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Abner Howard

Birthplace: Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Howard and Susannah Howard
Brother of Matthew Howard; John Howard, Jr.; Gideon Howard; Lemuel Howard and Henry Howard
Half brother of Hannah Martin

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About Abner Howard

  • Maryland and Virginia Colonials: Genealogies of Some Colonial Families ... By Sharon J. Doliante
  • Pg.353
  • MATTHEW HOWARD, SR. was probably b. at least by 1610, and since he was not listed among those person living in Va., at the time of the 'Muster" of 1624/25, he clearly was not b. in Va. He d. sometime bet. 1652 and 1659, in Va.; m. possibly C1635, Ann (___), whose transportation into Va., he claimed - probably having brought her here, himself. It isn't known when Ann died. Her last child was b. C1651.
  • As will be shown below, the earliest record in America which mentions the name of Matthew Howard, of which we have knowledge, was dated 1635, and the last was in Dec. 1652. His wife Ann, was first mentioned in Va. records on May 26, 1638, with no further known reference to her after July 6, 1640, although she undoubtedly lived a number of years after this.
  • It seems likely that Ann, the mother, had died only shortly before the children came to Maryland, in 1659.
  • It doesn't take too much imagination .... etc.
  • Pg.356
  • Issue of Matthew and Ann Howard, Sr. named in the order they were given in will of Richard Hall, therfore prob. in their order of birth (the last two not having then been born):
    • I. Ann Howard (q.v.)
    • II. Elizabeth Howard (q.v.)
    • III. Matthew Howard Jr. (q.v.)
    • IV. Cornelius Howard (q.v.)
    • V. John Howard (q.v.)
    • VI. Samuel Howard (q.v.)
    • VII. Philip Howard (q.v.)
    • VIII. Mary Howard (q.v.)
  • I. Ann Howard, prob. b. C1637, Lower Norfolk Co., Va.; Legatee in the 1648 will of Richard Hall, in Va.; m. James Greneff, or Greniffe. He left a will dated Anne Arundel Co., Md., Feb. 21, 1686; proved, Sept. 26, 1694 (given in full at the back of this chapter), in which he ment. his wife Ann, his children, and also his "broth", John Howard, and "brother" Samuel Howard, his sister Catherine, and others. Issue as named:
    • (I.) John Greniffe, perhaps the one who m. Ruth (___) Dorsey, widow of Edward.
    • (II.) James Greniffe, Jr., living, 1703
    • (III.) Samuel Greniffe, d.s.p. testate, 1703, A.A.Co., Md.
    • (IV.) Hannah Greniffe, unm., 1703
  • II. Elizabeth Howard, prob. b. C1639, Lower Norfolk Co., Va; d.aft. 1669 but bef. 1673, Md.; m. bet. 1659 and 1664, A.A. Co., Md., Col. Henry Ridgley. She was also a legatee in the 1648 will of Richard Hall, and her husband claimed land rights in 1664, for having transported her into Maryland. Actually, it seems doubtful that such was the case. Probably she transported herself, or perhaps one of her brothers brought her to Maryland, but if a woman married before land rights could be claimed for her, it was customary to allow her husband that privilege. Her bro. Cornelius came to Md. in 1659 and prob. the others too, and Elizabeth with them. For Known issue of Col. Henry Ridgley, which we believe to also have been Elizabeth's, see the Ridgley family.
  • III. Matthew Howard, Jr., prob. b. C1641, Lower Norfolk Co., Va.; d. testate, A. A. Co., Md., bet. Oct. 3, 1691 and Jan. 19, 1694 (dates of the writing and proving of his will (Given in full at the back of this chapter.); m. bef. 1667, Sarah Dorsey, dau. of Edward and Ann Dorsey. She predeceased him. [See: The Dorsey Family, by Dorsey and Nimmo (Baltimore, 1947.).]
  • Matthew, Jr., was a legatee in the 1648 will fo Richard Hall, in Va., and in the 1684 will of one Henry Howard, of A.A. Co., Md. He and his bro. John, were each left "a silver seal". (This will also given in full at the back of this chapter.)
  • He immigrated to Md., from Va., bef. 1659 [Skorda, op. cit., p. 216], and in 1661, Henry Catlin, also from Va., and one of Edward Lloyd's commissioners, assigned his Md. survey to Matthew, Jr., who then re-named it, "Howard's Inheritance" [Warfield, op. cit., pp. 44, 68.]
  • Pg.357
  • Matthew claimed land rights for having transported Sarah Darey (sic), prior to 1667, when he styles her, his wife. [Skordas, op. cit., p. 122/]
  • Issue of Matthew and Sarah (Dorsey) Howard, Jr.:
    • (I.) John Howard (q.v.)
    • (II.) Matthew Howard, III (q.v.)
    • (III.) Sarah Howard (q.v.)
    • (IV.) Samuel Howard, d. bef. 1691
  • (I.) John Howard, b. C1642; d. intestate, A.A. Co., Nov. 6, 1702; m. Susannah Rockhould, dau. of John and Mary (Richardson) Rockhould. She m. (2) Mar. 16, 1702/3, William Crouch; m. (3) May 4, 1710, James Smith.
  • John inherited, by his father's will, 160 a. " 'Howard's First Choice', commonly called 'Howard's Quarter Plantation' "; 1/2 of 500 a., "The Adventure"; and 1/2 of 500 a. "Poplar Plains". Issue of John and Suannah (Rockhould) Howard:
    • i. Matthew Howard, b. bef. 1691; living, 1713
    • ii. John Howard, Jr., b. bef. 1692; d. testate, 1746; m. Ruth (___)-Dorsey Greniffe, first the widow of Edward Dorsey, and next of John Greniffe. They apparently had no issue, but in his will, John Howard mentioned his "wife's grandson, John Greniffe Howard. This cild was the issue of Ruth's dau., Katherine Greniffe, who m. Lemuel Howard. John Howard was a legatee of his paternal grd-father's will, of 1692, as was his bro., Matthew.
    • iii. Abner Howard, b. Feb. 28, 1700; d.y.
  • (II.) Matthew Howard, III, d.s.p., intestate, A.A. Co., 1701. Inherited by his father's will, 250 a., pt. of "The Adventure"; 250 a., pt. of "Poplar Plain'; pt. of "Hopkin's Plantation"; and 22 1/2 a. of "Howard's Additon".
  • (III.) Sarah Howard, d. testate (Cotton, op. cit., vol. 6, p. 42), Dec. 21, 1726, A.A. Co.; m. (1) 1686, Capt. John Worthington, who was b. 1650; d. testate, Apr. 9, 1701, A.A. Co. (his will given in full at the back of this chapter); m. (2) Dec. 16, 1701, Capt. John Brice, who d. testate, Dec. 13, 1713, A.A. Co. [Cotton, op. cit., vol. 3, pp. 251-2.]
  • Issue of Sarah (Howard)-Worthington Brice, by both husbands: .... etc.


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February 28, 1701
Province of Maryland, (Present USA)