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Cindy Clark

Cindy Clark

Monday, 24 July 2017 00:35

2017 Edward Howell Family Reunion

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:49

2018 England EHFA Interest Survey

Hello Cousins,

For the past 4 years I have mentioned the possibility of another trip back to England to our ancestors homeland, hometown, church and his actual house in Marsh Gibbons.  We will visit Great Chalfield Manor, walking tour of Oxford College, Blenheim Palace, Rousham House, Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury, Talkhouse Inn dinner, Broughton Castle and many various churches with family history.  There will be some free time but most of our trip will be traveling to historical family sites with lots of walking. 

As it stand currently the dates I would like to plan the Howell Family Trip is either May 31st- June 8 "or" June 2-10, 2018.  Fly all night first day, 7 full days of family sites, fly home on 8th day. 

I am not sure of the price at this point but to give you an idea 4 years ago I believe the trip total was 2000 British pounds (currently $2600 US dollars) per person however prices may have increased.  It included hotel, most meals each day, bus tour each day, pick up at airport hotel, bus return to airport for departure as a group, & entry fee to all sites visited,

This trip is for double occupancy only, no singles (so bring someone you love/like with you),  I look forward to hearing back from any who are interested in this amazing opportunity. 

Kind Regards,

Gay Giuliani, West Coast VP
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:52

Update on Book 2016

I just wanted to keep everyone updated on where I am with the third edition of Edward Howell and his descendants. As most of you already know, I had to find another editor to finish my book due to the sudden death of my last editor.

I am happy to share with all of you that I have been working with Jane for the last year and I am happy to report that she has completed all the lines and is indexing the material. I am trying to help by proof reading, but it is slow going. I am very happy with the job she has done and hope we will finally see an end to this project by the end of 2016.

Cindy Ward Clark

I've always loved old things, especially the cracked, broken, and generally useless junk no one else wants.  Growing up, I spent countless summer days exploring my grandparents' barn on their farm outside of Binghamton, New York.  Room after room was filled to the ceiling with mysterious daguerreotypes, ornate baby carriages, colorful costume jewelry, yellowed newspapers, and a multitude of antique furniture.  My grandmother would patiently explain how each object had made its way to the farm, but at the age of ten it was just a jumble of names and places with no relevance to my own life.  Thirteen years later, my fiancé and I are moving into our first home and once again I find myself wandering through rooms of old furnishings, but this time I want to know where they came from.  This simple question evolved into a minor obsession until I found myself reading Descendents of Edward Howell 2nd Edition.

At this point, I decided to write this essay in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of my ancestors' lives through the furniture that resides with my immediate family.  By researching family heirlooms, I was able to trace back four generations (not including my own) to the eight generation of Edward Howell's descendents.  The following paragraphs are just a few highlights of the many things I learned about the Howell Family from the possessions they left behind.

In my parents attic sits a walnut four poster bed.  Thinking it would be the perfect addition to my new master bedroom, my mother (Carolyn Lawrence Bryan) and I were surprised to discover it was only a twin bed.  My mom admitted that she had not slept in the bed since she was a child.  She told me how every Christmas Eve she and her sister (Elizabeth Lawrence Cooper) would fall asleep in that bed.  When they woke their Grandma Howell (Florence Prish Howell) would fix them burnt toast.  As much as they hated black toast no one was allowed to open their stockings until they ate all of their breakfast.  As  my mother continued explaining, I marveled at the simularities between her experiences and my own.  I too spent every Christmas with my grandmother (Jean Howell Lawrence), but thankfully Grandma Lawrence preferred lightly toasted cinnamon raisin bread, and most importantly we could open our stocking before breakfast.

Over the years I've come to value sleep over Christmas stockings, but I haven't lost my love for old trinkets.  This was clearly demonstrated as my financé and I moved furniture into our future home.  While most new couples struggle to acquire furniture, my fiancé and I are up to our ears in desks, dressers, chairs, trunks. . . . well, you get the idea.  My grandparents had the same problem.  Jean Howell and Nelson Lawrence were not your typical 1949 newlyweds.  They were financially established, both held post-secondary degrees, and they had more furniture than they knew what to do with. Unfortunately, their living room furniture was an uncomfortable formal parlor set fromthe 1890's.

Shortly after their marriage, they bought a green and red striped pull-out sofa with a matching chair.  Today, it sits in my parent's basement and it is the default bed for my fiancé when he visits.  It is not the most comfortable couch, but it has lasted the test of time, just like my grandparents' forty-four year marriage.  Every time I sit on that couch I cannot help but compare the similarities between my grandparents' circumstances and my own.

For many years, an old woven wicker trunk sat in my sister's closet.  As I packed things for my new home I decided I wanted to take the trunk, little did I know I was not the first bride to require its services.  In the spring of 1918, Florence Prish, a thirty year old music teacher from Lockport, New York, packed her bridal trousseau in the very same wicker trunk.  On May 17, 1918, she married Samuel Farrand Howell and moved to Parsippany, New Jersey-these were my great-grandparents.  According to my grandmother, they were deeply in love; after all, Samuel Howell was six years her junior!

These great-grandparents intrigued me, so I continued to look for artifacts in hopes of gaining more insight into their lives.  I learned that my great-grandfather sold insurance and real estate when I found his large desk, which also contained my aunt's Girl Scout lessons and materials.  He was also President of the General Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, which dissolved in 1998.  A favorite painting of my great-grandfather's that hangs on my grandmother's wall helped me discover his love for hunting.  Even the Hoover cabinet I used to make Christmas cookies as a girl traces back to my gret-grandmother.  I am told her cinnamon rolls were delectable and that she always made bread from recipes in her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) cookbook.  It seemed no matter where I turned there were physical reminders of the past.

For most people, the garage is the last place you would expect to find antiques, but if you have not noticed already my family has more antiques than their houses can hold.  That is why all of my old outdoor toys, including kick balls, badminton rackets, swimming goggles and more are stored in cabinets from my great-great-grandfather's family mercantile store. He (Benjamin Franklin Howell) ran a local ice business, and while I do not know anything about my great-great-grandfather's personality, I did learn about his wife, Caroline Quinby Howell.

She was a very active person, involved in a variety of societies and historical clubs; my grandmother remembers her as constantly busy with some meeting or another. She had a love for history as demonstrated by the collection of Civil War watercolors hung in her stairwell.  My great-grandmother and grandmother always found them "too violent" for their tastes. Apart from her needlework and a flax wheel, the only possessions we still own are her demitasse cups painted by her sister-in-law Lizzie Blauvelt Howell.

In the end, the hodgepodge of seemingly insignificant objects scattered around my family's homes became gateways into the personalities of my past.  Along the way, I also discovered some interesting intangible tidbits, such as a family passion for geology. Benjamin Franklin Howell, the son of Benjamin Franlin Howell, and Claire Homan Howell, was a prominent geologist much like his father before him.  Hopefully my sister will follow in their footsteps as she begins her third year as a geology major at Bowling Green State Univeristy.

Above all, my brief glimpse into the Howell family, reinforced the invaluable truth that knowing where you come from is essential to understand where you are going.  Many of the important questions in life have already been addressed by those who came before us.  It would simply be foolish to throw away their experiences when it is difficult to see yourself and your present situation clearly.

Using my great-great-grandmother's dishes for a dinner party or packing my great-grandmother's bridal trousseau with my own bridal clothes is a special privilege afforded to few, and the shared experience creates a special bond between the past and the present.  There is no doubt I will cherish these physical reminders of the past--not because of their monetary worth declared at an Antique Road Show--but because of the people they represent.  Wrapped up in these artifacts is a rich inheritance of wisdom and truth that demonstrates how to live a fulfilling life.  I love old junk, because even if it's broken, or worthless in another's eyes, to me it represents important lessons to be treasured by all generations.

By: Corwin C. Mallonée

I chose to write about my cousin General David Howell Petraeus for the Howell Family Scholarship because he is an important and distinguished world personality. Over the past year, through research and correspondence, I have come to admire his efficient blending of politics, diplomacy, kindness and humility. I realize what a gift the general's words are t me; and, that the Howell character, expressed through his thoughts and words, needs to be shared with others.

General Petraeus (born November 7, 1952) rose to international prominence through his role in the implementation of the Iraq surge. Controversy concerning the righteousness of the Iraq war will probably continue forever. People on both sides of the political aisle will also repeatedly argue about whether the surge of 30,000 troops was right. However, one thing almost all American's have ha to concede is that the surge in Iraq worked. The brilliant execution of the surge by General Petraeus was key to our subduing the Al-Qaida terrorists. The success of the surge also led to the emergence of General Petraeus as "one of the foremost American generals of our time."

Yet, becoming a general isn't an indication of true greatness (such promotions have been bought and sold in the past - although not in this century!), just as success in battle is never an indicator of lasting greatness. General Petraeus earned his position of respect and prominence, and weathered the political and military storm of the Irag war, because he did not resort to the ugliness conquerors and occupiers usually dish out to the vanquished. In contrast, General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground and pillaged all the way to the sea. Sherman's military actions did not reflect true greatness. While his campaigns were important to a Northern victory (a "Preserved Union"), they left the south improverished, broken and humilated for decades.

Others may have a different opinion on the effects of Sherman's tactics, including General Petraeus; who, upon reading this report responded, "OK, to a point, but this is a bit debatable; the subsequent treatment of the south after the war was probably a more important factor in the south's subsequent "improverishment for decades." Indeed, the general brings up a good point. His insight reveals an important Howell characteristic: that of forward thinking. Surely, a degree of mercy and a tighter grip on the actions of Sherman's troops during his campaign would have been desirable; and, an equal measure of restraint toward the southern way of life (and how it differed from the habits of Northerners) would have been desirable in he months and years of Northern occupation that followed the campaign. Tolerant and protective polices would have elevated Sherman's accomplishments beyond the mere use of successful strategy and attack capability; General Petraeus displayed greatness before, during and after the surge by not employing the less refined routines used by Sherman.

Many Americans thought that the "Shock and Awe" strategies of the Iraq war were very Shermanesque - perhaps in the beginning "shock and awe" could have been viewed as such. However, by Jsnuary 10, 2007 the beginning of the surge, President Bush had created a new mandate. The President described the overall objective of the surge (a deployment of more than 30,000 soldiers into Iraq, most to Bagdad, and extended the tour of 4,000 Marines already in the Anbar Province area) as establishing a "Unified, democratic federal Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself, and is an ally in the War on Terror". President Bush appointed Petraeus Commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq.

Bush needed someone who could handle the major change in strategy the surge represented. General Petraeus was perfect because not only was he a distinguished West Point graduate (top 5% of the Class of 1974; ranked 43rd overall), he also held a Ph.D. in International Relations (earned in 1987) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Bush knew he needed someone with diplomatic skills; a person who could think beyond the use of force. President Bush was confident that Petraeus could provide the time and create ocnditions conducive to reconciliation among political and ethnic factions. The major goals of this strategy were "to help Iraqis clear and secure neighborhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind were capable of providing the security".

In his Report to Congress on the Situation in Irag, delivered in September 2007, General Petraeus stated that because of the deployment of forces in counter-insurgency operations designed to protect Iraqi civilians, improving capabilities and ongoing expansion of the Irqi Army and police forces, significant losses inflicted on Al Qaeda in Iraq and other Iraqi insurgents, violence had been reduced significantly and that "fragil" and "reversible" improvements had been achieved. General Petraeus pointed to the "Anbar Awakening" in which Sunni leaders rejected insurgent leaders and formed the Sons of Iraq groups to defend themselves, and sectarian homogenization and physical hardening (barriers) between Baghdad neighborhoods. He also stated that he directly engaged Iraqi's elected leaders to reduce intra-Shiite conflicts, such as those between al-Sadr and the Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki.

By June of 2008, the surge had been declared a success of massive proportions by even the harshest critics speaking out against the war. Correspondents on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer state that "few would argue about he success of the so-called surge in Iraq". The New York Times stated that "The surge, clearly, has worked, at least for now...The result, now visible in the streets, is a calm unlike any the country has seen since the American invasion." Throughout it all, General Petraeus remained modest: "I don't use terms like victory or defeat...I'm a realist, not an optimist or a pessimist. And, the reality is that there has been significant progress but there are still serious challenges."

All modesty aside, General Petraeus has proven time and time again that resolve, coupled with proper planning, devotion to duty, and diplomacy are strategic commodities that are greater than any terrorist jihad. In September of 2008 General David H. Petraeus formally gave over his command in Iraq to General Raymond T. Odierno. For his efforts on behalf of the US in Iraq General Petraeus was awarded the Defense Distinguished service medal.

It was at this point that I began to correspond with General Petraeus. I felt very honored to communicate with him. I knew that he was a cousin of mine (from my father's side of the family) and I was excited to contact him. While all US citizens have the right to question their leaders, very few are related to one (especially one that they admire!) As such, I was eager to seize the opportunity to get a more personalized glimpse into my cousin's values and his ideas for the future our family and country.

So I sent General David Howell Petraeus an Email with a few questions out of curiosity. Of course it wasn't as easy as I just made it sound. There was two days of haggling, questioning, answering, redirecting, automatic voice messaging, scrutinizing, begging, and all around frustration as I tried my darndest to get a hold of someone in the US military complex who knew what the heck I was talking about. Fortunately, even the US military could not hope to thwart me and my constant barrage of phone calls. I finally got hold of a nice lady named Heather at military command, and upon hearing of my relation to the General, she promptly sent him an email with my questions. I did not entirely expect an answer from him; and at the very least not within 3 weeks time. But to my absolute surprise he sent me an email the very next day, and was very happy and pleased that he was the subject of my questions. He answered many of my questions and I was thrilled. That's when the thought hit me, why should I be the only one to benefit from his answers to my questions? "I should do an essay on the dear General" I said to myself, and that is when I started work on the finished product you see now.

People watch exposés on television to learn the down and gritty dirt on famous people they either admire or despise. As a society, it is only natural that we should want to hear General Petraeus's most personal thoughts and ideas; and, that is exactly what he sent me in several emails. General Petraeus told me,

"I have come to appreciate that at its esssence, a leader's job is to provide vision, set the right tone, and give energy to those around him or her."

General Petraeus conveyed to me the importance of always striving to be a leader, not a follower. However, at the same time he also cautioned me that diplomacy was a necessary part of leadership. He told me, "Don't be a leader just for the sake of being one. Be prepared to be wrong and alter your views and ways of thinking because not everyone is like you." He went on to say, "I have found that different individuals and different groups respond to different leadership styles. A leader must be prepared to alter his (or her) approach to whatever group he is given the responsibility of leading. And as he does so, he must always remain loyal to himself and to the values he-and the unit and country her serves-hold dear."

I am grateful for the thoughtful words and wisdom General Petraeus has shared. His have given me, and now all of you, a valuable life lesson. If I was to codify this lesson it would look something like this:

"Be prepared to fail; but like the phoenix, rise from the ashes

of you mistakes and become stronger because of them.

Be vigilant: head off problems before they start, and once in a while give yourself a break"

Another reason for writing General Petraeus was personal. As a cousin, I asked him for some words of advice and I wanted to know what i could do to succeeed. I told him I was starting college on a Running Start scholarship; that it was all new and confusing. General Petraeus told me to "Be active: acquire as many unique experiences as you can and hold them close." He said to read the newspapers daily and be open to new ideas. I can do this by, "Seeking out new opportunities at school, by traveling, by participating in sports and other extracurricular activities, by finding some great teachers and role models who can help guide me, and by being open to learning from other's experiences." Most importantly, he told me I should remain loyal to myself; "Don't change the way you live your life without good cause; don't change on a whim."

I consider General Petraeus to be exactly the type of important role model he says I should seek out. He, like my father, gives me a light to follow. In one of our correspondences General David Petraeus gave me these parting words, In terms of doing-you (Cory) must remember that everyone can make a difference every day, whether he is a student in high school or a senior leader in the Army. One's tone, example, competence, energy, and vision will all matter to those around him, especially those who are privileged to lead or influence. And we should never forget that the one thing each of us can always control, every single day, is our individual attitude!"

I am glad I decided to write about General David Petraeus. His abilities as a leader have helped our country and the Iraqi people considerably. He truly is the foremost General of our time. General Petraeus is now a four star general! A poll recently conducted by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines selected Petraeus as one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals; and, in 2007, Time named Petraeus one of the 100 most influential leaders and revolutionaries of the year; as well as one of its four runners up for Time Person of the Year.In 2008, Der Spiegel magazine voted General Petraeus "American's most respected soldier".

Recently, I asked our "most respected soldier" if he would share with me why he chose to join the military. His response provided insight into why the General is held in such high regard by myself and many others. He replied, "Because I subscribe to the values of our military and have found it to be a great privilege to serve with others who have raised their right hand and sworn the oath of enlistment or commissioning." I also asked the General if had ever had a"moment of truth" situation where he felt the light bulb come on and then knew exactly what he needed to do? He answered, "I'd like to think that we generally had the right ideas on the conduct of counterinsurgency ideas for Iraq at the time of the surge."

General Petraeus's answers are significant to me because they reveal that he is humble. He understands that some are followers, and that some are leaders; but all of us are Americans. General Petraeus believes in his country and understands that "We the People" is not just a phrase. He understands that being part of something great is more important than personal glory. The us of the word "We" in General Petraeus's response emphasizes his belief in the philosophy that a collective consciouseness can react with greater competency that a single individual. His message from the two quotes above is clear to me: a shared identity enables people to prtect, preserve, uphold, interpret and internalize the ideal of our constitution, and serves the needs of our allies more efficiently.

I admire General Petraeus, not only because he domonstrates his loyalty to his country; but, because he demonstrates his loyalty to his Howell heritage by his prompt and sincere desire to communicate and share his knowledge and wisdom with a distant cousing (me) even though he is indescribably busy. He always answers promptly within a day. He has shown me that being part of a family creates a special, powerful and more complete state of being that only happens because it transcends the needs and uncertainties of the individual by placing that individual in a state of collective consciousness, mutual beliefs and shared heritage.

Having questined General David Howell Petraeus, and having read his detailed, solid responses, I can say I would be proud to have my cousin run for President in 2012. I think he would work to install and renew a sense of family in our whole culture. However, while some news reports have speculated that Petraeus may have interest in runnin for the Presidency, the General has categorically stated that he has no political ambitions. I know he will follow his heart, and will chose to serve his country faithfully; no matter what the future brings. By: Corwin C. Mallonée.

Friday, 26 August 2016 12:55

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Monday, 11 July 2011 04:37

Howell Living History Farm

HOWELL LIVING HISTORY FARM WITH A SIDE OF ICE CREAM


Several miles from Lambertville, NJ you'll discover the tranquil perfection of the Howell Living History Farm.  Sprawling and completely revoved from the trappings of the modern world, this working farm treats visitors to life the way it was at the turn of the century.  Draft horses plow 45 agricultural fields that produce corn, wheat and spelt: ox and sheep are tended.  Now operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, it started out in 1732 as a grain-producing farm.  After changing hands over the centuries, it was given to the county by its final owner, Inez Howell after the death of her husband Charles in 1974.

After a slow-paced wagon ride around the wooded property, visitors can savor home-cooked mouth-watering comfort food made from scratch, the only kind of cooking done at Howell Farm.  Menus vary from week to week, but cooks Margaret Quinn and Kim Daly say it's hard to beat the fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, potato salad, and hand-churned ice cream.

Director Peter Watson says visitors are often smitten with the simple beauty of the farm and return to be a part of activities like ice harvesting, spring plowing, haying, and tending the animals.

July/August 2008 \ Cooking with Paula Deen, pages 94-96

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