Maj. John Howell

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John Howell, Sr.

Birthplace: Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 3, 1696
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Southampton, Suffolk, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Howell, Sr. and Frances Howell
Husband of Susannah Howell
Father of John Howell; Matthew Howell; Abraham Howell; Prudence Temple; Hannah Howell and 6 others
Brother of Mary Frances Howell; Henry Howell; Dorothy Woodhull; Thomas Howell; Margaret Hallock and 3 others
Half brother of Edmund Howell; Arthur Howell and Henry Howell

Occupation: Soldier
Managed by: Michael John Olund
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About Maj. John Howell


  • Birth: BEF 28 NOV 1624 in Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Baptism: 28 NOV 1624 Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Death: 3 NOV 1696 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
  • Burial: Old (South End) Southampton Burial Ground, Southampton, LI
  • Will: 3 APR 1693 Southampton, Suffolk, NY
  • Probate: 1 DEC 1696 Manor of St. Georges, NY
  • son of Edward Howell (1584-1566) & Francis Paxton
  • married Susannah Mitchell

He arrived in Boston in late 1639 in the company of his father. (Some accounts vary, however, giving his arrival in 1640 with Peter Hallock.) In any case, John Howell made a name for himself in the Southampton colony where he and his family settled. He filled many important positions in the military and the government. He managed the colony's dealings with the government of New England and the colonial government of New York. In 1662 he was a representative and then in 1664 he became a magistrate.

"He was a man of distinction and one who more than any of his contemporaries in Southampton was entrusted with the management of public business, especially in its graver relations with New England and the colonial government of New York." (History of Southampton)

Event: Freeman 7 OCT 1648 Southampton, Suffolk, NY

Event: Official OCT 1662 Deputy (Southampton) to Conn. Leg. (Lower House of the General Court)

Event: Official MAY 1664 Assistant, Conn. Col (Upper House of the General Court)


John Howell arrived in Boston in late 1639 in the company of his fathe r. He was about thirteen years old when his family immigrated to New England, and about sixteen years old when they settled at Southampton. On 17 February 1647/8 in Southampton, he was, despite his youth, referred to as Mr. John Howell, when he was given three acres for his home lot. John was chosen a freeman in 1648 and listed as a townsman in 1649 and again in 1659. He filled many offices through the years - Corporal of the "bande of so ldiers" in 1650, Clerk in 1655, and Secretary of the Qaurter Court in 1657. As a Captain in 1667, he was attorney with henry Pierson in a dispute with Southold, and a commissioner for Indian Affairs, with Mr. Thomas Baker. In 1661 and 1662, he with others made the "rate for the Cuntry;" in 166 4, John was appointed by Governor Nicholl to "collect & gather the severa l Rates, Fines and Dutyes upon Long Island." He traveled frequently to Hartford, as a deputy to the Court, served as magistrate, was chosen to go to Huntigton to settle a dispute in 1681 (but declined to go) to Boston in 1682 to procure a minister, and to Southold in 1684 to set a county rate. He was a deputy with Thomas Topping for Southampt on to a general meeting of Long Island communities at Hempstead in 1665 to protest the annulment of former grants, treaties and charters, when Long Island was made part of the province of New York. He served in many civic capacities, justifying the statement of W.S. Pelletreau that "The history of our town boasts no wiser head, or braver heart, than Major John Howell."

In 1687, John was given 11 acres of land "for his expense of time and trou ble about the towne business." With John Mulford of east Hampton and John Youngs of Southold, he refused to acknowledge the authority of the Governor of New York, preferring Connecticut. Nine years later, in the brief return of the Dutch to New York, Captain John Howell led a contingent to t he defense of Southold in February 1674 (after an engagement, the Dutch withdrew). John was listed as Major in a drawing of lots. In 1680, he was paid 25 pounds 10 shillings for various expenses by Captain John Young, High Sheriff of Yorkshire. In 1687, when the French threatened the area, the militia was put in readiness, with major John Howell and Captain Joseph Fordham in command. John Howell and Henry Pierson witnessed the will of Thurston Raynor, Southampton, on 6 July 1667. In the will Thurston R aynor requested "my dear friends, namely my brother-in-law Samuel Clarke a nd my cousin Mr. John Howell to be overseers of my will." Jonas Bower of Southampton in his will dated 13 November 1670 makes "my cousin John Howell, Richard Post and John Jessup executors," the will witnessed by John Howell and John Jessup. The relationship between John Howell and Jonar Bow er has not yet been determined. John Howell, John Youngs and Henry Piers on witnessed a family agreement concerning the estate of Robert Fordh am on 26 November 1674. "The deposition of Captain John Howell, aged abo ut forty-eight years, being deposed saith, that three or four days befo re Mr. Robert Fordham died, being sent for to Mr. Robert Fordham's hous e, hee went into Mr. Fordham's new room. Mr. Fordham lay sick upon yee bed, this deponent asking him how he did. Mr. Fordham answered hee was ill. The deponent thereupon moved him to set his house in order, and used some arguments to persuade him." John Howell was witness, executor, and made inventories of many wills and estates, starting with the first one on r ecord, that of William Ludlam of Southampton in 1665, to that of Anthony Ludlam in 1682. He was commissioned Justice of Suffolk County in 1689, and is so listed in 1693. John was justice of Southampton in 1687. In the 1683 Rate, he was listed as Captain at 442 pounds, ten shillings. Major John Howell "being diseased in body" made his will "at Southampton in ye county of Suffolk & Province of New York" on 3 April 1693, which devised:

"land to grandsons John, Stephen and Henry, sons of deceased son John; land at Southampton west of the great plain and at Middletown, Connecticut to second son Matthew; land at Wukapogue and Shinacocke to third son Abraham; land at Wukapogue and Sinacocke to fourth son Ephraime; land at Saggabonnet, Smiths meadow, Hogneck and Potunke and at Middletown, Connecticut to fifth son Theophilus; my now dwelling house, land at Wukapogue, at the little plain, and at Occoboague; one hundred pounds each to eldest daughter Susannah Pierson, second daughter Prudence Howell and third daughter Abigail Halsy; twenty pounds to granddaughter Susannah Howell 'now with me;' one third of all moveables goods & chattels to wife Susannah and one third of all lands and 'my now dwelling house & garden' during her life, with wife Susannah and second son Matthew as joint executors.

The will Major John Howell of Southampton, dated 3 April 1693, devised:

"unto my second son Matthew all ye close at ye head of ye creek Westward of ye great plain whereof he now possesses ye one half as also one hundred & fiftieth allotment which I had in Ogdens Neck which he has now changed & laid in Quagua Neck as also one half of that land bought of John Kerby near or at Middletown in Connecticut with his brother Theophilus ye other half as also my twenty acres more or less at Scuttlehole as also two acres of land in ye yen acre lots in ye plain as also a fiftieth of Southampton commonage as also all lands I formerly gave him & meadows yt he now possesses all which I do give & grant unto him to have & to hold him & his heirs forever."

The gravestone of John Howell at Southend Burying Ground, Southampton, w as inscribed:


Here Lies

the Body

of Major John

Howel deceased

November 3 Aged 71

and bore the Howell coat of arms.

"He was a man of distinction and one who more than any of his contemporari es in Southampton was entrusted with the management of public business, es pecially in its graver relations with New England and the colonial governm ent of New York."

(SOURCE: Edward Howell Family Association, The Tree, <> )

Father: Edward HOWELL b: 22 JUL 1584 in Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England

Mother: Frances PAXTON b: ABT 1584 in Bedfordshire, England

Marriage 1 Susannah MITCHELL b: BEF 14 OCT 1627 in South Ouram, Halifax, York, England

Married: ABT 1647 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY


John HOWELL , Jr. b: 28 NOV 1648 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Edward HOWELL b: 22 MAR 1649/50 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Matthew HOWELL b: 8 NOV 1651 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Abraham HOWELL b: 22 JAN 1653/54
Ephraim HOWELL b: 1 JAN 1655/56 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Susannah HOWELL b: 15 JUL 1658 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Hannah HOWELL b: 28 OCT 1660 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Theophilus HOWELL b: 18 DEC 1662 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Nathaniel HOWELL b: 29 AUG 1664 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Prudence HOWELL b: 27 DEC 1666 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY
Abigail HOWELL b: 5 JUL 1670 in Southampton, Suffolk, NY


Birth 28 Nov 1624 England

Sex Male

Died 3 Nov 1696 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY

Father Edward HOWELL, b. 26 Jul 1584, Buckingham, England

Mother Frances PAXTON, b. ABT. 1588, England

Group Sheet F00281

Family 1 Susannah MITCHELL, b. 14 Oct 1627, England

Married ABT. 1647 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY


	1. John HOWELL, b. 28 Nov 1648, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	2. Edward HOWELL, b. 2 Mar 1648/49, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	3. Matthew HOWELL, b. 8 Nov 1651, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	4. Abraham HOWELL, b. 22 Jan 1652/53, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	5. Ephraim HOWELL, b. 1 Jan 1654/55, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	6. Susannah HOWELL, b. 15 Jul 1658, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	7. Hannah HOWELL, b. 29 Oct 1660, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	8. Theophilus HOWELL, b. 18 Dec 1662, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	9. Nathaniel HOWELL, b. 29 Aug 1664, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	10. Prudence HOWELL, b. 27 Dec 1666, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
	11. Abigail HOWELL, b. 5 Jul 1670, Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
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Maj. John Howell's Timeline

November 22, 1624
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
November 22, 1624
November 22, 1624
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
November 22, 1624
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
November 28, 1624
Marsh Gibbon,Buckinghamshire,England
November 28, 1624
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
November 1624
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
November 28, 1648
Age 24
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
November 28, 1648
Age 24
Suffolk County, New York, United States