her home as a boy.  She seemed to understand boys.  Her home is still owned by

the Jones children at the junction of U.S. Highways Nos. 15 and 17 in Walterboro.

E. M. Jones was a merchant, and for many years was county auditor; he possessed

the happiest disposition I ever came in contact with.  His mother was a Mood of

about Sumter.  He was reared near Salkehatchie, in Colleton County. Edna is

attractive and efficient like her mother, though much like her father in appearance 

and disposition.

        I could set down many interesting anecdotes concerning all my uncles and

aunts, but am not now purposing to write a biography of any of them.  Suffice it

to say that all of them were leaders of men, highly respected by everybody who

knew them, all of them having a great force of character and being of fixed

principles which were always high.  They never took a back seat in any sphere in

which they moved.  It speaks well for grandfather and grandmother that they

reared such a family of strong men and women in the country near Reevesville

and St. George.  All the neighbors sought the Howells for counsel in all their

troubles, and trusted them.

        My grandmother, Susan Grimes, reared near Branchville, in Orangeburg

County, was a lovely old lady, as I remember her.  She was rather rotund of figure,

had bright blue eyes, a fair complexion and blond hair; and a marvelously kind and

sympathetic disposition.  Edna Riddle has an enlarged picture of her.  She did not

possess the vehemence of the Howells.

        My grandfather, J. S. A. Howell, as I remember him, a man of 60 or 65,

was typical of all I've heard about the Howell family.  I visited his home at

Badham, and as a boy recognized him as a forceful, successful farmer, and a

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Madison Peyton Howell, Jr. Electronic Book
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