Howell – Read connection in New Brunswick

Howell – Read

Westmorland County, New Brunswick


A social acquaintance mentioned having Read ancestors from Westmorland County New Brunswick.  This is where our Hickman’s are from.  She also has Nova Scotia ancestors that were in the lumber business – same as our Davison family.

We must be related right?  So the hunt is on!

Thus far, I’ve found a Reed – Howell connection starting with the marriage of Annie M. Wells to Capt Benjamin A. S. Read  in 1822 .  Not sure where that leads  – more to follow.

Update – 1 Sep 2020

As it turns out the Capt. Read above is indeed the cousin, four times removed of our friend.  Capt. Read’s wife, Annie Wells is my 2nd cousin, four times removed.  So our cousins married each other, but we are not cousins through this connection.  

Key to figuring out the connection was the “History of the Reed family in Europe and America” by Jacob Whittemore Reed, (Published Boston 1861 – John Wilson and Son). The book is horribly organized so thank goodness for computers and search!  The branch of the Read family providing our connection begins on p. 186 “Chapter VI John Read of Rehoboth, and His Descendants.”

Making the connection was a fun game, but the truly interesting part was learning about the many accomplishments of the Read family in New Brunswick.


Henry Howell and Blanche Larzelere in Philadelphia

Howell <-> Hanano

Blanche Larzelere (1860 – 1923) was Henry Howell’s second wife.  We don’t know that much about her, so I thought I’d pull together what I’ve found so far in this post.

What a difference a generation makes.  Henry, a native of Georgia, his father a doctor in the Confederate Army, marries Blanche from Philadelphia, whose older brothers served in the Union Army.

After Henry’s return from Austria he moved to Philadelphia and opened a piano studio.  The reason Henry selected Philadelphia instead of a city in his home state of Georgia is not clear.

Blanche and Henry married in Philadelphia in 1908.  She was 47 and he was 42.  As far as we know, Henry was her only marriage and there were no children.  They lived at 165 Harvey Street in Philadelphia.

We know little about Blanche other than our family lore says she was a member of society, and a patron of the arts in Philadelphia, and therefore likely to have met Henry through his music.

Philadelphia Times, Friday August 8, 1902:  “Mrs. Rebecca Lazerlere and her daughter Miss Blanche Elder Lazerlere are at Belmar for the rest of the summer.”

Blanche was the youngest of six.  She had a sister Annie and four brothers: William, Washington Irving, Clifford Earle and Benjamin Franklin.  It would be interesting to hear from their descendants.

Some details about the Larzelere family emerge from Blanche’s mother’s obituary in The Churchman – Oct 13, 1906

Another obituary of unknown source…

Mrs. Rebekah Larzelere, Eldest daughter of the late Captain William T. Elder, of the artillery service of the War of 1812, and widow of William Larzelere, a merchant broker and a member of City Councils, died yesterday morning in her eighty-fifth year.

Mrs. Larzelere was prominent in church and charity work, being instrumental in the formation of two parishes, that of the Holy Cross of Germantown, now St. Michael’s and the Incarnation, whose church is at Broad and Jefferson sts. She was a lineal descendant of one of Philadelphia’s old shipping merchants, William Thomas Smith, a West India planter who came here before the Revolution. His wharves are still known as Smith’s wharves.

Mrs. Larzelere was actively engaged in charities for the soldiers during the Civil War, and especially interested in the Cooper Shop Hospital and the Volunteer Refreshment Saloon. Her two oldest sons were in the army then. She is survived by two sons–Clifford Earle and Washington Irving–and two daughters–Miss Blanche Elder and Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Haverstick.

Henry and Blanche were married for 15 years until her death in September 1923.

Her will, dated May 11, 1917, names Henry Howell executor.  A part of her will reads as follows:

I would like, if my husband so desires that my home be kept intact, and all contents to remain as they are during his lifetime. At his death, should my sister Annie, or my brother Clifford be living I desire that they should have and control the family silver, tea set etc., cut glass and old mahogany hall clock.

Within months of Blanche’s death Henry moved to Cuthbert, Georgia where he shared a home with his youngest brother Edward Lathrop Howell, and his two sisters, Mildred Eva Howell, and Bertha Howell Camp.  (Please also see: Cuthbert, GA – Home of Henry Howell)

Blanche is buried in the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.   It is the site of many notable burials, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Others in her family are buried a few miles away in the St. James The Less Episcopal Churchyard which is also in the National Historical Register.

According to the Dictionary of American Family Names, Larzelere is an Americanized form of French La Resiliere, which may perhaps be a habitational name from la Roussillière in Rhône.


The Elusive Trotter Family Connection

McKeough <-> Stone

Cousin Darcy McKeough is trying to find the family connection between Thomas A. Stone (son of Flora Maude Campbell and Spencer Stone) and the Mr. Trotter mentioned as “Stony’s uncle” in John Birmingham’s biography “Memoirs My Guardian Angel Taught Me”.

There was a business relationship between Trotter and McKeough.  (In 1905 Samuel Trotter incorporated McKeough – Trotter Limited.)   On the other side, the McKeough’s and Stones (and Howell’s) are related through John Stone  and Mary Burns.

I will keep looking, (here is my list of Trotter’s) but so far I haven’t located the connection between Stone and Trotter.

Here is the section of interest from the biography:

“In 1911, when automobiles were the craze of the moment, Dad bought an EMF car. Not to be outdone, our neighbour Uncle Phil, also bought the same make and model. There were no such things as drivers; licenses then, but after some instruction, I was allowed to drive the car, and in fact to take it out alone to town for shopping errands, and that sort of thing. A desire to have a car of my own kept mounting as the years went by and by 1914, I decided it was time so start to build one.

Tommy Stone, as usual, was my partner. Stony’s father had an old buggy which had served its usefulness as a horse drawn carriage vehicle, so this was given to us as a starter. Stony’s uncle, a Mr. Trotter, owned a machine shop in Chatham which made gasoline engines. These were the two cycle type of marine engines used mainly for fishing boats. Experimentally, Mr. Trotter had built an air-cooled engine which was not a great success. Although it would run, there was no market for it, so Mr. Trotter gave the engine to Stony. It was about a three horse power engine and about three times the size of the modern present-day engine of that power.”


The Spinster and the Prophet

The Spinster and the Prophet: H.G. Wells, Florence Deeks, and the Case of the Plagiarized Text – Kindle edition

This is the dramatic tale of Florence Amelia Deeks (1864 – 1959), who sued H.G. Wells for plagiarism.

Florence Deeks brother was George Samuel Deeks, husband of Helen Ethel Campbell.  (Helen Ethel was the younger sister of Maude Campbell / Granny Stone.)


In 1920, H. G. Wells published his best-selling The Outline of History. Several years earlier, Florence Deeks had sent a similar work to Wells’s North American publisher. Deeks’s The Web was a history of the world with an emphasis on the role that women played. Her book was rejected. Upon publication of Wells’s massive opus (1,324 pages), which he completed in 18 months, Deeks discovered similarities between the two texts. The books had matching structures, scope, and even contained identical factual errors. From accounts of their contrasting lives (Wells was a philanderer and social progressive, and Deeks was a feminist who never married), personal memoirs, and courtroom transcripts — where Deeks fought her case of plagiarism — McKillop weaves the story like a legal thriller. Over 25 photographs add to this forgotten chapter in literary history.

From Publishers Weekly

When, in 1920, Florence Deeks finally received her rejected manuscript a feminist history of the world from Macmillan after eight months, she couldn’t understand why it appeared in such bad condition, the pages worn, torn and dog-eared. Later that year, when she read H.G. Wells’s new book, The Outline of History, published by Macmillan, she felt a chill. There were so many similarities to her own work: shared themes, organization, word choice, even the same mistakes. Florence made a dramatic decision she would sue Wells and his publisher for plagiarism. Years later, after a series of failed appeals, this reserved, dignified Toronto woman tried to bring her case to the king of England. It is a compelling story, part mystery, part legal thriller, always sympathetic to the intrepid Deeks, a woman trying to get a fair hearing in a man’s world. McKillop’s narrative directly challenges earlier accounts of Deeks v. Wells, which were all too eager to paint the plaintiff as a frustrated, obsessed spinster. The result is a wonderfully complex portrait of the two protagonists: Deeks, a shy, earnest, lionhearted woman; Wells, a bold, sexually promiscuous literary giant. The author handles the dual story line brilliantly, weaving together two opposing characters into one altogether gripping tale of literary theft. Photos. (Oct. 1) Forecast: Short-listed for several Canadian prizes and warmly received in Britain, this should be widely reviewed here and will appeal to readers of literary history and of women’s history and, more broadly, to the kind of readers who flocked to The Professor and the Madman.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From The Guardian

In The Spinster and the Prophet , Canadian historian A B McKillop combines these two themes. The phenomenon of the woman as an unacknowledged literary handmaid and the ethical issue of plagiarism join forces in a poignant and shocking story that aired publicly between 1930 and 1933. During this time, the Canadian Florence Deeks took on first H G Wells and his publishers, Macmillan, then the British privy council and the law lords. She finally attempted to petition King George V. In all these she failed. Legal and other costs came to around half a million dollars, paid by her brother and an unknown benefactor.




Betsy Cherry’s Clock

 Cherry -> Spencer -> Stone -> Howell

Peter Howell has this interesting heirloom clock made cir. 1864 in Connecticut by the S.C. Spring company.  This photo below taken by J. Spencer Howell during his last visit in 2010.
According to which lists similar clocks:

“The company never issued a catalogue so its hard to know how many styles they made. Most of their clocks were sold to other clock manufacturers, so to find one with the S.C. Spring label in the case is a wonderful ‘find’ indeed…the image on the reverse-painted lower door glass reflects the type of work that was popular in that day…the clock features faux marble columns with gilded sections.”

Of special interest to our family: The clock has penciled service notations inside which often record the date and owner’s name such as “3.10.92 – Cleaned, Mrs. Spencer Stone” (Flora Maude Campbell Stone 1872-1969). Another notation refers to “Mrs. Spencer.” which could be interpreted to mean the aforementioned Mrs. Spencer Stone, but due to the age of the clock this could literally be Mrs. Spencer who was Betsy Cherry (1808-1893) who married William Spencer (1804-1846). Betsy Cherry Spencer outlived her husband William and daughter Adelaide Spencer (1833-1871).  After her daughter’s death, Betsy Cherry Spencer moved in with her widowed son-in-law Thomas Stone and raised her grandson, Spencer Stone (1869-1939) from age 2. (Adelaide Spencer married Thomas Stone (1827-1899) and they had eight children before her death)

So the likely provenance of the clock is: William & Betsy (Cherry) Spencer -> Spencer & Maude (Campbell) Stone -> John E. & Elizabeth (Stone) Howell -> Peter & Lee (Johnson) Howell.

Thomas & Spencer Stone’s Store in Chatham

Stone -> Howell
Darcy McKeough mailed a copy of John Rhodes’ article covering the history of the dry goods store once owned by Thomas and Spencer Stone.

 “It was, along with Eaton’s (Austin’s), one of the two anchor stores of King Street and for nearly 125 years it maintained that status.”

The article appears in the September 15, 2010 issue of “Chatham Today” and can be read by clicking on the image above.

Joseph Hickman House

Hickman -> Davison -> Howell 

I discovered today that The Canadan Register of Historic Places lists some very interesting details on the “Joseph Hickman House” and on the history of our Hickman family from New Brunswick, Canada.   We have fond memories from the Hickman Family reunion held here in August 2005.

The text below from the Historic Places listing…(links added)

The Joseph Hickman House was designated for its association with the Hickman family, for its association with the ship building industry, for its association in the lumber industry, for its association with farming and for its architecture.

The Joseph Hickman House is recognized for its association with the Hickman family. This large white house was home to five generations of Hickman’s. The house was built by Joseph Hickman (1821-1889) who married Ruth Caroline Wells in 1845. It was occupied by his son, John Howard (1859-1921), by his grandsons, William Marshall (1894-1952) and Robert Wells (1912-1975), and by his great-grandson Robert Stuart (1949- ) and his family.

The Joseph Hickman House is also recognized for its association with the ship building industry. The Hickmans of Dorchester were merchants and businessmen, involved in politics and community organizations; however it is as shipbuilders that they acclaimed a world-renown reputation. In 1878, and for a few years thereafter, Canada could claim the fourth largest merchant marine in the world. Several coastal communities in New Brunswick, especially in the Bay of Fundy, had shipbuilding industries in 19th century. It is reported that approximately 30 shipbuilders have built over 80 vessels in Dorchester in the 19th century. William Hickman is reported to have built up to 25 vessels at Dorchester Island and four in Hillsborough. William Hickman was one of the most innovative and prolific ship builders in Atlantic Canada.

Vessels built at the Hickman yard on Dorchester Island had reputation for being safe, sturdily-built craft made from the finest building materials and with quality workmanship. The Joseph Hickman House is recognized for its association with the lumber industry. Joseph Hickman and most of the Hickman descendants were farmers and tradesman and had share in several ships. They also contributed to shipbuilding by supplying timber and hardware. As early as 1840, Joseph Hickman operated a general store. It provided supplies for lumber camps and shipyards. In 1876, Joseph built a new hardware and specialty store. The Hickman’s also owned sawmills in Dorchester and in Port Elgin.

The Joseph Hickman House is recognized for its association with farming. The Hickman family had a large farm and was recognized as a model or “experimental” farm. In a document prepared at the time of his death in 1889, it is mentioned that Joseph Hickman’s estate was worth $31,893 at the time. The Joseph Hickman House is recognized for its architecture. Built circa 1840, it is a good example of two-storey Neo-Classical residential architecture, exhibiting a depth of two rooms and using a strict symmetry arrangement of elements. The paneled front door is framed by a transom window with sidelights. Multi-pane windows are arranged symmetrically five across. The interior is lavishly finished with elaborate door and window moulding, intricate staircases, plaster crown moulding and rosettes, a plaster arch in the hallway and numerous fireplaces, including a rare cast iron fireplace made in Sackville.


The article also contains architectural details on the house and some photos.

Matilda Turner

 Turner -> Burk -> Campbell -> Stone -> Howell 

Still trying to find more on Matilda Turner of Tavistock, Devon, England.

Matilda is the mother of Mirrette Burk and grandmother of Flora Maude Campbell Stone (our Granny Stone). She appears in the 1861 Canadan Census, Harwich, Kent County, Ontario as “Matlilda Burk, born England, age 37”.

She also appears in the 1880 US Census in Alameda, California as “M. Burke, White, Female, Age 58, wife, married, b. England, father and mother b. England”

The 1841 England Census shows 4 Turner’s listed in Tavistock: Matilda Turner, F, age 15, b. Devon; Mary Turner, F, age 60, b. outside census county; John Turner,m, age 55, Farmer, b. Devon; Jane Turner, F, age 15, female servant, b. Devon.

Our Matilda could be the one listed in the England Census age 15 (so born cir 1826) but there is no way to tell until we surface more.

Dr. John Guy Jackson, Jr. unravels our Veazey’s

Veazey -> McBride -> Howell
Interesting how the pieces start to fit together….Albert Sidney Howell, Jr.’s (1898–1981) grandmother was Margery Elizabeth Veazey (1825–1898).  Sidney traced his Veazey ancestors to James Veazey, born Aug 25, 1725 in Cecil County Maryland and who died in 1790 near Powelton, Georgia.  The details are documented in his typed manuscript which was provided (p1)(p2) to us in February 2007 by Jim Brittain (noted here).

Unfortunately I could find no relationship between Albert Sidney Howell’s Veazeys, and our ancestor, Elizabeth C. “Betsy” Veazey McBride a.k.a. “Grandma Eley”.  Betsy Veazy, her many marriages and her ancestors were basically a mystery until I received an email from Dr. John Guy Jackson in April this year, who explained:

I am a gg-grandson of John McBride and Elizabeth C. ‘Betsy’ Veazey via their daughter Melissa Frances McBride (Elmina McBride Howell’s sister); Melissa Frances married John Stephen Jackson in Taliaferro County on 14 Apr 1840.

Dr. Jackson further explained that he had written My Search For John Stephen Jackson, His Ancestors and His Descendants, and that the Veazey’s and McBrides were well documented in Chapter 9. Last weekend I received a copy and can hardly put it down!  Chapter 9 contains 178 pages of text including extensive source references and photocopies of original documents.  Here are a few of the things I learned about the Veazeys (also lots on the McBrides..but that is for later):

  1. ‘Betsy’ Veazey had 4 husbands and seven children. She was left a widow twice, and divorced once. She Married (1) John McBride ca 1813 in Greene Co.; six children (Elmina, Alonzo Church, Melissa Frances, Mary Elizabeth, Susan C, and Julia J).  Mr. McBride died 26 Jun 1828 at Indian Springs. She m(2) Fauntleroy F. Chain in Fall 1831 in Houston Co.; one daughter (Angelina). Mr. Chain died Jan 1835. She m(3) Neil Ard 26 Oct 1837 in Houston Co.; divorced in 1838. She m(4) James J. Eley 9 Jun 1842 in Taliaferro Co.; he died in 1873. She died 21 Jan1869 at age 70.”
  2. Captain Abner Veazey (1776-1832) is Betsy’s father who married Delilah Rhodes in 1797 in Organge Co., North Carolina. There were two daughters – Mary born about 1798 and our ancestor Betsy born about 1799. Captain Veazey served as a citizen soldier in the Georgia Militia and was called into active service on three separate occasions: 1) in 1813 during the Creek Indian Wars, 2) in the Federal Service during the war of 1812 and 3) in 1818 during the First Seminole War. Abner Veazey was also a prominent member of the American Colonization Society, which was formed to: 1) suppress the slave trade, and 2) to aid in legally freeing slaves, and 3) to remove free Negroes from the United States to Liberia. “Listed among the charter members of the Putnam County branch were such prominent men as John McBride (Abner Veazey’s son-in-law)…Rev. Alonzo Church…Rev. Coleman Pendelton.
  3. Elijah Veazey (born 1745/50 in Cecil Co., MD; d. 1801) and Frances Hester were Captain Abner Veazey’s parents. They were married in Granville Co. NC and had 7 children (Elizabeth, Abner, Mark, Ezekiel, William Rebecca, Fielding). As a boy Elijah moved with his parents to Granville Co., NC. The 1800 US Census in the Dutch District of Granville County NC shows five males, three females plus five slaves in Elijah’s household.
  4. Edward Veazey (1721-1779) and Ann (1723-1787) were Elijah’s parents. Edward’s birth is recorded in the records of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Cecil Co., Maryland. Edward and Ann had four children (Ann, Elijah, Elizabeth Lee, Rachel). During the 1750’s Edward migrated to what is known as ‘Veazey Ridge’ (now in Butner, NC), in the Knap of Reeds Community, Granville Co., NC. Here he purchased 320 acres in 1759 and another 200 acres in 1762. It is likely that Edward and Ann are buried in an old Veazey cemetery on Veazey Ridge.
  5. James E. Veazey (d. 1766) and Mary Mercer (d. 1766) were Edward’s parents. They had 8 children (Martha, Thomas, Edward, Elizabeth, James, William, Mary, Araminta) And here is where we discover that the James Veazey b. 1725 in Albert Sidney Howell’s genealogy is the same as the James in this family. (see family group sheet). This was our missing link and with this knowledge we now can connect Albert Sidney Howell’s Veazey’s and ours.
  6. John Veazey (1647-1700) born in Essex, England, and Martha Broccus were James E. Veazey’s parents. They had 5 children (William, George, Edward, James E., Robert). In 1687 John Veazey purchased a tract of land (quoting Guy Jackson) “in the southern portion of Cecil Co., MD, on the eastern side of the Elk River and on the south side of the Bohemia River near the point where the Bohemia empties into the Elk, the tract being part of a neck of land knon as ‘Veazey’s Neck’.” Their home was named Cherry Grove and was occupied by his descendants until about 1900.

View “Veazey Neck” and “Vezey Cove” in a map

Coincidentally when we lived in Philadelphia, Jack Howell and I would trailer the Lazer II to Tukey Point in Elk Neck State Park and spend the day sailing in the Elk River – just opposite Veazey’s Neck.  Veazey Neck is listed as such on NOAA navigational charts.

So now, thanks to cousin Dr. John Guy Jackson, we know much more about our Veazey line going all the way back to John Veazey born 1647 in Essex, England and who settled in Cecil County, MD, and who is the 10x great grandfather of the youngest of our Howell’s today! (chart).

Magnolia Cemetery – Thompson

Thompson -> Heard -> Howell

William Thompson (1781–1839) and his wife Hannah Brooks (1789–1872) are the 4x great grandparents of the Howell’s in my generation.  I learned last week during a visit with Jim Brittain and Betty Howell Traver that they are buried in the Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia, along with many of their family.  

Jim Brittain provided photos and a plot map – The photos are now linked back to the database entry for each person.

The marker describing the plot reads:

“William and Hannah Thompson and the following members of their family, Edmund Heard, Ellen Heard, Henry Heard, Hannah Heard, Daniel B. Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Mary Thompson, Jane Thompson, James Thompson, Jane Thompson, Sarah J. Lathrop”