Mahala <I>Thurber</I> Howland

Mahala Thurber Howland

New York, USA
Death 4 Jan 1884 (aged 78)
Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 5335894 · View Source
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The following was drawn from "Sketches of Prominent Citizens of 1876" by John H. B. Nowland.
Mahala Thurber Howland was a native of the Empire State. She was born on March 7, 1805, On September 2, 1823, she married a widower, Powell Howland, who had three children: Tamma Clements, Silas and Morris. Mahala and Powell had five children: Pamelia Johnson, Elisha J., Charles A., Martha F. Hammond and Mary E. They farmed in Saratoga County, New York until October 17, 1839, at which time they came to Marion County, Indiana, and purchased the Benjamin Purcell farm. It contained then but one hundred and sixty acres. This farm was situated four miles north of the city, on the Noblesville road and Peru railroad. They added to this farm until it aggregated three hundred and fifteen acres.
They had a school house erected on their land and donating a half acre for the purpose of a publc school, where five of their children were educated, Another one hundred and twenty-one acres of the farm were sold and fifty of these were laid out as suburban lots of the city.
The Howland's took a lively interest in horticulture as well as agriculture, growing the finest varieties of fruits, making a specialty of grapes and pears. The farm and farm buildings were pictures of thrift, industry and comfort. They were personal friends of the late Governor Joseph A. Wright, who, with his family, for some time resided under their hospitable roof.
In later years, both Powell and Mahala remained quite active mentally and physically. It is seldom that two persons live together over half a century and both of them possess so much mental as well as physical vigor as they did. Their house was a favorite place of visiting young people, both of country and city, ever since they had resided in the country; their hospitality was proverbial. It was but a few days since that a young couple signified their desire to be united in marriage under their roof, which was granted and a sumptuous repast provided.
When Mr. and Mrs. Howland were called home, the county lost two of her most worthy and respected citizens, and Indianapolis her most liberal patrons. And they can truly say with Byron,
"I die—but first I have possessed,
And come what may, I have been blessed."

Gravesite Details On headstone with Powell (her husband)



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