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this marriage, Francis J., Mary C., Charles T., William H, Rachel Lavinia, Samuel and John W. Comrade Howell entered the Federal army Feb. 8, 1864, from Dauphin county, Pa., when 19 years of age; he was enrolled as a private in Co. A, 55th Pa. V. I., 3d Brig., 3d Div., 10th A. C. In the spring of 1865 he was confined in hospital at Point of Rocks, one month, was then transferred to Portsmouth, Va., three weeks, suffering with rheumatism. In the spring of 1865 he was detailed at Portsmouth, Va., to take sick and wounded to Philadelphia hospital. He was actively engaged in the battles of Bermuda Hundred, Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Foster's Plantation, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Chapin's Farm, Ft. Harrison and Signal Hill. He belong to 24th A. C. when honorably discharged Aug. 16, 1865, from hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. His brother Thomas served in Co. G, 6th Kan. Cav., as Lieut.; his wife's brother David was also in service. Comrade Howell Is Ord.-Sergt. Of Thos. McClosky Post, No. 314; he is living a retired life and his address is Gallitzin, Pa.


Was born in Montgomeryshire, N. Wales, in 1840, and settled in Cambria county, Pa., in 1857. His parents, not living, were Wm. and Elizabeth (Breece) Howell. His wife, whom he married in 1865 in this county was Margaret Hughes. She was also born in Wales in 1846, and was a daughter of John T. Hughes, dec., and Ann (Williams), who is still living aged 77 years. To this marriage were given the following children: John W., Lizzie A., William H., dec., Cyrus, Edward, Mary J., Lemuel, Maud and Eunice. Comrade Howell was one of the brave soldier boys to respond to the president's call for troops. He was 18 years of age and was a carpenter by trade when he was enrolled from Ebensburg, Pa., as a private in Co. F, 133d Pa. V. I., 2d Brig., 3d Div., 5th A. C. September, 1864, he was wounded slightly at Salem. The previous fall he had been confined in hospital at Washington, D. C., suffering with jaundice. May, 1863, he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., and re-enlisted August, 1864, at Pittsburg, Pa., in Co. D, 5th Pa. V. H. A. In 1864, he was detailed as Ord. At Ft. Reynolds for one month; he was promoted to Corp. about November, 1864, and served as such until discharged. He participated in all the engagements of his regiment, and was granted his final honorable discharge July 4, 1885, at Pittsburg, Pa. His wife's brother Thomas served in the late war. Comrade Howell is a member of John M. Jones Post, No. 556; he has been road supervisor and school director; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Ebensburg, Pa.

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