HOWE, Stephens (1758-96), of 22 Harley Street, Mdx.
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Family and Education
b. 1758, 5th s. of William Howe, ‘in a humble situation’,1 of Mistley Thorne, Essex by Millicent, da. of Rev. Nathaniel Stephens, rector of Alphamstone, Essex, sis. of Philip Stephens*. educ. Harwich g.s. unm.
Ensign 12 Ft. 1774, lt. 1777; capt. 96 Ft. 1780, maj. 1783; maj. 62 Ft. 1783; lt.-col. 63 Ft. 1789, col. 1795; col. 5 W.I. regt. 1795; a.d.c. to the King 1795; brig.-gen. (W.I.) 1795.
Howe, who had three brothers in the navy, like them owed his advancement to his maternal uncle, Philip Stephens, chief secretary to the Admiralty. Stephens also secured his return, on the government interest and with the blessing of Charles Townshend*, for Great Yarmouth, after a contest.2 His military activities must have prevented him from making any mark in Parliament. He died 20 July 1796 of yellow fever at Port Royal, Jamaica, shortly after being returned again at the general election. Had he lived, he would have succeeded Stephens, who had a seat at Somerton Hall near Yarmouth, as 2nd Baronet.3