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Howell is a Welsh patronymic name, from the given name Hywel, which meant 'Eminent' -- a popular name since the Middle Ages due to the Welsh king by that name.

Occasionally it derives as an English Place name from a place in Lincolnshire from the Old English name Huna > hun = bear cub + well = spring, stream. Howl and Howel are variations; patronymic forms include Howels, Howells, Powell, Bowell .

The Howell Family (immigrant ancestor from Germany)

 became part of the Ash family when

Mable Anna Howell married John Warren Ash

on May 11, 1914 in Muskegon, Michigan.

 Howell Family Photo Album - 20 identified photos 

Howell outline descendant tree

The Howell Research Room

Map showing relative locations in western Michigan for the Howells

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Maps of Oceana, Newaygo & Muskegon Counties in Michigan

Obits and other write-ups for some of the Howell ancestors

Carl Joseph Howell

Esther Howell Cobb

Hazel Bernice Howell

Mable Anna Howell Ash - obits

Mable Anna Howell Ash  - photo with link to biography

Verda Howell

Mable Anna Howell Ash 1894-1953

obituary #1:
Mrs, Mable Ash Dies Monday
Services Held Thursday afternoon

Mrs. Mabel Ash, 116 North Wilmot Street, passed away Monday, 28, after a lingering illness. 

She was born June 22, 1894 in Montague and was an active member in the Eastern Star, Garden Club, Rebekah's and the Lady Elks.

Surviving is her husband, Warren, a son LaVerne of Otsego, two daughters, Lura Walton of Battle Creek and Audrey Harmon of Inkster, eight grandchildren, four brothers, Ernest and Merrill Howell of Auburn Heights, Ralph Howell of Mt. Pleasant, and Warren Howell of Montague, two sisters, Verda Geyer of East Grand Rapids and Florence Stafford of Montague.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Ayres Funeral Home with Rev. Seth Clay officiating. Burial was in Mt. Home Cemetery.
obituary #2:
ASH, Mrs. Mabel 
Otsego, Mich. -

Age 59. Passed away Monday evening at her home. Mrs. Ash was born June 22, 1894. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Rebekah, and the Garden Club. Surviving are: her husband, Warren; one son, LaVerne of Otsego; two daughters, Mrs. Lura Walton of Battle Creek, and Mrs. Audrey Harmon of Inkster; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Verda Geyer of E. Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Florence Stafford of Montague; four brothers, Ernest Howell and Merrill, both of Auburn Heights, Ralph of Mt. Pleasant, and Warren of Montague. Friends are being received at the Ayres Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 2, Rev. Seth Clay officiating. 

Esther Howell Cobb 1827-1923

Mrs. George Cobb, aged 25 years, died at five o'clock Sunday morning, at her home, 47 John Street, after a short illness. She was born in Montague, June 27, 1897.

Mrs. Cobb is survived by her husband and three children, Irma, Vera, and June, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howell of Montague, three sisters, Mrs. Warren Ash of Grand Rapids, Verda and Florence; five brothers, Ernest of Pontiac, Merle of Grand Rapids, and Ralph, Carl and Warren of Montague.

The funeral service was held privately yesterday afternoon at the cemetery in Montague, where interment was made. A Montague pastor officiated.

Carl Joseph Howell  1906-1939

Carl J. Howell of Montague dies

Montague. January 24 (1939). Carl J. Howell, 33 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howell of Montague Township, died yesterday at the Muskegon County Tuberculosis Sanatorium in North Muskegon after a long illness.

Mr. Howell was born in Montague Township September 9, 1906, and he spent all his life there. Surviving besides his parents are four brothers, Merle and Ernest of Auburn Heights, Ralph of Grand Rapids, and Warren of Montague, and three sisters, Mrs. Warren Ash of Otsego, Mrs. Rudolph Geyer of Chicago, Mrs. James Stafford of Montague.

Funeral services will be held from the Gee Funeral Home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. August Klaiber in charge. Burial will be in Montague.

Verda Howell 1908-1995

GEYER - Mrs. Verda H. Geyer, aged 86, widow of Rudolph P. Geyer, passed away, Sunday, January 1, 1995. Surviving are her children, Coralie J. and Dan Biddick of Grand Rapids; Lois J. and Warren Sponsler of Philadelphia PA; four grandchildren David Biddick, Timothy and Rebecca Biddick, Jennifer and Steven Shambora, Warren Sponsler Jr.; three great grandchildren Michael Biddick, Danielle Biddick, Timothy Biddick. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, January 4, 1995 at 3 PM in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Marc Stewart of Park Congregational Church officiating. Memorials to Sight Seer, 3333 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 will be appreciated. Arrangements by Ofield Metcalf & Jonkhoff, 4500 Kalamazoo SE, Trust 100.

Hazel Bernice Howell 1910-1917

Hazel Bernice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howell, died Saturday, November 10, aged 7 years, 4 months and 17 days. She was born June 24, 1910, in the home where she died. Although confined to her bed only five weeks she had been ailing for over a year, during which time she bore her suffering with patience and fortitude. Her death resulted from enlargement of the heart. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the home, Rev. Chamberlain officiating. interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery. The floral tribute was very beautiful. Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ash of Allegan, Mr. and Mrs. Cobb of Muskegon, and Mrs. Jacob Boss of Grand Rapids.

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