Matthew Matthew Howell (1651 - 1706)

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Birthplace: Southampton, NY, USA
Death: Died in Southampton, NY, USA
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About Matthew Matthew Howell

From pg. 39 of the book "Thomas Halsey and His Descendants in America" by Jacob Lafayette Halsey and Edmund Drake Halsey: He was a representative for Suffolk County in Legislatures of 1691, 1692, and from 1694 to 1706. He distinguished himself for his independence and was expelled from the Legislature by the Governor (Edward Hyde) April 17, 1701, but restored again by the people. His massive gravestone bearing his family arms still stands in the old grave yard at Southampton (as of 1895) -------------------- Name: Matthew HOWELL

Sex: M

Birth: 8 NOV 1651 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Death: 4 MAY 1706 in Southampton/Newtown, Suffolk, NY

Occupation: Colonial Legislator

Burial: Old (South End) Southampton Burial Ground, Southampton, LI

Will: 31 OCT 1704 Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Probate: 27 JUN 1706 Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Event: Estate Inventory 5 JUN 1706 Taken by Thomas Topping & Josiah Howell

Note:

Matthew Howell was a representative for Suffolk County in the Colonial Leg islature in 1691, 1692, and from 1694 to 1706 inclusive. April 17, 170 1, he was honored with an expulsion from that body by the Governor, for pr esenting a paper considered "disloyal to his Majesty, and disaffected to h is government," a paper which is now regarded as breathing only the sentim ent of a larger liberty than that vouchsafed to the colonists at that da y. Colonel Howell was, to the credit of his constituents, promptly re-ele cted, and sent back to the same Assembly, and remained throughout all h is term of office an able defender of the rights of the colonists. Aft er his death at Newtown on his way home his body was taken to Southampt on and buried in the Southend burying-ground where a massive tombstone, re maining to this day, and bearing the family arms, marks his last earthly r esting-place.

(SOURCE: Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York, George Rogers Howel l, 1887, p 303)

In Southampton Matthew Howell served as Commissioner and Treasurer, Justic e, Town Clerk and Trustee. He rose from Captain through Major to Lieutena nt Colonel, was High Sheriff for Suffolk County, was sent with a detachme nt to Albany, and was recommended for a seat in the Council of New Yor k. He served for many years as an Assemblyman for the Province of New Yor k, though he was expelled for nonappearance in 1701.

(SOURCE: The Genealogist, vol 5 # 1 Spring 1984 pp 16 & 17, Descendan ts of Edward Howell... by Effingham P. Humphrey, Jr.)

Matthew served as commissioner and treasurer, justice of the peace, town c lerk to replace the deceased Job Sayre and trustee. He rose from Capta in to Major to Lieutenant Colonel, was High Sheriff for Suffolk County, co mmissioned 14 December 1689, was sent with a detachment to Albany and w as recommended for a seat in the Council of New York. A Speaker's Warra nt dated 26 August 1701 to the Clerk of the crown to issue a writ for choo sing a Representative in Suffolk County instead of Matthew Howell, expell ed for non-appearance, was signed by Abiah Gouverneur, Speaker, by Ord er of the House of Representatives. He was assessed at 70 pounds in the ra te list for 1683. In the 1698 census, Matthew's wife Mary and the five chi ldren are shown. He was a Major in the Militia in 1700. The will of his fa ther, Major John Howell of Southampton, dated 3 April 1693, devised:

"unto my second son Matthew all ye close at ye head of ye creek Westwa rd of ye great plain whereof he now possesses ye one half as also one hund red & fiftieth allotment which I had in Ogdens Neck which he has now chang ed & laid in Quagua Neck as also one half of that land bought of John Ker by near or at Middletown in Connecticut with his brother Theophilus ye oth er half as also my twenty acres more or less at Scuttlehole as also two ac res of land in ye yen acre lots in ye plain as also a fiftieth of Southamp ton commonage as also all lands I formerly gave him & meadows yt he now po ssesses all which I do give & grant unto him to have & to hold him & his h eirs forever."

Eleven years later, "Matthew Howell of the Town of Southampton in the Coun ty of Suffolk, Gentleman, being very sick and weak," made his will on 31 O ctober 1704 which devised:

"to my eldest son, Nathan Howell, my now dwelling house and all the land a djoining, which I bought of Samuel Johnes, deceased, also one piece of la nd known by the name of Heatherfield, and all my land at the head of the c reek; also my negro boy named Reuben, and my best sword and worst gun, a nd my 1/4 of Quogue Neck; to my son Israel Howell, my home lot which I bou ght of my uncle, Edmund Howell, deceased, also my close at Coopers Neck, w hich I bought of Edmund Howell, and also the other piece of land lyi ng at the north end of town, which I bought of Joseph Sayre, and also my p art of a neck of land that is in partnership with Mr. Richard Smith, Esq ., known by the name of Watshogue and the one third part of one ha lf of an Island, known by the name of Kitchininchoge, also my next worse g un and sword, and a negro boy called Felix; to my son, Ezekiel Howell, a ll that my neck of land and meadow known by the name of Moriches, with t he hosue thereon standing, anda the other two third, of one half of the is land, aforesaid, also a negro boy Archibald and my best gun and serviceab le sword; to my two sons, Israel and Ezekiel, all that land belongi ng to my farm at Moriches which is not divided to them equally; to my daug hter Eunice 'Washburn' a cow and a calf, having formerly given her a pronc iple share and proportion; to my daughter, Jerusha Howell, 75 pounds; my w ife, Mary Howell, executor, and I leave her all goods and chattels, and s he is to have the use of 1/3 pof my goods and chattels, and she is to ha ve use of 1/3 my lands and the use of one third of my dwelling house inclu ding the best room.

The inventory of the estate of Colonel Matthew Howell of Southampton, Lo ng island, was taken by Thomas Topping and Josiah Howell and record ed on 5 June 1706, including 3 yoke of oxen, 13 oxen, 27 cows, 13 three ye ar olds, 8 two year olds, 8 yearlings, 3 horses, 66 sheep, 20 swine, 1 neg ro man, 2 negro women, 5 negro children, for a total of 738 pounds and 7 s hillings. Acknowledging Matthew Howell's distinguished career, serving bo th his community and the province of New York, Volume 2 of the Southampt on Town Records was dedicated to him:

"To the Memory of Matthew Howell, Justice, and Member of the Legislatu re of the Province of New York, who, as a Magistrate, was the faithful gua rdian of the laws, and as a Legislator, maintained with boldness, the cau se of freedom, and, dying in the discharge of public duty has left to post erity an example of one who was worthy to bear without reproach the gra nd old name of Gentleman."

Matthew Howell died at Newtown, Long Island while enroute home on Saturda y, 4 May 1706. His gravestone at the Southend Burying Ground, Southampto n, was inscribed:

Here Lyeth

The Body of Coll

Matthew Howell

And One of the

House : of : Representatives : for

Her : Magesties " Province : of

New=York : Deceased : May the

4th : Anno 1706

Aetas=SVA=56.

The stone also bore the family coat of arms.

He was a representative for Suffolk County in the Colonial Legislatu re in 1691, 1692, and from 1694 to 1706 inclusive. April 17, 1701, he w as honored with an expulsion from that body by the Governor, for presenti ng a paper considered "disloyal to his Majesty, and disaffected to his gov ernment," a paper, however, which we should now regard simply as breathi ng only the sentiments of a larger liberty than that vouchsafed to the col onists at that day. Colonel Henry Pierson, also a member of the same Assem bly, and three others were rebuked for signing it, among who was Kiliaen V an Rensselaer, then the head of the distinguished family of that name in A lbany. Colonel Howell was, to the credit of his constitutents, promptly re -elected, and sent back to the same Assembly, and remained throughout a ll his term of office an able defender of the rights of the colonists. Aft er his death at Newtown on his way home, his body was taken to Southampt on and buried in the Southend burying-ground, where a massive tombstone, r emaining to this day, and bearing the family arms, marks his last earth ly resting-place.

Matthew was a man of prominence in his town and took part in all civic aff airs. On his tombstone is inscribed: "One of the House of Representativ es for Her Majesty's Province of New York."

(SOURCE: Edward Howell Family Association, The Tree, <http://www.ehfa.org> )

Father: John HOWELL b: BEF 28 NOV 1624 in Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England

Mother: Susannah MITCHELL b: BEF 14 OCT 1627 in South Ouram, Halifax, York, England

Marriage 1 Mary HALSEY b: 29 AUG 1654 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Married: 8 NOV 1677 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Children

Eunice HOWELL b: 18 AUG 1678 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Nathan HOWELL b: 24 DEC 1681 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Jerusha HOWELL b: ABT 1683 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Israel HOWELL b: 7 APR 1686 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Ezekiel HOWELL b: 21 JAN 1688/89 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Matthew HOWELL

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Birth 8 Nov 1651 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY

Sex Male

Died 4 May 1706 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY


Father John HOWELL, b. 28 Nov 1624, England

Mother Susannah MITCHELL, b. 14 Oct 1627, England


Family 1 Mary HALSEY, b. 29 Aug 1654, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY

Married 8 Nov 1677 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY

Children

	1. Eunice HOWELL, b. 18 Aug 1678, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	2. Nathan HOWELL, b. 24 Dec 1681, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	3. Jerusha HOWELL, b. ABT. 1683
	4. Israel HOWELL, b. 7 Apr 1686, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	5. Ezekiel HOWELL, b. 21 Jan 1686/87, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY

Group Sheet F06140


Notes

Page 334.--MATTHEW HOWELL. In the name of God, Amen. This 31 day of October, 1704. I, Matthew Howell, of the Town of Southampton in the Co., of Suffolk, Gentleman, being very sick and weak, do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament. I leave to my eldest son, Nathan Howell, my now dwelling house and all the land adjoining, which I bought of Samuel Johnes, deceased; Also one piece of land known by the name of Heatherfield, and all my land at the head of the creek; Also my negro boy named Reuben, and my best sword and worst gun, and my 1/4 of Quogue neck. I leave to my son, Israel Howell, my home lot which I bought of my uncle, Edmund Howell, deceased; Also my close at Coopers neck, which I bought of said Edmund Howell, and also the other piece of land lying at the north end of the town, which I bought of Joseph Sayre, And also my part of a neck of land that is in partnership with Mr. Richard Smith, Esq., known by the name of Watshogue and the one third part of one half of an Island, known by the name of Kitchininchoge; Also the next worst gun and sword, and a negro boy called Felix. I leave to my son, Ezekiel Howell, all that my neck of land and meadow known by the name of Moriches, with the house thereon standing, and the other two third, of one half of the Island, aforesaid; Also a negro boy Archibald and my best gun and a serviceable sword. I leave to my two sons, Israel and Ezekiel, all that land belonging to my farm at Moriches which is not divided to them equally. I leave to my daughter Eunice Washburn, a cow and a calf, having formerly given her a principal share and proportion. I give to my daughter, Jerusha Howell, �75. I make my wife, Mary Howell, executor, and I leave her all goods and chattels, and she is to have the use of 1/3 of my lands and the use of one third of my dwelling house including the best room.

Witnesses, Mannassah Kempton, Nathaniel Howell, John Woolley. Proved before Giles Sylvester, Esq., June 27, 1706, and confirmed by Lord Cornbury, October 10, 1706.

[NOTE.--Colonel Matthew Howell was one of the most distinguished men of his day. His massive tombstone, bearing the ancestral coat of arms, states that he was a "member of the House of Representation of Her Majesties Province of New York." He died May 4, 1706, aged 55. His homestead, bought of Samuel Johnes, is on the west side of the main street of Southampton, next south of Jaggers Lane, and lately owned by Susan King. The home lot, bought of Edmund Howell, is the original homestead of Edward Howell, the Founder of Southampton, and is now owned by Hon. James H. Pierson. The neck Watshogue, and the Island, are a part of the Moriches Patent, now East Moriches, Long Island.--W. S. P.]

Cemetery: Old Southampton Burial Ground

Surname, First: HOWELL, Mathew

Maiden Name:

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 04 May 1706

Age at Death: 55 years

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Notes: 'Coll (Colonel?) Mathew Howell and one of the house of representatives for her majesties Province of New York Decesed May 4 1706' 'Aetas sva 55'

Source: Site Visit, Nancy Coleman, Nov. 1, 1998

Submitter: Nancy Coleman

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Matthew Howell's Timeline

1651
November 8, 1651
Southampton, NY, USA
1677
November 8, 1677
Age 26
Southampton, NY, USA
1678
August 18, 1678
Age 26
1681
November 24, 1681
Age 30
Southampton, Suffolk, NY, USA
1683
1683
Age 31
Southampton, Suffolk, NY, USA
1686
April 7, 1686
Age 34
Southampton, NY, USA
April 7, 1686
Age 34
Southampton, Suffolk, NY, USA
1691
1691
- 1692
Age 39
N.Y., United States
1694
1694
- April 17, 1701
Age 42
N.Y., United States
1706
May 4, 1706
Age 54
Southampton, NY, USA