Andrew Allen Howell was born in New Jersey in the beginning of the 19th century the first son of Richard Lewis Howell. He later lived in Philadelphia and then in West Virginia. He was a merchant by trade and got his business education from working for his uncle Lucius Stockton in the Stage Coach business. He had many business interests which I will discuss later. He was first cousins with Varina Howell Davis the first lady of the confederacy the wife of Jefferson Davis. The Howell family was a northern family but continued to keep in touch with their southern kin throughout the civil war and after. They had different political views but their family connections were stronger than political views. Here is one letter that I found in the archives at the Southern White House museum in Richmond Virginia.
Here is the letter my 3rd Great Grandfather wrote to Varina Howell Davis - Mrs Jefferson Davis in 1889.
Andrew Alan Howell to Varina Howell Davis'
Wheeling West Virginia
25th May 1889
My Dear Cousin,
Your interesting letter duly reached me, also the box of ointment today, Please accept my wormest thanks for your kindness, and I will try this remedy, the next attack I suffer from.at present, it is quiet, and I always prefer letting well enough alone.
How sad I felt in reading your letter, to learn of so many deaths, in your family! all your brothers one sister, but as we near the life's end ourselves, we think more and more of our loved ones departed, and have hope that we will see them soon again in another world.
Yes, I remember Mrs. Sprague & Mrs. Rowley very vividly- Please remember me to Mrs. Sprague, she was always very kind to me, when I visited her home in the country- In some future letter let me know if Kemp is living & his pretty sister (I think they called her "Missy") also about your Uncle Mr. Thos. Kemp. I remember thinking that Kemp Sprague, resembled the picture, I had seen of Sir Walter Scott.
Since my last letter I have been quite ill, but am now better. I have not yet sent the photographs, but hope to in a few days. My picture, is the second one I ever had taken, it is thought a good likening by the family.
Sometime since I wrote Judge Agnew and asked him to come down to Wheeling and pay me a visit, he has promised to do so soon. I anticipate much pleasure from his visit. This judge is a man who stands deservedly, very high in his native state. He writes me he is very lonely, death having been busy in his family and surroundings.
In a letter read from Suzzie yesterday, she tells me John is not so well, and has again been ordered to Carlsbad his liver and stomach are in bad condition. My daughter Sallie has been with us for three months - She returns to her home in Cleveland next week and Mrs. Howell and I will be left alone. Our little granddaughter is so necessary to our happiness, that I expect we will soon be up to C(leveland) to be near Sallie & child. In our old age Mrs. Howell and I travel around considerably, we get tired of being alone & we leave the house in Charge of the servants, and trip it over to Philadelphia to spend a few weeks with our boys there, and then go to Cleveland, & from C(leveland). to Sandusky, to see our preacher boy, in that may we manage to get through the year.
Remember me to Mr. Davis and your family & Mrs. Howell and request me to send their love.
Affectionately your Cousin,
A Allen Howell
Please excuse writing on a pad, but all my business letters are written on pads, & I rarely write any other type of letter.
Varina Davis Collection transcribed by Berry Henderson from the original. Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library at the Museum of the Confederacy: 1201 E. Clay St., Richmond, Virginia.
Sender Recipient Date Box No.
1) Howell family genealogy [?] 1682-1942 36 2) Howell, A. Allen S. Davis, Varina Howell May 25, 1889 28
Andrew was born in 1821. Andrew Howell ... He passed away in 1896. 
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