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Rocky Nook

Located on a small peninsula of land, Rocky Nook represents the core of the farmstead purchased by John Howland from John Jenny in 1638 and held by three generations of Howlands.


Shallop Elizabeth Tilley

Our shallop—Elizabeth Tilley—is a 38-foot, solid oak reproduction of a 1628 shallop. Shallops were the coasting vessels used by our Pilgrim ancestors.


Jabez Howland House

The Jabez Howland House is the only existing house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually lived. John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland spent their winters here with their son Jabez and his family.


John Howland

Son of Margaret and Henry Howland, was born about 1592/3. He died at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, February 23, 1672/3.
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Howland Society News

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Famous Howlands

Famous Descendants

Discover who you have common genes with.

The History of Bradford's HistoryOf Plimoth Plantation
A remarkable work by a man who himself was something of a marvel.

Letter From the President  Welcome to the John Howland Society web site!  We are looking forward to the upcoming 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. The Society is active in the organizations that are planning events leading up to and including 2020.

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It was great to see so many cousins at the annual meeting in early September! 

If you would like to see pictures of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilly sail, visit our Facebook page.

The Jabez Howland House will be open through Thanksgiving week, so stop by if you are in Plymouth.

If you're not currently a member, consider joining the society.  Entrance fees are waived through December 2020 (annual or life dues fees still apply).  See here for more information and application forms.

Howland Five Generations Books

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants meticulously investigates primary records that substantiate the identity of individuals and families that descend from the Pilgrims who traveled on the ship Mayflower in 1620.

The Five Generations Project books, also called the Silver books, are now being researched beyond the first five generations. These avidly collected books are an invaluable tool in genealogy research.

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