Fishburne boys, but he never defined the relationship (E. L. Fishburne has always been, and still is, my best friend, and was my law partner. He is now Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court). My grandfather, J. S. A. Howell, lived at Badham, about three miles from St. George toward Branchville, it was not then a town. I visited his home often as a boy, He lived in a spacious house near the Southern Railroad. It was of the English Squire type, set on high pillars, with fan lights and side lights at the front door. Some years ago it was destroyed by fire. The same type of house was built in St. George by grandfather's father, Joseph Hardy Howell, and given to his daughter, Irene Howell Rumph. It still stands, on the main street of St. George. My great uncle, Benson Howell, occupied it in my recollection, then his children, Joseph H., Lewis Carn, William, Ennis, Mamie, Whightman, and others. I often visited Uncle Benson when I was a boy. My grandfather, J. S. A. Howell, and his brothers, Benson and Lewis Carn, were in personal appearance dapper, rather undersized, but stockily built men with clear blue eyes. They generally wore a black, close cropped beard, sometimes only a moustache. They were vehement men, with fixed, very positive ideas, little given to compromise, and were noted as fighters, being possessed of great physical and moral courage. Joseph H. Howell, my great, great grandfather, is said to have fought off a company of British soldiers who attempted to confiscate his pet calf. The Howells were excellent soldiers, there being record of their prowess in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, and the War Between The States.
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