Ebenezer Howell
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Ebenezer Howell (abt. 1727 - 1787)

Ebenezer Howell
Born about in Newark, DEmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Stow Creek Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Jun 2014 | Last significant change: 5 Jul 2020
23:49: Beryl Meehan edited the Biography and Death Place for Ebenezer Howell (abt.1727-1787). (added bio notes, source and his 1776 sticker, updated d place name) [Thank Beryl for this]
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Ebenezer Howell performed Patriotic Service in New Jersey in the American Revolution

Biography

Ebenezer Howell was born about 1727. Ebenezer passed away about 1790. [1]

Ebenezer Howell was a patriot for New Jersey during the American Revolution. He was Judge of the Common Pleas Court and a member of the Committee of Observation Correspondence. He lived in Cumberland County. His was is Sarah Bond. Children noted in the patriot file: George who m. Anna Mulford; Sarah who m. Moses Winchester; Mary who m. David Hentz. [2]

Vol. 41, pg 38, Ohio History

Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications

Cornelius Sedam and His Friends in Washington's Time

In a similar vein is a letter from the governor of New Jersey.

Sir: Yours of August nineteenth, 1796, is duly rec'd, intimating your design of going to Europe, and that your friends, among whom you are but just in ranking me, have written letters. I have to regret that I cannot be of service to you, sir, for want of being known in Europe, but I add with pleasure whatever I can contribute, to assure all whom it may concern that whatever confidence they may repose in the integrity and honor of my friend and fellow-soldier, Captain Sedam, it can never, in my opinion, disappoint them. I am perfectly aware of the caution that becomes me, as a private gentleman, and as the Governor of the State of New Jersey, but I do not hesitate to attest that from an intimate knowledge of you, in all the relations of a citizen, a soldier and a gentleman, and that from early life I have found you, and you have ever been considered as worthy of the confidence and respect of all good men. Accept, sir, my affectionate wishes for your success and safety, and rest assured that I take an interest in your happiness abroad, and your safe return. I am, sir, Your friend and very humble servant TRENTON, AUGUST 20, 1796. R. P. HOWELLS.

Vol. 41, pg 39, Ohio History

Cornelius Sedam and His Friends in Washington's Time

Howells adds the following postscript:

That there are in France very many official signatures, and by comparison you may identify this; for which you may apply to the offices where certificates of residents are lodged. In Holland I am unknown, and almost in England, but I wish, if anything should direct your route to Wales near an ancient castle called Caerfilly, I think in *Glenmoreganshire, you would inquire if any of my name live there. I know nor care but little about heraldry, but my great-grandfather's name was Howell Harry, my grandfather Reynold Howell, and my grandmother's Mary George. Mrs. Henfry, my friend's wife, with his family, lives at Workton, I think, fifteen or twenty miles from Sheffield, who would be happy to hear of his being in good health, and in good hopes of seeing her soon. Adieu! Her two sons live in Trenton under my care, and are both well. If, by accident, the within recommendations should fall into other hands than are intended, let it be remembered that Captain Sedam is five feet eleven inches high or thereabouts, broad and firmly made, fair-haired and of good complexion, erect in car- riage, and about thirty two or three years of age, to the best of my recollection. R. P. HOWELLS.

Another letter dated August thirtieth, the same year, comes from the Adjutant General's office at New Brunswick, New Jersey, from a fellow-officer in the Masonic order of which Sedam was a member: Being informed of Captain Sedam's intention of leaving the United States, it gives me pleasure to recommend him to the notice of those who esteem a brave soldier, a good officer and a worthy man. Having served with the captain in the late American army, where I held the rank of Colonel of the First Regiment of Dragoons, and now holding that of General and Commander of the Cavalry of New Jersey, and Adjutant General of the Militia, has given me a knowledge of the Captain's military merits and the satisfaction of thus introducing him to nations and individuals as a man of honor, convinced that in this character he cannot, in any part of the world, want the aid of friends.

  • Glamorganshire.

Sources

  1. First-hand information as remembered by Berry Henderson, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.
  2. DAR Patriot Index https://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/?action=full&p_id=A058511 accessed 5 July 2020.

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Acknowledgements

  • First-hand information as remembered by Berry Henderson, Sunday, June 29, 2014.

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