June 27, 2006

An Interview with Julia Howell Traylor Dyar

Howell <-> Howell

About a month ago, thanks to a transcript of an interview posted on the Digital Library of Georgia web site from the Troup County Archives, I learned that Julia Dyar is a third cousin living in LaGrange, Georgia - We have started corresponding (as you can see from the Genealogue entry of 20 June 2006) and already new facts are emerging on our mutual Howell ancestors.

Julia Howell Traylor Dyar
LaGrange, Georgia - 2003

Although the interview is mostly about Julia's fond memories of life in LaGrange, the comment that prompted me to contact her was:

My mother was Gladys Marchman from the eastern part of Georgia; her parents were pioneer settlers in Hancock and Greene Counties.

A thread that emerges from many generations of Georgia Howell's is a love for writing and teaching. Julia certainly fits the mold.

The video/audio of the interview can be seen here

The transcript here:

Posted by jhowell at 1:34 PM

June 20, 2006

Henry Howell describes life in Vienna

Howell <-> Howell
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Julia Howell Traylor Dyar from LaGrange Georgia sent a copy of a letter she receievd from Henry Alonzo Howell over 71 years ago.

Julia writes:

"In this mailing I'm sending you a copy of a wonderful letter I have kept through the years because it was so special to me. My mother and father took me to Cuthbert in the spring of 1935. While there we went to visit my Mother's relative "Cousin Henry Howell". I was just 10 years old in May of 1935. Earlier that year, after our visit, I wrote him requesting of his memories of living in Vienna. This letter is his answer. I hope you will find it as special as I have - enough to keep it for these 71 years."

Dated May 1, 1935 and written when he was 69, Henry describes his life in Vienna in 1902-4 where he was a piano student of the famous Theodor Leschetizky. A copy of the 5 page letter can be seen here.

Posted by jhowell at 9:25 PM

June 1, 2006

Gabriel Boyer - American Boyers

Boyer -> Boyer

Wendy Smythe forwarded pages from the Boyer genealogy published by The Association of American Boyers that show the family of Jacob Boyer. We believe Jacob is the father of our George Washington Boyer, Sr. and this is the first independent confirmation of that conclusion. (See the Genealogue entry posted here in September 2003.).

This genealogy also reveals to us the ancestry of Jacob Boyer going back to the immigrant to North America - Gabriel Boyer b. 1700 in Tartary ( a region in central asia) "where his German parents had gone for some reason or other according to tradition recorded by his great-granddaughter, Mrs. McCahon".

Some other interesting facts:

Gabriel Boyer is the 4th Great Grandfather of Bill & Evelyn Boyer. When exactly he came to America is not known, but he is reported to have owned a large farm in Oley, Berks County, PA (which is near Reading, Pa.) as early as 1733.

Gabriel came to Frankford, Bristol Township, Philadelphia, PA a few years before his death in 1766.

Two of Gabriel's sons, John Boyer (Bill and Evelyn's ancestor), and Peter Boyer apparently fought in the U.S. Revolutionary War. John Boyer's granddaughter, Mrs Mary J. Kluhenspies (4 - AG168), "reported that he was built stout and straight, six feet three inches tall, called the strongest in a thousand. She said he was a soldier, probably in the Revolutionary War, and that he was a favorite with the officers, frequently dining with them."

Posted by jhowell at 12:29 PM