Tag Archives: Howell/Hobbs

Will DNA Testing provide the Answer for my Howell Brick Wall?

By Don Taylor I have completed my initial writing about Generations 3, 4, and 5 on my Howell line research. (See my blog on Howell Research for a list of people and articles.) My next person to research in that line … Continue reading

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Half-Sisters – Part 1

DNA testing results have, for me, always been something of a mixed bag. In most cases it does a fantastic job of confirming relationships that I have been pretty certain existed. For example, it confirmed that my half-sister, who was … Continue reading

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The Dr. Benjamin L. Long House

Howell/Hobbs/Long By Don Taylor Having a blog provides many benefits. One of the most compelling reasons to have a blog is that it forces you to closely examine your findings and facts. Do they make sense? It operates much like … Continue reading

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George Hobbs & North Carolina Laws

It is always good to find corroboration of old family stories. Such is the case with George Hobbs. Hazel Armstrong Valentine was the great-granddaughter of George Hobbs. In article #419 of Martin County Heritage,[i] she writes of family history and … Continue reading

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The Estate of James Ashley Hobbs (1843-1920)

Amanuensis Monday Wills and probate records can provide valuable insight and speculation into family dynamics that I find fun to consider. Such is the case of James Ashley (J.A.) Hobbs (1843-1920). J.A. Hobbs was a civic leader. He was the … Continue reading

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Transcription of Will: Annie D. (Long) Hobbs

There have been many articles and blogs regarding the newly available Ancestry.Com Wills and Probate Records. I thought I would give it a try. My goal was to find wills for my Howell/Hobbs project. The Hobbs family lived in Martin … Continue reading

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19 – Elnora Busby Vincent – (c.1818 – bef.1900)

This week I write about 2nd Great Grandmother Elnora Busby Vincent, who’s child, Susan R. Vincent/Vinson married Peter Fletcher Howell.  Elnora Busby[1] (aka Ellenior Busbee) has a confusing birthdate. It is possible she was born about 1818 in Halifax County, North Carolina; … Continue reading

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Louise Frances Bickford – Descendant of second Mayflower voyage?

I was exploring my sister-in-law’s ancestors and found she has a first cousin, once removed, that was an opera star.  I found several articles about the cousin, but one excited me like a dog chasing a Frisbee in the spring. Now, … Continue reading

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100 Years ago – The Howells of North Carolina.

James Dallas Howell – c.1905 Source: The Howler James Dallas Howell (1789-1964) & Mary Lillian Hobbs (1885-1964) In 1915, James Dallas Howell and his wife, Mary Lillian (nee Hobbs) were living in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. The household consisted … Continue reading

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James Ashley Hobbs (1843-1920)

James Ashley Hobbs (1843-1920) James Ashley Hobbs was probably born in October 1843.  The 1850 and 1870 Censuses indicate he was 6 and 26 at the times of the two censuses. The 1880 and 1910 censuses infer that his was … Continue reading

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