From Floyd County  by Amos Wood



The Howells were from Loudoun County. Between 1775 and 1780, David Howell and a Mr. Price settled one mile from the present town of Floyd. "Three David Howells settled near Floyd Court House in an early day: David Howell, my grandfather, and David N. Howell, a prominent member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and David Howell, called 'Little David,' to distinguish him from the other two," according to Burdine Tolliver Howell of Girard, Kansas.

Dr. C. M. Stigleman says: "A Mr. Price and Joshua Howell were among the very earliest to settle in what is now Floyd County. They with their wives settled on the farm one mile west of the town of Floyd on what was later known as the Ben Dodd farm. They are buried on this farm. These families settled here in this wilderness of timber, the ground all covered over with the wild entanglement of pea vines, and the sound of the chopping ax was ' heard felling the forest of giant oaks, and building log cabins, from early dawn until late at night."

In the year 1835, Daniel Howell, Sr., aged 75, was living in Floyd County, as listed in McAllister's Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War.


The first David Howell mentioned married a Miss Hylton and they had the following children:

1. Isaac married Miss Thomas and their children were: Lorenzo Dow, Rutherford, Dillard, Caroline and Octavia.

2. Andrew married Miss Carter, and some of their children were: William, Jefferson, Jackson, and others.

3. Nancy married David Rigney.

4. Alexander (b. May 5, 1809) married Timandra Dobyns, daughter of John (John was uncle of Samuel Dobyns), and their children were:

(a) Melvina married Caleb Howell and moved to Carroll County in 1855 where Caleb joined Civil War forces in Carroll.  Caleb died in 1894 leaving his wife and ten children. Melvina died in 1912.

(b) Elizabeth married Isaac Carter.

(c) Minerva married Burwell Akers.

(d) Burdine Tolliver married Mary Jane Lawrence, and their children were: Edgar P., Florence, Effie, Charles, Ira, Grace, Frances and Inez. They moved to Girard, Kansas, where they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

(e) Perrydine Tillman, known as Col. Tip Howell, married Adaline Carter, their children were George Forrest, India, Pannel, Mazarine, Julia, Timandra and Florence. Col. Tip Howell was lieutenant in Company B, 54th Virginia Infantry in the Confederate army. He was treasurer of Floyd County, and one of the justices of the peace, also mayor of the town of Floyd.

(f) Mazarine Charman, never married; he was wounded in second battle of Manassas Junction, taken prisoner, and never heard from.

(g) Virgil Augustus married Sarah Lawrence, and their children were: Josephine, Alvin and Bert; his second wife was Nora Fanatia, and their children were: Willma, Velma, Rodger and Allen.

(h) George Palestine died at age eleven.

5. Jinsy Howell.

6. Beauford Howell married Susan Link, daughter of Henry, and their children were: Isabell, Elmer D., Chaplin D., Winfield, David, Langley, Lemuel and Emetta.

Benjamin Howell was one of the early justices of the peace when the county was first formed. He was the father of Pleasant, Annie and Andrew. Pleasant Howell was sheriff of Floyd.

David N. Howell, known as "Big Davy," was of another branch of the family. He married Nancy Carter and their children were: Samantha, wife of Wolhford Scott; Joseph married Mollie, daughter of Thomas Nixon; Harriet, wife of John Harter; Caleb married Melvina Howell, daughter of Alexander. "Big Davy" was one of the early justices of the peace





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