I don't know much about the Howerton side of our family, but my great-grandmother might have been your John Franklin Howerton's cousin:
Margaret Ann Howerton, b.24 Jul 1863 AL d. 3 Jan 1939 GA bur. Cuthbert, Randolph, GAm. 28 Dec 1879 Union Springs, Bullock, Alabama to James L Cliatt, b.30
Dec 1847 Eufaula, Barbour, AL
In our family album, there are pictures of Margaret Ann ["Maggie"]'s siblings, Oran, Lonnie, and Ever. They appear teen-aged. Her other siblings were
Sallie, Minney, and John Howerton. No pictures of them. Sarah Elizabeth Cliatt recorded the death of Jane Howerton
The name Oran jumped out at me and I had to write back. My Cliatt relatives moved from AL in about 1890 and settled in Clay Co GA.
CENSUS:Margaret A [Howerton] Cliatt 1910 GA 69th family/res.Widow, 46 yrs.old, 9 children, 8 liv.
b.AL, Fath.b."uns", Moth.b.AL
1900 US Census GA Clay Co, reports Margaret's father born in GA, mother in AL. She was married to James L long before then.
James L's family: Moved to GA between Jul 1884-Dec 1886.
Lived in AL before then, according to Sarah Elizabeth Cliatt.
1870 Cliatt family living in Glennville,Russell,AL
The only thing Sarah Elizabeth Cliatt, daughter of Margaret, could tell me about her grandparents was that granddaddy Howerton died in the Civil War and
granny married about 4 times. Her next husband was a McClevain and she had children Elik and Aron MacClevain. She lived with Dunaways in Stewart Co and
might have married a Skipper, from a Dutch family.
Jane MacClevain d. 18 Oct 1905 [no hint as to family connection] Bible of Sarah Elizabeth Cliatt. Mother of Margaret Ann Howerton?
Also in this Bible entry:
Sarah Lizzie Beth Cliatt d. 24 Aug 1896
William Elic Cliatt d. 18 Apr 1901
John Davis Cliatt d. 18 Aug 1902
Here's a Howerton record I found in the US Census:
CENSUS:1860 AL Henry Co.,Franklin Beat 7, Abbeville house708, fam.709.
John W.Howerton, 53, wife Jane, 43, Amanda, 14, Thomas J.,11, William E.,9,
Ridonia,6, Martha A.Homes,7, Washington Nobles, 14.Farmer, $5000-real
Jane b.GA, cannot R/W. All others in house b.AL.
John Howerton, 71, b.SC living house next door w/Gamble family. 4 Aug 1860
James M.Howerton,22, clerk for merchant in Abbeville Elijah W. Teague, Beat 8.
Howerton Civil War Records I found in the National Archives in East Point, GA [Atlanta suburb]:
PUBCivCSAHowCivil War Troops raised directly by CSA.Handwritten copy of microfilm of Howertons.
National Archives, East Point, GA
DATA: PUBCivCSAHow1Howerton, JC [Private John Howerton]MCivil War1861-1865Co.A Richardson's Battalion Conf.Light
Artillery;Private John Howerton;Capt.Penick's Co.HowertRicharPenick2d.Light Artillery
PUBCivCSAHow2Howerton, Samuel W.MCivil War1861-1865Chaplain;Gen.and Staff Officers
PUBCivCSAHow3Howerton, TR [Corp.Thos.R.]MCivil War1861-1865Co.A;Richardson's Battalion
Confed.Lt.Artillery;Capt.Penick's Co. 2 Lt.Arty.
PUBCivCSAHow6Howerton, WJMCivil War1861-1865Engineers, CSA;Capt.
PUBCivCSAHow4Howerton, Wm.H.MCivil War1861-1865AA Surg.
PUBCivCSAHow5Howerton, Wm.M.[Wm.M.Jr.]MCivil War1861-1865VADC;2 Lt.Bri.;2 Lt.;Co.K 26 VA Inf.
This was just one search in the Civil War records and there are more places to look I couldn't cover.Would you please share more info, if you have it?We may be distant cousins!