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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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HOW BIOGRAPHIES

held title to at least 200 lots in Baltimore Town,
plus additional acreage within the city or adjacent
to it under development. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH.
Howard continued to develop lots in and near
Baltimore City, most of which he leased out, re-
taining the fee simple title. He acquired 2 large
tracts totaling 570 acres in Baltimore County and
by 1798 owned 450 acres in Anne Arundel
County, which he incorporated into a 771-acre
patent in 1805. As a result of his service in the
Revolution he received 750 acres in Allegany
County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on October 12,
1827, as a result of a severe cold, at "Belvedere,"
Baltimore City; buried in old St. Paul's Cemetery,
Baltimore City. PERSONAL PROPERTY: requested
no appraisal of his estate, however the value of his
ground rents on 289 lots in Baltimore City totaled
$119,758.00 and "Belvedere House," with its 3
lots on Calvert and St. Paul streets in Baltimore
City, was appraised at $18,513.00. LAND: ca. 400
lots in Baltimore City; 2,092 acres in Baltimore,
Anne Arundel, and Allegany counties, plus 1 lot
in Bath, Berkeley County, Virginia. Total value of
real estate was $1,084,745.00

HOWARD, MATTHEW (ca. 1675-1750). BORN:
ca. 1675; probably second son. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED: in Kent County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER Matthew Howard
(ca. 1640-1692/93), of Anne Arundel County.
MOTHER Sarah, daughter of Edward Dorsey. UN-
CLE Cornelius Howard (?-1680). AUNTS Elizabeth
Howard, who married Henry Ridgeley (?-1710);
Mary Howard, who married John Hammond
(1643-1707). BROTHERS; John; Samuel (?-by
1691). SISTER Sarah, who married first, John Wor-
thington (1650-1701), and second, John Brice (?-
1713). FIRST COUSINS Hannah Howard, who mar-
ried first, Charles Hammond (ca. 1670-1713), and
second, Edmond Benson (1687-1734); Charles
Hammond (ca. 1670-1713); Thomas Hammond (?-
ca. 1724/25); and John Hammond (ca. 1665-
1742/43). NEPHEW Thomas Worthington (ca.
1691-1753). NIECES Ann Brice (1708-1765), who
married Vachel Denton (ca. 1696-1752); Rachel
Brice (1711-1786), who married Philip Hammond
(1697-1760). MARRIED first, on October 26, 1714,
Mary (?-1736), widow of both (first name un-
known) Kennard and George Browning (?-by
1714). MARRIED second, Elizabeth, a Quaker, who
subsequently married both William Redgrave and
William Delehunte. CHILDREN. SONS: James; John.
STEPSONS Richard Kennard; Nathaniel Kennard;
and George Browning (?-1735). DAUGHTERS: Su-

san; Hannah; Martha; and Ann. STEPDAUGHTER:
Elizabeth (surname unknown), who married (first
name unknown) Williams. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protes-
tant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1727.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: carpenter, 1730; planter.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower
House, Kent County, 1732-1734. LOCAL OFFICE:
Shrewsbury Parish Vestry, Kent County, in office
1727-1729. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 343 acres in Kent County (100
acres belonged to his first wife). SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: resurveyed several pieces of land into
one 570-acre tract in Kent County, 1744. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between October 24 and Novem-
ber 19, 1750, in Kent County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £446.16.4 current money (including 8
slaves, 1 servant, and books); FB, £416.16.10.
LAND: 666 acres in Kent County.

HOWARD, MICHAEL (?-1737). BORN: probably
in Ireland, of age by 1717. IMMIGRATED: by 1717,
probably from Ireland. RESIDED: in Annapolis,
Anne Arundel County, 1717; Talbot County,
March 1720/21. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTH-
ERS: Adam, of County Westmeath, Ireland; Fran-
cis, of County Westmeath, Ireland; Rochford; and
Matthew (?-by 1734/35), of Dublin, Ireland, who
married Sarah. SISTERS: Ann, who married (first
name unknown) Plunkett; Rose, who married
(first name unknown) Wilson. MARRIED never.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: attended Gray's
Inn, London, England. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Protestant. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: in August
1735 Edward Fotterell alleged that Howard owed
him money "won at gameing"; Fotterell chal-
lenged him to a fight, but Howard refused. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: lawyer, admitted to the fol-
lowing courts: Kent County in March 1717/18;
Anne Arundel County in June 1717; Prince
George's County in June 1717; Provincial Court in
September 1717; Talbot County in June 1718;
Court of Chancery by June 1718; Queen Anne's
County by November 1718; Cecil County by June
1719; Dorchester County by August 1728. He was
also engaged in mercantile activities. Officeholder.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper

House, 1732-1734, 1734/35-1737. OTHER PRO-
VINCIAL OFFICES: attorney general, 1725-1734
(resigned); surveyor general, Eastern Shore, 1726-
1737; naval officer, Oxford, 1727-1737; Council,
1732-1737 (qualified on April 18, 1732). LOCAL
OFFICES: deputy commissary, Talbot County,
1722-1724; clerk of Indictments, Talbot County,

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