Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday – January 17, 2017- Lorenzo Howell

Lorenzo Howell is the son of Nathan Howell and Miriam Best. He was born on June 15, 1850 in Elgin, Ontario. Nathan and Miriam had seven children; Elisah(1849), Lorenzo(1850), Margaret (1851), John(1853), Lewis(1855), Alvin(1857), Alice(1859).

Lorenzo is found living with his parents in Elgin, Ontario in the 1851 and 1861 Canadian Censuses. In the 1891 Census, Lorenzo and Mary Jane Staples have married (sometime around 1880) and they have three children; Hester, Jessie and Melbourn. I do not see a reference to Hester after the 1891 census.  I do not find the family again until the 1901 Census and the 1911 Census. They had 6 children; Hester (1882), Jessie (1885), Melbourn(1887), Florence (1893), Nora (1900), William (1905). By the 1921 Canadian Census, Nora is the only remaining child living with Lorenzo and Mary Jane. Lorenzo was a Postal carrier and Postmaster. 

Mary Jane Staples, Jessie, Florence, Melbourne and Lorenzo Howell

 This photo based on the children's ages was probably taken around 1895. I am estimating that Florence is 3 or 4 years old, Melbourne 10 years old and Jessie is 12. 
He died on January 17, 1929 and is buried in Townline Cemetery, McMurrich, Parry Sound District, Ontario. His death certificate names the cemetery as Chalmers Church Cemetery, McMurrich. His sister Margaret was the person listed as the informant when Lorenzo died. Her name is Mrs Margaret Johnson. 

Rest in Peace, Lorenzo.

Jan Smith

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