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426 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
he believes to be right and for the best, can MeManus, who died in Maury county, Tenbe
easily traced in the lines of the clean- nessee. Mr. and Mrs. John 0. Howell have
bhaven face, the square jaw and the promi- had twelve children, namely: Aaron, denent
chill. To the home-born virtues of ceased; William A. B., our subject; Thomas
honesty, industry and love of family and fire- J., deceased; Mary Jane, wife of Henry
side, inherited from his sturdy Dutch ances- Oliver, of Jones county, Texas; Parlee, wife
tors, have been added in full measure the of Jackson Howell, of Travis county; George
genial wit, love of knowledge and relish for W., also of this county; Minerva, wife of
the lighter graces of life characteristic of William Fuller, of Williamson county; John,
the sons of the X Emerald Isle," back to a resident of Travis county; Maggie, wife of
which he traces his ancestry on his mother's Frank Fuller, of Williamson county; Fannie,
side. He is a type of the American citizen, deceased when young; Sarah, wife of William
now too fast disappearing amidst the rapid Bell, of Manor; and the youngest child died
influx of foreign immigration and the de- at the age of twelve years.
velopment of character along lines not pur- William Allen B. Howell, the subject of
sued by the " early fathers." this sketch, was born in Maury county, Tennessee,
in 1848. At the age of eighteen
, ,s-'- ^ - ---a,----- s ~ years he engaged in farming and merchandising,
which he continued four years, and in
1k 'kJILLIAM ALLEN B. tHOWELL, a the fall of 1872 located in Washington county,
successful farmer of Travis county, Illinois. In the fall of 1878 Mr. Howell
is a son of John 0. Howell, who engaged in farming and stock-raising three
was born in Maury county, Tennessee, in miles from Manor, Texas, but one year later
1824. In 1872 the latter moved to Nash- i sold his interests there, and in 1883 came to
ville, lVashingffton county, Illinois, and in his present location. Our subject began life
1878 located near Manor, Travis county, for himself at the age of eighteen years, with
Texas, where he still resides. He is a re- comparatively nothing, and he now owns 165
tired farmer, affiliates with the Democratic acres of land, 100 acres of which is under a
party, and has been a member of the Christian fine state of cultivation, and well stocked.
Church since eighteen years of age, being In 1866 he was united in marriage to
a son of Jesse C. and M. (Oliver) Howell, Minerva Weatherford, who was born in 1840.
natives of Xorth Carolina, who moved to They bad twelve children, four being deTcni
essee in an early day. Jesse C. Howell . ceased. The surviving are: Mary E., wife of
x as a son of John Howell, a native of North John Free, of Jones county, Texas; William
Carolina, who afterward moved to Tennessee. T., a resident of Travis county; John M., of
He was a farmer by occupation. The Howell j this county; Minerva Jane, wife of James
family are of Irish descent. The mother of Foster, of this county;Mac, of Travis county;
our subject, nee Eliza McManus, was also and Artie, Cora and Xena, at home. The
born in Maury county, Tennessee, in 1825, a wife and mother died in 1887, having been a
daughter of Thomas and Barbra Mc3lnus, L constant member of the Methodist Episcopal
natives of North Carolina. Both died in Church. Mr. Howell was afterward married
T'nnes.ee. Thomas was a sun of Aaron in Maurv county, Tennessee, to Mary Bar
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