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2nd Daughter of Anthony M. and Emily (Emma) Howell


Ann Maria (Mariah) Howell was the second child of Anthony M. Howell and Emily (Emma)Williams Joyner. She was born in 1833 in Southampton County, Virginia. It appears that Ann was named after his younger sister. In 1849 at 16 years of age Mariah eloped and married Jonathan Woodson Scott. According to a Chancery suit filed in Southampton County, Mariah alleged that her husband Jonathan was “entirely unable and unwilling to provide for her care the most common necessaries of life.” She also described him as “totally insolvent and worthless.”
Ann was also a party to the above Chancery suit against her father, and Trustee John Moore, forcing the sale of a tract of land and slaves owned by her mother “Emma” prior to her marriage to Anthony M. Howell. Anthony and Emma filed Articles of Separation in 1849 “finding it impossible on account of domestic differences to live amicably together.” When her mother Emma died in February 1851 of small pox, Mariah and her sister Harriet wanted the proceeds from the sale of the land and slaves to be used for themselves and for the care and maintenance of their younger siblings Henry, Milly (sometimes called Susan or Susannah)and Emaline.
Mariah and Jonathan stayed married and had children, but eventually divorced. Mariah moved to Hertford County, NC and lived with her son Robert Goodwin Scott until her death in 1899. She is listed in the 1880 Hertford County (Maneys Neck) Census living with Robert and her children Josephine, Lizzy, Nannie, George, and Gertrude. At this writing it is not known where she is buried or what became of her children.