (possibly
> Howell?) had adjoining farms. Was Calvin the son of William Hale
> (Howell?)? I also noticed that many of the heirs of William Howell Sr.
> could not sign their names to one of the deeds I copied. That makes it
> even more likely that they did not know the "correct" spelling of the
> family name.
> Any and all help greatly appreciated,
> andy graham
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