Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888
William Howell, a stock farmer of Sylvania Township, Scott Co., Mo., was born in Howell County, Mo., in 1854, and is a son of Thomas H. Howell, a native of Tennessee, who came to Missouri with his parents when a young man. The family first located in Scott County, but soon after removed to Howell County, and remained until the fall of 1865, when they returned to Scott County. Thomas H. Howell married Nancy Thomas, who died on August 12, 1862, having borne eight children. Those living are Martha (Woodside), of Salem, Mo.; Mollie (Robertson), of Scott County, Mo.; Jane (Jenkins), also of Scott County, and William, the subject of this sketch. Those dead are Sally Ann (McMullen), George W., Millie C. (Congleton), and Nancy. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Howell married Eliza Hall, and both are now living near Blodgett, Mo. William remained with his parents until 1875, when he began farming for himself near Blodgett, and continued one year. He then removed to a farm two miles north of Oran and remained until 1887, when he removed to his present location. In 1875 he was united in marriage with Martha M. Montgomery, a native of Scott County, born in 1857. She is the daughter of L.D. and Elizabeth Montgomery, natives of Tennessee and north Carolina respectively. They removed to Missouri at an early date. Their children who are living are Martha M., Isaac, Columbus and Susan E., widow of Henry Murphy. Mr. and Mrs. Howell have four children of their own: Minnie B., Maud M., George W. and Willie R. Mr. Howell and wife are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a member of the A.O.U.W.
Submitted by Connie Perkins
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