The history of the Howard family

There are two instances of the Howard family in my tree. One is ancestral, and the other is so far unconnected, but as their are only just a few miles apart - with Little Thetford often described as a 'hamlet of Stretham' during the 19th century.

Howard of Stretham

My ancestral maternal branch of the Howard family connects to that of my Lythell family, in the village of Stretham, Cambridgeshire, England.

The most recent Howard ancestor was Frances, my 5x Great Grandmother, born in about 1789 in Stretham, to Thomas and Elizabeth.

It appears that she had at least one sibling - a brother - named William, but little else is currently known about this branch.

Howard of Little Thetford

My non-ancestral (so far) branch of the Howard family appears in Ely and Little Thetford during the late 19th century.

With the proximity of the other branch, it's highly likely that they are connected.

The earliest baptism of a Howard in the Stretham parish records, took place in 1690, when Thomas and 'Marey' Howard baptised their daughter, Marey.

It is not known if this person is related.