Joseph was one of the children of Gilbert and Mary E Howell. In 1881, the family lived at Celyn in Northop. Gilbert was a farmer of 260 acres employing 6 men. The two youngest children, Joseph Leigh (5) and Mabel (1) were living at home but three older children were not listed. There were two domestic servants Martha Parry and Alice Foulkes.
In the next census of 1891, the family was still farming in Northop. This time there were more children listed. Gilbert jnr was 24, Emily was 20, Ada was 19. Joseph Leigh was 15 and Mabel was 11.
In the 1901 census, the family was to be found in Colbourne House, Ufton, Warwickshire where Gilbert aged 68 was a retired farmer. With him was his wife, Mary E and one daughter, Mabel who was 21. Were they just visiting or had they actually left Northop? Joseph was by then in South Africa.
Joseph Leigh fought in the South African (Boer) War and also saw active service in German South West Africa and in Egypt.
Grateful thanks to Joseph Leigh Howell’s Great- Nephew and namesake, Leigh Howell for sharing with us these items.
May 2017 – e mail received from another Gt nephew, David Keating with a little more family history. Many thanks David.
Subject: L. Sgt. Joseph Howell Message: I have just come across this website and am most grateful that you have established it. I am another great nephew of Joseph. My grandmother was his sister Emily. Their parents moved to Colbourne House where Emily met my grandfather, a local farmer. I know cousin Leigh and we have exchanged family information. Gilbert Howell, father of Joseph was with his brother Leigh an iron master at Bagillt. They built the now beautifully restored Lady Evelyn Wheel on the Isle of Man. Gilbert then retired as an iron master and took up farming.
Joseph Leigh Howell is also named on the Hope and Caergwrle memorials. Follow the link to the Hope memorial to read more about his family and it’s links with this village,