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Manuscript Group 509
JEAN BULL SEIWELL COLLECTION
1841-1965
.25 cubic feet


Donated by a descendent, Jean Bull Seiwell, these materials document the Civil War service of Captain Theodore Hart Howell of Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Born at Harmony in Warren County, New Jersey on October 21, 1824, Theodore Hart Howell moved with his father to Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. From 1844 to 1845 he was employed in military service on Indian Reservations in Iowa. In 1847 he married Mary Ann Le Van Siegfried of Northampton County. During the Civil War, Howell enlisted in the 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry where he was unanimously voted Captain of Company D. This was a nine month unit formed in October 1862 and disbanded in July 1863. Captain Howell saw action at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and was wounded twice in the latter engagement. After being honorably discharged, Howell returned home where he became Auditor for Allen Township and Prison Inspector for Northampton County. Captain Howell was a member of the Lafayette Post No. 217 Grand Army of the Republic and owned a fifty-acre farm and the Allen Mills. He died on March 6, 1918 and is buried with his wife in Howerton Cemetery. The collection consists of four glass plate negatives and twenty-seven individual documents including a muster roll, a diary fragment, resolutions, medical discharges, descriptive lists, letter fragments, receipts and miscellaneous materials.



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