Isaac Ellis Howell was the youngest son of Newton Cannon Howell (often listed as "Newton K. Howell") and Mary E. Chapman, of Knox Co., TN. In 1900, he was living in Barbourville, Knox Co., KY, with his father following the death of his mother. He married Elsie Ballard. I. E. and Elsie had five children: Mary Reed; Ellis; Frances; Geo. Cannon; and Rex Osborne. Despite the dates listed on his headstone (i.e., 1880-1958), his NC death certificate gives his date of birth as 16 Oct. 1881 and date of death as 30 Apr. 1952.