I have a picture of my great great grandfather, James Howie. Under the picture it says, "James Howie b. 1838 in Scotland, came to the United States with his parents, John and Margaret Adams Howie when he was 3 yrs. old. They came to Sparta, Ill. along with the Adams family. James married Amanda Benson. Had a son, James Thaddeous Howie.
Hope this helps. I can email you the pic if you want me to.