Rev. James Dallas Howell in Ansonville, NC – 1828-1931

Rev. James Dallas Howell in Ansonville, NC – 1928-1931

Rev. J. D. Howell was voted to be pastor of Ansonville Baptist Church on March 25, 1928 at a regular conference the church. They voted to pay him on a monthly basis. Apparently, the church was unable to live up to its agreement because, sometime later, Mr. Kimbrough talked and asked for voluntary contributions. $54 was raised to be used for past due pastors’ salary. 
During a called conference, there were 4 churches participating in their “field.” On October 21, 1928, J.T. Curlee wrote in the minutes, “The matter of calling a pastor for another year having been discussed by the deacons of all 4 of our churches on the field; we deacons decided to have a called conference to vote whether we wanted to call Bro. Howell for another year.”  The church voted by ballot. There were 49 votes for Rev. J.D. Howell and 5 votes against him. They then voted to make the affirmative vote unanimous.
From the Associational minutes comes the following information: Ordained ministers holding  membership in Ansonville: J.A. Summey, member; J.D. Howell, pastor.
During Rev. Howell’s time at Ansonville, the church grew slowly in terms of members, Sunday School, the Baptist Young Peoples Union (BYPU), and the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) went up each year. 
                ch. members      S.S members      BYPU           WMU
1928:      96              108      first mentioned      X
1929:      98              114             X            13
1930:     101              141            25            17
Rev. Howell left Ansonville Baptist on June 7, 1931.
The current Ansonville Baptist Church was built in 1951 
(Thanks to Google Maps)
Sources: 
email-Jeff Glenn to Don Taylor – 7 Sep 2013.pdf *
email-Jeff Glenn to Don Taylor – 10 Sep 2013.pdf *
Google Maps: Google Maps

* (Jeff Glenn is the pastor of Ansonville Baptist Church in Sept 2013.)

Tip/ReminderDo not be afraid to contact key individuals or organizations from your ancestor’s life.  Thanks to the generous response of the current pastor of Ansonville Baptist Church, I was able to add new information and add texture to the life of James Dallas Howell.

The Life and Travels of Peter Howell by Himself

This week I began research on the Howell Family Tree (my wife’s).  I had very little on her grandfather, a bit more on his father (who was in the Civil War) and very little about his father Peter Howell.

Unfortunately, or fortunately as it turned out, her grandfather, went by his initials most of the time. I knew he was a Baptist preacher in North Carolina. So I started searching Baptist records in North Carolina just searching for “Howell” and not his first name, nor his initials, just “Howell.”  Suddenly a WOW!  Up popped a book, “The Life and Travels of Peter Howell”.  My wife’s great and her 2nd great grandfathers were both named Peter Howell.  Could this be the same Peter Howell.  Found the book was at a library in Raleigh reference section.  I then searched around for the title elsewhere and found it at archive.org, which is a must site for your searches.  I downloaded the files and began to read.  It was the right one, born 1805, married to Caroline Pankey, lived in Virginia…. it was the right Peter Howell.

The first page was a bit of a disappointment, he mentions his birthdate (which we didn’t have before) but not his parent’s names.  He spent his adult life as an itinerant preacher. He traveled from town to town preaching in people’s homes, at court houses, at Methodist and Baptist churches, even on occasion at quaker meeting halls, masonic temples and a Catholic Church. He walked almost everywhere putting on over two thousand miles walking in one year preaching at hundreds of places.  He describes town, buildings, such as the Virginia and North Carolina State Houses, as well as places like Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.  He mentions churches,  and most importantly people throughout his travels. Sadly, he mentions very little about his personal life or his family, but the book does provide a wonderful insight into the life of a itinerate preacher of the 1840’s.

He seldom ever mentions his two daughters.  He does correct one name Lousianna (I had Laurana previously) but never mentions the name of his second son nor his second daughter. He confirmed the name of his first son and, in the book, corrects the name I had for his youngest child.  More importantly, he provides county information for his parents, marriage information for a sister, and the names and living locations for a couple brothers that I had no information about.

It took many hours to go through the book, determine genealogically interesting information, and incorporate them and the source references into my tree.  

Of course one of the greatest finds in the book was a drawing of the author, Peter Howell (b. 1805).