- Matthew Howard received a Grant/Patent for Land in 1638 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA. In 1638 he was granted 150 acres for the transport of himself, his wife and 2 other persons to VA. He received another Grant/Patent for Land on July 3, 1650, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. A tract of 650 acres called "Howard" was surveyed July 3, 1650, for Matthew Howard on the south side of Severn River. In the 1707 rent rolls, the comment was made that it could not be found that this land was ever patented, by "ye Survey Supposed to be altered by Howard into others." He died before 1659.
Matthew Howard was in Virginia by February 8, 1637/38, when he was located in the Upper County of New Norfolk on the western branch of the Elizabeth River. This information comes from a land patent granted to Robert Taylor, which describes the land garnt boundaries as on the West Branch of the Elizabeth River bounded on the west with Matthew Howard running nearly into the woods and Sly.
It is known that Matthew and Anne had children by 1640, for in the court records there is apparently a slander case where Simon Peeter, age 26, stated that Edy Hanking said that Mattew Howard's wife went walking with Wdward Lloide and left children crying and her husband had to quit his work and quiet the children.
Matthew Howard was the executor of the will of Richard Hall in 1648. This will left Anne Howard a cow calf and a barrow shote, Elizabeth Howard two os and their increases, to Matthew Howard the younger a sow shote, to Cornelius Howard a sow and a hat, to John Howard "my wigg and new clothes, to Sauel Howard, my money and tobacco, and to old Matthew on yearling Stear calf and my best paor of breeches." This will was proved Nov. 15, 1648.
On June 15, 1649, Matthew witnessed the will of Edward Hodge of Lower Norfolk Co. There are continuing references to a Matthew Howard in Lower Norfolk Co. through 1652, but it could be Matthew's son. These references include a court order in Lower Norfolk Co. for a bounty for killing a wolf, a reference in 1652 tax listing on the Western Branch of Elizabeth River, and a court order made Dec. 21, 1752, in Lower Norfolk Co. ordering Robert Woody to pay a debt of 500 pounds of tobacco to Matthew Howard.
Note that Matthew was granted 150 acres of land for the transportation of his wife Anne and two servants, if he had children at that time he would likely have requested additional land for their transportation as well.