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375th Anniversary Celebration of Edward Howell’s Arrival in 1640 to Southampton 

In October 2015, there will be a celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the arrival of the Colonist Edward Howell from Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640 to what later was named Southampton, NY. The Edward Howell Family Association, Inc., is inviting members and all descendants of Edward Howell from all over the United States to attend.
There will be many special activities and programs planned, some in conjunction with the Southampton Museums and Research Center. Advanced Registration is required.

Who:    Edward Howell Family Association members and any descendants  of the original colonist from 1640, Edward Howell, are invited.
When:  October 16 &17, 2015

Where: The Southampton Inn is the reunion host hotel.

What:   On Friday, 10/16, there will be an informative business meeting followed  by lunch, a bus tour of points of historical interest, and a banquet.

On Saturday, 10/17, there will be a picnic at a farm, a tour, and special events organized by the historical Southampton Museums and Research Center (SHMRC), followed with a dinner and speaker.

More Information at: http://edwardhowellfamily.org/
Registration: Carolyn Bryan, Email:
Contact: Julie Sarno, President, Tel. 619-957-0465 Email:

The Howell family of Long Island

      Edward Howell was baptized 22 July 1584 at Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England.  He  arrived in Boston in 1639 with wife Eleanor was made a freeman at Boston, March 4, 1639.  He was one of the eight "original undertakers" who settled at Southampton in 1640, Leader of the group that founded Southampton, LI, NY, and the progenitor of the Howell family in that locality.
     Edward died before Oct. 6, 1655, as court records dated Oct. 6, 1655, granted Eleanore Howell all his goods.  Mar. 1657, the town allowed her 20 shillings because her house was burned to the ground by the Indians.  Long ago, in early colonial times, Water Mill was the first and only community on the eastern tip of Long Island that could boast of a mill driven by water and not by wind. Until it was put into operation by a wealthy land owner, Edward Howell, four years after the  "Undertakers" came to the island in 1640, all mills in the colony were wind driven because of the scarcity of swift flowing streams.
     Howell came in 1640 to the tiny settlement, called "Mecox," a name taken  from the Shinnecock Indians for "flat or plain country."  He announced he  would build a mill for the grinding of grain, rye and wheat, into  flour.  The colonists expected him to construct a "wind mill" but he had a different idea.  He made his choice of land so that it included a  lively stream which emptied into Mecox Bay.  There, as settlers watched,  Howell built his mill upon the creek and built it so durable that 327 years later, it is still standing in the serene little town of Water Mill.
      Now, the acient mill, but a few miles from the Old South End Burying Ground where the original miller is buried, is owned by a woman's organization of the village.  Through the summer months it is put  into service as a tea room and gift shop.
     For many generations the mill supplied flour for the townspeople of Water Mill and adjoining communities. The mill's large grinding stones and the deed were
given to Howell by the town.  In return, the miller signed  an agreement to supply such necessities of the town as grinding of grain grown anywhere in the Water Mill area and delivered to the mill. That Howell lived up to his agreement faithfully is duty recorded in  the town records.  The name Water Mill is the lasting memorial to the pioneer miller who built the first grist mill run by water.  Two of the grinding stones are in the park where there is a wind mill and the other two are at the mill.

The Howell House" - East Moriches, LI, NY

Information on the descendants of Jared Woolley was provided by Karen.
Please contact her if you are researching this line or need additional information.

Thank you also to the contributions of Barbara Dutton Gaylord to extended lines within this file.
Her hard work and generosity is appreciated by all.

  The Edward Howell (b. 1584 d.1655) Family Association
has a website at http://edwardhowellfamily.org Their email is howellsearch@aol.com

Membership in the Edward Howell Family Association is $15 per year, or $100 for Lifetime Membership.
To join, please make your check payable to EHFA, and mail to:

Cindy Ward Clark
17 Devonwood
San Antonio, TX 78257
email:  CindyWardClark@aol.com

Membership includes a quarterly newsletter, and an invitation to the annual Edward Howell Family Association Reunion.
Please indicate that you learned of the EHFA from the  EHFA web site.

Don't miss The Howell Research Room
Some of the sections: Family Histories, Vital Records, Life's Paper Trail, Resources, Forum, Guestbook
The Center is the only site on the Web dedicated to comprehrensive global research and discussion of the Howell/Howle surnames and their 30+ variant spellings.  It is the home site of three major e-mail discussion groups.  Included on-site is a vital records certificates project.  I believe you'll find the Howell Research Center not only creatively-presented, but content-loaded and user-friendly.
 For information or information donations please contact Colleen Pustola.