Reece Howell

Reece Howell

Kentucky, USA
Death 1872 (aged 89–90)
Talladega County, Alabama, USA
Burial Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 7747251 · View Source
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Reese Howell was a pioneer in Talladega County Alabama. He is buried in the Bethel Cemetery at Howell's Cove in Talladega County, Alabama.

UPDATE: The Upchurch's book, Talladega County, Alabama Tombstone Inscriptions Of All Known Cemeteries 1700's to 1987, states he was bornin Bowling Green, Kentucky, and lived in Lincoln County, Tennessee. It also states he was a "Soldier in War of 1812."

The books, Historic Tales of Talladega by E. Grace Jemison, page 99 and Fascinating Talladega County by Randolph F. Blackford p.52 mention Reese Howell. Blackford states, "Howells Cove takes its namefrom Mr. Reese Howell. (78) He and his wife stopped here on their way from Tennessee to Louisiana.
Mrs. Howell had not wanted to leave Tennessee and had been desperately homesick all the way. The morning after their arrival here she hadtaken a walk before breakfast. She found several springs which reminded her of their old home in Tennessee.

At their breakfast she told her husband that she liked this place. It reminded her greatly of her old home and that she had made a decision.It was that either they stayed and settled there, or else that she was going back to Tennessee and he could go on to Louisiana by himself. It did not take him long to decide. They stayed. That was about ahundred and twenty years ago but their descendents are still staying."

"Mr. Howell was quite a colorful character. A little later he had analtercation and was brought into court. The charge was that 'Reese Howell not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, with force and arms did assaultand beat James R. Bagwell'. He appeared and pled guilty. As a fitpunishment for this terribly charged offense the court imposed a fineof one cent."

Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 16, 1954, page 20 -- "The next session of the court, feeling the necessity of good roads, devoted much of its time to legislating on that subject. This meeting wason the 2nd day of September, 1833. ... The road leading north from the city toRiverside,running through
Howell's Cove, is known to this day as 'The Robinson's Ferry Road. 'The jury appointed to review it on the 2nd day of September, 1833, consisted of ... Reese Howell. ... The jury was ordered to 'mark out a road, the nearest and best route from Robinson's ferry, on Coosa river,toTalladega Springs, so as
to cross Chockoloco at Hoyls.'"

Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 16, 1954, page 21 -- "Ruffin Curtis was charged with killing John Kibbler on 6 June 1833 by striking him with a broad axe on the right side of the head, near the right temple. ... The original panel of the jury selected to try the case was exhausted, and 12additional
jurors were summoned to complete it. The jury who tried the case were... Reese Howell ... who brought in a verdict of 'guilty ofmanslaughter.' and sentenced him to nine months imprisonment."

Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 16, 1954, page 61 details another jury upon which Reese Howell served. It involved another murder.

Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 16, 1954, page 173-174 quotes the Alabama Reporter of April 27 which details the second Yankee raid on Talladega County which occurred on Friday, April 21, 1865.

"The raiding party consisted of a brigade of cavalry under General Croxton, numbering about 2,100. Our county jail, the railroad depot,government depot, conscript camps and the nitre sheds were burned. The stores were broken open and robbed. Many of our citizens suffered severely in the loss of mules, horses and other valuables. ... All the watches, silverware, plate, etc., that had not been previously removed,was taken, and carried off. ... Colonel Hugh Caperton, .. a most estimable man, and exemplary citizen, residing about five miles from town, was shot through the window of his own home, by one squad of Yankees,and died almost instantly. ... The Yankees left our town on Sunday morning and moved in the direction of Oxford. Mr. Reese Howell, ColonelL.E. Parsons, W.W. Knox, Dr. A.P. McCellen and others lost nearly all their mules and horses."

Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol 16, 1954, page 189 - "The act of congress providing for the 'reconstruction of Alabama, provided for the calling of a convention to make a new constitution. The third sectionof the act reading: That such Convention shall not be held unless a majority of the registered voters shall have voted on the question of holding such convention . Thereupon the debate arose among our politicians as to whether it was best to write on ballots the words 'againsta convention"or merely to refrain from voting at all. ... a meeting of the'conservative citizens of the county was held August 12, 1867, at Talladega. .. . A resolution committee composed of ... Reese Howell...approved the holding of a state convention of conservatives ... and reported resolution, the substance of which was a protest against 'the present mismanagement and misrule of the Radical party, endangering the existence of the constitution and the Union, and detrimental tothe peace, harmony, andprosperity of the American people, and will end in anarchy and ruin.

The Reporter, was opposed to the 'Conservative Movement ... The otherlocal paper, the Watchtower, answers this editorial rather warmly,insisting that it is the desire of the Conservatives to devise some way ofharmonizing the races, and to prevent the black race being arrayed insolid phalanx against the whites."

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  • Maintained by: Todd McKinney
  • Originally Created by: Richard Robinson
  • Added: 9 Aug 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7747251
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reece Howell (1782–1872), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7747251, citing Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Todd McKinney (contributor 46958677) .