From the given name Howell + patronymic suffix -s.
Howells (also those of Arlo Bates), to O.
Hamilton was the early home of William Dean Howells, whose recollections of it are to be found in his A Boy's Town; his father's anti-slavery sentiments made it necessary for him to sell his printing office, where the son had learned to set type in his teens, and to remove to Dayton.
Howells, Sarah O.
Howells, published in 1910 a series of personal recollections in Harper's Magazine.
Howells, The Atlantic, 34, P. 602; By John Fiske, The Atlantic, 73, P. 664; By J.