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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
nett, a native of that county, and a daughter
of Pink and C. Barnett, natives also of Tennessee.
To that union was born one child,
which died in infancy. Mrs. HIowell died in
1889, and in 1890 our subject married Ella
Ashmore, a native of Lawrence county, Tennessee,
and a daughter of J. B. and Nannie
(Bell) Ashmore, also natives of that county.
Mr. and Mrs. Howell have one child, Erna.
In his political relations, Mr. Howell affiliates
with the Democratic party, and has served as
School Trustee. Both lie and his wife are
members of the Christian Church.
EV. JAMES M. LITTLE, of Milano,
is a native of Georgia, of which state
his parents were also natives. His
father, Forester Little, was born in 1778
and resided in his native State until his death,
which occurred in 1844. He was a son of
Forester and Sarah Little, natives of Ireland
who emigrated to America in 1777, landing
at Charleston, South Carolina, whence
they went to Georgia, where they settled and
spent the remainder of their lives. The
younger Little was a planter by occupation,
a man of some means, possessed a fair English
education, was well informed on the history
of his country and devoted to all of its
interests and institutions. He was for years
a member of the Reformed Presbyterian
Church, of which he was a Ruling Elder, a
man of kindly nature, exemplary habits and
zealous Christian life. The mother of the
subject of this notice, whose maiden name
was Sarah Ann Williams, was born in 1800,
and was a daughter of James and Polly Ann
Williams, who were natives of North Carolina
but for many years residents of Georgia,
where they died. Mrs. Little died in 1849.
She and her husband were the parents of
four children, only two of whonm are now living,
the subject of this notice andl a sister,
Sarah Jane, who is now tile wife of James
Davis and resides in Baistrop county, tilns
State. The eldest daughter, Mary AnI, was
married to King H. Mullins, and died in
Texas. The second, Margaret F., was miarried
to Robert Little and diel in Georgia.
James M. Little of this sketch was lorn in
Jefferson county, Georgia, September 20,
1828. His parents moving to Stewart
county, that State, when he was eiglit years
old, he was reared principally in that county.
lIe received a good education in his youth.
In 1849 lie married Miss Martha A. L'Pendrey
of Georgia, a daughter of John and Martha
Pendrey, and in 1860 moved to Alabamna,
settling at Andalusia, Covington county,
where he engaged in the practice of the law.
He was a resident of the last named place
until 1876, when he came to Texas,
locating in Milam county, which has
since been his home. He was engaged
for sixteen years in the practice of law
in Alabama, but on coming to this State
abandoned the profession and began the ministry
in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian
Church, to which and farming he has since
devoted his time and attention. Without aspiring
to public life he has been honored
with many local offices, the duties of which
he has always discharged acceptably to his
fellow-citizens and has honored the office
quite as much as the office has honored the
man. Beginning with the office of Justice of
the Peace, to which he was elected in Stewart
county, Georgia, at the age of twentytwo,
he held the office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction in Covington county, Alabama,
for two years; was Prosecuting Attorney
of his district for nine years; was Justice of
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