An American Family History

The Howell Family


Daniel Howell was born on September 4, 1688. He was the son of Daniel Howell and Hannah Lakin.

He married Else Reading

Daniel Howell (1714, married Julianna Holcomb),
John Howell (1721, married Elizabeth Yerkes),
Elizabeth Howell,
Mary Howell,
Benjamin Howell, and
Joseph Howell.

Daniel died in 1733 in Hunterdon.




from Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing, "Old Hunterdon County," New Jersey by Eli Field Cooley, William Scudder Cooley

Else Reading, daughter of John (1), became the wife of Daniel Howell, who resided in the upper part of the state, near Amwell, who died about 1730, date of his will, his executors being his brother-in-law, John Reading (2), and Mr. Rittenhouse. Their children were: Daniel; John; Elizabeth; Mary; Benjamin; and Joseph.

Daniel Howell, son of Daniel Howell and Else Reading, married Julianna Holcomb, and had children: Reading; John, died unmarried; and a daughter.


Lawrenceville, Mercer County, New Jersey was founded as Maidenhead in 1697, as part of Burlington County in the colony of West Jersey. In 1714, the village became a part of Hunterdon County.
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Will of Daniel Howell
1725, August 30. Howell, Daniel. of Trenton, Hunterdon Co., blacksmith; will of.

Wife, Mary.
Son, David, land on east side on the middle road, Trenton; lot on the west side of Kings Street, Trenton, adjoining John Severam; lot of meadow in Maidenhead great meadows, adjoining James Price's land, said lot bought of Samuel Hunt.
Son, Daniel, when 21, house at Trenton which John Severin lives in; half of meadow lot in Maidenhead great meadows, bought of Ralph Hunt, Senior.
Son, Joshua, 100 acres of plantation where testator lives, adjoining Ebenezer Prout and John Dean; also lot in Trenton, adjoining Josiah Howel's lot.
Son, John, balance of plantation where testator lived, when of age; lot in Trenton.
Daughters— Phebe, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary and Prudence, when aged 18.
Testator bequeaths "my son Daniel unto my son David that he may live with him," until he is aged 20 years; Daniel to be taught trade of glazier.
Executors—son, David, and friend Nathaniel Moor.
Witnesses—George Woolesey, John Carpenter, Moses Dickinson.

1732, April 21. Codicil. Son, Hezekiah, having been born since writing of will, to him a lot of land with a house, and a bond due from Hezekiah Bonham and Johanas Anderson, of Maidenhead.
Witnesses—Ann Yearley, Henry Woodward and Enoch Armitage. Proved August 2, 1732.

1732, June 3. Inventory (£418) includes 24 swine, 50 sheep, negro man Jack about 50 years old (£20), negro woman and her child (£40), and bonds of Samuel Everit, Samuel Ruckman, Isaac Reeder, John Moor, Richard Morril, David Davis, Jonathan Davis, William Merril, Isaac Hutchinson, Henry Oxley, John Smith of Maidenhead, Matthew Rigby, Nicholas Roberts and Edward Hart. Made by Enoch Armitage and Jonathan Davis.

1733. Sept. 9.
Howell, Daniel, of Amwell, Hunterdon Co., yeoman; will of.
Eldest son, Daniel Howell, Jr.
Son, John, "a mare bought from Thomas Lambert."
Sons, Joseph and Benjamin, the copper furnace.
Two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, household goods, etc., "which was their mother's income from the mill and plantation," for bringing up of minor children.
Sons, Daniel and John (under age), the corn or grist mill. Plantation where testator lived, fronting on the river.
To daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, the plantation "at Alias Hokk in the Township of Amwell."
Executors—brother-in-law, John Reading and William Rightinghouse.
Witnesses—Samuel Fieming, Frances Mason, Waiter Cane. Proved October 24, 1733.

A blacksmith forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.


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