Howell Wall, listed as a Revolutionary War veteran by the DAR, was a land owner and presumably a planter. Howell served in the South Carolina Cavalry in the Revolution, and in 1781, at the age of 17, he fought in the battle of Cowpens, a battle in which both his father and his future wife's father were killed.
He married Rebecca Varner in about 1788, from which time until 1811 he lived in St. Peter's Parish of the Beaufort Distric.
Howell was a member of the Black Swamp Baptist Church, and by 1811 he had become a Baptist minister. In 1811 he obtained a passport from the governor of Georgia to ensure safe travel through the Creek Indian Nation, and moved his family (and six slaves) to southeastern Amite County, Mississippi, where in 1812 he was cofounder and first pastor of the Jerusalem Bapist Church near present day Gillsburg. He served as the pastor until his death in 1822. Rebecca died in Amite County in