Thank you so much. I never knew my grandfather had a brother, Charles. I know very little about his upbringing or brothers and sisters. I think I mentioned that there was a divorce from his first wife Sarah Grubbs. I was aware of a Carthage, Mo. connection, but I never paid too much attention to my grandmother's stories. She lived us when I was in middle school. Do you think that Sarah raised the children when she married H. Montague, her second husband? i hope I have this information correct.
By the way, I was born and raised in Chillicothe, Illinois. John Franklin (or as he was known to everyone as "Frank") died in 1942 in Branson Missouri, where he had gone to retire. He and my grandmother Rose Belle Ward Roof are both buried in Chillicothe.She died in 1967. By the way, my uncle was named Charles Howard. He must have been named after your Charles Howard. Are you a descendant of Charles Howard?
I do not have a lot of time to reply right now, but I will try to work out my questions and information and sent it to you later.There is so much I would like to ask. I am so glad to make your acquaintance. Perhaps we are related.