A few weeks ago I was contacted by Mark McBride Howell who found me via this web site. As it turns out, Mark and I are 4th cousins! Mark and his wife Nieves Mary just had a baby boy named John Howell !
In his first email of 9 Feb Mark writes:
My great-grandfather is shown in your charts as the eldest child of William Johnson Howell and Anna Elizabeth Jernigan. I think he moved from White Plains to Athens, GA around 1905. I have attached a couple of photos of him and a shameless one of my son for your records. Finally, I have attached a family tree. A quick glance showed that you already had the Howell information I have gathered. As far as I can tell, John Johnson Howell and Elmina McBride are great-great-great grandparents for both of us. Thanks much for putting together such a great website.
This is quite an event as Mark and his family represent the most distant living Howell cousins found to date! Click here to see a tree illustrating the relationships.
Mark and I have now exchanged many emails on our mutual family history. He also has forwarded many photos and some documents, most of which are now on the web site.
And most recently, Mark wrote to tell me that he has decided to participate in the Howell DNA study with a 25 marker test. If all goes well, we should be an exact match.
I hope an in-person meeting can't be far behind!Posted by jhowell at March 9, 2006 11:57 PM