A note on the Howell families: there were at least three separate Howell families who show up in early New Jersey records.

There is a Howell family that begins with David Howell (1657-1684) and wife Mary Herick. Their son Daniel Howell (c.1680-1732) and wife Mary Prout lived in Trenton and had nine children, none of whom seem to have established themselves in Hunterdon County, although I have not made certain of that. In any case, that family will not be included here.

Hugh Howell was born in Wales, as so many Howells were. He emigrated to American in the late 17th century and first appears in Hunterdon County records in 1705, when he bordered land purchased near Lambertville by John Holcombe. He and his unknown wife had two sons, but only one, Sampson Howell, lived to adulthood. Following his father’s death in 1745, Sampson Howell moved to Sussex County. Therefore, even though I am a descendant of Hugh and Sampson, that family’s tree will not be included here.

The Hunterdon family I am concerned with began with Daniel Howell (c.1600-1739) and Hannah Lakin (c.1656-bef. 1739). Daniel Howell first appears in Burlington County in 1682. Hannah lived in Philadelphia. Much of the research on the NJ Howell families was done by Josiah Granville Leach for his book Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham and Elkins Families, published in 1881. It focused on the descendants of Daniel’s parents, Thomas Howell and wife Katharine. He had information on Daniel and Hannah’s children and grandchildren, but not their grandchildren. He also studied the Reading family, as the title explains.

First Generation:

(1) Daniel Howell (c.1660 – 1739) & Hannah Lakin (c.1656 – bef. 1739)

Second Generation:

|     (2) Capt. Daniel Howell (c.1687 – 1733) & Mary Else Reading (1688 – 1732)
|     (2) Hannah Howell (c.1690 – ?) & Job Howell (c.1685 – ?)
|     (2) Benjamin Howell (c.1690 – 1774)
|     (2) Joseph Howell (c.1695 – 1774)
|     |   m. c. 1730, First Wife
|     |   m. aft 1752, Gertrude Gordon (1710 – 1805), widow of Theodore Hall
|     (2) Catharine Howell (c.1700 – 1778) & William Rittenhouse (1696 – 1767)
            Note: See the Rittenhouse Family Tree for Catharine Howell’s family

Note: Only children Daniel, Joseph and Catharine settled in Hunterdon County. Hannah and Benjamin remained in Philadelphia.

Third Generation:

|     (2) Capt. Daniel Howell & Mary Else Reading
|     |     (3) Elizabeth Howell (c.1714 – bef. 1745) & Lucas Ryerson (1704 – 1764)
|     |     (3) Daniel Howell (c.1718 – 1790) & Julia Anne Holcombe (c.1720 – after 1743)
|     |     (3) Mary Howell (1727 – ?)
|     |     (3) John Howell (1721 – 1808) & Elizabeth Yerkes (1725 – 1793)1
|     |     (3) Joseph Howell (c.1722 – 1766) & Priscilla
|     |     (3) Benjamin Howell (1725 – 1795) & Agnes Woolever (1734 – 1820)
|     |     (3) a child “A. Howell” is questionable

|     (2) Joseph Howell & First Wife
|     |     (3) Daniel Howell (c.1730 – after 1773)
|     |     (3) Anna Howell (c.1732 – ?) & __ Smalley
|     |     (3) Syndony Howell (c.1735 – ?) & __ Pettit
|     |     (3) Rachel Howell (c.1735 – ?) & Daniel Everitt (c.1730 – Sep 1807)
|     |     (3) Jemima Howell (c.1738 – ?) & William Reeder (c.1735 – ?)
|     |     (3) Phebe Howell (c.1740 – ?) & __ Garner

Fourth Generation:

|     (2) Capt. Daniel Howell & Mary Else Reading
|     |     (3) Elizabeth Howell & Lucas Ryerson removed to Morris County, NJ
|     |     |     (4) Mary Ryerson (1737 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Lucas Ryerson (1739 – 1808)
|     |     |     (4) George Ryerson (1742 – 1842)

|     |     (3) Daniel Howell & Julia Anne Holcombe
|     |     |     (4) John Howell (c.1740 – >1804)2
|     |     |     (4) Daniel Howell (c.1741 – after 1791, no further information)
|     |     |     (4) Reading Howell Esq. (c.1743 – 1827) & Catharine Yerkes (1755 – bef. 1821)

|     |     (3) Benjamin Howell & Agnes Woolever
|     |     |     (4) Jacob Howell (1757 – 1835)
|     |     |     (4) Joseph Howell (1762 – 1821) & Sarah Sally Rittenhouse (c.1763 – 1836)

|     (2) Joseph Howell & First Wife
|     |     (3) Rachel Howell & Daniel Everitt  I have not researched this family
|     |     |     (4) Moses Everitt (c.1755 – ?) & Hannah __
|     |     |     (4) Rachel Everitt (c.1760 – bef. 1816) & Darius Everitt (c.1755 – 1822)
|     |     |     (4) Sarah Everitt (c.1760 – ) & Cornelius Coolbaugh (c.1750 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Elizabeth Everitt (c.1770 – ?) & John Kemple (c.1770 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Daniel Everitt (c.1770 – bef. 1819) & Sarah L. Hartpence (1775 – 1836)
|     |     |     (4) Mary Everitt (c.1775 – ?) & John Lake (c.1776 – 1854)

Fifth Generation:

|     (2) Capt. Daniel Howell & Mary Else Reading
|     |     (3) Benjamin Howell & Agnes Woolever
|     |     |     (4) Joseph Howell & Sarah Sally Rittenhouse
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Howell (1785 – after 1828) & Mathias Case (1782 – 1825)
|     |     |     |     (5) Agnes Howell (c.1790 – aft 1844) & Samuel Hunt (c.1790 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Benjamin Howell (1794 – 1886), left Hunterdon
.     .     .    .     .     m. 1) Mary Polly Kelly (c.1798 – bef.1827) – doubtful
.     .     .     .     .     m. 2) Elizabeth Mathews (1805 – 1887)
|     |     |     |     (5) Delilah Howell (c.1795 – bef. 1807)
|     |     |     |     (5) Clarissa Howell (c.1798 – bef. 1807)

After the fifth generation, there were no more members of the Daniel Howell-Mary Else Reading living in Hunterdon County bearing the Howell name.

Footnotes:

  1. Distinguishing him from the other contemporary John Howell’s has been very difficult.
  2. Despite my best efforts, I have not found enough information on this John Howell to distinguish him from his uncle John.