Martha Ann Howell

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Martha Ann Howell (10/30/1854 – 5/15/1934)

Married: Shelton Smith (1842 – 189?)

1st daughter of Robert S. Howell

Martha Ann Howell’s name appears in the June 1st, 1870 Maneys Neck Township (Hertford County), North Carolina Census though it is hard to read. She is 16 years old and is living with Robert S. and Nancy Howell. Also living in the household is Shelton Smith, aged 28 and is listed as farm labor.

A record of marriage was found at Hertford County Courthouse in Winton that lists a Martha A. Howell has married Shelton Smith, son of S. Smith and Polly Smith on January 19, 1871 by W. J. Maget, J.P. The register shows Martha’s parents as Robert and Nancy Howell. The handwriting for Martha and Robert looks like “Harrell”, but Nancy is clearly spelled out as HOWELL. Martha does not show up in the 1880 census. The conclusion is that the marriage record is indeed her.

Martha died on May 15, 1934 and is buried in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Franklin, Virginia.