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Isaac Howell

  • Birth 25 Dec 1784 Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 9 Nov 1860 Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Mableton, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 10349910

Isaac was one of eleven children born to Joseph Howell, Jr. and Margaret Eleanor Garmon. He married Margaret Tucker, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Leverette) Tucker, in Cabarrus County on 4 November 1805.

It is unsure exactly when the family moved from Cabarrus County to the Atlanta area. They appear in the 1820 U. S. Census for Cabarrus County and the 1830 U. S. Census for Campbell County, Georgia. Isaac, his brother Evan Howell (Memorial #57824037), and their father Joseph Howell moved to the area together. While Evan and family settled in Gwinnett County, Isaac and Joseph settled in Campbell (now Cobb) County. Isaac and Joseph both won land in the 1827 and 1832 Georgia Land Lotteries. One Georgia relative mentioned that at one time Isaac owned most of the land along the river, including the land where Six Flags Over America theme park is now located.

Isaac was the co-owner and operator of the Howell-Greene Ferry, one of the 200 ferries that crossed the Chattahoochee River into Atlanta. The ferry apparently crossed the river just north of where I-20 is today. Mr. Greene's former land sits on the Fulton County side of the river and is currently an industrial area. The Greene family cemetery sits about equa-distant from the river directly across from the Howell Cemetery. The Greene Cemetery is listed on Find A Grave. So far, there are seven documented graves listed. Currently, that cemetery is in rough shape.

According to the grave marker, Isaac was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from about 1843 until his death.

Margaret bore Isaac eleven children:
David Holton Howell (1806- )
Melinda Howell (1808-1833)
Jessie M. (Jennie?) Howell (1811-1895)
George Howell (1814-1815)
Michael Silvester Howell (1816- )
Humphrey Posey Howell (1819-1891)
Mary Ann Howell (1822-1890)
James Marion Howell (1824-1850)
William Burdine Howell (1826-1896)
Clement Clay Howell (1829-1867)
Alston Hunter Green Howell (1832-1908)

It has been written that Isaac, upon hearing of the election of Abraham Lincoln as President, cursed and died. He is purported to be the first person to be buried in what is now known as the Howell Cemetery.

Other relatives will probably have interesting things to add to this narrative. Additions and corrections are welcome. Also, if anyone knows where some of the other children are buried, it would be helpful to other researchers to connect them.

Inscription on back side of monument:

Sleep on my loving
husband sleep
This marble shall Thy
memory keep;
But deeper on my heart
is graven.
The thought that we
will meet in

Family Members



75 Years 10 Months 15 Days
Member of M. E. Church 17 Years

  • Maintained by: C.Troillett
  • Originally Created by: anonymous
  • Added: 20 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10349910
  • C.Troillett
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Howell (25 Dec 1784–9 Nov 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10349910, citing Howell Cemetery, Mableton, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by C.Troillett (contributor 47012623) .