He was baptised 9 December 1726 at Coldred. His parents (transcripts) are given as either Edward Howes and Mary, or Edward Howes and Elizabeth. In view of later baptisms, Edward and Elizabeth will be correct.
He was mentioned in his father’s will of 1750/1 as his sole executor and residuary legatee.
He married Elizabeth Birch 3 (or 7?) February 1758 at Coldred.
He (wife’s brother) was of Waldershare when he was mentioned in the will of Robert Frisby of 1782.
He was buried 29 October 1786 at Coldred.
The will of Stephen Howis of Waldershare, labourer, was made 17 August 1786. He appointed Richard Lambert of Eythorne, yeoman and William Lambert of St Bride’s, London, oilman, his executors and trustees. He mentioned his wife Elizabeth and two sons Edward and Stephen. The witnesses were Richard Lambert Senior and Robert Frisby. The will was proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 16 November 1786. His personal estate was worth less than £300.
There is a burial of Elizabeth Howis at Coldred 1787. This is not Elizabeth, Stephen’s mother, as she was not mentioned in Stephen’s father’s will of 1750/1, so had presumably died, which matches a burial of 1746.
The children of Stephen and Elizabeth were:
1. Edward Howis,
He (eldest son of wife’s brother Stephen) was mentioned in the will of Robert Frisby of 1782.
He probably married Alice Scarisbrick 21 April 1796 at St George Hanover Square.
On 29 October 1789 Edward Howis, the master, a cook of Grosvenor Square, London, paid the duty on the Apprenticeship Indentures for William Leeke.
He was mentioned in the 1800 will of his aunt Eleanor Frisby.
He was mentioned in the 1807 will of Edward Howis and was living in Grosvenor square, Middlesex.
2. John Howis (1758 – 1760), baptised at Coldred 1758. He was buried at Coldred 29 November 1760/1, a son of Stephen and Elizabeth.
3. Ann Howis (1763 – 1765), baptised at Waldershare 3 July 1763, a child of Stephen and Elizabeth Howis. She is not mentioned in her father’s will so presumably died as a child. There is a burial of Ann Howes at Coldred 5 September 1765.
4. Stephen Howis, baptised 18 May 1766 at Waldershare.
He (second son of wife’s brother Stephen) was a minor when he was mentioned in the will of Robert Frisby of 1782.
He, of Jermyn Street, was mentioned in the 1800 will of his aunt Eleanor Frisby.
It is very probable that he is the Stephen Howis who went into partnership with his cousin Edward Howis and lived in Air Street, Piccadilly, mentioned in the 1807 will of Edward Howis.
5. William Howis (1773 – 1781), baptised 28 February 1773 at Waldershare. He was buried 9 (or 23) December 1781 at Coldred with an age indicating a year of birth of 1772.
Posted February 2014