Captain Richard Howell1

M, b. 1711, d. 13 November 1783
FatherDavid Howell I b. 18 Nov 1676, d. 18 Aug 1756
MotherMary Parshall b. 1677
     Richard was born in 1711 in Mattituck in the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Richard married Elizabeth Tuthill circa 1733 in Mattituck in the Town of Southold. He gave his age as 67 on Oath of Allegiance & Peaceable Behavior that was required by Gov. Tryon in 1778.2 Richard made his will on 14 March 1783.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Richard Howell, of Southold, Suffolk County, yeoman, being weak & infirm of body. All my just debts & Funeral expenses to be paid by my executors. I leave my well-beloved wife Elizabeth, two cows, six sheep, two feather beds, and furniture, six chairs, one trammel, shovel & tongs; Also, one half quarter of an acre to use as a garden, while my widow. Unto my eldest son Edmund, the part of my lot I bought of Deacon Colman; Also, all my lands & meadows east of Mapes lsnr, & south the Ele branch; Also my meadow called Muddy Creek meadow; he paying my wife, his mother, five loads of wood yearly at the house where she, my widow, lives. Unto my second son Phinehas, all the land I bought of Aaron Howell, Samuel Hallock & Peter Hallock; Also, broad meadow point beach & meadow I bought of the Fannings. Unto my son Richard, 30 pounds. Unto my son Parshall, the remainder of my lands, meadows & buildings not mentioned, he paying my wife yearly, 12 bushels of wheat, 10 of corn, 110 pounds of pork, 50 pounds of beef, 25 pounds flax, and also keep two cows & six sheep summer & winter, for his mother; Also, sufficient firewood, with what my son Edmund shall find for her; Also, a privilege in the orchards and fruits, sufficient for her pdfxon. my xon Pearsall to keep my son Abram, as is becoming in a Christian land, during his life. If he does not provide for Abram, my executors to take sufficient lands willed to Parshall to support Abram. Unto my wife the one half of my dwelling house while my widow; all given her in lieu of dower. Unto my four daughters, Elisabeth Brown, Joanna Terry, Keziah Sopers, & Mary Benjamin, thirty shillings each. All my negros to be sold, and sufficient stock to pay my just debts & legacies, and my executors reasonably for their trouble; the remainder unto my son Parshall. I make my sons, Edmund & Pearshall, and my trusty friend Daniel Wells, executors. Dated March 14, 1783. Witnesses, Thomas Aldrich, Jacob Aldrichk & Joseph Mapes, both of said County, yeoman.3,4

Richard departed this life on Thursday, 13 November 1783 in Mattituck in the Town of Southold at age 72 years. He was buried there in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery. He was buried in grave V77, The grave adjoins Mr. David & Mrs. Mary. The inscription on his tombstone reads: In memory of Capt Richard Howell who died November 13, 1783 in the 72nd year of his age.5 His will was probated on 17 March 1784.


Elizabeth Tuthill d. a 14 Mar 1783


  1. [S85] Wilbur Franklin Howell, Howell Family Notebooks.
  2. [S506] Note: P.R.O. Colonial Office. Class 5, Vol. 1109, p. 87.
  3. [S30] New York Historical Society, Collections of the New York Historical Society Abstract of Wills, Volume 36: pages 255-256.
  4. [S506] Note: New York Wills: Liber36, page 428.
  5. [S953] Find a grave -