James Harvey Howie + Mary Strube
1833 - ? 17 Sep 1863 1844 - ?
Scotland Mecklenburg Co NC? Mecklinburg Co NC Cabarrrus Co NC
William Harvey Howie (Minnie Pittman), 1865 - 1935
Agnes Isabelle Howie, 1868 - 1954
Sources and Notes:
US Census, 1860, 1870, Mecklenburg Co NC;
US Census, 1880, 1900, Cabarrus Co NC;
NC Death Certificate, William Harvey Howie, 1935;
NC Death Certificate, Agnes Isabelle Howie, 1954;
NC Marriage Collection, James H. Howie and Mary Strube, 1863, Mecklenburg Co NC;
Ancestry.com's Bray, Sledge, Wilson, Griffin, Nelson Family Tree;
Phena Shepherd Howie relates that her husband Herbert Doyle Howie said his grandfather (William Harvey Howie, b.
1865) was an orphan who, along with his younger sister, worked on a farm in Cabarrus County as a boy, but ran away
west to Buncombe County due to harsh treatment, worked in railroad construction, and later married Minnie Pittman.
Later, when established on his own, he returned and brought his sister Agnes Isabelle Howie to Buncombe County.
For the following items, please note that Mecklenburg County, Cabarrus County, and Union County join in a triangle with
Mecklenberg on the west, Cabarrus to the northeast, and Union to the southeast. These notes may or may not be
relevant to the ancestry of the Howies of Bee Tree Valley, Swannanoa, NC. They are offered simply as working notes. If
anyone can provide more information, please contact us.
(1) The 1860 census of Meckenburg County, NC, lists this family, all born in Scotland: James Howie, 53; Jane Howie,
51; James Howie, 27; Elizabeth Howie, 25; William Howie, 23; and Agness Howie, 16. Is James 27 the one who married
(2) The 1870 census of Mecklenburg County, NC, lists Harvey Howie, age 62, residing at Crab Orchard, with Aggie
Howie, age 4 and Samuel Howie, age 4 (or 9?). Is this Harvey the grandfather, then widowed, caring for orphaned
(3) The 1880 census of Cabarrus County lists the household of S. M. Stafford in Rocky River. Included are William H.
Howie, age 15, farm laborer, and Agnes I. Howie, age 12, servant.
(4) The 1900 census of Cabarrus County lists the household of N. Felix Yorke in Johns River. Included is Agnes Howie,
age 32, housekeeper, whose father's birthplace is listed as "Germany". Also there is "Law" or "Lawn" Howie, age 24,
servant, but his father's birthplace is given as North Carolina.
(5) William Harvey Howie died in Buncombe County, NC, 1935. His death certificate (for which the informant was C. M.
Howie, Swannanoa, NC) indicates that his father was Harvey Howie, born in North Carolina, and his mother was Mary
Strube, born in Mecklenburg County, NC.
(6) Agnes Isabelle Howie died in Asheville, NC, 13 November 1954. Her death certificate (for which the informant was
the same C. M. Howie, Swannanoa, NC) indicates that her father was William H. Howie, her mother was unknown, her
birthplace was Mecklenburg County NC, her occupation had been housekeeper in private homes, that she had lived in
Buncombe County for thirty years, residence at time of death was 232 E. Chestnut Nursing Home, Asheville, NC, and
that burial was in Bee Tree Baptist Church Cemetery. The father's name "William H. Howie" is believed to be incorrect,
perhaps resulting from confusion of the names James Harvey Howie and William Harvey Howie (this latter being the
name of the informant's own father).
James Harvey Howie + Jane [Lee?] John Strube + Nancy Huie