Tense  Howell

                Tense Howell  was born in Delaware County, Ind., September 24, 1828, and was the son of  John and  Jane (Lindley) Howell, both natives of North Carolina: his mother died when he was only eight years of age, and he went to live with his grandfather Lindley, in Wayne County, Ind.; he worked on a farm and attended the country schools until he was fifteen years old, when he began working as an apprentice to the carpenter's trade.  This he continued four years, and in the spring of 1848, came to this county and engaged in farm work.  The following fall, he entered forty acres of land on which he built a log house; he improved this farm and sold it, afterward buying eighty acres, during the meantime engaging in the saw mill business.  In 1869, he sold his eighty-acre farm and purchased his present home of 160 acres, which he has improved, and from which he has cut large quantities of lumber ; he has at intervals run the saw mill; and had the misfortune to have the boiler burst while the mill was in operation.  One son was scalded badly, causing his death, and Mr. Howell was badly burned, but by good care recovered.  Mr. Howell started in life a poor boy, but has made for himself and family a good home.  He for years made a specialty of hunting coons and mink, which made him good wages, and he has killed nearly one hundred deer; he has been an active politician in the Republican ranks; he was married, October 19, 1845, to  Miss Eleanor Golding,  of Howard Township, born in Shelby County, Ind., February 16, 1833; she was the daughter of  Thomas and  Sarah Golding, both natives of North Carolina and of English descent.  This union was blessed with twelve children:  Mary E.,  Matthew G.,  Sarah C.,  Calvin M. (deceased),  Viola L.,  Emma J. (deceased),  Ida B.,  Elnora,  William C.,  Charles R.,  Albertie (deceased), infant (deceased).  Mrs. Howell died in 1875, and Mr. Howell, July 15, 1877, was married to  Mrs. Maria (Cox) Stanley, who was born in Montgomery County, Ind., in 1840.  Mr. and Mrs. Howell are members of the German Baptist Church.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana, "Liberty Township,"  F.A. Battey & Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1883
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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