I see that the query you posted was back in 1999, so I am not sure whether this post will reach you, however, I thought it was worth a try.
I am looking for the parents of:
1. Elijah Hise Howell, born 9 May 1836 in KY; died 2 May 1908 in Madison County, MO; married about 1861 to Clarissa Jane Snow.
2. Marshall M. Howell; born 1838 in MO; died January 1870 in MO; married about 1860 to Ruth Ann Gunter.
In 1850, the two brothers are enumerated in District 65, Oregon County, MO, living with Elizabeth Howell, age 53; born in NC. There was no husband in the household.
In 1860, the two brothers are enumerated in Howell Township, Howell County, MO, still living with Elizabeth, age 63. Also in the household is Marshall’s wife, Rutha (Gunter) Howell.
Some researchers cite William Lassiter “Willie, Wylie” Howell and Tabitha (Hobdy) Howell as their parents. I question, however, if this could be correct. Tabitha (Hobdy) Howell’s last child, George Washington Howell, was born about 1827, which would create an approximate age gap of 9 years. And, everything I have found indicates Elijah Hise Howell was born in KY.
Other researchers cite Christopher Howell and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Hall) Howell as their parents. I also question this theory. Christopher Howell and Elizabeth (Hall) Howell had daughters, Mary “Polly” and Sarah J. born in 1836 and 1838 respectively.
Family information indicates that Elijah Hise Howell and Marshall M. Howell’s mother was Elizabeth Hise. I have no information as to who their father was, but I suspect their father could have been a son of Josiah Howell and Sarah Lassiter, but I certainly have no proof.
In analyzing the census data, I notice that if the Elizabeth Howell enumerated with Elijah and Marshall is their mother, she would have been about 40 years old when Elijah was born. While this is not impossible, I do question that age gap, especially as there are no other children enumerated in the household.
However, in looking at the 1840 Scott County, MO Census, I find a William L. Howell with 2 male children listed as age 0-4.
Also enumerated is a make, age 5-9; 2 males 20-29; and a male, 40-49. Females include 1, 5-9; 1 10-14, and one 40-49.
The age is right for the Elizabeth Howell enumerated in the 1850 Howell County Census enumerated with Elijah Hise Howell and Marshall M. Howell. The other children enumerated in the 1840 Census would have been old enough to have left home by 1850. And, the 1845 death date for William L. Howell would certainly explain why he is not enumerated with his wife and children in 1850.
Any information would be most appreciated.