John Howard
Matthew Howard


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Matthew Howard 1 2

  • Born: 1609, Wardour, Wiltshire, England
  • Marriage (1): Anne Hall in 1631 in England
  • Died: 4 Sep 1659, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) at age 50

  Research Notes:

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Mathew Howard received a Grant/Patent for Land in 163 8 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA. In 1638 was granted 150 acres for the transport o f himself, his wife, and 2 other persons to Virginia. He received a Grant/Pat ent for Land on 3 Jul 1650 in Anne Arundel Co., MD. A tract of 650 acres called "Howard" was surveyed 3d July 1650 for Matthew Howard on the south side of Severn River. In the 1707 rent rolls, the comment was made that it could not found that this land was ever patented, but ye Survey Supposed to be altered by Howard into others. He died before 1659. Matthew Howard was in Virginia 8 February 1637/38 when he was located in the Upper County of New Norfolk on the western branch of the Elizabeth River. This information comes from a land patent granted to Robert Taylor, which describes the land grant boundaries a s on the West Branch of the Elizabeth River bounded on the west with Matthew Howard running nearly into the woods and Sly. It is known that Matthew and An ne had children by 1640, for in the court records there is apparently a sland er case where Simon Peeter age 26 stated that Edy Hanking said that Mathew Howard's wife went walking with Wdward Lloide and left children crying and her husband had to quit his work and quiet the children. Mathew Howard was the executor of the will of Richard Hall in 1648. This will left Anne Howard a cow calf and a barrow shote, Elizabeth Howard tow cows and their increases, to Mathew Howard the younger a sow shote, to Cornelius Howard a sow and y hat, t o John Howard my wiff and new clothes, to Sauel Howard, my money and tobacco , and to old Mathew one yearling Stear calf and my best paor of breeches. This will was proved 15 Nov 1648 by Mathew Howard.

On 15 June 1649, Mathew witnessed the will of Edward Hodge of Lower Norfolk Co. There are continuing references to Mathew Howard, in Lower Norfolk Co., VA however up through 1652. It is not known if this was Matthew the elder or his son. These references include a court order in Lower Norfolk County for a 100# tob. bounty for killing a wolf and in [1652] Matthew Howard is listed in the tax listings on the Western Branch of Elizabeth River and at court 21 Dec 1752 in Lower Norfolk Co., Robert Woody was ordered to pay Matthew Howard a debt of 500# tob.
Matthew HOWARD's son John HOWARD on his 1695 will affixed a wax seal, which corresponds with the undifferenced arms of the HOWARD family of England, from which descended the HOWARD family of the Duke of Norfolk. The arms were on an escutheon, a bend between six cross crosslets fitchee. After the Battle of Flodden in 1513, Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, was granted an augmentation that appeared on the bend as a small shield with the demi-lion of the arms of the King of Scotland cut in half with an arrow through its mouth. The seal used by John HOWARD did not contain the augmentation. Many writers have stated that the use of the arms by John HOWARD showed that the family was not too distantly related to the Norfolk line. They also believed that the MD HOWARDs would not have used the arms, if they did not have the "legal" right. (2a) Illegal use of arms was a problem, both in England and America. The purpose of the Herald's Visitations in England in the 16th and 17th centuries were to determine those who did have right to display arms. Little, if any, effort was made by colonial governments to enforce laws regarding Heraldry. Contemporary with when John HOWARD wrote his will, a Mr. GORE, a carriage painter in Boston created arms for socialites there. Undifferenced usage of arms passed at death to a man's eldest son, other sons being allowed to use a differenced version of the arms. In that John HOWARD used the undifferenced, pre-1513 arms of the Ducal HOWARDs, his usage was illegal according to the laws of Heraldry. Whether the HOWARD family of MD was entitled to use a differenced version of the Ducal arms is unknown.
Marriage to Ann __: (1,2)
Death: (1) Bef. 1659. MD.

(1a) There were 3 HOWARDs or HAYWARDs among the English members of the Virginia Companies: Master John (b. 1560, Suffolk, m. Jane PASCAL, d. 1627, London), Rev. John (author of "Strong Helper" in 1614), and Sir John HOWARD, Knight (2nd s/o Sir Rowland HOWARD/Catherine SMYTHE, High Sheriff of Kent 1642). They contributed, in all, 112 pounds and 12s. A John HOWARD who came with Edward BENNETT's first company in 1621 was killed by the Indians massacre in 1622. His plantation formed the border line of the Isle of Wight, VA. From some of these HOWARDs, members of the Virginia Company, descended Matthew HOWARD, a close friend, relative and neighbor of Edward and Cornelius LLOYD in VA.
(1) 1635: Edward and Cornelius LLOYD were near neighbors in VA of Matthew HOWARD and Ann his wife.
(1) 1635: Matthew HOWARD in VA had a suit with Mr. EVANS.
(1) 1645: Matthew HOWARD was executor of the will of Richard HALL, a merchant of VA, who, in 1610, was one of the "Grocers Court" of England which contributed 100 pounds toward the plantation in VA. Col. Cornelius LLOYD was a witness to the will. The testator's property was left to Ann, Elizabeth, John, Samuel, Matthew and Cornelius HOWARD, children of Matthew and Ann HOWARD.
(1) 1650: Came to MD from Lower Norfolk Co., VA with his neighbor and relative Edward LLOYD.
(1) 1650, 3 Jul: Edward LLOYD laid out for Matthew HOWARD, on the Severn, southside, near a creek called Marsh's, beginning at a hollow called "Howard's Hollow" and binding on said creek, a tract containing 350 acres; also another tract running with Howard's swamp, containing 350 acres more, Anne Arundel Co., MD. These surveys were not patented.
(1) The south-side settlers followed the Severn back to Round Bay, Middle Neck Hundred, Anne Arundel Co., MD. Lawrence RICHARDSON and Matthew HOWARD surveyed there.

  Noted events in his life were:

Granted: land on the western branch of the Elizabeth River, south of Broad Creek, May 1638, Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia, (United States).

Relocated: to Maryland from Lower Norfolk, Virginia, 1650.

Matthew married Anne Hall in 1631 in England. (Anne Hall was born on 25 Oct 1610 in Felmersham, Bedford, England and died in 1659 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).)



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