I learned today that Alma M. Hickman was one of the first to graduate from the Mount Allison Ladies' College, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1874 with a certificate in music - piano - she was 19. No doubt she was playing Beethoven's piano sonatas composed a mere 55 years before she was born. And we already know, Alma's daughter and only child, Ellen "Nellie" Davison married her piano teacher - Henry Howell.
The first (and still only so far) "DNA match" with another Howell is an exact 12 marker match with R. Ray Howell. We both took the 25 marker test - and unfortunately - not an exact match. What that means is that in all probability our common Howell ancestor is more than 7 generations back - and we have both traced as far as 6!
The good news is that the 25 marker results are now available for comparison to other tests.