Saturday, July 7, 2012

Surname Saturday – Ancestor #20 – Howell Brewer Martindale


One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

My paternal 2nd great-grandfather Howell Brewer Martindale was born about 1814[1] in Moore County, North Carolina.[2] His parents are unknown. I believe he may be the son of either Samuel or William Martindale, both of whom were enumerated in Moore County in 1820 with a male living in his household of the right age range to be Howell.

On 9 August 1838, he married Mary Elizabeth Eaton in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri.[3] The couple had nine, perhaps ten, children. The nine children for whom I have found records are:
  • William C. Martindale (1839[4]-1863[5])
  • Lucinda J. Martindale (1841[6]-bef 1880)
  • Ambrose B. Martindale (1844[7]-1918[8]) – my great-grandfather
  • Permelia A. Martindale (1846[9]-1888[10])
  • Sarah V. Martindale (1849[11]-1900[12])
  • Howell B. Martindale (1852[13]-1889[14])
  • Missouri Elizabeth Martindale (1853[15]-1943[16])
  • James Austin Martindale (1856[17]-1892[18])
  • Randolph B. Martindale (1859[19]-?)


In 2002, I received an email from Nedra Eaton Queen who said there was another son, Bridges Bruce Martindale, who was born about 1838. However, I have found no other evidence of this child.

Howell is first named in the federal census in 1840, enumerated in Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri[20]; in 1850 he and his family were enumerated in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri.[21] The last census on which he is found is the 1860 census; he was living in Clear Creek Township in Sevier County, Arkansas.[22]

Howell made his first land purchases in Missouri, buying 40 acres on 1 Feb 1848 in Washington County[23] and then purchasing another 40 acres just a month later in St. Francois County.[24] In 1843, he sold approximately 100 acres to John L. J. Chandler, probably in preparation for a move to Arkansas.[25] On 2 April 1860, he was issued a land patent for 40 acres in Sevier County, Arkansas.[26]

He is listed in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses as being a wagonmaker.[27]

Howell served in the Civil War, enlisting in the 2nd Arkansas Infantry on 27 December 1836. He was mustered in as a private on 14 May 1864 at Little Rock, and was promoted to corporal on the same day. He was promoted to sergeant on 12 December 1864 and mustered out 8 August 1865 at Clarksville, Arkansas.[28]

According to a pedigree chart prepared by my aunt, Dorothy Belle (Spurlock) Magee, he died in 1866 near Waldron, in Scott County, Arkansas. I have been unable to locate a burial location or any other documentation regarding his death.

My biggest research challenge with Howell B. Martindale is to determine the names of his parents. Other items I need to research:
  1. The disposition of the land he held in Sevier County, Arkansas;
  2. Further documentation of his death.









[1] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwelling 850, family 854, Howell B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 51.
[2] Volunteer Enlistment record, Howard (Howell) B. Martindale; Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, Civil War; National Archives Records Administration, Publication M399; digital images, "Civil War Soldiers - Union - AR," Footnote.com (www.footnote.com : accessed 10 May 2010).
[3] "Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002," database and online images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Aug 2011), entry for Martindale and Eaton, 8 August 1838; citing Marriage Book A: 162.
[4] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwelling 525, family 525, H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 421.
[5] Compiled service record, William C. Martindale, Co. G, 2 Mounted Rifles; Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, Civil War; 109; digital images, "Civil War Service Records," Fold3 (www.fold3.com : accessed 28 Jan 2011).
[6] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[7] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[8] Texas State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 41191 (1918), A. B. Martindale; digital image, Fold3.com, Texas Death Certificates (http://www.fold3.com/documents/19419207/texas_death_certificates/ : accessed 20 Apr 2010).
[9] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[10] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials," online transcription, Hopewell Cemetery, Washington Co., Missouri (http://www.mogenweb.org/washington/cemetery/wccem.html).
[11] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[12] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials".
[13] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[14] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials".
[15] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[16] St. Francois, Missouri, death certificate no. 35818 (1943), Missouri Elizabeth Jones; digital image, Missouri State Archives, Missouri Death Certificates (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ : accessed 14 Jul 2010).
[17] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[18] Wayne County, Missouri Cemeteries (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Genealogical Society, n.d.), 26.
[19] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[20] 1840 U.S. census, Concord, Washington, Missouri, p. 208, line 26, household of H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 233.
[21] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwelling 525, family 525, H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 421.
[22] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwelling 850, family 854, Howell B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 51.
[23][23] Accession No. MO3540_.491, Certified No. 9343, Howell Martindale, dated 1 Feb 1848, Monroe, Louisiana, General Land Office; Cash entry files; Records of the Bureau of Land Management; digital images, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov : accessed 7 Oct 2011).
[24] Accession No. MO3530_.263, Certificate No. 8643, Howel B. Martindale, 1 Mar 1848, Monroe, Louisiana, General Land Office; Cash entry files; Records of the Bureau of Land Management; digital images, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov : accessed 7 Oct 2011).
[25] Washington County, Missouri, Deed Records, 1813-1920, H: 407, indenture from Howell B. and Mary E. Martindale to John L. J. Chandler, 13 September 1853; FHL microfilm 915,372.
[26] Accession No. AR1370_.098, Certificate No. 14,116, Howel B. Martindale, 2 Apr 1860, General Land Office; Cash entry files; Records of the Bureau of Land Management; digital images, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov : accessed 2 Jul 2012).
[27] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale. 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[28] Compiled service record, Howard (Howell) B. Martindale; Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, Civil War; National Archives Records Administration, Publication M399; digital images, "Civil War Soldiers - Union - AR," Footnote.com (www.footnote.com : accessed 10 May 2010).


© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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