An American Family History

Daniel Howell

Christ Church in Philadelphia was founded in 1695 as a condition of William Penn’s Charter. The current building dates to 1744.

Daniel Howell was born about 1660 in England. He was the son of Thomas and Katherine Howell.

He married Hannah Lakin on September 4, 1686 at Christ Church, Philadelphia Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Daniel Howell (1688, married Elsie Reading),
Hannah Howell (married Job Howell),
Benjamin Howell (married Catharine Papen),
Joseph Howell (married Gertrude,) and
Catharine Howell (married William Rittenhouse).

In 1685 Daniel and his brother Mordecai were found guilty in Gloucester County, New Jersey of "killing Hoggs contrary to Lawe...The Jury therefor lay a Fyne of Five pounds for the King to bee by them paid."

His father died in 1687 and he inherited the ancestral home at Tamworth, in Staffordshire. He passed it to his brother, Mordecai.

On July 1, 1688 His brother Mordecai gave him all of Cooper's Creek, Gloucester County, for 1/8 share of West New Jersey, except 250 acres and 100 acres on creek laid out for Richard Wright.

On March 12, 1688 he transferred 250 acres on Cooper's Creek to his brother Mordecai .

On January 1, 1689 he transferred 42 acres in 2 lots to Moses Lakin.

October 31, 1690 deed from Daniel Howell of Philadelphia (formely of Cooper's Creek) to John Kay of Darley, yeoman, for 200 acres to be surveyed.

June 2, 1690 Daniel Howell of Philadelphia, to Daniel Pegg of Hartsfield, 300 acres in West New Jersey.

January 22, 1690 Philadelphia Daniel Howell, yeoman, 50 acres to Isaac Pearson.

In 1691 Daniel moved from Coopers Creek to a place near Philadelphia, which he called Hartsfield, and.

Then he moved to Stacy’s Mills.

September 1, 1691 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas: Daniel's Sister Priscilla and BIL sue for inheritance from Thomas' will. Verdict: Plaintiffs be paid their Proportion... 6d. dammages and Costs of suite.

September 1, 1691 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sister Miriam Howell of Cooper's Creek, 100 acres in West Jersey, part of 1/8 of a share.

February 1, 1692 near Philadelphia Daniel Howell, to his brother Mordecai... for 430 acres on the NE side of Cooper's Creek.

In 1693 Daniel was on the tax list in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.




from The History of Camden County by George R. Prowell

...Daniel [Howell] came into possession of the homestead, and in 1687, the year of his father’s death, he sold to Mordecai two hundred and fifty acres of land, with the buildings, on Coopers Creek.

In 1688 he conveyed one hundred acres of the homestead to Moses Lakin, probably a brother of his wife, and,

in 1690, sixty acres of the same tract to Josiah Appleton, adjoining other lands of John and Richard Appleton, at a place then called "Appletown," a little village entirely lost.

In 1691 Daniel moved from Coopers Creek to a place near Philadelphia, which he called Hartsfield, and after a short residence removed to Stacy’s Mills, at the falls of the Delaware, around which the city of Trenton was afterwards built. He became, with Mahlon Stacy, one of the first and most active residents of that now thriving city. 


A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

from Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes by Josiah Granville Leach

Daniel Howell (Thomas) was born in England about 1660, and died in Solebury township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, September, 1739. He came with his father to America, in the Welcome, in 1682, and settled on the plantation given to him by his father, situated on Cooper's creek, Gloucester (now Camden) county, New Jersey. This estate, called Livewell, and containing two hundred and fifty acres, he sold unto his brother Mordecai Howell in 1687. His landed interests were large and valuable. As the eldest son and heir-at-law he inherited the proprietary interest of his father in West New Jersey, portions of which interest he disposed of in his life time to various persons.

In 1690 he removed to Philadelphia, where he served on the grand jury in 1701. The fact of such removal is shown in a deed of 29 September, 1690, in which he is styled as "of Philadelphia, son and heir of Thomas Howell of Gloucester County, deceased." Later he removed to Solebury township, Bucks county, and there resided until his death. By deed of 10 June, 1734, he conveyed unto his granddaughter Elizabeth Howell two hundred acres of his proprietary rights in New Jersey.....

Daniel Howell married, 4 September, 1686, Hannah Lakin, of Philadelphia, sister of Moses Lakin, of Cooper's creek, New Jersey. The ceremony was performed at the residence of Isaac Pierson, in Philadelphia. She no doubt died before her husband, as she is not named in his will, which is as follows:

In the Name of God Amen the fourteenth day of April Anno Dom: One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty nine. I Daniel Howell of Solebury, County of Bucks and province of Pennsylvania yeoman...I do hereby give and dispose of the same in manner & form following (that is to say)

ffirst I will that all my funeral Charges to be paid...

Imprimis I give & bequeath unto my son Benjamin Howell five shillings to be paid by my Executors after my decease

Item I give & bequeath unto my son-in-law Job Howell one shilling to be paid by my Executors after my Decease.

Item I give and bequeath unto William Rittenhuysen of Amwell and Joseph Howell of Bethlehem County of Hunterdon and Western Division of the Province of New Jersey yeomen All my Estate both real and personal in every ways belonging unto me excepting an eight part of a propritary Right belonging unto and purchased by my father Thomas Howell I will that the said Joseph Howell have it.

Lastly I nominate & appoint the above sd William Rittenhousen an[d] the above sd Joseph Howell to be executors of this my Last will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Daniel Howell. [seal.] 

Children of Daniel and Hannah (Lakin) Howell:

Daniel Howell, born circa 1688; died 1733; married Elsie Reading.
Hannah Howell, married Job Howell.
Benjamn Howell, died 6 September, 1774; married Catharine Papen.
Joseph Howell, died 1776; married Gertrude
Catharine Howell, married William Rittenhouse.



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