Re: Benjamin Howell/1755 - New Jersey & Ohio
In searching out my own Howell lines I came across these two bits of information. Though it doesn't look like you're from my same line, this first link has some information on the descendants of one Thomas Howell. They begin on page 213.The names Benjamin, Daniel, Jonathan, William are very repetative. Also there are a few that are of Hunterdon County, New Jersey area. Though I didn't find your Benjamin with them, there could be a connection in the upper lines. It's quite possible one person bought thproperty and Hugh came over later.
With this second link, It does list his father as Hugh Howell and mother named Margaret;9 Children- repeating the names (Benjamin), Daniel and William, with children for Benjamin as: Elizabeth, Daniel, Jonathon, Margaret, Sarah, Ann, William, Rachel and John. It shows a much larger pedigree on Benjamin's wife, but ends with his father.
Good luck in your search.