An American Family History

The Howell Family


Daniel Howell was born about 1660.

He married Hannah Lakin.

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


Daniel Howell was born on September 4, 1688.

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.


Daniel Howell was born in 1714 in Amwell. He was the  son of Daniel Howell and Else Reading,

He married Julianna Holcomb.

Reading Howell (1743),
Daniel Howell,
John Howell.

In 1780 Daniel Howell was in the 3rd Company, First Battalion of the Philadelphia County Militia.

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania was established on September 20, 1787 as a large region of Central Pennsylvania. It was previously part of Bedford County and the earlier Cumberland Region.

Reading Howell was born in 1743 in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He was the son of Daniel Howell and Julianna Holcomb.

He married Catharine Yerkes.

Clarissa Julianna Howell,
Harriet Ann Howell (married Joseph Montgomery),
Henrietta Maria Howel (married John James Wheeler),
Courtland Daniel Howell (married Eliza McEuen)
John Fisher Howell, 
Edward Yerkes Howell, 
Rebecca Howell, 
Catharine Augusta Howell (married General Thomas Flourney).

During the Revolution, he was quartermaster of the second regiment, Hunterdon County militia and was later commissioned deputy-quartermaster-general of the Continental army.

In 1789, he was appointed to explore the rivers in Delaware and Lehigh Counties.

In 1792 he mapped Pennsylvania.

In 1804 he was appointed surveyor of Philadelphia.

Reading died in Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1827.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.




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 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.


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.

Reading Howell, son of Daniel Howell, was quartermaster of Second Regiment of Hunterdon county in the Revolution. He married Catharine, daughter of Edward Yerkers, and by her had issue: Clarissa, J., not married; Henrietta M., married John J. Wheeler, of Philadelphia, whose children are: Catharine H., wife of Robert Clarkson, Edward H., of Pottsville, Anna M., married Edward Hammekin, of New York, and John H., of Philadelphia; Harriet Ann, wife of Joseph Montgomery, of Philadelphia; Courtland, married; John Fisher, died unmarried; Edward Y., a physician, died unmarried; Rebecca; and Catharine Augusta, wife of Gen. Thomas Flournoy, of Augusta, Ga.

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.

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

Reading Howell (Daniel4, Captain Daniel3, Daniel2, Thomas1) was born in Amwell township, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, in 1743, and died in Warminster, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 26 November, 1827.

He was an eminent civil engineer, and was led to enter such profession by the example of his distinguished granduncle Governor John Reading. In the early part of the Revolution he served as quartermaster of the second regiment, Hunterdon county militia. During the war he removed to Pennsylvania, and, 5 April, 1780, was commissioned deputy-quartermaster-general of the Continental army, and stationed for duty in Chester county, Pennsylvania.

In 1789 the assembly of that State adopted measures for improving the navigation of rivers and for the construction and improvement of public roads, and the supreme executive council appointed commissioners to carry out these objects. On 2 October, 1789, Reading Howell was appointed a commissioner to explore, survey, and make necessary drafts of the rivers Delaware and Lehigh....

Mr. Howell's most important achievement, and that for which he is best known, is his map of Pennsylvania....

Mr. Howell was appointed surveyor of Philadelphia in 1804...

He married, 28 March, 1782, Catharine, daughter of Herman Yerkes by his wife Mary Stroud. She died before 30 June, 1821, on which day her heirs conveyed land of which she died seized.

Children of Reading and Catharine (Yerkes) Howell:

Clarissa Julianna Howell, died at Philadelphia, 1874, unmarried.
Harriet Ann Howell, died 8 February, 1842; married Joseph Montgomery.
Henrietta Maria Howell, died 26 May, 1858; married John James Wheeler.
 Courtland Daniel Howell, married Eliza McEuen.
John Fisher Howell, died unmarried.
Edward Yerkes Howell, died at Philadelphia, 13 March, 1850, unmarried. He was graduated at Princeton, 1813; studied medicine, and in 1822 was graduated M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Howell, died at Philadelphia, September, 1881, unmarried.
Catharine Augusta Howell, married General Thomas Flourney, of Augusta, Georgia.


Daniel Howell (John4, Captain Daniel3, Daniel2, Thomas1) was born at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, about 1753; died in Moreland township, Montgomery (formerly Philadelphia) county; Pennsylvania, in February, 1830, and is buried in the graveyard of the Southampton Baptist church, Bucks county. He purchased lands in Moreland township, 1 August, 1781, and 12 December, 1795. He married, circa 1773, Elizabeth Yerkes, born 26 March, 1758 ; died 2 September, 1826 ; daughter of Silas Yerkes by his wife Hannah Dungan.

Children of Daniel and Elizabeth (Yerkes) Howell, born in Moreland township:

Hannah Howell, born 30 July, 1774.
Sarah Howell, born 15 July, 1776.
 Elizabeth Howell, born 19 February, 1779.
Esther Howell born 15 December, 1780; died 2 July, 1860; married Jacob Gordon.
John Howell, born 15 November, 1782; died 15 August, 1849; married Mary Peart.
Deborah Howell, born 2 November, 1784; died 1848; married Uriah Wilson.
Mary Howell, born 16 August, 1787; died 20 August, 187 ; married Aaron Hise.
Rebecca Howell, born 22 March, 1790; died 16 December, 1859; married William Lukens.
Martha Howell, born 26 August, 1792
Susanna Howell born 5 December, 1794; died 12 August, 1867; married George W. Elkins.
Silas Howell, born 20 March, 1797; died 2 August, 1880; married Mary Jane Henderson.



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