Henry HOWLAND of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, died 5/17/1635

Spouse: Margaret _____ buried 7/31/1629

Children: John; Henry, Duxbury appeared as early as 1633, a  Quaker, married Mary Newland ; Arthur, a Quaker, Marshfield, married widow Margaret Read / Reed; Humphry, citizen & draper of London; George; Margaret


John HOWLAND born circa 1592, Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, ENG, died 2/23/1672 above 80 years,  buried on Burial Hill Plymouth, "an ancient professor of the ways of Christ; one of the first comers, and proved a useful instrument of good, and was the last man that was left that came in the May Flower"; fell overboard on Mayflower but saved himself by catching the topsail halyards, Bradford calls him a manservant of John Carver

Spouse: Elizabeth TILLEY baptized 8/30/1607, Henlow, Huntingdonhire ENG,  died 12/22/1687 Swansea, married between 8/14/1623 and 8/5/1624 Plymouth

Children: Desire born circa 1624 probably Plymouth died 10/13/1683 Barnstable married circa 1644 probably Plymouth Capt. John Gorum/Gorham, killed at Swansea in King Phillips War; John born 4/24/1627 probably Plymouth, died after 5/18/1699 Barnstable, married 10/26/1651 Mary Lee at Plymouth; Hope born 8/30/1629 probably Plymouth; Elizabeth born circa 1631,  died 1691 Oyster Bay Long Island NY married (1) 9/13/1649 Plymouth Ephraim Hicks  (2) John Dickenson of Barnstable; Lydia born c1633 died after 1/11/1710-1 married c1654 James Brown of Swansea; Hannah born c1637  married 7/6/1661 probably Swansea, Jonathan Bosworth; Joseph born c1640 Rocky Nook/Kingston died 1/1703-4 Plymouth, married 12/7/1664 Plymouth, Elizabeth Southworth; Jabez born c1644 Rocky Nook/Kingston died between 5/14/1708 & 2/6/1711-2 Bristol MA (now RI), married c1688 Plymouth, Bethiah Thacher; Ruth born c1646 Rocky Nook/Kingston, died between 5/29/1672 & 10/16/1679, married 11/17/1664, Plymouth, Thomas Cushman son of Thomas Cushman & Mary Allerton [Smith/Glidden related through Cushman/Allerton Thomas' brother Rev. Isaac]; Isaac born 11/15/1649 Plymouth, died 3/9/1723-4 75th year Middleboro, The Green cemetery, married c1676 probably Middleboro Elizabeth Vaughn


Hope HOWLAND born 8/30/1629 probably Plymouth,  married 1646, died 1/8/1683-4 aged 54 years Barnstable; buried in the ancient burying ground on Lothrop's Hill; joined the Barnstable church 8/7/1650

Spouse: Elder John CHIPMAN born about 1620-1; came to NE May 1637 in service of his cousin Mr. Richard Derby who settled in Plymouth; carpenter; of Barnstable 1649 joined the church 1/30/1652-3 & chosen one of Ruling Elders; died in Sandwich 4/7/1708 age 88; John married  (2) Ruth Bourne, died at Sandwich 1713 leaving no issue, daughter of William Sargeant born in Charlestown 10/25/1642 who had married 1st Jonathan son of Josiah Winslow of Marshfield and 2nd Mr. Richard Bourne of Sandwich.

Children: Elizabeth born 6/24/1648 in Plymouth married, as his 2d wife, Hosea Joyce/Joyse of Yarmouth; Hope born 8/13/1652 married 1st John Huckins who died 11/10/1678; Lydia born 12/25/1654 married as his 3rd wife John SARGENT born 12/1639-40 possibly Charlestown MA died 9/9/1716 Malden MA Bell Rock Cemetery married (1) Deborah Hillier/Hyllier intentions 3/19/1662-3; (2) Mary Bense who died 1670 no issue (3) Lydia Chipman circa 1674 ; John born 3/2/1656-7 died May 29, 1657 Barnstable; Hannah born 1/14/1658-9 died in Barnstable 11/4/1696 married Thomas Huckins/Huckens 5/1/1680  leaving issue; Samuel born 4/15/1661 died in 1723 leaving issue married 12/27/1686 Sarah Cobb; Ruth born 12/31/1663 died 4/8/1698 leaving issue married 4/7/1682 Eleazer Crocker ; Bethia born 7/1/1666 died after 11/12/1702 married Shubael Dimmock; Mercy born 2/6/1668 died 6/12/1724  married 12/13/1699 Deacon Nathaniel Skiff/Skiffe Sandwich and removed to Chilmark; John born 3/3/1670-1 died 1/4/1756 Newport RI married (1) Marcy/Mary Skiff (2) Elizabeth (Handley)(Pope) Russell (3) circa 1725 Newport RI Hannah (Hoxie/Huxley)(Griffin) Case; Desire born 2/26/1673-4 Barnstable died 3/28/1705 leaving issue married Hon. Melatiah Bourne 2/23/1692-3 who married (2) Abigail Smith widow of Thomas ; stillborn Daughter buried 9/9/1650; Hope born 8/13 or 31/1652 Barnstable died 7/25/1728 Middleboro married (1) 8/10/1670 John Huckins/Huckens (2) 3/1/1682-3 Barnstable Jonathan Cobb 

The Great Migration: John Howland. Origin: Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire. Migration: 1620 on Mayflower. First Residence: Plymouth. Freeman: In the "1633" list of Plymouth freemen John Howland is near the head of the list, among the councillors [PCR 1:3]. In the 6 Mar 1636/7 list of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 1:52]. In the Plymouth section of the 1639, 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 5:274, 8:173, 197].  Education: His inventory included "1 great Bible and Annotations on the 5 Books of Moses" valued at 1 and "Mr. Tindall's Works, Mr. Wilson's Works, 7 more books" valued at 1.  Offices:  Plymouth Colony Assistant, 1 Jan 1632/3, 1 Jan 1633/4, 1 Jan 1634/5 [PCR 1:5, 21, 32]. Deputy for Plymouth to General Court, 1 June 1641, 28 Oct 1645, 1 June 1647, 7 June 1648, 8 June 1649, 4 June 1650, 5 June 1651, 3 June 1652, 7 June 1653, 7 Mar 1653/4, 6 June 1654, 1 Aug 1654, 8 June 1655, 3 June 1656, 1 June 1658, 4 June 1661, 1 June 1663, 1 June 1666, 5 June 1667 [PCR 2:16, 94, 117, 123, 144, 154, 167, 3:8, 31, 44, 49, 63, 79, 99, 135, 214, 4:37, 122, 148].  In charge of the fur trading post at Kennebec, 1634 [MD 2:10-11]. Committee on the fur trade, 3 Oct 1659 [PCR 3:170]. In the Plymouth section of the 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms (as "John Howland Sen.") [PCR 8:187].  Estate:  In the 1623 Plymouth division of land John Howland received four acres as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4].  In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle John Howland, his wife Elizabeth Howland, John Howland junior and Desire Howland were the first four persons in the fourth company [PCR 12:10].  In the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 John Howland was assessed 18s., and in the list of 27 Mar 1634 1 4s. [PCR 1:9, 27]. John Howland was a Purchaser [PCR 2:177].  On 4 Dec 1637 "forty acres of land are granted to Mr. John Howland, lying at the Island Creeke Pond at the western end thereof, wuth the marsh ground that he useth to mow there" [PCR 1:70]. On 5 Nov 1638 the "island called Spectacle, lying upon Green's Harbor, is granted to Mr. John Howland [PCR 1:102, 110, 168]. Granted six acres of meadow "at the North Meadow by Jones River" [PCR 2:49].  In his will, dated 29 May 1672 and proved 6 Mar 1672/3, "John Howland Seni[o]r of the town of New Plymouth ... being now grown aged, having many infirmities of body upon me," bequeathed to "John Howland my eldest son besides what lands I have already given him, all my right and interest to that one hundred acres of land granted me by the court lying on the eastern side of Taunton River"; to "my son Jabez Howland all those my upland and meadow that I now possess at Satuckett and Paomett"; to "my son Jabez Howland all that my one piece of land that I have lying on the southside of the mill brook"; to "Isaac Howland my youngest son all those my uplands and meadows ... in the town of Middlebery and in a tract of land called the Major's Purchase near Namassakett Ponds which I have bought and purchased of William White of Marshfield"; to "my said son Isacke Howland the one half of my twelve acre lot of meadow that I now have at Winnatucsett River"; to "my dear and loving wife Elizbeth Howland the use and benefit of my now dwelling house in Rockey Nooke in the township of Plymouth ... with the outhousing lands ... uplands and meadow lands ... in the town of Plymouth ... excepting what meadow and upland I have before given to my sons Jabez and Isacke Howland during her natural life"; to "my son Joseph Howland after the decease of my loving wife Elizabeth Howland my aforesaid dwelling house at Rockey Nooke"; to "my daughter Desire Gorum 20s."; to "my daughter Hope Chipman 20s."; to "my daughter Elizabeth Dickenson 20s."; to "my daughter Lydia Browne 20s" to "my daughter Lydia Browne 20s"; to "my daughter Hannah Bosworth 20s."; to "my daughter Ruth Cushman 20s."; to "my grandchild Elizabeth Howland the daughter of my son John Howland 20s."; "these legacies given to my daughters [to] be paid by my executrixx"; to "my loving wife Elizabeth Howland my debts and legacies being first paid, my whole estate," she to be executrix [MD 2:70-73, citing PCPR 3:1:49-50].  The inventory of "Mr. John Howland lately deceased" was taken 3 Mar 1672/3 and totalled 157 8s. 8d. [MD 2:73-77, citing PCPR 3:1:51-54]. After the inventory, the appraisers noted that "the testator died possessed of these several parcels of land following:' "his dwelling house with the outhousing, uplands and meadow belonging thereunto lying at Rockey Nooke in the town of New Plymouth," "a parcel of meadow at Jones River meadow," "the one half of a house and a parcel of meadow and upland belonging thereunto lying and being at Colchester in the aforesaid township," "a parcel of meadow and upland belonging thereunto lying near Jones River bridge in the town of Duxburrow," "one house and 2 shares of a tract of land and meadow that lyeth in the town of Middleberry that was purchased by Captain Thomas Southworth of and from the Indian Sachem Josias Wampatucke," and "2 shares of a tract of land called the Major's PUrchase lying near Namassakett ponds" [MD 2:77, citing PCPR 3:1:54].  (See also PCR 5:108, 110, 127.) In her will, dated 17 Dec 1686 and proved 10 Jan 1687/9. "Elizabeth Howland of Swanzey ... being seventy nine years of age" bequeathed to "my eldest son John Howland the sum of 5 ... and my book called Mr. Tindale's Works and also one pair of sheets & one pair of pillowbeers and one pir of bedblankets"; to "my son Joseph Howland my stilliards and also one pair of sheets and one pair of pillowbeers"; to "my son Jabez Howland my featherbed & bolster that is in his custody & also one rug & two blankets that belongeth to the said bed & also my great iron pot & pothooks"; to "my son Isaack Howland my book called Willson on the Romanes & one pair of sheets & one pair of pillowbeers & also my great brass kettle already in his possession"; to "my son-in=law Mr. James Browne my great Bible"; to "my daughter Lidia Browne my best featherbed & boulster two pillows & three blankets & a green rug & my small cupboard one pair of andirons & my lesser brass kettle & my small Bible & my book of Mr. Robbinson's Works called Observations Divine & Moral & also my finest pair of sheets and one pair of pillowbeers"; to "my grandson Nathanael Howland (the son of Joseph Howland) ... my lot of land with the meadow thereto adjoining ... in the township of Duxbury near Jones River Bridge"; to "my grandson James Browne one iron bar and one iron trammell ow in his possession"; to "my grandson Jabez Browne one chest"; to "my granddaughter Dorothy Browne my best chest & my warming pan"; to "my granddaughter Desire Cushman four sheep"; "my wearing clothes linen and woollen" and the residue to "my three daughters Elisabeth Dickenson Lidia Browne and Hannah Bostworth to be equally divided amongst them"; "my loving son-in-law James Browne and my loving son Jabez Howland" executors [MD 3:54-57, citing BrPR 1:13-14].  Birth: Say 1592, son of Henry and Margaret ___ Howland of Fenstanton.  Death: Plymouth 23 Feb 1672/3 "above eighty years" [PCR 8:34}.  Marriage: Plymouth by about 1624 Elizabeth Tilley, baptized Henlow, Huntingdonshire, 30 Aug 1607, daughter of John Tilley. She died at Swansea 22 Dec 1687, aged eighty [SwVR 27].  Children: i. Desire, b say 1624; m by 1644 John Gorham (eldest child b Plymouth 2 Apr 1644 [MD 5:72]). ii. John b Plymouth 24 Apr 1627; m Plymouth 26 Oct 1651 Mary Lee [PCCR 8:13].  iii. Hope b Plymouth 30 Aug 1629; m by about 1646 John Chipman. iv. Elizabeth b say 1631; m (1) Plymouth 13 Sep 1649 Ephraim Hicks [PCR 8:8]; m (2) Plymouth 10 July 1651 John Dickerson [OCR 8:13].  v.  Lydia b say 1633; m by about 1655 James Brown. vi. Hannah b say 1637; m Swansea 6 July 1661 Jonathan Bosworth [SwVR 23].  vii. Joseph b say 1640; m Plymouth 7 Dec 1664 Elizabeth Southworth [PCR 8:25], daughter of Thomas Southworth  vii Jabez b about 1644 (deposed on 19 July 1680 aged 36 years [SJC #1915]); m by 1669 Bethiah Thatcher, daughter of Anthony Thatcher (eldest child b Plymouth 15 Nov 1669 [PVR 668; NYGBR 42:154-57]).  ix. Ruth b say 1646; m Plymouth 17 Nov 1664 Thomas Cushman [PCR 8:25], son of Thomas Cushman.  x.  Isaac b Plymouth 15 Nov 1649; m by 1677 Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of George Vaughn [TAG 23:24-26].  Associations: Brother of Henry Howland and Arthur Howland. Comments: In his list of passengers on the Mayflower Bradford tells us thaat John Howland was one of the "manservants" of John Carver [Bradfors 441]. During a particularly bad storm on the crossing john Howland (chracterized by Bradford as "a lusty young man') went above deck and was swept overboard, but "it pleased God that he caught hold of the topsail halyards which hung overboard and ran out at length. Yet he held his hold (though) he was sundry fathoms under water) till he was hauled up by the same rope to the brim of the water, and then with a boat hook and other means got into the ship again and his life saved. And though he was something ill with it, yet he lived many years after and became a profitable member both in church & commonwealth [Bradford 59].  In his 1651 accounting on the family of John Carver, Bradford reported that "[h]is servant John Howland married the daughter of John Tilley, Elizabeth, and they are both now living, and their eldest daughter hath four children; and their second daughter one, all living, and other of their children marriageable" [Bradford 444].  In an undated deposition we learn that in Apr 1634 John Hocking came to Kennebec and challenged the rights of the Plymouth men to their exclusive trade in the place. Mr. John Howland, in charge of the trading post, went out in their bark with several other men and warned Hocking off, but was taunted and defied. Howland "bid three of his men go cut his cable [Hocking's anchor]," but the flow of the stream was too strong and Howland called them back and added Moses Talbot to the crew. Hocking, seeing that their intent was to cut the cable, "presently put his peice almost to Moyses Talbott's head, which Mr. Howland for his mrk saying his men did but that which he commanded them and therefore desired him not to hurt any of them, if any wrong was done it was himself that did it and therefore called again to him to take him for his mark saying he stood very fair, but Hocking would not hear nor look towards our bark, but presently shooteth Moyses in the head, and presently took up his pistol in his hand but the Lord stayed him from doing any further hurt by a shot from our bark himself was presently struck dead being shot near the same place in the head where he had murderously shot Moyses" [MI 2:10-11].  Bibliographic Note: Because of the multitude of descendants of John Howland, through all ten of his children, the publication of the first five generations of descent from John Howland will occupy many volumes. Elizabeth Pearson White has prepared the first two volumes in this series: John Howland of the Mayflower: Volume 1, The First Five Generations, Documented Descendants Through his first child Desire Howland and her Husband Captain John Gorham (Camden, Maine 1990) and John Howland of the Mayflower: Volume 2, The First Five Generations, Documented Descendants Through is second child John Howland and his wife Mary Lee (Camden, Maine, 1993). In her first volume White argued that John Howland lived for several years in Maine, and that three of his children were born there.  Robert S. Wakefield has gathered the evidence that this could not have been the case [MD 42:15-16].  

Information per Mayflower Increasings 2nd Edition by Roser
pg 68: Rev. John Cotton said of John Howland, "He was a good old disciple & had bin sometime a magistrate here, a plaine-hearted christian". Nathaniel Morton wrote, "The 23 of February 1672 Mr John Howland senr of the Towne of Plymouth Deceased hee was a Godly man and an ancient professor in the wayes of Christ hee lived untill hee attained above eighty yeares in the world hee was one of the first Comers into this land and proved a usefull instrument of Good in his place & was the last man than was left of those that Came over in the shipp Called the May Flower that lived in Plymouth hee was with honor Intered att the Towne of Plymouth on the 25 February 1672". page 80 Will of John Howland Sr.: 5/29/1672, "being now Grown aged", ment. eldest son John Howland; son Jabez Howland; youngest son Isacke Howland; wf Elizabeth; son Joseph Howland; daus Desire Gorum, Hope Chipman, Elizabeth Dickenson, Lydia Browne, Hannah Bosworth, Ruth Cushman; granddaughter Elizabeth Howland dau of son John. Inv. taken 3/3/1672.  Will of Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland: (widow) 12/17/1686, "being 79 yeares of Age", ment. eldest son John Howland; sons Joseph Howland; Jabez Howland, Isaack Howland; dau Lidia Browne & son in law James Browne; daus Elizabeth Dickerson, Hannah Bosworth; granddaughter Elizabeth Bursley; grandson nathaniel Howland son of son Joseph; grandsons James Browne, Jabez Browne; granddaughters Dorothy Browne, Desire Cushman. Pr 1/10/1687-8.

Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families; mentions Arthur pg 148, Henry pg 150 & John Howland pg 151

Gen Reg of 1st Settlers of NE pg 152: HOWLAND, JOHN, one of the first pilgrims, was elected an assistant of Plymouth colony from 1633 to 1635, 3 years, d 23 Feb 1673, ae about 80, being the "last of those in the town of Plymouth who came in the May-Flower 1620." Henry Howland was one of the proprietors of Bridgewater in 1645, and might be a so. pg 344. HOWLAND, JOHN, was upwards of 80 years. The Plymouth Colony Records say of him that he was "an ancient professor of the ways of Christ; one of the first comers, and proved a useful instrument of good, and was the last man that was left than came in the May Flower". 

Pioneers of MA 244: Howland, John, came in the Mayflower as servant (or steward) of Mr. John Carver. Signed the compact; took an active part in the early explorations. Settled at Plymouth. Town officer; a partner in the Trading Company of the Colony; Asst. or deputy almost continually. Prominent in the church, so that he "assisted in the imposition of hands" upon Rev. John Cotton, Jr. when he was ordained pastor 30 (6) 1669. He m. Elizabeth dau. of John Tillie. [B.] Ch. John b. 2/24/1626, [S.] Desire, (also named at the division of cattle in 1627; she m. John Gorum); Hope (b. about 1630 [Gr. st.] m. John chipman); Deborah (m. 1/4/1648 John Smith, Jr. of Plym.); Elizabeth (m. 9/13/1649 Ephraim Hicks); Ruth (m. 11/17/1664 Thomas Cushman). Others named in will. /P/ He d. 2/23/1672-3; "a profitable instrument of good; the last man that was left of those that came over in the ship called the May Flower that arrived at Plymouth." [Plym. col. Rec. VII, 34.] He made will 5/29, prob. 3/6/1672. Grown aged; beq. to wife Elizabeth his house in Rockey Nook in the town of Plymouth, and made her residuary legatee; beq. to sons John, Jabez, Isaac, Joseph; to daus. Desire Gorum, Hope chipman, Elizabeth Dickerson, Lydia Browne, Hannah Bosworth and Ruth Cushman; to gr. ch. Elizabeth, dau. of his son John. Signed and sealed (but only copies of Plym. wills extant). The widow d. 21 (12) 1687, ae. 80. [Swansey rec.] Her will dated 12/17/1686, aged 79 years; beq. to sons named by her husband, and daus. Lydia, Elizabeth and Hannah; to gr. ch. Elizabeth Bursley, Nathaniel Howland, James, Jabez and Dorothy Browne, and Desire Gorum. Son-in-law James Browne and son Jabez execs. 

The Mayflower and her Passengers, Caleb Johnson: John Howland was born about 1599 to Henry and Margaret Howland of Fenstanton, co. Huntingdon, England. Howland's parentage has been generally identified by the will of his brother, Humphrey Howland, citizen and draper of London, which mentions Arthur, John, and Henry Howland, and a debt to "Mr. Ricks" in New England. 

Founders and Patriots of America Index: Howland John (1592-Feb 23, 1672/3) m. 1623 Elizabeth Tilley MASS XXXII, 56

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