Robert Howie

Robert Howie (1804 - 1880)

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Robert Howie
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
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Died in Argyle, Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2018
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | Unmarried | 1850 US Census, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.


Robert was born in 1804 in Argyll, Scotland. He was the son of William Howie and Janet Picken.

In 1839 he came to the United States with his mother. [1]

Robert was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

He was one of the founding members of the Scottish Settlement at Argyll.

He never married.

When his sister Margaret McDonald and her husband died he took in two of their sons,John and Robert. [2]

He passed away in 1880.


Rockford Daily Register, Wednesday, January 12, 1881

December 29, at the residence of Andrew McDonald, Argyle, Robert Howie, died in the 76th year of his age. Mr. Howie was a native of Argyleshire, Scotland. At an early day, he emigrated to this country and became one of the founders of the Scotch Church and Settlement at Willow Creek.

For thirty-three years he was a ruling elder and one of the most liberal supporters of the church. The money and ground upon which the church edifice stands were his gifts.


  1. Marion Passenger List
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Robert Howie, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 69, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
    Robert Howie Male 40 Scotland
    Robert Mc Donald Male 11 Illinois
    John Mc Donald Male 7 Illinois
    Jennette Picken Female 84 Scotland

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53429256 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 15 August 2018), memorial page for Robert Howie (Sep 1804–29 Dec 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53429256, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .
  • Daniel Harvey The Argyle Settlement in Story and History, pg 35.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Robert Howie in household of Robert Mcdonald, Illinois, United States; citing p. 9, family 67, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2017), Robert Howie in household of Andrew Mc Donald, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 55D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261.

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