In 1873, Evan Howell's grandson, Evan P. Howell, saw an opportunity to build and link a U.S. railway system from North to South. After Rep. J. Proctor Knott made a pitch to Congress, a bill was passed to finance a railroad from Howell's Cross Roads in Georgia to Duluth, Minnesota. Evan P. Howell decided it was appropriate to change the name of Howell's Cross Roads to Duluth.
Grave markers for Evan Howell and several of his children and grandchildren are found in Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery. I have not researched this, but I think the cemetery is located on lands originally belonging to Evan Howell, founder of Howell's Cross Roads.
|Evan Howell (1782-1868)|
Founder of Howell's Cross Roads
March 17, 1817 - November 27, 1850
Wife of Judge Clark Forsyth Howell [a son of Evan Howell]
A devoted wife and an affectionate mother.
Weep not for, Lo! another gem Christ in His crown hath set. And brilliant in that diadem shines her you now regret.
Mother of Evan Park Howell who was owner and editor of Atlanta Constitution 1876 - 1897, State Senator and Mayor of Atlanta. He gave Duluth its name in 1871.
|Singleton Gideon Howell (1825-1878)|
Son of Evan Howell of Howell's Cross Roads
|Laura E. Howell (1851-1895) & husband William E. Jones (1846-1919).|
Laura was a daughter of Singleton G. Howell.
All photos © 2010 S. Lincecum.