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Howell family
Howell Family of New Jersey Papers
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes and 1.4 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-5


Consists of papers of various members of the Howell family of Morris County, New Jersey.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers of various members of the Howell family of Troy Hills and Morris County, New Jersey, and their relations the Cobb family. At least six generations of the Howell family are represented. Included are letters, court dockets (1777-1783), accounts, receipts, bonds to Nathan Howell, and the Last Will and Testament other documents of Benjamin Howell (1725-1798); letters, documents, and estate papers of his son John,1759-1834, a draft of the charter of the Troy Academy; and material pertaining to John's death and his estate. There is correspondence, accounts, leases, etc., of John's sons Benjamin (1786-1852) and Samuel Farrand (1788-1860); diaries, school reports, and correspondence of Benjamin's sons Lemuel C. (1829-1862), Princeton Class of 1850, and Monroe (1819-1883); and correspondence and a school report of Monroe's grandson Benjamin Franklin (1891-1976, Princeton Class of 1913). In addition, Benjamin Howell's (1786-1852) material also includes a quit-claim for property to Lemuel Cobb, in Eastern New Jersey, a notice of a special meeting of the Board of Proprietors at Perth Amboy, dated January 17, 1846, a survey of a tract of land at "Green Pond" in Pequannock, N.J., surveyed by Benjamin Howell himself. Also among Benjamin Howell's papers is an Indenture for a slave girl named "Sarah Tattan" - 12 years old - dated January 6, 1835; and there are records of renovations and additions done to his house. Included are diaries, school reports, and correspondence of Benjamin's sons Lemuel Cobb Howell, 1829-1862, and Monroe Howell, 1819-1883; and correspondence and a school report of Monroe's grandson Benjamin Franklin Howell, 1891-1976. Other family members represented in the collection are Benjamin Howell, 1891-1976, Claire Howell, Henry C. Howell, Samuel F. Howell, and Thomas C. Howell.

Material of the Cobb family includes the Last Will and Testament of Lemuel Cobb and correspondence, deeds, accounts, and surveys of land in Morris County of Cobb and his sons Judge Andrew Bell Cobb and Louis Cobb, as well as a biography and a genealogy of the Cobb family, and other family papers. Also to be found is a diary of Walter Kirkpatrick, a 41 pp. manuscript document of New Jersey Governor William Franklin regarding affairs in New Jersey, dated February 28, 1739; and a survey of property in Burlington's "Eastern Division of the Province of New Jersey" dated February 24, 1716. There is also material of George, Jacobus, and James Anderson, and of Abraham and Cornelius Peers. In addition, there are several 18th century unidentified account books, surveys, and sermons, some of which are dated as early as 1703.


Arranged roughly as follows: Series 1. Howell Family Papers; Series 2. Cobb Family Papers; 3. Papers of Others: A. Anderson Family; B. Kirkpatrick, Walter; C. Franklin, William, D. Miscellaneous Unidentified Material Related to New Jersey; E. Miscellaneous Unidentified Sermons and Other Material.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Howell family was a prominent family of Morris County, New Jersey.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Arthur E. Moore and Mrs. Richard P. Howell.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Allyse Terrell '2014 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Howell Family of New Jersey Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-5