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HOWELL CEMETERY, MAURY/GILES COUNTY TENNESSEE LINE


HOWELL, Major C., born August 26, 1799 in N. C., died May 12, 1888 in Giles Co. Tenn. 
and
 HOWELL, Mary E. "Polly" Freeman born March 24, 1808, died March 24, 1868 (3rd wife of Major C.)

Married 1st Gatsey Jones, Oct. 4, 1823, Maury Co., Tenn. Married 2nd, Mary Meese or Neese on Jan. 2, 1827 in Maury Co., Tenn. John Howell, bondsman. (2nd marriage taken from the book "Early Marriages in Middle Tenn. (note, the marriage dates don't match with the newspaper article below) 

Major C. Howell--Maury Democrat, 28 March 1889........The subject of our sketch this week is Major C. Howell, a man of many eccentricities, was born in North Carolina of Scotch-Irish parents, Aug. 26th, 1799 and moved to Maury Co., Tenn. in early manhood and settled in 2 miles of the place where he died--he resided at the same place sixty years. He was married three times--first to Miss Mary Nance, she lived only about one year after her marriage; by her he had one child, which survived her only a short time. In about two years after he married a Miss Jones; she only lived two years and died leaving one child, which only survived her a short time. In 1830 he married again, this time to Miss Mary Freeman, by her he had 8 children, five of whom still live. Soon after this marriage he joined that branch of the Baptist Church known as Iron-Jackets of Hard Shell Baptists, at what was then known as Cross Roads, but now as Screamersville, where his membership remained until his death. He was an old line Whig till the war, but from then always voted the Democratic ticket. Some years before his death he suffered with some affliction, and could only rest while lying on his right side, and for this reason he called one of his daughter-in-laws to him, and lying down on a board of plank, with his right hand under his head, foot slightly drawn up, had his measure taken, and said he intended to make his coffin to suit himself, and gave directions that at his death he was to be laid in his coffin on his right side, right hand under his head, foot drawn up in the usual position in which he rested. All of those directions were faithfully carried out. He passed quietly out May 1888, at the ripe age of 89; the only office he ever held was Captain of Militia. He never told a falsehood knowingly; he died indebted to no man; was a blessing to his country and greatly missed. (Signed) W.H.
  
 
Photo by Norman Howell 7-25-1987. Info by Wanda Howell 9/14/04.

A view looking at the area photo of the Major C. Howell memorial and an unknown fieldstone marker may just mark the grave of Polly E. his wife or one of his earlier wives, the inscription of his last wife is shown on the same stone as his, but on the bottom.

Photo and information by Norman Howell 9/15/04.