from Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham, and Elkins Families by Josiah Granville Leach
Captain Daniel Howell (Daniel, Thomas) was born at Livewell, on Cooper's creek, Gloucester (now Camden) county, New Jersey, circa 1688, and died in Amwell township, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, in 1733.
He was among the early settlers of Amwell, and, while the date of his removal from Pennsylvania is uncertain, it is believed that it occurred about the time of his marriage, and that he settled on lands given him by his father-in-law, Colonel John Reading, the founder of Amwell.
He was a farmer and miller, and at the time of his decease was engaged in the mining of copper, the earliest mining industry in Hunterdon county. His copper furnace he devised to his sons Joseph and Benjamin.
Captain Howell in 1719 served on the first grand jury in the county; was commissioned, 4 May, 1721, coroner, and was the first to hold the office in that county; and in 1722 he became one of the first assessors, and the following year a commissioner of highways. On 20 September, 1725, he was commissioned one of his Majesty's justices of the peace and of the quorum for Hunterdon county,...
On the date of the last appointment he was also commissioned "Captain of the Regiment of militia for ye Township of Amwell in ye County of Hunterdon whereof John Reading EsqTM is Colonel." His advancement to prominence was no doubt assisted by the influence of his father-in-law, who was the foremost citizen of the county and one of the leading men of the colony.
Captain Howell married, about 1710, Elsie, daughter of Colonel John Reading. He died between 9 September and 24 October, 1733- His wife had evidently deceased previously, as she is unnamed in his will...
Children of Captain Daniel and Elsie (Reading) Howell:
Elizabeth Howell, married Lucas Ryerson.
Daniel Howell, died 1790; married Julianna Holcombe.
John Howell, born 8 August, 1721 ; died 27 July, 1808; married Elizabeth Yerkes.
Benjamin Howell, married Agnes Wooliver.