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John Edward Howell, "Jack"

John Edward Howell, "Jack"[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1902 - 1948  (45 years)

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  • Photos
    John Edward Howell
    John Edward Howell
    Peter Howell's Album photo
    Peter Howell's Album photo
    L to R: Peter Stone Howell, John Edward Howell?, Ned Davison Howell
    John Edward Howell
    John Edward Howell
    Portrait
    John Edward Howell
    John Edward Howell
    Circa 1916
    John E. Howell
    John E. Howell
    Circa 1912
    Dr. Fitig Grunberger and John E. Howell
    Dr. Fitig Grunberger and John E. Howell
    Photo cir. 1912. (estimating John E. Howell's age at 10.) If Dr. Fitig Grunberger is 65 in the photo, he was born circa 1847. Alfred Grunberger was born Oct 1875, when Fitig was 28 - so Fitig could be the father of Alfred. (J. Spencer Howell collection.)

    Documents
    John Edward Howell sails from Puerto Rico to New York.
    John Edward Howell sails from Puerto Rico to New York.
    The Passenger manifest of S.S. Borinquen sailing from San Juan PR Nov 18, 1937, arriving at Port of New York, New York November 22, 1937 shows John Edward Howell on it's list of United States Citizens, age 35, born Demorest, Georgia 8/21/02, Address in United States: 67 Broad Street, New York City. (Dad remembers the ship name and thinks on this occasion his father was on a business trip to ITT headquarters)
    John E. Howell, Obituary
    John E. Howell, Obituary
    John Edward Howell, Obituary from June 12, 1948 New York Times.
    John Edward Howell - Obituary
    John Edward Howell - Obituary
    John Edward Howell, Obituary published June 12, 1948 New York Times
    John E. Howell to Helen C. Richardson 1942
    John E. Howell to Helen C. Richardson 1942
    John E. Howell writes to Helen C. Richardson in 1942 Air Mail letter from San Juan, PR thanking her for the visit to Atlanta and family reunion. Mentions Betty Howell Traver, William Richardson, fear of infantile paralysis (apparently epidemic in PR at the time.) Also see audio commentary by Spencer Howell. Source: Betty Howell Traver.
    John E. Howell letter to his father dated 8 Jan 1914.
    John E. Howell letter to his father dated 8 Jan 1914.
    Spencer Howell notes: "I consider these two letters from my Dad and from Aunt Atze to Henry Howell extraordinary considering the fact that I have always been under the impression that there was no contact made by Henry with his children after leaving them in Vienna."
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    John E. Howell - Passport application.
    John E. Howell - Passport application.
    John E. Howell - Passport application P.2
    John E. Howell - Passport application P.2
    J.E. Howell Passport application 2
    J.E. Howell Passport application 2
    J.E. Howell - Passport application 2 - p2
    J.E. Howell - Passport application 2 - p2
    J.E. Howell - Brazil immigration card
    J.E. Howell - Brazil immigration card
    With photo. Son: John Spencer Howell age 17
    Edward Davison Howell - Birth Record
    Edward Davison Howell - Birth Record
    John Spencer Howell - Birth Record
    John Spencer Howell - Birth Record
    Peter Stone Howell - Birth Record
    Peter Stone Howell - Birth Record
    1940 Census for Howell Family in Puerto Rico
    1940 Census for Howell Family in Puerto Rico

    Histories
    Ancestors of William Clopton
    Ancestors of William Clopton
    Selected pages of "Ancestors of William Clopton" by Lucy Lane Erwin. Corrections made by Betty Howell Traver.

    Recordings At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Name John Edward Howell  [5, 6
    Suffix "Jack" 
    Born 21 Aug 1902  Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Lived in Mexico City, Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Calle Colima No. 125 
    Lived in Vienna Austria for a short period after marriage. 
    Passport issued 8 Feb 1928  Havana, Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Place 1939  San Juan, Puerto Rico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    lived in Puerto Rico 
    Place 1947  Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    lived in Buenos Aires 
    Travel Mexico City, Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    from Europe, via steamship to 
    Occupation Engineer & Manager for I.T.T. 
    Occupation Sr. Executive for I.T.T. 
    FamilySearch LDJ9-9LG 
    Died 11 Jun 1948  Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 13, 14, 15
    Buried New York & New Jersey Crematory Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Person ID I45  Main
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2017 

    Father Henry Alonzo Howell,   b. 19 Feb 1866, White Plains, Greene County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1958, Burke County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Ellen Minora Davison, "Nellie",   b. 9 Nov 1880, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1942, Vienna, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1900  Pancras District, London, MIddlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18, 19
    Notes 
    Married:
    • The England and Wales Civil Registration Index shows they were married in the quarter ending June 1900.  They also appear married in the 1900 U.S. Census taken on  5 June.  The census also shows "0" years married.  Ellen's entry also shows she is the "mother of one child", and "zero children living" - most likely a reference to the fact that she was pregnant with their daughter Alma.

      Betty Howell Traver's corrections to the Clopton Book p. 211 indicate m. "3 April 1900" [20, 21]
    Documents
    Henry Howell Weds Miss Davison
    Henry Howell Weds Miss Davison
    Atlanta Constitution 10 April 1900. "Mr. Howell Weds Miss Davison. The friends in Atlanta of Mr. Henry Howell, the talented musician, will be interested to learn of his marriage in London, Saturday, to Miss Davison, formerly of Canada. Miss Davision first met Mr. Howell on the occasion of her visit to Mrs. Charles O. Sheridan last Winter. Mr. Howell and his bride sailed from Liverpool the day of their marriage and will make Atlanta their home."
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Louise Stone,   b. 28 Nov 1905, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1972, St. Catharines, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 4 May 1928  "Little Church around the Corner" New York City, N.Y. Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 22, 23
    Notes 
    Married:
    • The Church of the Transfiguration
      "The Little Church Around the Corner"
      One East 29th Street
      (Between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue)
      New York, New York 10016
    Children 
    +1. J.S. Howell, "Spencer"
    +2. Edward Davison Howell, "Ned",   b. 3 Aug 1931, Mexico City, Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 2002, Buffalo, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +3. P.S. Howell
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsLived in - Calle Colima No. 125 - - Mexico City, Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPassport issued - 8 Feb 1928 - Havana, Cuba Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 May 1928 - "Little Church around the Corner" New York City, N.Y. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPlace - lived in Buenos Aires - 1947 - Buenos Aires, Argentina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - from Europe, via steamship to - - Mexico City, Mexico Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • When he was about age 3, he moved with his mother and his sister to Vienna, Austria.

      He would have little or no contact with his father for the rest of his life.

      In Austria, he grew up with his mother and her second husband, Dr. Gruenberger, whom he called "Pappas".  The language spoken at home was mostly German.

      He went to boarding school in Davos, Switzerland.  As a youth he spoke English poorly, and because of this, Nellie's half brothers (Edward "Ned" and Budd Davison) convinced Nellie to send John to school in Canada.

      In Canada, John studied engineering at the University of Toronto. He was in the DKE fraternity. Thomas Stone (his brother-in-law to be) was in the same fraternity house.

      Elizabeth L. Stone and John met in Paris when on holiday - introduced by Thomas Stone in about 1925.

      John and Elizabeth were married in New York City at "The Little Church Around The Corner".  Shortly after they were married they spent a short time in Austria visiting John's mother Nellie.

      John's career started with an engineering position at the International Telephone and Telegraph (I.T.T.) Company.  He ultimately became President of I.T.T.'s Puerto Rico operation about the time of WWII.  He also served in other executive positions for I.T.T. in Cuba, Mexico and Argentina.

      ITT Puerto Rico is interesting because it was the first venture of nearby Virgin Islands-born entrepreneur Sosthenes Behn, who aquired the Puerto Rican phone company early in the century, as a run down indebted mess, and then grew it from there into a multi-national giant.  The controversial history of ITT is reviewed in a book by Anthony Sampson, "The Sovereign State of I.T.T.", (New York: Stein & Day, 1973) John had a close and trusted relationship with Sothenes Behn.

      John liked sailing in San Juan harbor.  On one expedition he was left stranded outside the harbor overnight with his son Spencer, because calm winds prevented their return before the submarine nets that protected San Juan harbor during WWII were raised.

      He showed a facility with languages.  He was  fluent in German and English and also spoke Spanish and French.

      He died at age 45 from a brain infection that was diagnosed only weeks prior to his death.

      Obituary - New York Times, June 12, 1948 - "John E. Howell, an executive of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation who had been active in company affairs in Latin America and Europe for twenty years until he joined the local headquarters about a year ago, died yesterday in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center after a brief illness.  Mr. Howell's office was at 67 Broad Street and his home was at 231 West Eleventh Street.  His age was 45.  Mr. Howell was born in Demorest, Ga., and was graduated in 1927 from the University of Toronto.  He then joined the I.T. & T. system as an engineer.  He served I.T. & T. in Austria and then in Cuba, after which he was traffic manager and general plant supervisor of the Mexican Telephone and Telegraph Company, vice president and general manager of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, assistant general manager of the United River Plate Telephone Company of Argentina and vice president and general commercial manager of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, South America.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Louise Howell; his father, Henry Howell; three sons, Spencer, Edward and Peter Howell, and a sister, Mrs. Alma M. Howell."

      Forty-four Families notes:  p. "John Edward Howell, (called Jack) who married Miss Betsey Stone, daughter of Ambassador Stone to Canada Ambassador Stone is . Jack graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada. He was a vestryman at St. John the Divine in New York City."   [JSH note: "Ambassador Stone" was Thomas Archibald Stone. Thomas is actually the brother of  Elizabeth Louise Stone.  Her parents wereArchibald Stone and Flora Maude Campbell] [2, 24]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).

    3. [S1347] Clopton Ancestors by Lucy Lane Erwin, Lucy Lane Erwin, (c 1939), p. 211 #816 b. 22 Aug. 1902 Demorest, GA; mar. at Toronto, Canada in 1929 , Elizabeth Stone [incorrect marriage place should be New York City] (Reliability: 0).

    4. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    5. [S1125] Emily Campbell Price, Emily Campbell Price, (Manuscript. 71 pp. Extensive research. Includes maps and transcripts of letters describing family relationships. 10 original copies produced and circulated by the author in 1970. PDF copy available at jhowell.com.), p.20 "John Howell" (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S1210] Charles Donald Davison's Tree, Charles Donald Davison, (Copy of tree provided to John Howell by Stuart Davison upon our visit at his home on 23 Jul 2005.), Chart page "D" ' John Edward aka Jack" (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S697] J. Spencer Howell - Birth Certificate, J. Spencer Howell's birth certificate cites his father born, "Demorest, Georgia" (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 15 Jul 2017), entry for John Edward Howell, person ID LDJ9-9LG. (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1046] J. Spencer Howell, "b. August 1903" (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S1210] Charles Donald Davison's Tree, Charles Donald Davison, (Copy of tree provided to John Howell by Stuart Davison upon our visit at his home on 23 Jul 2005.), b. 21 Aug 1902 - Chart page "D" (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S1330] New York Passenger Lists, Arrives from San Juan PR on SS Borinquen 18 Nov, 1937 "Howell, John Edward, Age 35, Married, born Demorest , Georgia, 8/21/02, residing 67 Broad St. NYC" (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S697] J. Spencer Howell - Birth Certificate.

    13. [S1046] J. Spencer Howell, New York City - Grace Church (Reliability: 0).

    14. [S1465] New York City Death Index, New York City Death Index: Howell John, Age 45, 11 Jun 1948, Certificate #13500, born: 1902-1903. (Reliability: 0).

    15. [S1290] New York Times, Obituary, June 12, 1948 (Reliability: 0).

    16. [S1712] New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795 - 1949, https://familysearch.org/tree/person/LDJ9-9LG/details (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, married for "0" years as of 5 June 1900 - the enumeration date.  Dau Alma b. 22 Jul 1900. (Reliability: 0).

    18. [S1254] Civil Registration Index: 1837 - 1983, General Register Office, London, England, (FreeBMD. [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: Microfilm and microfiche of the England and Wales, Civil Registration Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England), "Davison, Ellen Minora", "Henry Howell", "marriage record type", "1900, (June Quarter), Pancras District (1837-1901), London, Middlesex" http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=freebmd&ti=0&f5=265&f6=1900&f7=June&f4=1b&f10=Marriages (Reliability: 0).

    19. [S1374] Atlanta Constitution, Issue dated April 9, 1900, page 8 - "Married, April 3rd, at London, England, Ellen M. Davison, of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, to Mr. Henry Howell, of Atlanta, Ga." (Reliability: 0).

    20. [S1183] Leschetizky, (http://www.leschetizky.org), http://www.leschetizky.org/Press%20Release1.htm (Reliability: 0).

    21. [S1347] Clopton Ancestors by Lucy Lane Erwin, Lucy Lane Erwin, (c 1939), p. 211 "married first, 3 Apr 1900, in England"  (correction to 1900 by Betty H. Traver) (Reliability: 0).

    22. [S1127] New York City Grooms Index, Italian Genealogical Group, (Italian Genealogical Group http://www.italiangen.org/NYCMarriage.stm), "Howell, John E, May 4, 1928, Manhattan, Certificate no. 12201" http://www.italiangen.org/NYCmarriageresults.asp?kind=sounds&Esurname=howell&Efirst=John&CertNbr=12201&StartYear=&EndYear=&County=M&B1=Submit (Reliability: 0).

    23. [S1127] New York City Grooms Index, Italian Genealogical Group, (Italian Genealogical Group http://www.italiangen.org/NYCMarriage.stm), "Elizabeth L. Stone, May 4, 1928, Cert 12201" (Reliability: 0).

    24. [S1685] Forty-Four Families, Florence Howell Pollard, (This book is a history of the Pollard Family researched and written by Florence Howell Pollard, wife of Clarence Owens Pollard. Published circa 1975), p. 104 (Reliability: 3).