I have ordered some wills or intestate files from Alabama Historical Commission - I think that is the correct name.These societies all sound the same to me.Commission, Society, Historical etc, etc, etc.You get my drift.
I will keep you posted.There is a Levi Howell in AL with a file. I forgot which county. I think were are talking about the same Howell family in regards to your Jackson. They went through Mobile - I think.It may take me a few months working a few hours a week, but I think the Jackson name fits in with the NC/SC Howell connection somehow.