More information on William Howell born (supposedly) in South Carolina died date unknown in South Carolina.

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William Howell (my third great grandfather) born 1839 likely in South Carolina. William married (supposedly) Jane Hemby in South Carolina. Known children are:

John Alexander Howell (my second great grandfather) b. 3 May 1859. John Alexander married Mary F. Lee.

Clara Belle Howell 16 June 1867 Sumter County, South Carolina. She married William Lockette Benjamin Watts. She died 4 May 1950.


I have looked on google and

What I'm wondering is if William was indeed born in South Carolina or the United States. Family tradition has it that the Howells were locked up in the jails in England until Oglethorpe brought them over to Georgia. So I guess WIlliam could have been born in Georgia or South Carolina.




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asked in Genealogy Help by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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Surnames are often misspelled when added to records, surnames spelling are changed for what ever reasons.

William Howle

mentioned in the record of Clara Howle Watts

Name William Howle
Gender Male
Wife Jane Hemby
Daughter Clara Howle Watts

Other information in the record of Clara Howle Watts

from South Carolina Deaths

Name Clara Howle Watts
Event Type Death
Event Date 05 Apr 1950
Gender Female
Age 82
Marital Status Married
Birth Year (Estimated) 1868
Death Place Bethel, Sumter, South Carolina
Father's Name William Howle
Mother's Name Jane Hemby
Spouse's Name W. L. B. Watts
Source Reference Watts, Clara Howle, 1950


"South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965," database with images, FamilySearch( : 18 April 2016), William Howle in entry for Clara Howle Watts, 05 Apr 1950; citing , Watts, Clara Howle, 1950, Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 2,399,067.

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answered by David Selman G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
Thank you David. That is the Clara Belle listed above. So I know that William Howell married Jane Hemby.

Good work.
You are welcome. Be sure and go to the link and check out the others listed for Howle and Howell.

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