Hi Bob, Sorry but I do not think these are the same Francis Marion Howze. Mine was born in 1844 from the best I can tell. I am not sure whether he was born in GA or AL but I think it was GA. His father was James and his mother was Martha Simmons. There were 9 brothers and sisters. I do wonder though if there is still a connection to yours as either a great grand parent or uncle. This could be a family name. My Howze family might have moved to GA from SC. I just can't be certain at the moment. Thanks for your posting.