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Matthew Howard (son of John Howard and Elizabeth Lock) was born 1609 in Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, England, and died 04 Sep 1659 in Maryland. He married Anne Hall on 1631 in Lower Norfolk, Virginia.

 Includes NotesNotes for Matthew Howard:
Matthew Howard came to Virginia from England in 1637 with his wife, Anne, and two servants. Matthew and Anne Howard and their children publicly used the coat of arms of the Duke of Norfolk, which meant they were related to the Howard family in England.

An early certificate in the Land Office at Annapolis reads: "Laid out, July 3rd, 1650, 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." These surveys of Lloyd were not patented. This record indicates clearly that Matthew Howard came up with Edward Lloyd, in 1650.

In support of this, the records of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, give us the following history of the Howards of Virginia."

Matthew Howard was in Virginia, in 1635, as shown by a court record, in which he had a suit with Mr. Evans, fin 1645, he was the executor of the will of Richard Hall, a mercnant of Virginia, who, in 1610, was one of the "Grocers Court," of England, which
contributed ^100 toward the plantation in Virginia^'

Colonel Cornelius Lloyd was a witness to RicKard Hall's will, in 1645. The testator's property was left to Ann, Elizabeth, John, Samuel, Matthew and Cornelius Howard, children of Matthew and Ann Howard.

Philip Howard, the youngest son of Matthew and Ann, was evidently not born in 1645, for his name was not included in the list of legatees. But, in 1659, Commander Edward Lloyd surveyed for him, after the death of Matthew, the Severn tract of " Howard-
stone," for " Philip Howard, Orphant."

In 1662, the sons of Matthew Howard, came up to the Severn, and seated themselves near their father's surveys. John, Samuel and Cornelius Howard, all transported a number of settlers, and received grants for the same upon the Severn. They located adjoining each other, near Round Bay.

In 1661, Henry Catlin, one of Edward Lloyd's commissioners, also of the Nansemond Church, assigned his survey to Matthew Howard, Jr., who resurveyed the same, with "Hopkins Plantation" added, into "Howard's Inheritance." In 1662, the five brothers, John, Samuel, Matthew, Cornelius and Philip, had nine hundred acres granted them as brothers.

In 1662, the five brothers, John, Samuel, Matthew, Cornelius
and Philip, had nine hundred acres granted them as brothers.

From Notable Southern Families:
Matthew Howard settled in Virginia before 1623 on the East bank of the Elizabeth River near the present Parish of Norfolk. He had a large tract of land and several white servants. He received a grant of land in 1638. He removed from Virginia to Maryland in 1649. He and his family lived around Annapolis. 1652 to Mathewe Howard for killing one wolf: 100 lb. tobacco; and Cornelius Howard to collect taxes for the Western Branch in the Elizabeth River and to pay 100 lb. tobacco.
From Maryland and Va. Colonials: Matthew returned to Va. to get the family and died before returning thus losing his Md. land.

Matthew may have been the son of Sir Thomas Arundel, who was beheaded and his estates confiscated. He assumed his mother's name ( Howard ) and emigrated. Or Matthew may have been a descendant of the John Howard who came to America in 1621 and was killed by Indians.

Whatever his lineage, Matthew and his first wife Margaret settled in Virginia before 1623 on the East bank of the Elizabeth River near the present Parish of Norfolk. He had a large tract of land and several white servants. Matthew then married Ann Hall. He received a grant of land in 1638. He became a large landowner. He moved from Virginia to Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 1649. In 1652 Matthew Howard ( Could be his son) was fined 100 lbs. tobacco for killing a wolf. He and his family lived near Annapolis.

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

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 Maryland Howards would not have used the arms, if they did
not have the "legal" right.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Husband: Matthew Howard
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Born: ABT 1609 at: ,England
Married: BEF 1629 at: England
Died: BEF 1659 at: Norfolk, Lower Norfolk Co, Virginia
Father:John Howard
Mother:Elizabeth Anne Lock
Other Spouses: Elizabeth Todd
NOTES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wife: Anne Hall
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Born: ABT 1615 at: ,England
Died: BEF 1659 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Father:Richard Hall
Other Spouses:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Elinor Howard
Born: AFT 1630 at: England
Married: at:
Died: at:
Spouses: Thomas Phelps
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Henry Howard
Born: AFT 1635 at:
Married: at:
Died: BEF 8 MAR 1684 at: Ann Arundel, Maryland
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: John Howard
Born: ABT 1637 at: Norfolk Co., Virginia
Married: ABT 1668 at: Round Bay, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Died: 18 NOV 1696 at: Round Bay, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Spouses: Susannah Norwood Eleanor Carrol
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Samuel Howard
Born: ABT 1638 at: England
Married: ABT 1658 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Died: 9 NOV 1703 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Spouses: Catherine Warner
NOTES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Cornelius Howard
Born: ABT 1643 at: Lower Norfolk Co, Virginia
Married: at:
Died: 15 OCT 1680 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Spouses: Anne Dorsey Elizabeth Todd
NOTES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Matthew Howard, Jr.
Born: ABT 1644 at: Norfolk Co, Virginia
Married: ABT 1667 at: Anne Arundel, Maryland
Died: 12 JAN 1692 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Spouses: Sarah Dorsey
NOTES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Elizabeth Howard
Born: ABT 1646 at: Lower Norfolk Co, Virginia
Married: ABT 1663 at:
Died: BET 1669 AND 1673at:
Spouses: Henry Ridgely
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Anne Howard
Born: ABT 1648 at: ,Virginia
Married: ABT 1667 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Died: at:
Spouses: James Greniffe
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Philip Howard
Born: AFT 1650 at: Lower Norfolk Co, Virginia
Married: at:
Died: BEF 1702 at: Anne Arundel Co, Maryland
Spouses: Ruth Baldwin
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Mary Howard
Born: BEF 1650 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Married: at:
Died: 4 APR 1721 at: Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Spouses: John Hammond

Historic Inns & Famous Homes
of Maryland


Howard County

The history of Howard County began with the commencement of the history of Maryland on the Severn River near Annapolis, when the Independents were exiled from Virginia. Matthew Howard had tried to arbitrate with Governor Berkeley to resist exile. At a trial held October 1, 1649, however, it was decided that if the Independents did not attend the Anglican Church services, they would be exiled. Matthew Howard joined the colonists in Maryland at Providence on the Severn. His daughter, Mary, married John Hammond, another Separatist.
Matthew Howard's son, Matthew Howard, Jr., married Sarah Dorsey, the daughter of Col. Edward Dorsey before 1667. This was the Dorsey and Howard family tie. Edward Dorsey, the son of the settler, who arrived from England before l646, had patented a plantation with his brothers, Joshua and John called Hockley-in-the Hole on the south side of the Severn River.

John Dorsey, the youngest son of Edward, the colonist, was born in Virginia and lived at Hockley-in-the-Hole on the Severn, now near Annapolis, until 1699 when he moved to his plantation called Troy at Elkridge. In 1702, he gave his son, Caleb, Hockley-in-the-Hole.

Thomas Beale Dorsey was the youngest child of Caleb and Elinor, born at Hockley-in-the Hole in 1727. In 1746, he married Anne Worthington, daughter of John Worthington II and his first wife, Helen Hammond. Thomas Beale Dorsey, his wife and children lived at Wyatt's Harbour which is now known as Sherwood Forest near Annapolis. Judge Thomas Beale Dorsey built Mount Hebron in Ellicott City in the 19th century. He successfully petitioned for Howard County to become the 21st county in Maryland. His home now near Mount Hebron Church was on the Decorator Showcase tour in l996.

By 1778, Caleb, who had married Elizabeth Worthington, wished to locate in the Piedmont section west of Ellicott City, near his two brothers and began purchasing land there. John Worthington Dorsey, son of Caleb of Thomas and Elizabeth Worthington, married Mary Ann Hammond in 1815. She was the daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Wright Hammond, owners of the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis for twenty one years.

More About Matthew Howard and Anne Hall:
Marriage: 1631, Lower Norfolk, Virginia.

Children of Matthew Howard and Anne Hall are:
  1. +John Howard, b. 1635, Lower Norfolk, Virginia, d. 18 Nov 1696, Round Bay, Anne Arundel, Maryland.
  2. Mary Howard, d. date unknown.
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