Lee County Biography


George L. Howell (deceased) was born near Syracuse, N.Y., August 24, 1820, son of Nichol and Betsy (Wilson) Howell, natives of New York. George L. Howell came to Dixon, Ill., in 1854, and the same year formed a partnership with P.M. Alexander in the hardware business, which was continued for nearly forty years, or until the time of his death, March 23, 1893.

On July 17, 1845, he married Julia Thomas who bore him three children--Clarence N. (deceased), Frank S. and Emma (deceased). Mrs. Howell died, and on Dec. 22, 1859, Mr. Howell married his second wife, Emma P. Little, who was born in Castine, Maine, and of this union there were four children--Edward N., Agnes P. (Mrs. William E. Appleford), Louise A. (deceased) and George L.

Mr. Howell was a Republican in political views, and in religious belief a Presbyterian.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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