Wednesday, July 26, 2017

William Monroe Howard and Isabell Angel

William Monroe Howard was born to Rachel Belzora Howard (nee Stimson) and William James Howard on August 19, 1861, in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. William's parents came to Texas from Virginia in the 1850s.

According to United States Census records* from June 1, 1870, William age 8 lived in Texas, Collin, Precinct 5 with his parents William (35) and Belle Howard (32), and siblings Jennie (7), Rachel (5), Lee (3), and Samuel (8 months).

At the age of 21, on August 23, 1882, William (called also Billie) married Isabell Angel who was 21 year old as well. William and Isabell were born almost on the same day, William was only 2 days older than his wife. Isabell's parents were Marcus Lafayette Angel (Anglea) and Mammie Erena Angel born Jones. The young bride was called Bell by her relatives.

Two years after the marriage, on September 1, 1884, their first daughter Dora Bell was born.

The second daughter of William and Isabell's came into this world on  August 1, 1889, in Allen, Collin, TX. They called her Geneva Clementine.

When Billie and Bell were 35, on April 30, 1897, their son Walter James Howard was born.

I have not found any information on other children born to William and Isabell. Maybe they had three kids only although couples tended to have many more at that time.

William and Isabell aged 44 - their 21-year-old Dora Bell got married on September 6, 1905. The spouse was a year younger Charles Abbott Emerson.

Three years later, William got seriously ill. It was typhoid. Unfortunately, he passed away due to heart complications related to the disease which is stated on his death certificate. William died on September 10, 1909, at the family house in Frisco.  The note on the death certificate says he passed away at 12, although it does not specify whether it was in the morning or at night.

He was buried at Rowlett Creek Cemetery in Plano, Collin County, Texas.

As you can see in the above photograph, William's middle name curved on the stone is misspelled.

Isabell died many years later, when she was 66, on May 3, 1928.

*"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Texas > Collin > Precinct 5 > image 13 of 58; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

The photo of the gravestone: courtesy of Mr. Howard Case 

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